Saturday, October 21, 2006


ATLANTICS Self-titled (Something Hot) It makes complete sense that in a rock scene obsessed with the new wave of the post-punk era that bands like Atlantics should be given a second chance to be heard and appreciated. Especially as this eponymous collection features songs previously unreleased for more than 20 years! It matters not because, rock fans of every age should be able to dig these vibrant, energetic, refreshing songs. Highly recommended. Go get it!

GRAN BEL FISHER Full Moon Cigarette (Hollywood) This 24 year old singer-songwriter has loads going for him – looks, major record deal, songs on Grey’s Anatomy and a unique voice. With a sound that straddles classic rock (Led Zepellin, Bruce Springsteen) and modern geek rock (Coldplay, Radiohead), Fisher has a good chance of appealing to different poles of the rock spectrum. Worth the investigation.

ALEC GROSS & THE DISTRICTS Win? Or Lose? (Solebury Mountain) Heartfelt and rustic, Alec Gross delivers Americana heartland rock that hearkens back to decades of roots rockers. Certainly, Gross leans more to the pop-rock side of the equation than the country & western and thus should be recommended to fans of Uncle Tupelo, the Jayhawks and very early Wilco.

LEE SCRATCH PERRY Panic in Babylon (Narnack) What will you be doing at age 70? How about releasing potent music and touring? Well, that’s exactly what the legendary Lee Scratch Perry is up to in his 70th year on planet earth. His deeply influential reggae and dub is still as vital as when it first appeared in the late 60s. Panic to Babylon continues to enhance the reputation of the grand old man.

THE EASY ALL-STARS Radiodread (Easy Star) I guess you could call this a novelty record, seeing as it translates every single track of Radiohead’s classic OK Computer into reggae and dub! Well, actually, this is a sequel to a previous reggae interpretation of Dark Side of the Moon, which was a stronger collection overall. Still, I will recommend Radiodread for the magnificent version of Karma Police, which really trounces the original – no mean feat!

(THE SOUNDS OF) KALEIDOSCOPE Self-titled (Hackshop) Imagine if Pavement had surfaced during the Paisley Underground era and you might get some idea of what (The Sounds of) Kaleidoscope is about. The songs are a strange mix of atonal lo-fi slacker rock and psychedelia with a little shoegaze thrown in. Personally, I would prefer stronger melodies but the tracks are atmospheric and hypnotic enough to maintain interest.

ANNY Naked (Uncommon) This is pop certainly but with an adult orientation. The sound is polished and slick and would sit comfortably on modern pop playlists but somehow, Naked never gets the pulse racing. A little too controlled for my taste but definitely, Anny has a good voice, if only she wasn’t quite so restrained…

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