With their third album, Brooklyn’s Vampire Weekend are on a roll. The clever indie-rockers have stripped back their sounds, jettisoned most of their Afro-pop leanings and come up with their most satisfying work to date.
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The Aotearoa metal scene has undergone something of a revival in the past few years, a statement backed up by the latest release by Black / Death / Thrash Metal band Exordium Mors. I understand some readers have difficulty understanding the beauty that is a well-crafted metal track, but let me assure you, this wee gem has beauty in abundance.
The world used to be silent, now it has too many voices…so begins the manifesto these four London-based musicians have printed on the cover of their debut album. Savages are determined to be heard above the roar of the crowd and their album, Silence Yourself, makes an excellent case for them to be heard, and listened to at high volume.
I just did something I haven’t done in over thirty years…listen to a new Rod Stewart album. Back in the early 70s, Rod and I were inseparable. Every Picture Tells A Story, Never A Dull Moment, Gasoline Alley; those albums were constant fixtures on my turntable. But then we had a falling out. Rod sold out…at least in my mind. He made that disco-fied Blondes Have More Fun in 1978 and it was all downhill from there…slick, soulless 80s “product” and a string of cash-grabbing American Songbook atrocities. But now old Rod The Mod has released his first self-produced album of original songs in over 20 years and for some reason I thought I’d give him another chance.
Looking back on The Flaming Lips’ 27-year recording career, it now seems that the band’s tenure as a somewhat mainstream act (1999’s The Soft Bulletin to 2006’s At War With The Mystics) was just a short detour on what is proving to be a fascinating musical journey.
The members of Black Sabbath are in Auckland preparing for their two shows (Saturday, April 20th and Monday, April 22nd) at The Vector Arena. The good folks at Universal Records invited a select group of music fans to The Langham Hotel on Symonds Street to get a first listen to Sabbath’s upcoming album, 13. The bandmembers were also on hand for a brief Q&A after the roar of the music died down. Self-professed metal-head Tove Partington represented The 13th Floor at this esteemed event.
After 2011’s world-weary I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (produced by T Bone Burnett, Steve Earle re-teams with long-time producer Ray Kennedy and reconvenes his Dukes (and Duchesses) for a (slightly) more upbeat look at America from the window of his ever-rolling tour bus.
Well if you’re feeling a bit tired and jaded trying to stay up to date with the newest, hippest thing in music, may I suggest a good blast of 60s-style garage-rock to clear the head. Barring a spin of Nuggets, check out either or both of these new reissues.
With Rodriguez’s visit to New Zealand still fresh in vintage soul fans’ minds, here is Charles Bradley who, in his mid-60s, has just released his second album of gritty rough-hewn soul. And yes, there is a documentary about Bradley’s incredible life making the rounds.
A dozen years after The Strokes’ debut album, Is This It, made them an almost overnight sensation, the New York City band must wonder if critics were correct when they said the band had “nowhere to go but out of style”. Comedown Machine is the band’s final album for their current contract with RCA and one gets the feeling there are more or less limping to the finish line.