Wednesday, June 06, 2007


When I first heard of Peel, I thought that a band from Texas that chooses as its name the surname of such a typically British indie icon must have a very forced British sound. Another Five O'Clock Heroes, in other words. Well, no.

First track on the album, Oxford, (which featured on April's mixtape) reminded me of a fuzzed-up Big Audio Dynamite! Good start, in other words! This was just to get me off on the wrong foot, however, as the album then takes off on a zig-zag course of different styles. The only constants are a blending of sweet pop sensibility with jagged-edge noise, and incredible songwriting.

Other blogs have compared them favourably to such wildly differing bands as Pavement, Meat Puppets, Apples in Stereo and Belle and Sebastian, but I wouldn't take too much notice of this - you're much better off just having a listen yourself. And you're in luck - the nice people at Fanatic Promotions have made their entire album available to stream in very high quality here, and will let you download 2 of the tracks as MP3s:
Sliding Doors
Workers Wake Up

Sunday, June 03, 2007

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

Vol. 17 June 2007

1 Biffy Clyro - Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies
2 Pull Tiger Tail - Hurricanes
3 Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
4 Smashing Pumpkins - Tarantula
5 Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
6 Paul Hartnoll - Please
7 The Cribs - Men's Needs
8 Editors - An End Has a Start
9 Queens of the Stone Age - 3s & 7s
10 Go Team! - Grip Like a Vice
11 Good Shoes - Morden
12 The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)
13 Malcolm Middleton - A Brighter Beat
14 The Chemical Brothers - All Rights Reversed (feat. Klaxons)
15 The National - Mistaken for Strangers
16 Blood Red Shoes - It's Getting Boring By the Sea
17 Reverend and the Makers - Heavyweight Champion of the World
18 Digitalism - Idealistic
19 Architecture in Helsinki - Hold Music
20 Cajun Dance Party - The Next Untouchable
21 Simian Mobile Disco - Sleep Deprivation