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Elacin ER20 High Fidelity Hearing Protection - Pair
Elacin ER20 High Fidelity Hearing Protection - Pair
Offered by Communicate Mobile Ltd
Price: £5.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ear-plugs!, 29 Sep 2014
Excellent ear-plugs! Recommended to me by a friend who plays in a particularly loud band and provided adequate ‘protection’ when attending a recent Stephen O’Mally gig. Whereas really cheap ear-plugs muffle the sound, the Elacin ER20s filter everything- so the volume is turned down but the sound quality remains high. Perfect for loud gig lovers.


Martyrs [DVD]
Martyrs [DVD]
Dvd ~ Morjane Alaoui
Price: £6.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, 30 Aug 2014
This review is from: Martyrs [DVD] (DVD)
I've been a horror fan for many years, enjoying everything from 80s video nasties to the stylised beauty of a Dario Argento film. I'm not entirely sure that I'd classify Martyrs as a `horror' as the genre often provides a strange kind of escapism. Martyrs feels too `real' to put alongside most horror flicks. Make no mistake though; this is a genuinely shocking and upsetting film.

The closest comparison I can think of would be Michael Hanke' notorious Funny Games. If anything Martyrs feels bleaker than that (there's no black humour here, it's all very `gruelling'). The film has been described as `torture porn' but again I wouldn't really place Martyrs alongside the likes of Hostel and Saw (which I'm not really a fan of). Martyrs appears more purposeful, more aware of how abhorrent these scenes of violence really are.

It's one of those films where you question why you're even watching it at times. The message is particularly bleak. Yet even though Martyrs isn't exactly `enjoyable' it is a good film, a powerful film that you'll find difficult to forget.


Superstars Of Greenwich Meantime
Superstars Of Greenwich Meantime
Price: £2.79

5.0 out of 5 stars “You wouldn’t know cool if you were a Charlie Parker horn solo”, 13 July 2014
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Sun City Girl’s member Alan Bishop (brother to fellow Sun City Girls' bloke, Sir Richard Bishop) as foul mouthed alter ego, Uncle Jim. The album is an experimental, hip-hop and jazz indebted, spoken word oddity that peaks with the sublime, 16 minute title track. Bishops pissed-off, grumpy delivery sets a unique tone that’s both commanding and intentionally amusing. The music is fairly far away from his eastern flavoured work in Sun City Girl’s or under his other solo moniker, Alvarius B but carries that same spirit of adventure and subversive, impish humour. All I can say is that there’s nothing else quite like it.


Amplifier Worship
Amplifier Worship

5.0 out of 5 stars Boris power!, 7 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Amplifier Worship (Audio CD)
I already had a copy of their 'Smile' LP (and I've heard a few others) but after seeing Boris live recently I just had to get another album by these awesome Japanese sludge-rock legends. If you haven't seen them live I can't reccommend them enough; a double-necked guitar, a massive gong,a singing (and very enthusiastic)drummer, and layers of bone rattling noise! Boris use stacks of huge amplifiers live so this albums title couldn't be more perfect. 'Amplifier Worship' also manages to transalte that sense of huge, overwhelming power that the band wield live- as if to further emphsise this the first track is called 'Huge'. 'Huge' is nine-minutes of deathly slow doom-rock riffage and Sunn0))) levels of volume- it's incredible. Boris have a pretty eclectic sound but 'Amplifier Worship' definately focuses on their love of doom-rock, heavy-psychedelia and the Melvins. It's an uncomprimising, experimental album with a few of the tracks stretching out into 15 minute beamoths- they sound brilliant on headphones! A great Boris album........


Breaking God's Heart
Breaking God's Heart

5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Breaker......, 6 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Breaking God's Heart (Audio CD)
Hefner's debut LP is something of an indie classic and serves as the ideal introduction to gifted songwriter Darren Hayman. There's something of the awkward adolescent in some of these songs but coupled with a more mature, more experienced perspective.........there's odes to a 'Librarian' and a 'Sad Witch' and even a 'Hymn to the Postal Service' (one of Haymans finest songs). Darrens gone on to build a committed fanbase and critical acclaim with his solo projects (including 2011 double album 'January Songs' where he wrote a song for each day of the month) but this is where it all started...


Lost Highway
Lost Highway
Price: £7.57

4.0 out of 5 stars Something Wicked..., 4 July 2012
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This review is from: Lost Highway (Audio CD)
Recently decided to pick up some Lynch soundtracks, I really enjoyed his recent full length musical debut- 'Crazy Clown Time' and thought it was high time I purchased some of his films soundtracks. The music on Lost Highway is a mixture of Angelo Badalament's score (he's the guy who usually works on Lynch's films and often sets that distinctive Lynchian tone) and other artists. This one containing tracks by Rammstein (a brilliant industrial, riff-heavy tune), a couple by Marilyn Manson (his cover of 'I Put a Spell on You' is actually great), some lounge music from ex-Bad Seed Barry Adamson and a few things by king-of-nineties-industrial-music Trent Reznor (NIN). There's also one of my favourite Smashing Pumpkins songs in the New Order-esque 'Eye' and an underrated Bowie tune appropriately called 'I'm Deranged' (from '95s 'Outside' album). The Lou Reed track is a good rock 'n' roll tune too.

The music of course sounds even better in context; watch the film and then pick up the soundtrack to fully appriciate how good the whole thing is. I'm not really a massive fan of Manson or Reznor but they sound great here. Lost Highway is probably my favourite Lynch film and while the music here has become less iconic (in relation to the film) then, say, Roy Orbisons' 'In Dreams' in Blue Velvet it still fits the film perfectly. If there's any complaint it would be the absense of This Mortal Coil's haunting version of 'Song to the Siren', it's used in a fairly crucial scene in the film too. After this have a listen to the soundtrack for Fire Walk With Me (especially the brilliantly brooding 'The Pink Room')..........


Worst Case Scenario (Deluxe Edition)
Worst Case Scenario (Deluxe Edition)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deus debut masterpiece..., 4 Jun 2012
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Loved this album for years but only recently picked up this rather great Deluxe Edition. Along with the original album you get the super rare 'Zea EP' and a DVD jam-packed-full of quality extras. The original album is a must if you haven't got it already; a heady mix of Beefheart indebted strangness, Tom Waits' twisted-jazz, huge rock guitars and surreal lyrics! It came in the midst of 'grunge' but is far too clever/bonkers and arty for that label (although the lead single, 'Suds & Soda' did get played on MTV). The 'Zea EP' is in a similar vain and well worth your time while the DVD is great. There's a load of live performances and a documentary called 'Time Is the State of my Jeans' which has some revealing interviews with the band, the record label and some famous fans. The line-up responsible for 'Worst Case Scenario' split after making the album and while Tom Barman kept going and made an arguably more consistent slice of genius (The Ideal Crash!) there's not many bands that could make an album as unique and exciting as Deus' debut! If you're unsure just have a listen to the singles 'Suds n Soda', 'Via' and 'Hotel Lounge (Be the Death of Me)'. Absolute magic.


A+E
A+E
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Graham album!, 5 April 2012
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This review is from: A+E (Audio CD)
Graham Coxon is in a fairly unique position. He's the guitarist for one of the biggest bands of the last twenty years at the same time as being something of an indie-rock, cult hero. A situation not unlike one of Coxons heros, Syd Barrett. I'm a big fan of all of his solo albums and would reccommend any of them if you're new to his stuff (check out the 'Goldan D' for Coxon in full-on punk mode, 'Crow Sit on Blood Tree' for a mix of dark folk and the occational 100mph rock song and 'The Kiss of Morning' for some beautiful heartbreakers)....

His last album, 'The Spinning Top' saw Graham dive head-first into his love of all things Nick Drake and John Martyn; this time couldn't be more different. The acoustic shades of 'The Spinning Top' have been replaced with Grahams trademark electric-guitar wizardry; some tracks definately cover new ground though. 'City Hall' embraces a krautrock influence and feeds it through Grahams punk-pop know-how while 'Running for your Life' is Coxon at his off-the-wall best. The dance-inducing 'What'll it Take' uses repitition to its advatage as Graham repeatedly asks, "what'll it take to make you people dance!?" while 'Knife in the Cast' could be a beautifully strange and lethargic Blur b-side cira the self-titled album. Most of the album is incredibly energetic though; just listen to the aforementioned 'Running for your Life'.

Overall A+E is a noisy, exciting, ridiculous and throughly entertaining listen. His most popular album so far, 'Happiness in Magazines' while undeniably great at times sounded more like a Blur album than a Graham Coxon one but 'A + E' is pure Coxon; eccentric, awkward, kinda angry and kinda cheeky. And that's a very good thing indeed!

The DVD extras are pretty sweet too, the live footage shows what an exciting performer he is and there's some explanations for some of the songs (seems a lot of these one's came from improv's).


Dead Magick
Dead Magick

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning psych-rock!, 30 Mar 2012
This review is from: Dead Magick (Audio CD)
An incredible album born of an epiphany the singer had when attending Mexico's Day of the Dead festival. To condense the back story I read, it goes a little like this; the artistic innovator behind the Dead Skeletons project and the Dead Magik album you're considering buying right now was incredibly ill (having been diagnosed HIV positive) and was on a pretty self-destructive path (drugs and such) when he saw a sign on a wall at the festival that translated as "he who fears death cannot enjoy life". This became the manta for the opening track, `Dead Mantra' and the spark for the wonderful album that follows (I read that tale in free music paper Stool Pigeon by the way). A heady blend of chanting, heavy-psychedelia and hypnotic repetition.... A phenomenal album, really life affirming and it kicks some serious ass at the same time...a truly rock 'n' roll experiance that's free of the cliches that sometimes get in the way....

Musically expect a mix of White Hills and The Brian Jonestown Massacre combined with messed-up Krautrock vibes and shamanistic chants. It's a pretty original album and a sound that's difficult to describe but hopefully that gives you an idea.......Do what I did, download `Dead Mantra' first and then tell me it's not the best thing you've heard in years?


January Songs
January Songs
Price: £10.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 6 Mar 2012
This review is from: January Songs (Audio CD)
'January Songs' is a collection of 30 songs that ex-Hefner frontman Darren Hayman wrote over January (one a day!). Much like The Magnetic Fields '69 Love Songs' the quantity of the songs never outweighs the quality; Haymans been perfecting his craft for years now and knows his way round a good tune. Darrens been very prolific recently and this release follows hot-on-the- heels of 'The Ships Piano', an album of piano ballads. Despite the prevalence of concepts in his recent output it's the songwritting that takes center stage as usual; a mixture of acoustic laments, folk singalongs and lo-fi/twee indie. There's a few guest spots on this album too, including Gordan Mclntyre of Scottish indie-types Ballboy, Jack Hayter (ex-Hefner bandmate) and the Wave Pictures. It's a very 'indie' affair but it would be a shame if it was purely Haymans fanbase that bought this album. An engrossing and hugely enjoyable listen, this'll be the soundtrack to many a quiet night in. Gorgeous.


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