You'll find a cornucopia of tasty tunes to bounce off your eardrums. I update with new tunes, art and photography every week, depending on what I'm doing and listening to at the time, old and new. I'm based in London UK but I love to travel and discovery new music along the way and share my musical journey on neoloop.
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Those bearded indie-folk are back with a new LP, their fourth - Antiphon. Following the departure of singer-songwriter Tim Smith in 2012 the band carry on with guitarist Eric Pulido stepping up to frontman. Essentially the bands overall style and sound is in tact, but ultimately this LP falls slightly short of The Trials of Van Occupanther and The Courage of Others. But there are some good psychedelic easy listening tunes that continue down the Fleetwood Mac meets Pink Floyd sound they do so well. The title track builds slowly, rolling in a ’70s baroque sound, Aurora Gone is a mellow floaty folky delight. Vale is an incredible instrumental rock-out jam that Deafheaven would be proud of. Provider is a straight up classic that's totally in tune with Midlake's prog-rock tendencies, with the dizzyingly hypnotic Provider (Reprise) finishing the album with style. Another album, another direction for ever evolving Texas group.
Like this? Try: Fleet Foxes, Tame Impala, John Grant, Midlake's Late Night Tales compilation (released in 2011).
Good to have Bowie back and returning to form, the storming second single from The Next Day is The Stars (are Out Tonight).
One of my favourite albums from last year is the debut from Melody's Echo Chamber. Melody Prochet meets Tame Impala's Kevin Parker to make sweet music together. Parker brings the psychedelia and Prochet swoons with a delicate soulful voice. Melody is a classically trained musician from the French countryside who moved to Paris and fell in love with rock. Enter Kevin Parker and the resulting LP is a rock-pop masterpiece. The influences are bold and executed with authenticity, psychedelic Beatles, Tame Impala (naturally), Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Cocteau Twins, Sterolab, the list goes on but this is a great record that conjures it all together to make an enthralling sound. Melody has taken to covering the odd Serge Gainsbourg tune in her live sets too. A perfect pop album, truly Magnifique! Highly Recommended.
Best Tracks: Endless Shore, I follow You, Crystallized, Some Time Alone, Alone
Also out this month is the Australian psychedelic hypno-groove rockers Tame Impala's 2nd album called Lonerism. The first single Elephant is an obvious launch pad for the LP, but currently this tune is a favourite, I love the accordion hum in the background, the layers of psychedelic guitars cascading through a kaleidoscope of sound. Like a lost Beatles track it's a big highlight on a great album.
RZA unleashes the opening track for his upcoming The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack.
The Baddest Man Alive is a collaboration between RZA and The Black Keys, and it's a badass slab of rock, up there with the best tracks from the Blakroc album, The Black Keys previous venture into Rock/Hip-Hop crossover.
Aside from The Black Keys, The Man With the Iron Fists soundtrack also features new compositions by Kanye West, Ghostface Killah, Pusha T, Raekwon, Wu-Tang Clan and Talib Kweli, as well as RZA collaboration Flatbush Zombies. The soundtrack hits officially on October 23rd, while the film lands in theaters at the start of November.
The film stars Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Byron Mann, RZA, Rick Yune, David Bautista, and Jamie Chung. RZA‘s takes on his directorial debut.
Fans of The Black Keys will undoubtably enjoy Dr. John's latest album, Locked Down. Dr. John has been there done that, making his own brand of music for nearly 50 years, now into his seventies he's made another prolific LP, yet another revival of his unique blend of psychedelic voodoo blues, soul and jazz. No coincidence then that this LP is produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Auerbach is not weighted down by nostalgic paths into the Doctors past success, instead we get the big blues riffs, jagged guitars and dirty production we are used to with The Black Keys. Considering Dr.John is a major influence on the Keys it's good to hear his sound has been enhanced by Dan Auerbach's contribution. A big shot contender for album of the year lists I highly recommend Locked Down.
The Black Keys released El Camino at the end of last year, probably a little to late to feature in the best of the year albums charts. But since various tracks from the album have made single status throughout 2012 it's sure to feature in this years lists. Little Black Submarines contributes to what is a truly great LP. Check out this low-fi video directed by Danny Clinch in a small little bar packed with party rockers, building up from the gentle strum, like a Stairway to Heaven, before exploding into the that monster riff and tearing the roof off the joint. Epic track from a band that for me has secured a place in the Rock'n'Roll hall of fame. Enjoy the video…
© 2012 WMG - Directed by Danny Clinch This is the official video for Little Black Submarines from El Camino.
Heavy Kick-ass Chicks
Saw this band at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park London, playing the small tent. Walked in grabbed a beer and these two rock chicks came on stage. 'We're from LA and we're playing in Hyde Park London which is pretty amazing' (or words to that effect) Basically they kick arse Live and I was very impressed how much noise two girls can make, they are without doubt the female version of The Black Keys crossed with The White Stripes and a bit of classic Kyuss thrown in.
Singing guitarist Lindsey Troy has a hell of voice and heavy blues rock riffs spilling out of her guitar with a smack in the gut and Drummer Julie Edwards is mesmerising. This tune sounds amazing live, just add packed dirty sweaty club for full effect. What's not to like!
Brooklyn indie-rockers Fang Island will release Major, the follow-up to their self-titled 2010 album later this month. Asunder was the first new tune to materialise from the their widely anticipated second LP.
I love the chaotic arrangements and the thumping beats, the band are high-fiving all the way through this, looking forward to full album.
Following up The band's 2009 debut, Post-Nothing Japandroids new set of songs are blistering uplifting! The appropriately titled Celebration Rock is certainly worth celebrating. The Nights of Wine and Roses kicks off the album in fine style. Highly Recommended
Grooves like a bastard
Brooklyn's The Men latest long player Open Your Heart is a refreshing burst of melodic leftfield, expansive rock and distortion. Sometimes full on, sometimes it's just weird but always entertaining. It goes from Nirvana grunge to Fucked up's (the band) psychedelic noise via fat Led Zeppelinesque riffarama! It's also has some off kilter alt-country in Candy, a song of beauty. Cube is like an old Dammed song played by Soundgarden that slaps you in the face and nicks your beer leaving you dazed and confused. Title track Open Your Heart sounds like a 2012 version of Ever fallen in love? by The Buzzcocks.
I keep coming back to this album and it's definitely going to feature in the albums of the year come December.
Like this? Try: The Dammed, The Buzzcocks, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters
Reviewing the albums of the year is a tough task, and it's been a busy year. While considering what will make my top 20 this album crops up. Bill Callahan's Apocalypse has been a slow burner over the year since it's release back in April. Callahan's almost spoken word style of singing has a lot of similarities with Gil Scott-Heron, specially on the track America!. This track Riding For the Feeling is a gorgeously enchanting slow waltz with Callan's strange subversive lyrics and the centre track to one of his best albums to date.
Seven tracks at just 40 minutes - Apocalypse is his third studio album released under his own name, and fourteenth overall when including LPs released as Smog. Already featured in many best of year charts its a recommended late night chill out. That artwork is a painting by the artist Paul Ryan.
The Black Keys - El Camino
Ten years and seven albums down the line The Black Keys latest long player strikes solid gold. Out last month El Camino has rarely left my speakers or headphones since. It's another pummeling throb of retro-blues-rock-stomp of course, but having Brian Burton (AKA Danger Mouse) back to co-produce and co-write the entire album The Keys are primed and aimed for the mainstream. I can highly recommend all the previous 6 albums, the early LP's are naturally rough and raw with grimy rhythm and blues. The last three, Magic Potion, Attack & Release and the breakthrough Brothers have been edging towards big arena domination the world over.
All El Camino's songs are written and composed by Singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney and Brian Burton. In contrast to some of the slower, quieter tracks from Brothers, the songs on El Camino are more uptempo and riff-driven. It has been said that during the tour for Brothers, Dan and Patrick realised that many of Brothers songs were too slow to translate to a live setting, which led them to write more uptempo material for El Camino. Carney said, "This record stemmed from that, the fact that it's easier for our songs to come across well live if they are fast. So we were just trying to make a guitar rock album that was more upbeat than anything we've ever recorded"
So we find ourselves with one hell of a heavy slab of rock here, first single Lonely boy kicks off the album in full throttle with a Duane Eddy 50's rock foundation before it absolutely bulldozes into the next track Dead and Gone with a new found fury. The sound then goes head first into this track Gold on the Ceiling, which sounds like T-Rex jamming in a dirty strip club. All glam-nasty rock and big bombastic choruses with plenty of Bolan Boogie. Little Black Submarines slows things down to a blues ballad, until two minutes in that is, then it bursts into a distorted Tom Petty-esque riff. The last three but one tracks are sure fire crowd pleasers from Hell of a Season, a big arena-rocking tune, to the shimmy shimmy pomp of Stop Stop and the standout track Nova Baby which will have the crowd singing in unison with their hands in the air.
The Black Keys are determined to reinvigorate rock’n’roll from the roots up and with El Camino they are succeeding. The best rock record of 2011 Highly Recommended.
The Rapture return with new LP In The Grace of Your Love. It's another eclectic mix of styles from party rave-ups to indie-dance cross-overs. This is a class tune with looping piano riff that sticks in your head. More on this later...
After doing Neoloop's albums of the year for 2010 I've been giving the selection a good airing. The one that I keep coming back to is John Grant's Queen of Denmark. Every track offers something different and grows with every listen. From powerful americana ballads to quirky leftfield pop. Grant's extraordinary vocal range is accompanied with a songwriting talent of highest quality. Witty lyrics are given an exuberant backing by the band Midlake. It's an eclectic array of music and on the first few listens your just in love with the richness of it all. Further investigation reveals the lyrical diversity in the strange and dark subject matter - tortured confessions of lost love and addiction. It's moving and funny at the same time and is a credit to Grant's songwriting prowess.
He recently launched his career as a solo artist after being persuaded by Midlake by offering him their services, having previously been lead vocalist with alternative rock band The Czars. Releasing Queen of Denmark LP back in April 2010. Highly Recommended.
Picked up this CD in Earwax record shop in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, although it's got nothing to do with USA. Sarolta Zalatnay (born Charlotte Sacher 1947) is a Hungarian singer from Budapest (better known to her fans as Cini) in her home country Cini is something of the superstar. This track is from a reissue by Finders Keepers Records in 2007. It's full of Kitsch 60's pop music put through a mangle of distorted guitars, heavy percussion and fractured electronics. There are so many breakbeats on here for hip hoppers to pillage from. Like a Serge Gainsbourg penned Eurovision hit with Jimmy Page on guitar together with the Meters as a backing band. Sarolta's vocals soaring above all the Psychodelia.
Like this? Try: Serge Gainsbourg, Maryla Radowics, Marta Kubisova
Tame Impala's follow up the wonderful self titled EP with the LP InnerSpeaker, This is another psychedelic slab of stoner rock. Love the melody of this track, it's got a bit of old Kyuss vibes going on there. All the Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin influences are turned up to 11 with added lush harmonies. Good retro style summer soundtrack.
I'm still completely captivated by this album from The Black Keys, Neoloop featured the first track to be released from their 7th LP Brothers back in March. This track is my new favourite, and while the Danger Mouse produced song has a more polished sound, the rest of the album contains the rough edged production they are accustomed to. Dan Auerbach heavy whiskey soaked croon is as good as ever, and all the heavy blues monster riffs are aplenty. Brothers is self produced by the Black Keys and mixed by Tchad Blake who mixed the Blakroc album and includes a cover of the Jerry Butler classic Never Gonna Give You Up. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Like This? Try: Blakroc, Dan Auerbach, RL Burnside
Fucking love this shit! Some old school Rock'n'Roll style riffage, tearing it up. The tempo changes from a speedy start in to a low-slung dirty groove, and it grooves like a psychedelic hypno-groove bastard! It's two years old this track from the bands self titled EP, although it could have been recorded in the seventies, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple spring to mind. Tame Impala are Kevin Parker, Dom Simper and Jay Watson from Australia, and they are starting to get a little bit of hype over here in the UK.
Like This? Try: Wooden Shjips, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Black Sabbath
Part.1 of Neoloop's Contact triplicate:
This is Wooden Shjips version of the late great Serge Gainsbourg's Contact, Serge's 1967 version featured the beautiful Brigitte Bardot. San Francisco's Wooden Shjips take the tune on stoner rock, trance-inducing psychedelic journey, extending it into an epic 8.23 minutes and stripping it back to the bare essentials. Taken from the bands Vol. 2 LP, the second compilation of hard-to-find Wooden Shjips tracks made up of the band's Sub Pop and Mexican Summer singles and other rare tracks.
Like This? Try: The Doors, Tame Impala, Beyond the Wizards Sleeve
Absolutely loving this new track from the mighty Black Keys, whistles in with a light air before Patrick Carney’s drum beat comes banging in and Dan Auerbach heavy whiskey soaked croon and you think it's business as usual, but this has more polished sound to the previous raw edged production courtesy of Mr. Danger Mouse. But fear not the the heavy blues riffage is all there and the track just builds and builds into a Black keys monster the key changes bring a new psychedelic edge pulled through an echo chamber with maximum effect, glorious!
Taken from their forthcoming album Brothers set for release 18 May, with just this track produced by Danger Mouse it will be interesting to hear how the rest of the album sounds. It's self produced by the Black Keys and mixed by Tchad Blake who mixed the Blakroc album and includes a cover of the Jerry Butler classic Never Gonna Give You Up.
Like This? Try: Blakroc, Dan Auerbach, Broken Bells
Texan outfit Spoon release their seventh album Transference this week in the UK. Who Makes Your Money is hypnotic tune that snakes around your head and keeps your head nodding all day. looping samples and rough edge production feels very organic with an emotional vocal from Britt Daniel. The band formed in 1993, have turned in an enjoyable album that should last well into the summer and beyond. Maybe this one will give them some mainstream success in Europe. Well worth checking this new album and previous long player Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Recommended.
A stunning return from the texan rockers, Children of the Ground is the new Roscoe for 2010.
Midlakes follow up album to the excellent The Trials of Van Occupanther in 2006 is The Courage Of Others, released on 1 February 2010. Their last album was in a territory of relatively untrod ground. However since The Trials of Van Occupanther was released in 2006 other bands such as Fleet Foxes, The Low Anthem and Bon Iver have taken the beardy harmonising MOR to the masses and achieved great commercial success. With The Courage Of Others they have surpassed themselves, this could be the LP that launches them into the arena of commercial rewards. It is an absolute delight, so many great tunes it really is hard to separate them into any single hits. Full of lush folky smoke blowing over the pastoral acoustic guitar picking and a dreamscapes of flutes slowly building into a crescendo of soaring harmonies, utterly captivating. Highly Recommended
Like This Try: Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, Led Zepplin, Bon Iver
Oregon's Yacht adds a bit of electronica swagger to this rock groover, almost crosses over in to a disco stomper! Like the freestyle rap by Yacht at the end, cool! The original track was posted up on neoloop last September.
Wolfmother are an Australian rock band that formed in Erskineville, Sydney in 2000.
Wicked baseline, this tune is begging to be on a movie soundtrack. An emotional build up of sawing riffs and haunting whaling guitars with the rasping tone of Mark Lanegan and one Mike Patton. Taken from the new album Broken.
Soulsavers (also known as The Soulsavers Soundsystem) are an English production and remix team comprised of Rich Machin and Ian Glover.
Sounding like classic heavy metal, with thundering rhythms and sabbath drowns. I've been playing this tune all week. Taken from their forthcoming album, Cosmic Egg out next month.
Wolfmother are an Australian rock band that formed in Erskineville, Sydney in 2000.
Just seen Quentin Tarantino's latest movie Inglourious Basterds, set in the first year of the German occupation of France and the soundtrack is typical Tarantino. Mostly made up of obscure movie soundtracks from the likes of Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin and Charles Bernstein among others. But the most poignant part of the movie is soundtracked to this old David Bowie track (1983), easily the most dramatic part of the movie, it sounds like this track was written specifically for the film, absolutely amazing!
These guys churn out heavier riffs than a sack of full of spanners! Low down dirty blues for modern times. Music don't get any more raw than this shit, it grinds away with gritted teeth to a solid groove of the lord! This track is taken from their fourth album, 'Magic Potion', released September 2006 in the UK. I strongly recommend all their albums, especially 'Magic Potion' and 'Attack and Release'.
The Black Keys first came to my attention when their song 'When the Lights Go Out' was featured on the soundtrack to Samuel L. Jackson's 2007 film Black Snake Moan.
American blues-rock music duo, vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. Formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001.
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