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David Ellefson (Megadeth) Bass Solos

26 Oct

Dave Mustaine: “Holaaaaaaa Santiagooooo!”¬† ūüėČ


EVVOL -‘Physical L.U.V’ Video

28 Jun

Since returning from European live runs with both¬†Peaches¬†and¬†YACHT, Berlin-based darkwave-pop duo¬†Evvol¬†have spent the past few months holed up in their Kreuzberg studio writing the follow-up to last year‚Äôs critically acclaimed debut¬†‚ÄėEternalism.‚Äô¬†‚ÄėPhysical L.U.V‚Äô (!K7 Records)¬†is the result –¬†a dense, ethereal and very personal EP, documenting the physical and emotional comforts and constraints of love.

“We feel ‘Physical L.U.V’ is a pop song for 2016, a truth-telling story about motivations and expectations, and we wanted a video to match that.¬†Produced in rural Germany, our short film tells the story of Luka, a genderqueer teenager whose everyday life consists of creating creamy ice-cold milkshakes in a gym and taking good care of the equipment. The story begins when Luka hitches a ride from a farmer in a tractor after work and encounters his daughter. Back at her parents’ dairy farm, they experience a special kind of ‘Physical L.U.V.‚Äô‚ÄĚ Evvol

Formed in 2014 from the ashes of previous musical projects and having rekindled their fractured relationship,¬†Evvol¬†– AKA Irish singer¬†Julie Chance¬†and Australian multi-instrumentalist¬†Jane Arnison¬†– embarked on a new and revitalised direction. Debut full-length¬†‚ÄėEternalism‚Äô¬†was the sound of commercial pop fused with arty electronica, dripping with industrial charm and evoking Berlin‚Äôs seedy underbelly.¬†Under a former moniker they have previously toured the world with¬†Austra, and shared the stage with¬†Grimes, Peaches¬†and¬†TRUST.

Less than a year after announcing their debut album to the world,¬†Evvol¬†look set to pick up the electronic-pop mantle and make 2016 their own. They play¬†The Garage¬†in London on¬†14th May¬†to mark the release of¬†‚ÄėPhysical L.U.V.’

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THE ALBUM LEAF – ‘Between Waves’

22 Jun

THE ALBUM LEAF¬†have been making their mark steadily since 1999. One year after forming the influential San Diego instrumental group Tristeza, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle founded¬†THE ALBUM LEAF, a solo studio project turned¬†full-fledged live band. Over time,¬†THE ALBUM LEAF¬†(now based in Los Angeles) has grown from¬†a side-project¬† to LaValle’s¬†main focus. The project‚Äôs first releases,¬†An Orchestrated Rise To Fall¬†(1999) and¬†One Day I‚Äôll Be On Time¬†(2001), intertwined field recordings, Rhodes piano, and a nuanced treatment of texture with¬†mature songwriting and dense, evocative atmospheres.

Following a European and a second US tour with Sigur Rós, LaValle left Tristeza to devote his full attention to THE ALBUM LEAF. In 2016, the band partnered with renowned label Relapse Records for the release of the group’s sixth studio album and first since 2010’s A Chorus Of Storytellers (Sub Pop).

Jimmy LaValle
Matthew Resovich
Brad Lee
David LeBleu

Lars Ulrich Interview (1992) (Rapido TV)

1 Jun


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Verdena – Il Suicido dei Samurai

30 Nov

Il Suicidio dei Samurai is the third album by the Italian alternative-rock band Verdena, released in 2004. In total, Verdena, an Italian alternative rock band originating from Albino, Bergamo have released six full-length albums, no less. Brothers Alberto (guitarist) and Luca Ferrari (drummer), unsurprisingly, had been playing together for ten years. With the addition of Roberta Sammarelli (bassist), they formed the band and in 1999 had their debut ‘Verdena’. Appearing on the¬† Il Suicidio del Samurai (which translates as “Samurai’s Suicide”) was also¬† Fidel Fogaroli, a keyboardist, though he would later leave in 2007 to pursue his own projects. The album’s second record “Luna” has been one of the band’s notable releases.

Verdena’s songs are always sung in Italian, with the exception of some covers, such as (“Reverberation” by 13th Floor Elevators, “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream), “(His Latest Flame) Marie’s The Name” by Elvis Presley, “Harvest” by Neil Young and “Creepy Smell” by Melvins), as well as an original song called “Perfect Day”.

A mixture of rock, grunge and psychedelia, they are well-known on the Italian music scene. With influence drawing from the Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana (Il Suicido dei Samurai is a nod toward Nirvana/Fecal Matter’s ‘Samurai Suicide/Anorexorcist’)) and Yuck, this is some good shit.

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Slint – Spiderland

26 Aug

Okay, not gonna lie.¬†It was the album cover that first attracted me to ‘Spiderland’, by Slint. But okay, hey! Music-lovers alike will be familiar with the influence of iconic album/vinyl art. FYI, I am not implying that ‘Spiderland’ is iconic. Musically, I wouldn’t state that it is. Actually, ‘musically’ (okay, so defining this with respect to music theory) it’s fairly juvenile. Listening back to it, it’s what I would ‘classically’ (again, another over-used phrase, I know) refer to as a ‘stoner’ album; that is, in no more complex terminology, an album to get ‘stoned’ to, or hook up with someone, or fall in love to. It’s an album that can be enjoyed when you don’t really want to think too much (that is, assuming you¬†ever¬†want to think too much); but it’s not an album for those looking for musical complexity.

‘What do you¬†think defines ‘Spiderland’ then?’, I hear you wonder in the depths of your subconscious (or not, as the case is more likely to be). What makes me listen to the album again? ¬†Well, the first response I would give is: the album-cover? NSS. After all, this is the first thing that got me listening to it at all. What else? Not the complexity, but it’s light-heartedness. From moments of quiet, slow melody, it blasts into unexpected (albeit simple) riffs that set my soul on fire. It’s awesome. Everytime I listen to it, I get emotional. My point? Music doesn’t haven’t to be complicated to be good. I love complicated music, but sometimes also music doesn’t need mental dissection. For that purpose, ‘Spiderland’ is well worth considering.

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With love from London,


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Otis Redding – Pain In My Heart (1964)

23 Aug

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