Mogwai, Papercuts, PJ Harvey, Big Troubles, Akron/Family & more
1. PJ Harvey – Written On The Forehead
The latest from new record Let England Shake. Dream pop mixed with dub by the constantly-evolving Ms. Harvey.
2. New Animal – Last Winter
“I never wanna listen…” Imagine taking a train ride through the sunny countryside, and everyone’s got a beard.
3. Silohs – A Zealot Sun
4. Papercuts – Do What You Will
Indie pop (break-up tune?) with a melody that gets trapped in your head. One of many greats from Fading Parade.
5. Baby Giraffe – Understatement
Toronto representing with a distorted stew that gives way to driving, space-y singalong.
6. Akron/Family – Silly Bears
Ecstatic, bombastic rock and roll anthem from their latest, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. Not to be confused with Silly Rabbit.
7. Liars – Rose and Licorice
This one – from 2002’s Atheists, Reconsider, their split with Oneida – could have come out yesterday.
8. n o i – Adelaide
Tennessee band drop a glammy dose of Archers of Loaf goodness from S e v e n. Clearly this band likes to have spaces.
9. Swervedriver – Pile-up
Great riffs + dark groove + restless energy = this fantastic band. Get it on Raise. I just LOVE what passed for a “guitar solo” in the Swervedriver camp.
10. Power Of Dreams – Suburbia
Irish 90’s era shoegaze/Britpop. Seems an ode to a woman who married too young.
11. Big Troubles – Georgia
Shimmering shoegaze by New Jersey band.
12. Belong – Perfect Life
Like this post punk track, with heavy current of bass noise.
13. Mogwai – How To Be A Werewolf
Hot off their out-this-week Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. These guys know how to do post-rock without putting me to sleep. Inspirational.
14. True Womanhood – Minajah
And now for something completely different. Dark, almost industrial tune that you probably shouldn’t listen to if you’re home alone. Available here.