Trees Speak – self-titled

On its surface, this 15-track album from a band which appears to originate from the vicinity of Phoenix, AZ is a deeply obscure post-rock experiment, with Trees Speak referencing ensembles that some of you may have heard of (the coincidentally German groups Cluster, Harmonia and Neu!) and others that are certainly unknown to me until now (Beak, … [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...]

Radian Versus Howe Gelb

Despite decades of ceaseless collaboration and rampant genre-hopping, Giant Sand’s free-thinking Howe Gelb has only flirted with but never consummated a relationship with electronica.  Perhaps given his self-projected ambassadorial role for the organically-grown corners of the music world, allowing his wares to be synthetically augmented and … [Read more...]

Howe Gelb – Little Sand Box (boxset)

Having performed the herculean task of bringing the near-entirety of Giant Sand’s core catalogue back into print since 2010, Fire Records now has the somewhat trickier task of sorting out the rest of Howe Gelb’s labyrinthine discography.  Whilst side-projects such as The Band Of Blacky Ranchette and Arizona Amp & Alternator patiently wait their … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#38 (John Parish on Doc At The Radar Station)

John Parish on… Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band’s Doc At The Radar Station (Virgin Records, 1980) “Listen to this, it’s the worst thing you’ve ever heard” said the keyboard-player from my first band before sticking a cassette into the van’s sound system. It was an advance copy of Doc At The Radar Station that a friend working in Virgin … [Read more...]

The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray [Collector’s Edition]

The jury will probably to be out forever deliberating whether Evan Dando will be remembered as the greatest lost hope of the post-Hüsker Dü world or as just someone who squandered their intuitive charms for the distractions of hedonistic highs. One thing however, that most Dando/Lemonheads observers can almost unanimously agree on, is that 1992’s … [Read more...]

Evan Dando – Baby I’m Bored

Evan Dando may have slipped off many people’s radar sometime after The Lemonheads’ sloppy drug-damaged swansong Car Button Cloth (1996), but few of us really doubted that he’d be back for a second bite at the big rock candy eventually. After all, what else could Evan Dando really do? Can you really imagine the one-time indie heartthrob packing … [Read more...]