Author: Colin Burrill

Bill Callahan - The Deaf Institute, Manchester 24-08-09

Bill Callahan - The Deaf Institute, Manchester 24-08-09

Review of Bill Callahan live at The Deaf Institute, Manchester 24-08-09Nearing the completion of a successful European tour promoting latest release Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle, Texas-based musician Bill Callahan (formerly Smog) would...

Review posted on 1st September 2009

Tortoise - Beacons Of Ancestorship

Tortoise - Beacons Of Ancestorship

Review of Tortoise's album Beacons Of Ancestorship.Chicago based five-piece Tortoise have been fusing elements of electronica and rock (in it's broadest possible sense) successfully for almost 20 years. Not content with such a feat, they've...

Review posted on 3rd August 2009

The Lemonheads - Varshons

The Lemonheads - Varshons

Review of The Lemonheads album Varshons.Produced by Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes and released on The End Records, Varshons is a collection of covers songs from the likes of Wire, Leonard Cohen, Linda Perry and...

Review posted on 3rd August 2009

The Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

The Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Review of Dirty Projectors album Bitte Orca released through DominoAlready hailed as 'the best album of the year' by some critics, Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca is a record that certainly doesn't really require much more...

Review posted on 3rd August 2009

Silversun Pickups - Swoon

Silversun Pickups - Swoon

Review of Silversun Pickups album Swoon. Following on from the success of debut album Carnavas, Swoon is the second album from Los Angeles indie rockers Silversun Pickups. Consisting of raging guitar lines, pounding drums, sweet...

Review posted on 28th May 2009

King Creosote - Flick The Vs

King Creosote - Flick The Vs

Review of King Creosote's album Flick The VsWith songs about nosey neighbours, mental illness and small town homophobia, Fife-based folk artist Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) decides to get a few things off his chest...

Review posted on 28th May 2009

Peter Bjorn And John - Living Thing

Peter Bjorn And John - Living Thing

Review of Peter Bjorn and John's album Living Thing. Peter Mor'n, Bj"rn Yttling and John Eriksson rose to stardom with the refreshing, catchy pop sounds of Writers Block, but the Swedish trios fifth album on...

Review posted on 28th May 2009

Loney Dear - Dear John

Loney Dear - Dear John

Review of Loney Dear's single 'Dear John'. Fans of the likes of Peter Bjorn and John and The Postal Service might find much comfort in the 2nd studio album from Swedish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emil...

Review posted on 18th March 2009

Little Joy - No One's Better Sake

Little Joy - No One's Better Sake

Review of Little Joy's single 'No One's Better Sake' released through Rough Trade. A new project led by Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, Little Joy released their self-titled debut album on Rough Trade back in November....

Review posted on 18th March 2009

Lambchop - OH (Ohio)

Lambchop - OH (Ohio)

Album review of OH (Ohio) by Lambchop.After fourteen years of recording music, the continuously evolving Nashville-based outfit Lambchop return with their tenth album OH (Ohio) on City Slang.With piano, wind, strings, brass, intricate and colourful...

Review posted on 28th October 2008

Kat Flint - Dirty Birds

Kat Flint - Dirty Birds

Album review of Dirty Birds by Kat FlintSomewhat strangely (and very generously might I add), this Scottish based, Barbados born, singer-songwriters debut album was funded by her Internet fan base. First impressions count for a...

Review posted on 28th October 2008

Joan as Police Woman - Holiday

Joan as Police Woman - Holiday

Single review of Holiday by Joan As Police Woman.The latest single to be released from Joan Wasser's well-received second album To Survive, 'Holiday' is a gentle and atmospheric number consisting of sparsely laid piano, strings,...

Review posted on 28th October 2008

Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

Album review of Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis.Featuring an impressive cast of guest appearances (including; Elvis Costello, M. Ward and Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes), Acid Tongue is the second solo album from Californian...

Review posted on 28th October 2008

Calexico - Carried To Dust

Calexico - Carried To Dust

Album review of Carried To Dust by Calexico.Led by the creative force of Arizona-based duo Joey Burns and John Convertino, Calexico use elements from various genres and continents to create music that is both wonderfully...

Review posted on 28th October 2008

Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life

Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life

Album review of The Chemistry Of Common Life by Fucked Up.Despite only forming only in 2002 (and swiftly casting aside countless self-releases), this Toronto based hardcore punk outfit have already released an astonishing 25 singles...

Review posted on 28th October 2008

Beck - Gamma Ray

Beck - Gamma Ray

Review of Beck's single Gamma Ray. Co-produced by the prolific Danger Mouse, Beck’s second single from the new album Modern Guilt is a surprisingly disappointing affair. Demonstrating a slight nod towards 60’s surf rock, ‘Gamma...

Review posted on 16th September 2008

Turner Cody - First Light

Turner Cody - First Light

Review for Turner Cody’s single First LightThis 27-year-old New York based musician might be better known for his work with the anti-folk outfit Herman Dune, but the title track from Turner Cody’s latest record gives...

Review posted on 16th September 2008

The Wave Pictures - Just Like A Drummer

The Wave Pictures - Just Like A Drummer

Read our EP review for 'Just Like A Drummer' by The Wave Pictures.Having previously had the pleasure of working with the likes of John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and anti-folk outfit Herman Dune, London...

Review posted on 15th September 2008

Minotaur Shock - Amateur Dramatics

Minotaur Shock - Amateur Dramatics

Read our review of Amateur Dramatics by Minotaur ShockDavid Edwards (aka Minotaur Shock) has come up with a unique slant on Radiohead’s innovative ‘pay what you want’ policy. Each track from the Bristol-based musicians third...

Review posted on 15th September 2008

Capitol K - Notes From Life On The Wire With A Wrecking Ball

Capitol K - Notes From Life On The Wire With A Wrecking Ball

Read our review for Capitol K's album 'Notes From Life On The Wire With A Wrecking Ball'With previous records released on the likes of IDM giant Planet Mu and the British indie mammoth that is...

Review posted on 15th September 2008

Calexico - Two Silver Trees

Calexico - Two Silver Trees

Read our single review for Calexico's 'Two Silver Trees'.Duo Joey Burns and John Convertino (aka Calexico) are renowned for their eclectic musical approach and the latest single taken from the Arizona twosome’s sixth album, Carried...

Review posted on 15th September 2008

Duels - Regeneration

Duels - Regeneration

Single review for Regeneration by Duels.'Regeneration' is the first single taken from the criminally underrated Leeds band Duels new album The Barbarians Move In. Released on This Is Fake DIY Records 'Regeneration' is driven by...

Review posted on 11th June 2008

Chris T-T - Capital

Chris T-T - Capital

Album review of Capital byChris T-TLets face it, the pseudonym Chris T-T is never going to do a recording artist any favours. Not only because it's an alias that instantly conjures up thoughts of a...

Review posted on 11th June 2008

Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward

Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward

Album review of Get Awkward by Be Your Own PetMake no mistake, the Nashville based quartet Be Your Own Pet's 2nd long player Get Awkward is a 'big' sounding record - fifteen songs with hardly...

Review posted on 11th June 2008

Jont - Supernatural

Jont - Supernatural

Album review of Supernatural by JontYou only have to take a quick glance at Supernatural's unimaginative track-listing to know you're in for a real treat.Supernatural is the third album from London based singer-songwriter Jont. And...

Review posted on 11th June 2008

Windmill - Tokyo Moon

Windmill - Tokyo Moon

WindmillTokyo Moon Single ReviewApparently, Matthew Dillon's (aka Windmill) latest single came about by accident when fooling around on the piano and reading problem pages from a friend's magazine.'Tokyo Moon' sees Dillon's American & hugely childlike...

Review posted on 10th March 2008

Stardeath and White Dwarfs - Toast And Marmalade For Tea/Chemical

Stardeath and White Dwarfs - Toast And Marmalade For Tea/Chemical

Stardeath and White DwarfsToast And Marmalade For Tea/ChemicalDouble a-side Single ReviewNot only have the little-known outfit Stardeath and White Dwarfs supported The Flaming Lips, but the comic strip-like artwork for this particular Double a-side was...

Review posted on 10th March 2008

I Concur - Lucky Jack/Build Around Me

I Concur - Lucky Jack/Build Around Me

i concurLucky Jack/Build Around Me Single ReviewFollowing on from i concur's impressive self-released EP and several compilation appearances comes the Leeds based bands debut double single 'Lucky Jack/Build Around Me' on local label Brew Records.Undoubtedly...

Review posted on 10th March 2008

Cats And Cats And Cats - This Town Needs Guns, Split LP

Cats And Cats And Cats - This Town Needs Guns, Split LP

Cats And Cats And Cats/This Town Needs GunsSplit LP Album Review Though the similarities shared between both British bands on this split LP make for a fitting CD collaboration, I'm pretty sure (and glad to...

Review posted on 16th October 2007

Black Lips - Katrina

Black Lips - Katrina

Black LipsKatrina Single Review Inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina & the devastation caused in New Orleans, 'Katrina' is the 2nd single from the Black Lips fourth studio album 'Good Bad, Not Evil'. Despite...

Review posted on 16th October 2007

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