Richard Thompson – Still

Richard Thompson - Still

Recently Richard Thompson has been aesthetically restless when it comes to the record-making process; vacillating from the live-cut Dream Attic (2010) to the nearly-all-plugged-in Electric (2013) to the bare-boned Acoustic Classics (2014).  So the decision to build a new LP with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy as producer initially seems to be another … [Read more...]

Cary Grace – Tygerland

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Since releasing her first album in 2004, Cary Grace has continued to make and produce music that takes its influences from a range of sources wider than that of many other musicians. Country and blues rock, progressive and space rock, folk and experimental inspirations are all to be found within the music she has recorded over the last decade. … [Read more...]

Bastards – Ethos EP

This Denver-based hardcore band Bastards debuts with Ethos and I am struck by how rhythmic this youthful-sounding EP is. Anchored by a very practiced and synced bass guitar and drums set-up, songs march into breakdowns at every other turn. But this isn't mathcore. The frequent rhythm changes rarely interrupt the pace and momentum of the music. … [Read more...]

Polytechnic Youth presents… Mass Defect – “Magnetic Melodie” b/w Prism On – “Flicker Flicker… Pow!”

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Not content with already running two of the most loved vinyl-only bedroom labels with The Great Pop Supplement and Deep Distance (whose releases are regulars to DOA), Dom Martin has covertly been nurturing yet another imprint, in the shape of Polytechnic Youth.  Born in March 2014, the enterprise responds to the frustrations of Record Store Day … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Shirley Inspired

Various Artists - Shirley Inspired

As an integral player - yet one who could also stand apart - in the British folk revival between the early-1950s and mid-1970s, Shirley Collins was a song collector rather than a songwriter during her active career.  Scholarly yet intuitive in her approach to finding and reinterpreting songs passed down through centuries of British folk history - … [Read more...]

Xam – Tone Systems EP / Autumn Of Pækward – Iktsuarpok

Xam - Tone Systems EP

Now firmly established as the ‘go-to’ UK label for all flavours of modern day motorik-seeded produce, Deep Distance continues to crank out fresh releases at a bank account frightening pace this year, with bottle-necked vinyl pressing plants being the only break on owner Dom Martin’s prolific harvesting rate.  And here - almost straight after … [Read more...]

Short Takes (WAAX, Matthew Morgan, Lael Summer & Luca Bash)

WAAX - Photo Credit: Dane Beesley

WAAX – “I For An Eye” Some of musicdom’s still-hidden treasures reside in the land of Australia.  Hot spots like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane are bristling with talented and high-energy musical acts that deserve to be unearthed and displayed on the world’s stage.  One such gem is the Brisbane-based, punk-influenced rock band WAAX.  Marie … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#44 (Dean McPhee on In A Silent Way)

Miles Davis - In A Silent Way

Dean McPhee on…. Miles Davis’s In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) My first introduction to Miles Davis was when a friend put Bitches Brew on my car stereo back in the late-‘90s while we were all parked up a hill in the middle of nowhere. It was copied onto a battered old tape and was slightly warped, which made it sound even weirder, further … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Revolution: The Shoegaze Revival

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It's approaching three decades since a string of late-1980s guitar bands found themselves grouped together under the collective noun of 'shoegaze'. The influence of some of those bands has proved an enduring one, with Slowdive, MBV, Ride, Pale Saints, Chapterhouse and others quoted as influences by a large number of more recent and current bands; … [Read more...]

Half Japanese – Volume 3: 1990-1995

Half Japanese - Volume 3: 1990-1995

With the still-fresh Volume 2: 1987-1989 set, Fire bottled-up three of the most accessible and distinctive Half Japanese albums (with associated archival off-cuts) for novices to find an easy way into the most sprawling branch of Jad Fair’s vast discography.  The newly-released Volume 3: 1990-1995 is a far gnarlier collection that takes a braver … [Read more...]