Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#950 in the Series) is Cat Stevens, Teaser and The Firecat. I was going to feature Catch Bull at Four because it contains “Boy With the Moon and Star on His Head” but went with Teaser and The Firecat instead. I love that song but I’ve read that it’s one of the few songs that Cat Stevens recorded years ago that he’s actually em […]
"You won't believe what happens in the second verse!"The internet is an incredible creative tool. It's a ready made distribution area, obviously, but it can also inspire, fuel new creative works. The Bots - Glendale brothers Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei - have come of age in the shadow of the web. Fusing disparate influences into a blood curdli […]
Part of the Speedy Wunderground series...A relatively simple prospect, the immediacy of Speedy Wunderground allows for some unexpected deviances. A regular singles outlet, the series pairs producer Dan Carey alongside a new act - with the timetable of producing a single (plus dub) in just one day. Natalie Bang Bang is the latest person to take part. Invited […]
Spanning 1992 - 1997...A continually inspiration artist, Brian Eno is now set to go back over his own archives. Preparing four discs of rare and unreleased material for release on All Saints Records, the producer is due to un-earth lost projects, deleted albums and more. Each set will be expanded to 2-CDs, containing the original album alongside an additiona […]
Much more than just another bedroom poet…On a cold and windy Tuesday night, Clash retreats to a Soho basement for some musical warmth in the shape of former Next Wave interviewee Annie Eve. Her fine debut album, ‘Sunday ‘91’, came out in August, and halfway through a short UK tour Annie and her brilliant backing band are a tighter and more relaxed beast than […]
Reclusive trio gear up for debut album...Mysteries are, perhaps purposefully, a mystery themselves. A trio, the group's debut album 'New Age Music Is Here' drops on October 27th via Felte. Distorted electronics with no small degree of melodic flair, their inquisitive approach is matched to an openness to new ideas. Remaining in the shadows, on […]
"I don’t know what it is but the feeling’s mad..."With Meridian Dan taking his underground hype track 'German Whip' all the way into the Top 40, it seems that grime could yet make another dent on the hull of the mainstream. Having effectively taken care of Big H during a Lord Of The Mics clash, P Money could be the next to stake his claim […]
Hazy, gauzy synthesised pop...A pinata is, essentially, pot luck. Strike the object, wait for sweets to tumble... gorge. There's no set plan, no real technique involved. Which is the opposite of Montgomery. Hailing from Australia, the singer's each step feels meticulously, expertly prepared. Debut EP 'New Clear War' drops on December 15th […]
Check it out now...Doves owe their roots to the electronic scene. Famously beginning as Sub Sub, the group have never quite lost their admiration for dance culture. With the band on hiatus, brothers Jez and Andy Williams have formed Black Rivers. A new project, it's much more electronic in leaning than many fans might expect. Lining up their debut album […]
"The average MCM customer is a global nomad."While 2016 might seem like a long way off to most, German luxury label MCM has already begun prepping for the big 4-0 (the anniversary it celebrates in two years time), doing so this season via a special collaboration with contemporary artist, Stefan Strumbel. A favourite of Karl Lagerfeld, Strumbel’s wo […]
Watch it now...The years may pass but Noel Gallagher remains - for many - the guv'nor. Working on fresh material, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are set to release their new album 'Chasing Yesterday' on March 2nd. Lead cut 'In The Heat Of The Moment' is online now, with the one time Oasis kingpin unveiling the accompanying v […]
Tristan Bath's London-based drone project challenges, soothes, and strikes harmonies you didn't know you had. STAFF PICKS: Missing Organs finds the humanity in instrumental drone on Undiscovered by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
Watch the Montreal lo-fi auteur's hilarious new video, then read his thoughts on his probably dead pet. PREMIERE: Brazilian Money’s “Bones In My Skin” video is a surreal search for a lost dog by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
A stripped-back piece of rhythmic pop about how love and war are opposite sides of the same coin. PREMIERE: My Brightest Diamond plays “Lover Killer” live at Toronto’s Drake Hotel for Paper Bag Sessions by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.
$500 is needed by November 1 to preserve an archive of Toronto's legendary rave culture. The fundraiser tells me why that should happen. Save the Toronto rave forum The Vault with this crowdfunding campaign by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
Thurston Moore's new solo album is being hailed as the Sonic Youth album we've been waiting for, but you can find the band's DNA all over the last three decades of music. 10 Great Musical Homages to Sonic Youth by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.
Today’s song is Say Yes, the closing track from Elliott Smith’s third album, Either/Or. By the disc’s early 1997 release, Smith had become well-known in indie rock circles for his lo-fi, folky, confessional alt-rock, mostly recorded by Smith alone. He had a knack for writing dark songs that let just enough light creep in around […]
Los Angeles – Watching Hozier perform at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on a recent night was divine. The sound that spilled from his unassuming persona was like a holy adventure on its own, but the addition of his thoughtful lyrics, cellist, and old-school back-up singers got the audience to their feet in awe. With the help Continue Reading → The post Hozier […]
Seattle – We’ve had our eyes on rising local musician, Kate Lynne Logan. She captures the spirit of the Pacific Northwest with her enchanting vocals and Americana style of guitar playing. She has the ability to produce alternative country music that appeals to listeners of folk, indie, and classic rock. Best New Bands had a Continue Reading → The post Kate […]
Chicago – Over the years, Philadelphia has produced a number of talented musical groups, from Boyz II Men and The Roots, to Pink, Santigold, and Dr. Dog. Now Philly gives us emo rockers Modern Baseball. Brendan Lukens, Ian Farmer, Sean Huber, and Jacob Ewald make up this young band, hitting it big at the height Continue Reading → The post Modern Baseball: Ph […]
Austin – This headline guarantees Charli XCX a spot on a pink card in some future edition of Trivial Pursuit. More immediately, it seems like a looming, hilarious instance of the career-launching/overshadowing single—“Creep” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” come to mind. Before “Boom Clap” and the Icona Pop collaboration “I Love It,” British pop singer Continue […]
Los Angeles – This past summer, Philadelphia-based band Vacationer released their sophomore album, Relief. Their unique sound has been described as “Nu-Hula/ World Wave.” Relief is an appealing, earnest, and utterly joyous record. The laidback electronics booted with the dreamy guitars bestows a pleasant summer feeling we wouldn’t mind experiencing all seaso […]