The Double – ‘Dawn of the Double’

To be a prolific artist doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re churning out masterpiece after masterpiece due to a projectile stream of creative genius puke lining your porcelain bus. No. Ed Sheeran is a prolific artist. I’ll just leave it at that. However, there is an exclusive cluster of prolific artists that meet once a year in a dug out crater beneath an eerie looking mountain who feast on the blood of Bruno Mars while chanting pelvic rhythms to their overlord, Dionysus...

ShitKid – Fish: Album of the Week

After two buzz-worthy EPs ShitKid aka Åsa Söderqvist drops her debut full-length “Fish“. If there was ever a pop antidote to what’s filling up the charts these days – this is it. “Fish” is laced with unbelievable pop hooks, but is just lo-fi and avant-garde enough to raise eyebrows. Mixing in a couple of tracks from her previous EPs (including the standout “Sugar Town”) with 7 new ones, “Fish” should have the name ShitKid on the...

INTERPOL Turned On The Bright Lights… 15 Years Ago Today

Band: INTERPOL Album: TURN ON THE BRIGHT LIGHTS – debut LP Released: 20 August 1992 – 15 years ago Rolling Stone Magazine wrote back then: “Like many other New York indie bands, these well-dressed young men are bewitched by classic British art fucks such as Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Ride and The Smiths. But Interpol’s sleek, melancholy sound is a thing of glacial beauty. After three mouth-watering EPs, they sound totally assured on their first full-length...

Naughty By Nature – ‘Hip Hop Hooray’

Hip Hop Hooray by Naughty By Nature – a classic from 1993, smack in the golden era of hip hop. Featuring a laid back bass line borrowed from The Isley Brothers’ Make Me Say It Again, Girl, it’s an uplifting celebration of rap, women and life in general, with a chorus you can’t help but sing along to. The song’s video was directed by Spike Lee when he was at the height of his powers and he puts in a cameo appearance in it, along with Eazy-E, Run DMC, Tupac and the...

SLEATER-KINNEY – Fifteen Years Ago… ONE BEAT

Anniversary Albums… Band: SLEATER-KINNEY (Olympia, Washington, US) Album: ONE BEAT – their sixth LP Released: 20 August 2002 – 15 years ago… Reviews: by Pitchfork and All Music Quote: as NME‘s Victoria Segal said brilliantly: “Few bands could explore motherhood and terrorism without making you want to shoot them: Corin Tucker’s electric-shock voice and the adrenalin guitars make them essential pop topics…” Essential lyrics: from Combat Rock...

Justine and the Unclean – Rock and Roll Down to the Studs

Just a few listens of the new double single by Boston punks Justine and the Unclean and both songs are stuck in my head. Justine and the Unclean expertly use the formula perfected by the Ramones and the Buzzcocks, taking rock and roll down to the studs, in short, simple and catchy bursts. “Love Got Me Into This Mess” and “Passive Aggressive Baby” are from their forthcoming full-length – “Get Unclean” out in November on Rum Bar Records and can be...