Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
CASTLE Donington-based indie rock-electronica crossover outfit Late Of The Pier are bringing their soon-to-be massive sound to Loughborough's Rapture Nightclub on May 30.
The town date is the last leg of a UK tour for the group, whose sound is like Frank Zappa jamming out with The Klaxons.
The local boys are also releasing a new double A-side single, Space And The Woods and Focker, on May 19.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
THE best ever band to come out of Wymeswold ever, The Wave Pictures, are all set to release their debut album Instant Coffee Baby on May 5.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
And on tracks like opening salvo and single Beginning Of The Twist and title track This Is Not The World the band sound back to their ferociously quirky best.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
AS THE hype machine kicks into gear, NME pleasers Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong will be appearing at Loughborough University on Tuesday, April 22, for what should be a cracking gig, one of the first in their headline UK tour.
To coincide a six-track teaser for their rumoured to be self-titled album, currently being tweaked for an August release, was rushed to Echo towers - and it promises good things from Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong's Super Furry Animals meets The Cribs sound.
Although my full judgement and rating is being saved for the full album, tracks such as Where Do you Go and Dear Rose, as well as already-released single Lucio Starts Fires, sound like big hits in waiting.
Friday, April 18, 2008
TO MATCH the Loughborough Echo's swanky new look, which hits the streets this Thursday, April 24, Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice has also undergone an overhaul.
However regular readers - if there are such things here - you can rest assured that my trademark mix of music reviews and other associated drivel will continue in the same, stuck-in-a-rut fashion as it always has.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
GLASTONBUDGET, Europe's number one tribute festival held in Wymeswold this May, has announced it's complete line-up - and, although I cannot say how good or bad the acts will be, some of the names are simply genius.
This year gracing the stage, among many more, will be Maybe Winehouse, the Kaiser Thiefs, Letz Zep, One Step Behind and Oasish.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
FIFTY not out!
To celebrate achieving a half-century of posts, without the powers that be at Echo towers taking my blog away and slapping my wrists, I have created a must-have, limited edition piece of spin-off Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice merchandise.
Yes that's right - Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice wallpaper for your computer desktop background can be yours, but for one week only.
And as a reader of my blog, you can get your sweaty hands on this delightful adornment for your computer, compatible with both PCs and Macs, by e-mailing me at Isaac_Ashe@mrn.co.uk, stating "I want my wallpaper!".
But hurry, the deadline for applications is April 24.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
EACH week in the Echo I compile a Gig Guide for the paper of bands and singers and suchlike plying their trades locally, and every now and again a band name crops up that makes me smile.
This week, Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel are playing at the Three Nuns in Loughborough on Saturday, April 19 - how the hell do you think up a name like that?!?
It's the best one I've heard since the Ministry Of Beaver came to town.
If you know of any great band names, funny or foul, clever or plain stupid, local or otherwise, I'd love to hear them - for the record, the bands I played in were called Asbestos Lung and FX-15.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
CALIFORNIAN rock group Thrice's now-complete Alchemy Index series of concept EPs has been the perfect showcase for all the band's elements - songwriting and musicianship, the pulsating and the poignant.
Completing the quartet which started last October with parts I and II, the blistering Fire and the soothing Water, are soon-to-be-released parts III and IV, Air and Earth.
I ducked out of including the first instalment in my albums of the year 2007 at the 11th hour in favour of Dillinger Escape Plan's Ire Works, but when I heard the opening tracks of Air I was blown away.
Air is a continuation of more traditional Thrice fair, an alternative rock six-track section with a lighter touch that really showcases the band's technical abilities, but it's Earth that really stands out.
A dustbowl of an EP, the band's songwriting really comes to the fore in the concluding chapter, with a more acoustic, country tinged sound, and tracks like Moving Mountains and Come All You Weary up there as career bests.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
AS THEIR name would suggest, in this live recording made at the Royal Albert Hall the Cinematic Orchestra create soundscapes as much as they do play songs.
The British group, a six-strong trip hop and jazz outfit, are so laid back here they're almost upside-down. Think a contented version of Portishead and you're not far off.
However that's not to say this recording is soporiphic - in fact the engaging Live At The Royal Albert Hall is as warm and rich as a contented Bill Gates wearing a woolly jumper eating chocolate cake by the fireside, thanks to the 24-piece orchestra backing the band.
At times the group erupts into skittering drum and bass-influenced acid jazz, at others such as on Familiar Ground and All That You Give, led by female vocalist Heidi Vogel the set just concentrates on atmosphere.
I spoke previously, in my review of Shine A Light by the Rolling Stones, of a sense of occasion coming through on live records - and you can clearly tell here that the Cinematic Orchestra, a band very much on the periphery of the mainstream, clearly relished every moment they had in the Royal Albert Hall's limelight.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
I thought I should leave just a quick note, without my patent Sound Advice Reviewer's Hat on, to say congratulations to a small pianist.