Horse Lords – The Common Task

Horse Lords – The Common Task

On paper, Baltimore’s Horse Lords sound more interesting than they do appealing. Like worthy but not fun math-rockers. On this third album, they employ algorithmic composition techniques and knotty time signatures, fired up by the radical socialist theories explored in Chile prior to General Pinochet’s coup d’état. On record, Horse Lords run wild and free. Heavy microtonal riffs ring out over galloping polyrhythms and a … Continue reading Horse Lords – The Common Task

The Can – Monster Movie

A first issue of Can’s experimental debut album is a rare beast… Revolutionary is a word that gets thrown around a lot in music, but there really is no other way to describe Germany’s finest psychedelic export, Can. Fusing elements of traditional rock music with avant-garde funk, jazz and way beyond, Can were at the forefront of the krautrock movement. While the band’s roots date … Continue reading The Can – Monster Movie

Editors – “Good looks, good songs, thick skins!”

Editors have been at it since 2002 and with the release of best-of compilation Black Gold, now is the time to take stock. Gary Walker talks to their frontman about the band’s longevity, their back catalogue and hanging out with R.E.M. … 15 years separate your debut album and the release of Black Gold, a period in which the music industry has changed hugely. What … Continue reading Editors – “Good looks, good songs, thick skins!”

Belfast’s Strange Victory Records- “like-minded people…”

The Northern Irish capital has seen the slow erosion of its once plentiful record shops over the past three decades. Cara Gibney visits Strange Victory Records to meet a pair of vinyl obsessives who are reversing that trend… It’s hard to keep them on track, Darren Smyth and Jeff Doherty. We are in Strange Victory Records, their recently unveiled, independent, much needed record shop, run … Continue reading Belfast’s Strange Victory Records- “like-minded people…”

JJ72’s Hilary Woods on Her Most-Loved Vinyl

With her new solo album, Birthmarks, due out in March, the former JJ72 bassist explains why the gothic soundtrack to a 1970s Czech horror film made such an enduring impression… Ten years ago, I got my first record player. The speakers were 1980s hi-fi creatures that I rescued from a local skip. The turntable itself was a present from a friend, who recognised that after … Continue reading JJ72’s Hilary Woods on Her Most-Loved Vinyl

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen – 18 Tracks and more…

By Bruce’s standards, the 1990s were lean, ending with a clear-out, 18 Tracks, all but three songs drawn from 1998’s Tracks boxset. Since one was a 1990 version of The Promise, a fragile outtake from 1978’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town, and another the slow-burning The Fever, it at least proved a useful reminder of his talent. The new millennium, though, began with the … Continue reading Bruce Springsteen – 18 Tracks and more…

Joy Division's Closer to be reissued for 40th anniversary

Joy Division have announced the re-release of sophomore album Closer on 17 July to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the LP. Joy Division will be re-releasing a 40th anniversary edition of their sophomore album Closer, on 17 July 2020. The release follows last year’s reissue of the ground-breaking debut album Unknown Pleasures, and will be pressed on clear vinyl. As well as the LP release, non-album singles Transmission, … Continue reading Joy Division's Closer to be reissued for 40th anniversary

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà Vu

Hippy relic created by four warring egos or a timeless Americana classic? Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s second album sold by the bucketload, yet 50 years on it still continues to divide opinion. Ben Wardle gets Déjà Vu… “When we did our first CSN record, we were very much in love with each other and each other’s music. By the time of Déjà Vu that … Continue reading Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà Vu