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August 13, 2007

On their second and apparently final album, Ritalin have grated away most of the melody and harmony from their music, especially through the constantly scowling vocals. What the album does have by way of melody from the guitars kicks out of synch like a backstarting motor – and it is fucking magnificent.

August 13, 2007

Blame the finicky musical times we live in but, suddenly, gloom seems to be back in vogue. From Arcade Fire’s critical adulation to Editors arena sized take on Joy Division, gloom seems to be everywhere.

August 13, 2007

Tonight I’m going to set my alarm to awaken me with the glorious sound of Vorn. I want to start tomorrow in a good mood. Vorn’s a man who thankfully allows me to do this with his blend of psychedelic, circus, pop-tastic ready mix smorgasboard of well constructed songs. Elvis Costello once said that, “Writing […]

August 13, 2007

Once again Ryan Adams has perfected that sexy, tortured soul look on the cover of his new album, Easy Tiger. This is his ninth album in a seven-year solo career, and fans have unfortunately come to expect a certain level of inconsistency with the quality of each new release of his.

August 13, 2007

A 4-CD box set, Joy Division’s Heart and Soul is a must have for anyone with a disposition towards the morose. It includes nearly every song the band recorded 1977-80; before the band’s sudden demise after lead singer Ian Curtis hung himself at age 23.

August 6, 2007

Tuesday night was drizzly and miserable, and who better to get cosy with than The Clientele. With support from Dunedin legend Bob Scott (the Clean, the Bats), these four lovely Londoners provided a warm mixture of mellow, wafting pop tunes and the occasional bout of harder rock noise, delighting the modest (hey, it was a […]

August 6, 2007

Anonymous is the third album from indigenously inspired 3-piece band Tomahawk. Mike Patton (vocals, keys, percussion, electronics), Duane Denison (guitars and bass guitars) and John Stanier (drums, percussion), work hard to explore the historical, the ethnic, and arguably, the sublime truth of North American Indian culture.

August 6, 2007

Auckland four-piece Surf City (previously known as Kill Surf City) have dropped an absolute gem with this magnificent self-titled E.P. Honestly, I’ve just listened to it a dozen times in a row, and I’m still not satisfied.

August 6, 2007

On Saturday the 11th of August three piece Hamilton based “restrained indie synth pop” group, the Deadly Deaths are heading our way to play at gig at MVP with Little Pictures, Matthew Holleman and Peneloping. So in the name of journalistic integrity Salient Music Editor, Stacey Knott caught up with singer/keyboardist Tuhua Mutu, who is […]