Bread & Circuses is the name of the new EP from Philippine band Camerawalls. Those of you who caught the band at this year’s Baybeats Festival would be familiar with its pleasing evocation of 80s twee/jangle post-punk reminiscent of The Smiths, Orange Juice, Felt, Belle and Sebastian etc. Well, I have just received the EP from band leader Clementine and fans of good old fashioned melodic pop-rock will absolutely love the gorgeous music of the Camerawalls. Review to come…

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Yes, Weezer fans – it’s not an April Fool’s joke! Weezer’s new album is actually called Hurley and inspired by the Lost character! Dood, indeed!!

Anyhoo, the news from Weezer’s record label – Epitaph – is that there are loads of pre-order goodies out there for Hurley (which drops on 14th September). So check them out.

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All this week, NPR Music is offering an advance album stream of the upcoming album by Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs. The album, entitled God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, is available for free, on-demand listening now until its release on August 17 at NPR Music as part of the site’s “First Listen” series.

Sweet country-blues to these ears. Check it out!

Buy God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise at Amazon.


The Futurists represents the musical meanderings and lyrical musings of Paul Housden who is also the singer and guitarist in Foxx on Fire. A debut album will be released soon, featuring the Adrian Whitehead on keyboards, the Terepai Richmond on drums and the Jak Housden on guitar and production. There will be an album launch with hot dogs, balloons… the whole schmear!

Listen: The Futurists – She’s The One


David Vandervelde is a singer-songwriter that has interested me recently with his intriguing take on country-folk-soul-pop. What Vandervelde does is to filter a 70s classic pop-rock agenda through alt-rock sensibilities. In 2010, Vandervelde (via Secret Canadian) released four digital singles, which will now be collected on 12″ vinyl (cover art above, available on 3 August). My favourite of the lively bunch is Learn How To Hang (Great title! Listen below) which sounds to me like feisty hybrid of REO Speedwagon and Jesus and Mary Chain, if you can imagine that. Vandervelde probably sums it up himself best on the Lindsay Buckingham-channeling Wave Country. Certainly, David Vandervelde is one singer-songwriter to keep a close eye (and ear) on.

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