LIFT TO EXPERIENCE “THE TEXAS-JERUSALEM CROSSROADS” REVIEW
Feb15

LIFT TO EXPERIENCE “THE TEXAS-JERUSALEM CROSSROADS” REVIEW

LIFT TO EXPERIENCE ‘The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads’ (Mute) Unbelievably I missed this epic beaut the first time round. I knew the band name but always got them confused with Explosions In The Sky. It was only when I belonged to the Rough Trade Album of the Month club and received Josh T Pearson’s hushed gem of an album “Last Of The Country Gentleman” that I got fully immersed into Josh’s unrivalled hallowed...

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SLEATER-KINNEY “LIVE IN PARIS” REVIEW
Feb09

SLEATER-KINNEY “LIVE IN PARIS” REVIEW

SLEATER-KINNEY ‘Live In Paris’ (Sub Pop) I’ve been following Sleater-Kinney’s Janet Weiss on Twitter (@jazzhand) and she’s been essential reading in this post Trump, alt fact, fake news era, an era which cries out for bands like Sleater-Kinney and the newly resurgent Team Dresch. Sleater-Kinney were formed from riot grrrl royalty. Corin Tucker was part of a band Heavens To Betsy whose promo tape album I...

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“SHARON SIGNS TO CHERRY RED” COMPILATION – REVIEW
Feb01

“SHARON SIGNS TO CHERRY RED” COMPILATION – REVIEW

‘SHARON SIGNS TO CHERRY RED’ compilation (School Daze) A while back, good friend to Velvet Sheep fanzine, Julie Cafritz of Pussy Galore chose as her “song for ewe” a tune i’d never heard before – “Launderette” by Vivien Goldman. It was one of the best choices we’ve had on these pages, I bought it and played it loads. Here’s a reminder of how Julie described it… JULIE...

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NIGHTINGALES “BECOME NOT BECOMING” EP – Review
Jan27

NIGHTINGALES “BECOME NOT BECOMING” EP – Review

NIGHTINGALES ‘Become Not Becoming’ (Tiny Global Productions) To conclude our Nightingales week on Velvet Sheep, today the new record is out, and it’s a fizzing firecracker as befits a record whose opening lyrics are “don’t wanna be all work and no play” and whose opening song has the self-effacing title “B-Side At Best”. Not only are Robert Lloyd’s lyrics always playfully sardonic, they are...

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THEE MVPs debut album (finally)!
Dec07

THEE MVPs debut album (finally)!

THEE MVPs are a bunch of MC5 loving miscreants that feature a genuine Gravesender, the Punk-a-hontus that is Charlie Wyatt, and now they’ve got a debut album (finally) despite wrecking house parties all over, bringing a little bit of Castle Face Records to Rochester Castle (or at least its environs). The album is “Most Valuable Players”, a nod of course to the bandname, and with its collection of singles to date,...

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MOBY ‘These Systems Are Failing’ – ALBUM REVIEW
Nov08

MOBY ‘These Systems Are Failing’ – ALBUM REVIEW

MOBY & THE VOID PACIFIC CHOIR ‘These Systems Are Failing’ Album Review In 1999 no record collection was complete without a copy of Moby’s ‘Play’. People congratulated themselves at dinner parties for owning it and students used it as a key weapon in their arsenal of seduction. What many might not know is Moby was, and still is, a punk rocker, a metalhead even. It’s this Moby we welcome back with...

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