Record of the Day #24 – The Streets, Original Pirate Material

How about this one for a throwback? Back when I didn’t have much of a fashion sense (not that I do now) and so only wore Nike trainers, tracksuit bottoms, and baggy hoodies, Original Pirate Material was my kind of record. I think of my rundown hometown in the early 2000s when kids used to walk around… Read More Record of the Day #24 – The Streets, Original Pirate Material

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Record of the Day #22 – Somos, Temple Of Plenty

I had my first university seminar of my Master’s degree yesterday, and we spent a good amount of time discussing inspiration – what inspires us, how we inspire others, and how we seek out inspiration. I avoided mentioning that inspiration normally finds me at its most poetically potent after a drink or five, so instead… Read More Record of the Day #22 – Somos, Temple Of Plenty

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Record of the Day #12 – The Smith Street Band, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me

Melbourne’s The Smith Street Band are great, and you’re missing out if you’re presently unaware of them. I suggest you go and look up some of their songs instead of reading this glowing endorsement of their fourth record. You could also read this interview I did with frontman Wil Wagner back in June (if you… Read More Record of the Day #12 – The Smith Street Band, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me

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Record of the Day 11 – Silverstein, Arrivals & Departures

Man, here’s one for the books – Silverstein’s Arrivals & Departures. I used to love this record, like, really fucking love it. I walked home from school every day when I was thirteen and had this record on constant repeat, the album occupying the entire journey and occupying it well. I’m pretty sure that I adored Arrivals… Read More Record of the Day 11 – Silverstein, Arrivals & Departures

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Record of the Day #10 – Trap Them, Sleepwell Deconstructor

I’ll have to keep this one brief, like the actual record itself. Trap Them’s debut LP Sleepwell Deconstructor clocks in at just over twenty-one thunderous minutes, twelve tracks of gritty hardcore punk/grindcore/hardcore. However you want to classify it, it shreds, a devastating record produced by Converge’s own Kurt Ballou. This thing is fierce, and its a record… Read More Record of the Day #10 – Trap Them, Sleepwell Deconstructor

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Record of the Day #9 – Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, Bittersweet

I don’t buy many seven-inch records, and I’ve wondered often about why that might be. I think it’s a matter of quantity, knowing perhaps that I’d rather sit down and listen to a record for a full half hour than for only ten or fifteen minutes. I like the size of a twelve-inch record also… Read More Record of the Day #9 – Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, Bittersweet

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