The Smashing Pumpkins – Gish

You’ve gotta love The Smashing Pumpkins. A band that gave a generation of pissed off teens in America something to mosh to in the 90’s. I know several other groups came along or were present at the time, especially punk bands, but The Smashing Pumpkins were fucking loud. ‘Gish’ is their debut record, released inContinue reading “The Smashing Pumpkins – Gish”

White Stripes – Elephant

‘Elephant’, released in 2003 by The White Stripes is in the Top 10 best records of the last 15 years. No doubt. Their previous album ‘White Blood Cells‘ had brought them mainstream success on a smaller scale and set them up for bigger things. They delivered with ‘Elephant‘, and album with which they used 60’s recordingContinue reading “White Stripes – Elephant”

Def Leppard – Hysteria

Def Leppard’s fourth album ‘Hysteria‘ is 30 years old this year. That’s older than myself. A few years ago I bought one of their greatest hits albums (can’t remember the name) because ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ was on it. That then lead on to me playing it for a friend who also loved it,Continue reading “Def Leppard – Hysteria”

Ryan Adams-1989

Now, I’m a fan of Ryan Adams. I think he’s done some great work, a mix of country, rock, and heartbreak. He has a fantastic amount of work done which is something no one can take away. He’s been in two bands which have also released material. He’s been through some shit too and comeContinue reading “Ryan Adams-1989”

John Grant- Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

Ok. Reviewing this while giving it my first listen. ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ is Grant’s third solo album, released in 2015. While I was reading up on some lyrics from the album, I saw on http://www.genius.com that the Icelandic translation of ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure‘ is a ‘mid-life crisis/nightmare. That pretty much runs with theContinue reading “John Grant- Grey Tickles, Black Pressure”

Warpaint- The Fool

  ‘The Fool‘ was released by LA rock band Warpaint at the end of 2010. It was released 2 years after the LP that brought them to attention, ‘Exquisite Corpse‘ came out. After my first listen I wasn’t too sure about it, but it grew on me, much like their second album, ‘Warpaint’. I thought itContinue reading “Warpaint- The Fool”

Sonic Youth-Sister

  Noise, YEAH. Art rock, AWW YEAH. Distortion, FUCK YEAH. “Her brother said she’s just a bitch”, wait, what? Sonic Youth have quickly become one of my all time favourite bands. I hate to say it but they’re cool as fuck, and that’s a big part of why I like them. Every record has aContinue reading “Sonic Youth-Sister”

Joy Division- Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division’s debut ‘Unknown Pleasures‘ is regarded by some as one of the best albums ever released.  When I first heard it I was in awe of the sound and feel of the album largely down to Ian Curtis presence. I was brought to the album through comparisons people had made between the music ofContinue reading “Joy Division- Unknown Pleasures”

Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

This was one of the first albums I loved and played over and over. I was the perfect age for it,16, and at the beginning of so many of the stories the Arctic Monkeys tell in this album. So, I related to that but also to the music. The Kooks sang about much the sameContinue reading “Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”

Future Island- Singles

  Future Islands are an American synth-pop band and ‘Singles’ was released in 2014. It was their fourth album and they have a new one coming out soon. The success and rise of the album was due in part to their appearance on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ where they played a rousing single, ‘Seasons’, leadContinue reading “Future Island- Singles”