Author: Ben Yung

Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS – ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988’ (album review)

Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS – ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988’ (album review)

With the best name in indie rock and a style that can best be described as Ariel Pink co-hosting an episode of Sesame Street with Elmo, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS‘ sophomore album, ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988’, is a riot. Its eleven songs are more fun than singing the “Pinball Number Count” or “C Is for Cookie”. […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th is filled with songs from artists who either were on Artists to Watch list or one of our 61 Most Anticipated Albums. There are, of course, one newcomer and a couple of bands that we didn’t have on our radar when it came to new albums. Dr. Dog – “Listening In” (Philadelphia, USA) RIYL: My […]

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Juan de Fuca – ‘Solve/Resolve’ (album review)

Juan de Fuca – ‘Solve/Resolve’ (album review)

R.E.M., Drive-by Truckers, of Montreal, The B-52s, and Juan de Fuca? “Juan de who?” you might be asking. If you’re a history buff, you’re thinking that Juan de Fuca is a famous 16th Century Greek explorer and not five blokes from the southeast American city that made college radio popular. Fast forward to 2018, and Jack Cherry (vocals), Jack Webster […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 16th

The Matinee ’18 January 16th

We obviously have to start the day with a tune from The Cranberries. For many of us, they were one of the bands with whom we grew up and helped us get through the lean high school and college days. Their albums, particularly Everybody Else Is Doing It, so Why Can’t We? and No Need To Argue remain among our […]

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘Wrong Creatures’ (album review)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘Wrong Creatures’ (album review)

Seventeen years ago, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announced themselves with their fantastic debut, B.R.M.C. It wasn’t just a celebrated album – it had some critics calling the band “revolutionaries” because they were making psychedelic and garage rock relevant once again. Maybe the term was unfairly applied to the Los Angeles-based trio, but it was clear Peter Hayes (vocals/guitar), Robert Levon Been […]

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Shame – ‘Songs of Praise’ (album review)

Shame – ‘Songs of Praise’ (album review)

Is it too early to say that one of the year’s best albums has arrived? Given 2018 is only 15 days old, it is likely the case, but Shame‘s debut LP, Songs of Praise, will not be immediately forgotten. For that matter, this post-punk titan of a record will long be remembered come December because, unlike so much music these […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2

Once again, due to the avalanche of new music released this week, today we have two mini-playlists. The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2 features songs by some familiar names and others you ought to know. To hear Part 1, click here.   Loma – “Relay Runner” (Dripping Springs, TX and New York City, USA) Loma by LOMA RIYL: […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 1

Due to the avalanche of new music that has arrived over the past 36 hours, we’ve opted to split the The Matinee ’18 January 11th edition into two parts, dividing the 16 songs alphabetically. Part 2 is available here. Without further delay, let’s get to the music. The Cavves – “Beaches” (Wichita, KS, USA) RIYL: Dick Diver, Wavves, The Regrettes […]

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Corniglia – ‘Corniglia’ (album review)

Corniglia – ‘Corniglia’ (album review)

 Who knew Perth, Australia would be the new music hotbed on the planet? Everyone knows Kevin Parker’s outfit Tame Impala and fellow psychedelic warlords POND, but the city that straddles the Indian Ocean is also home to some of the world’s finest artists. In 2017, for instance, Stella Donnelly was named Triple J Unearthed’s Artist of the Year, which […]

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Alanna Eileen – ‘Keepsake’ (EP review)

Alanna Eileen – ‘Keepsake’ (EP review)

The phrase, “put on your headphones”, is often associated with the energy and bass-heavy music found in hip hop, dance, electronic, pop, and occasionally rock music. It also applies to Alanna Eileen‘s music because only with your favorite buds on can you truly appreciate the delicate beauty expressed on her sophomore EP, Keepsake. The Melbourne-born, New Zealand-based singer-songwriter’s style is […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 9th

The Matinee ’18 January 9th

Yesterday, Wendy shared six smooth and laid-back tunes to ease us into the new year. The Matinee ’18 January 9th edition, meanwhile, amps up the intensity somewhat to get the adrenaline flowing. There are a couple of songs that will help you relax, but they, too, will captivate you in different ways. Death By Unga Bunga – “Into The Night” […]

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Thirty 2017 Albums Not to Be Overlooked

Thirty 2017 Albums Not to Be Overlooked

Do you know someone a huge music fan who knows artists and bands that most people would not know? That person you go to for new music advice or has a vinyl collection that overwhelms yours? How do you impress this person? We’re here to help you, offering Thirty 2017 Albums Not to Be Overlooked. You’re sure to find something […]

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The Matinee December 7th

The Matinee December 7th

The Matinee December 7th is rarity – each of the nine artists and bands have previously been showcased before, either on one of our daily playlists or in another feature. Some, however, have not released anything new in a little while others are gearing up for a massive 2018. Anna Burch – “Tea-Soaked Letter” (Detroit, USA) RIYL: Jay Som, Fazerdaze, […]

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The Matinee December 5th

The Matinee December 5th

Wendy started the week of with some rockers, and we continue the trend with more upbeat fare on The Matinee December 5th. This is the last week of 2017 that we’ll be sharing new singles, so we may as well go out with a bang.   BEACH RIOT – “She’s a Hurricane” (London/Brighton, England)  RIYL: Queens of the Stone […]

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White Room – ‘Eight’ (EP review)

White Room – ‘Eight’ (EP review)

For anyone who has followed the five Brightonions who call themselves White Room for the past two years already know they are one of the most promising and underrated psychedelic bands around. While fellow Brits Temples helped usher in a new wave of neo-psychedelia, Jake Smallwood (vocals/synths), Jacob Newman (guitar), Tristan Sava (guitar/keys), Josie McNamara (bass), and Hen Sava (drums) […]

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Hater – ‘Red Blinders’ (EP review)

Hater – ‘Red Blinders’ (EP review)

Red Blinders by Hater Despite their name, Hater is a band that everyone will love, assuming you have not done so already. Earlier this year, they released their spellbinding debut album, You Tried, which evidenced the Malmö-based quartet’s ability to effortlessly write songs that are devastating in their lyrical impact yet bewitching to hear. Demonstrating that there are no limits […]

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LOVE X STEREO – ’37B’ (album review)

LOVE X STEREO – ’37B’ (album review)

Everyone by now knows what K-pop is thanks to PSY, but the Korean music scene is far richer and more diverse than the stuff Park Jae-sang introduced to the world in 2012. In his mini-documentary, singer-songwriter Gallant investigated the rise of Korean R&B. When Pyeongchang County hosts the XXIII Winter Olympic Games in February, people will discover the massive wave of […]

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The Matinee November 30th

The Matinee November 30th

A strong Commonwealth presence is felt on the Matinee November 30th edition. Of the nine artists and bands featured, eight hail from the UK or Australia and the other one comes from the US. It’s just one of those days where a small part of the world released some of the best new music of the past few days. There […]

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The Matinee November 28th

The Matinee November 28th

Nine songs from artists and bands representing multiple countries. It’s what you expect to find on The Matinee November 28th edition. Six of the songs are from Europe, two from Australasia, and the final one from an American band we’ve come to really adore. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these great new tunes.   Annie Taylor – “Wasted Youth” (Zurich, […]

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Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes – ‘Four Waters’ (EP review)

Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes – ‘Four Waters’ (EP review)

 A few may giggle when seeing the name Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes and think are likely some emo or punk band. The Stockholm-based quartet’s music, however, is nothing to laugh about. In the year they’ve been releasing material, Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes have firmly established themselves as one of indie-pop’s most promising outfits. They’ve demonstrated in their young career […]

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