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Old 27-01-2011, 12:08   #41
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Well I'll still consider a purchase. Just had a listen to The Joy Formidable. Despite the terrible name and slightly OTT long tracks I was enjoying it so I'll have to give it another look.
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Old 27-01-2011, 12:45   #42
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The only thing that struck me about the Go Team was that it was kinda formulaic - in the sense they were ticking the stuff off: here's the hip-hop one, here's the mellow track, here's the kinda noisy one. That said I love (x3) the single.

Still getting to grips w/ TJF. Too many freak out endings and too many old songs are my first impressions.
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Old 27-01-2011, 20:24   #43
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First H&LA album was ace so will have to seek it out.
Actually, could be a grower... got a cover of It's Alright at the end (just listening to it now!).
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Old 28-01-2011, 12:57   #44
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Go Go Boots - Drive-by Truckers
Talk about prolific. Out goes the grimy riffery, in comes a new lightness of touch and a new country angle. Brilliant, the songs are rock solid.

Teddy Thompson - Bella
Haven't heard him in years but he's gone down a similar country route. Razor-sharp lyrics, reminds me of Roy Orbison. Really accomplished record but few laughs.

The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
Don't raise your hopes based on the 10/10 reviews. I think they're still a work in progress but they're compelling enough to buy my patience. Also, not for the faint-hearted. It's much more ferocious than I'd expected. You feel like you've been beaten up after a full play through.

Goya Dress - Rooms
Sidi Bou Said - Brooch/Entertain
The results of digging out some old vinyl after buying a new turntable recently. Pleased to see I didn't need the rose-tinted specs; both bands are as immensely capable as I remember them being. Astrid Williamson and Clare Lemmon still make me blush with how much I adore them.

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Old 28-01-2011, 13:09   #45
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Boy for you is a great album
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Old 28-01-2011, 14:02   #46
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I'm currently re-buying a lot of stuff I had on vinyl, mainly rap, so been listening to...

Gang Starr - Step In The Arena
A Tribe Called Quest - Peoples Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rythm
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
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Old 28-01-2011, 14:05   #47
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The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
Don't raise your hopes based on the 10/10 reviews. I think they're still a work in progress but they're compelling enough to buy my patience. Also, not for the faint-hearted. It's much more ferocious than I'd expected. You feel like you've been beaten up after a full play through.
Do you normally listen to quiet stuff? I've played it twice but I'd say it's a long way short of something like At The Drive-In's "Relationship of Command" or Death From Above 1979 for loud rock.
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Just picked up the new Joan as Police Woman album (Deep Field)

Loved her first album but found the second a disappointment, though this seems a real return to form. If you like kooky american women (Tori/Fiona Apple etc) then check it out - its on Spotify but well worth a buy
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Do you normally listen to quiet stuff? I've played it twice but I'd say it's a long way short of something like At The Drive-In's "Relationship of Command" or Death From Above 1979 for loud rock.
There's obviously noisy and noisy. Compared to its peers it's noisy, without being a hardcore album or something.
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I suppose compared to the singles the Joy Formidable is a surprising rock racket.
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Do you normally listen to quiet stuff? I've played it twice but I'd say it's a long way short of something like At The Drive-In's "Relationship of Command" or Death From Above 1979 for loud rock.
No.

I'm not talking about volume, I'm saying that for relatively generic indie rock, it's muscular and intense. The guitars are in your face. It avoids whimsy. It's a long way short of a million loud rock albums but for its particular ballpark, it lands some big punches.
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There's obviously noisy and noisy. Compared to its peers it's noisy, without being a hardcore album or something.
That's what I was trying to say.
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That's what I was trying to say.
I guess I don't really know what their peers are. To me the sound like they belong next to Nine Black Alps and Future of the Left by way of a love of MBV so your comments seemed weird.
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Absolutely loving The Big Roar right now. Full of energy, great stuff.
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I will be buying The Streets album, but have not heard anything off of it (nor seen any reviews)...care to give a mini review JV?
Actually, not so sure about it now, but still firming up my opinion. Did you ever hear the Nero remixes of In The Middle and Blinded By The Lights? Those are awesome.
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Actually, not so sure about it now, but still firming up my opinion. Did you ever hear the Nero remixes of In The Middle and Blinded By The Lights? Those are awesome.
Not heard any of those remixes...i'll have a look out for them.
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Just listening to the new Cut Copy album Zonoscope.
Big thumbs up on first play. New Order/Phoenix fans should love it.
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Just listening to the new Cut Copy album Zonoscope.
Big thumbs up on first play. New Order/Phoenix fans should love it.
Streamable http://cutcopy.heroku.com/ for those interested -> you need a twitter account though and it posts a message on your twitter (saying I've listened to this)....

Only heard first two tracks far, but so far so good.
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I've been listening to LCD Soundsystem - London Sessions on CD and Zola Jesus and Zomby on Spotify. (I heard a Zola Jesus track on 6 Music the other day and thought it was a new Niki & the Dove tune, before realising I did actually know it. )

Looking very forward to the James Blake album turning up this week.
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