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Track Review: BILLIE IDLE – anarchy in the music scene

“Anarchy in the music scene! Nobody called for us, but here we are!” So begins the debut single from BILLIE IDLE, a group of four girls intent on causing a ruckus and shaking things up in the world of music, …

Album Review: CAPSULE – WAVE RUNNER

CAPSULE was formed at the end of 1997 just as Japan’s fever for Shibuya-kei (a short-lived pop music scene strongly influenced by British guitar-pop, bossa nova, space-age pop and jazz) was beginning to die down. In 2001, the duo eventually …

Album Review: 3776 – Love Letter

It’s never a good idea to begin publishing end-of-year lists before the year is actually out; inevitably, you’ll end up overlooking something fantastic, hidden away in the back end of December from the light of the recognition it deserves. But …

Track Review: Dan Deacon – “Feel the Lightning”

Dan Deacon is the individual who has made us make make dance-tunnels with our hands, designed apps for impromptu light shows at his gigs and toured the world in a vegetable oil-powered bus: settled, thus isn’t an adjective often used …

Track Review: Tentenko – Good bye, Good girl

Out of all of the former members of punk-rock idol group BiS (Brand-new idol Society), the most interesting from a musical standpoint was always Tentenko, who could talk eloquently and at length about everything from noise and hardcore punk to …

Album Review: Charisma.com – DIStopping

Though they’ve been around since 2011, it wasn’t until last year that the electro-rap unit Charisma.com came to the attention of listeners around the world, their first mini-album Aye-Aye Syndrome propelling them straight to popularity. Now, before you type that …

Album Review: Them Things – Good Weird EP

Good Weird, the new EP from Newcastle based Them Things is immediate in its confrontation of the listener. Within the first 20 seconds of starter Toothpicks, we’re hit with a mishmash of diverse musical styles. In lesser hands the results …

Track Review: Only Real – Cadillac Girl (Harry Fraud Remix)

Only Real , the alias-cum-manifesto of grubby west Londoner Niall Garvin, has been making waves for quite some time – one single garnering high praise from Vice back in 2012. The song in question, ‘Cadillac Girl’, has recently been given …

Album Review: Chad Vangaalen – Shrink Dust

There’s a lot to question about Calgarian Psych-Avant-Folk-Pop-‘who even knows’ songsmith Chad Vangaalen, particularly amidst his ability to endear. Blurring the lines between sheer artistic eccentricity and mastery of hidden indie pop gems, his albums have nonetheless delineated a fascinating …

Track Review: Curumi Chronicle – VOICE (feat. USAGI DISCO)

Osaka-based independent pop singer Curumi Chronicle is currently celebrating her first anniversary as a performer, and for both her and the fans who’ve followed her since before her debut it’s been a very impressive first year indeed. Teaming up with …

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