Nasty Party – “People On The Street”

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  It looks like I have a new favorite EP of 2021! Based in Sydney and London, Nasty Party is a duo consisting of Nasty Simon and Rhys Nasty. Back in December, I reviewed the band’s debut EP to considerable acclaim. The follow-up has proven to be even better! All the qualities that I loved […]

The Brainiac 5: Another Time, Another Dimension – album review

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The Brainiac 5: Another Time, Another Dimension (Reckless Records) CD | DL Released 7 May 2021 Compilation album of unreleased material from Cornish prog/punk/psych band The Brainiac 5. This set is made up of ten songs from their initial incarnation from 1976 to 1980, Pain In A Bowl from 1995, Sludge by the current live […]

Various – The Ninth Wave – album review

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Various – The Ninth Wave Big Stir CD/DL Out now Brand new entry in the run of compilations drawn from Big Stir’s Digital Singles Series, with contributions from mainstays Dolph Chaney, Irene Peña and The Brothers Steve among others. Ian Canty sees if he ends up on cloud nine… The Ninth Wave collects the Big […]

Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club/Golden Richards – split single

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I’ve got something super cool for the power pop crowd today! A few months back, I featured a singles collection from the Chicago based label Big Blast Records. Big Blast is your home for hooky, guitar-heavy rock and roll. Two of the standouts from the label roster have come together to release a new split single. […]

Cult Figures: Deritend – album review

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Cult Figures: Deritend (Gard du Nord Records) CD | DL | LP Released 26 March 2021 Brand new album by Cult Figures, their follow up to The 166 Ploughs A Lonely Furrow, the debut album by the reformed band released a mammoth 41 years after their formation way back in 1977. Now they’re back with […]

Autogramm – “No Rules”

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Time spent with Autogramm is always a ticket to an eternal 1980-81. For its latest single/video, the Vancouver-based trio has taken this concept to ridiculous extremes. And by ridiculous, of course I mean awesome! “No Rules” is the first single off of Autogramm’s forthcoming LP of the same name. The band has premiered a music […]

Be Bop Deluxe – Drastic Plastic – album review

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Be Bop Deluxe Drastic Plastic Esoteric 2CD | DL Released 26 February 2021 2CD reissue of the final Be Bop Deluxe album from 1978, presented in both the original stereo version and a brand new mix, along with 14 bonus tracks. The album is also being made available in a deluxe (sic) six-disc limited edition, […]

The Airport 77s – “(When You’re Kissing On Me Do You Think Of) James McAvoy” music video

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Last month I joked that the debut LP by The Airport 77s was my #1 album of the first 14 days of 2021. Well it’s still holding strong as my #1 album of the first 51 days of 2021! More importantly, it has also received praise from far more reputable publications such as I Don’t Hear […]

Canadian Dreampop Act Girlfriends and Boyfriends Debut Bittersweet Video for “Forever By My Side”

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The failure of two relationships, one personal and one professional, sparked a songwriting catharsis for Canada’s New Wave outfit Girlfriends and Boyfriends. Their bittersweet single, Forever by My Side, was written in 2016 just after the release of their first LP. Fallacy of Fairness, their next EP endeavour, is out on February 17, 2021, on limited edition […]

Freak Genes – Power Station

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It is interesting that many modern-day “post-punk” bands will maintain a signature sound for years – as opposed to the bands that influenced them that were always evolving at a rapid pace. But then you have Freak Genes, who in less than four years have practically become a whole new band. Power Station, out now […]