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Liars – There’s Always Room On The Broom

Some scuzzy Punk-Funk from ‘They Were Wrong, So We Drowned’, the bands 2004 album about Witchcraft upon the Brocken (Mountain) during German Walpurgis Nacht.


Black Dice – Things Will Never Be The Same

Black Dice’s 2003 magnum opus ‘Beaches & Canyons” is, as the title suggests, the Brooklyn acts ode to the Californian beach’s; a kind of ‘Surf’s Up’ as played through the looking glass. This track is that moment a huge black cloud passes over the sun, throwing the sand and water into shadow. Or perhaps it’s a massive, dark green wave that wipes out a surfer? A gloomy moment on an extremely far out, yet colourful album.

Black Dice – Snarly Yow

The opener from the bands 2005 album ‘Broken Ear Record’ set out the stall for their new direction post-drummer; which means busted, whacked out Electro on a serious dose of Psilocybin. Wonder at the mashed-ness of it all.

Animal Collective – Another White Singer

Sometimes it’s hard to remember when Animal Collective were experimental, and this Residents=like track from their second album, 2001’s ‘Danse Manatee’ is a strong reminder. It’s recommended that one checks out the rest of the album if this tickles your fancy, as the band throw up shapes resembling everything from primitive Techno, through This Heat, to their friends and fellow travellers Black Dice. This was back when they felt as vital as the rest of the Brooklyn noughties scene.

Liars – Let’s Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack

Gnarly 00’s Avant-Rock from New York’s Liars. This is from their 2005 masterpiece ‘Drum’s Not Dead’; an album that is up there with Black Dice’s ‘Beaches & Canyons’ as an example of noughties outré Rock music at its finest.


Liars – They Don’t Want Your Corn, They Want Your Kids

After the Nu-No-Wave Punk-Funk of 2001’s ‘They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top’, Liars came back with a(kind of) concept album about the Witch trails in the Harz mountains of Northern Germany titled ‘They Were Wrong, So We Drowned’ (2004). For this, the band got murkier and Witchier; taking the music into gloomier Avant-Rock and Psych realms. However, with this track the Punk-Funk of yesteryear is still on display, with the band sounding like a ramshackle, nastier LCD Soundsystem. The album wasn’t as well received as the previous effort, and sold poorly, which is a shame as it’s a great entry into the 00’s New York Avant-Rock explosion. The following album, 2005’s ‘Drums Not Dead’ was a much more successful album, and still their best.

Liars – His And Mine Sensations

2012’s WIXIW was an unsatisfying experience, with the band offering up the amazing concept of crossing over indie/rock/(insert label) and ambient Techno; like the 90’s never happened. However, some tracks stood out. ‘No.1 Against The Rush’, the albums first single, was a synth heavy post-punk number that has hints of Human League and Gary Numan to it; and even stronger hints of “A Forest” by The Cure. Another track that really stood out was ‘His And Mine Sensations’, which is like a lite version of ‘Proud Evolution’, or a cleaned up outtake from Drums Not Dead. Neither of those descriptions are meant as insults by the way, and this is a great Liars track.

Animal Collective – Water Curses

Lovely and joyous stuff from the bands 2008 ‘Water Curses’ EP.

Black Dice – Creature

Black Dice’s 2004 album ‘Creature Comforts’ seems to have been forgotten, and rarely gets a mention when their history is combed over. This is a shame as it’s a very interesting album. It’s a transitional album, that’s for sure; sitting between the expansive uber avant-rock of ‘Beaches & Canyons’, and the stunted, malformed Electro of ‘Broken Ear Record’, which brought us the sound they have pursued ever since. Their change of sound was enforced by the fact that their drummer, Hisham Bharoocha left the band after ‘Beaches & Canyons’; and on ‘Creature comforts’ they dispense of rhythm for large sections of the album; when used, the patterns are seemingly crude and rudimentary (but don’t let that give you the wrong impression, listen to the amazing centrepiece’Skeleton’ to see what I mean). However, at the tail end of this tune, they go for a full on tribal (Techno?) workout that underpins that serrated electronics.

Double Leopards – Sound Holes

A fantastic opening gambit to what is possibly one of the greatest drone albums of all time. Brooklyn’s Double Leopards released the 2LP behemoth ‘Halve Maen’ (Dutch for ‘Half Moon’) in 2003. The album is a complete gem that has not dulled by time. Double Leopards approach to drone is to ensure that its ever shifting, warm and psychedelic. Their drones are expansive, not claustrophobic; although bliss can turn to fear on certain parts of the album.

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