45 Revolutions

Brett Bennett runs this totally ace blog about totally ace music.

She posts songs, album reviews, playlists and some long form stuff linked over from wordpress

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The Smiths - Girl Afraid

Live at the Eldorado, Paris, 1984

There’s nobody in the world quite like the Smiths, something reaffirmed everytime I watch a live video. That green light drenched 80s VHS quality, Morrissey flailing around in his half buttoned shirt, flowers in his back pocket. Johnny Marr nothing but cool in his turtleneck, perfect haircut and Rickenbacker.

The Drums - Magic Mountain

The Drums! I forgot all about them. Portamento was such a good album, a perfect hooky indie album. That and Smith Westerns Dye It Blonde were these lowkey early 2010s indie rock masterpieces. Catchy but not obnoxiously so. Just very peaceful and memorable.

But I’m not feeling this song. It has this “we are really trying to sound like Panda Bear” vibe to it [I actually don’t remember what Panda Bear sounds like but I think like this]. It just has a different sound, one that feels really overdone in the indie p4k world. I dove back into Portamento a bit after listening to this track, and it doesn’t sound like THAT big a leap, but it just isn’t doing it for me. It’s kind of annoying, which I wouldn’t expect out of the Drums.

But oh well, I’m still looking forward to their new album

cmj:

Souxsie Soux, by Sheila Rock

"I guess I was a visually-oriented person, but I wasn’t a photographer per se, I’d never done a paid job or whatever. I just started to photograph what I was seeing. It was totally organic. One thing would lead to another."

Sheila Rock’s new book, Punk+, documents Britain’s early punk scene through countless of never before seen images. We had the chance to chat with her about her involvement in the movement and how she became it’s unofficial photographer - read the Q&A here.

Hell Beach - Ocean Floor

Cool and collected female vocals over a noisey racket. Dig it.

Guerilla Toss - Cookie

Guerilla Toss is one of my fav bands and if yr not listening to them you are missing OUT. I’ve posted Pink Elephants before, but this if off their new cassette on Infinity Cat’s cassette series. My copy of the cassette is waiting for me at my parent’s house, but my friend has been playing it everytime I’m in his car.

Noisey, no wave, frantic female vocals, luv that drum tone

cassette is now sold out [ya missed out!] but read more about them here

Students of Decay - Within/Without

United Waters - Out of Flight

Stephon Alexander & Rioux - A Brief History of Time

An electronic producer and a jazz saxophonist/astrophysicist walk into a bar and record an album together.

Honeyblood - Thrift Shop
Two UK girls recorded this EP in a bathroom with a 4-track-tape-deck. Gimmicks mean nothing if the music sucks, but right from the squealing feedback on the first track, Honeyblood’s 2 song EP is solid garage rock. It sounds like it was recorded in a bathroom, for all that entails. The vocals are distant and almost echoing, making the lyrics impossible to hear and irrelevant, but that lo-fi sloppiness is what makes this so worth listening to.
They have a self-titled album out now, a polished shimmery piece of work that focuses on the singer’s indie pop voice. But no one is listening to Thrift Shop wishing we could hear more of her voice. The way it sits in the back is why I dig this ep so much. Perhaps they’ve always wanted that polished poppy sound they get on tracks like Killer Bangs. Sure, the lyrics are biting and her delivery is venomous but the hook feels grafted from any other sugary female fronted indie pop act.
But I really haven’t given the new album a proper listen, and if I do I may change my mind. While I am enamored with the concept and execution of Thrift Shop, as we saw with Perfect Pussy you’re never going to get the same sound or same adoration when trying to replicate a howling demo cassette in a full length album. Honeyblood then, is just the natural progression.

Honeyblood - Thrift Shop

Two UK girls recorded this EP in a bathroom with a 4-track-tape-deck. Gimmicks mean nothing if the music sucks, but right from the squealing feedback on the first track, Honeyblood’s 2 song EP is solid garage rock. It sounds like it was recorded in a bathroom, for all that entails. The vocals are distant and almost echoing, making the lyrics impossible to hear and irrelevant, but that lo-fi sloppiness is what makes this so worth listening to.

They have a self-titled album out now, a polished shimmery piece of work that focuses on the singer’s indie pop voice. But no one is listening to Thrift Shop wishing we could hear more of her voice. The way it sits in the back is why I dig this ep so much. Perhaps they’ve always wanted that polished poppy sound they get on tracks like Killer Bangs. Sure, the lyrics are biting and her delivery is venomous but the hook feels grafted from any other sugary female fronted indie pop act.

But I really haven’t given the new album a proper listen, and if I do I may change my mind. While I am enamored with the concept and execution of Thrift Shop, as we saw with Perfect Pussy you’re never going to get the same sound or same adoration when trying to replicate a howling demo cassette in a full length album. Honeyblood then, is just the natural progression.

Liam Betson - Pocket Knife

This track off the former Titus Andronicus’ guitar player’s new album is a sundrenched indie pop track. The choruses are lovely, and his wavering voice recalls someone I can’t place, but the song hits its stride in the repetition of “it’s possible”. It’s sitting in the passenger seat of your best friend’s car in the dead of summer when neither of you have anything you need to do.