Archive for the ‘New Releases’ Category

Bjork to draft in Timbaland for new LP

January 19, 2007

Bjork
As most of you will know, Bjork has worked with an eclectic bunch when collaborating on albums. Her next album, due in late spring (as yet untitled) features two tracks produced by Timbaland and another two featuring vocals by Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

Additional guest appearances have been turned in by Toumani Diabate on kora, Konono No. 1 on electric thumb piano and drumming from Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale. "This record is a Bjork production par excellence," Bjork.com says. "No stone left unturned to seek out the perfect pitch."

The new album is Bjork’s first since 2004’s stark "Medulla," which boasted contributions from Mike Patton, Rahzel, Matmos and Robert Wyatt.

Bjork’s site also confirms the Icelandic singer will return to the road this year.

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Neil Young releases classic 1971 show

January 18, 2007

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Neil Young is set to release another classic archive gig on CD.

‘Live at Massey Hall’, out on March 13, was recorded at the Toronto venue in January 1971, and sees Young performing solo.

Talking of the release, Young says producer David Briggs urged him to release the Massey Hall version of ‘Harvest’ instead of the studio version which appeared on the classic 1972 album.

He says: "I was very excited about the takes we got on ‘Harvest’ and wanted ‘Harvest’ out. David disagreed. As I listen to this today, I can see why."

Meanwhile Young is set to release ‘Archives Volume 1’ in the autumn, the much-mooted project the singer has talked about for decades.

The collection will compromise eight CDs and two DVDs of unreleased live and studio material as well as memorabilia. An exact release date has yet to be announced, reports Billboard.

Album Review: The Noisettes ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’

January 11, 2007

Noisettes
Having seen The Noisettes a few years ago in a poky little club, I thought they came across as a bit contrived. Well, on hearing their debut LP, I might just have to take it back. ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’ is sleazy mix of rockabilly, punk, garage and good time rock’n’roll spat through fuzz and feathers.

With the imminent release of new single, Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit) due on 29th January and their first long player, What’s The Time Mr Wolf? due out on 5th February  on Vertigo Records, the band are going on a lengthy tour, and you’d be advised to catch them before they go massive. Read on for a closer look at the album…

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Album Review: The Noisettes ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’

January 11, 2007

Noisettes
Having seen The Noisettes a few years ago in a poky little club, I thought they came across as a bit contrived. Well, on hearing their debut LP, I might just have to take it back. ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’ is sleazy mix of rockabilly, punk, garage and good time rock’n’roll spat through fuzz and feathers.

With the imminent release of new single, Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit) due on 29th January and their first long player, What’s The Time Mr Wolf? due out on 5th February  on Vertigo Records, the band are going on a lengthy tour, and you’d be advised to catch them before they go massive. Read on for a closer look at the album…

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Mark E Smith is Jesus (and has a new LP coming out)

January 5, 2007

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The Fall‘s Mark E Smith is set to appear in the third series of Johnny Vegas’ dodgy sitcom Ideal.

The show is about Manc’ drug dealer called Moz  and in the forthcoming series, has Mark E Smith taking on the role of Jesus.

Smith’s Jesus plots to get Moz killed as a punishment for his druggy existence and will air on BBC 3 in March.

Also, The Fall have a new album out in February (date TBC) called Reformation Post. The 12 track album will be the follow up 2005’s ‘Fall Heads Roll’.

The cover of the album, whose exact release date has yet to be announced, will be shot by Bob Gruen, who has worked with David Bowie, The Sex Pistols and The Clash. Read over for full track listing.

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Single of the Year – LazyBones/Mik Mak Mok double A-Side

December 6, 2006

Gardensticks_releaseLadies and Gentlemen, something incredible fell into my lap this morning and it is, without question, the finest thing you’ll hear all year. The Gardensticks recording company is a beguiling, mysterious creature, sending out beautiful handcrafted vibrations into the ether and they’ve hit gold again after the successes and critical acclaims
of their John Stammers‘ releases.

This time, they have two new talents
who find themselves on the fringes of psychedelia and acid-folk, namely
Mik Mak Mok (as broken first by PopJunkie) and the stupendous talent of Lazy Bones. Buy this record now, or forever kick yourself. Read on…

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Joe Meek Freakbeat: You’re Holding Me Down (30 Freakbeat, mod & R&B nuggets)

November 1, 2006

Meek_mod_1There is no questioning the genius of Joe Meek. Meek was Britain’s first, and possibly finest, eccentric studio genius. His life is all too well documented; recording and reversing the sound of a toilet flushing for Telstar (his biggest seller), madness, involvement with London’s underworld (well, they used to beat him up), the killing of his landlady and subsequent suicide. So news of a compilation of some of his more rocky output had this writer in a bit of a giddy haze. The promise of the biggest oddball to grace British pop tackling wild eyed beat groups… well… it’s a bit too much to handle. Thankfully, the LP lives up to expectations.

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Joe Meek Freakbeat: You’re Holding Me Down (30 Freakbeat, mod & R&B nuggets)

November 1, 2006

Meek_mod_1There is no questioning the genius of Joe Meek. Meek was Britain’s first, and possibly finest, eccentric studio genius. His life is all too well documented; recording and reversing the sound of a toilet flushing for Telstar (his biggest seller), madness, involvement with London’s underworld (well, they used to beat him up), the killing of his landlady and subsequent suicide. So news of a compilation of some of his more rocky output had this writer in a bit of a giddy haze. The promise of the biggest oddball to grace British pop tackling wild eyed beat groups… well… it’s a bit too much to handle. Thankfully, the LP lives up to expectations.

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Review – Le Beat Bespoke 2 (Various Artists)

October 13, 2006

Lebeatbespoke2Despite the terrible LP cover, Le Beat Bespoke 2 contains some of the finest music ever cut to wax. From the off, the pace of the compilation is relentless. The Poppys Hauted House track, ‘Dude’ is a blistering hammond/fuzz stomper that is destined for some wild shapes on Friday night dancefloors. Vicious organ (a la Brian Auger or early Deep Purple) is quick, meaty, beaty, big and bouncy. Pass the amphetemines.

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Review – Shapes & Sounds (Orange & Red Beams from teh BBC Archives 67-69)

October 12, 2006

Shapessounds

Following on from ‘Alphabeat’, Top Sounds has released another gem of a compilation. This selection, known as ‘Shapes & Sounds‘ compiles 60’s rarities from the largely inaccessible BBC archives. ‘Shapes And Sounds’ goes straight for the psych/freakbeat jugular, and offers seventeen killer cuts taped live in the BBC studios. Available on both LP (and CD), the comp features the cracking Kaleidoscope (with a great rendition of ‘Jenny Artichoke’ kicking procedings off) and more… read on.

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