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 LeeA

Static Daydream – s/t (St. Marie)

Static Daydream – s/t (St. Marie)

Y’know, that character I conjured for the Viet Cong review wasn’t a total fiction. That pathetic, miserly anti-ego still rips holes in my skin, still tells me I can’t write whenever I sit down to the keyboard, still gets off on corpse-resting-on-marble-tomb stuff like Clan of Xymox. I know it’s that side of me that […]

 LeeA

Flying Saucer Attack – Instrumentals 2015 (Domino)

Flying Saucer Attack – Instrumentals 2015 (Domino)

You’re standing in a forest. The hike so far hasn’t been too rough – a few uphill climbs, a few muddy slopes, but nothing you couldn’t handle. The trail has led you to a wide clearing; huge dead trees rest on the outer edges, and the center looks charred from countless campfires. Sad that no […]

 LeeA

Tame Impala – Currents (Interscope)

Tame Impala – Currents (Interscope)

HEY SO check out Tame Impala, huh. Check out that cover. A shiny silver sphere in a white/black void. It even looks like one of those post-prog 80s albums from Genesis or Yes, the whole “we’re modern now so we’ll have minimal geometric covers, hyuck hyuck.” Gotta hand it to ‘em for doing their homework. […]

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Muse – Drones (Warner Bros)

Muse – Drones (Warner Bros)

By Miss Tiarney Miekus I haven’t been properly sickened by the self-delusions of the typical mainstream all-male stadium rock act since Alex Turner made a big show of wanting to smash through the glass ceiling (apparently forgetting he is the glass ceiling) or the staggering audacity that saw U2’s Songs Of Innocence digitally force-fed to […]

 LeeA

Spray Paint – Punters on a Barge (Homeless)

Spray Paint – Punters on a Barge (Homeless)

So. Wanna feel the ground squirm under your feet like a thousand worms? Wanna feel your mind melt ever so slowly into tie-dye colored goop? Wanna feel NOTHING? Punters On A Barge by Spray Paint GOD FUCK. Think the sheer metal alien attack of Chrome, fused with steamrolling kraut beats, and Flipper’s absolute denial of […]

 LeeA

Girlpool – Before The World Was Big (Wichita Recordings)

Girlpool – Before The World Was Big (Wichita Recordings)

How is a girl supposed to “mature”, anyway? Or, for that matter, how does a band “mature” after rocketing to fame with a tape about sex and female desire? Girlpool did that rare thing that not all bands do (*coughJoannaGruesomecough*) – they figured out what the press wanted them to be, and thus became something […]

 LeeA

Frog – Kind of Blah (Audio Antihero)

Frog – Kind of Blah (Audio Antihero)

Oh, god. Help me, words. Help me convey what a blessing Frog is. The moment the guitars trickle in on “All Dogs to Heaven”, I am transported. The warm twang that rings throughout the LP sounds woody, tangible, distinctly not modern. I think about “Ventura Highway”, and I try to remember when that sandy southwestern […]

 Cheri

Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer (Stop Start)

Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer (Stop Start)

Around about this time last year, the internet was busy picking pixels out of Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign: those of us empowered by the sentiment and those of us who consider it all mere semantics. So whilst Speedy Ortiz frontwoman and guitarist, Sadie Dupuis drove round Connecticut last summer, guitar flung across […]

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Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter (Fortuna POP!)

Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter (Fortuna POP!)

By Stephanie Phillips Despite what many a cantankerous punk will tell you it really doesn’t take too much to start a DIY band. It’s easy enough to find like minded, rough and ready members with a similar disliking for authority; it’s easy to put a middle finger up to the concept of the music business […]

 Cheri

The Nightingales – Mind Over Matter (Louder Than War)

The Nightingales – Mind Over Matter (Louder Than War)

“For goodness sake, there’s been a chunk of time”, calls out Nightingales maestro Robert Lloyd seconds into the jittering opener of the same name. But in reality, there really hasn’t been at all. 2012 saw the Midlands troupe document a stream of live greats into Cooking Vinyl released No Love Lost, whilst 2014’s For Fuck’s […]

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