Year: 2013

Track of the Day Black Hearted Brother - (I Don’t Mean To) Wonder Taken from the 2013 album Stars Are Our Home, (I Don't Mean To) Wonder is a rousing slice of buzzing, percussive shoegazing - a sort of Jesus & Mary Chain meets everyone who's got reverb. >>
Track of the Day Steve Mason - A Lot Of Love How can someone possibly be part of a band that wrote a song like "Dry The Rain" (you know, the one John Cusack plays in High Fidelity) and yet still wind up deep in debt, and even deeper in depression? Baffling. >>
Track of the Day Club 8 - A Small Piece of Heaven Share Not to be confused with anyone else with a vaguely similar name, Club 8 are just one of many casually brilliant Swedish pop groups (quite a few of whom … >>
Album review Tindersticks - Across Six Leap Years Share The idea behind Tindersticks’ new album Across Six Leap Years was to recapture songs that had somehow got lost along the way, or that hadn’t been recorded quite the … >>
Track of the Day Mutual Benefit - Advanced Falconry Share Singer-songwriter Jordan Lee gathers round him whoever happens to be available at the time; together they make sweet, sweet music. Love's Crushing Diamond won critical acclaim across the board, … >>
Track of the Day Pulp - After You Share I so nearly forgot this one. A lost classic swept up from the We Love Life studio floor, "After You" was reborn a decade after it was abandoned, first … >>
Album review Arctic Monkeys - AM Five albums in, and The Arctic Monkeys are no longer the cheeky new scamps from their fastest ever selling debut British album. Clearly, many believed the hype: should that belief hold firm this far down the line? >>
News The Head and the Heart - Another Story Share Written around the time of the 2012 Newtown shootings in which 26 people lost their lives at Sandy Hook elementary school, and inspired by those tragic events and the … >>
Track of the Day Cate Le Bon - Are You With Me Now? Share Little emptinesses abound on Cate Le Bon's 2013 album Mug Museum: the emptiness of loss; the emptiness of memories; the emptiness of musical arrangements that less bold artists might … >>
Track of the Day Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener Avant Gardener tells the tale of an anaphylactic attack on a hot and otherwise boring Monday and perfectly captures the lazy heat-strained mood with its round and round riff, and Barnett's vaguely indolent, totally not into this delivery. >>
Track of the Day Los Campesinos! - Avocado, Baby Share How good were Los Campesinos! in 2013? Put it this way: "Avocado, Baby" features a children's choir and it's still gloriously catchy and fiercely intelligent. When not even caterwauling … >>
Track of the Day Tim Hecker - Black Refraction Share I once had an argument about whether, in order to enjoy a piece of art, it was necessary to understand the piece. This was in an online forum, so … >>