Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Spinning Coin - Permo

Supposedly, if you watch the hypnotist's spinning coin, you will enter a dream state, and no matter what happens, you will have no bad memories of what transpired while hypnotized.  The founding members of  Glasgow's Spinning Coin spied an advertisement for the standard hypnotist aid in a comic, and chose it for the name of their band.  And while we can't promise a dream state, we assure you -- and we are experts -- that the music conjured by the five-piece on Permo is hypnotically sublime and leaves only positive memories.

All veterans of other bands, the members of Spinning Coin possess the enviable ability to craft melodic gems that are unassuming, but intriguing.  They can be intense and noisy or simple and dreamy, and can be appealingly inventive in either mode.  The band writes about what interests them, but the passion is sincere without being preachy.  There is a bent towards escapism in the vibe and lyrics that may reflect the songwriters' response to current events, and perhaps that sentiment is echoed as well in the album's title, which references a permanent drug trip.  Permo is one of the most charming albums we've heard this year, and reflects a band that is both hitting its stride and promising great things for the future.

Spinning Coin are Cal Donnelly, Chris White, Jack Mellin, Sean Armstrong, and Rachel Taylor.  Katrina Mitchell also provides the vocals on track 8.  Permo is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Domino's Geologic Music imprint.  Eight tracks on Permo were recorded and engineered by Stu Evans at Green Door Studios in Glasgow, and six tracks were recorded by Edwyn Collins and engineered by David Henderson at Crashnarrow Studios in Helmsdale.

Bandcamp for Permo
Domino's order link for album


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kaveh Kanes - Capital

As we ease into the week, our frayed nerves demand some dreamy jangle pop.  And we are willing to travel for it.  And travel we did -- to Indonesia.  Well, truthfully the legwork is attributable to Chris, the CEO of Jigsaw Records, who discovered Capital, an album from Indonesian band Kaveh Kanes.  The original release date was a few years ago, but the album didn't get the wide audience of indie pop fans it deserves, so we're happy to help the band, and Jigsaw, give it new life.  The band's sound reminds of of late Seattle favorite Seapony, although several of the songs on the latter half of the album also echo early work by New Zealand's Surf City.  It is delicious stuff and well worth your time.  Also note that the band will have an album of new material out in the new year.

Kaveh Kanes are Asad Gibran (vocals), Zaimmudin Mukarrom (guitar), Muchammad Najib (drums), and Hafid Alattas (bass).  Capital is out now in CD and digital formats via Jigsaw Records.  See the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp for Capital

"Mario Lanza" by Paddy Hanna

We always are happy to hear the Dublin musician Paddy Hanna is releasing more music.  Today we can provide you with a stream of his new single "Mario Lanza", and news that Paddy's Frankly I Mutate LP will be out February 16.  Both releases are via Strange Brew.

The single has an upbeat, even jaunty vibe, although its roots are in found in Paddy's feelings about his father's recent serious illness.

Strange Brew Records

Monday, November 20, 2017

Razz - Time Frames

In providing us with the dose of pure energy we need to get a week's worth of work done in three days so we can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, Razz demonstrates on Time Frames the art of the perfect punk-smeared power pop song.  The album features eight tracks that deliver their message with shredding guitars and pounding rhythms, leaving you breathless.  And they usually accomplish all that in under three minutes. With public spaces starting the holiday music assault already, we need a band like Razz now more than ever.  Perfect timing, we say.

The Bay Area quartet joins together members of Talkies (Phillip Lantz and Joel Cusamano), Pets (Dan Wood) and Reptoids (Andy Human).  Score a digital copy at the Bandcamp link, or hit the Emotional Response Records link for vinyl.

Bandcamp for Time Frames
Emotional Response Records page for vinyl version

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Wedding Present – George Best 30

With all the bad things going on the world, we are especially grateful when the Universe's Central Planning Committee decides we can have good things.   One such good thing was George Best.  Well, I guess that was two things, George Best, the dazzling attacker from Northern Ireland who played for Manchester United and partied with the Beatles, and George Best, the debut album from David Gedge's The Wedding Present.  In all my many decades listening to pop music, this 1987 release is one of the finest debut albums.  A full on holiday feast of crunching guitars, frenetic energy and masterful songwriting, it lives well beyond its time and the associated UK groups of the era.  But perhaps because we all now need good things more than usual, we are presented (no pun intended) with George Best 30, which is no less than a complete, live re-recording of the original album by The Wedding Present with Steve Albini at the controls.

There are no major changes to the album, nor should there be.  But Albini, who recorded The Wedding Present's superb Seamonsters in 1991, is the right man for the recording.  And Gedge and his bandmates manage the tough feat of delivering the material with warmth and understanding, without losing the immediacy that these songs demand.  I make the rules around here, and while these songs may be 30 years old, the recording is new, so this a going to be one of my top albums of 2017.

George Best 30 is released via Scopitones, with vinyl available in North America from HHBTM Records (limited pressing of 1,000 copies) and CDs in Japan via Vinyl Junkie.

Facebook (The Wedding Present)
Label page for vinyl orders