As another kind of sub-awesome year draws to its welcome end, once more, one of the very few things that kept us sane is the music we love. And because we also love lists and love them all the more when they are ranked instead of presenting an “all of these were equally great” levelling, here’s our very well-considered top ten albums of 2019. There’s a song sample for each record and the cover will link you to a place where you can buy it. Respect and gratitude to everyone who’s written, recorded, played on, produced, released or manufactured a record this year – you rule! Read on
„What’s your favorite band / And who told you to kiss that way?“ Imagine the music scene in Seattle in 1995. And imagine just how likely it would have seemed then that a band whose core message is transparent in the lines just quoted, a band formed in this kind of musical setting, as the peak of grunge gave way to whatever came post-grunge, would still be around 24 years down the road. Read on
Our latest selection of six new tracks from a particularly rich international field of new 2019 releases, plus one old favourite from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Half an hour of top indiepop entertainment to stream below or listen to on Mixcloud.
Ok, let’s get the unimportant bit of information that everyone focuses on out of the way first: yes, Alex Naidu used to be in Pains. There. So now let’s get on with the real stuff. For us, Massage seemed to have appeared out of nowhere but actually Bandcamp reveals they released their first EP in August 2016 and a little more research tells us they’ve been a band for five years before releasing their debut. So here they are now with Oh Boy, a full 12-track debut album that jangles as though their lives depended on it. Read on