Guano Padano; Americana

I don’t really know how to classify Guano Padano’s Americana, but this is usually a good thing. There are so many factors here, so many reasons I can give to urge you to take notice of this record, but none of those really matter once you’ve heard the music. Guano Padano is an Italian group who play American…

Spiro; Welcome Joy Welcome Sorrow

‘Dancing music, music sad, both together, sane and mad’ John Keats. While this isn’t exclusively a film-music blog, I’m drawn towards cinematic music which is why I’ve been swept away with Welcome Joy Welcome Sorrow, the newest album from British group Spiro. Aside from the title – which lures me in like bait for terminal daydreamers, I took to…

Bitchin Bajas; unknown and unknowable

I’ve never been on trend, but it turns out Bitchin Bajas is a new release and I don’t normally rush into writing a post but I’m excited about this record. Research is what writers do, part of the job; but I have decided to write about this record in the spirit of the unknown and without the…

Bohren and der Club of Gore

The name sounds a bit frightening, especially when you know that ‘bohren’ means ‘drill’ in German, and when you find out that the band comprises of Thorsten Benning, Morten Gass, Robin Rodenberg and Reiner Henseleit who hail from a hardcore provenance, but this is a case of a musical bark being much worse than its bite. With…

Shannon Graham and the Storytellers

Lots of  instrumental artists send me links to their music and while much of it is very nice, it’s difficult to decide what I should cover. But when Shannon Graham sent me a link to her music, I was instantly intrigued by not only the quality of the performances and production but by the style….

Doom and Gore

This post started out as a profile on Sunn O))) – Stephen O’Malley, Greg Anderson and sometimes Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar. They play doom metal and picked up where Earth left off during their hiatus in the nineties. The unusual name comes from the logo of the Sunn brand of bass amplifiers that were designed…

Earth and Mt Eerie

I met with Phil Elverum from Mt Eerie on Sunday night, he’s doing a tour and was playing the Union Chapel in London. I interviewed him for the guys at TOKAFI. While I waited for him to arrive I chatted with some guys from the headlining band, Earth, namely Dylan Carlson and for this tour,…

Why is Postrock a Dirty Word?

Got sent a link to this band’s site recently, they’re called Capillaries and they’re from Atlanta, GA. Their music is indeed instrumental and I wondered if I am allowed to call it post rock or has this become a dirty word? I think bands have always hated being labelled. I know it’s difficult to endure…

Album Review: Fantomas The Director’s Cut

Fantômas is the name of a famous anti-hero created in 1911. Appearing in the French fiction series of Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, Fantômas became an influential character in not only literary culture but also film, art, pop culture and of course music. Named after the super villain, Fantômas was formed in 1998 by Patton…

Dirty Three

A change of pace from the recent look at piano and string based instrumental music, the Dirty Three are a three piece band from Melbourne, Australia. Made up of  Warren Ellis (violin), Mick Turner (electric guitar) and Jim White (drums) this is a band that has, in one form or another, played with the likes…