Cyclopean – self-titled EP

Reverence for the Krautrock idioms of yore has arguably never been bigger or so widely expressed than it is now.  With even the likes of Paul Weller developing a motorik affectation and the fervour surrounding last year’s boxset of previously unheard Can material, the importance of the genre's sonic trappings appears to be forever expanding.  But … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#29 (Land Observations’ James Brooks on Recurring)

Land Observations’ James Brooks on… Spacemen 3’s Recurring (Fire Records, 1990) When I think of records that influenced my musical approach and belief set, few left the impression that Recurring had on me. At that stage in my musical development the earlier records were still to be hunted down and discovered.  However, in late-1990 … [Read more...]

Crime & The City Solution – An Introduction To… A History of Crime: Berlin 1987-1991

The Crime & The City Solution catalogue has long been an unwieldy body of work which even erstwhile long-serving member Mick Harvey (also of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds) acknowledged in a 2005 interview with this writer.  Although badly in need of anthologizing, Harvey mused that a retrospective compilation of the nomadic band, founded by Australian … [Read more...]

FAO#33: Land Observations & Dead Rat Orchestra

Although instrumental music is so intrinsic to our daily life, whether it’s deadly lift muzak or the enthralling score to an on-screen drama, it’s still considered somewhat of an oddity for your average music fan to stock up on releases with a wordless voice-free remit.  Which is a shame, as good instrumental music can often be a life-line for … [Read more...]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Nocturama, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus & Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (deluxe CD/DVD reissues)

Whilst it might seem a little premature for Mute to already be revisiting three Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds albums that are less than a decade old, in terms of bringing the elongated reissue campaign of the last few years to a full and tidy conclusion it makes sense, at least for completionist fans.  It also brings things full circle to prime us … [Read more...]

Liars – WIXIW

As brief as it may seem, Liars have now relegated a sextet of albums that continue to defy all odds and interestingly enough, continue to defy normal logic. While always maintaining their experimental side with albums that never repeat themselves, Liars have basked in the glory of creating conceptual, cohesive albums where the importance lies in … [Read more...]

Can – The Lost Tapes (boxset)

With the influence of Can seemingly reaching its highest watermark right now, it’s somewhat inevitable that a long-awaited trawl of the band’s archives has finally come to fruition.  Although a reissue campaign in the early-to-mid-2000s for Can’s official album catalogue put the group’s legacy into good working order with strong yet sympathetic … [Read more...]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Let Love In, Murder Ballads, The Boatman’s Call & No More Shall We Part (CD/DVD reissues)

Having spent the bulk of the past year indulging guttural libido and swamp-rock urges with his Grinderman side-project, Nick Cave is reportedly back at the ‘day-job’ in preparation for a new regular long-player with the full Bad Seeds line-up.  So whilst he knuckles down to write his next musical chapter, here comes another window of opportunity to … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#2 (The Real Tuesday Weld’s Stephen Coates on Oedipus Schmoedipus)

Stephen Coates (The Real Tuesday Weld) on... Barry Adamson’s Oedipus Schmoedipus (Mute Records, 1996) Down the road from the Royal College of Art where I studied for a couple of years, there used to be somewhere called Kensington Market.  Even then it was rather out of step with the rest of the high-end posh shops in the area - a kind of … [Read more...]

Richard Hawley – Truelove’s Gutter

You can attempt to make different kinds of music. Try and write stuff that’s cluttered, busy and overabundant; try and make something quiet and solemn with a tendency to drag; even try to make something loud but inviting with rich hooks – but whatever you do, don’t ever fool yourself into thinking anyone can do it. Richard Hawley has, quietly, … [Read more...]