Feature on Rate The Tracks
The new My Bloody Valentine album is out. Sounds like its 1991 again, but Loveless still sounds as fresh as ever now.
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Its safe to say Deftones has never made a bad album
Meshuggah – Koloss
Their most “accessible” album. Still impossible to replicate by any band.
Band Of Skulls – Sweet Sour
Swans – The Seer
A masterpiece alongside “White Light..” and The Great Annihilator. Brutal, yet beautiful and cinematic.
Cannibal Corpse – Torture
Gore Death Metal at its best this year. No complaints about the production and sound. Metal riffs galore
Deerhoof – Breakup Song
Fun-filled music that does not conform to any standard song structure. Satomi’s cute japanese-y vocals sounds like it could be grating on paper, but it doesn’t! Combined with the thrilling drumming and sweet guitar riffs on display. Breakup Song is the sunniest album this winter.
Soulfly – Enslaved
Gone are the groove, tribal, nu-metal elements of old. Soulfly sounds reinvigorated, the fruits of the thrashy direction they have been heading in the past few albums. A new peak
Neil Young/Crazy Horse -Psychedelic Pill
Strong songwriting and exquisite jams makes this one of the best Neil Young/Crazy Horse albums
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
12 beautifully arranged, mostly melancholic, songs written in a honest, straight-forward style that grabs you on first listen. Chorus lyrics for “Give Out” will just stick in your head. She shows she can rock out too on “Serpents”.
Was at the BBC 3 London Jazz Festival Launch at Ronnie Scott’s last night and caught this brilliant jazz trio. Their debut album ‘Fanfares’ will be out on Nov 19th
What we’ve been listening to….
First Masterpiece of the Year!
In The Lightness Of Being, we like our guitar pedals.
So Devi Ever’s Console project is pretty exciting news. If you didn’t know, Devi Ever makes pretty cool fuzz pedals and this open-source cartridge guitar fx (reminds me a little of the Atari games) sounds like a wicked project. Unfortunately, we just only found out about this (after the fundraising ended). But the good news is that the goal has been reached and we’ll be looking forward to this possibly in 2013!!
Dinosaur Jr’s I Bet The Sky drops September 17. Meantime, a track Watch The Corner, is streaming here.
Features a typically good J solo!
Lee Ranaldo played all the songs from his album ” Between the times and the tides”, played 2 covers – Neil Young’s “Walk On” and Talking Head’s “Thank You For Sending Me An Angel”. Played the best ‘Lee song’ ever “Karen Revisited”. Steve Shelley provided musical pulse. Lee played real good feedback and super-sounding riffs, With his mild mannered look on, yeah he was truly hip…