October 24, 2020

Daniel Ruiz: [401, 410]

Barcelona based musician Daniel Ruiz has collected ten instrumentals inspired by two of his favourite things, whisky and cats, for his new album [401, 410]. It is a bold move for an artist who is primarily known as the chronicler of night life, seedy bars, and evasive women.

Trying his hand as creating layered textures that have an ambient, post-rock feel worked out quite well. There is an aura of mystery and melancholy in his soundscapes. Some of it may sound familiar - he is not above using the same motifs from his singer-songwriter output, but that's perfectly fine. It's not stealing if you wrote it yourself. By going all instrumental he forces himself to explore his ideas in a different way and let the music itself do the talking.

Trevor and The Joneses: Get It!

Psychedelic rock quartet Trevor and The Joneses have dropped the punk element from their songs and now look at bands like Marc Bolan's T-Rex, The Kinks and the Buffalo Springfield as their points of reference on their new Get It! EP.

The Las Vegas based band signature harmonzing is in full flight on the opening track Sugar Me Timbers and the title track - the latter also boasts a basic crunchy garage rock guitar riff. The final track, Mumbo Jumbo is a 101 for all musicains aspiring to put their acoustic skills center stage. Get It! is ten minutes of sonic bliss that you don't want to end.

Record Store Day: RSD drops Day 3

Record Store Day is now turned into a 3-day event this year, with select titles being released on each day. Today, October 24th, is the last one, so get off your couch and buy some stuff from your local independent record store. Have a chat with fellow music lovers lovers and agree to disagree about taste, sell-outs, rarities, remasters and such.

» recordstoreday.com

October 23, 2020

Cover Me: We Care A Lot

Watch a bunch of heavy hitters tackling the Faith No More classic We Care A Lot. Bill Kelliher (Mastodon), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Ray Luzier (Korn), Kevin Jardine (Slaves on Dope), Ivan Doroschuk (Men Without Hats), Dennis Lyxén (Refused), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand), Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth), Darryl McDaniels (RUN DMC), Esoteric (Czarface), Richard Patrick (Filter) and Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) recorded their parts in isolation. Ryan Stick made the video. Note: Faith No More's bass player Billy Gould is in it, but he does not play.

October 22, 2020

Mammal Hands: "Riddle" video

Watch the new Mammal Hands video for Riddle, a track from their latest album Captured Spirits: "a record that solidifies their reputation as a front-runner in the UK avant-garde jazz scene. They can soothe, snarl, and charge. No matter which path they choose, it's never a dead end."