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Belle & Sebastian – I’m A Cuckoo
The XX – Basic Space
Asobi Seksu – Make Them Wait
Titus Andronicus – Titus Andronicus
The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored (2o years old, fucking hell!)
John Cale – Hanky Panky Nohow
Arab Strab – The First Big Weekend
Bombay Bicycle Club – Cancel On Me
Mastodon – Oblivion
Dillinger Escape Plan – Come To Daddy
Raging Speedhorn – Thumper
Aphex Twin – Children Talking
These New Puritans – Doppleganger
Condo Fucks – The Kid With The Replaceable Head
Intronaut – Dixie Whiskey

12/08/2009 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

Eurogamer expo line-up announced

The Eurogamer expo, mentioned in a previous post has announced some of the line-up of playable games available. Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft will all have forthcoming games available for play at the expo’s, along with SEGA, Eidos, Capcom, Konami, 2K Games, Bethesda, Namco Bandai and Deep Silver. So expect a whole raft full of quality games testing at the events.

Some of the games included will be anticipated Christmas blockbusters Assassin’s Creed 2, Halo 3: ODST, Borderlands, Tekken 6 and Left 4 Dead 2, whilst games scheduled for 2010 will include the likes of Dante’s Inferno and Aliens vs. Predator, with many more still to be announced.

Tickets for both events are £6, and with a line-up like that, we expect it’ll sell out pretty sharpish (sales are apparently already up on last year). They’re available here;

12/08/2009 Posted by | Gaming, News | Leave a comment

Kylesa – Static Tensions

Kylesa, one of those criminally over looked and undervalued bands have, with their third full title, released the metal album of the year. Undoubtedly.

Whilst they’re certainly always worn their influences on their sleeves, with this album they’ve stepped to the plate and taken their influences and their own ideas and molded them into an absolute beast of an album.

The obvious and lazy reference and comparison would be that of fellow metallers and tour mates Mastodon, it is just that. Lazy and obvious. Ok, there are definite similarities but again, use your bloody ears and listen. Really listen. There’s an infectious and invigorating urgency to the songs on the album, as heavy distorted riffs play over screeching feedback and tight, almost tribal drumming.

The album is generally more full and complete than their previous efforts. There just isn’t a point anywhere where the quality dips or the songs begin to sound samey.

Again, this is without a doubt, the metal album of the year, and a vital kick up the arse for a scene that had grown stale. If this isn’t the album that shoots Kylesa into the big time, I’m officially giving up on the notion that the general public has any sense.

GET IT NOW.

9/10

08/08/2009 Posted by | Music, Reviews | Leave a comment

Midweek playfist

You know how it works.

Tracklisting

The Low Anthem – Champion Angel
Sleep – Jerusalem (Part 5)
Mogwai – Angels Versus Aliens
Kaada – Spindle
Echo & The Bunnymen – Crocodiles
Dinosaur Jr. – Ocean In The Way
Secret Chiefs 3 – Barakiel
At The Drive-in – Transatlantic Foe
Butthole Surfers – You Don’t Know Me
Pavement – Brink Of The Clouds
The Stranglers – Always The Sun
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
I’m From Barcelona – Rec & Play
King Geedorah – Fazers
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Dull Life

05/08/2009 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

If there’s one thing about albums coming out this year, it’s that I’m finding myself frequently pleasantly surprised by something I wouldn’t normally give the time of day too. I guess my attempts at being a reviewer can only be a good thing, then, as it’s a bit like I’m forcing myself to expand my tastes and horizons.

The Low Anthem and their modern country-ish balladeering. Definitely not something I’d usually purchase without hearing first but in this instance I am very glad I did.

Comparisons to other alt-country & folk rockers such as Band Of Horses and bloody Fleet Foxes are obviously inevitable within the first few listens, but upon listening more and more, you see there is something generally a bit cheery, uplifting and above all, hopeful about some of the tracks on the album (Champion Angel with it’s harmonica tinged anthemics being a prime example).

The real pay-off comes in the 2nd half of the album as delightful synthetic swoops come to play over the slow alt-country and harmonica, creating a sound that’s an absolute pleasure to listen to. Perfect for those Sunday morning come downs maybe?

It’s this hopefulness contained within the album that really carries i forward and stops it from plodding on like so many other similar bands albums. The real downside is the beginning of the album, where most bands place their strongest tracks there, The Low Anthem seem to have stuck their worst at the 2nd and 3rd tracks in. The throaty singing style doesn’t quite work (especially when he’s so good at singing ‘properly’ on the other tracks), and it unfortunately drags the otherwise deft musicianship down with it.

In all, this is actually a very beautiful record to listen to (minus those two awful ones obviously) and definitely one to help gently nurse off that hangover.

7/10

04/08/2009 Posted by | Music, Reviews | Leave a comment