Expect the unexpected: Iron & Wine’s “Kiss Each Other Clean”

“There’s no such thing as too much Iron & Wine” ~ myself, ages ago. The new Iron & Wine album, Kiss Each Other Clean is brilliant. To follow up from 2007’s The Shepard’s Dog, an album that’s so refined and rich with wide open spaces (basically, one of mankind’s finest moments), would take super-human skills. Consider it done. This is a brave new sound, and although it’s been a logical progression there’s clearly been a huge advancement in the band’s … Continue reading

The King is Dead. The Decemberists: Not So Much.

So the King is Dead, or so The Decemberists would have you believe in this melodic sixth release from one of the best folk-rock outfits in the business. It is laden with tributes and subtleties, some good, some bad. The album name is a tribute to The Smiths’ “The Queen is Dead” and at least three songs sound like they were composed by R.E.M. with lyrics being filled in by Colin Meloy. This is their first album to go to … Continue reading

Phosphene Dreams

The Black Angels – Phosphene Dreams I must admit I don’t know much about this band – but saw a review about this album that prompted me to give it a listen. And I’m hooked. NME labeled the album as Stoner Psych rock – and that is exactly what it is. As such. When I listened to the album I immediately thought it’s a mix between Black Mountain and Wolfmother – and with a bit of reading discovered that Phosphene … Continue reading

Albums You Might Have Missed In 2010

John Grant – Queen of Denmark Probably my favourite album of 2010. John Grant’s first solo album (former vocalist and songwriterfor The Czars) after almost a decade of alcohol and drug use (abuse), with Midlake as backing band. His emotional baritone voice and elegantly sad songs make this an absolutely great album. Listed as Mojo’s number 1 album of 2010.  Definitely worth a listen.   Yeasayer – Odd Blood In the same genre as MGMT and Santo Gold – A … Continue reading

Shaun’s Top Albums of 2010

I could try to peacock some pretense of knowledge of what defines good music in my quest to tell you, the reader, what the best albums of 2010 are. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do. You want to know what defines good music? Open iTunes. (everyone has iTunes right?) Ja even you Mac okes have it. Open your 2010 Playlist in the Music Library. (You DO have a 2010 Playlist, right?) Oh I saw that! Put the fucking … Continue reading

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