Topic: reviews: downloads

getting a lot of download stuff for review now

DOWNLOAD / STREAM ONLY: (you will need to request a link)

Boxharp - the Green lp  - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i2u0sG9G9g - indie / electronic
Boxharp - Loam Arcane ep  - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i2u0sG9G9g - indie / electronic
Castle Sunk Below the Sea - http://castlessunkbelowthesea.bandcamp.com/ : Aussie indie / post rock
COC (Southern Lord)
End of a Year - You are Beneath Me (Deathwish Inc)
the Fanclub - single : http://soundcloud.com/underdogsmusic/se … ts-die-too - indie
Killing the Dream - Lucky Me (Deathwish Inc)
Like Rats - 2 song single - http://www.likerats.net/ : hardcore
One Kind Word - ep : http://www.myspace.com/onekindwordhc - hardcore
Righteous Fool (Southern Lord)
Sictor Valdana - ep : http://sictor.bandcamp.com/album/the-s-ctor-valda-a-ep - indie / punk
Stalwart Sons - album : http://www.myspace.com/wearestalwartsons : emo
Weezer - Pinkerton Deluxe Edition
Weezer - Death to False Metal (rarities comp)
United Nations - Nevermind The Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures (Deathwish Inc)

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Not Squares - YEAH OK : http://www.myspace.com/notsquares - electronic
the big sleep in search of hades - ethos : http://www.23seconds.org/048.htm (full download is available here) - post rock
Two Bit Dezperados - single : http://www.myspace.com/twobitdezperados - garage / rock
Yusuf Azak - Turn On The Long Wire : http://www.myspace.com/yusufazak - indie

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How many people are asking to do these sorts of reviews? I dislike the concept in general.

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not many, unfortunately.

i used to be defensive about mp3s to review but i can't be arsed any more. if it's worth writing about, then it doesn't really matter what format its in. i'd much rather have the packaging and so on but times they are a changing, we can continue to fetishize vinyl and nice packaging all we like, but in the end, i really have no qualms about this any more.

take the band stalwart songs listed above. they are a small canadian emo band, they can't really afford to send an lp over the ocean at a cost of up to $20 (the record+postage) and then hope that someone gets round to reviewing that release eventually. makes sense to me.

then you have to think about this: i pay for every record that is sent out to our reviewers, from my own pocket. google ads nets me £5 to £10 a month. this site costs £6 a month to host. each package i send out costs about £1. i send 2-3 packages a week. so it saves me money too. i no longer ascend the altitudinous equine friend when it comes to digital media.

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Oli wrote:

How many people are asking to do these sorts of reviews? I dislike the concept in general.

without sounding massively like a turd, it's 2010, lots of people buy this stuff and independant music is released on non physical formats these days, these bands shouldn't be disregarded!

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Weezer's Pinkerton is an ace album! There's your review right there

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Joe C wrote:
Oli wrote:

How many people are asking to do these sorts of reviews? I dislike the concept in general.

without sounding massively like a turd, it's 2010, lots of people buy this stuff and independant music is released on non physical formats these days, these bands shouldn't be disregarded!

captain dubstep in the house ; )

a thug changes and love changes and best friends become strangers word up

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Yeh I understand, I don't mean to make a big deal out of it. The main perk of reviewing though is that you get a free record. Unless I think it's worth my time I'm not gonna write reviews for digital releases that I don't think I'll like! I understand the case of bands far away - and I appreciate Andy's postage costs, I just think a lot of labels may get lazy and just send MP3s - it's interesting to know how many people are gonna be happy reviewing these or if they'll just form a big list at the top of this thread.

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Honestly, I'll probably be up for doing a lot of these kind of reviews. I just wanna write about metal man!

a thug changes and love changes and best friends become strangers word up

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castles sunk below the sea - will do this if anyone else isn't.

xox

overinformed and underachieved.
http://gryswtr.tumblr.com

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It could be that a virtual music review is most appropriate for a virtual fanzine.

Noise Punk

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a pretty fair point.

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I have enough garbage CD's lying around the hoose. I'll do some of these if you like?

I still have a Kongh CD to review somewhere, but it would essentialy be "This is my boring serious face. That is what this CD sounds like. "

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maybe that vanilla pod one if you have it?

yeah, you are welcome to review any of this. just say which ones and i'll send you the details.

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shit! I forgot all about that yin!

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i don't mind reviewing downloadable stuff. it certainly saves andy the trouble/expense of postage and alleviates my guilt of receiving free stuff somewhat.

also i would like to review weezer.

Pseudo Colonial Pineapple Tour, 2011

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i have forwarded the links to your gmail account that you have in your account details Pags.

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ta! i am a little confused by the play mpe website however. supposedly i need an account, which i do not have, and as far as i can see it's not possible to just create one...

Pseudo Colonial Pineapple Tour, 2011

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the e-mail should have a username and password for downloading it. it's in a black bit about half way down, i had to highlight it. i've mailed you what i think it is anyway.

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ah sneaky, gracias again.

Pseudo Colonial Pineapple Tour, 2011

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Got sent a link to the new one by Charles Manson (!) from ilcdistro.com - are they emailing you Andy? They seem to have me on their list

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don't think so! maybe they meant to send you the new one by mansun.

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not completly certain what this entails but will probably take that killing the dream in a week or so if no one else has by then

I'm not singing for the future
I'm not dreaming of the past
I'm not talking of the first time
I never think about the last

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sign me up for stalwart sons and the sictor valdana ep too.

Pseudo Colonial Pineapple Tour, 2011

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anyone interested in any of these?

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8 NOV RELEASES

ACTION BEAT - BEATINGS (TRUTH CULT)
Truth Cult proudly presents another whirlwind recording for the Bletchley boys Action Beat, with the follow up to their debut The Noise Band From Bletchley. Like its predecessor, Beatings was recorded at Southern Studios in just two days and this time with at least seven musicians, which is evident in the sheer verve and potency of the album. It would be an understatement to say the boys have lost none of their energy in the recording process. They have taken their perfected improvised noise formula, driven by magnetic interlocking guitar harmonies, pummelling drums and crashing symbols and ramped it up a notch, or three.
As with their first album, their musical influences such as The Ex and Sonic Youth are still proudly on display, particularly on the songs "Solgunn" and "Bergen to Bletchley". Some of the other album tracks you may recognise if you have caught them at one of their umpteen live shows recently but Action Beat also pull out some original 'never-been-played-before' material, including the track "Daddy Why?" which builds upon the Krautrock-mantra of some of their older material and for the first time ever, utilises fitting male vocals (provided by House Of John Player). This is the sound of a band maturing. But fear not, for if it was Action Beat's boisterousness that you always admired, that is still very prominent in the artwork.

BRIAN MCBRIDE - THE EFFECTIVE DISCONNECT (KRANKY)
From Brian McBride: When George and Myriam approached me to compose for their film they suggested I concentrate on four different themes: the gloriousness of the bees, the endurance and hardships of traditional beekeepers, pesticides and the holistic nature of non-industrial agriculture. I was especially intrigued with the idea of combining some of their mournful aspirations with something more serene. Composing began in May of 2009. I had decided to start fresh not using anything that I had already recorded. Preparing the music for the film, I knew that I needed to provide more built-in changes in the structure of the pieces to give George and Myriam more flexibility. As I worked, I purposely distanced myself from the more continuous architecture employed in my previous recordings in favor of several mini-suites. In the thinking about the music, I hoped that the pieces would do justice to the “gloriousness of the bees” theme, striving for a more overt hopeful quality. But old traditions die-hard and the hopeful side of the music was eventually more subsumed by the lamentable.
I should also mention that if you have seen the film, this record will not contain all the music used and scored for this film.
I am incredibly honored to be a part of this project even if the final compositions turned out to be more appropriate for a different and more forlorn film. I know you have a lot to think about in this world but if you care about food or the world around us, you deserve to at least consider the arguments within this honest and real piece of film-making.

MEWGATZ - LOVE SONGS AND CARBOOT ELECTRONICA (ONE INCH BADGE)
Following the critically acclaimed Underfelt EP in 2007 Mewgatz is now ready to release his debut album Love Songs and Car Boot Electronica.
Falling somewhere between the Magnetic Fields, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Squarepusher, these rich and subversive musical compositions are brought to life by Mewgatz trademark humble and bittersweet lyrics. Themes of ‘lost and found love’ and his continuing frustration at his dependency upon the modern technology which makes his music. Breaking up the tender vocal tracks are two melodic instrumental tracks each based around the concept of “one instrument songs”. With the intention of showcasing the musical autonomy of Mewgatz' electronic creations, he exploits the cavernous sonic capabilities of his abused second hand synthesizers to create complete soundscapes from just a single instruments output.
The artwork was designed by the seminal Chicago cartoonist Jeffrey Brown whose autobiographical comic books such as Clumsy, Unlikely and Little Things have sold in excess of 20,000 copies worldwide.
Here on Love Songs and Car Boot Electronica Jeffrey Brown offers both a rare six panel full-colour digipak as well as a 16 page album interpretation comic book as the insert liner notes.

PAN AMERICAN - FOR WAITING, FOR CHASING (KRANKY)
For Waiting, For Chasing was originally issued in a limited pressing by the Stefan Ne?meth (Radian) curated Mosz label in 2006. This is the first time it is being made widely available in north america and elsewhere, and also the first time it is being issued on the vinyl LP format. The release is brought to us by no other than, of course...Kranky. Mosz eloquently stated at the time of release, “...it is not about the process or the media, which have been used. It is about how elements and structures are put in a detailed relation to each other, ending up in a slow-moving, breathing organism. Filaments of percussive elements condense to polyrhythmic elements, layers of sound, instruments and field recordings merge to build up a mystic parallel, not so much fictional world.”
Perhaps the most skeletal and minimal of all of the works in the Pan•American canon, it may also be the most compelling.

15 NOV RELEASES

BENOIT PIOULARD - LASTED (KRANKY)
Lasted is the third album by Thomas Meluch under the alias Benoit Pioulard. Thomas has toured throughout North America and Europe since his last record, the process of which has had a marked impact on the development of these songs as lyrics and structures have been scrapped, tweaked and reworked in the live setting. As with previous albums it was recorded and mixed in domestic isolation, this time throughout the rainy season in his current home of Portland, Oregon.
While the extent of the dreary climate’s influence on the results is left to the listener’s discretion, what is certain is that Thomas has a preternatural ability to weave disparate sound components into a cohesive sonic tapestry, mixing a varied palette of field recordings and percussive elements along with melancholy melodies to create songs that recall - and are akin to - vespers of long-buried memories.

29 NOV RELEASES

ROSE KEMP - GOLDEN SHROUD (12 YEAR STRETCH)
Following Rose Kemp's 2008 release Unholy Majesty, Rose decided to to go further down the DIY route by self-releasing her new album, Golden Shroud. This is the second self-release on her own label 12 YEAR STRETCH since her 2004 EP.
Golden Shroud was self produced, engineered and recorded live by Rose and the band. It impressively captures her colossal vocal performance in an amalgamation of the dense instrumentation performed by instrumentalists Joe Garcia and James King. Overall, the album was recorded and mixed in merely 10 days at Bristol's Start Of Art studios, in combination of their 60s and 70s vintage equipment and cutting edge digital recording mediums. As a result, Rose considers the album to be a representation of her expanded developed style, being the final piece in the 'Holy Trilogy' of her releases with 2006's A Hand Full of Hurricanes and 2008's aforementioned Unholy Majesty.
Funding for the album was impressively accumulated by herself and also her loyal fan base pre-ordering the album prior to its creation, underlining the strong foundation of her devoted following and highlighting the general demand for genuine independent music.
Golden Shroud presents a mature progression for Rose Kemp showcasing a myriad of vocal acrobatics with prolific harmonies in an elegant arrangement effectively formulating compelling compositions.

-- THIS NEXT BATCH ARE ALL DIGITAL, IGNORE THE FORMAT

Band: Obstacles
Title: Dividual
Cat. No: PlayRec 36
Format: Vinyl (180 g + innersleeve + downloadcard + poster)
Release: 20/9-2010
Cover: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/cover-h … _hires.jpg
Bio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/Biograf … K_2010.pdf

Obstacles is Bass, Keys, Drums and Guitar. No auto-tuned vocals here, but plenty of strange song structures, complex timings and mad, mad, mad beats. Grinding basslines, fly ass guitar licks. The-know-it-alls of today’s cynical and desillusioned music scenes would call it math-rock. We call it intense, precise, zealous, meticulous and thorough. It can be furious, violent and obsessed as it can be playful and curious, even tender; Obstacles is sound that knows no fear. 

Band: Menfolk
Title: beast one / man nil
Cat. No: PlayRec 35
Format: Vinyl (180 g + innersleeve + downloadcard )
Release: 7/6-2010
Cover: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/cover-h … _hires.jpg
Bio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/Biograf … K_2010.pdf

"Beast One / Man Nil" is Menfolks long awaited sequel to the massive debut, "Colossus". Five years have passed and we haven´t seen or heard much from these guys. But Menfolk has never been a band that let demand dictate the output: Records are released when they are ready, and concerts are played when the right time comes. This attitude can be heard on Menfolks new album. This band is not sucking up to anyone. This is not radio friendly rock, not young fashion punk, not cool laid back rock or the soundtrack to a rebellious generation. The four strange fellows in Menfolk drag the listener around by their ears on the 10 tracks of the album by means of guitar feedback, twisted drum beats and fierce texts about life and death.

Band: Adam McCormack
Title: Home Recordings 2006-2009: part 1-4
Cat. No: PlayRec 31,PlayRec 32,PlayRec 33,PlayRec 34
Format: Digital EP
Release: 2/11-2009
Cover:
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http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/cover-h … _hires.jpg
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Bio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/Biograf … k_2009.pdf

Irish born Adam McCormack has lived in Denmark for four years now. Besides his studies at IHK, Adam has spent his time in Denmark producing quite a big pile of recordings of his own songs and sent them out to friends, foras and sites. Sometime in the beginning of 2009 Adams hard disk holding all his recordings was deleted. Hearing that Adams´ production was lost, we at Play/Rec realised that his songs were more than "just" demos. We had fallen in love with what we had heard songs and the thought of losing Adams production from the last four years was almost unbearable. So together with Adam we decided to track down as many of the lost demos as possible and get them documented on a official release.


We managed to collect 24 songs recorded in the period 2006 to 2009. We found these on different Internet sites, at friends and fans who as we felt that Adams songs had "something". Maybe this is not a "real" record release. But the music is of a kind that makes the media irrelevant. Now we share this music with you. Four EP´s that each holds six songs put together by Adam.

Band: Marvins Revolt
Title: Patrolling the Heights
Cat. No: PlayRec 30
Format: Vinyl (180 g + innersleeve)
Release: 2/11-2009
Cover: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/cover-h … _hires.jpg
Bio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/Biograf … k_2009.pdf

"Patrolling the Heights" is the follow up to Marvins Revolt´s succeful album "Killec" that took them on a trip around the world. On "Patrolling the Heights" Marvins Revolt have shifted focus from angular rhythmic antics to a more elegantly finished songwriting, albeit mediated through a raw, analog soundscape. However Marvins Revolt are still frighteningly tight, catchy and melodic – and their lust for further adventures remains very much intact. ”Patrolling the Heights” was recorded in Sauna Studios, Copenhagen, in cooperation with the American producer T.J. Lipple, whose merits include working with bands such as Medications, MGMT and his own band Aloha.

Band: Lack
Title: Saturate Every Atom
Cat. No: PlayRec 28
Format: Vinyl (180 g + innersleeve + downloadcard) + CD
Release: 3/3-2008
Cover: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/cover-h … _hires.jpg
Bio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/Biograf … k_2008.pdf

Once again Lack has taken their unique expression and done something new with it. On their third album the music is controlled and very melodic. It’s either the most sophisticated hardcore you have ever heard or the meanest indie rock. But Lack doesn’t confine themselves to petty genre definitions and neither should you. With sarcastic lyrics, provocative song titles, catchy and utterly uncompromising music this is a record it’s hard NOT to have an opinion about. Listen. Love it. Lack kicks your ass. Again.

Band: Barra Head
Title: Go Get Beat Up
Cat. No: PlayRec 27
Format: Vinyl (180 g + innersleeve + downloadcard) + CD
Release: 28/1-2008
Cover: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/cover-h … _hires.jpg
Bio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6326067/Biograf … uk2008.pdf

Go Get Beat Up is Barra Head’s third album. They’ve found a more melodic and immediate form but have managed to maintain their distinct expression. The band has always been an exciting acquaintance, both musically and lyrically, and that has not changed on this record. Each track is served cool, dry and tight. They won’t bring you easy answers or simple slogans, but prefer to ask questions and describe the complex world they exist in.