The Tuesday Playlist No.64: 90’s UK Indie

The Tuesday Playlist No.64: 90’s UK Indie

For our latest playlist we take a journey back to the 1990’s and trawl through the backwaters of the UK indie scene. I always had a problem with the whole Britpop thing. Fabricated by music journalists as a lazy way of turning a bunch of dissparate acts in to a ‘movement’ it has since become the distorted lens through which many see the rise of indie music in the 90’s, with Oasis and Blur out front, and at most about a dozen other bands behind them. However, if you were there at the time (as I was) you’ll know there Read more »

New Reels: ‘Warts’ by Hinds

New Reels: ‘Warts’ by Hinds

The Spanish indie group’s latest single comes with a super-stylish video. One of MVD’s current albums-of-the-year is Leave Me Alone the debut from this female four-piece who hail from Madrid. Full of melodic hooks and ragged charm, it’s a must-have album for those that don’t already have it (that’s an order), and must-listen-to album for those that already do. Originally a two-piece consisting of singer/guitarists Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote called Deers,  in 2014 after releasing their critically lauded debut single, the 2-track Demo, they recruited Ade Martin (bass) and Dutch-born Amber Grimbergen (drums) and somewhere along the way Read more »

‘Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches’ by Happy Mondays

‘Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches’ by Happy Mondays

Revisiting the classic days of Madchester with the band who crashed genres and helped define an era. There are in any music lover’s life a handful of moments where hearing something for the first time acts as a kind of epiphany; when a piece of music grabs you, shakes you, shocks you even and nothing in your world of music is ever quite the same again. I can clearly remember the moment when, as a 17 year old working in a shop, the opening chords of a particular song caused me to almost involuntarily stop what I was doing, walk Read more »

New Reels: ‘No Milk, No Sugar’ by Islands

New Reels: ‘No Milk, No Sugar’ by Islands

Canadian indie band Islands are back with TWO RECORDS and we are loving their new material. “No Milk, No Sugar” – Islands The band has been busy. Their two albums Taste and Should I Remain Here at Sea will be out on May 13th. They have also announced a new tour. Some of you may remember Islands by their previous music and some of you may only know them because of relatively famous lead singer Nick Thorburn, A.K.A. Nick Diamons, who has also been lead singer in the bands The Unicorns, Th´Corn Gangg, Reefer and Human Highway, and who lately has been involved Read more »

New Reels: ‘A Change Of Heart’ by The 1975

New Reels: ‘A Change Of Heart’ by The 1975

This week’s new video comes from, well, just about the hottest band on the planet at the moment… And that’s no hyperbole either. Their recentlt released 2nd album, the magnificently titled I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It debuted the charts at number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic upon it’s release back in February and they’ve spent much pf this year playing sold out shows across Europe, Asia, and North America. It’s not hard to see why either, with the band’s post-modern mix of indie, synth-pop, rock, funk, and Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.48: Damon Albarn

The Tuesday Playlist No.48: Damon Albarn

With it being his 48th birthday this Wednesday we thought that seemed like the perfect excuse to celebrate this multi-faceted musical talent. There was a time when Damon Albarn was only the front man of Blur, and that was good enough being that they were  pretty much the most consistently inventive and interesting group of the 90’s, much more so than their plodding, one-dimensional northern neighbours Oasis. Since then however he’s gone from strength to strength with Gorillaz and a plethora of other projects proving that there was much more to him than Blur and Britpop and emerging as one Read more »

The Bends by Radiohead

The Bends by Radiohead

We explore the album that proved there was plenty more to Oxford’s finest than ‘Creep’… With their status as one of the world’s premier rock bands long since established (and reaffirmed by the excitement surrounding plans for a new tour and album) it seems strange to think back to a time when Radiohead were seen as one-song wonders. And yet for a year or two at the beginning of their career that was pretty much the case. In 1992 they had announced themselves to the world with their mega-hit ‘Creep’ which with it’s quiet/loud dynamic and introspective lyrics had come Read more »

‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’ by Stereolab

‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’ by Stereolab

In 1996 Anglo-French band Stereolab may not have been the most famous band in the world but they were very close to being the coolest, and this album is the proof. Looking back on the mid-90’s music scene in Britain today, our memories selectively filtered through the eyes of a history already written a thousand times, is to imagine that little else was happening on the so-called ‘alternative’ scene but the leery beered-up exuberance of Britpop, which was effectively the moment what had been loosely known as ‘indie’ going overground. Suddenly the charts and pub jukeboxes everywhere were full of Read more »

Is This It by The Strokes

Is This It by The Strokes

For our latest Album Of The Week we take a look back at one of the most acclaimed records of the 21st century so far and one of rock music’s great debuts. The history of debut lp’s in rock music is a chequered one. Some bands – many in fact – take a few years and albums to really get in to their stride, something much more common in the pre-21st century age when major labels showed a greater degree of patience with new artists, allowing them time to grow and flourish artistically. Think of the likes of, say, U2, Read more »

Meat Is Murder by The Smiths

Meat Is Murder by The Smiths

This week we take a look back at the powerful second studio album by Manchester’s indie legends The Smiths. The received wisdom regarding The Smiths is that The Queen Is Dead is *the one* when it comes to their four studio albums. Indeed, it’s a fine album and a wonderful achievement and there was a time when I would have agreed. As I’ve gotten older though it’s Meat Is Murder I find myself going back to more and more. Released in 1985, it saw Morrissey and Johnny Marr assume production duties after the dissapointing outcome of their work with John Read more »

New Reels: “Friday I’m In Love” by Yo La Tengo

New Reels: “Friday I’m In Love” by Yo La Tengo

The American indie trio return with a nifty cover of the classic single by The Cure. Yo La Tengo are one of those bands who’ve never been fashionable but have been around so long now they’ve kind of bypassed the need for such things and created their own niche by simply staying there (The Fall are another prime example of such an act). Throughout their 30-odd year career husband and wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley along with James McNew (bass player since 1992) have ploughed their own unique furrow making music that often defies easy categorization but I Read more »