Its been a quite 5 years on the Jamie T front but now with the release of a new video ‘Zombie’ that is 2 new tracks in a month (check out the recent video for ‘Don’t Find You’ below if you don’t believe me). It is all paving the way for Mr. Treays’ third album ‘Carry On The Grudge' which will see the light of day on 29th September on Virgin Records. While the two new songs sound pretty good it's hard to know if the album will match the youthful exuberance of 'Panic Prevention' and 'Kings and Queens’. Here’s hoping.
The #1s - Heartsmash (Video)
It has been a while since we featured Dublin four-piece The #1s here on the Lions Share but seeing as how they have just released a new video and their debut album ‘The Number Ones' no seems like a good time to revisit the punky pop charms. The lofi video for 'Heartsmash' is typical of their rough and ready aesthetic, with the catchy guitar-driven punk-pop & infectious sloppy harmonies, sticking to the same template the other nine songs on the album use. The whole thing is such a short sharp shock that it doesn't even get over the twenty minute mark: no bad thing in my book. Album is out now on Deranged Records / Static Shock Records
DJ Trax - Attack of the 50ft Amen (Audio)
Since my induction into the world of Spotify I listen to dozens of new electronic tracks every week from Techno to Dubstep via Footwork, Drone, Electro and everything in between. Sometimes the nineties kid in me just wants a bit of breakbeat heavy jungle to get the adrenaline going. Some how DJ Trax must of been listening to me inner thoughts and got his Amen breaks out for a bit of a work-out on the the appropriately names ‘Attack of the 50ft Amen’. He takes the ubiquitous loop and via some supercharged splicing and dicing comes up with something fresh and invigorating that doesn’t let up for over seven minutes.
The treats don’t stop there. Next up on the EP is the equally thrilling ‘89 ‘Til Infinity’ which alludes to the classic Detroit sound from 1989 while referencing the Souls Of Mischief's hip-hop LP '93 ‘Til Infinity.' Last up is 'Bring It Back' which mixes break-beats, wah-wah guitar and vocal samples into something that is as funky-as-fuck. It is out now on Tempo Records.
Basement - Further Sky EP (audio)
So I read that this EP is Basement's return from a 2 year hiatus but I will have to admit that I hadn't heard of them before now. However given that the two new songs on the EP, 'Summer's Colour' (think Dinosaur Jr. crossed with Doves) and 'Jet' are fine examples of nineties flavoured melodic alt rock, like kind I love, then I will have to investigate their two earlier albums 'I Wish I Could Stay Here' from 2011 & 'Colourmeinkindness' from 2012 a bit further. Just for good measure these five Suffolk boys have thrown in a relatively faithful cover of the Suede “classic” 'Animal Nitrate'. They are currently touring the States but I am sure if they play in Dublin I will be twice the age of everyone in the crowd.
Winner All Right - Johnny Marr Live at Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin - Thursday 7th August 2014
I am sure there are loads of connections between horse racing and music but other than the excellent ‘Chips Ahoy' by The Hold Steady I can't think of any. So it was a bit strange for my last night to be Leopardstown Racecourse with the purpose of seeing one of the legends of British alternative music Johnny Marr. In order to embrace the surroundings I watched the last three races and even put bets on. I can state, without exaggeration, my selections came last in every race, some by some distance.
With the last race finishing around 20:40 we had plenty of time to grab a good spot for the gig. Just after 21:00 Johnny & his three band-mates hit the stage and blasted the very merry crowd with giddy ‘Upstarts’ from his album the messenger. The thumping tom drums & slide guitar signaled the way for ‘Panic’ which has the greying, be-quiffed crowd dancing like it was 1986 all over again. After a dizzying run through ‘The Right Thing Right’ we were treated to a second Smiths songs in the form of ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’. As I think I said we I reviewed his Academy gig last year there is something magical about seeing Johnny playing a Smiths number, even thought he wasn’t the original singer. I guess they are all his songs as much as they are Morrissey’s.
After a shout out to his cousins from Kildare and a change to a red Fender Jaguar, we got a good run of solo songs including an outing for the new single ‘Easy Money' off his forthcoming album 'Playland'. After taking his jacket off and revisiting the sublime 'Bigmouth Strikes Again' we got two more new songs in the form of 'Candidate' & 'Boys Get Straight', the later of which was definitely the strongest of the new bunch tonight. Of course Johnny's back catalogue is not just The Smiths, so to remind us he gave us a sparser version of Electronic's 'Getting Away With It' replete with a long guitar work out at the side edge of the stage. We could debate all night what is the best Smiths song but most people would agree 'There Is a Light That Never Goes Out' is definitely a contender. As a result I don't think there was a quiet voice in the arena when the band turned it into one massive sing along before the left the stage.
While it was pretty hard to top that, Johnny returning alone to pick his way through the intro to ‘Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’ was a good start. The band eventually joined in and Johnny replicated the mandolin solo on his green Jag. After a blast through ‘Lockdown’ and an adrenalin fueled cover of ‘I Fought The Law’, the distinctive tremolo guitar into of ‘How Soon Is Now’ signaled the beginning of the end of ninety minutes of ebullience, which struck the perfect balance between nostalgia and fresh new music.
Kreidler - Alphabet (Video)
While perusing the Bureau B website for Camera related info I saw a post about a new Kreidler video. This reminded me that I never review their new album ‘ABC' when it was released back in May. Rest assured the six tracks on there are fine stuff: their usual blend of bass & drum heavy electronic-tinged groves with plenty of interesting rhythmic twists to keep you interested.
The video for ‘Alphabet’ is supposedly the second part of a film in six parts entitled ‘A Sentimental Shadow of Love’ with director Lior Shamriz. Even though it is the second part, it is the first one released so don’t waste time looking for more like I did. Instead enjoy the scenes of actorsTomerGluskinosandLiorSorokacan be seen therebathing & almost canoodling on a on a beach.
Camera - Roehre (Audio)
Back in September 2012 The Lions Share got all excited about the debut album ‘Radiate!' from a Berlin-based trio called Camera who were living the dream: recording for Bureau B, playing guerrilla style gigs on the underground and on occasion backing up Krautrock legends like Michael Rother and Dieter Moebius in concert. As luck would have it when Michael Rother visited Dublin for the first time last year he brought Camera along with him for good measure (read the Neu! flavoured review here).
Anyway the new from Berlin is exceeding good: Camera have a new album called ‘Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide’ in the can and it is coming out on Bureau B on 29th September. Bureau B have an annoying habit of only putting one minute snippets from tracks on Soundcloud for streaming. Such is the case below for with a total of four minutes nine seconds of ‘The Outside’, ‘Parhelion’ & ‘2AM’. They are so short it is hard to get any flavour if they are representative of the whole album. Thankfully there is also a full track entitled ‘Roehre’ available too. ANd what a track: four plus minutes of clanking motorik beats with scuzzy bass, flanged guitar noise and jazz-flavoured saxophone sequels . Phenomenal stuff and hopefully a good omen for the album
Cruising - The Spectacle (Demo)
So I think when I did the previous post I said it was going to be the last one of the day but it is a sunny bank holiday today and what better to spend it than sitting in front of a computer listening to and posting about new music?
You may recall back in April we posted a track called ‘You Made Me Do That’ from Irish all-star foursome Cruising. That was from an official release on Soft Power Records but rather than waiting for the next release the band have been popping a few demos up on Soundcloud. This weekend’s offering is called ‘The Spectacle’ and brings back the same terrified / awe-inspired feelings in me when I first heard ‘To Mother’ by Babes in Toyland when I was a teenager. Not a direct musical link mind, more of an edgy malevolent female-fronted kinship deep in their DNA. Also on their Soundcloud is another demo called ‘Cutlass’ which is more restrained and foreboding, for the first half at least. Anyway both tracks are fantastic and making me eager to hear a whole lot more. Please.
Wolke - All The Pictures Will Be Gone (audio - LP)
So one last post for today and something a bit different from rest is Wolke's debut album 'All The Pictures Will Be Gone.' As you here via the Bandcamp stream above it is a beautifully restrained collection of emotional electronica. It may seems strange to use adjectives like organic and pastoral to describe electronic music but in this case I think they are apt. The glitchy ambient feel of the music somehow reminds of some of múm's work from the late nineties / early noughties but I am sure there are better reference points out there.
Wolke is an alias of Fabrizio Cacciamali who recorded these tracks in 2010-11 as a dedication to his mother who passed away. It is released on Abandon Building Records and is purposely unmastered to preserve a more organic and domestic feel.
Deers - Bamboo (Video)
Spain is not a country the features much in music collection (Dover are one of the few great Spanish bands that spring to mind) so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the cool, charming and dare I say kooky 7” I was listening to by Deers is actually the work of Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosial, friends from Madrid who seem to expand to a four-piece when playing live. As you can see from the video for ‘Bamboo’ their music is sloppily cool, they don’t take themselves too seriously and exude fun. B-side ‘Trippy Gun’ is a little less direct and more drawn but engaging none the less. The video just appeared online today & I think I am a little bit in love.
Ballet School - Lux (Video)
Last year we got our proverbial knickers in a bit of moist twist over Ballet School's 'Boys Again' EP: 'Heartbeat Overdrive' still thrills & dazzles on every listen but we need more. Good news then that this Berlin based three piece (fronted by Rosie Blair and backed up by Michel Collet on guitar and Louis McGuire on drums) are releasing their debut album 'The Dew Lasts An Hour' on 5th September on Bella Union. While you are waiting check out the shiny video for their current single ‘Lux’.
Computer Magic - Mindstate (EP)
Danielle “Danz” Johnson has been self-releasing music online under the name Computer Magic since she relocated from NYC to Tampa in 2010. If you haven’t been paying attention there are at least half a dozen EPs out there; some of which were released on labels like Kitsuné Music and most of which available to stream via her Soundcloud or on Spotify. Her most recent EP ‘Extra Stuff’ was released earlier in the year and is a compilation of the songs she had posted online, songs released exclusively in Japan and some previously unreleased songs. It is a fine introduction to her synth heavy pop which walks that awkward tightrope between really some how classic / retro, zeitgeist fingerlingly fresh and presciently futuristic all in one fell swoop.
Despite the wealth of material out the exciting news is that she in recording her debut album proper in “real” studio. To keep us interested she has just today posted a dreamy new track ‘Mindstate’ for streaming / download via her Soundcloud page. Check it out above and explore her sites to hear more.
18+ - Crow b/w Horn (audio)
So I see all the cool blogs had ‘Crow’ ages ago, but I only heard it for the first time on Friday. Seeing as how I have listened to it about 20 times since then I thought a share was in order. That being said info on the mysterious 18+ group behind the track is a bit vague. Their label’s website, Houndstooth, says “they have been operating anonymously since 2011. Their first public appearances were in the summer of 2013 in which they performed throughout Europe. They have also self-released three mixtapes online”. Some further googling, carefully weaving between the porn their name throws up, find the mixtapes on their Soundcloud page, along with Facebook & Tumblr accounts. Like all the best groups they are boy / girl duo. They are also, it seems, bicoastal (LA / NYC) and their music is some awesome edgy electronic pop with sprinklings of innuendo, hip-hop and avant garde ambitions. More please.
J Mascis - Wide Awake (Audio)
My “relationship” with J Mascis goes back along way. For example I marked my 18th birthday going to see Dinosaur Jr. play in McGonagles (ask you folks) and the only time I was ever in Massachusetts I insisted on my friend driving a few hours our of our way so I could visit Amherst to see if there were guitars solos in the air. In the intervening years I have bought myself an extravagantly priced J Mascis signature model purple Fender Jazzmaster but I am still a shit guitar player. I have also been lucky enough to see J play Dublin in various guises: with The Fog, a memborable solo show in Whelans, and a good few times with the reformed Dinosaur Jr. Actually my only regret is choosing to see them in 2005 over going to see Sleater Kinney them same night (I had tickets for both!): who knew SK would implode while DJ would keep coming back.
Anyway that is a rather long winded way of introducing the fact that J is back with a new solo album called ‘Tied to a Star’ which will be released on Sub Pop on 25th August. It can sometimes be hard to keep track of all J extra-Dinosaur Jr. activities but I guess this counts as a follow up to 2011’s excellent ‘Several Shade of Why.’ As J is a singer / guitarist / drummer extraordinaire I guess he doesn’t need any help on a solo album but the press blurb says it does feature guest appearances from Ken Maiuri (Young@Heart Chorus), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power). Indeed Chan’s wonderful vocals feature heavily on one of the preview tracks ‘Wide Awake’ that is streaming above. If that is a little too acoustic for you try ‘Every Morning’ which has lashings of solos.
On a related note I have been enjoying the new Jenny Lewis album ‘The Voyager' even if it isn't quite 'Rabbit Fur Coat' standard. Anyway one of the standout track is called 'Later Bloomer' and is about Jenny's experience in France as a teenager. From the interviews I've read it is loosely based on a real experience with Lou Barlow, who actually provides backing vocals on the track. The vague hint of teenage sapphism / troilism is not something you would ever get on a Dinosaur Jr. record!
Candy Crush - The Jesus and Mary Chain live in Vicar Street, Dublin - Thursday 31st August 2013
Depending on where you read, this JAMC gig in Vicar Street was either billed as a “secret show” or some sort of warm-up for their Psychocandy 30th Anniversary tour scheduled for later in the year. When the greying & somewhat portly (well William anyway, who resembled a latter day Steve Jones & and probably wouldn’t have been recognisable but for the hair) band came on stage and struck straight into ‘Snakedriver’ it was clear we weren’t getting the latter. Indeed the set was heavy on mid-period Mary Chain (‘Automatic' and 'Honey’s Dead’) with the likes of ‘Head On’, ‘Far Gone and Out’ and the super-catchy ‘Between The Planets’ making the early pace.
'Blues From A Gun' and marked the first of many false-starts that were to follow, with William's guitar problems seemingly the cause. And given the band are renowned for their noisy guitar work the lack of feedback and distortion made everything seemed a little tame. This was particularly noticeable on 'Teenage Lust' and 'Cracking Up' which both felt completely flat to my ears. I hadn't head 'All Things Must Pass' before (seems it dates from 2008) but it certainly had plenty of dynamic drive which was lacking from some of the previous songs. 'Some Candy Talking' was kind of a half-way house of flat / dynamic but after another false start 'Happy When It Rains' was just pure euphoria. To finish out the main set we got the truly average 'Halfway TO Crazy' (complete with other false start), the phenomenal 'Nine Million Rainy Days' and 'Reverence' which at last had a bit of feedback to go with the silly lyrics.
As it was still pretty early when they went off I secretly wondered / hoped would they do the whole of ‘Psychocandy’ for an encore? Not quite, but we did get five tracks: even with guest backing vocalist Bernadette ‘Just Like Honey’ was ropey as fuck; ‘In a Hole’ however was amazing, as was ‘Taste of Cindy’. They fucked up ‘The Hardest Walk’ and had to restart but the imperious ‘Never Understand’ was perfect and a great way to end the night. So all told it was a pretty mixed bag. As I commented in our review of the ‘Barbed Wire Kisses' book JAMC were a band that completely peaked on their first two albums. As such I feel that if they are going to do the whole nostalgia reunion tour they should play to their strengths rather then mining their mixed-bad mid career for the odd gem.