Sarah Cracknell – Lipslide reissue

This past autumn saw the re-release of Saint Etienne chanteuse Sarah Cracknell’s 1997 solo album Lipslide in a 2-disc format.  The first CD contains the remastered (and reordered) tracks from the original album, while the second CD adds on various demos and previously unreleased material.  Sarah’s solo work is very much in line with Saint Etienne’s … [Read more...]

Interview with Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne

  Hello Pete!  I’m absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to ask you a few questions about your spectacularly poptastic recent album Music and Words by Saint Etienne that has been out on Heavenly since May.  It’s a concept album and the ultimate fan love letter to pop music, where you hit the highlights of the soundtrack of our … [Read more...]

Blood Red Shoes – In TIme To Voices

Brighton, England-based Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell refine their indie rock sound yet again on third album In Time To Voices, which was made available in the U.S. this past July.  They also diversify their style to include acoustic guitar ballads and a ‘kick out the jams’ punk number.  The end result, while tuneful and solid, is not as … [Read more...]

Saint Etienne – “I’ve Got Your Music” video

British nouveau-retro electronic-pop trio Saint Etienne is back after a 7-year hiatus with its 8th studio album, the descriptively bland, but aptly titled Words and Music by Saint Etienne.  Released in May on Heavenly Records, this concept album of melodic dance-pop and fleet disco beats contains lyrics that read like pages from an ultimate pop … [Read more...]

Q&A with Second Head

Hey there Emma and Wim – It’s really cool to have the chance to touch base with you both and find out more about your band.  Your latest EP Children of the Revulsion (Love the wordplay!) is out now and it seems to be heading in a more laid-back, thematically cohesive direction than your previous EP Gift Horse and debut album Disease comes in … [Read more...]

Interview with Sharron Kraus

Hello Sharron!  It’s so lovely to have the chance to ask you some questions about your music career and your latest album The Woody Nightshade.  I reviewed your album for this site and I found the story-telling and poetic nature of your songs to be both richly enigmatic and elucidating.  Have you always written in this style?  Did you ever consider … [Read more...]

Interview with Does It Offend You, Yeah?

Hiya Dan!  I’ve had the grand pleasure of hearing both of your band’s albums, the 2008 debut You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into and 2011’s Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, and you definitely redefine and realign what is labeled ‘electronic rock’ these days! Your latest album is extremely aurally varied compared to your debut. What … [Read more...]

Interview with Scott of Secret Shine

Hi Scott!  How are you doing these days? I'm doing fine now after a horrid 2010 on many levels for most members of the band for different reasons, except of course the final days of the year  and releasing our new album. Your latest album The Beginning And The End came out last December, on Christmas day no less, and I wanted to include it in … [Read more...]

Mekons – Ancient & Modern, 1911-2011

Obviously I’m not the most impartial reviewer on this one – but I think this is a great record. Ancient & Modern is approximately the 26th record that The Mekons have made (it depends what you’re counting as to whether that’s accurate). It is imaginative and rich work, with the thematic coherence and musical eclecticism of some of their best … [Read more...]

The Lovely Eggs – “Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It)” video

The Deviled Eggs… Ooh, er, sorry… The Lovely Eggs serves up a delicious demented dish, I mean, video, off the duo’s album Cob Dominos, which is out on U.K. label Cherryade Records as of January.  Holly and David have a crackin’ good time in the video as Holly sings with in-yer-face enthusiasm.  The song and video aren’t exactly subtle, but … [Read more...]