New Music Releases 20th May 2016 #MusicIsEverything #NewMusic

Andy Shauf – The Party

Marissa Nadler – Strangers

Kate Jackson – British Road Movies

Bird of Youth – Get Off

Eric Clapton – I Still Do

Lonely the Brave – Things Will Matter


The Rubens – Hoops


William Ryan Fritch – New Words for Old Wounds

Brett Dennen – Por Favor


onDeadWaves – onDeadWaves

Pantha du Prince – The Triad


Highasakite – Camp Echo


Mrs Magician – Bermuda

Rachael Sage – Choreographic


Yuna – Chapters


Randolph’s Leap – Cowardly Deeds

Bob Dylan – Fallen Angels


Saosin – Along the Shadow


The Posies – Solid States

Arthur Beatrice – Keeping the Peace


Debo Band – Ere Gobez


Mutual Benefit – Skip a Sinking Stone

Misha – All We Will Become


Angel Du$t – Rock the F**k On Forever

Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

Mudcrutch – 2


Tim Heidecker – In Glendale


Richard Ashcroft – These People


Adult Jazz – Earrings Off!

Issues – Headspace


New Music Releases 13th May 2016 #MusicIsEverything

Oscar – Cut and Paste

Brodka – Clashes

Eagulls – Ullages

Islands – Should I Remain Here at Sea? and Taste

Yak – Alas Salvation

United Fruit – Eternal Return

Arbor Labor Union – I Hear You

Gordi – Clever Disguise (EP)

Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser

Jessy Lanza – Oh No

Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow

Trashcan Sinatras – Wild Pendulum

Mossy – Mossy (EP)

So So Glos – Kamikaze

Book Group – The Great Indoors

Head Wound City – A New Wave of Violence

Those Pretty Wrongs – Those Pretty Wrongs

The Lines – Hull Down

Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers

Kvelertak – Nattesferd

Torn Hawk – Union and Return

Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven

Masta Ace – The Falling Season

3OH!3 – Night Sports

Pierce the Veil – Misadventures

Hard Working Americans – Rest in Chaos

Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost

Young Magic – Still Life

Jameszoo – Fool

Oddisee – The Odd Tape

The Red Krayola with Art & Language – Baby and Child Care

Mark Pritchard – Under the Sun

David Banner – The God Box

Jennifer Nettles – Playing With Fire

New Music Releases 6th May 2016 #NewMusic #MusicIsEverything

Ry X – Dawn

Jean Michel Jarre – Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise

The Virginmarys – Divides

Thomas Cohen – Bloom Forever

Alaric – End of Mirrors

Dietrich & Barnes – The Coral Casino

JMSN – It is.

LUH – Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing

The Duke Spirit – Kin

AHOHNI – Hopelessness

Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Things That We Are Made Of

Seratones – Get Gone

White Lung – Paradise

Shit Robot – What Follows

Homeboy Sandman – Kindness for Weakness

Little Scream – Cult Following

Beverly – The Blue Swell

Aloha – Little Windows Cut Right Through

Rooney – Washed Away

Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room

Goo Go Dolls – Boxes

Julianna Barwick – Will

Royal Tusk – DealBreaker

Mike Posner – At Night, Alone

Kaytranada – 99.9%

Yoni & Geti – Testarossa

A Giant Dog – Pile

Tourist – U

Rittz – Top of the Line

Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here


Gig Review: @TheBluetones @Rock_City_Notts , 30th April 2016

The Bluetones, Rock City, Nottingham, 30th April 2016

The Ruffs

The first support came from local band The Ruffs. Singer Connor Spray looks like Stu Macher from Scream, but thankfully doesn’t appear to be the murderous type, especially when it comes to his songs.


A band whose music is firmly rooted in the traditional indie style, they are a cross between The Verve and Oasis with endless natural energy for their on-stage endeavours. Strong, distinctive vocals are at the forefront of a set of catchy tunes that make your feet tap involuntarily.


It’s clear that some of the crowd know and love this band already, and they get an excellent reception all ‘round! Much deserved, I say.

Nigel Clarke

It was very pleasant to see Dodgy’s Nigel Clarke wander onto stage armed with his acoustic guitar. Even better was the realisation that his voice hadn’t wavered over time and that the crowd was up for joining in.


Nigel performed some of his solo tunes and upcoming new songs from Dodgy, promised for release later in 2016. I doubt he could have got away with not playing some much-loved older songs – “In a Room”, “Staying Out for the Summer” and “Good Enough” transposed well to one man and his guitar.

The collective mood was immediately lifted, and the audience were enjoying being 20 years younger again!

The Bluetones

I shall commence with a confession. I’ve never seen The Bluetones live before, despite being a consistent listener and lover of their music for the past 21 years. I did see Mark Morriss do a brilliant, intimate solo gig in Stamford a few years back, but have always felt that I missed out big time on seeing the band back in the day, so when the second leg of the 20th Anniversary Jukebox Tour was announced I was 100% determined to be in attendance, no matter what.

Walking out onto stage, it struck me that none of the guys seem to have aged at all, which adds to the feeling of stepping back a couple of decades in time. Having said that, although this is something of a trip down memory lane, it doesn’t feel entirely like reminiscence as the music is still hugely relevant and wouldn’t be out of place as a new release – these are songs that stand the test of time.


Frontman Mark Morriss has an irresistible charm and audience-deprecating humour which does the opposite of alienating, it merely brings about another level of affection directed from the floor to the stage.


Selecting songs for this particular jukebox must have been joyful yet difficult with their prolific back catalogue to choose from. They ended up with the perfect mix of the more obvious songs that the punters would hope for along with some of the lesser-known tracks such as “Fast Boy”, “Never Going Nowhere” and the very beautiful “Tiger Lily”.


Multi-faceted guitarist Adam Devlin really colours in the songs with his intricate, craftful six-string skills.


What I love about The Bluetones is the indie jollity and the fact there is none of that brash Madchester vibe to go with it. There is a certain sophistication to this band, enhanced by elements of The Mutton Birds, The Monkees (particularly Pleasant Valley Sunday) and gentler moments of The Jam.


After “Firefly” came a tribute to Prince as the guys slotted “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” into their set. This was preceded by a short speech from Mark about enjoying while we’ve got while it’s here, with the band’s merch stand as an example… cue much laughter!


In conclusion, and in the deliberately sarcastic words of Mark Morriss himself, this gig was “quite nice”.

Set List:

Talking to Clarry

Are You Blue or Are You Blind?

Cut Some Rug


The Fountainhead

Keep the Home Fires Burning

Marblehead Johnson

Sleazy Bed Track

Fast Boy

Never Goin’ Nowhere


Tiger Lily

Carnt be Trusted

Solomon Bites the Worm


I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Prince)

Slight Return

After Hours


The Simple Things segueing into Express Yourself (Madonna)


New Music Releases 29th April 2016

Plants and Animals – Waltzed in from the Rumbling

The Boxer Rebellion – Ocean by Ocean

Plush – Please

Melt Yourself Down – Last Evenings on Earth

RM Hubbert – Telling the Trees

Meadowlark – Paraffin

Jaye Bartell – Light Enough

Travis – Everything at Once

Wrong – Wrong

The Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust

Brian Eno – The Ship

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity

Haken – Affinity

John Doe – The Westerner

Spookyland – Beauty Already Beautiful

Museum Mouth – Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig

Lera Lynn – Resistor

Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid

Pity Sex – White Hot Moon

Kyle Craft – Dolls of Highland

Britta Phillips – Luck or Magic

Rogue Wave – Delusions of Grand Fur

Dowsing – Okay

Holy Ghost! – Crime Cutz

Mo Kenney – In My Dreams

Tim Moxam – Soft Summer

Dal Niente & Deerhoof – Balter/Saunier

Fog – For Good

Rob Zombie – The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser

Wake Island – Out

Say Yes – Real Life Trash Mag


New Music Releases 15th April 2016 #MusicIsEverything #NewMusic

Greater Pyrenees – Greater Pyrenees

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – PersonA

Solids – Else

Eskimeaux – Year of the Rabbit

Kevin Morby – Singing Saw

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop – Love Letter For Fire

Ashley Shadow – Ashley Shadow

Jenny Berkel – Pale Moon Kid

PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Suuns – Hold/Still

Bear Hands – You’ll Pay For This

Blaqk Audio – Material

Free Cake For Every Creature – Talking Quietly of Anything With You

Cate Le Bon – Crab Day

Horse Latitudes – Primal Gnosis

Lush – Blind Spot (EP)

John Carpenter – Lost Themes II

Santana – Santana VI

Har Mar Superstar – Best Summer Ever

The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend

Dave Harrington Group – Become Alive

Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down

J Dilla – The Diary

Surgical Meth Machine – Surgical Meth Machine




Gig Review: @Telemanmusic & @Oscar_Scheller at @ThePortlandArms , Cambridge, 9th April 2016 #Teleman #MusicIsEverything

Teleman, The Portland Arms, Cambridge, 9th April 2016

I had been waiting for the opportunity to see Teleman for two years (almost to the day!), since I first heard “23 Floors Up” on BBC 6 Music in April 2014. The fact that the opportunity came in the form of a photo pass for their gig at an unusual, delightful local venue almost floored me. I was ecstatic that I could finally see one of my favourite new bands, whose debut album “Breakfast” is virtually perfect and who have just released album number two, “Brilliant Sanity”, which is definitely giving the first a run for its money!

Up first was the perfectly matched support act, Oscar, whose music is elevating and striking. Oscar Scheller delivers his rich, sonorous bounty with a swagger and a seemingly everlasting grin. Reassuringly warm guitars couple with a deep sincerity conveyed in the meld of melancholy and rapture, and the entire set was sprinkled with conversational drum beats, to the point bass sounds and tantalising keyboard effects. Blissful.

At last, it was time for Teleman. Setting their own gear up, they took approximately a nano-second to arrive on stage for the start of the gig, which was quite surreal. I was elated that I was seeing a quality band in such a tiny venue.


There was a discerning, largely mature crowd present (apart from the young teens standing next to me with their parents – after a lengthy chat with them, I came to the conclusion they were possibly the band’s biggest fans!), entirely composed of genuine music lovers who were extremely vocal in their appreciation from start to finish.


The configuration of the audience is no surprise when you really feel the sense of advancement with this band. They have a confidence that you generally find in bands who have been around much longer – these guys are serious about what they do, there is absolutely no denying that.


From the get-go, Teleman were tight, together and perfectly locked into each other’s musicality. There was an almost magical, intimate wash of gentle sound and pastel colours throughout their live performance that brought to mind the incredible paintings of Georges Seurat.


Teleman didn’t waver once during the entire set, which was composed of their well-known and much-loved songs such as Cristina (during which the band’s devotees caused a moment of amusement by getting a bit over-zealous with the lyrics when the baton was passed to them!), 23 Floors Up and Steam Train Girl alongside tunes from their new album, with the distinctly breath-taking songs Glory Hallelujah, Tangerine and Fall in Time among others.


My companion last night is someone who knows what it’s like to be in bands and to tour extensively. He was equally as enthralled as I was for the evening, commenting that it’s an incredible skill to have the restraint that Teleman show in their music, holding back from letting the songs run away with them and still keeping the listeners hanging onto every note and word. This, to me, is particularly true because singer Thomas Sanders doesn’t quite engage with the band’s onlookers, but it just goes to show it’s the music that reaches out and not banter.


Shrouded in something akin to a Valium haze, the gig was full to overflowing with lilting, hypnotic moments of dream-like joy. I departed afterwards feeling completely content and lifted following an evening of sublime live music.

Set list:

Strange Combinations

Skeleton Dance

Brilliant Sanity

23 Floors Up

English Architecture



Fall in Time

Drop Out

Glory Hallelujah

Steam Train Girl



No control

New Music Releases 8th April 2016 #NewMusic#MusicIsEverything

Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack

Teleman – Brilliant Sanity

Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call it What it is

Holy Fever – The Wreckage

Peter Wolf – A Cure for Loneliness

The Lumineers – Cleopatra

Tim Hecker – Love Streams

Ben Watt – Fever Dream

Eliza and the Bear – Eliza and the Bear

Summer Flake – Hello Friends

Youthless – This Glorious No Age

Colin Stetson – SORROW

Hayes Carll – Lovers and Leavers

Deftones – Gore

Filter – Crazy Eyes

The Dandy Warhols – Distortland

Andrew Jones – No

Katerine – Le Film

Gallant – Ology

M83 – Junk

Parquet Courts – Human Performance

A Place to Bury Strangers – Kicking Out Jams

Lights – Midnight Machines

Mayer Hawthorne – Man About Town


Gig Review: @TheCatEmpire at @O2InstituteBham 2nd April 2o16 #TheCatEmpire

Black Peaches

Whoever supports The Cat Empire has to be a band with enough colour and vibrancy to get their crowd up and dancing –  basically, to get them in the party mood!

I don’t know who found Black Peaches and hadn’t heard of them before, but it was an inspired choice of support act. The lead singer looked like he was ready for a day at the seaside, and everyone loves a day at the beach, right?!



They started playing and were immediately impressive – a dignified groove interspersed with shocks of prog rock, complete with two keyboards and at one point a theremin played by the excellent guitarist.

The audience were mostly well into it – it was just a shame about those who chattered throughout the set, for them mostly as they missed a treat!

Sublime bass, bongos and other percussion enhanced the drums throughout. Their set finished with honky tonk sounds on the keys, a flourish which met a sudden end, all of which was met with very approving cheers and applause from those listening. I bet I’m not the only one trying to find out more about this band post-gig!

The Cat Empire

One of the reasons I go to gigs is to find that moment in time where I am so lost in the music and the atmosphere that I forget about the drudgery and stresses of life. It’s a rare occurrence, but every now and again the band and the audience merge into one being and everything outside those four walls ceases to exist. That happened at the O2 Institute, Birmingham when those eminently cheerful Aussies The Cat Empire graced the stage as part of their “Rising With the Sun” tour.

From the very start of the gig, every single person in the place was moving, even if they were seated. The Cat Empire’s music is infectious; it gets into the veins, causes bodies to dance and voices to sing – if this was a disease, it would be the very best kind!


The horns section is so SO good – bright and beautiful like a chorus of birds on a summer’s day. The three guys prove this during their relay – ever decreasing circles both musically and physically, culminating in a fight for the microphone and a brilliant onslaught of brass!


The keyboard style of Ollie McGill reminds me of that of Rick Wakeman – psychedelic, man! His solo was absolutely relentless, with a constant beat behind it. He later appeared on stage alone for the encore and went into notes immediately recognisable as the beginnings of The Wine Song. Suffice to say the crowd went wild!


Felix and Henry were both the life and soul of the party, especially the ever-smiling Felix, who I think wanted to be in the audience as he could see the rapturous looks on their faces. He ensured he made them part of the show by giving them access to his microphone so that they could be the band’s voice for a while.


Will’s drum solo was like an incoming thunderstorm complete with lightning effect (the lights were superb all night, by the way) – holy shit, that was loud! The master of the decks, Jumps, was on fire too – he had his solo moment of glory, and never before have I been impressed by someone’s ability to scratch records – his hands almost appeared to be invisible they moved so fast!

For the entirety of the night, the crowd seemed to be moving as one, like an ocean wave ebbing and flowing from and to shore. There was a pregnant lady standing next to me, and I have a feeling her baby was enjoying it as much as the rest of us – judging by her facial expressions, I’m sure he or she was joining in on the dancing!



This gig had its own intricate pattern, constantly and seamlessly changing like a kaleidoscope image, like the ones depicted all evening as part of the stage backdrop. The band merge effortlessly between genres and provide a warm glow comparable only to the best hug of your life.


I reckon every night’s a party for this band and they don’t need drink or drugs to have their high jinks! The guys were enjoying the simple yet all-encompassing love for music along with their audience. I could feel the joy and love emanating from every breath each individual took. It’s almost like a religion, but so much better – worship of music is something I’d definitely sign up for.


Rarely have I been so genuinely happy and comfortable on my own at a gig, and also felt free to let go, dance and have much-needed jollity. I didn’t wipe the smile off my face the whole night, and truly was lost in the music, as is my aim.


It always has a lasting effect when music fills a room so completely, like a heart fills with love in the most romantic of moments. Music is indeed the language of us all.

Album Review: @Telemanmusic – “Brilliant Sanity”@moshimoshimusic #Teleman #BrilliantSanity #MoshiMoshiRecords

Teleman caused quite a stir with their debut album “Breakfast” in 2014. Kooky melodies and fluent harmonies co-starred alongside tender, emotive compositions, and in its entirety became an irresistible, intricate creation.

Although I adore that album, I have nevertheless been keenly anticipating something new from Teleman for some time now. I was, therefore, overjoyed when their new album “Brilliant Sanity” landed in my email inbox. There was also a slight amount of apprehension – I hoped that this new album would at the very least match the endearing qualities that “Breakfast” possesses, but also that it would show progression and growth.

Written in their Homerton studio and recorded in South London with producer Dan Carey (who has worked with artists such as Bat for Lashes, Kate Tempest and Nick Mulvey), Teleman approached “Brilliant Sanity” from a different angle, with the desire to bring songwriting to the fore being the motivation for the album. Carey brought a new perspective, too, encouraging the band to incorporate the fundamental synthesiser sounds of the Mellotron, the Roland Jupiter and the Korg Trident. This new outlook and opportunity to experiment was grasped immediately, providing the guys with the ability to be uninhibited in turning their vision into something tangible.


Album opener “Dusseldorf” has whimsical, eccentric pop moves reminiscent of the likes of A-ha, and shoe-horns in a Pet Shop Boy here and there. It’s almost disorientating in its electronic dreaminess.

This takes us effortlessly into the next track, “Fall in Time”, which consists of curious, poetic lyrics sensitively placed within an understated, elegant tune and wistful harmonies.

The standout track from the album for me is “Glory Hallelujah”. A rousing but ever-so slightly dark tune coupled with a certain bitterness and regret lyrically. Very clever, and definitely my kind of thing.

Collectively, these songs give me an image of Weezer fumbling around a synthesiser shop whilst co-existing with New Order and harnessing a sanitised 21st century Gary Newman sensibility. At the same time, they’ve yet again skilfully avoided coming across as twee or nursery rhyme like, which is always a risk with sweet sounding vocals and music.

“Tangerine” is another work of genius – keyboards emanating Ancient Chinese sounding music (I like to think they had a Guzheng in the studio) with a sumptuous, rich bassline and perfect interjections of electronica. Sublime.


“Brilliant Sanity” is chock full of lush soundscapes, with snifters of Kraftwerk at times and sounds sentimentally akin to Sgt. Pepper’s era Beatles at other points. In their recording breaks, Teleman made for the roof and used Dan’s telescope to set their eyes upon the night sky. “It had,” Sanders says, “a very calming and settling influence.” This is evident in the new music, where there is both an angelic innocence and a mature space surrounding each song. It has met, nay exceeded, all of my expectations.

“Brilliant Sanity” will be released on 8th April via Moshi Moshi Records, and you can pre-order it here with an instant download of “Dusseldorf” and “Fall in Time”.

Teleman are currently touring – click here to grab tickets to one of the following shows:

2016 UK Tour
Saturday 2nd April – Wardrobe, Leeds^
Sunday 3rd April – Think Tank, Newcastle^
Monday 4th April – King Tuts, Glasgow^
Tuesday 5th April – Gorilla, Manchester^
Thursday 7th April – Sugarmill, Stoke^
Friday 8th April – Rainbow, Birmingham*
Saturday 9th April – Portland Arms, Cambridge*
Monday 11th April – Open, Norwich^
Tuesday 12th April – Bodega, Nottingham^
Wednesday 13th April – Old Market, Brighton^
Thursday 14th April – Koko, London^
Friday 15th April – Marble Factory, Bristol^
Monday 18th April – Point Ephemere, Paris
Tuesday 19th April – La Peniche, Lille
Friday 22nd April – Paradiso, Amsterdam
Saturday 23rd April – Molotow, Hamburg
Sunday 24th April – Vega Ideal Bar, Copenhagen
Monday 25th April – Privatclub, Berlin
Tuesday 26th Aprlil – Strom, Munich
Thursday 28th April – Chelsea, Vienna
Friday 29th April – Tender Club, Florence
Saturday 30th April – Covo Club, Bologna
Sunday 1st May – Splashdown Festival, Pesaro
Tuesday 3rd May – Ziegel Oh Lac, Zurich
Wednesday 4th May – La Graviere, Geneva
19 – 21st May – The Great Escape, Brighton
27 – 29 – Scarborough Scarborough Fair Arts & Music

* Oscar supports
^ NZCA Lines supports

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