Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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EVERYBODY loves a bargain - that's probably why I put in all of this effort blogging just for a few promo CDs.
So why don't you get in on the action as well by snapping up a copy of Nick Catchdubs & Mr Ducker's online mix album Radio Friendly Unit Shifter.
It's a 38-track grungey nostalgia trip through songs such as Nirvana's Sliver, Soul Coughing's Super Bon Bon, Primus's Wynona's Big Brown Beaver and Weezer's El Scorcho, and it's free.
Click here to get a copy.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
ROLO Tomassi desribe their sound as "a joyous explosion of melody, noise, anger, youthful exuberance, getting into the groove, not feeling the need to compromise or make music for any other reason than the drive to create something unique, messy and wonderful, a love of science, experimentation and punk/hardcore/what-the-hell-is-that-core".
Monday, September 15, 2008
LATE Of The Pier, Castle Donington's finest rock experimentalists, are set to re-release Bathroom Gurgle as their next single.
The track, taken from debut album Fantasy Black Channel, will hit stores on October 27.
This will be the second outing for the track, which had a 500-copy limited edition 7" release just over a year ago.
COUPLING influences ranging from acts such as Helmet to lead singer Daryl Palumbo's irritable bowel syndrome with an experimental urge to combine incendiary punk and hardcore with anything from jazz to ambient, Worship And Tribute was always going to be that little bit different.
New Yorkers Glassjaw's second LP, the 2002 release saw the group deliberately maturing their explosive post-hardcore sound honed on Everything You Wanted To Know About Silence.
As well as being both challenging and intriguing musically, Palumbo's engaging, acerbic style is also more melodic here.
As a result songs such as Mu Empire and Ape Dos Mil have almost mainstream twist, whilst remaining fiercely unique, creative and raw.
As I alluded to in a previous post, fans like myself are still awaiting a follow-up to this album.
But for the meantime this LP is worthy of both worship and tribute.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
MAYBE it's because I can't stop listening to Metallica's ferocious Death Magnetic, released yesterday.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
AS YOU may have noticed, I'm looking a even more attractive than usual today.
That's because graphic designer Jon-Paul Kaiser has kindly given me a makeover, so you no longer have to look at that awful picture of me.
Thanks Jon, on behalf of my long-suffering readership.
• If you would like to see your artwork on Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice or even in the Loughborough Echo, send your pictures of Isaac to -
Isaac Ashe, Loughborough Echo,Princes' Court, Royal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, LE11 5XR, or e-mail them to Isaac_Ashe@MRN.co.uk
Monday, September 08, 2008
TOP pop group Sugababes will be performing at Loughborough University's Freshers' Ball on October 4.
Also added to the line-up coming to the venue this year will be The Hoosiers on October 5 and Noah And The Whale on October 19.
However Ida Maria's visit on October 9 has been cancelled.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
LAST night your favourite music blogger - me - did his best Simon Cowell turn as a judge at a Battle of the Bands at Loughborough Town Hall.
I was really taken aback at the quality of the bands taking part - namely piano-driven False Impression, brutal Please Nurse No, energetic Red Light Rebels, head-banging Evangelion and winners Shortly After Sunrise - it was such a tough choice and I felt sick to my stomach having to agree a winner with the other judges, and can fully understand why Mr Cowell has a phone vote to decide his X Factor type shows.
Apart from the wads of cash he rakes in, of course.
Check out the Loughborough Echo for a full report later in the week.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
THE Young Knives have been chosen to tour South America as ambassadors for British music.
The Belton group, currently writing for their third album, will play dates in Sao Paulo in Brazil, Buenos Aires in Argentina and Santiago in Chile during October.
Henry Dartnell, singer in the trio, said: "We are incredibly delighted to announce that Young Knives are off to South America with our mate Johnny Flynn and the Transgressive posse.
"The trip has been organised by the British Music Council in order to spread the word about British music and like the lucky swines we are they picked us."
ALTHOUGH this is Brooklyn-based duo Little Jackie's debut album, The Stoop is the latest in a long line of projects for the pair.
So no surprise that programmer Adam Pallin, whose CV boasts work with American Idol Elliot Yamin and ageing Welsh sexpot Tom Jones, and frontwoman Imani Coppola, who has previously worked with Digable Planets, Mike Patton's Peeping Tom and as a solo artist, have created a slick release.
Mixing a Motown vibe with hip hop production and presentation, The Stoop is a collection of genuinely credible pop tracks.
Not least in the list are current radio frenzy The World Should Revolve Around Me, the brilliant 28 Butts, and Katy Perry-trumping Guys Like When Girls Kiss.
But despite this plethora of singles, the album still retains, for me, the feel of one hit wonders a la Bran Van 3000 or Len.
Yes sirree, the whole world should revolve around Little Jackie - just not for as long as they might expect it too.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
CASTLE Donington band Late Of The Pier have hand-picked their favourite bands to come on tour with them.
The group, riding high on the success of current LP Fantasy Black Channel, selected the finest support acts around to travel with them to cities such as Glasgow, Bristol and Manchester in October.
Acts taking to the road with the local band include Munch Munch, Midnight Juggernauts, Cock'n'bull Kid, Micachu, Digitalism and Erol Alkan, who produced their debut LP.
IF YOU'RE looking for someone to twiddle your knobs, and you're looking for someone to twiddle them good, then currently Metronomy, real name Joseph Mount, is your man.
One spin of Roots Manuva's Metronomy-produced Let The Spirit, the standout track from his 2008 Slime And Reason release, will testify to that.
But despite being an in-demand remixer - having previously fiddled about with the likes of Gorillaz, Klaxons, Franz Ferdinand and Kate Nash - with a blank canvas to work from, as on sophomore LP Nights Out, Devon-born Metronomy is left floundering.
Clearly Mount can pull a beat about with the best of them, but here there are just not engaging enough beats with which to do it.
A mash of squelchy fart basslines and '80s synth strings, everything up until about half-way through Radio Ladio is an absolute shambles.
That said there is some good work here - the pumping Heart Rate Rapid for example.
Overall the album's concept is based on wanting a good time and having a disappointing one, albeit on a night out - sadly this album encapsulates that theme a little too well.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
BELTON band The Young Knives are hoping to open a new chapter in their career – by penning a book about life on the road.
The band revealed to BBC 6music that they are putting together a book about their touring experiences.
The successful group, who are currently writing their third album, plan to put together the book based on their travels, as well as the points of view of other groups, roadies and other music industry personnel.
Monday, September 01, 2008
IF I had to guess, I would say that Christian post-hardcore band Underoath probably prefer the angry, vengeful Old Testament version of God.
Because listening to new LP Lost In The Sound Of Separation, they sound pretty cross.
A caustic bludgeoning barrage of a metal album, the band's sixth offering sees the group's previous emo tendancies buried beneath a wall of sound.
A heavier, darker take on the group's sound, the album starts at a blistering pace and doesn't even begin to relent until Emergency Broadcast :: The End Is Near, four tracks in.
It's not an easy start, but as the album progresses they do start to find their old groove and it's no surprise the LP's best tracks are closing trio Desperate Times, Desperate Measures, Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear and closer Desolate Earth :: The End Is Here.
Overall it's a good effort, but perhaps next time it should be a case of "may I remind you that you are Underoath" to restore the balance.