Sunday, December 09, 2018

New Releases: November 2018

As we approach the end of the year and start preparing the lists of our favorite albums and singles of 2018, here are a few more new releases to take into consideration that came out during November:

Albums

JON SPENCER - Spencer Sings The Hits!
LIARS - Titles With The Word Fountain
J MASCIS - Elastic Days
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE QUEEN - Merrie Land
AUDIOBOOKS - Now! (in a minute)
ART BRUT - Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!
JEFF TWEEDY - WARM
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY - Do The Get Along
LIELA MOSS - My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth
BILL RYDER-JONES - Yawn
DEAD CAN DANCE - Dionysus
MOONFACE - This One's For The Dancer and This One's For The Dancer's Bouquet
JACCO GARDNER - Somnium
THE WAVE PICTURES - Look Inside Your Heart
KAGOULE - Strange Entertainment
GRAPETOOTH - Grapetooth
EARL SWEATSHIRT - Some Rap Songs
VINCE STAPLES - FM!
DEMDIKE STARE - Passion
PETER, BJORN AND JOHN - Darker Days
THE 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
THE PRODIGY - No Tourists
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS - Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.
SUN KIL MOON - This Is My Dinner
DEAN WAREHAM VS CHEVAL SOMBRE - Dean Wareham Vs Cheval Sombre 
MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND - A Million and One
LYDIA LUNCH
- Marchesa
DOG POWER
- DOG Power
BRIX AND THE EXTRICATED - Breaking State
RICHARD LLOYD - The Countdown
THE GLANDS - Double Coda
THE MEN - Hated: 2008-2011
THE LIMINANAS - I’ve Got Trouble In Mind Vol 2 (7” And Rare Stuff 2015 / 2018)

Singles & EPs

FLAT WORMS - The Apparition / Melt The Arms
PREOCCUPATIONS / PROTOMARTYR - Telemetry at Howe Bridge
SHAME - All The Hits EP
GOAT GIRL - Udder Sounds EP
ARCTIC MONKEYS - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
AUDIOBOOKS - Dance Your Life Away (Andrew Weatherall Remix / David Wrench Extended Mix)
180db featuring MEREDITH GRAVES AND NICK ZINNER - Road Trip 
IDLES / HEAVY LUNGS - Danny Nedelko / Blood Brother 
PIP BLOM - Paycheck EP 
GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS - Fan the Flames EP
WOOING - The Clouds
ECHO LADIES - Overrated (Robin Guthrie version) / Rebel Rebel
KHRUANGBIN - Christmas Time Is Here
TY SEGALL - Fanny
THE CHATHAM FORTS - Not Fade Away / I Wanna Be Your Man
STARCRAWLER - Hollywood Ending
THE ORIELLES - Bobbi's Second World
PROJECTOR - How Does It Feel?
CAVERN OF ANTI MATTER - Play in Fabric
JOHNNY MARR - Spiral Cities
CHROMATICS - Camera EP
CIGARETTES AFTER SEX - Crush
EVERYTHING IS RECORDED - 8AM EP
HOOKWORMS - Microshift Remixes
COURTNEY BARNETT - Singles
MORRISSEY - Back on the Chain Gang
WEEZER - Africa / Rosanna
LITTLE DRAGON - Lover Chanting EP
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER - Love in the Time of Lexapro EP
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER - Live @ KEXP
KURT WAGNER AND GREGOR SCHWELLENBACH - Flotus Movements
DIFFORD AND TILBROOK WITH ?UESTLOVE AND ROBERT GLASPER - Take Me I'm Yours
GARY NUMAN - The Fallen EP
NADINE KHOURI - A New Dawn EP
THE WOMBATS - Bee-Sting
DAVID CRONENBERG'S WIFE - The Octoberman Sequence EP
GREEN RIVER / U-MEN - Away in a Manger / Blue Christmas
THE WEDDING PRESENT - Huw Stephens Sessions


Jon Spencer - I Got The Hits


Flat Worms - The Apparition

Monday, December 03, 2018

Live: Eleanor Friedberger @ S.N.F.C.C. (Athens, November 26th, 2018)


The initial spark of inspiration for Eleanor Friedberger's latest solo album titled "Rebound" came from a visit to an Athens nightclub of the same name. Upon her return to our city, she had the opportunity to present us this album in a special event at the National Opera which was organized with the collaboration of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.


In the first part of this event (a far cry from the last time we saw her performing in Athens at the humble Death Disco), Eleanor presented "Rebound" in its entirety accompanied by a string quartet which added a more luscious sound to her songs, opening up more possibilities in comparison to the simple, synth-based orchestrations of their recorded versions.


In the second part, it was time for Eleanor to pick up her guitar and revisit songs from the past, both from her solo career and from her time with The Fiery Furnaces. She reminded us with an acoustic version of "My Egyptian Grammar" of her first performance in Athens with the band she co-founded with her brother, while a jazzy version of "Tropical Iceland" and a rocking "Single Again" were also present in the set and among the highlights of the evening, which also included "My Mistakes", "Stare at the Sun" and "Sweetest Girl".


Eleanor's visit to the Opera was undoubtedly a unique experience and although a large portion of the audience was not familiar with her music, the event succeeded in highlighting her songwriting talent and presenting her latest record in a different, brighter light.

Eleanor Friedberger, live @ S.N.F.C.C. (Athens, November 26th, 2018)