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The Church; Under The Milky Way - The Best Of The Church. US edition

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About this album:

Digitally remastered by Elliot Federman (SAJE Sound, New York, New York). As with any "best of" collection, UNDER THE MILKY WAY is liable to spark debate among fans as to why their favorite track wasn't included (where IS "Texas Moon," by the way?); but since most of the time these kinds of collections are really looking to score some new fans, the real question should be: Is everything here up to snuff? In this case, the answer is a resounding "yes." Arranged chronologically, UNDER THE MILKY WAY contains one truly great Church track after another. Starting with its first single "The Unguarded Moment," a gorgeous pop masterpiece from 1981, and ending with the lush "Two Places at Once" from 1994's SOMETIME ANYWHERE, this collection is the ideal introduction to the Church. In between the above-mentioned tracks, you get "Almost With You," a fabulously baroque work of pop genius, "Tantalized," which highlights the amazing guitar interplay between Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes, and the glittering "Under the Milky Way," featuring a spectacular instrumental break incorporating bagpipes. Elsewhere, "Reptile" includes some stunning reverb-drenching guitar work, and "Metropolis," a smooth pop confection, is shot through with just the right amount of psychedelia. Includes liner notes by Jeremy Holiday.

Producers include: Chris Gilbey, Bob Clearmountain, The Church, John Bee, Waddy Wachtel.
Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.

The Church: Steve Kilbey (vocals, bass); Marty Wilson-Piper (guitar, background vocals); Peter Koppes (guitar, background vocals). Additional personnel: Nick Ward, Richard Ploog, Jay Dee Daughterty, Tim Powell (drums).

Alternative Press (1/00, p. 94) - "... well-crafted psychedelia has tickled the alt. rock underbelly for almost 2 decades....15 examples of the group's knack for grandiose yet understated pop that will not insult your intelligence or aggrivate your parents."

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Casey Black - Lay you in the loam

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Release date June 18th, 2013.

When he was just 19, Nashville singer/songwriter Casey Black began co-writing with some of Music Row's best tunesmiths, a step, he now says, got “all the cocky, prima-donna, young-artist stuff beaten out of me by people who actually knew how to write songs." Black then headed west to L.A. in search of "something true to write about", recorded a couple of well-received albums, played the usual writer's haunts like Hotel Cafe before relocating to New York City where, he tells it, he was "killed and reborn" as more tradition-worthy folkie. Completing his geographical arc by heading back home to Nashville, Black has completed his fourth album Lay You In The Loam (June 18), a wise and masterful collection of new songs featuring his trademark gruff and gravelly vocals and melodies that seem to seep out of the shadowy cracks.


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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.


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 -

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We're Not From Detroit


blues, folk, other

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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.