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 LeeA

Peaking Lights – Cosmic Logic (Domino)

Peaking Lights – Cosmic Logic (Domino)

It’s funny. Mike plays New Order’s Technique all the time in the shop, and some folks have told him how dated it sounds. To them we say, ha. Have you heard what the kids are into lately? Clear a space. Peaking Lights and I are gonna rumble. From the outset, I knew I could pin […]

 LeeA

The Mistys – Redemption Forest (Other Ideas)

The Mistys – Redemption Forest (Other Ideas)

DISCLAIMER: This is a shameless, self-promo post for the Dead Albatross music prize, an alternative to the UK’s Mercury prize judged not by industry insiders but people that listen to a lot of music. Like me. Click the words hyperlinked above for the full scoop and shortlist – meanwhile, here’s a review of sorts for […]

 LeeA

Philip Selway – Weatherhouse (Bella Union)

Philip Selway – Weatherhouse (Bella Union)

Open mind and ears, I swore to myself before diving into Weatherhouse. Never mind that Philip Selway hails from the obelisk contingency that is Radiohead. Let’s isolate this thing, then. An ordinary ancestral manor in the shady and ever-shifting landscape populated by pop music. High ceilings, high windows. A large study with a wall of […]

 LeeA

The Ballet School – The Dew Lasts An Hour (Bella Union)

The Ballet School – The Dew Lasts An Hour (Bella Union)

Well, I won’t lie. When I plucked Ballet School out of the lineup, I thought for sure I’d singled out another case of all-men groups dubbing their bands with feminine names (see Woman’s Hour, Girl Band). I stand corrected. However. As we all know, having the prerequisite chick on vocals don’t getcha a free pass […]

 LeeA

Mosman Alder – Humdrum Star (Dew Process)

Mosman Alder – Humdrum Star (Dew Process)

The whole music scene thing, it’s all a façade, really, said my landlord one morning, or something like that. He always says things like that whenever we meet in the kitchen. You know, that the government fabricated the war on drugs (the real one, not the band), that the students coming up seem dumber and […]

 LeeA

Millions – Max Relax (Stop/Start)

Millions – Max Relax (Stop/Start)

By the unwritten law of lazy-ass journalism (and trust me – for a sound as lazy as this, we’ll need to respond in kind), I’m obliged to point out that Glenn Tilbrook produced this, and that his kids are part o’ Millions. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, THOUGH? Glenn’s better known as one of the wordsmiths […]

 LeeA

5 Seconds of Summer – s/t (Capitol)

5 Seconds of Summer – s/t (Capitol)

(And before you protest – “But Lee, how dare you bash pop music” – I direct you to this. Read it and weep, you smug little louts.) Any 20-something American probably recalls the irrepressible refrain from Fall Out Boy rebounding down their school halls – “down, down, in an earlier round, / sugar we’re going […]

 LeeA

I Know Why The Caged Grrrl Sings (Tuff Enuff)

I Know Why The Caged Grrrl Sings (Tuff Enuff)

This week – well, apart from stoking the forest fire that should spark on this post – we shall keep the good vibes rolling by hyping the hell out of the new compilation from Brighton saviors Tuff Enuff. The comp begins as if it might implode. SNAKESKIN! SNAKESKIN! Like actual snakeskin, the tune crackles and […]

 LeeA

White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)

White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)

Yeah, I listened to that first Tame Impala record, front to back. And the entire time, I’m thinking, “OK, this is from Cream. This is from Revolver. And this one’s Derek and the Dominoes.” Ya think I remember any one of those tunes now? Ya think I ever listened to that Tame Impala LP again? […]

 Alex Griffin

Guy and Marcus Blackman Experimentation Project – Country Pantry (Distort)

Guy and Marcus Blackman Experimentation Project – Country Pantry (Distort)

Ever sit and think a spell on dreamteam musical duos? Like, SuperHeavy should be enough to put any romance re: the supergroup completely of yer head, but there’s something always kinda thrilling about the idea of getting two disparate individuals in a room to see what sticks. Daniel Boone and D. Boon? Daniel Boone and […]

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