Monthly Archives: January 2012

The new The Men song ‘Open Your Heart’ is fucking great

The Men’s 2011 noise rock album Leave Home was one of my favourite records of last year. So it was with some excitement that I discovered the band are already planning to release a follow up on March 6th. New song “Open Your Heart” is the title song from said forthcoming album. And it’s fucking brilliant. Much like on Leave Home, the guitar sound is a key element and here it kicks you in the teeth right from the get go, sounding a lot like the opening bars of The Buzzcocks’ “I Don’t Mind”. No band has ever done themselves any harm by taking notes from The Buzzcocks, so this is a very good thing indeed. Also, while Leave Home was all about guitar texturing and analogue distortion with songwriting taking a back seat, here they’ve stepped things up with a really solid, urgent melody as well. Open Your Heart … Read more

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Riot Radio on The Egonomist Podcast

At the end of year I (Mike) appeared as a guest on The Egonomist podcast (of which Dan Riot Radio is a regular) to discuss our track and album year end lists, cool music that’s coming up in 2012, and to just have a few wines and yell at each other a bit. Sigh… 2011 it was a simpler time, I broke my new years resolution not to sick up on myself within a day, etc etc… Episode 207: 2011 Music Riots In which we discuss 2011 in music, our year in lists, get drunk and yell at each other for a bit. Download Episode 208: New Years In which we talk about what’s to come in 2012, the Big Day Out, get drunk and yell at each other for a bit. Download You can subscribe to The Egonomist podcast here. Tweet

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No One-Chord Ponies

As Mani announces his departure to devote his life to the Lord’s work (by which I mean, obviously, the reformed Stone Roses) and front man Bobby Gillespie channels the spirit of Spinal Tap to announce the next Primal Scream record will be based around ‘one chord’ I think it is timely to have a look back at the godlike genius that is Primal Scream.  Aside from being based around, one can only assume, The Greatest Chord Ever Known, Gillespie also told NME that the next record will also be very heavily influenced by their 20th anniversary touring of their classic Screamadelica album in 2011. So, will it be Screamadelica 2? I sincerely hope not. I will firstly point out that Screamadelica is one of my favourite records of all time.  My Top Five’ change fairly regularly and but it’s unlikely that there has been a time when Primal Scream’s epic pean to the party to end all parties has … Read more

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