February 21, 2024

Dez Dare: Gotta Cold Feeling

Darren Smallman trust his gut feeling on Gotta Cold Feeling, the new single by his one-man trash punk band Dez Dare. He is quite sure that something is seriously amiss and although he knows for sure what it exactly is, one is for certain: the shit is going to hit the fan any moment now. Fuzzy guitars clash with an unrelenting backbeat as he works his way to the lyrics: "Gotta cold feeling, so freakin’ banal // Gotta cold feeling, day x day x day x day".

Steven Wilson & Tim Bowness: The Album Years 1987 Part #1A

English musicians and music geeks extraordinaire Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness have posted a new episode of their podcast The Album Years. They talk about 1987, discussing albums by Prince, Dead Can Dance, George Michael, Depeche Mode, and a whole lot more. This is part #1A, the first episode about this year.

February 20, 2024

The Lethargics: Habitat For Insanity

Knoxville, TN based band The Lethargics are in bleak mood on their new single Habitat For Insanity. People seem to have lost their minds, caught in a bubble of fake news and having lost the ability to listen what another party might have to say. The song is a mid-tempo smoldering rocker, with the swagger of Southern rock and the melodic sensibilities of top shelf Americana.

The Doors: "Live At Konserthuset, Stockholm, September 20, 1968 " for Record Store Day

The Doors will release Live At Konserthuset, Stockholm, September 20, 1968, featuring the radio broadcast from their early and late shows, for Record Store Day (April 20). Fingers crossed that they will fix the distorted vocals that take away quite a bit from the listening enjoyment on theplethora of bootlegs that exist. The release is being discussed (at length) at Steve Hoffman Music Forums. It will be available as a 3LP and 2CD.

February 19, 2024

Elephant Stone: Back Into The Dream

photo: Laurine Jousserand

Canadian psychedelic raga band Elephant Stone have been sharing an abundance of singles in the lead-up to the release of their new album Back Into The Dream. With the addition of the last pieces of puzzle it all comes together rather nicely. During their 15 years as a band they have stuck to their guns: creating kaleidoscopic songs wherein Rishi Dhir explores his hopes and dreams, with Sci-Fi themes creeping in to paint a future without a Hollywood ending.

Back Into The Dream is a continuation of their previous output, but the band is always looking for new sounds beyond the melodic yet powerful psych-pop. Free jazz was an unlikely candidate to make the cut, but lo and behold, it works like a charm in bae, a bubbling track that is almost torn apart by dissonants and "shouting-in-a-bucket" vocals. Pilgrimage is a tale about travel, but if it is really happening is up to the listener to decide. The prog-infused The Imajinary, Nameless Everybody In The World mixes the sound of Genesis' Selling England by the Pound with Laurel Canyon-esque vocals. It is an open-ended album for open-minded listeners.