Dec 24 2012

Christmas… with a twist

The Snowman at Paige's house- Montecito Heights, LA.

Happy Christmas or anything else you are celebrating. Here are a couple of tunes with a twist to get you into the holiday spirit.

The Hives joined up with Cyndi Lauper a few years back to release what is the ultimate anti-christmas anthem. It works a treat although Miss Lauper‘s transition from just a girl who just wants to have fun to “going down on your mother” is pretty extreme. I blame The Hives.

Before Braille are an Arizona band who unleashed a string of amazing releases in the middle of the 00’s. Remaining largely under the radar “Merry Christmas, I’m cheating” showcases frontman David Jensen‘s knack for a melody and sharp lyrical wit.



May 1 2011

Weekend Videos: The Computers – Music Is Dead

Here is the new single and accompanying video from The Computers whose debut album ‘This Is The Computer‘ comes out this month.

The Essex 4-piece have come a long way since crashing on John ‘Speedo’ Reis‘ floor to record this album. the Rocket From A Crypt / Hot Snakes frontman took the band under his wing producing their tight as fuck balls out debut in just 4 days.

Music Is Dead‘ come across like a particularly bloody bar brawl between The Hives and Motörhead. If that imagery alone doesn’t make you wonder exactly how many limbs Lemmy would manage to tear off with his bare hands then you may need to rethink your priorities.

The band head out for a UK tour throughout May, check their website for dates.


The Computers

Dec 24 2008

SPEND, SPEND, SPEND… this Christmas time together


Christmas was celebrated a little early this year to pre-empt the mass exodus from London. In a couple of days we’ll be heading out of the city to see family/friends, relax and generally get away. There is no such thing as a holiday from this blog though so expect a feature on the top artists/releases for the year that was.

In other news: producer to the stars Ben G. has released his annual Christmas compilation. Going strong since 2004, this years edition features tracks sung exclusively by female vocalists. Usually they come on neat 8cm CDRs but it seems the credit crunch (or possibly a move to Canada) is affecting our Christmas entertainment too. Despite this minor detail I really enjoyed this year’s edition and Macmacmac rock.

Find it at:  Remember This Day Forever

Happy Christmas/Hanukkah or anything else you are celebrating to you all. Here are a couple of tunes with a twist to get you into the holiday spirit. I feel I should be sitting in front of a fireplace with my new robe on, a glass of port and a Cuban cigar.


Before Braille – Merry Christmas, I’m Cheating

Before Braille‘s debut UK release should finally drop in 2009 after a long delay. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.

The Hives & Cyndi Lauper – A Christmas Duel

How did Cyndi Lauper go from just wanting to have fun to “going down on your mother”? Easy, introduce her to The Hives. This is soon becoming the ultimate anti-christmas anthem.

Jul 15 2008

Introducing the gang with the acid tongue

Back in the early 00’s I was part of the editorial team for the independent webzine and though that project eventually imploded when various key players moved on to bigger better (?!) things I continued writing about music, book and movie mostly for my own amusement.

I always thought that eventually i will get back to it and have been “threatening” to start a music blog for a while now but never actually got round to doing anything about it. Instead I built up reviews, articles and other random stuff I had written since the demise of Miuzik. So on Sunday night at 2am (of all times) I began setting up the foundations of my new online home.

The plan is hardly ground breaking: to feature tracks and artists, both past and present, with the hope of promoting these great releases to anyone interested or anyone who stumbles across this site. There are a few people who i am sure will be able to help me out with their musical input but more about them when the time is right

So without further ado here are a few tracks with the common theme of…INTRODUCTION


Voxtrot – Introducing


This band cast a spell the moment I heard the gem ‘Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives’ and couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks. The Texas band have a real knack for writing memorable hooks and this track is no different. Expect more on Voxtrot very soon.


Ugly Duckling – Introduckling


Ugly Duckling prove that you don’t have to rap about guns, bitches and bling to be a “respected” rapper. Make no mistake, though their subject matter is generally fun loving and chilled this does not subtract from the immense lyrical skills these guys have.


Faith No More – Introduce Yourself


I must admit when it comes to Faith No More I am a Mike Patton man (who isn’t?!?!) particularly on the underrated ‘King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime‘ album. Be it crooning like a 50s star, screaming like a crazed lunatic or singing with the best of them the versatile FNM front man never failed to impress. It is a testament to the rest of the band that some of the tracks from the Chuck Mosley fronted ‘Introduce Yourself‘ release show the potential these guys eventually fulfilled with Patton on vocals. This track is one of the most entertaining cuts from that album.


The Hives – The Hives Introduce The Metric System In Time


If you don’t love The Hives there is something seriously wrong with you. The self proclaimed saviours of rock n roll are true masters in the 3 minute pop ditty and had been delighting audiences long before their commercial breakthrough on the back of the Garage Rock bandwagon. See them live and you will need a crowbar to remove your smile as Nick Arson, Chris Dangerous, Dr. Matt Destruction, Vigilante Carlstroem and Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist convert you to The Hives cause

Thank you for reading so far welcome to COUGAR MICROBES ARE MARCHING IN LIKE ARMY ANTS…