Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind

Domino Recording Co. (2009) (A FACT presentation) Here’s an EP from low-key Maryland beat combo, the Animal Collective. They released a fine little album way back at the start of this year, Merriweather Post Pavilion, that could really have done with a bit more publicity. Perhaps it was just released at the wrong time: ACContinue reading “Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind”

Clutch – Strange Cousins From the West

Weathermaker (2009) Clutch, those grizzled Maryland rock veterans, have been kicking out various forms of jam since the early 90s. Their sound has taken in post-hardcore, aggro-stoner and retro boogie rock. Which makes us wonder: which Clutch will turn up this time? It’s pretty impossible to dislike Clutch, unless you dislike rock itself. Firm cultContinue reading “Clutch – Strange Cousins From the West”

Future Islands and Ear Pwr

Royal Park Cellar, 13 September 2009 It was just another low-energy Sunday evening in the half-local, half-student Royal Park pub. Few engaged with the balding pool tables, and the karaoke machine thankfully held a dignified silence. But, in the pub’s cellar, a number of creative characters were setting about lighting up the evening’s too-early duskContinue reading “Future Islands and Ear Pwr”

Ear Pwr

I’m off to see this lot tomorrow. Technically today, in the calendar sense, but really tomorrow. In the sleeps sense. I had meant to review the Ear Pwr album for Fact, but unfortunately didn’t get round to it after returning from Iran. Anyway, their album has the same name as this song, and is brilliant,Continue reading “Ear Pwr”