Steve and Remfry cast their critical eye over new albums by Bright Eyes, Blues Pills, Primitive Man and I Like Trains, whilst also taking the opportunity to catch up on some live stream reviews from the past few weeks, including Biffy Clyro’s performance of A Celebration of Endings at Glasgow’s Barrowlands, Code Orange’s Mud TV Under the Skin Acoustic set and Nick Cave’s Idiot Prayer solo performance at a ‘deserted’ Alexandra Palace. And Broken Records continues to sink to hitherto unprecedented depths of despair as we cast BrokenCYDE’s 2009 debut full-length ‘I’m Not a Fan but the Kids Like It!’ into the fiery pits of Broken Record hell. Let’s hope they never crawl back out …
Steve and Remfry continue to bring you the most eclectic alternative music round-up with reviews this week of new releases by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Babymetal, Lightning Bolt and Can’t Swim.
Steve also found time to go to the cinema this week (twice) where he was rudely confronted by Gary Glitter (his music, not the man himself) which once again raises the ugly question of whether art can (or should) be enjoyed once the artist has been convicted of a heinous crime. His second cinema excursion was a preview screening of Metallica’s S&M2 concert with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra whilst Remfry ventured up to Camden Town to see a glorious double-header in the form of Touché Amoré and Deafheaven. Additionally, the boys mourn the loss of the unhinged yet undeniably phenomenal drumming talent of Ginger Baker.
And trade-off continues the eclecticism as Steve brings under-rated Blues legend Roy Buchanan to the table whilst Remfry extols the virtues of alt-rock turned neo-classical composer Clint Mansell.
Remfry’s back this week to talk about the ridiculous amount of shows he managed to see whilst yo-yoing across Europe including Cult Leader / Birds In Row / Coilguns (London) Dead Kennedys & Haggard Cat (Czech Republic) Bokassa, Ghost & Metallica (kinda London) Nick Cave (definitely London) and Tool (Amsterdam). Phew! Oh and Steve saw Hatebreed…
Album reviews come courtesy of The Boss Bruce Springsteen’s 19th album Western Stars and The Raconteurs Help Us Stranger and this week’s trade-off comes courtesy of Neil Young’s Mirrorball and Steve’s 16th favourite album of all time, The Paperchase’s Hold The Kitchen Knives
Welcome to Riot Act. A brand new podcast for fans of alternative music hosted by Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman. In this four hour plus opening episode we go through numerous sub-genres, from prog rock to hardcore punk and everything in-between, to compile the ultimate guide to alternative music.
If you love passionate, in depth music chat, bizarre sperm metaphors, and podcasts being interrupted by cats then this might just be your new favourite thing on the internet!