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posted a comment on Objekt - Flatland. 10 days ago
Rather cold / hard and overcompressed, not a very attractive sound. Some interesting textures and sound effects, but far from an immersive ride. Not recommended on vinyl, probably a better listen on digital where the album isn't broken into four sides.
posted a comment on Various - Glistens. 17 days ago
The majority of these tracks were well worth a (g)listen, I am one of the "shies away from library music outside the golden years of 1966-78" types that Ed MacFarlane mentions in the liner notes. Have a g(listen) to track 5 "shorelines" and you will see ... See full review
posted a review of Sunflower Bean - I Was A Fool. about 1 month ago
"I Was A Fool" to buy this when I could have just bought a 2nd hand copy of Rumours for the same cost.
posted a comment on Cocteau Twins - Garlands. 2 months ago
Siouxie and the Banshees as well as Bauhaus loom large over this LP, but it does of course have its own colours too. More overtly melodic and self-similar in instrumentation and sonics than the Banshees, for example, and Elizabeth Frazers vocals are ... See full review
posted a comment on The Fall. 3 months ago
You are so right. Better a band makes consistently mediocre records for ever and ever than they release 3 or 4 winners and then clear off. Thank god they have persevered despite Mr Smith sounding like Bane with 12 whiskies in him and a headcold.
posted a comment on The Fall. 3 months ago
There's a whole world of music out there Fall fans, that doesn't consist of drums bashed badly monotonous guitar and a drunk ranting incoherently.
But sheer persistence beats melody / talent / inspiration eh? Repeated mediocrity is better than quality, ... See full review
posted a comment on Trans Europa Express - Il Gatto Dagli Occhi Di Giada. 3 months ago
Please please please any record label owners or owners of pressing plants reading this, you are ruining so many records by not placing the centre hole precisely in the middle of the LP. This leads to "wow and flutter" (not as nice as it sounds) where we ... See full review
posted a comment on Armando Sciascia - Sea Fantasy. 3 months ago
Just listening again to this record now, it is such great material, so disappointing that it is covered in weird phasing, sound like they used some noise elimination software, then plugged in a doubler to round out the sound - the kind of moves a 10 year ... See full review
posted a comment on Loop (3) - Eternal (The Singles 1988). 4 months ago
The version of "Mother Sky" is the only time I've heard a band cover Can and outdo them in some way. The drumming is sick - imagine outgunning Jaki from Can, the track builds and builds in waves, it is truly awesome and worthy to stand side by side with ... See full review
posted a comment on AC/DC. 4 months ago
None of their songs hits as hard as the Stooges. Don't forget Motörhead, either!
When you think about all the incredible bands there have been, better to enjoy them all than make silly comparisons.
posted a comment on Chromatics - Shadow. 4 months ago
Is this a cover version of "Wish Fulfillment" by Sonic Youth?
posted a comment on Tad - God's Balls. 7 months ago
Mudhoney - "Superfuzz Bigmuff", Nirvana - "Bleach" and Tad - "God's Balls", these are the quintessential Seattle grunge records for me, heavily rotated by John Peel on his legendary show, never equaled for heaviness or atmosphere.

I was too young to ... See full review
posted a comment on Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician. 9 months ago
This is definitely the best buttholes record, absolutely off the goddamn chain. Whether it is therefore the best record ever by man or beast is quite likely.
posted a comment on Dr. Dooom - First Come, First Served. 9 months ago
This, along with The 1st Dr Octagon LP, is a creative peak never since equalled in hip hop. The lyrics show a sense of humour and sheer imaginative tomfoolery that pees on the rest of the game. To be treasured because since then, hip hop has literally ... See full review
posted a comment on Circle - Andexelt. 9 months ago
Any kind soul reading this with access to a record pressing plant. Please pop this album in when you get a spare moment?
posted a comment on My Bloody Valentine - mbv. 11 months ago
If this LP sounds a bit sluggish and sleepy, try at plus 2, livens it up a bit.
posted a comment on Happy Mondays. 11 months ago
After all this time it's the Mondays that sound best of the Manchester lot - and they were always good as you will find if you go right back to their first eps on Factory.
The band was a big marquee for indie / dance / acid house, more down to earth and ... See full review
posted a comment on Necro Deathmort. 12 months ago
Thes guys are awesome. Get all their stuff, you will not regret it.
posted a comment on François De Roubaix - Les Lèvres Rouges. about 1 year ago
This richly deserves a reprint or rerelease on vinyl. The whole soundtrack of the film is haunting and mesmerising, very elegant and full of dramatic tension. Classy strings over bass and drums, sad melodies and spooky guitars, richly atmospheric!
posted a comment on Verve* - A Storm In Heaven. about 1 year ago
Got my copy today. Good sound, of course not as good as the original pressing. As is very often the case these days, this reissue is marred by loud pops and crackles even on first playback.

What goes on?
posted a comment on Melvins - Houdini. about 1 year ago
Mine too - listening to it makes me seasick with the wow and flutter. Dogshit.
posted a review of Joël Vandroogenbroeck* - Meditations Vol. 1. about 1 year ago
A Masterpiece of ambient music. Incredible shifting textures and soundscapes take the listener on a sumptuous trip. A must-have for anyone looking to journey through further dimensions!
posted a review of Ennio Morricone - Paura - A Collection Of Scary & Thrilling Soundtracks. about 1 year ago
When you see releases like these you have to wonder how many companies actually know how to press vinyl anymore. The centring of the hole on this release is so bad that the "wow" causes seasickness.
Only an amateur would press something as low quality as ... See full review
posted a review of Johnny Hammond - Gears. about 1 year ago
What a great album, and it is fantastic to have the bonus tracks. What we could do without is the badly pressed "Lost on 23rd Street" of side A, full of crackling distortion in the left channel. What a mess! Don't people check pressings anymore?!
posted a comment on Mercury Rev. over 2 years ago
They were mind-meltingly hot and viciously psychedelic when I saw them live at the Newcastle Riverside just after releasing Yerself Is Steam.

That record and Boces were both a real trip - the David Baker left the band, and they became as you say ... See full review
posted a comment on Wand (2). over 2 years ago
Exquisite psychedelia. Heavy sounds and T-Rex / Bowie inflections, melodic and determined, alternately soft and heroic.

Wicked and delicious, frantic and luminary. I really dig this band!
posted a review of Armando Sciascia - Sea Fantasy. over 2 years ago
Oh Dear.

So pleased to have a copy of this .....but......

What has happened to the sound? It's like it was re-recorded under water, in the bath.

Someone has made a really botched attempt at de-noising this, or re-stereo-ising it or whatever.

It ... See full review
posted a comment on M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us. over 2 years ago
With one half the band gone, all the elegance and unpredictability, the small moments of M83 disappeared, and we are left with only the epic sentimentality and huge empty gestures.
What a shame.
Mega cheese.
posted a comment on Cream (2). over 2 years ago
How white guys mimicking blues stylings is equal to rock "growing up" I'll never know. I'm sure it was exciting to hear the blues played louder than ever before, but listening to Cream live these days, it gets very tiring hearing Clapton bashing away at ... See full review
posted a comment on The Beatles - The Beatles. over 2 years ago
You have it the wrong way round. This album is full of classics, like, "Dear Prudence", "Back in the USSR", "I'm so Tired", "Helter Skelter", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Sexy Sadie", "Julia", "Blackbird" and so on, with some unfortunate filler like, ... See full review
posted a comment on AC/DC. over 2 years ago
The absolute best at their brand of rock, yes for sure. Party rock, which is awesome. But there are other rock bands better than them in other areas, Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Budgie etc.etc.
Personally, the best overall rock band ... See full review
submitted Piero Piccioni - Tutto A Posto E Niente In Ordine. over 4 years ago
posted a comment on Pharaoh Overlord - #1. over 4 years ago
Well, this right here is stoner rock perfection. Each track is a landscape, a feeling, a trip! Up there with "Spine of God" by Monster Magnet, and precious little else...
posted a comment on Kool Keith - Black Elvis / Lost In Space. over 5 years ago
I've never been able to find it on vinyl without that pressing error. No side 1, and side 4 twice! Shame, cos there are some good tracks missing...