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Author:  StevePalmer [ Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:14 am ]
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'Neon Bible' by Arcade Fire - their new one. Pretty good so far.

Recently discovered a couple of interesting bands: Gravenhurst (doomy rock with folky interludes - much, much better than that sounds!), and Tristeza, who do intricate instrumental music with guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. Great twiddly stuff for evening listening.

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:56 am ]
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Haven't got "Neon Bible" yet, but loved "Funeral" and thought there was some stunning lyric writing (as well as music) in there.

Looking forward to the new Maximo Park. Brilliant band.

Currently listening to DEVO-spin off Jerry Jihad and the Evildoer's "Mine Is Not A Holy War". Great stuff!

And revisiting Iggy Pop's "Zombie Birdhouse" and "Avenue B".

Author:  NeilW [ Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:16 am ]
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Album of the moment for me is The Porch Song Anthology's "Spell Of The Trembling Earth", which is a beautifully judged collection of songs flavoured with a tinge dark Appalachian country-folk.

Also enjoying Explosions In The Sky's "All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone", Unkle Bob's "Sugar And Spite" and the energetic off-the-wall lunacy of The Plimptons' "POMP" (the first track tells us that "nobody likes a comedy rock band", then the rest of the album goes on to persuade us otherwise).

Author:  Paul Raven [ Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:14 pm ]
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Hmmm - must get that new Explosions... album, I really liked the last one.

I discovered Isis recently, and a new album by old-school industrial geniuses The Young Gods ('Super Ready Fragmente', which seems impossible to get hold of in the UK), so they've been getting a good caning.

I'm currently trying to decide whether or not to buy the new Idlewild album because, if I base my assumptions on the current single, it may be the first of theirs that I don't fall in love with instantly.

Author:  StevePalmer [ Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:25 pm ]
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I got that Explosions In The Sky album a couple of weeks ago, it hasn't hit the spot yet, though it's not bad. Much more impressed with a new American band I discovered recently called Tristeza. Great hypnotic instrumental music - band style (only old keyboards/organs used).

Revisted some hippy classics recently - The Space Goats and New Age Radio.

Author:  Tony [ Sun Apr 29, 2007 11:34 am ]
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'Good news first'... New album Snakes & Arrows by Rush is more like their 1990s' stuff than the recent Vapor Trails, but it has typically-great guitar work and plenty of excellent lyrics, anyway.

Far Cry (sadly, the world today), Workin' Them Angels (overtime!), and Faithless (Neil Peart waves the atheist flag) are current favourites, and pick of 3 (count 'em) instrumentals is - delightfully titled - The Main Monkey Business.

8)

Author:  Paul Raven [ Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:22 pm ]
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After I was reminded of it by a friend on a local music forum, I've been hammering Cooper Temple Clause's Kick Up the Fire, and Let the Flames Break Loose for about the last five days. Shame to hear they've just split up.

Author:  StevePalmer [ Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:26 am ]
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That CTC album is superb. What a shame they split, their last album (which I've not heard) got lukewarm reviews. Shame this has to happen to some good bands, but that's the music biz...

Today is RUSH day! New album out today. Well, I hope it's more like Vapour Trails than the ho-hum nineties stuff. Personally, my decade would be made if they went back to the Signals style music...

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