Tuesday, March 03, 2015

New Releases: February 2015

Round-up of the most interesting albums, singles and EPs released in February 2015:

Albums

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING - The Race for Space
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS - Transfixiation
COLLEEN GREEN - I Want to Grow Up
THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE - Whatever, My Love
RICKED WICKY - I Sell the Circus
THE FIREWORKS - Switch Me On
CRUSHED BEAKS - Scatter
FATHER JOHN MISTY - I Love You, Honeybear
THE DISTRICTS - A Flourish and A Spoil
SCREAMING FEMALES - Rose Mountain
NITE FIELDS - Depersonalisation
FUTURE BROWN - Future Brown
DUKE GARWOOD - Heavy Love
THE WAVE PICTURES - Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon
THE POP GROUP - Citizen Zombie
SPECTRES - Dying
TIGERCATS - Mysteries
CARL BARAT AND THE JACKALS - Let it Reign
DAMON AND NAOMI - Fortune
IDLEWILD - Everything Ever Written
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT - Reset
DAN DEACON - Gliss Riffer
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE - Hexadic
THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW - Bad News Boys
KRILL - A Distant Fist Unclenching
ENDLESS BUMMER - Vol. 1
H. HAWKLINE - In the Pink of Condition
STEVE GUNN AND THE BLACK TWIG PICKERS - Seasonal Hire
BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH - Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth
TWO GALLANTS - We Are Undone
DARREN HAYMAN - Chants for Socialists
PASSENGER PERU - Light Places
PEACE - Happy People
THEESATISFACTION - EarthEE
JOEY BADASS - B4.Da.$$
CHARLI XCX - Sucker
PASCAL COMELADE AND LES LIMINANAS - Traite de Guitarras Triolectiques
LAWRENCE LINDELL - Magic Megaphone
THE NOTWIST - Messier Objects
IRON & WINE - Archive Series Volume No. 1

Singles & EPs

COURTNEY BARNETT - Pedestrian At Best
LONELADY - Bunkerpop
COLLEEN GREEN - Pay Attention
NADINE SHAH - Fool / Stealing Cars
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER - Southern Grammar
CALEXICO - Cumbia De Donde / Worn Right Thru
CHEATAHS - Sunne EP
THE CRIBS - Burning For No One
KAREN O - Rapt
SWERVEDRIVER - Setting Sun
THE CHARLATANS - Come Home Baby
JOHNNY MARR - Dynamo
NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - Ballad of the Mighty I
THE WAVE PICTURES - I Could Hear the Telephone (3 Floors Above Me) / Walking on the Water
SEVERED LIMB - If You Ain't Livin / Tidy of a Vulture
STRANGE WILDS - Standing
CASUAL SEX - A Perfect Storm / Pissing Neon
H. HAWKLINE - Moons in my Mirror
YAK - Hungry Heart
YUMI ZOUMA - II EP
EX-CULT - Cigarette Machine EP
COMET GAIN - Fingerprint Ritual EP
YOU BLEW IT! - Pioneer of Nothing EP
POSTCODE - Year Of The Zebra - Part Two EP

It seems that every month we are having at least one impressive comeback from a '90s act. After Sleater-Kinney's return in January with the excellent "No Cities To Love", February marks the reunion of Julianna Hatfield with bassist Dean Fisher and drummer Todd Philips to release their sophomore album as The Juliana Hatfield Three, 22 years since their 1993 classic "Become What You Are". Check out below "If Only We Were Dogs" from "Whatever, My Love":


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hits, Cult Classics & Obscurities: 1985

First edition of a new series of posts where we pick a year and choose three songs that belong in one of these three categories: Hits, Cult Classics or Obscurities.

The first category includes bona fide hit singles chosen among the year’s top-sellers in the US or the UK. The second includes songs that may not have found much commercial success when they were released, yet their lasting influence has given them cult status. In the third category there are songs that perhaps you've never heard before but among them there are plenty of hidden gems that deserve your attention.

For the premiere of Hits, Cult Classics and Obscurities we go back 30 years to 1985 and start off with Paul Hardcastle's UK Number One hit "19", an anti-war song released on February 17 inspired by a documentary on the Vietnam war and the electro sounds of Afrika Bambaataa:


The indie scene of 1985 has certainly plenty of cult classics to offer. Let's hear another release from February 1985, "Field Of Glass" by The Triffids, the title track of an excellent EP that the cult Australian band recorded at BBC's Maida Vale studios on November 6, 1984, produced by Mark Radcliffe - not one of their most known songs but undoubtedly one of their most powerful:


Last but no least, have a listen to "Chance", a post-punk roller-coaster ride by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, released as a single in 1985 but not included in the Leeds band's debut album of the same year "Talk About the Weather":