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CD REVIEW: TEN - Gothica

CD REVIEW: TEN – Gothica

Label: Frontiers Music srl Release Date: July 7, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur According to the album press release: This highly anticipated new TEN album promises to be one of their strongest collections of songs to date. Full of all the trademark textures and flavours we have come to expect from TEN, arguably […]

CD REVIEW: PAUL WELLER – A Kind Revolution

CD REVIEW: PAUL WELLER – A Kind Revolution

CD REVIEW: PAUL WELLER – A Kind Revolution Parlophone May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Paul Weller is at his rootsy best on A Kind Revolution, tapping wonderfully into the ‘60s R&B vibe which first influenced him and his contemporaries so strongly. The set opens with Woo Sé Mama, a soulful groove whose woop […]

CD REVIEW: Various – 12 Inch Dance: Australian ‘80s Pop

CD REVIEW: Various – 12 Inch Dance: Australian ‘80s Pop

CD REVIEW: Various – 12 Inch Dance: Australian ‘80s Pop Festival/Rhino/Warners July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 David Nichols, former editor of Smash Hits Australia, writes an interesting short essay on the inside cover of this triple CD collection of Australian pop 12” dance mixes from the ‘80s, in which he explains how the […]

CD REVIEW: ROYAL BLOOD – How Did We Get So Dark

CD REVIEW: ROYAL BLOOD – How Did We Get So Dark

CD REVIEW: ROYAL BLOOD – How Did We Get So Dark Warner Brothers June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Royal Blood are, like, so hot right now. In fact, the duo may be the hottest young rock band in the world. Older fans might be a little bemused by this: the duo (singer/bassist Mike […]

KAREN LOVELY – Fish Outta Water

KAREN LOVELY – Fish Outta Water

KAREN LOVELY – Fish Outta Water Independent through Blind Raccoon June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 The dusty Texan dirtbowl blues of Karen Lovely boasts her earthy and soulful vocals, and a country twang amongst its economical arrangements. At her best singing of the openness of dusty West Texan roads and the […]

CD REVIEW: THE CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT – Chück Me

CD REVIEW: THE CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT – Chück Me

CD REVIEW: THE CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT – Chück Me Transubstans Records May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 We knew we were going to love this band before we knew a damned thing about them or heard a note – after all, there’s no chance they’d have such a cool name and play synth pop, […]

CD REVIEW: SIAMESE - Shameless

CD REVIEW: SIAMESE – Shameless

Label: Artery Recordings Release Date: June 23, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With time limited lately, I have been unable to check out a ton of new tunes, but so glad I checked out the latest from Siamese, the June 23rd release on Artery Records entitled Shameless.  The disc kicks off with […]

CD REVIEW: THE DIRTY EARTH – Aurora

CD REVIEW: THE DIRTY EARTH – Aurora

CD REVIEW: THE DIRTY EARTH – Aurora Independent July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 The Dirty Earth’s (relatively) new singer, Tenille Rogers, takes the retro rock bull by the horns on Aurora, delivering a series of epic performances that will remind astute blues rockin’ listeners of the likes of Blues Pills. The […]

CD REVIEW: DAN BRODIE – Lost Not Found

CD REVIEW: DAN BRODIE – Lost Not Found

CD REVIEW: DAN BRODIE – Lost Not Found Fat Swine Records August 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Melbourne loner Dan Brodie has compiled this collection of mostly radically worked over covers, plus a few originals, that he says were chosen for “their storytelling and emotional power of the lyrics.” Recorded at his home studio, […]

CD REVIEW: BUCKINGHAM McVIE – Buckingham McVie

CD REVIEW: BUCKINGHAM McVIE – Buckingham McVie

CD REVIEW: BUCKINGHAM McVIE – Buckingham McVie Atlantic June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 When is Fleetwood Mac not Fleetwood Mac? Perhaps it’s when it’s Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie recording a duo album – with legendary Mac rhythm section Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on board for the ride, as well. […]

EP REVIEW: ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT – Jiggery Pokery

EP REVIEW: ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT – Jiggery Pokery

EP REVIEW: ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT – Jiggery Pokery Independent August 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Accidental President make a passionate call to “flag bearers and agitators” on this four-track debut EP. Formed by four like-minded souls disgusted by the state of the world, led by Isy d’Vious, whose revolution clarion-call vocals remind us […]

CD REVIEW: THE FOCKE-WOLVES – Blasto Maxxxo EP

CD REVIEW: THE FOCKE-WOLVES – Blasto Maxxxo EP

CD REVIEW: THE FOCKE-WOLVES – Blasto Maxxxo EP Independent June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The Focke-Wolves blasted belligerently onto the Southern Californian scene in 2011, and have forged a large and loyal following amongst fellow “punk damaged’ reprobates. Here’s why: barbed wire riffs, power-melodies and ADHD-frantic solos permeate their hard rockin’ fury relentlessly, […]

CD REVIEW: JON STEVENS – Starlight

CD REVIEW: JON STEVENS – Starlight

CD REVIEW: JON STEVENS – Starlight Liberation Music March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Jon Stevens has a remarkable knack for being instantly recognisable in song, above and beyond that rich, honeyed velvet voice of his. It’s something to do with the soul he injects into everything he does – what Keef Richards might […]

CD REVIEW: RHINO BUCKET – The Last Real Rock n’ Roll

CD REVIEW: RHINO BUCKET – The Last Real Rock n’ Roll

CD REVIEW: RHINO BUCKET – The Last Real Rock n’ Roll Acetate Records April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Rhino Bucket, fronted by Georg Dolivo, were always amongst the best US bands to have taken the famous Alberts Studios Sound to heart – their self titled debut and follow-up Get Used To It remain […]

CD REVIEW: NICKELBACK – Feed The Machine

CD REVIEW: NICKELBACK – Feed The Machine

CD REVIEW: NICKELBACK – Feed The Machine BMG June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Ahhh, Nickelback: the band so many people love to hate. With the release of ninth album Feed The Machine, we have to ask the burning question: Are Nickelback really that bad? Is there so much difference between them and, for […]

CD REVIEW: JUNKYARD – High Water

CD REVIEW: JUNKYARD – High Water

CD REVIEW: JUNKYARD – High Water Acetate Records April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Texans Junkyard never really fitted in with the hordes of hair metal power balled spinners that Geffen lumped them in with back in the late ‘80s, their schtick always being more blues n’ booze-based than the slick cocaine-and-aquanet […]

CD REVIEW: THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – Live 1971 San Francisco

CD REVIEW: THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – Live 1971 San Francisco

CD REVIEW: THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – Live 1971 San Francisco Rock Beat Records April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 The Flamin’ Groovies are cult legends, famed for their San Francisco hippie attitude and proto-punk noisiness. Captured here at the Fillmore, the shitty sound quality really lets this disc down – it sounds […]

LP REVIEW: X - X-citations

LP REVIEW: X – X-citations

LP REVIEW: X – X-citations Independant June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Read Shane’s review at Around The Sound

CD REVIEW: LLOYD SPIEGEL – This Time Tomorrow

CD REVIEW: LLOYD SPIEGEL – This Time Tomorrow

CD REVIEW: LLOYD SPIEGEL – This Time Tomorrow Only Blues Music 3 July, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Lloyd Spiegel’s ninth studio album – his first since 2010’s Tangled Brew – is arguably his best effort yet, and that’s really saying something. Full of slick, laid back, (mostly) acoustic blues, This Time Tomorrow is […]

CD REVIEW: DOGS OR GODS – hiSTORIES

CD REVIEW: DOGS OR GODS – hiSTORIES

CD REVIEW: DOGS OR GODS – hiSTORIES Independent 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 The three core members of DOG – aka Dogs or Gods – bring a wealth of experience to this second album, hiSTORIES, most notably bassist/singer Tony Butler’s stellar career with Big Country through their first eight albums, as well as many […]

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