Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Rough Trade Club: February 2017 Pack

So as stated last month, I will not be receiving three cds chosen by the club. I will just receive one core cd and then I can choose as many as I like. As it takes me forever to soak in an album, I will stick to buying an extra two as that was good for me and is still within my budget. The core album was a reissue - Lift to Experience's The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads. At first I was a bit wary as it is a double album with seven minute songs but after a bit I grew from ambivalence to playing it every day! The album came with an ep of LTE songs done acoustically by lead sing Josh T. Pearson. It is indeed a classic and, although not an easy listen it is very satisfying and something outside of my comfort zone. 9/10 The other two cds I bought were: Horse Thief - Trials and Truths 8/10. This is totally within my comfort zone. A short snappy collection of catchy, slightly country-ish indie. A pleasant listen and it's a good way to pass a bus trip. 8/10 Sampha - Process. I had high hopes for this one as I kept reading great reviews, however the current pair of headphones I have distort electronic beats so I have to turn off the bass on my discman, which makes everything sound flat. I haven't heard this on a good stereo yet so I'm not sold, I just need better listening gear and the lushness will overtake me. I like the melodies though. 7/10, but could be an 8 later on. One thing I do like about this new system as that it is now difficult to predict the next month's batch. Here's my guess March - The Big Moon April - Here Lies Man May - Mac DeMarco

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club January 2017 Pack

Ah so it's the last 3 cd pack i'll get from the club. From now on we'll receive one cd. A bit sad and this month' selection was a bit weak. Core album: Elinor Rose Dougall - Stellular + Bonus cd. 7/10. It's a solid pop record. Nadine Khouri - The Slated Air. 7/10. It's ok. Singer/songwriter Big Fresh - Life Dollars. 7.5/10. Pleasant west coast style pop. Next up: February: Lift to Experience March: The Big Moon

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club December 2016

So there are big changes for the club. As form February I will not be receiving 3 cds, rather 1 cd and the magazine. I am a bit bummed but it also means that I get a bit more freedom when choosing some more albums from the 10 monthly cds. So I admit I did not have enough time to absorb this month's pack due to my busy schedule and being sick did not help either. Core album Thee Oh Sees - An Odd Entrances + bonus cd. 7/10 Proggy garage. It's ok but this years A Weird Exits was better. Slowcoaches - Nothing Gives 7/10 - fuzzed up indie pop - yay!! Angelina - Vagabond Saint - 8/10. My fave of the month. Groovy country.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month - November 2016 Pack

A superb month! Core Album: Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions - Until the Hunter + Bonus Disc. 8/10. Dream Pop amplified with added Kurt Vile and Marie Sioux. The Rest: Honeyblood - Babes Never Die. 10/10. Excellent 90's alt. Great choruses, great energy, a fantastic album. Palace - So Long Forever. Great heart tugging tunes. 8/10. December: Thee Oh Sees? January: Rose Elinor Dougall February: No Idea March: No idea April: The Big Moon

Monday, October 31, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club - October 2016 batch

Since I received my pack in the last week of October, I still haven't gotten 100% used to them. Anyway: Core album: D.D. Dumbo - Utopia Defeated + Bonus Disc. 8/10 feel good guitar pop. Douglas Dare - Aforger + Bonus DIsc. Intricate pop. Still need to get used to it. 7/10 Vanishing Twin - Choose your own Adventure. 8/10. Fun Stereolabesque tunes. Next Up November: Hope Sandoval (I found out today) December: ??? January: Rose Elinor Dougall

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club: September 2016 Pack

A sterling month! Sore Album: Angel Olsen - My Woman + Bonus CD. 10/10. Best I've heard this year! The Rest: The Allah-La's - Calico Review - 8/10. I received their debut two years ago. Laid back VU grooves. Factory Floor - 25 25. 8/10 Their debut was album of the month in 2014. This new one is more or less the same, but I don't mind. Next Up The Website has undergone changes so it will be difficult to predict next month's core album (good!): October: D.D. Dumbo? Douglas Dare?? November: Hope Sandoval?? December: Slowcoaches???

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rough Trade Album of the Month Club: August 2016 Pack

An ok month. Core Album: Wild Beasts - Boy King & Bonus Disc.. This is the second time have received a Wild Beasts album. The last one was their second album, Two Dancers, back 2009. An excellent record stuffed with weird sounds. 10/10 Peter Broderick - Partners: Now it takes me a long time to get used to modern composition as the record consists of piano compositions but it grew on me, it worked more as a sunrise/sunset album. Heavy on atmosphere. 8/10 DM Stith- Pigeonheart - an album which was a clattering mess but then after some spins morphed into an electronic pop record and stayed a long time in my discman. 8/10 September: Angel Olsen?? Cymbals eat Guitars?? October: D.D. Dumbo?? November: Honeyblood?