New Music Releases 6th November 2015 #MusicIsEverything

overdoseSoldiers of Fortune – Early Risers

Floating Points – Elaenia

Three Man Cannon – Will I Know You Then

Ghost Town – Evolution

Robot Koch – Hypermoment

The Lonely Biscuits – Come Around (EP)

Extreme Noise Terror – Extreme Noise Terror

Kode9 – Nothing

The Japanese House – Clean (EP)

Colder – Many Colours

Kate Boy – One

Jamie Woon – Making Time

Grimes – Art Angels

Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder – Indie 500

Björk – Vulnicura Strings

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New Music Releases 30th October 2015 #MusicIsEverything

i care if you listenEscape the Fate – Hate Me

The Neighbourhood – Wiped Out!

Wolf Eyes – I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces

Foxing – Dealer

El Vy – Return to the Moon

Puscifier – Money Shot

Boy & Bear – Limit of Love

Younghusband – Dissolver

Beach Slang – The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us

Night Birds – Mutiny at Muscle Beach

British Sea Power – Sea of Brass

Abigail Williams – The Accuser

Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style

Guy Garvey – Courting the Squall

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – It’s a Holiday Soul Party

Album Review: Killing Joke – “Pylon” @Killingjokeband #MusicIsEverything

The latest offering from Killing Joke, “Pylon”, is due for release on 23rd October 2015, and it hits the mark exactly as you’d expect it to.

PylonAs a band that has released music in every decade since the 70s (which in itself is no mean feat!) and along the way addressed current affairs issues and personal matters with equal fervour, there is an obvious anticipation surrounding this album, and the hope that it would live up to its own hype is as high as it’s ever been.

Whether you pay deep attention to the political and physical state of the world right now or not, listening to songs such as “I Am the Virus” and “New Cold War” (my personal favourite from the album) accurately display the distaste and abhorrence the majority of us feel yet are afraid to show.

Ageless, tense, anthemic tunes such as “Big Buzz” and “Euphoria” exist here, feeding the imagination in a way that makes me think of nuclear fission and futuristic armies marching into battle.

I’m listening to riffs that writhe like tumbling skies (“War On Freedom” and “Delete”), and an eclectic mix of disco-ish and ethnic sounding drum styles (“Dawn of the Hive” and “Into the Unknown”) within this heart wrenching and thought provoking musical sensory assault, all of which makes “Pylon” THE turbulent post-apocalyptic soundscape for the 21st century.

Killing Joke: makers of music that instills fear into fear itself.

Stay tuned to Music vs. The World for a review of Killing Joke’s upcoming gig in Birmingham on 31st October!

Pre-order “Pylon” right here!

You can follow Killing Joke on Twitter and Facebook, and keep up with their activity via the official website.

New Music Releases 23rd October 2015 #MusicIsEverything

musicmusicHalf Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On

Ex-Breathers – Past Tense

Pure Bathing Culture – Pray For Rain

The Saddest Landscape – Darkness Forgives

Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle

Corrections House – Know How to Carry a Whip

Haybay – Sleepy Kids

Petal – Shame

See Through Dresses – End of Days

Postcards From Jeff – Modern Language

Joanna Newsom – Divers

Fuzz – II

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – Angels & Ghosts

Killing Joke – Pylon

Mogwai – Central Belters

Dots Jukebox: “Education” 16th October 2015

EducationI had a bit of time to spare, so the lovely people of twitter helped me to produce this fantastic playlist for a one off return of Dots Jukebox! Thanks to all who contributed suggestions – you all rock! 🙂

SONG OF THE WEEK: this week it was the choice of regular contributor @mirandakitten – good call!! 

Band Song Suggested by
Alice Cooper School’s Out @richarde1875 @guitartutorrich @paldinowolf @evashadowgirl18
Jurassic 5 Concrete Schoolyard @riverboatcapt
The Smiths The Headmaster Ritual @kedwondo @durutti74 @stamfordcowboy
Billy Bragg The Saturday Boy @cavedweller71
The Fall The Birmingham School of Business School @hodge_nufc @theautumnstones
Madness Baggy Trousers @thesweetcheat @lindy_lou2 @moff76
Jim Bob Back to School @indieover40
Kate Bush Pi @paulie9461
Little Boots Mathematics @bringitonskippy
Chemical Brothers The Test @neilc79
Steely Dan My Old School @mirandakitten
Tilly and the Wall Bad Education @thealbumwall
Forest Swords Friend, You Will Never Learn @grantsales
Drive By Truckers Daddy Learned to Fly @makerzmark
Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 @clairhorne @danthompson78 @gigbloguk @paldinowolf
Belle & Sebastian We Rule the School @beardedsteven with a mention for @mattowlbeak
Pearl Jam Jeremy @anxiousflag @peejaybe
Nirvana School @ladyofsonnets66
Fields School Books @rich_w27
Mos Def Mathematics @jonesrl86
The Gathering You Learn About It @chasethegroove
Martha 1997, Passing in the Hallway @sadpad21
The Jam Art School @miftin81 @staffs77
Blue Orchids Bad Education @rickjleach
The Ramones Rock & Roll High School @instantkarma80 @sparkypatrick @redlikejungle
The White Stripes We Are Going to Be Friends @shelljacques
Caitlin Rose Learnin’ to Ride @richard0x4a
The Beach Boys Be True to Your School @beatcitytone
Sam Cooke Wonderful World @vicaviber
The Korgis Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime @musicvstheworld

New Music Releases 16th October 2015 #MusicIsEverything

loudReal Lies – Real Life

Maritime – Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones

Esmerine – Lost Voices

Young Rival – Interior Light

Ludovico Einaudi – Elements

Small Black – Best Blues

Gentlemans Pistols – Hustler’s Row

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – As If

The Oh Hellos – Dear Wormwood

Neon Indian – Vega International Night School

Son Little – Son Little

The Casket Girls – The Piano Album

Nothing But Thieves – Nothing But Thieves

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

Yacht – I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler

Allison Weiss – New Love

Dead Temple – Dead Temple

Inventions – Blanket Waves (EP)

Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – Cold Moon

Here We Go Magic – Be Small

Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars

The Twilight Sad – Òran Mór

Coheed & Cambria – The Colour Before the Sun

Alberta Cross – Alberta Cross

Jean Michel Jarre – Electronica 1: The Time Machine

Hugh Cornwell – The Rise and Fall of Hugh Cornwell

Saxon – Battering Ram

Review: Holy Matrimony – Sequence of Secrets

Both Liverpool and Manchester are well known on the music scene for producing some of the most iconic, exciting and popular bands in UK music history. Whether you like them or not, much of the music around these days would never have existed had it not been for bands such as The Beatles, Joy Division, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, OMD and Echo and The Bunnymen paving the way.

Whenever I see those cities named as home towns on a band’s bio, I feel a certain amount of trepidation prior to playing the music – I feel a bit for any new bands or musicians from that area, as they have a lot to live up to!

Introducing Holy Matrimony, new to the music scene this year with an offering of “melodic, electronic pop music” and declaring the three musicians, Jonny, Roger and Jack, to be “elektro-pop muzak visionaries”.

PhotoI’ve been able to glean very little information about these guys, and so far they have only made two of their songs public, one of which is a cover of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. Everyone knows how I feel about U2, but I actually quite like this cover as they’ve gone a bit off piste with it, veiling the lyrics with rather lovely guitar & electronic effects, inserted echoes and basically removed all the Bono-ness from the equation. Good effort, lads.

However, I’d prefer to talk about the one original song I’ve heard, entitled “Sequence of Secrets”. There are definite nods to some of the influences the band cites, particularly Depeche Mode and Passion Pit inasmuch as the music is primarily electronic, interspersed with muted and somewhat grunge-like guitars and buoyed by clean, eloquent vocals singing a rousing verse about a confusing yet protective love. The lyrics are beautifully poetic, which isn’t something I say lightly – the voice and the words can very much be make or break for me, and this song has succeeded in winning me over.

“I didn’t know the things I know now with you,
And if I did there’s nothing that I can do,
There are shadows, in the depths of our minds,
And twisting turning lies, oh what am I?
To put all this on you.”

I am looking forward to hearing what Holy Matrimony have got up their sleeves in the future, and will be keeping a close eye on their progress.

You can do the same by following them on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

New Music Releases 9th October 2015

Music music musicDilly Dally – Sore

Saintseneca – Such Things

Kowloon Walled City – Grievances

Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Alex G – Beach Music

Ryan Hemsworth & Lucas – Taking Flight (EP)

Little May – For the Company

City and Colour – If I Should Go Before You

Korey Dane – Youngblood

Weyes Blood – Cardamom Times

Run Forever – Run Forever

Kelela – Hallucinogen (EP)

The Decemberists – Florasongs (EP)

Reverend and the Makers – Mirrors

The Zombies – Still Got that Hunger

Mogwai – Central Belters

Hurts – Surrender