Archives for April 2015

The Slow Readers Club – Cavalcade

There was a phrase that used to crop up in the music press every other week that I could never quite decipher the full definition of. 'Landfill Indie' wasn't and still isn't a compliment, but I thought I had at least part of it translated and it basically referred to bands whose musical credibility was in some way questionable, not the groovy kids … [Read more...]

Death And Vanilla – To Where The Wild Things Are

Having released a salivating breadcrumb trail of geographically-scattered limited edition vinyl and cassette releases for the likes of Kalligrammofon (Sweden), Hands In The Dark (France), The Great Pop Supplement (UK) and Moon Glyph (US), the Malmö-birthed duo of Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson (AKA Death And Vanilla) have certainly cultivated a … [Read more...]

Debut Album of airy/dark electro-pop from Annalibera

"Black Cat White Cat" After testing the waters with a 3-song self-titled EP of dark and airy electro-pop in 2013, Gebhardt was surprised by the strong response to her material. Annalibera was offered a spot at80/35 (headlined by David Byrne & St. Vincent, Wu-Tang Clan, Yeasayer, Deerhunter) which was covered by QRO Mag and Tiny Mix Tapes, … [Read more...]

Heavy Pet – Spoil the Fun

In a tiny living room with hot pink walls, Heavy Pet worked their DIY magic, while what seemed like at least fifty queer punks looked on. The audience was crammed into the space, overflowing into the kitchen, hallway, and up the stairs, while the house dog ran around underfoot. Members of the band swapped instruments between songs—everyone except … [Read more...]

New EP from Rome’s La Casa Al Mare

La Casa Al Mare, a noise-pop trio from Rome, Italy is set to unveil a debut 7-song EP, This Astro, which gathers together four formerly download-only double A-singles - "M"/"CD Girl" and "Sunflowers"/"Tonight Or Never" - plus three previously unreleased tracks. Visit Bandcamp to stream most of the band's My Bloody Valentine-influenced wares and … [Read more...]

Upcoming EP from L.A. indie-rock duo Satellite Sky

Los Angeles' Satellite Sky, an indie-rock duo, will release its upcoming EP,  Magnetize, on May 5th.  Following the White Stripes garage rock formula of  a guitar and drums duo,  Satellite Sky features Pete Kicks on guitar and Kim Kicks on drums,  but these two are in fact blood related siblings. Satellite Sky is based in Los Angeles by way of … [Read more...]

bitter’s kiss – “No One Will”

Bitter’s kiss is the lyrics-driven indie-pop alias of New Jersey-based singer-songwriter Chloe Baker who, along with help from her father, Michael Baker, self-released her eponymous 8-song debut album at the end of March.  Chloe has garnered over 10K Likes on Facebook and her video for “The Rope” has been viewed on YouTube over 130K times.  Not too … [Read more...]

Land The Big Gig U.S. music competition going on now

Land The Big Gig® is a Mikwaukee-based music competition with a nationwide reach, powered by passionate music fans everywhere. Music acts from across the USA can enter for a chance to win their share of $30,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the ultimate opportunity to perform live at Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival”!  How does … [Read more...]

Marcus Hamblett – Concrete

Over the last five or so years Brighton-based multi-instrumentalist Marcus Hamblett has contented himself with both being a band member (in Eyes & No Eyes and Sons Of Noel And Adrian) and a session man/studio aide (for the likes of Laura Marling, Rachael Dadd, Alessi’s Ark, Peggy Sue and Broken Social Scene) but now comes a solo debut album to … [Read more...]

Record Store Day 2015: In Review

This year’s annualised record-buying binge event was preceded by a heated yet healthy debate on its ongoing help as well as hindrance to the independent quarters of the music industry.  Stoked initially by two kindred-spirit independent labels - Howling Owl and Sonic Cathedral - whose bold yet constructive criticism of the Record Store Day … [Read more...]