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BNLX - BNLX

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Rock couple Ed and Ashley Ackerson of BNLX take it to another level on their group's first full album.

After the seventh BNLX EP, however, it became apparent that a full-length record was the next logical step. "So many people just kept asking when we were going to do it, we sort of just gave in," Ashley recalled. Ed added, "A lot of people on the business end of things don't really take you seriously until you put out a full-length."

The Ackersons and Jarnstrom certainly took the making of "LP" seriously, holing up for many days over the summer to create a cohesive but varied mix from the band's sonic palette. Tracks range from the poppier New Orderly gems "Everything Must Go" and "Vibrant" to the dark and snaky "Peacock Throne" to the snarky punk workout "Message From HR," a song inspired by Ashley's job at a local retail corporation.

But they didn't want to lose the fast and loose energy of the EPs, so the 36-minute album whizzes by in a dizzying whirl. It's no coincidence that the record begins and ends with the two most spastic songs, the snarling 50-second burst "999" and the rapper-mocking finale "Mixtape." Best of all, the cover features a photo of the Ackersons' cuddly Boston terrier, Wiggy, his payoff for letting Mom and Dad hang around the studio.

"We still had a lot of fun making this," Ed confirmed. In other words: mission accomplished.


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Her Royal Harness - Unseen (single off soon to be released album 'The Hunting Room'

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Album 'The Hunting Room' out 24th of June, 2013

Her Royal Harness are an Anglo-Norwegian duo who are breathing fresh life into pop music.  They are proof positive that if you approach it from a different angle, with intelligence, passion and integrity it doesn’t have to be formulaic vacuum packed homogeneous guff.  Consisting of Norwegian singer songwriter Helene Jaeger and producer and instrumentalist Dylan Long the duo believe that pop music, still has the power to “move people, to make something that emotionally, even physically makes you react.”

Their début album “The Hunting Room” is a stunning piece of work, residing somewhere between the skittering, jolting post punk rhythms of Lykke Li, the pristine pop of Chrvches and the elegiac, dark baroque symphonic electro of Zola Jesus.  Today’s track of the day ‘Unseen’ is the perfect introduction to Her Royal Harness‘ music, a strident electro pop behemoth full of jabbing, pulsing electronic flourishes, towering vocals and tribal drumming.  It may be ‘Unseen’ but it definitely needs to be heard, as does the album which is released on 24th June and is one that really should be on every discerning music fans ‘must buy’ shopping list.


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Detroit Rebellion -

Full EP download US$ 3.96

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We're Not From Detroit

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blues, folk, other

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Irontom

Full EP download US$ 3.96

Irontom’s sophomore EP definitely proves them a more mature band. ‘The Nitro EP’, a four-song compilation, overall boasts intensely truthful lyrics, perfectly crafted crescendos and is as hard hitting this band has ever been.  Track 1, ‘What Will Happen to all the Indie Stars’ is the perfect example of these descriptors. This song brings to life a sad truth in the indie music scene with lyrics like, “So I heard the word, and it sounded grey. People say that no one even listens to records today. So why does everyone have a fucking band? They may get some things right, but they just do not understand, that its not enough just to play anymore…” Vocalist Harrison Hayes conducts the instrumentals via vocals that you can feel are filled with rage, but stay steady until building to a top notch screech that drives the chorus home.

‘Nitro’ is a more guitar (Zach Irons) fueled track, however, with all Irontom songs you can’t deny the rhythm section (comprised of Dylan Williams and Dane Sandborg). This track really brings to light the power of the backing vocals. “Where have you been? What do you want? I hope they’re not the same. Because we are not each other’s, and we are no ones…” The harmonious, echo-y support vocals, really ‘make’ this song on the album.

The slow track on the EP is ‘Boy Born’, which is best categorized as dream-like, funky rock. The combination of the chants, mellower instrumentals and a heavier keys presence (Daniel Saslow) build the listener’s anticipation slowly to Irontom’s signature climax. This is where they drive their message right into your heart with the heavy-handed rhythm section. The climax lyrics being, “Boy born thinkin, the day is so long, boy born thinkin, thoughts that had done him wrong, and what I can say, I cannot say. I wish I could say I had the brains that I was born with, I wish I could say my insecurities wouldn’t be missed, I just want to understand the gift. “

Last, but definitely not least, is ‘Tinkerbell’ do not let the dainty name fool you.There are few words I can use to describe this tune, epic being the most fitting. The lyrical content of ‘Tinkerbell’ is a criticism of kids who think it’s easy to become rock stars and have it all. This exemplified through lines like, “Kids who grew up thinking they’re gonna be rock stars, supermodels, champagne, and sports cars. There ain’t no good jobs,There ain’t no good jobs and the boarders on fire, a lot of trouble follows the word ‘empire’”. The guitar is hard hitting, with a killer distorted solo before heading into the final stage of the song.  This is THE song to end an album on.

What Irontom does best is that the instrumentals-whether it be the hard hitting drums, the deep bass lines, haunting keys, or the funky/raging guitar- truly are a perfectly crafted vehicle for showcasing the vocals and driving their lyrics across to the listener. Irontom’s ‘The Nitro’ is not an album to be ignored.


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London Grammar - Wasting My Young Years Vinyl Record - Import

Cinematic pop trio London Grammar recently collaborated with chart-topping production duo Disclosure. Result is Wasting My Young Years.

Vocalist Hannah Reid (23) and guitarist Daniel Rothman (23) met while in first-year halls of residence at Nottingham University in 2009, when Rothman saw a picture of Reid on Facebook with a guitar and messaged her to see if she wanted to jam. They added multi-instrumentalist (keyboard, djembe, drums) Dot Major (22), and began playing low-key gigs – “to about five people”, according to Rothman – in local bars. The trio posted debut single Hey Now online in December, and it’s since racked up over a million online plays. Their EP Metal & Dust followed in February, and it made the top five of the iTunes chart in Australia. Since then, they've recorded two live sessions for Radio 1, and this summer they’ll play a whopping 10 European festivals and release their debut album.

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Buffalo Killers - Dig, Sow, Love, Grow.

CDs: US$ 13.49 + shipping
MP3 downloads: US$ 9.90 full album
LP Vinyl: US$ 18.95 + Shipping

The Buffalo Killers are still comfortably riding the Way Back Machine that has taken them into some alternate version of the early 1970s (an aural Twilight Zone that has been their home since brothers Andy and Zachary Gabbard broke up Thee Shams), but their fourth album, Dig. Love. Grow., makes it clear that the mellower tone that dominated their 2011 release 3 was, for the most part, just a passing phase. Love. Grow. (which in true period fashion was released a bit less than a year after 3) sounds genuinely amiable as the Buffalo Killers kick out some midtempo jams, but the band hits noticeably harder this time out, and these ten songs sound less like the work of a bunch of Laurel Canyon refugees and more like the proud Midwesterners they really are. Despite its title, DSLG thankfully doesn't generate much of a hippie vibe; instead, this is the work of a power trio that knows how to cut a deep groove, and Joey Sebaali's drumming (which is fittingly high in the mix) can be counted on to give this music the swift kick it often needs, even on slower and sunnier numbers like "Farewell." Andy Gabbard's guitar work is thick and satisfying throughout, his brother Zachary's bass work is a solid intermediary between the melodies and the grooves, and if the vocals sometimes sound like the work of someone who won a Joe Walsh soundalike contest, at least the James Gang Rides Again vibe fits this music just right.3 sounded as if the Buffalo Killers were reaching for something bigger and grander than they'd attempted on their first two albums; Dig. Sow. Love. Grow., on the other hand, is a simpler and more organic effort that suggests these guys just want to rock, but it succeeds well enough to be as satisfying as its predecessor
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