Monday, June 27, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club June 2016 Pack

une was a fantastic music month! my album selection was excellent! Max Jury - Self-titled + Bonus cd. Definitely one of the best records I heard this year. When I first heard Jury's recordings two years ago, I wasn't too impressed but for his debut he added a soul element to his music, roped in a hip hop producer and gave everything a pop sheen and it suits him. Each track is a pop nugget, maybe he is better at more poppy songs than the ballads but that's just slight nitpicking. 10/10. Minor Victories - Self-titled + Bonus cd. This was the core album. For those who don't know Minor Victories a supergroup consisting of members from Slowdive, Mogwai and Editors. This debut one was EPIC. Total panoramic music and tons of sounds to please audiophiles. Sometimes broody, sometimes catchy and a bit weird. This was a satisfying listen. I didn't like about two tracks and I sincerely hope that this is not a one off as there's a ton of untapped potential here. Whitney - Light Upon the Lake. Another excellent debut! Whitney's sound has got a country element with a 90's indie rock feel. Think of Pavement's Range Life. Oh and the group love brass as nearly every track has got a flurry of trumpets chucked in. Again I found this album to be perfect - not one track out of place. Great for the summer months July - Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve August - Wild Beasts (YES!!!) September - Angel Olsen

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club: May 2016 Pack

An excellent month. Core album: LUH - Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing + Bonus Disc. 9/10. Probably my fave album of the year. Margo Price - Midwester Farmer's Daughter. 8/10. Gotta love country music. Incidentally ever since joining the club I've never bought a country album. Woods - City Sun Eater in the River of Light. Next up: June - Minor Victories or Max Jury. July - Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve???? August - Wild Beasts???

Monday, May 2, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club: April 2016 Pack

A very good batch!! Core Album: Black Mountain - IV + Bonus Disc. Although not as good as the self-titled debut I really liked the heavy psychedelia of IV. Definitely going in my top ten of 2016. 8.5/10 Cullen Omori - New Misery + Bonus Disc. A good solid album with some pretty catchy tracks. This is the kind of album that I'll revisit now and then and like it more with each spin. 7.5/10 Richmond Fontaine - You Can't go back if there's nothing to go back to. Five years ago I received RF's previous album from the club, the High Country. This new album is just as good with top lyrics. 8/10 PLUS - now subscribers receive a monthly magazine rather than the tiny fold out pamphlet. Hurrah! Next up: May - LUH (Hopefully) June - Max Jury?? Minor Victories?? July - Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve?? ( oh please!!)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club: March 2016 pack.

An unusual month but rewarding. Core Album: Unloved - Guilty of Love + Bonus Disc. A collaboration between David Holmes and Keefus Cancia aka the guy who soundtracked True Detective. At first I was a bit ambivalent but this album grew on me big time. It's full of sixties sounds, swirling instrumentals and catchy tunes. 8/10. The rest: Cavern of Anti-matter - Void beats/invocation trex. Cavern of Anit-matter consists of two members of the now defunct Stereolab and that influence shows, there's those jangley moments mixed with beats. However there's a keyboardist with them and at times a lot of the tracks sound like something off the Warp label. The album is an hour long and a lot of tracks go over the 9 minute mark so this took about two weeks for it to work its magic but I was rewarded for this is an interesting record. 8/10 Andrew Weatherall - Convenanza. I liked this one instantly. Bouncy post punk grooves mixed with brass and dub. It's melodic and took me by surprise. 8.5/10. April - Black Mountain May - Luh (YES!!!) June - Minor Victories?? Max Jury??? Palace Winter??? ( my money's on Max Jury)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club - February 2016 Pack

A very good month!!! Core album: Sunflower bean - Human Ceremony + Bonus cd. 8.5/10. I've been eagerly waiting this debut and it does not disappoint! jangle-pop with a hint of Spiritualized gospel style harmonies. The rest: Diiv - Is the is are 7/10. This took a while to sink in as it is over an hour and spread over 17 tracks but a lot of the songs did click. There is some filler though. Tindersticks - The Waiting Room + Bonus DVD. 9/10. Excellent! great songs all around. A surefire album in my personal top 10. March: Unloved, Tiga?? ( I think it will be Unloved) April: Black Mountain??Suuns?? (I think Black Mountain May: No clue yet. June: Minor Victories?? Palace Winter?? Max Jury?? (I think it's Max Jury)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club: January 2016 Pack

Quite a multicultural month - good way to start the year. Core Album Hinds - Leave me Alone + Bonus CD 8.5 Very good! Catchy indie tunes with a DIY feel. Bill Baird - Earth into Aether + Bonus CD - 6 I probably listened to this one the most but I found it difficult to get into. It's 80 minutes long and varies in musical style. As always by the end of the year this rating could change. Baaba Maal - The Traveller - 8.5 . I enjoyed this one. Now and then the club sends me music from Africa and I always find it a treat. I spent a lot of time walking listening to this album. February - Sunflower Bean (very excited about this) March - Unloved ?? Tiga??? April - Black Mountain???

Monday, December 28, 2015

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club: December 2015 Pack

Usually in December the selection is not as strong and usually does not have bonus discs. This month's pack was a teensy bit disappointing. I'm not complaining though as the Jan to Nov packs were amazing. Anyway, here we go: Core cd: Golden Teacher - The First Three EPs - I did not expect this at all and it came as a pleasant surprise. It's basically dancey post punk rhythms. It's a fun album and I will definitely try incorporate some tracks in my dj sets. 7/10. Sheer Mag - I/II. Excellent. Catchy, fun and short. I'm expecting big things from this band. 8/10. Various Artists - Ghosts of Christmas Past (remake). Every December the club releases a Christmas themed cd or two and in my 8 years as a member I have never received one. It seemed that this year it was my turn. Ghosts of Christmas Past is a reissue of a classic post punk compilation with an added second cd of new material. On the whole it is ok but not something I would play often 6/10. Upcoming core albums January: Hinds (Yes!) or maybe Bill Baird (no clue) February: Sunflower Bean (YES!!!) March: Unloved (no clue here)