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Favours For Sailors – Furious Sons (Saddle Creek)

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Favours For Sailors
Furious Sons
Saddle Creek

Love at first listen is something of the emperors new clothes of the music industry. What hits you initially with a sugar high, pupil dilating delirium sounds staid and forced after only a handful of rotations. However, roaring well into double figure plays and I’m still writing up my ‘Records of 2009’ charts with ‘Favours For Sailors’ debut mini album ‘Furious Sons’ teaching Steven Gerrard and co just how to fight for a title.
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Dan Deacon – Bromst (Carpark Records)

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Dan Deacon
Bromst
Carpark Records

Bromst is the latest outing from prolific electro-acoustic New Yorker Dan Deacon. It’s a collection of hazy quirkpop outings that dance along slowly seeping in through the back door of your mind, like a cross between Kevin Shields and James Yuill. Bizarrely most of the album was debuted live by an ensemble Deacon collected together at the Masonic Temple in New York.
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The Balky Mule – The Length Of The Rail (FatCat)

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The Balky Mule
The Length Of The Rail
Fat Cat

The Balky Mule trades in quirksome electrofolk numbers. The mule himself is non other than Bristolian multi-instrumentalist Sam Jones. Jones has now emigrated to Melbourne Australia, but ‘The Length of The Rail’ collects together works from over the last 5 years mostly created in Bristol.
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Written by Jonathan

March 9, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Storsveit Nix Noltes – Royal Family – Divorce (FatCat)

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Storsveit Nix Noltes
Royal Family – Divorce
Fat Cat Records

There are some universal truths about being Icelandic. You have probably seen Bjork and Damon Albarn stumbling around the capital, You almost certainly dislike bankers right now…and, far more importantly, you have been onto the shimmering beauty of ‘Royal Family – Divorce’, for nearly 2 years now.
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Written by Jonathan

March 9, 2009 at 11:50 pm

…and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – The Century Of Self (Justice)

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…And You Will Know US By The Trail Of Dead
The Century Of Self
Justice

Sometimes the very relationships that are supposed to nurture and inspire us to new heights are the very same that keep you trapped in a quagmire of frustration and resentment. Since the critical pinnacle of ‘Source, Tags and Codes’ in 2002 this has been a fair assessment of the feelings between …Trail of Dead and their ex label Interscope. This push me pull you confrontation ended in 2007 when the band finally cut off their association with Interscope off at the head and embarked into a brave new contractless world, with galvanising effect.
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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Beware (Domino)

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Beware
Domino

It’s the 10th anniversary of the first time mercurial songwriter and artist Will Oldham adopted the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy moniker on the sublime ‘I See A Darkness’. Oldham marks an industrious decade as the ‘Prince’ with ‘Beware’, an expansive and ambitious journey into the fractious nature of human connection and relationships that marks Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billys 7th full length outing.
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Written by Jonathan

March 9, 2009 at 3:57 am

Condo Fucks – Fuckbook (Matador)

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Condo Fucks
Fuckbook
Matador

In a wicked teenage prank to expose the kid in school that claimed to have heard every unreleased demo or b-side by any band you could name we once invented an obscure US garage band. had we attended the same school Yo La Tengo and I may have been fast friends.
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Written by Jonathan

March 9, 2009 at 3:50 am