Sunday, April 23, 2017

The April '17 Hit Parade

Hope you all enjoyed yesterday's Record Store Day and that you were able to find those special releases you were after. Actually, with such a strong roster of new releases lately, I don’t think that a special day is needed to give us an incentive to visit our local record stores. As you will see next week in our latest Listening Habits post, there is currently a huge pile of excellent records we are going through and plenty more are going to be added over the next few weeks as we're anxiously expecting new releases by the likes of The Afghan Wigs, Mark Lanegan, The Black Angels and At The Drive-In to name but a few.

With so many excellent new releases by returning favorite artists, it is easy to overlook some very worthwhile albums by new or relatively new acts that are coming out over the same period. To avoid making this mistake, in this post we have chosen to highlight the new work of a few of these bands that we are either newly acquainted with or we have known about for a little while. Say hello to London all-girl four-piece The Big Moon and Melbourne rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and welcome back the psychedelic sounds of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, also from Melbourne, and Temples from Kettering:

The Big Moon - Sucker

The Big Moon are Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathann, Celia Archer and Fern Ford. They made their debut with the single "Sucker" in 2015 and after a few more singles, among them last year's pop gem "Silent Movie Susie", they have just released their debut album "Love in the 4th Dimension", a strong pop record that brings to mind the era when bands like Elastica or Sleeper ruled the indie airwaves. Check out above the reworked version of "Sucker" that opens their debut album.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Julie's Place

We can't wait to hear what Melbourne's Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are going to present to us when the time comes for their debut album. For now we'll have to make do with their astonishing second 7-track EP "The French Press", their Sub Pop debut, that sounds like a marriage made in heaven between Broken Social Scene and The Go-Betweens!


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Rattlesnake

Psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have been going for a while now, releasing so far nine albums in five years! Their latest one "Flying Microtonal Banana" is an outstanding mix of psych and krautrock sounds and is just the first installment of five albums set to be released in 2017 that experiment with microtonality. This is going to be interesting, to say the least...


Temples - Strange Or Be Forgotten

We have been championing Temples ever since we've come across their excellent debut album "Sun Structures" at the beginning of 2014. Now the Kettering four-piece is back with its sophomore work "Volcano", another psychedelic pop trip with more dance-rock influences this time around, but with a prevailing 60's rock vibe at its core, with strong melodies forming the backbone of their sound.

Visit us again next week for the complete list of our favorite albums and songs for March - April 2017, it's gonna be a blast!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Live: The Black Heart Procession @ Fuzz Club (Athens, March 31st, 2017)


It's been six years already since the last time we saw The Black Heart Procession in Athens, in one of their last tours before they decided to take a break. Back then Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel, the creative core of the group, had played as a duo, presenting a stripped down acoustic show with only the bare essentials: a keyboard, a guitar and Pall’s signature instrument, the musical saw.


The reunion of the band came about as we've reached the 20th anniversary of its formation and to mark the occasion, Pall and Tobias decided to revisit the songs of "1", their debut album recorded in 1997. Enlisting the help of two musicians from Serbia, this new version of The Black Heart Procession presented "1" in its entirety, giving the opportunity to their fans, old and new, to listen live the eleven songs that started their story.


Although personally I am more fond of their work during the next decade and especially of "Amore Del Tropico", their fourth album from 2002, the songs from "1" have certainly retained their melancholic charm and represent the romantic, "black" heart of the group as good as any of their subsequent albums.


If you’re looking for the highlights of the hour-long main set, I would say that for each member of the audience these would have to coincide with their favorite songs off the album, as its live presentation was quite faithful to the recorded version. So for me the stand-out moment was "Release My Heart", the most electrifying song of a mainly acoustic record, followed by "Blue Water Black Heart' and "Square Heart" (as you can understand, the matters of the heart are ubiquitous on "1").


The show closed with a three song encore, during which Pall Jenkins addressed the audience for the first time, not only to thank us for being there at the last show of this tour, but also to explain the reasons for choosing these particular songs for the finale. So, for "A Cry for Love" the choice was down to the popularity of this track on YouTube (and I’m guessing from the enthusiastic reception of the crowd that a lot of the "likes" came from Greece). Regarding "The War Is Over" (from the album "Three"), it was the anti-war subject matter the deciding factor, while "Borders", the new song that closed the evening, was chosen as it speaks about the refugee and immigration issues, currently at the forefront of the news. As Pall pointed out, San Diego, the band's hometown which is located near the borders with Mexico, is strongly influence by Latin culture and no wall can break the strong ties that exist between people, regardless where they are coming from.


With these three songs The Black Heart Procession waved goodbye and renewed our rendezvous for their next tour. Let's see where this reunion will lead, beyond this first rate opportunity to retrace the band's first steps.

The Black Heart Procession - A Cry for Love (live in Athens)


The Black Heart Procession - Square Heart (live in Athens)

Sunday, April 02, 2017

New Releases: March 2017

The list of new releases for March 2017 was a particularly impressive one, featuring several important comebacks, including the first new album by The Jesus And Mary Chain in nearly two decades and the return of Boss Hog after 17 years. Add next to them new records by several of our favorite artists and bands, like Spoon, Laura Marling, Temples, Real Estate, Sleaford Mods and Wire to name but a few, and you have quite a great month for new music!

Albums:

Hot Thoughts
SPOON - Hot Thoughts
THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - Damage and Joy
BOSS HOG - Brood X
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER - The French Press
LAURA MARLING - Semper Femina
REAL ESTATE - In Mind
TEMPLES - Volcano
GRANDADDY - Last Place
THE SHINS - Heartworms
SLEAFORD MODS - English Tapas
WIRE - Silver / Lead
LAETITIA SADIER SOURCE ENSEMBLE - Find Me Finding You
BRITISH SEA POWER - Let The Dancers Inherit The Party
CONOR OBERST - Salutations
CRAIG FINN - We All Want the Same Things
SPIRAL STAIRS - Doris and the Daggers
MILK MUSIC - Mystic 100s
PHARMAKON - Contact
ADULT. - Detroit House Guests
KELLY LEE OWENS - Kelly Lee Owens
JAY SOM - Everybody Works
VAGABON - Infinite Worlds
UV-TV - Glass
THE COURTNEYS - II
CIRCUS DEVILS - Laughs Last
MINUS THE BEAR - Voids
BARDO POND - Under The Pines
ARBOURETUM - Song of the Rose
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF - The Navigator
DESPERATE JOURNALIST - Grow Up
CIRCA WAVES - Different Creatures
SECRET SHINE - There Is Only Now
MOUNT EERIE - A Crow Looked At Me
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS - 50 Song Memoir
DAMAGED BUG - Bunker Funk
THE BUG Vs EARTH - Concrete Desert
BLANCK MASS - World Eater
FUTURE - HNDRXX
KID KOALA featuring EMILIANA TORRINI - Music To Draw To: Satellite
GOLDFRAPP - Silver Eye
HOLLY MACVE - Golden Eagle
FORMATION - Look At The Powerful People
WHY? - Moh Lhean
VENN - Runes
GREG GRAFFIN - Millport
BODY COUNT - Bloodlust
SOULWAX - From Deewee
DEPECHE MODE - Spirit
JARVIS COCKER AND CHILLY GONZALES - Room 29
ALEXIS TAYLOR - Listen With(out) Piano
METHYL ETHEL - Everything Is Forgtten
SACRED PAWS - Strike a Match
PC WORSHIP - Buried Wish
BAIT - Bait
WOLF EYES - Undertow 
THE RESIDENTS - The Ghost of Hope
DIAMANDA GALÁS - All The Way
DIAMANDA GALÁS - At Saint Thomas the Apostle Harlem
JULIA HOLTER - In The Same Room
WHERESWILDER - Hotshot

Singles & EPs

THURSTON MOORE - Cease Fire
BLONDE REDHEAD - 3 O'Clock EP
SNEAKS - It's a Myth EP
PINS - Bad Thing EP
SPINNING COIN - Raining On Hope Street
FUCKED UP - Year of the Snake
THE BESNARD LAKES - The Besnard Lakes are the Divine Wind
BLEACHED - Can You Deal?
CATE LE BON - Rock Pool
JULIEN BAKER - Funeral Pyre
ANOHNI - Paradise EP
MAX JURY - Under The Covers
UNQUALIFIED NURSE BAND - Death Surf A52
THE WAVE PICTURES - Canvey Island Baby
HORSEBEACH / THE PHEREMOANS - Alone / Removals
THE BLUE ORCHIDS - Skull Jam EP
BRIX AND THE EXTRICATED - Something To Lose / Faced With Time
BLONDIE - Long Time
DEPECHE MODE - Where's the Revolution
STONE FOUNDATION - Your Balloon is Rising (Featuring Paul Weller)
HANNAH LOU CLARK - The Heart And All Its Sin EP


Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - French Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Live: Blonde Redhead @ Gagarin 205 (Athens, March 19th, 2017)


Thankfully this time we didn’t have to wait 10 years for Blonde Redhead’s return to Athens, as it was the case between their first gig at Gagarin 205 way back in the spring of 2005 and their return in March 2015.


In the two years since their previous gig, the only new material from the band came just a few days ago with the release of the four-song EP "3 O'Clock", which they played in its entirety. The rest of Blonde Redhead’s 90-minute set was comprised with selections from their back catalogue, mainly from "Misery Is a Butterfly" και "23", perhaps their two best albums to date. Despite the recent re-release of their first two albums as part of the "Masculin Feminin" compilation, the band chose not to revisit its '90s noise-rock days and the only representation of this period came early in the set with an excellent rendition of "Bipolar" off "Fake Can Be Just as Good", their third album which recently turned 20.


Apart from the four songs off the new EP, which admittedly does not find the band in its best form, the other recent material that Blonde Redhead played were "Mind to Be Had" and "Drippin", two of the most upbeat songs off their 2014 LP "Barragán", for which Kazu Makino abandoned her guitar and started a little dance over her keyboards.


The highlights of the set, apart from the already mentioned "Bipolar", included also "Falling Man", "Elephant Woman", "Dr. Strangeluv", "Spring and by Summer Fall" and the anthemic "23" which came near the end of the three-song encore. The finale of the show came in the hushed reverie created by the atmospheric "Golden Light", a serene ending to a night of many electric delights which certainly satisfied the faithful fans of Kazu Makino and the Pace brothers.


The evening started with a set from Jack Heart and his band who presented his new album "Emotional Piñata". Unfortunately Sunday’s football derby did not allow us to be at the club early enough to catch all of his set, but the two songs we did hear, sounded very promising indeed. We’ll certainly try to see him again at the next available opportunity.

Jack Heart, live @ Gagarin 205

Check out below two songs from Blonde Redhead's live set at Gagarin 205, the new track "3 O'Clock" and the classic "23":

Blonde Redhead - 3 O'Clock (live in Athens)

Blonde Redhead - 23 (live in Athens)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The 7s, part 4: 1997

Since the beginning of the year, we have been revisiting some of our favorite albums and songs released in previous years ending in 7. So far we’ve listened to the punk sounds of 1977, the UK indie scene of 1987, as represented by the recent Cherry Red compilation C87, and the wonderful guitar noise emanating from the US underground of the same year

In the 4th part of this series, we are going twenty years back to 1997, a year that gave us plenty of great albums by the likes of Pavement, Spiritualized, Blur, The Verve, The Dandy Warhols, Cornershop, Wu-Tang Clan, Prodigy, Portishead, Foo Fighters to name just a few of the year’s high profile and critically acclaimed releases.

The seven albums that we have chosen to represent 1997 in this feature, include a few releases that have gained cult status over the years as the prestige of their creators has risen with each subsequent release, along with some more obscure choices which are just as dear to us and we think more people need to discover. In the first category there is Sleater-Kinney, Modest Mouse and Built To Spill, three of the greatest US rock bands to come from the Pacific Northwest really hitting their stride with their 1997 releases, and in the second there is the last ever albums in the brief but excellent discography of '90s cult heroes Helium and The Geraldine Fibbers, plus a couple of outstanding records by Swell and Prolapse, who were also at their very best around that time. Have a listen to the indie sound of 1997

Dig Me Out - SLEATER-KINNEY



Turn It On

The Lonesome Crowded West - MODEST MOUSE



Heart Cooks Brain

Perfect From Now On - BUILT TO SPILL



I Would Hurt A Fly

The Magic City - HELIUM



Leon's Space Song

Butch - THE GERALDINE FIBBERS



California Tuffy

Too Many Days Without Thinking - SWELL




(I Know) The Trip

The Italian Flag - PROLAPSE


Autocade

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Live: Swans @ Gagarin 205 (Athens, March 3rd, 2017)


For their fourth gig in Athens, Michael Gira's Swans returned to Gagarin 205, the venue where we first saw them six years ago. In these six years the band has released three of the best rock albums of this decade, three epic works unlike anything else out there, and it's no exaggeration to say that all of their live shows have been nothing short of a revelation.


This means there was no way I would let my 38°C fever (which I still haven't shaken off completely as I write these lines) to prevent me from attending this sold-out gig and experiencing once again the magnificent sonic constructions that only Swans can create on-stage.


The two hour and 15 minute set masterfully balanced extended, drone-noise pieces like the new composition "The Knot" that occupied the first half hour of the set or "Cloud of Unknowing", with shorter (for their standards, of course, meaning around the 10-minute mark!), leaner, rhythmic noise-punk explosions as the exquisite "Screen Shot" (off our 2014 Album of the Year "To Be Kind") or "The Man Who Refused to Be Unhappy", another excellent new number that prepares us for the next chapter in the Swans history.


The triumphant gig reached its climactic ending with another epic composition, "The Glowing Man", the title track off their latest album. If this album, and therefore this tour, turns out to be, as announced, the end of their current line-up, I can't imaging a more fitting epilogue than this great show. And as the new songs have shown, there is a lot more to expect from Gira and any new reincarnation of the Swans.


The gig opened with something completely different, an hour-long set of Cretan music with the unique voice and lyra playing style of Psarantonis. Gira, a big fan of folk music, is among his admirers and picked him for the opening slot, which was warmly received by the crowd.

Psarantonis, live @ Gagarin 205
Check out below two of the highlights from the fourth Athens gig of the Swans, "Screen Shot" and "The Man Who Refused to Be Unhappy" and click on this tag if you want to remember what went down at their three previous shows here (and more Swans related posts).


Swans - Screen Shot (live @ Gagarin 205)


Swans - The Man Who Refused To Be Unhappy (live @ Gagarin 205)

Swans, live @ Gagarin 205 (Athens, March 3rd, 2017)

Saturday, March 04, 2017

New Releases: February 2017

Round-up of the most interesting new releases of the month:

Albums:

THE FEELIES - In Between
MOON DUO - Occult Architecture Vol.1
PISSED JEANS - Why Love Now
THE BATS - The Deep Set
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH - The Tourist
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE - Don't Get Lost
THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH - What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - Flying Microtonal Banana
SUMMER MOON - With You Tonight
DIRTY PROJECTORS - Dirty Projectors
JESCA HOOP - Memories Are Now
TIM DARCY - Saturday Night
SUN KIL MOON - Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE - Burning The Threshold
MEATBODIES - Alice
CRYSTAL FAIRY - Crystal Fairy
LOS CAMPESINOS! - Sick Scenes
THE DEARS - Times Infinity Volume One
JULIAN COPE - Drunken Songs
MODERN ENGLISH - Take Me To The Trees
ELBOW - Little Fictions
RYAN ADAMS - Prisoner
SON VOLT - Notes of Blue
CHUCK PROPHET - Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
OLD 97s - Graveyard Whistling
THE SADIES - Northern Passages
TOBIN SPROUT - The Universe and Me
JENS LEKMAN - Life Will See You Now
SURFER BLOOD - Snowdonia
MOZART'S SISTER - Field of Love
NOVELLA - Change of State
THE NECKS - Unfold
COMMUNIONS - Blue
FUTURE - Future
SINKANE - Life & Livin' It
DUKE GARWOOD - Garden of Ashes
DUTCH UNCLES - Big Balloon
LUKE HAINES - Smash the System
XIU XIU - Forget
MUNA - About U
STEF CHURA - Messes
DAMS OF THE WEST - Youngish American
DUDE YORK - Sincerely
BLANK SQUARE - Animal I
THE MENZINGERS - After the Party
PALBERTA - Bye Bye Berta
PVT - New Spirit
BENT - Snakes and Shapes
GRAILS - Chalice Hymnal
GREAT YTENE - Locus

Singles & EPs

PARQUET COURTS - Captive of the Sun (featuring Bun B)
JOSEFIN ÖHRN + THE LIBERATION - Sister Green Eyes
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - The Painters EP
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE - Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck)
ALLAH-LAS - Autumn Dawn / Hereafter
TEENAGE FANCLUB - I'm in Love
PART CHIMP / GREY HAIRS - Lies / Capable Man
BRUISING / PERSONAL BEST - What It Feels Like / Rollies
WICHSWUT - Wichswut EP
CFM - Homegrown Paranoia EP
JW RIDLEY - Everything (Deathless)
PAUL WHITE ft. DANNY BROWN - Accelerator EP
JLIN - Dark Lotus EP
SALEN - Copper Kiss
DIRTY DISHES - All Of Me / Sentiment
RETRO KID - Retro Kid EP
ALDOUS HARDING - Horizon
HOLY MOTORS - Sleeprydr
GULP - Search For Your Love
CRAIG BROWN BAND - Overthinking / Last All Night
TEAM PICTURE / LAMINATE PET ANIMAL - Back to Bay Six / Eve
THE SHERLOCKS - Will You Be There?

Parquet Courts - Captive of The Sun (ft. Bun B)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Listening Habits 01-02.2017

In recent weeks we took a trip 30 and 40 years back, remembering  just a few of the great albums and songs released in 1987 and 1977 respectively, two years full of exceptional, groundbreaking music.

As we reach the end of February, it's time to return to the present and take stock of what's going on in the first couple of months of 2017.

The first great album of the New Year came at the tail-end of 2016 and it's the third and most potent installment of the collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike as Run The Jewels. By now you know exactly what to expect when these two come together but there is no way to resists the sheer excitement and wild joy of their aggressive beats and witty raps. "Run The Jewels 3" is the ideal battle hymn of resistance against the current insane social and political situation of America and, of course, the rest of the world.

One might expect that a similar reaction would also be forthcoming in the rock world as well, that at least a resurgence of punk rock would be on the horizon by now. No such luck so far, no new Sex Pistols or anything radical like that, but at least we got some seriously heavy riffs and some great pop hooks in the new records by Ty Segall, Japandroids and Cloud Nothings.

Segall's ninth album is his second self-titled release, perhaps his way of reintroducing himself with a record that encompasses a little bit of everything he's been doing over the ten prolific years he's been recording music. Garage rock and psych pop gems come fast and furious over the record's 36-minutes, concisely presenting what makes Ty Segall one of the best rock 'n' rollers of the current generation.

We have certainly missed Japandroids in the five years since their last record, the excellent "Celebration Rock", and we are certainly glad that they are back with "Near To The Wild Heart Of Life", their third full-length effort. The new record doesn't present any sharp turns in their trajectory, but the power and simplicity of their music is still doing a fine job in generating anthemic, memorable songs that will work just as well in the sweaty surroundings of a rock club or as the soundtrack to a drive down a motorway.

Cloud Nothings' "Life Without Sound", their most melodic offering so far, but still full of buzzing, powerful guitar sounds, Austra's "Future Politics", a fine electropop effort combining catchy tunes and thoughtful lyrics and the return of The Flaming Lips with the idiosyncratic, psychedelic pop of "Oczy Mlody" complete the top half of our first Listening Habits album chart of 2017. In the rest of the Top 12 you will find a few more releases from last year that we think deserve a place in 2016's "Best of" and two great compilations that you should definitely lend an ear to, one with selections of some of 2016's best releases according to Rough Trade Shops and one with great cuts from the UK indie scene of 1987 (see more about C87 here):

Top 12 Albums

1.  Run The Jewels 3 - RUN THE JEWELS
2.  Ty Segall - TY SEGALL
3.  Near To The Wild Heart Of Life - JAPANDROIDS
4.  Life Without Sound - CLOUD NOTHINGS
5.  Future Politics - AUSTRA
6.  Oczy Mlody - THE FLAMING LIPS
7.  Mirage - JOSEFIN ÖHRN & THE LIBERATION
8.  Puberty 2 - MITSKI
9.  I Had A Dream That You Were Mine - HAMILTON LEITHAUSER + ROSTAM
10. Preoccupations - PREOCCUPATIONS   
11. Rough Trade Counter Culture 2016 - VARIOUS ARTISTS
12. C87 - VARIOUS ARTISTS

Top 12 Tracks

1.  Sister Green Eyes - JOSEFIN ÖHRN & THE LIBERATION
2.  Country Sleaze - GOAT GIRL
3.  Legend Has It - RUN THE JEWELS
4.  Thank You Mr K - TY SEGALL
5.  Near to the Wild Heart of Life - JAPANDROIDS
6.  Things Are Right with You - CLOUD NOTHINGS
7.  Degraded - PREOCCUPATIONS
8.  Future Politics - AUSTRA
9.  One Night While Hunting for Faeries and Witches and Wizards to Kill - THE FLAMING LIPS
10. My Body's Made of Crushed Little Stars - MITSKI
11. A 1000 Times - HAMILTON LEITHAUSER + ROSTAM
12. New Ways - CC DUST

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation - Sister Green Eyes

Ty Segall - Thank You Mr. K


Sunday, February 19, 2017

The 7s, part 3: US 1987

Some of our all-time favorite albums were released in years ending in 7. As we are waiting to see what 2017 has in store for us, we have already revisited the great punk rock debuts of 1977 and looked for obscure UK indie gems in Cherry Red's C87 compilation.

For the third installment of this series we are returning to 1987, but this time we are selecting tracks from 5 seminal albums that defined the '80s US alt. rock scene and greatly influenced what was to come in the next few years leading up to the grunge explosion that shook up the mainstream of the early '90s. Here is our US alternative rock Top 5 of 1987:

1. Songs About Fucking - BIG BLACK

Bad Penny

2. Sister - SONIC YOUTH


Schizophrenia

3. Warehouse: Songs and Stories - HÜSKER DÜ


Ice Cold Ice

4. Document - R.E.M.


The One I Love

5. Mirage - MEAT PUPPETS



Liquified

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Live: Einstürzende Neubauten @ Gazi Music Hall (Athens, Feb. 11th, 2017)


Einstürzende Neubauten, the pioneering German industrial group led by Blixa Bargeld, returned to Athens after seven years with an impressive, two-hour plus show, presenting the "Greatest Hits" of a unique carrier that started in West Berlin in the early '80s.


The set list of this show didn't go this far back, but started around 1988, when they recorded their fifth album "Haus der Lüge", and proceeded with some of their most memorable songs from the last three decades, including "Die Interimsliebenden", "The Garden", "Sabrina", "Silence Is Sexy" (featuring the sound of Blixa smoking his cigarette in total silence for several seconds), "Total Eclipse of the Sun", "Youme & Meyou", "Nagorny Karabach", "Susej" (a 2007 song based on a recording of Blixa playing his guitar in the flat cellar of a Hamburg recording studio in 1982, which takes the form of a dialogue with his younger self) and "Salamandrina" (their most covered song according to Blixa's introduction).



The bass of Alexander Hacke provides the backbone for all of Einstürzende Neubauten songs, from the most tender moment to the most extreme industrial clatter, but it's the impressive variety of custom-made instruments that N.U. Unruh and Rudolf Moser use for percussion, from a simple plastic barrel, to a tall construction used to gradually throw down metal scraps, that leave the strongest impression and create the unique sound signature of one of the most inventive bands of the last four decades.



Without a doubt, Einstürzende Neubauten's "Greatest Hits" show was a huge hit among all their Greek fans who filled the large Gazi Music Hall on Saturday night.

Check out below two of the highlights of the set: "Die Interimsliebenden", a song featured in 1993's "Tabula Rasa", and the more recent "Youme & Meyou" off 2004's "Perpetuum Mobile".

Einstürzende Neubauten - Die Interimsliebenden (live in Athens)


Einstürzende Neubauten - Youme & Meyou (live in Athens)

Einstürzende Neubauten, live @ Gazi Music Hall (Athens, Feb. 11th, 2017)

Sunday, February 05, 2017

New Releases: January 2017

Round-up of the most interesting new releases of January 2017:

Albums

Run The Jewels 3
RUN THE JEWELS - Run the Jewels 3
TY SEGALL - Ty Segall
JAPANDROIDS - Near to the Wild Heart of Life
CLOUD NOTHINGS - Life Without Sound
MARK EITZEL - Hey Mr Ferryman
ALLISON CRUTCHFIELD - Tourist in This Town
THE FLAMING LIPS - Oczy Mlody
AUSTRA - Future Politics
THE XX - I See You
FOXYGEN - Hang
CHERRY GLAZERR - Apocalipstick
THE PROPER ORNAMENTS - Foxhole
ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL - Stellular
JULIE BYRNE - Not Even Happiness
TIFT MERRITT - Stitch Of The World
HORSE THIEF - Trials and Truths
PRIESTS - Nothing Feels Natural
INVADERBAND - Invaderband
MENACE BEACH - Lemon Memory
THE BLUE AEROPLANES - Welcome, Stranger!
HALF JAPANESE - Hear the Lions Roar
URANIUM CLUB - All of Them Naturals
THE MOLOCHS - America’s Velvet Glory
SINAI VESSEL - Brokenlegged
FRANK CARTER AND THE RATTLESNAKES - Modern Ruin
T.S.O.L. - The Trigger Complex
BASH AND POP - Anything Could Happen
THE DESOTO CAUCUS - 4
BONOBO - Migration
MIGOS - Culture
SLEATER KINNEY - Live In Paris
GIRL ONE AND THE GREASE GUNS - The Strange Little Lines That Humans Draw In The Dust

Singles & EPs

CHAVEZ - Cockfighters EP
CARSON COX, SAM YORK AND AUSTIN BROWN - Fire Dance
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE - Open Minds Now Close
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE - Groove Is In The Heart
ARIEL PINK / WEYES BLOOD - Myths 002 EP
OF MONTREAL - Rune Husk EP
VEXX - Wild Hunt EP
TROPICAL SKIN BYRDS - Tropical Skin Byrds
UROCHROMES - Night Bully EP
THE CHEAP THRILLS - Glare EP
THE CREATION FACTORY - Let Me Go / You Got It
LOWTIDE - Julia / Spring
FAMILY SCRAPS - Mistakes
THE BIG MOON - Formidable
MY LIFE STORY - 24 Hour Deflowerer
JAMIE T - Tescoland

Cloud Nothings - Internal World

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Live: The KVB @ Fuzz Club (Athens, January 28, 2017)


After several shows at smaller venues in Athens over the last few years, it was time for The KVB to try their luck at a bigger club. On Saturday night the duo comprising of Nicholas Wood (a.k.a. Klaus Von Barrel) and Kat Day played their first show for 2017 at Fuzz Club, their biggest gig in Athens so far.


Although it is not easy for just two musicians to fill out a big stage, The KVB’s energy and on-stage chemistry did a fine job with the task at hand and despite a polite but rather lukewarm reception from the crowd, they managed to give a memorable performance.


The duo’s 75-minute set, including an encore featuring their interpretation of The Rolling Stones’ classic "Sympathy for the Devil", showcased their latest LP "Of Desire", as well as several selections from their back catalogue which includes four more albums and a few EPs.


Nicholas, whose singing brought Jim Reid to my mind, put his guitar to the test, bringing the noise and adding layers of shoegaze-indebted fuzz to the songs, while Kat was in charge of the synths and drum machine beats that emphasize the importance of the early '80s in shaping The KVB’s sound, as well as the influence of electronic dance music.


The KVB may be lacking the hit songs that will bring their music to a larger audience, but their live presence has a passion that contrasts with the dark nature of their sound and give the impression that they play their music for each other, which helps them to put on a good show even when they are not getting back from the crowd the same energy, as it was the case on this night.


The KVB, live @ Fuzz Club, Athens (Jan. 28, 2017)

The KVB’s performance was preceded by an energetic set from local hopefuls A Victim Of Society. The handful of people who had come early enough to catch their performance, were rewarded by a powerful show of pedal to the metal noise rock.

A Victim Of Society, live @ Fuzz Club, Athens (Jan. 28, 2017)

The KVB - Always Then (live @ Fuzz Club, Athens, Jan. 28, 2017)


 The KVB - In Deep (live @ Fuzz Club, Athens, Jan. 28, 2017)