Sunday, June 26, 2011

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - Smoking In Heaven review

Despite their youth, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have been at it for a while now. The British siblings have been performing and recording since their early teens and their new album, Smoking In Heaven, sets out to establish them as mature, serious musicians.

The songs on Smoking In Heaven are rooted in early Americana rock and roll. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis don’t reinvent an old sound but recycle it completely. Even the way that the siblings dress is proof that they too (or at least their management) believe that they are from the 1950s...

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Rip It Up Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Smoking In Heaven review

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - Smoking In Heaven (Pre-Listening Sampler) by PIASGermany

Blur - 13 review

Before Gorillaz, Damon Albarn's love child was Blur. And an epic album if there ever was one, Blur’s sixth album 13 dabbled in virtually every genre imaginable yet somehow retained a sense of coherency that saw it heralded as one of the most ambitious records of the 90s.

When 13 was released, the Britpop era was, for all intents and purposes, dead in the water.  Blur’s chief chart rivals, Oasis, were fading into a drug-induced obscurity, and Blur wasn’t far behind...

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Rip It Up - Blur 13 album review

Blur - Trailer Park by Irregular Johnny

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Susy Blue - Curly Girl album review

Have you ever wondered what Barney And Friends would sound like if they played a Medieval Renassiance Fair? Me neither, but Melbourne’s Susy Blue is here to answer that question anyway. On her debut album, Curly Girl, Blue serves up an ambiguous and ambitious record of genre-bending antics...

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Rip It Up Susy Blue Curly Girl review

Burning Star by Susy Blue

Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass album review

Fuck Buttons is kind of like the rave-attending, ecstasy-dropping cousin of Icelandic mopers Sigur Ros. Their songs are long, drawn-out, electronic affairs that are as exciting as dropping a Mentos into a bottle of Coke.  Despite this, their sophomore record Tarot Sport garnered the lazily named band quite a bit of praise. This inflated the ego of one half of Fuck Buttons enough to think that the public wanted to hear his solo record...

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Blanck Mass - Land Disasters by One Thirty BPM

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours review

I just saw a television commercial that told me the “rumours” were true.  The insanely popular (for a reason I can’t comprehend) show Glee is going to bastardize the Fleetwood Mac songbook.  Somewhere, my mother is rolling her eyes.

I never listened to Fleetwood Mac with any sort of regularity until I was an adult, although I had been exposed to them regularly throughout my childhood thanks to my mother.  My mom once confided in me that when she was a teenager she would stand in front of her bedroom mirror pretending that she was Stevie Nicks while Fleetwood Mac played in the background.  The first time I listened to Rumours I not only understood why my mom was miming, I wanted to be Stevie as well...

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Rip It Up - Fleetwood Mac Rumours review

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977) by krojac

Monday, June 06, 2011

EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints review

Dirty and grimy, Past Life Martyred Saints is the culmination of every regret you’ve had and sin you’ve committed. It is the shameful walk home after an all-night binge, an epitaph for innocence.

Half-sung, half-spoken-word, EMA’s (Erika M. Anderson) songs sound more like confessions than singing. Effects are layered on top of one another, guitars are distorted, percussion is muffled and notes are sustained to wails and moans that deliver a spine-chilling effect. However, it’s not all about shock value. There is genuineness and poignancy buried deep within the violence and ugliness. EMA’s songs chronicle depression, abuse, sexuality and self-destruction...

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Rip It Up EMA Past Life Martyred Saints review

EMA - The Grey Ship by WorkItMedia

Teleprompter - Teleprompter EP review

Brisbane’s Teleprompter is a workout. The five track, eponymous debut EP is an auditory assault that has such a frenetic energy you will be surprised at the mere 21-minute run time. That being said, if you’ve heard the album Antidotes by British band Foals, then you’ve pretty much heard Teleprompter...

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Rip It Up Teleprompter Teleprompter EP review

Teleprompter - Boxcutter (R3mix) by RThree

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Dananananaykroyd - There Is A Way review

You know Scooby-Doo’s cousin, Scrappy-Doo? The little dog that was a fraction of Scooby’s size but could speak English clearly and was courageous and daring in every way that Scooby wasn’t? to be fair, Scooby was probably incredibly paranoid. Dananananaykroyd is exactly like Scrappy-Doo; they’re so energetic it’s disorienting...

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Rip It Up - Dananananaykroyd There Is A Way

Dananananaykroyd - E Numbers by Can't Hear My Eyes