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SWJ Group – Scribbles – new video

Posted in manchester, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2018 by dc

Check out this cracking new tune and video from SWJ Group. It’s a funky little earworm that’ll have you tapping your toes and smiling like a drunkard from start to finish…

ShitKid – Sugar Town – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2017 by dc

Oh yes. Like The Runaways meets The White Strips via Sweden…

Beach Fossils – Sugar – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2017 by dc

From their new album, Somersault

New duo, Dead Captain set to release debut EP in July

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2017 by dc

Tameside duo, Dead Captain release their debut EP on 17 July 2017 via Stereokill Records.

Dead Captain cover updated 2

Dead Captain has been shaken to life by multi-instrumentalist and founding member of, The Cornelius Crane, Dan Adams. Ably assisted by writer and illustrator, Dunstan Carter.

The EPs four tracks, ‘This Old Village’, ‘Looming Moon’, ‘Who Knows’ and ‘Toddler Democracy’, give nods to 70’s Americana, late 80’s British indie music and 90’s college rock, and take a look at the division and confusion gripping Post-Brexit Britain and Trump’s America.

The Dead Captain project was born an hour after the duo found a brightly coloured shoe box outside a pub in Ashton-Under-Lyne in late 2016. Over a few beers they went through the box and found scribbled notes, old photos, drawings and grainy music recordings on old VHS tapes.

They still don’t know the exact origins of the box. At first they just thought it was the work of a weird recluse who wanted to remain unknown but leave some kind of odd little legacy. But after asking around, a couple of their friends reckon it might be the work of a man known locally as Old Scotty. A lonely old drunk who hangs around in some of the pubs in town and tells outlandish tales of a youth spent fighting in some of the world’s most notorious war zones. If it is him, the chances of getting anything out of him are supposedly nigh on impossible as half of the stuff that comes out of his mouth is indecipherable these days, and the rest is just rambling monologues about the death of the North.

One thing they found taped to the box that struck an immediate chord with duo was a blue post-it note that simply read, “do something with this”. So that’s what Dead Captain are doing – they’re inviting inquisitive people to have a rummage inside the head of a poetic Northern drunk and see what unfolds.

Car Seat Headrest – Vincent – new video

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2016 by dc

Parquet Courts – Dust – new video

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 6, 2016 by dc

Slacker Shack’s top twenty albums of 2015

Posted in Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2015 by dc


2015’s been an interesting year for new music. I’ve dipped in and out of plenty of new albums this year but there are about five I’ve regularly put on repeat.

Courtney Barnett’s ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ is one of those albums. Essentially it’s a brilliant update of that early 90’s slacker rock sound I love so much. Lyrically clever and lathered in charisma, it’s a real gem.

Roots Manuva’s ‘Bleeds’ is a stonker too – for me it’s almost the match of 2001’s ‘Run Come Save Me’ and eclectic with it. I still think he’s underrated. If there’s a better British rapper dead or alive I’d like to hear about him. Listen to ‘One Thing’ and tell me I’m wrong.

I’m a big fan of Melbourne’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and their latest opus, ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’ is a wonderful thing. Caught somewhere between a 1970’s kids TV show soundtrack and a gently psychedelic jazz-folk dream, it has an air of perfectly executed silliness and magic that made me recall the first time I heard the Small FacesOgden’s Nut Gone Flake’.

It’s become the norm that when Sufjan Stevens releases an album it’s gets swamped in critical acclaim and tickles the hearts and minds of anyone who hears it. ‘Carrie & Lowell’ is no different. The songs on the album were inspired by the death of his mother but it’s anything but morose. It’s a beautiful and calming experience – a late night gem.

The one album I’ve truly loved above all others this year though is Jim O’Rourke’s, ‘Simple Songs’. I’ve always loved O’Rourke when he’s in his classic singer-songwriter mode. Even his most paired-back stuff is filled with layers and nuances, wry lyrics and wit, but there’s some songs on his latest album that are, for want of a better phrase, so deeply nourishing, ‘Simple Songs’ surpasses even the likes of ‘Eureka’ and ‘Insignificance’. It’s my favourite album of the year by a distance.

There’s some other choice picks below too, like Little Wings’s ‘Explains’, and it’s playful, slightly tipsy Bonnie Prince Billy-esque shenanigans, and Kool Keith’s return to form with producer L’Orange, ‘Time? Astonishing!’. 2015 may not have been a truly classic year for music but it’s provided me with a fair few eclectic treats.

Check out my top twenty list below and tell me what you think:

Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Roots Manuva – Bleeds

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Little Wings – Explains

L’Orange & Kool Keith – Time? Astonishing!

Alex G – Beach Music

Kamasi Washington – The Epic

Ratatat – Magnifique

My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

Dungen – Allas Sak

Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Style

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Lou Barlow – Brace The Wave

C Duncan – Architect

Blur – The Magic Whip

Bill Ryder Jones – West Kirby County Primary

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Dr Dre – Compton