ALBUM REVIEW: BRIAN ENO – THE SHIP

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Background
One of popular music’s most influential and innovative figures, musician/composer/record producer/singer/writer Brian Eno has been responsible for some of the most cutting-edge music ever made. On The Ship, Eno once more develops the musical form he pioneered, ambient electronica.

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ALBUM REVIEW: NICOLAS GODIN – CONTREPOINT

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Background
Nicolas Godin is a French electronic musician best known for being half of the music duo Air. Contrepoint is Godin’s debut solo album and is said to be heavily influenced by the works of JS Bach. Intriguingly, Godin’s solo album comes close on the heels of the new release from Starwalker (which features Godin’s erstwhile Air partner, Jean-Benoit Dunckel)

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ALBUM REVIEW: GUIDED BY VOICES – PLEASE BE HONEST

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Background
Guided by Voices (GBV) is an American indie rock band originating from Dayton, Ohio. Formed in the 80s, the band has made frequent personnel changes but has always maintained the presence of principal songwriter, vocalist Robert Pollard. GBV has disbanded & reunited twice in the last six years. However, for this new album, Pollard played every instrument – the first time that this has happened in the band’s history.

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ALBUM REVIEW: PJ HARVEY – THE HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT

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Background
PJ Harvey is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer. With new album The Hope VI Demolition Project, Harvey has now released nine LPs. Harvey wrote the songs during her travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington D.C. with photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy between 2011 and 2014.

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ALBUM REVIEW: 7HORSE – LIVIN IN A BITCH OF A WORLD

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Background
A two-man band conjuring their own unique variation on blues and roots rock, 7Horse are an offshoot of the popular alternative rock band Dada, with group members Joie Calio and Phil Leavitt stepping up with a new sound and approach. In 7Horse, Leavitt tackles drums and lead vocals, while Calio, who plays bass in Dada, shows off his skills on guitar. Livin in a Bitch of a World is the duo’s third LP.

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ALBUM REVIEW: BRASS BED – IN THE YELLOW LEAF

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Background
Hailing from Louisiana, Brass Bed started out in the mid-2000s parlaying the influence of 70s power pop into sophisticated music. Now pared down to a trio (Christiaan Mader, Jonny Campos and Peter DeHart), In the Yellow Leaf is the band’s fourth LP.

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ALBUM REVIEW: BLACK MOUNTAIN – IV

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Background
Black Mountain is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia. The band is composed of Stephen McBean, Amber Webber, Matt Camirand, Jeremy Schmidt and Joshua Wells. They have released four albums and eight singles.

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ALBUM REVIEW: PETER WOLF – A CURE FOR LONELINESS

By Joe Greene
By Joe Greene

Background
Peter Wolf is an American rhythm and blues, soul and rock and roll musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1983 and for a successful solo career with writing partner Will Jennings. A Cure For Loneliness is his eighth album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: WILLIE NILE – WORLD WAR WILLIE

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Background
A classic rock ’n’ roll devotee who is a little under the radar outside his native New York. A latecomer to the recording game, he released his debut LP at 32 years old in 1980. World War Wille is Nile’s tenth studio album since.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE HIGH VIOLETS – HEROES AND HALOS

By J Quigley

By J Quigley

Background
The band formed from the ashes of legendary Portland favourite, the Bella Low, who played regular gigs with other local psych bands like The Dandy Warhols.  After the Bella Low breakup former members Clint Sargent (lead guitar, vocals), Luke Strahota (drums/percussion) and Violet Bianca Grace picked up the pieces from the band’s crash and formed The High Violets in 1998.  Current lineup includes Kaitlyn ni Donovan (vocals, guitar) and Colin Sheridan (bass guitar) with Heroes and Halos being the band’s sixth release after a six year wait.

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ALBUM REVIEW: CHEAP TRICK – BANG, ZOOM, CRAZY… HELLO

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Background
Cheap Trick is an American pop-rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973, now consisting of Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar) and Daxx Nielsen (drums). In its forty-three years of existence, the band has remained true to its musical agenda i.e. a blend of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognisable. This LP is the band’s first without longtime drummer Bun E. Carlos.

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ALBUM REVIEW: WEEZER – S/T (WHITE ALBUM)

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Background
Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals, keyboards). Weezer has sold 9.2 million albums in the US and over 17 million worldwide.

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ALBUM REVIEW: WHITE DENIM – STIFF

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Background
White Denim is an American four-piece rock band from Austin, Texas. Known for their musical eclecticism, the band’s sixth full-length album was co-produced by Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Laura Marling) and has been described by the quartet as a return to its frenetic rock band roots.

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ALBUM REVIEW: HOLY WAVE – FREAKS OF NURTURE

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Background
Based in El Paso, Texas, Holy Wave (Kyle Hager, Dustin Zozaya, Julian Ruiz, Joey Cook, Ryan Fuson) is riding the wave (!) of the contemporary psych-rock revival.

Strengths
Adept at combining sympathetic elements of psych-rock, shoe-gaze and dream pop, the music on Freaks of Nurture will appeal to a wide range of rock lovers. Sounding timeless yet fresh, Freaks of Nurture is a work of passionate art that transcends mere genre.

Highlights
“She Put a Seed in my Ear”, “Wendy Go Round”, “Western Playland”, “California Took My Bobby Away” and so on!

Sounds Like
Temples, Tame Impala, Thee Oh Sees, Spacemen 3.

Bottom Line
Probably the most likely style of modern rock that will break into the mainstream consciousness. Hopefully sooner than later.

Information
Official Site: https://holywave.bandcamp.com/

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ALBUM REVIEW: EUREKA CALIFORNIA – VERSUS

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Background
Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Eureka California is a self-described ‘catchy garagey rock and roll band’.  Eureka California has existed in some form or fashion since 2007, but closer to this version since 2010 viz. Jake Ward – guitar/vocals & Marie A. Uhler – drums. Versus is the duo’s third LP.

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ALBUM REVIEW: TELEGRAM – OPERATOR

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Background
Four-piece London-based, Anglo-Welsh indie rock band. They released their first single, the buzzed-about “Follow,” in 2013, produced by Dan Carey from the band Toy. Operator is the group’s hotly anticipated debut studio long player, via the band’s own Gramgram label.

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ALBUM REVIEW: BOB MOULD – PATCH THE SKY

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Background
Bob Mould is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s. Patch the Sky is Mould’s thirteenth solo album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: IGGY POP – POST POP DEPRESSION

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Background
The legend returns with his 17th studio album. Produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the album was recorded in secrecy and features contributions from Queens of the Stone Age’s Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders.

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