On the stereo at the moment is a gem that I sometimes forget about. Every time I put it on I remember just how genius this album is.
Upon first hearing of a band that hailed from the same town as REM and named themselves after a visionary politician I was expecting music that was reasonably interesting but when the opening notes of opening track A Small Turn of Human Kindness rang out something altogether more baffling spewed forth. In equal parts brutal, confusing and surprisingly melodic, Harvey Milk’s first album does nothing by the numbers but somehow works. I tend to listen to it less than I should but every time I do it just amazes me.
Nothing beats getting lost in the epic sweeping majesty of the Anvil Will Fall (lifted straight from Holst):
And for one of the best ever closing tracks you can’t beat All the Live Long Day. A song that manages to appropriate “I’ve been Working on the Railroad” and twist it into a something menacing and spiteful.
We’ve finally dipped our toe into the Spotify pond and come up with our first ever mini-playlist: “Hell is Now Love Loves…”
Perfect with a beer or two, and a stereo set to loud xo
It’s finally here!
That’s right, CASSETTE TAPE.
Just 100 of these bad boys will be made available, which come with the added bonus of their mighty cover of “Doom Town” (by the one and only Wipers). Oh, AND A STICKER.
Once they’re gone, they’re gone - but you can order your very own cassingle through the Hell Is Now Love bandcamp page.
Best Wednesday news ever? WE THINK SO.
So this Friday will mark the last New Zealand show (at least for the foreseeable future) of Mason Clinic. It is a sad day for me, as they are one of my favourite bands; releasing their 2012 EP Prisoners was a personal highlight and I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve seen them live. They are a band that will leave a large hole in the Auckland music scene. Every time I see them I can’t help but feel elated. Along with a deft musical touch and a bucketful of talent, the band have always managed to inject that most important of elements into their live set: fun.
This Friday 31st of January 2014 come join me at F Bar in Kingsland in raising a glass to a band that can legitimately be referred to as an Auckland institution. The show kicks off at 8pm and will have some great bands supporting (including another favourite of mine Mr Slackjaw). It’s a bitter-sweet moment but will surely be an amazing evening.
You can also check out their Prisoners EP below:
And the follow up Places I’ve Never Been which came out last year:
Roku Music - Collider
I know I’m in danger of becoming a propaganda mouthpiece for Sonic Masala Records here, but when their releases are this good it’s pretty much unavoidable.
The problem I have with most bands that fall under that broad and generic category “shoegaze” is that they tend to adhere too strongly to the restraints of the genre. All downward gazes, making sure to wash any semblance of excitement away in a sea of delay pedals, pale imitation that never gets close to the ear-destroying heights of You Made Me Realise.
Thankfully Roku Music offer something that transcends any of the above gripes. The band have a fine pedigree, featuring members of Tiny Spiders, Butcher Birds and the spectacularly brutal No Anchor and from personal experience their live show is killer. The new single Collider (the titular offering from their upcoming LP) is a slice of absolute genius.
The song has an edge to it amidst the waves of dreamy vocals, retaining a vibrant and driving force throughout. Each element has been carefully placed; the mixing on the track is absolute perfection. The forthcoming album has been a long time in the making and listening to Collider the care and patience put into it definitely shows. Even at 5:40 the song never seems to drag, the spaces between allowing breathing room at exactly the right moment, little bursts of fresh air amidst the fury.
I know I have already used a bunch of superlatives so far but I stand by them completely. Collider is a work of pure genius, a point of reference for how to make every element of a song work together to make something sublime.