Friday, July 18, 2014

The Brian Jonestown Massacre, live @ Fuzz Club (Athens, July 14, 2014)

 

It’s been two decades since The Brian Jonestown Massacre started their meandering psychedelic music journey in San Francisco and finally, after many twists and turns, the road has brought them to Athens for their very first gig in Greece, a true psych-rock master class.


Happily for us, this visit happened in a period where the band has returned to great form, having just released the fine "Revelation", their 14th album, which sounds as good as anything they’ve released in their '90s heyday. Several of Anton Newcombe’s old comrades are back into the fold and their contribution to the band’s live sound has helped to achieve just the right chemistry for an excellent psych-rock trip.

For more than two hours, The Brian Jonestown Massacre performed songs from almost all of their records, to the delight of their numerous Greek fans who left the beaches and filled the sweat-soaked Fuzz Club on Monday night. Among the band’s older tracks, the opening "Whoever You Are", "Got My Eye On You", "That Girl Suicide", "Wisdom" and "When Jokers Attack" were some of those that stood out, while new tracks included "What You Isn't", "Food For Clouds" (my personal favorite off "Revelation"), "Goodbye (Butterfly)", "Days, Weeks & Months" and "Vad Hände Med Dem?".


All eight members of the band exude an effortless cool on stage as they go about their business, playing the laid-back, melodic grooves that make up the majority of their set, but what was most impressive was watching them switch gears towards the end of the show and taking off in a creative crescendo of psychedelic noise, equally indebted to the spirit of The Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground as well as to the more recent sound waves of shoegaze. 


The dark period for Anton Newcombe and his band depicted in the decade-old documentary "Dig!", is now well into the past. The Brian Jonestown Massacre of 2014 is creating great music once again and proves why it is rightfully considered one of the most influential bands of the neo-psychedelic rock scene which in recent years has risen once again, with the likes of Tame Impala or Temples.  Get on board, this trip is about to start again…

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Goodbye (Butterfly), live in Athens

 The Brian Jonestown Massacre - That Girl Suicide, live in Athens

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

New Releases: June 2014

It took a little longer than usual to compile as the unveiling of our 2014 half-time list took precedence, but it's finally ready: check out below the round up of June's most interesting new releases featuring albums by Parquet Courts, Jack White, Bob Mould and the latest singles & EPs:

Albums

PARQUET COURTS - Sunbathing Animal
JACK WHITE - Lazaretto
BOB MOULD - Beauty & Ruin
THE PROPER ORNAMENTS - Wooden Head
HAPPYNESS - Weird Little Birthday
HOWLING BELLS - Heartstrings
FUCKED UP - Glass Boys
CEREBRAL BALLZY - Jaded and Faded
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH - Only Run
DAVE SITEK - God Damn Beauty
HAMILTON LEITHAUSER - Black Hours
THE ANTLERS - Familiars
FIRST AID KIT - Stay Gold
THE FRESH AND ONLYS - House of Spirits
THE VACANT LOTS - Departure
ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT - Party Jail
HOW TO DRESS WELL - What Is This Heart?
BEVERLY - Careers
BLACK BANANAS - Electric Brick Wall
THE DRONES - I See Seaweed
THE PHANTOM BAND - Strange Friend
CRAFT SPELLS - Nausea
KASABIAN - 48:13
KLAXONS - Love Frequency
TOM VEK - Luck
LUST FOR YOUTH - International
XENO AND OAKLANDER - Par Avion
SIINAI - Shopping Trance
CLIPPING - CLPPNG
DEATH GRIPS - Niggas On The Moon

Singles & EPs

JACK WHITE - Lazaretto / Power of my Love
ANNA CALVI - Strange Weather EP
WARPAINT - Keep It Healthy / Disco//Very Remix
POLIÇA - Raw Exit EP
TV ON THE RADIO - Mercy
LIARS - Pro Anti Anti
TELEPATHE - Drown Around Me
WHITE REAPER - White Reaper EP
HAPPYNESS - Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste the Same
HOWLING BELLS - Your Love
BLOOD ORANGE - Uncle Ace (Remixes)
METRONOMY - Reservoir
JON HOPKINS - We Disappear (featuring Lulu James)
AUSTRA - Habitat EP
TOY - As We Turn
MAXIMO PARK - Midnight On The Hill
CEREBRAL BALLZY - City's Girl
NICK OLIVERI - Human Cannonball Explodes
ZIG ZAGS - Brainded Warrior / So Stoned
LOOM - Yosoko
SHUTTLEWORTH feat. MARK E SMITH - England's Heartbeat (Brazilian Ambush)
MISTY MILLER - Taxi Cab
STRAIGHT ARROWS - Make Up Your Mind / Two Timer
MEN OH PAUSE - Pulse Check EP
NEIL MICHAEL HAGERTY AND THE HOWLING HEX - Fool's Watch / Lord Gloves

Poliça - Raw Exit

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Best Albums of 2014 so far - Part 4

Last but not least... The final ten albums in the list of our 40 favorite records of 2014 so far, featuring Temples, The Afghan Whigs, The Black Keys, The Hold Steady, The Men, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The War On Drugs, Tune-Yards and Warpaint. Have a listen below and also check out our Top 20 Tracks of the last six months - just a small sample of a quite long list:


The A-Z of the first half of 2014 (pt.4):


  • TEMPLES - Sun Structure 


  • THE AFGHAN WHIGS - Do To The Beast


  • THE BLACK KEYS - Turn Blue


  • THE HOLD STEADY - Teeth Dreams


  • THE MEN - Tomorrow's Hits


  • THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART - Days Of Abandon


  • THE WAR ON DRUGS - Lost In The Dream


  • TUNE-YARDS - Nikki Nack

  • WARPAINT - Warpaint


  • WOODS - With Light And With Love


Here's the rest of our Top 40:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Top 20 Tracks (January - June 2014) 

 
  • Disco//Very - WARPAINT
  • Satellites - EMA
  • Digital Witness - ST. VINCENT
  • Rimbaud Eyes - DUM DUM GIRLS
  • Mesmerise - TEMPLES
  • Ben's My Friend - SUN KIL MOON
  • Talking Backwards - REAL ESTATE
  • Water Fountain - TUNE-YARDS
  • Taking Chances - SHARON VAN ETTEN
  • Hi-Five - ANGEL OLSEN
  • Lariat - STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS
  • We Are Floating - ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT
  • Sunbathing Animal - PARQUET COURTS
  • Tied Up In Nottz - SLEAFORD MODS
  • Pro Anti Anti- LIARS
  • Scum, Rise! - PROTOMARTYR
  • Falling Down The Stairs - BLANK REALM
  • I'm Not Part Of Me - CLOUD NOTHINGS
  • Don't Mess With Me - BRODY DALLE
  • Algiers - THE AFGHAN WHIGS

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