The Mint Chicks Screens * * * May is New Zealand Music Month, and what better time to review the latest release by local darlings of troublegum-infused noiserock, The Mint Chicks? Following on from prior releases Fuck The Golden Youth and the critically acclaimed Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!, the Auckland boys decided it was time […]
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Vs. Children * * * * In a highly anticipated follow up to 2006’s Etiquette, Owen Ashworth offers plenty of lo-fi sounds, rounded out not just with his signature electronic tinkering, but with a more grown-up presence. The honkytonk keys are toned down, and Ashworth slips in a mature selection […]
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Death Cab For Cutie The Open Door EP * * * A welcome treat to tide fans over until their next full length album, The Open Door EP is a collection of songs that didn’t quite make the cut for the runaway success that was Narrow Stairs. Described by bassist Nick Harmer as “part of […]
Super Furry Animals Dark Days/Light Years * * * * Dark Days/Light Years could well be considered the second coming for my favourite Welshmen, the Super Furry Animals. Always innovative, the band performed the album in a live webcast to celebrate the digital release of the album in March, which was prefaced with a series […]