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Interview: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

borisyeltsinSomeone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returned recently with the rather wonderful new album Fly By Wire. Without giving too much away, if you found a bookmaker offering odds on that being our album of the year and you put a few quid on it….well, let’s just say you’d be doing well with the whole transaction. Yes, it’s an absolute corker, full of delights that softly sneak up on your heart and then steal it. The hushed vocals recall The Pains of Being Pure at Heart while the oddly affecting melodies twinkle like the Cure at their heartfelt poppiest. We caught up with the band to ask about the album and what’s in store for them next:

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The Blood Arm – Infinite Nights

Infinite-Nights-Final-Artwork-300x300Howlin’ Whippet reviews LA’s most glamourous garage band’s ‘Bowie’ album.

Having relocated from the USA to Berlin last year, The Blood Arm appear to have absorbed some of the city’s stark austerity, a permanent mood which remains despite the glass and chrome sheen of the constantly evolving skyline.

They follow in the footsteps of Bowie, Iggy, The Birthday Party and U2 in moving to the city that retains its pre-war seedy glamour as well as its sobering Cold War chill. Continue reading

Of National Importance

Trouble Will Find MeThe National have returned with new album Trouble Will Find Me. Is it now fair to suggest that they are the most important alternative band of their generation?

When REM were at their peak (late 80s, since you ask) they strode the planet – well, drove round it in a tour bus, anyway – like a sort of four-headed alt. colossus. Everyone you knew either loved them or, at the very least, respected them; up until the ubiquity of the early 90s Shiny Happy Band period, seldom was heard a discouraging word from those who loved their music. They were de facto leaders of the Melody Maker tribe, reliably churning out a belter of an album every year and simply being great. Could it be that The National are to the 10s what the Athens crew were to the 80s?

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Whippet About – Cockney Rejects ‘East End Babylon’

Some people fear what they don’t understand, but Howlin’ Whippet knows a man has to sin to be saved. So when he heads out looking for whiskey and redemption,he needs a soundtrack. Could the former firebrands of punk provide it?

My relationship with the Cockney Rejects over the years has been let’s just say, up and down.

When they first appeared at the tail end of 78, punk was in stasis. The Pistols had self-immolated. The Clash, despite the revisionist view of history, had temporarily disappeared up their own posterior, SLF had gone a bit pop and “streetpunk” was making its first inroads via Sham 69, UK Subs and chums.

Safe to say I was somewhat disillusioned by the whole thing by this point.

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Andy Blade – Let’s Burn The Internet Down

Hownlin’ Whippet finds a punk survivor who may just be producing the best music of his life.

As frontman and lyricist for, let’s be honest, Division 2 punk band EaterAndy Blade had a very early baptism of fire within the music industry.

Eater specialised in a robust glam punk racket which were made that bit more interesting by Blade’s literary and surprisingly mature lyrics – especially in a movement where maturity wasn’t so much frowned upon as hated.

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These things take time – Cold War Kids

Things change in music. There’s a commonly held theory about U2 which illustrates this beautifully. Many feel that if the record industry had been the same when they emerged as it is now that they’d have been dropped around about the time of October. Oh sure, they’d have signed to Factory or Rough Trade  and released a few more post-punk singles, but there’d have been no Live Aid, no Joshua Tree, no Bono-as-world-leader-pretend. I didn’t say it was always a good thing.
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New releases 22 November 2010

What’s that coming over the hill? It’s not, sadly, a monster, but rather Christmas. Yes, you see what we did there. Yes, we did it badly. Hush.

Christmas is a time for miracles and japes and laughs and stuff, but it’s mainly about presents. And this year, your country needs you to buy as much crap as you can. Really. Especially if you are Irish. Basically, unless shops take in a gazillion pounds over the next six weeks, we’ll all be eating unwanted babies in January as the economy collapses even further.

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