The Digg Sal’s Kitchen Independent/Bandcamp The Digg is a Wellington-based trio – with a couple of guests augmenting some of the tracks here. Comprised of Fabian Shaw (guitar, organ), Alexander Bleakley (bass) and Cory Champion (drums), The Digg’s thing is to mix swirling 60s psychedelia with surf-rock to make a mutant hillbilly jazz thrill ride. […]
She sung in an appropriate key, and she sounded, well, lovely. And she spoke the truths golden; sincere. And she made it seem so good. There was only one problem: the better the singer’s voice – the harder it is to believe what they’re saying.
Seven hours on the wheels-of-steel at Motel Bar last night. A few new tunes, some old favourites. It was a lot of fun. Here’s how it all went down: 1. Darkside, Golden Arrow 2. Aphex Twin, Windowlicker 3. Jaga Jazzist, Prungen 4. Boards of Canada, Cold Earth 5. Daft Punk, Doin’ It Right 6. Bonono, […]
V/A, Country Hits Of The ‘60s (1979) A1Glen Campbell, Gentle On My Mind A2 Wynn Stewart, It’s Such A Pretty World Today A3 Wanda Jackson, Right Or Wrong A4 Faron Young, Hello Walls A5 Buck Owens, I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail ========================================= B1 Tex Ritter, I […]
Jonathan Wilson Fanfare Downtown I wanted to think the best of Wilson’s second album – and at times, still, I do. A widescreen/enhanced/deluxe edition (BIGGER!) Pacific Ocean Blue, Jackson Browne with major balls, Pink Floyd summer holidaying in Laurel Canyon, C/S/N(/Y) going just a little bit prog – these are all things to celebrate, to […]
the birds float over my head. no idea how it is they fly. someone please explain it to me – in language I can understand. maybe, tell me it’s like listening to Charlie Parker…
Xiu Xiu Nina FKLG/Graveface Jamie Stewart is prolific and uncompromising – both are admirable and dangerous qualities. And at some point the game has to be up, at least momentarily. And here, with a creepy set of Nina Simone covers/vandalism Stewart – as Xiu Xiu – finally serves up a varnished turd. Perhaps the most […]
Faith No More, Angel Dust (1992) Well, I’ve gushed on and on about this album for some time really. Wasn’t ever quite sure I’d get the record – then it was reissued recently and so there was a chance. But I missed my window, the store sold through its copies – and I figured I’d […]
Darkside Psychic Matador Records Darkside is Nicolas Jaar (wunderkind DJ/producer/composer) and touring guitarist Dave Harrington, back together after a side-project’s side-project as Daftside – reworking Random Access Memories down into a form of pleather lounge music. Here with full-length album, Psychic, the duo delivers on aspects of their earlier EP and Daft Punk reconstruction with […]
Every year I get asked about Christmas songs. So this year I asked the Blog On The Tracks Facebook followers and friends to contribute their favourites – we start then with Fairytale Of New York (of course). I added in plenty of my favourites (Phil Spector’s Christmas album) and quite a few songs I can’t stand. So here, now, you have a Christmas playlist to please everyone - unless you really are the Grinch.
Quasimoto Yessir Whatever Stones Throw Following a couple of albums – and a handful of singles – in the early 2000s Madlib put his Quasimoto character to rest. The side-project featured a pitched-up vocal, similar to Prince’s Camille alter-ego with a hint of the Gorillaz about the project too – an animated character, attempting […]
She moved with enthusiasm; style and grace, in an effortless fluidity with depth of involvement that told the crowd that her craft was true. Fingers make the sound of cicadas. Cicadas dancing down and around goat skin. He sat stoned to stillness appreciating the dance. She moved forward, rotated around him; formed well when touching […]