Thursday, November 26, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club - November 2015 Pack

Not too shabby Core Album Floating Points - Eleania + Bonus cd. 9/10. Great Electronica album. British Sea Power - Sea of Brass + Bonus Dvd. 8/10. I haven't seen the dvd yet though. Fuzz - II. 7/10. Good riffs but a bit overlong. December - Evangelist January - Hinds or Bill Baird February - Sunflower Bean (YES) March - Unloved.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club- October 2015 Pack

Great selection! Core Album: John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure + Bonus Cd. 9/10. In 2012 Grant's second album Pale Green Ghosts was the album of the month, this one is much better. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect. 8/10. Great post punk. Rhodes - Wishes. 7/10. A bit too poppy for my tastes and too many bonus tracks. However there are some soaring tunes. November: Floating Points December: ???? January: Hinds???, Bill Baird??

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. Core Album Max Richter - From Sleep + Bonus Disc 7.5/10. Now and then the club will send an album by a neo classical composer. In the past I've received Chilly Gonzalez's Piano Concertos, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Riceboy sleeps and now Max Richter. I admit that these albums require a lot of patience and take a few years to sink in fully. At the moment From Sleep is a seven but could be a ten in a few years. Royal Headache - High - 8/10 Excellent, perky indie. The Arcs - Yours Dreamily - 8/10. Anything with Black Keys on it gets a thumbs up from me! Next up October: John Grant November: Floating Points December ????? (no idea whatsoever) 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??