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New Dead Captain tune and video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , on July 1, 2018 by dc

Tameside duo, Dead Captain have just released the video for their new tune, Vermillion, and it’s a strange little treat.

The accompanying NSFW video features a magical tea towel, unicorns, smokey country lanes and ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-them’ cameos from 80’s icons, Max Headroom and Carol Vorderman – check it out below:

According to the single blurb, Dead Captain’s debut album will be out “sometime between the collapse of Brexit and the impeachment of Trump“. So, that’s either, never or sometime next year then!

Great new music… Cold Water Swimmers

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2018 by dc

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Cold Water Swimmers are a brand new, fresh out the oven band from Manchester, England. They were formed just a few months back by Chris Bridgett (Dub Sex, Rude Club, The G-O-D) and I was lucky enough to see them perform last month at an intimate gig in the city’s Northern Quarter. They blew me away.

Raw and unflinching, their sound combines elements of post-punk and garage rock to create something really immediate and moving. They only have a handful of songs currently and there’s only a snatch of debut single, She’s Falling Apart available to listen to, but releases are in the pipeline and imminent. Make a note and get onboard. You can follow CWS on Twitter here and stay up to date. Here’s a snippet of, She’s Falling Apart

Great new music… Lay Llamas

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2018 by dc

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This coming Friday (June 15th), Italian psychedelic rockers, Lay Llamas, release their second album, Thuban.

Their first album, Ostro, was released back in 2014 and is packed with lots of krautrock influenced psychedelia, afrobeat rhythms and hypnotic otherworldliness. There are obvious current touchstones like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Goat, The Limiñanas and Clinic, but there’s something a little bit different to their sound too, an astral and wide-eyed aura that sucks in lots of influences but never sounds copy cat. There’s a masterful blend of spacey psych jams, trippy mellow moments and hooky motorik grooves, and that little bit of magic that hooked me in as soon as I heard them.

With the recent success of Aussie psychedelic acts in the shapes of Tame Impala, KGATLW, Pond and Jagwar Ma, and the rise of psychedelic festivals across Europe, it’s a bit of a surprise their debut album didn’t get a wider audience. Hopefully their sophomore release will change all that.

Ahead of the album’s release, three of Thuban’s eight tracks have recently seen the light of day on both Youtube and Spotify. Check out, Holy Worms, Altair and Silver Sun below:

You can follow Lay Llamas on Twitter @LayLlamas. Thuban is out on Friday.

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…

Ten NEW bands you should check out NOW…

Posted in Music, Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2018 by dc

Life takes it’s toll and whilst I’d love to be a prolific blogger like five or six years ago, it’s no longer possible. I do like to keep this little blog ticking over though, so every now and again I can highlight some new art, a cracking film or some great new music.

As I creep into middle age, like many folk, I have lots of conversations with people about how, “there’s no good music anymore”. I nearly always baulk at this suggestion, and whilst 2018 probably isn’t going to be remembered as a great year of new music like 1969, 1977 or even 1994 were, it’s certainly started off on the right note.

Just yesterday I was having a chat about new music with a friend and pretty quickly we were able to list about a dozen top new acts that had released debut EP’s, albums or just a song or two in the last few months. The music scene might be starved of money on the bottom few rungs of the ladder but the creativity’s still bubbling and thriving.

I’ve put together a list of ten acts who’ve released debut stuff this year (or for the pedants amongst you, late 2017 and this year), and who I’d encourage you to check out (especially if you think there’s no decent new music nowadays):

MIEN – Their site describes them as, “a Transatlantic four-way collision of considerable force”. Pitchfork have labelled them, “apocalyptic psych rock”. I’d call them, “kraut-psych noodlers with tunes”.

The Fernweh – A Northern three piece whose debut single, ‘The Liar‘ has a late 60’s psych-folk feel to it and loads of charm.

Olden Yolk – A New York four piece crafting catchy motorik influenced folk rock, with some lovely little electronic flourishes and prog rock moments scattered here and there.

Boy Azooga – A cracking new Welsh band who remind me of recent blues rockers like The Black Keys and Royal Blood, but there’s also a playfulness that touches on bands like Can, The Happy Mondays and the Super Furry Animals.

Sports Team – Peculiar UK six piece mixing up elements of slacker rock and 80’s post-punk to create some chest-thumping, wayward excellence.

Andre Bernier – Lovely, mellow folky shenanigans (from a man who needs to upload more stuff onto YouTube).

Cut Worms – This American singer-songwriter has been getting a fair bit of radio play recently. He has a really catchy late 50’s / early 60’s retro sound (think Harry Nilsson sings The Everly Brothers, or vice versa) that kids could probably listen to with their nan without it seeming too odd.

Creep Show – A new collaboration between John Grant and Stephen Mallinder (aka Wrangler) – think alternative 80’s electro-pop meets sinister oddness and dry mirth.

ARTHUR – Avant-garde oddball that hit my curiosity buttons perfectly – I know nothing about him, except for the fact he’s on a London based record label and has two tunes available that both barely scrape over the one minute mark.

Palace Winter – A Danish duo serving up gently dark scando-alt-pop that’s more palatable than that sounds. They’ve had plenty of 6 Music plays, which makes sense.

So, there you go, ten top new bands / actslooking for some love this year. Who have I missed out? Let’s share some new stuff…

Slacker Shack’s Top Ten Albums of 2017

Posted in Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2017 by dc

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It seems a fair few years since people were muttering about the supposed death of the album. If streaming has changed anything it’s been an increase in the variety of music people consume nowadays and the choice available. If 2017 is anything to go by the album format is still very much the heartbeat of top quality music in my book.

Over the past couple of weeks as I’ve listened back to dozens of albums from the past year I’ve noticed how varied my favourite albums of the year seem to be. From the urban magpie brilliance of King Krule‘s ‘The OOZ‘ and the concrete post-punk commentary of Idles‘ ‘Brutalism‘, to the quirky folk songs of This Is The Kit‘s ‘Moonshine Freeze‘ and the fresh electronic sounds of Four Tet‘s ‘New Energy‘. It’s been a vast and kaleidoscopic year for music in all it’s forms.

Astonishingly, my current favourite band, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, ended up releasing five albums (FIVE??), and in doing so put the work rate of most bands to shame. I loved all five albums too (and all 5 would be in a top twenty). Their chokka-block year started with ‘Flying Microtonal Banana‘, followed by ‘Murder Of The Universe‘ and then, ‘Sketches of Brunswick East‘, a brilliant jazzy collaboration with The Mild High Club. Then as December progressed and it looked unlikely they’d follow through on their promise of five albums in a year, the brilliant ‘Polygondwanaland‘ popped up out of nowhere and just yesterday they capped things off with another absolute stunner in, ‘Gumboot Soup‘. I’m off to see them in May and it’s been years since I’ve been as excited about a gig.

So, enough gassing, what’s the Top Ten look like?

Like this…

Four Tet – New Energy
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland
This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze
King Krule – The OOZ
Kendrick Lamar – Damn.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Gumboot Soup
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3
Idles – Brutalism
Chad VanGaalen – Light Information
Spoon – Hot Thoughts

So, that’s mine, what’s yours?

Slacker Shack’s Top 20 Alt’ Tunes of 2017

Posted in Lists, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2017 by dc

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The world may have seemingly teetered on the brink of apocalypse now and again during 2017 but it’s been a pretty good year for music nonetheless. They often say that in times of bleak politics and social division great artistry shines, and whilst it may have been a fairly dull year at the cinema, it was a blockbuster year for TV and maybe even more so for music – or at least I like to think it was as I reminisce over the year gone by.

I love compiling a Top 20 list of tunes each year. I’ve done it since 2008 and it’s started to feel like a nice little time capsule collection and something that helps my middle-aged brain look back and absorb the year.

The ‘Slacker Shack Top Ten Albums of the Year‘ list will appear in the next day or two but in the meantime I want to jot down a handful of my musical highlights from the year:

  • The mighty King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard releasing four albums – and four great albums too – there are very few bands around at the moment who are trailing a blaze quite as fierce as these adventurous antipodeans
  • Another King – this time, Londoner, King Krule‘s album ‘The Ooze‘ – Gilles Peterson described it as the album that best sums up exactly where British music is at currently – it sucks in everything from classic London songwriters like Joe Strummer and Billy Bragg, to 90’s trip-hop, British soul and 2-tone – a real melting pot of brilliance
  • The return of Beck – whilst ‘Colors‘ is not as mindblowingly genre shaking as he’s been in the past, any Beck album beats 99.9% of the music it finds itself surrounded by and singles, Dear Life, Dreams and title track Colors were up there with him at his peak
  • The raw, fat-trimmed post-punk bellow of Bristol’s Idles and their cracking Brutalism album – there’s was something very 2017 about their sound and popularity
  • Four Tet’s ‘New Energy‘ album – it made me reminisce back to my days as a youth in the mid to late 90’s whilst simultaneously sounding like a modern blueprint for progressive electronica and IDM

There’s more of course – I could blather on for hours like a lonely Pitchfork writer with verbal diarrhoea. I could ponder why San Felu‘s ‘How To Build Windmills‘ EP didn’t get heard by as many folk as it’s excellence warranted. Or why I’ve not heard people waffle on about the brilliance of Wovoka Gentle, OCS, Landlady or Snail Mail as much as I should’ve. But I won’t 😉

So, without further-a-do here are Slacker Shack’s Top 20 Alt’ Tunes of 2017 – if you’re on Spotify, get streaming – if you’re not, sorry…