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...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#40 (Chris Eckman on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts)

Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts & Dirtmusic) on… Brian Eno & David Byrne’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Sire, 1981) As an echo of Brian Eno’s love of random gestures and creative accidents, I close my eyes and open my dog-eared copy of Nigerian author Amos Tutola’s 1950s novel My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and press my finger to the … [Read more...]

Tamikrest – Chatma

The music of Tamikrest is so imbued with the upheaval, sadness and defiance of the Tuareg communities spread across the countries that span the Saharan desert, that applying Western rock critique mores to the band’s work feels somewhat trivial.  Yet to patronise the group’s wares with over-compensating for the fact that merely keeping its members … [Read more...]