Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club - September 2015 Pack

This month I did not receive my pack due to it being lost in the mail. HOWEVER Rough trade sent me a replacement (yay) and I got it on Monday 28th so I have to listen to the cds properly before I rate them. Watch this space. Next up October: John Grant November: Floating Points December ????? January - Hinds

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club, August 2015 Pack

A solid selection: Core album: Georgia - Self-titled + bonus cd. 8/10 Good accessible dance music. Innovative at times and fun too. Mac DeMarco - Another One + Bonus cd. 7.7/10 I'm a Mac DeMarco fan so I'm glad I got this one from the club. It's also the first time they've sent me something from the Captured Tracks label. My gripe is that it's only 23 minutes long. The last time I received a mini album was Eugene McGuinness' The Early Learnings of Eugene McGuinness back in 2007. Dornik - Self-titled 7.5/10. This one took ages for me to get but eventually it did and the smooth beats made my hot summer afternoons more tolerable. Coming Up: September: Max Richter or Dam Funk ( i think it will be Max Richter, the club loves piano based modern composition) October - John Grant (yay) November- Floating Points (wow)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club July 2015 Pack

Not many bonus cds but a strong pack: Core Album : Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People + Bonus cd. 8.5/10 - One of the best moments was walking around Camden with this album blasting out of my ipod. Leon Bridges - Coming Home 8/10 - Great Soul Fraser A. Gorman - Slow Gum 8/10 - The next Bob Dylan? some terrific melodies. Coming up August: Georgia, Royal Headache, Mac Demarco - my money's on Georgia September - Max Richter??? , Dam Funk?? October - John Grant

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club June 2015 Pack

An excellent month Core album: FFS - Self-titled + Bonus cd 8.5/10 - pure summery pop. An addictive album! I also played htis one a lot. The rest: Algiers - Self-titled 8/10 Political afro indie Pins - Wild Nights + Bonus cd 7.5/10 Good but not wow. July - Ezra Furman August - Georgia September ???? October - John Grant

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club May 2015 Pack

Tons of goodies!! Core album: Django Django - Born Under Saturn + Bonus cd. At first I wasn't too sure about this and thought it was inferior to their debut but it grew on me and I'm enjoying it 8/10. Bernard + Edith - Jem + Bonus Cd. A grower but totally enchanting 8/10. Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter + Bonus cd. A ton of fun. A peppy 21 minutes of fast indie pop/punk. Probably myfave of this month's batch. June: Pins or FFS - I think Pins will win. July: Ezra Furman??

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club April 2015 Pack

Top Quality, as always. Core album: Wand - Golem + Bonus Cd - 8/10. Great psychedelic rock with touches of stoner metal. Kind of Hawkwind meets the Velvet Underground meets Tame Impala. With added Ty Segall. The other two albums were: Nadine Shah - Fast Food + Bonus cd - 8/10. Weirdly this one took ages for me to get into so I played it the most. When it all clicked, I found out that I had a terrific singer/songwriter record. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit - 8.5/10. Definitely one of the albums of the year. May I think it will be Django Django but there's also Bernard and Edith. June Girlpool?? Pins???

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club March 2015 Pack

Core Album: Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood + Bonus Cd 8/10 - Not as good as his debut but I still enjoyed it. Out of the three albums, this was the one I played the most. Clarence Clarity - No Now + Bonus cd 8/10. This one took me AGES to fully like. Once the tunes crept out of the fuzz and bombast, I saw this album for what it is; a collection of r 'n' b songs. It is highly original though. Also third time I've received an album from Bella Union this year :) Public Broadcasting Service - The Race for Space - 8/10. A lot of fun and educational too! April - I think it will be Waxahatchee but there's also Wand, Nadine Shah and Duke Special. May - Django Django, Bernard and Edith or Joanna Gruesome June - Pins or Girlpool