Glen Johnson – Same Sex

Glen Johnson - Same Sex

Although there was a certain degree of sadness attached to the dissolution of Piano Magic - informally announced around the release of last summer’s excellent Heart Machinery rarities anthology - the knowledge that many of the main group members would carry on with other projects has been both reassuring and tantalising.  Hence, co-singer Angèle … [Read more...]

Land Observations – The Grand Tour

Land Observations - The Grand Tour

James Brooks’ first album as Land Observations - 2012’s Roman Roads IV – XI - was a quiet revelation with its inventive melding of minimalism and pyschogeography.  In approaching this sequel, Brooks has more challenges and expectations to meet in retaining the balmy intimacy of his layered solo electric guitar soundscapes whilst moving the one-man … [Read more...]

Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

Allegaeon - Elements of the Infinite

Tech death giants Allegaeon return once again to shatter the cosmos and your perception of metal with Elements of the Infinite on Metal Blade Records.  2012's Formshifter was a mind-bending foray that pushed into the upper echelons of metal releases for the year.  With that being said the bar has certainly been set and how it unfolds should be a … [Read more...]

Chris Catalena and the Native Americans – Here Comes The Time

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Chris Catalena has some interesting and talented friends to call on. The first musician actually from Austin, TX whose music I've had the opportunity to listen to and review, he must be aware that having Rob Campanella of the Brian Jonestown Massacre as main producer of his album will inevitably raise expectations amongst potential listeners. … [Read more...]

Guest Review by Mark Lesseraux: Kyle Bobby Dunn – Kyle Bobby Dunn & The Infinite Sadness

Kyle Bobby Dunn - Kyle Bobby Dunn & The Infinite Sadness

For nearly 12 years now Kyle Bobby Dunn has been consistently creating some of the most poignant, powerful ambient drone music on the planet.  Kyle Bobby Dunn's 2014 release Kyle Bobby Dunn and The Infinite Sadness does not break from that consistency, though it does feature a shift toward shorter composition lengths. This shift is not a bad thing … [Read more...]

Ray Gibson – Fishing Muddy Puddles

Ray Gibson - Fishing Muddy Puddles

I realize it's a bit dated now, but my hunch is that when Ray Gibson's  Fishing Muddy Puddles released in 2012, it didn't make much of a splash stateside.   And as far as puddles go - engaging, muddy, gritty, splashy good fun all around; I think we may have missed out.  The good news then is that there is more Ray Gibson and company due out later … [Read more...]

The Chills – “Molten Gold” b/w “Pink Frost 13″ (7″ single)

The Chills - Molten Gold b/w Pink Frost 13

With such a sprawling and hard-to-acquire back catalogue, it’s somewhat difficult to find an easy entry point into the work of The Chills, especially for us non-New Zealand dwellers belatedly interested in the recently reactivated group led by the mercurial Martin Phillipps.  Although last year’s expansive Somewhere Beautiful live album certainly … [Read more...]

Friendly Faux – “Three Lefts”

Friendly Faux - Three Lefts

Ohio is very much the opposite of the desert valley wonderland of California and Arizona. Columbus based band Friendly Faux may not be looking to change that, but their song “Three Lefts” is more Blues for the Red Sun than Bee Thousand or The Big Come Up, to name some of Ohio’s more well-known acts. Coming from their recent EP of the same name, … [Read more...]

The Auteurs – Now I’m A Cowboy, After Murder Park & How I Learned To Love The Bootboys (reissues)

The Auteurs - Now I'm A Cowboy

Having done a decent job earlier this year of resurrecting and reissuing The Auteurs’ striking debut album (1993’s New Wave) and frontman Luke Haines’ 1996 eponymous Baader Meinhof side-project release, 3 Loop Music now turns attention to the remaining and more misunderstood entries in The Auteurs' official catalogue, with warts ‘n’ all … [Read more...]

Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right

Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right

The term “post-punk” has perhaps become one of the most versatile, and perhaps overused, terms in modern music. But this is not meant as a slight - what might seem overwhelming has also been a welcome mat for some of the most inventive and enjoyable music in the medium. Protomartyr is one such band to find a home in these cracks, and Under Color of … [Read more...]