Jody Cooper – “One”

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jody Cooper is a man of many talents and many countries.  Cooper grew up an as English boy in Scotland and went back to England to get a degree in music after spending several years as a working musician.  He released his first album, Ten A Penny, and proceeded to tour the UK and Europe. A foray with … [Read more...]

The Real Hooks – “Damn You”

Pensacola’s own The Real Hooks are a family-act in an age when such formations seem like relics of a bygone era. They make it work through a combination of upbeat lyrical content, more than a healthy dose of humor, and undeniable musicality. All of those talents are readily on display in their newest single “Damn You” and it reaffirms the sense of … [Read more...]

Olivia – “I Choose This Love”

Canadian Olivia started writing songs and performing at the tender age of 11 and hasn’t looked back since.  Each year her star shines brighter and brighter with increasing acclaim and airplay of her music.  The artist’s recent EP, Weightless, won the top pop award in the Unsigned Only Competition. Her songs “Outshine the Stars” and “Christmas … [Read more...]

Jagged Vision – Death Is This World

Palm-mutted riffing with arpeggios is a good way to open an album. Cue Jagged Vision's "Betrayer." Song one deftly slices pleasantly adrenalized riffing between the melodic and the metallic. Before it ends, the song will have at times sounded like conventional metal, something almost eastern-infused, and, finally, warm hardcore with a hook. That … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#52 (The Home Current’s Martin Jensen on To Each)

Martin Jensen (The Home Current) on… A Certain Ratio’s To Each (Factory Records, 1981) I don't think I will ever fully comprehend why A Certain Ratio's first official album, To Each, has always been written off as somewhat mediocre. At the time of its release in 1981, it enjoyed a lukewarm reception at best and it was generally brushed … [Read more...]

The Charlatans – Different Days

Of course you remember The Charlatans, or The Charlatans UK if you are a US resident, a band that were at the forefront of the indie-dance scene of the early-'90s and that are probably best known for the string of hits they enjoyed during that decade, songs like "The Only One I Know", "One To Another", "North Country Boy" and others, a band that … [Read more...]

75 Dollar Bill – Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock

Despite being active since 2012, it took until the middle of last year for the Brooklyn-based 75 Dollar Bill to garner greater critical attention with this second ‘proper’ album; released originally in the US through Thin Wrist Recordings and now reissued for UK/European audiences via new Glitterbeat subsidy imprint Tak:Til.  Combining the twin … [Read more...]

MesAlfie. – “Must See New York”

Rome-based singer-songwriter Alfredo Serafini records under the name MesAlfie..  He has had a successful career in his native Italy with his band Aleph, signing to divisions of Polygram and Sony for that band and his solo work. After record label complications left Serafini wary of the Italian music industry, he has decided to go back to the … [Read more...]

Candles – self-titled

Having first appeared under the duo umbrella of Candles on a cassette/download EP in 2012, through the fleetingly fecund Critical Heights label, it’s taken some painstaking piecemeal work for Owen Tromans (ex-San Lorenzo and long-running solo troubadour) and James Nicholls (one-half of elusive psych-folk outfit Savaging Spires) to chisel this … [Read more...]

Mark Mulcahy – The Possum In The Driveway

Although it’s taken a while for Mark Mulcahy to bring us this sequel to 2013’s hiatus-ending solo long-player, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You, he’s not been idle in the interim.  A reunited Miracle Legion has diverted his energies into prolific gig-playing, overseeing a fresh vinyl edition of 1996’s Portrait Of Damaged Family LP for last year’s … [Read more...]