2011 January



When Wolves come out of the Walls

31st January 2011

Jean-Xavier Boucherat talks with Wolves in the Throne Room about Soil, Shamans, and Huxley. Listen – this is just a student newspaper. We don’t have the time or resources to even begin to understand how scenes originally created with the intention of alienating just about everyone can gain worldwide appeal. So let’s start making some ...


The Bedroom Databank Volumes 1-4 (Review)

31st January 2011

Nick Biggs examines Atlas Sound’s latest offering, available free @ deerhuntertheband.blogspot.com Prolificacy is not an issue for Bradford Cox. A quick scan over the recording dates for this four volume demo set is an intimidating exposition of an unusually active mind – 49 songs recorded in just a few afternoons at his home this Autumn. ...


Girl Talk – All Day

31st January 2011

Girl Talk – All day (Illegal Art, 15/11/10) Of all the reasons to recommend you getting hold of this album, one stands out above the rest: it’s free. Happily, its price tag is not a reflection on its quality. Its complimentary nature is simply a means of avoiding the mess of copyright infringement that Greg ...


Jenny & Johnny – I’m having Fun Now

31st January 2011

(Warner Bros, 29/11/10) It was ironic that I’m Having Fun Now finally arrived on British soil during the coldest November for a century. Jenny Lewis, of Rilo Kiley, and her singer-songwriter beau Johnathan Rice combine to create a summery pop record expressing the joy of their love. A hand of congratulation must be offered to Johnathan ...


Hype Williams – Find Out What Happens when People Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Reel

31st January 2011

Hype Williams – Find Out What Happens when People Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Reel (De Stijl, 06/12/10) Some people would say that the likes of Jack White or Thom Yorke are mysterious. I can see what they’re getting at: what could Jack be thinking of when he gets that far-off glint in his ...


An Ocean of Noise

31st January 2011

Jean-Xavier Boucherat goes to see Grouper, and talks with Room 40’s Curator, Lawrence English. It could be that I’m growing up but lately, I find the image of a room packed full of people listening to a performer in attentive silence more arresting than that of the youth dislocating each other’s arms and egos. I ...


Sound of tha Police

31st January 2011

Here’s what Arika say – Music is always about more then just music. Don’t get them wrong there’s no sort of pretentious sentiment here, just an honest to god admission that any tune you hear has more behind it then the commercial interests imbedded in it. This isn’t too hard to understand, all the influences ...


Wholesome Prison Blues

31st January 2011

Is prison really so bad for a musician’s career? Sure, losing their human rights is bound to be a bit of a downer, but in return they get plenty of time to write new material and some colourful experiences to liven their next work. Heck, they might even sell a few sympathy records. On the ...


Why So Serious, Glasgow?

31st January 2011

Lauren Martin on how to have fun – Joker, Girl Unit, and James Blake at Numbers, 05/11/10 I cannot remember the last time a Numbers event in Glasgow was quiet. Their nights seem to thrive on word of mouth and hype alone, which speaks volumes to the ear-to-the-ground bookings from the Numbers collective. If there is ...


Get yo Towels Out

31st January 2011

Wavves – The Arches It was fitting that the Arches played host for the first night of San Diego three piece Wavves’ European tour. The usual sound problems that so often blight the Arches fit into the band’s careful but somewhat haphazard ethos. Having started as a lo-fi internet based project in Nathan Williams’ bedroom, ...