ALBUMS OF THE YEAR- 2021

I feel like I say it every year, but this year it feels worth saying louder than ever. THESE ARE NOT THE BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR! There’s no way I (or I believe anyone) could write a list that could claim to be correct about that kind of personal, indefinable, impossible thing. There’s been too much music, and not enough […]

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EMPTY COUNTRY- ‘Empty Country’

Joseph D’Agostino has been through hell. And of course that doesn’t just mean the injustice of his former band, the terrific but terribly-named Cymbals Eat Guitars, never getting the credit they deserved. In between that outfit’s slow demise and the rise of his solo project, Empty Country, he’s also faced mental health challenges, the suicide of a friend and mentor, […]

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#MODERATEROCKMIXTAPE October 2022

This month’s mixtape was a (relatively) long one, but I couldn’t help myself- there was so much music I wanted to shout about. And, from pioneering elder statesmen of rock to one of my favourite brand new bands, from skittering electronica to Scottish shoegaze, I hope you find something to love. SLEEP KEEPER– ‘Paper Knife’ SUNSTINGER- ‘Only in the Morning’ […]

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Listen to SLEEP KEEPER

Collectively, Sleep Keeper are a heavy shoegaze band from Terre Haite, Indiana, USA. Individually, Sleep Keeper are vocalist and guitarist Trevor Deoreo, guitarist and vocalist Max Pesavento, bassist Aaron Powell, and drummer Jayden Trueblood. But, whichever way you want to look at them, Sleep Keeper haven’t been Sleep Keeper for very long. Since forming in June last year though, the […]

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#MODERATEROCKMIXTAPE September 2022

From UK punk rock to Dutch indie pop, from a possibly maybe supergroup to a certain album of the year contender, I hope you find something to love. L.S. DUNES- ‘Permanent Rebellion’NARROW HEAD- ’T.W.I.N.’QUICKSAND- ‘Giving the Past Away’AS LOUD AS A MOUSE- ‘Reptiles’TINY BLUE GHOST– ‘The Blacktop’EERIE WANDA- ‘Nightwalk’KATHRYN JOSEPH- ‘How Well You Are’PHANTOM HANDSHAKES- ‘The Flowery Man’PARANOID VOID- ‘Nowhere’A […]

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KEN MODE- ‘NULL’

I know the last few years haven’t been much fun for any of us, but somebody needs to check in on the members of KEN Mode immediately. If the sound of this, the Canadian outfit’s eighth album, is anything to go by, their spirits might be well and truly broken. While the band’s last full-length was a fast, furious, Steve […]

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#MODERATEROCKMIXTAPE August 2022

I hope you find something to love. WAYS AWAY- ‘Nevermind the Dog’ PILOT TO GUNNER– ‘A Billion Milligrams’ STAND STILL- ‘Loose Ends’ HEAVY SLEEPER- ‘Drain’ JUPITER HEARTS- ‘We Know’ NO DEVOTION– ‘Starlings’ HEALING POTPOURRI- ‘Fireworks’ THE ALBUM LEAF- ‘MD2’ A VOID- ‘5102’ MODERN RITUALS- ‘Wastrel’ DINO GALA- ‘British’ HER HEAD’S ON FIRE- ‘Rising Tide’ CALM COLLAPSE– ‘Positive Greed’ TWIN DRUGS- […]

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Listen to CALM COLLAPSE

New groups made up of rock band lifers are always great. I don’t mean any part-time superstar side projects, I mean people who have been kicking out jams for decades deciding to unite under a new name and playing new music just because it’s in their blood. I’m not going to run any numbers to prove it, I don’t need […]

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#MODERATEROCKMIXTAPE July 2022

I hope you find something to love TIME- ‘In Your Head’ BROKEN HEARTS ARE BLUE- ‘Sentimental Education’ ANTHONY GREEN- ‘Don’t Dance’ BETWEEN BODIES- ‘On a Grave’ TRY THE PIE- ‘3 Swords’ SOFTCULT– ‘Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle’ YOUNG FATHERS- ‘Geronimo’ ROCKY VOTOLATO– ‘Evergreen’ WORRIEDABOUTSATAN- ‘Say No to Yes’ STAY INSIDE- ‘Dissolve’ MASCARA- ‘Eleven the Fair’ THE DARLING […]

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Listen to PILOT TO GUNNER

I should have taken my own advice here. Because despite falling completely in love with Pilot to Gunner’s debut album, the excellent ‘Games at High Speeds’, when it was released at the turn of the century, I somehow swerved pretty much every update about the New York quartet since.  Ok, so at some point I found out they released a […]

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Listen to ROCKY VOTOLATO

Rocky Votolato might not need an introduction. The singer-songwriter has been a part of Seattle’s alternative music scene since the late 90s, toured with the likes of Owen, Small Brown Bike, The Get Up Kids and many more, and released a handful of excellent solo records. But Votolato has been away a while. His new album, ‘Wild Roots’, is his […]

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