wed 23/04/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Pixies - Indie Cindy

Guy Oddy

 “What Goes On”, opening track of Pixies first album since 1991’s Trompe Le Monde, proves a suitably thrilling beginning for a set that has been much anticipated by fans who may have been concerned that Black Francis’ crew were happy as a heritage act. The chugger-chugger rhythm combines with plenty of volume and feedback and suggests a band that isn’t just going through the motions. This should cause massed sighs of relief to those who haven’t heard these songs over the three EPs and a...

DVD: Kill Your Darlings

Katie Colombus

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow – meet Allen Ginsberg, before the beard. Daniel Radcliffe plays an 18-year-old version of the infamous beat poet in the defining moments of the artist as a young man, and the true-life episode that created the genre.A bespectacled, sheltered, bookish Jew, Ginsberg frees himself from the shackles of a mentally ill mother and dodges the shadow of a middle-class education provided for by his bourgeoisie poet father Louis Ginsberg, by heading off to Columbia...

CD: Iggy Azalea - The New Classic

Lisa-Marie Ferla

She may only be 23, but Iggy Azalea got off to a good start with those of us a good decade older last month when the video accompanying her single “...

CD: Olga Bell – Krai

Kieron Tyler

Krai – Край – is employed in Russia to label tracts of land separating regions or marking borders. These liminal places each have their own name,...

CD: Faze Action - Body of One

Thomas H Green

British brothers Simon and Robin Lee – AKA Faze Action - have been bubbling under the radar for a couple of decades. There was a point in the late...

DVD: Seven Samurai

Graham Fuller

There's much more to Kurosawa's scintillating 16th-century epic than kinetic fight scenes

CD: King Of The Mountains - Zoetrope

Joe Muggs

Voluptuous clouds in a genre with no name

CD: Kelis - Food

Thomas H Green

Full-flavoured sixth album from one of pop's most intriguing women

DVD: That Sinking Feeling

Graham Rickson

Low-budget Glaswegian crime comedy shines in a new restoration

CD: Wallis Bird - Architect

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Irish songbird embraces the unexpected on genre-bending fourth album

Reissue CDs Weekly: Vee-Jay Records

Kieron Tyler

Massive 269-track tribute to the great Chicago independent label

CD: Led Bib - The People in your Neighbourhood

Guy Oddy

Mercury-nominated jazzers return with plenty of new sounds

CD: Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love

Russ Coffey

The pretty boy from Paisley ventures into new territory

DVD: Violent Saturday

Kieron Tyler

Audacious Fifties hybrid of bank-heist caper and melodrama

CD: Wrangler - LA Spark

Thomas H Green

Electronic underground supergroup deliver science fiction sounds

CD: Phronesis - Life to Everything

Peter Quinn

Another transporting live album captures the trio at its most joyously direct

DVD: The Atom Egoyan Collection

Nick Hasted

Enigmatic Armenian-Canadian director's best work boxed

CD: EMA - The Future's Void

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Uncompromising songwriter takes on Big Data on an uncomfortably brilliant album

Reissue CDs Weekly: Gram Parsons

Kieron Tyler

The early days of America’s great musical visionary

CD: SOHN - Tremors

Aimee Cliff

4AD's new signee makes nuanced pop music that takes its sweet time

CD: Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit

Thomas H Green

Patchy third album from "I Need A Dollar" singer

CD: Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast

Guy Oddy

Sub poppers fail to enthuse after 16-year break

CD: Marius Neset & Trondheim Jazz Orchestra - Lion

Matthew Wright

Norwegian saxophone virtuoso challenges Trondheim's collective with large-scale compositions

CD: Aisha Orazbayeva - The Hand Gallery

Joe Muggs

Elvis, Reich and John Cale - natural bedfellows?

DVD: Wonderwall

Kieron Tyler

Hippy-era curio soundtracked by George Harrison and an inspiration for Oasis

CD: Kaiser Chiefs - Education, Education, Education & War

Lisa-Marie Ferla

New line-up, new experiments - but are Ricky Wilson's crew still Chiefs?

Reissue CDs Weekly: Elton John

Kieron Tyler

The full story of a classic on belated 40th-anniversary edition of 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

DVD: Le mani sulla città

David Nice

Uncompromising political drama about property-development horrors in 1960s Naples

CD: Band of Skulls - Himalayan

Guy Oddy

Southampton's blues rockers throw in some new flavours


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