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Various Artists – Rock Back: Stronger Than The Storm (Patetico Recordings 2017)

Patetico Recordings Releases ‘Rock Back: Stronger Than The Storm’ to support Hurricane Victims  

‘Rock Back: Stronger Than the Storm’ is a disaster relief compilation in support of the victims of the recent devastations brought to bear by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Released by Philadelphia-based indie label Patetico Recordings, this initiative involved partnering with nearly 60 independent artists and several small indie labels around the globe, coming together in order to raise funds to aid those most in need. All money raised will go directly to the relief efforts.
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is now among the top 10 all-time most active seasons on record. The damage caused by these three hurricanes is extensive and the need is great.
Over 50 artists from around the globe have come together, under the leadership of Patetico Recordings’ Tom Lugo, to share their talent to help those in need. There’s not a single filler track on this compilation and you’ll receive a sizeable return on your pledge so dig deep and share with those less fortunate and hard hit by these recent natural disasters. Andy Jossi of The Churchhill Garden, who is also featured on this compilation, contributed the cover artwork.
“We’re honored to be part of this relief effort – it’s the least we could to to help those people affected by these recent disasters. Please support this cause by donating generously, sharing the word and taking this music far and wide,” says Alexx Kretov of Canadian-Ukrainian dream-rock duo Ummagma.

“Whenever Tom Lugo reaches out to his musical family, you know it’s for a crucial and essential cause,” explains Dean Garcia, electronic maverick producer and founder of seminal shoegaze bands Curve and SPC ECO.

Laura Lacuzio of shoegaze powerhouse band Rev Rev Revcomments: “These are terrible disasters that took so many lives and left even more having to start from scratch… This compilation has brought together bands from all over the world united for a good cause, and we’re honoured to contribute with our music”.

The concept of the Rock Back compilation series was born in 2011, when disaster hit Japan and Tom Lugo, Patetico Recordings’ label owner, acted on his empathy for charitable causes and non-profit organizations by reaching out to the community of artists he has in his network. They collectively put together a compilation and the profits were donated to relief efforts. The response was overwhelming, over 100 artists from across the globe joined in the efforts. What was to be a single CD compilation grew into the 8-disc compilation ‘Rock Back for Japan’. The compilation series hit the top 10 Indie Rock releases on’s chart for several weeks, with certain volumes holding the number 1 spot.
Since then Patetico Recordings has released several benefit compilations, including ‘Rock Back: Animal Rescue’, ‘Rock Back for Ecuador’, ‘Rock Back for Haiti’, and ‘Rock for Nepal’.
‘Rock Back: Stronger Than the Storm’ is available now digitally on Patetico Recordings’ Bandcamp.
1. BNLX – Penny Drops (USA)
2. The Churchhill Garden – Breath feat. Ben Aylward (Switzerland )
3. Vibrissae – Incident Report (USA)
4. Chiaroscuro – Empty Apartment (USA)
5. BEATASTIC – Nothing Will Be The Same This Year (MWYDU remix) (UK)
6. Flamingo Chicks – Mountain Bunny (USA)
7. Fragile Tom – Removed From Fiction (Germany)
8. Lusterlit – Flight (USA)
9. Ummagma – Human Factor (Canada/Ukraine)
10. Whimsical – Beautiful Virtue (USA)
11. The Sorry Shop – Queen Of The North (Brazil)
12. Tomorrow Forever – Do You Feel What I Feel (Italy)
13. Dani Mari & Chris Miller – Emerald City (USA)
14. Remora – Sayme (USA)
15. Angel Falls – No Breeze (Long Version) (USA)
16. Creature in The Spiral – Anodyne (USA)
17. ArTLs – Eternity (USA)
18. Clustersun – The Whirling Dervish (Italy)
19. Gustavo Leyes – No Me Miras
20. Entre-Knobs – Xmas Not So Much (feat. Rob Boyd) (Argentina)
21. Cascadia Fault Line – Tide to the Moon (UK)
22. Distant Creatures – Faith (USA)
23. Blackpool Astronomy – In the Wake of the Night (USA)
24. Periscope – Green Onions (UK)
25. The Corrupting Sea – Horizon (USA)
26. Soft Skies Inc – Top of the Stars (USA)
27. NAX – Siguiendo a las estrellas (Argentina)
28. Alison Clancy – ET Phone Home (USA)
29. My Favourite Things – A Little Closer (USA)
30. Noise Cluster – Disasteriod KA (Italy)
31. Painted Mirror – Tell Me Maybe (USA)
32. Mint The Band – A Horror Story (USA)
33. New Zero God – Tarrot Card Reader (Greece)
34. New Nobility – Rebel Hero (Australia)
35. Bleach Bath – Shampoo (Canada)
36. Clarence Mayhew – Irma Judges You (USA)
37. Red Crickets – My Deviance (Finland)
38. Violentene – Denial (Canada/US)
39. The Question (eLaMoRTe) – Arian Rhod (mourning version) (Colombia)
40. Two Way Analog – Not Too Late (UK)
41. Sounds of Sputnik – Shades of the Cosmos (Russia)
42. The Skating Party – Strangled by Stars (USA)
43. The Raft – Glad I don’t know (UK)
44. Sana Obruent – Adumbra Lineamenta Satis Quieta (USA)
45. City of Dawn – Through Our Eyes (USA)
46. El Ultimo Espacio Identico – Dos meses (Argentina)
47. Parsons Rocket Project – Exit Launch (USA)
48. Lux’s Dream – Type 4 (France)
49. The Age of Colored Lizards – Wake Up (Norway)
50. Fir Cone Children – Action Speaks Louder Than Words (Germany)
51. Tiananmen – The sun remains (Guatemala)
52. The Blue Hour – Block the Sound (USA)
53. Rev Rev Rev – We Can But Dream (Italy)
54. Gr3g Hunt – Irma (USA)
55. Whyme – Toda tu vida en un dia (Mexico)
56. Panophonic – After the Storm (USA)

Compiled by Tom Lugo
Cover art by Andy Jossi

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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Alternative, Charity Fundraiser


Mary Epworth – Elytral (Sunday Best Recordings, September 2017)

Elytral” is the second album of British singer-songwriter Mary Epworth.

Her first album, “Dream Life”, produced by Will Twynham, was released in 2012.

“Elytral”was produced by Thom Monahan (known for his works with Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Wild Nothing and others).

It is an odd work that takes the listener a trip to the cute electro universe that Epworth created.

Me Swimming” is the first single of the album, which gave an idea of the brave new album that would follow…

Building her sonic world, Epworth experiments a lot with blips and sounds, delay effects and reverbs taking away her sound from her previous album.

There are some great jewels here, sometimes mid tempo and sometimes slow ones but I find myself liking a lot the fast paced “Burned it Down”.

A very nice album

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Posted by on November 18, 2017 in Alternative, Electronic


CUP – Hiccup (Aagoo Records 10 November 2017)

Brooklyn’s Cup to release ‘Hiccup’ LP via Aagoo Records. Premieres ‘Apparition’ video in Wired Magazine and New Noise Magazine

Aagoo Records has announced the coming release of the new full-length album ‘Hiccup’ from New York City-based artist CUP. It will be made available on vinyl, CD and digitally on November 10, 2017. Cup is Tym Wojcik, who is originally from Houston, Texas, but currently lives in Queens, New York.
Cup is Wojcik’s reaction to a lifetime of being forced to play rhythm guitar parts. A combination of power chords, repeated endlessly, while Tym’s brother smashed on his Boss Metal Zone and did his best Cobain meets Slash impression, or a series of oddly shaped jazz chords, played at a rhythm that was never perfectly right for his dad to solo over.
While Hiccup is technically Cup’s seventh release, it feels like its first, the others more artifacts that can be looked back on, marking a progression in sound that has become distinctly a thing of its own. Fuzz-soaked punk riffs that feel like they should be played faster, stretching and skewing into off-kilter melodies over driving dual rhythms. Songs about the fact of the body, the fact of existing, the challenge of conveying meaning. A background of anxiety throughout: a reflection of our odd world and oddly, incomprehensibly growing older in it.
The result is an album that both comforts and unsettles you, that kisses you on the forehead while punching you in the stomach, that is both floating in the clouds and slowly sinking in the pond. It’s the immediate laugh before realizing that a joke was actually incredibly sad. This is the space that Cup tries to occupy, and ‘Hiccup’ is just the latest attempt to get it done.
The band has also revealed their new video for Apparition, following hot on the tracks of the video for ‘Yr Freaking Out’. The new video was directed and animated by Sean McAnulty, a stopmotion /claymation artist based in Melbourne, Australia.
“After talking to Tym and listening to Cup, I wanted to make a video for Apparition, as its grittiness and lo fi quality I think goes well with my style of stop animation. The song was about anxiety, so I created a central character (a ghostly apparition) in a world of inner anxiety and paranoia, who has a conflict between another side of its self (the different coloured character), with some hallucinations thrown in,” says Sean McAnulty.
“So in my story its the central character seeing the other side of its self, but really they are one and the same: the character that represents inner anxiety is a part of the central character, and a part of everything else. In the end the two fuse and mash together over Cup’s dirty, fuzzy riffs. Overall I loved working on it, I love the track.”
“Some of the lyrics are about situations in which anxiety arises, some are trying to describe what that anxiety feels like–the reality is that it can creep in at any time, and is somewhat elusive and hard to describe. The main character in the video experiences his anxieties in the same way: you could be looking in the mirror, you could be looking out of a window, you could be opening a drawer in your dresser, and all of a sudden your brain chemistry goes haywire and you’re seeing apocalyptic visions,” says Tym Wojcik.

“You may feel like a different person altogether when you’re feeling especially anxious, but the trick is to learn that you are one and the same person–not to embrace it, per say, but more to understand that fact.”

Aagoo Records is home to vinyl releases by Xiu Xiu, Darto, Wand, Lucky Dragons, The Use with Rachel MasonPhilippe Petit and more. ‘Hiccup’ can now be ordered on CD and vinyl through Aagoo Records’ website and digitally via Bandcamp.

The album release show will take place on Friday, November 10 at Cape House (2 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237), supported by Pink Mexico, Monograms, and Sic Tic.

1. Little Hiccup
2. Apparition
3. Let Me Go
4. Foggy Mind
5. The Dream
6. Mr. Sense
7. Realization
8. Caustic Creeper
9. Shallow Pool
10. Life Isn’t So Bad (Things Could Be Worse)
11. Yr Freaking Out
12. Mindreader
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Posted by on November 8, 2017 in Alternative


Avenues End – It’s Not All Bad EP (1 November 2017)

Melbourne’s Avenues End are releasing today the debut EP ‘It’s Not All Bad‘.

Ryan McGeary – Vocals/guitar, Matt Iversen – Vocals/bass and Isaac Piesse – Smith – drums originally formed the band in 2014, while attending the same high school.

In 2016, with school ending, Avenues End made the decision to go forward so today, 1st November 2017, they release this 6 track EP.

A few weeks ago, I gave a listen to the opener “In Bloom” which is also the video that promotes the release.

The first thing that one will realize is the great production by Samuel K that helps the great harmonies of this talented band surface.

The songs are well structured with nice melodies but for sure they were right choosing “In Bloom” as the teaser of this EP.

So, I consider ‘It’s Not All Bad’ EP as little jewel and I would encourage you, if you want to discover a good indie band, to give it a try HERE

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Posted by on November 1, 2017 in Alternative


The United World Underground Collection (October 2017)

An amazing 33 hour celebration of Music & Elsewhere‘s 25th anniversary, featuring; 30 albums from 30 countries, 50 bonus tracks, 3 books and a compilation CD

(the following is written by Mick Magic)

Between the years 1992 – 2003, I had the great privilege to run the Music & Elsewhere label.

Luckily, as fate would have it, I also had a calling to return to it in 2012, realising it mattered simply too much to allow it to be lost to the annals of time.

Named in tribute to one of my favourite bands, the mighty Faust, name-checking their “Music & Elsewhere: Return Of A Legend” album (on the excellent Recommended label), M&E was one of a number of independent ‘tape labels’ that formed an integral part of a global underground network, and this collection is very much about celebrating that, as well as just the part we played within it.

Looking back now, I have come to regard that network as one of the most important sociological phenomena of its time.

Growing from the freedoms gained by the punk revolution, with its home produced ‘cut and paste’ fanzines and selfreleased short-run 7” singles, its expansion had boomed
throughout the 1980’s, in particular following the mass popularisation of the compact cassette, both by significant improvements in quality and the introduction of the Sony
Walkman in 1979 (I still have my Panasonic one).

By the the time I stumbled on it, circa the onset of the 1990’s, the underground network was already well established as a global counter-culturist community in its own right, and a whole world of wonder was waiting for me. Suddenly, a man who had never felt like he belonged anywhere before had found a real home.

It’s no exaggeration to say that my years of involvement with the underground network completely changed my life.

After producing a few copies of a zine called The Mmattrix, primarily just about my own band, Magic Moments At Twilight Time, I had become good friends with some of the true luminaries of the global movement; the likes of Stephen Parsons, Lord Litter and Don Campau, to name but three.

Through them, I had come to realise it was far from just being another platform to sell demo tapes through, neither was it any kind of soft option for people of lesser talent, rather offering a different kind of value system entirely.

Instead of trying to persuade a disinterested music biz ‘suit’ that you’d look great in tight trousers and could make them shitloads more money, most of which you’d be unlikely to see anyway, it was about earning the respect of your peers through merit.

That idea resonated with me deeply, even though I probably didn’t fully understand all the ramifications as to why at the time.

Suitably enthused, I decided I simply had to get more involved and announced the launch of The Mmattrix Distribution Service.

That was in the January of 1992, and of course, we didn’t stick with that name!

By the April, we were ready to launch M&E with an initial catalogue of 41 tapes from 6 different countries.

Our arrival on the scene was a resounding success and I was absolutely hooked, dedicating the next dozen years of my life to it.

Then most of my spare time this year in putting this monumental collection together. I haven’t learnt. I hope I never do.

Choosing what should be included was easy, it was the leaving things out that was the problem. I personally think all of the 600 albums we released deserve to be on here, but then there’s that 168 hour limit the powers that be enforce on the working week!

I always found it seriously impressive that a global network like this one had grown up in a time before the age of the ubiquitous internet, how it spread around the world when
its only means to do so was with letters and postage stamps.

That’s why I’ve chosen a theme for this collection that fully represents its global nature; an album from each of the countries we released one from.

Thirty albums, thirty artists, thirty countries, spanning the five continents of our United World Underground.

Forget the limitations of the humble compact cassette and the occasional glitches, forget the odd bit of wow and flutter, that’s just the way it was back then.

Simply sit back and embrace the journey through a quarter of a century or more of underground music (and elsewhere), a significant proportion of which was made by people without access to professional recording and manufacturing facilities, all the way from Frimley to Cape Town.

Enjoy muchly…


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Posted by on October 31, 2017 in Alternative, Cassette Scene


Lusterlit – Flight

Susan Hwang and Charlie Nieland are the book-inspired musical duo Lusterlit. Their 2017 EP LIST OF EQUIPMENT is filled with “ominous, noirish, literary chamber pop” and they have a new video, directed by Deb Magocsi, for the joyous song Flight. It’s inspired by THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE by Jonathan Lethem and is filled with images that conjure the magic, the Brooklyn, and the altitude of the story, not to mention Ms. Josephine Baker.


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Posted by on October 13, 2017 in Alternative


The Decrees – Sons of Rage (27 October 2017)

Scotland’s The Decrees Announce Double A-side Single ‘Sons of Rage’

Scotland’s The Decrees have announced they will release their new single ‘Sons of Rage’, comprised of two tracks, the other one being ‘West Sierra’. Hailing from Fife, Scotland, The Decrees are a no-holds barred Rock ‘n’ Roll band possessing high-octane energy from the punk realm. They mix different blends of genres in their songs but still retain a raw and provocative take on music that is reminiscent of a bygone age.

‘Sons of Rage’ was recorded by Michael Brennan, Jr. of The Substation (Mogwai, Snow Patrol, Super Furry Animals, Loop, Primal Scream) and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, The Pixies, Jack White, The Rolling Stones, Lana Del Rey).

The band was formed in early 2016. Their line up comprises of vocalist Lewis Akers, bassist Caitlin Petrie, guitarist Callum Bell and drummer Kieran Bell. Since their formation, The Decrees have become quite popular locally and are now becoming better known on the national scene.

In April of this year, The Decrees released their debut four-track EP ‘Screams From Suburbia’, offering a musical account of the everyday experiences of the monotony of modernity. This release blends full-throttle rock music with catchy choruses and beats.
‘Sons of Rage’ was one of the first songs the band wrote after forming, retaining their trademark sound while weaving in an infectious Celtic rock melody. This beckons to the forgotten past, to the band’s Scottish roots, affectionately nestled in the band’s collective psyche. This follows in the same vein of such Celtic-folk tunes as ‘The Gael’, steadily imparting strong and re-occurring themes and melodies, and coupled with the strong, driving and near-primal beats throughout. The music follows and compliments the triumphalism embedded in the lyrics.
This is a significant release for the band as it shows a more emotive side of their music, transmitting a massive dose of positive energy while also resonating with deeper musical inspirations.
“Lyrically and musically, this song is a serenade to that something better found over the horizon, way past those neon lights. It’s about directing all your energies into chasing something you desire. Something that you are waiting for and hoping it won’t pass you by,” says guitarist Callum Bell. “It is about those intrepid few in the past who achieved the impossible.”
“We like to be explosive. We want to put on a performance, and for us, it’s as much theatre as it is music at times,” says vocalist Lewis Akers.”We like it when the audience gets up and dances with us as well”.

The Decrees’ influences range from The Doors, Hawkwind, and The Sex Pistols to The Who, AC/DC and Issues. Guitarist Callum Bell’s love for Stuart Adamson of Big Country and also Gaelic-folk music are felt particularly in ‘West Sierra’. a new era of rythmic rage and musical rebellion!

The ‘Sons of Rage’ single will be released on October 27 and made available on all the regular online stores and streaming sites, but is already available for pre-order via The Decrees’ Bandcamp.

1. Sons of Rage
2. West Sierra

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Posted by on October 13, 2017 in Alternative