2013 MID YEAR FAVOURITE ALBUMS

Here we are again at list time, halfway through 2013 and already there have been a swathe of great albums released. We’ve been listening to an eclectic mix of stuff as usual including dub electronica, skronking freeform saxophone, abrasive art rock, retro-leaning post punk and heartstring americana. These are the records we’ve loved the most from what we’ve heard this year. There will be others … Continue reading 2013 MID YEAR FAVOURITE ALBUMS

ALBUM REVIEW: Shihad | The Meanest Hits

by Chris Familton Nearing a quarter of a century together and well overdue for a greatest hits compilation, Shihad have put together a 2CD collection that reinforces the claim that they are one of the greatest rock bands to come out of New Zealand. The best-of travels from their early speed metal origins on the Metallica-aping It, through their industrial and post punk influenced debut … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Shihad | The Meanest Hits

NEWS: The Rolling Stones to release new best of, docs and reissues

Things are definitely starting to ramp up in The Rolling Stones camp with a number of recent reissues announced as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. Already we’ve seen the announcement of a new retrospective documentary Crossfire Hurricane that will have a limited theatrtical release and screenings on HBO in the US and BBC in the UK as well as the release of Charlie Is … Continue reading NEWS: The Rolling Stones to release new best of, docs and reissues

ds…twenty five – our favourite releases of 2010

That’s it then, 2010 done and dusted and although it wasn’t the best year ever for new music there were some damn fine records released. This year we’re seeing an even more eclectic mix of flavours coming through from witch house, minimal electronica, americana, experimental and the all encompassing indie tag. Have a look at what we loved through the year, click on the covers … Continue reading ds…twenty five – our favourite releases of 2010