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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Blonde » Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:46 am

Two fantastic releases last week. Drenge - Undertow and Turbowolf - Two Hands.

Drenge's second album has a bit more depth to it than their debut because this time round they've gained a bassist (ex-Wet Nuns, another fab duo who are sadly no more). I haven't decided on my favourite track yet as they're all really good. I'm looking forward to seeing them on Friday.

Turbowolf have also released their second album. Its quite energetic and frantic and trying to take your head off in a nice way, as opposed to making your head explode like Lightning Bolt (who they covered on their Covers EP). My favourite song so far is Solid Gold. I saw them on Friday and that was an excellent gig. It ended with two crowd members on drums and vocals, whilst the drummer and lead singer were in the crowd.

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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Bobstains » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:24 pm

That sounded like a fun gig. I think I saw these at ynot last year but can't remember too well.
I'll second Turbowolfs new album , as already mentioned, it's a good energetic album, Solid Gold, American Mirrors and Twelve Houses being standout songs for me.

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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Evan » Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:15 pm

Anyone who may have caught Will Varley supporting Frank at The Albert Hall might be interested to know that he is releasing a 5 track digital live ep in a couple of weeks. It is basically the same set he played at The Albert Hall, plus one other. It's very, very good in my opinion, and it's only £2.49: https://www.xtramilerecordings.com/Shop ... XMR_RE_183
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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Bossman66 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:13 pm

I have really mixed views when it comes to Blur, often liking the 'pop' tunes but equally often disliking the 'arty' stuff & strange rythyms they have employed. I have to say though that I'm amazed that they've managed to come up with something as consistently good as 'The Magic Whip' from a 5 day session cobbled together in Hong Kong 2 years ago. There aren't so many 'pop' tunes on it but yet for me it may be their most cohesive complete 'album'. The songs sound like an exotic mix of London, & The Orient. I find it almost hypnotic, mesmerizing even. I really doubt it'll hold my attention like much of their other stuff but for now it's inspired me to return 'Blur' to my Itunes playlists. Well worth a listen if you've ever liked them.

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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Evan » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:03 am

Bossman66 wrote:I have really mixed views when it comes to Blur, often liking the 'pop' tunes but equally often disliking the 'arty' stuff & strange rythyms they have employed. I have to say though that I'm amazed that they've managed to come up with something as consistently good as 'The Magic Whip' from a 5 day session cobbled together in Hong Kong 2 years ago. There aren't so many 'pop' tunes on it but yet for me it may be their most cohesive complete 'album'. The songs sound like an exotic mix of London, & The Orient. I find it almost hypnotic, mesmerizing even. I really doubt it'll hold my attention like much of their other stuff but for now it's inspired me to return 'Blur' to my Itunes playlists. Well worth a listen if you've ever liked them.

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Wholeheartedly disagree. I find it to be one of the most boring records I have heard in a long time. There is not a single tune on there that made me think otherwise. This is the musical equivalent of 4 people disappearing up their own arses.
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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by marowak » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:23 am

The Blur album is a strange one.

It was pretty much made my graham and Stephen street from 40hr of stuff that was recorded in Tokyo.

I admire how anyone can make songs from nothing and hated the album to start with.

The running order of the tracks just doesn't work. But after a dozen listens I started to enjoy it.

I think it would work better as a ten track album but hey ho.

There are some really clever things going on once you get past the vocals, which I think are quite downbeat in this album.

Anyway. Each to their own.
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07 04.4 11.5 17.5 08.6 10.11
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11 12.2 12.5 30.5 27.11
12 13.4 28.11 28.12x2
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14 12.2 13.2 14.9 17.12
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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Bossman66 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:50 pm

I guess that's why we love music Evan. We all hear it differently.
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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Gleena » Fri May 01, 2015 1:23 am

Evan wrote:Anyone who may have caught Will Varley supporting Frank at The Albert Hall might be interested to know that he is releasing a 5 track digital live ep in a couple of weeks. It is basically the same set he played at The Albert Hall, plus one other. It's very, very good in my opinion, and it's only £2.49: https://www.xtramilerecordings.com/Shop ... XMR_RE_183
I saw this today and I am on it now. Recently found Will Varley and he is superb.
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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Bossman66 » Wed May 06, 2015 10:08 pm

Mumford and sons anyone?
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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by hellaoftroy » Wed May 06, 2015 11:45 pm

Bossman66 wrote:Mumford and sons anyone?
I don't love it. It's not really that bad, but I just don't find anything that distinguishes it from the standard soft rock stuff that plays on adult-alternative radio stations. It's inoffensive but overall kind of bland. Maybe I just miss the banjo too much and it's blurring my judgement?

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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Bossman66 » Mon May 25, 2015 7:37 pm

I got Mumford and Sons' 'Wilder Mind' and I have to say it's pretty good, sounds a bit like 'The War On Drugs' from last year to me. I applaud them too for changing their sound somewhat rather than just repeating their first 2 albums. That said nothing in particular is blowing me away on it, although I particularly like the three opening tracks, the 1st two singles, 'Believe' and 'The Wolf' and Tompkins Square Park, the opener.

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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by marowak » Tue May 26, 2015 11:25 am

I've been enjoying the new Paul Weller album - the production on it is brilliant - really interesting sounds and the songs are his best in quite a while.
06 06.3 08.8
07 04.4 11.5 17.5 08.6 10.11
08 28.3 21.04 13.6 06.7 06.9
09 11.1 06.2 21.4 10.10 29.10
10 23.3 16.7 12.12
11 12.2 12.5 30.5 27.11
12 13.4 28.11 28.12x2
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14 12.2 13.2 14.9 17.12
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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Bats » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:48 pm

Blonde wrote:Two fantastic releases last week. Drenge - Undertow and Turbowolf - Two Hands.

Drenge's second album has a bit more depth to it than their debut because this time round they've gained a bassist (ex-Wet Nuns, another fab duo who are sadly no more). I haven't decided on my favourite track yet as they're all really good. I'm looking forward to seeing them on Friday.
Oh I didn't know Rob from Wet Nuns had joined with Drenge. I'm a bit behind on the local Sheffield music thing at the moment. Saw a great gig by Wet Nuns at Tramlines the year before last - outstanding considering it was just the two of them. Gutted about Alexis though. So sad. Glad Rob is doing something else now.

Have been completely immersed in alt-country sounds over recent months and really enjoying 'Love and Logic' by Sons of Bill (2014 release but new to me). Also Joe Pugg's 'Windfall' and have just bought Butch Walker's 'Afraid of Ghosts'.

Main departure for me recently (and to return to the New CD theme) has been Jesse Malin's 'New York Before the War'. Found him hard to listen to on previous releases but really enjoying this one.

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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Blonde » Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:24 pm

Bats wrote:Oh I didn't know Rob from Wet Nuns had joined with Drenge. I'm a bit behind on the local Sheffield music thing at the moment. Saw a great gig by Wet Nuns at Tramlines the year before last - outstanding considering it was just the two of them. Gutted about Alexis though. So sad. Glad Rob is doing something else now..
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Re: New cd reviews...........

Post by Bats » Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:15 pm

Ha yes! I'd forgotten about that. Also being rescued by Bernie from atop the drum kit.

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