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Thursday, December 9th, 2021  

Album Reviews

Labour of Lust

Nick Lowe
Labour of Lust

Dec 09, 2021 Web Exclusive

Yep Roc’s fantastic treatment and reissuing of Nick Lowe’s incredible back catalog continues with this, a beautiful pink vinyl repressing of their 2011 reissue of his second “solo” album, Labour of Lust, famously highlighted by Top 20 U.K. and U.S. hit single and opening track “Cruel to Be Kind.” That big hit isn’t the only highlight here.

Island of Noise

Modern Nature
Island of Noise

Dec 08, 2021 Web Exclusive

Though Modern Nature’s Jack Cooper certainly has a musical history that pre-dates the release of his latest project’s Nature EP in 2019, a compelling arc of history and evolution can be traced over the past three years of his latest iteration’s existence. Originally billed as a partnership between Cooper and BEAK>’s Will Young, half of the musicians that appeared on Modern Nature’s debut, Young and Woods’ Aaron Neveu, are no longer on board, or at least not for the outfit’s high water mark to date, Island of Noise.

Horizons/East

Thrice
Horizons/East

Dec 08, 2021 Web Exclusive

If you have followed Thrice’s burgeoning second act, you’ll know that the four-piece are in a time of great thriving, and this, their newest album, makes it clear that they have no intention of slowing down.

Classic Interviews

2016 Artist Survey: Oli Bayston of Boxed In

2016 Artist Survey: Oli Bayston of Boxed In
Bayston on Trump, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Scary Movies, and First Kisses

Feb 28, 2017 Boxed In

For Under the Radar‘s 14th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2016. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2016 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

Comic Book Reviews

Three For the Money and Other Stories

Three For the Money and Other Stories
Fantagraphics

Dec 08, 2021 Web Exclusive

Three For the Money and Other Stories, the newest volume in the Fantagraphics EC Artists’ Library, is sure to delight any fan of the award-winning series. It focuses on the work of illustrator Jack Kamen, as well as writers Al Feldstein and Ray Bradbury, by collecting comics originally published in Shock SuspenStories, Crime SuspenStories, Impact, Vault of Horror, Gunfighter, War Against Crime, Crime Patrol, and Tales from the Crypt.

Interviews

Protest: Valerie June on Climate Change and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Protest: Valerie June on Climate Change and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Dec 08, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

Where most may find it ironic that songwriter Valerie June made masks for Memphis police officers in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is as natural to her as the way her songs come to her. Or how she subtly weaves her compassion for Mother Earth in with racial justice issues. June is no doubt a gentle and caring soul, but like her songs’ impact on the listener she can get your head spinning with a patchwork of thoughts and ideas before you realize where you have ended up. To her, it’s all part of the same package.

Author Lars Nilsen on Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of AGFA

Author Lars Nilsen on Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of AGFA

Nov 30, 2021 Web Exclusive

​The author of Warped & Faded discusses the book, the legacy of Weird Wednesday, and how many cinematic oddities may still be out there waiting to be discovered.

Pleased to meet you

Dry Cleaning on “New Long Leg”

Nov 22, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

The foundations for North London post-punk band Dry Cleaning were laid when friends Lewis Maynard (bass), Nick Buxton (drums), and guitarist Tom Dowse (guitars) decided to have some fun and began jamming together. As the music took shape they discussed introducing vocals into the mix. They tried doing it themselves before discussing approaching other singers. Then the name of a mutual friend, Florence Shaw—a graphics and illustration lecturer—was mooted.

Lists

Ranked: The 10 Best Courtney Barnett Songs to Date

Aug 12, 2021

Courtney Barnett, the songstress from down under, has graced us with four studio albums, an EP and several singles since 2012, and her latest ones, “Rae Street” and “Before You Gotta Go,” both precede her upcoming LP Things Take Time, Take Time (which is due out November 12 via Mom + Pop Music/Marathon Artists). The 33-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, is less about dividing her discography into songs you do and don’t like, and more about grouping them into the ones you love and the other ones you really really love. Indie folk, garage rock, stoner soul, she does it all, and these 10 picks are only a taste to get you hooked on the rest and tide you over until the new album comes out. Speaking of, we’ll start with “Rae Street,” which is not officially on this list but gives you an idea of where Barnett is at now (and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list), as well as “Before You Gotta Go,” which just came out this week. Then there’ll be an honorable mention and the full Top 10. By Lily Guthrie.

Live reviews

Dry Cleaning Barrel Through Market Hotel in Brooklyn

Dry Cleaning Barrel Through Market Hotel in Brooklyn

Nov 23, 2021 By Charles Steinberg

South London sensation Dry Cleaning arrives in New York City in more ways than one for the first of two sold-out nights at Market Hotel, Brooklyn.

Blog

My Bloody Valentine – Reflecting on the 30th Anniversary of “Loveless”

My Bloody Valentine – Reflecting on the 30th Anniversary of “Loveless”

Dec 08, 2021 By Austin Saalman

Dropped on November 4, 1991, My Bloody Valentine’s sophomore effort Loveless arrived on the heels of musical landmarks Nevermind, Ten, Out of Time, and Gish, and also shared the UK release date of Bandwagonesque, placing the Irish-English alt rockers alongside their most distinguished peers. Perhaps in its own unique sense, Loveless outshines the best of them, despite its continued status as an underground classic.