Alain Johannes – Fragments and Wholes, Vol.1

There’s something rather pleasing about using numbers as something other than passing the time or showing how much there is of something.  Tomorrow’s 11/11 is a good example of this as it is with its symmetry and a date that avoids transatlantic confusion, but throw the year into the mix and add the all the digits from 11/11/2014 together and you end up with another eleven.  Which is nice.  So.. Read More

Matthew Ryan – Boxers

Usually, and certainly of late, I find it a struggle to find that elusive interesting “in” to a record, that unique moment that allows me to begin a train of thought to wherever.  The most difficult thing for me with this particular one is that it was all to easy to do and I remain unsure about if I want to go down that track.  But here I am and.. Read More

Mark Lanegan Band – Bubblegum

It’s rare that I do posts of a personal nature these days.  Partly because I’ve become a little bit more guarded over the past couple of years anyway due to this & that, but I suppose it’s mostly because I’ve been so busy trying to listen to so much new stuff that I’ve not been looking backwards so often anymore.  Which is probably why it came as a genuine shock.. Read More

Sweet Apple – The Golden Age Of Glitter

I have no idea if it was a collective act or sheer coincidence, but somewhere along the line a switch was closed and we all became earnest, miserable sods.  Or at the very least I did and presumed that everyone else did too.  Thankfully, we have Sweet Apple here to decide that not only is it perfectly OK to be fun and bright and occasionally silly, but it’s also possible.. Read More

The Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast

I suspect that I may well be the only person who does this, but there you go.  After waiting with bated breath from the moment it was announced to the day that it finally arrived on my doorstep, I then went and left the new Afghan Whigs album to one side for a day.  Unplayed.  Then again, it’s been over a decade and a half.  Another 24 hours spent tantalisingly.. Read More

Calibro 35 – Traditori di Tutti

More surprises ahoy, this time on the recommendation of a member of a forum I do very little work on (Spin The Blackest Circles), and instead of providing a calming influence on proceedings as with the previous two records, this one doesn’t half set off the fireworks.  Italian combo Calibro 35 are a new one on me, but far from thinking “oh bugger, late to the party again”, I’m faced.. Read More

Blitzen Trapper – VII

Something that any artist or band strives for is that “thing” that, when you hear it, you know that it’s them.  It may be a unique vocal or choice of instruments, it could be something as superficially simple as subject matter of the style of artwork that adorns each release.  With Blitzen Trapper, it’s slightly different – it’s the way that their songs walk.  There’s something in the phrasing of.. Read More

Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Queens Of The Stone Age have always had a strange effect on me, I must admit.  Play me pretty much any song of theirs and I’ll happily enthuse about whatever’s playing and possibly bore you with the details of who’s on any given one.  Sit me down in front of any of their previous five albums in full however, and I’ll get a bit distant and twitchy. Do I have.. Read More

Wolf People – Fain

It’s a strange thing, scribbling about music.  Translating sound into words in the hope that the person at the other end can vaguely translate it back again in their own minds is akin to typing out a recipe in one language, babelfishing it into another, and then getting someone to translate it back again with a different web-based translation tool and hoping that they don’t poison themselves or their entire.. Read More

The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO

And now, back to where I was.  Which is furiously catching up with things from the past two weeks before things from the next two weeks swamp me completely.  Fortunately, a couple of these treats arrived in the form of pre-release/pre-order downloads that mean that instead of being two weeks late with this (and hopefully the next one too), I’m actually a day early.  And, even more fortunately, I was.. Read More