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 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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Hear SOFTCULT cover NIRVANA

I love Nirvana. They are the band that changed my life. This here website is named after a fleeting moment in a Nirvana song, and if you wanted to hack my bank account (don’t bother, there’s nothing in there) you probably wouldn’t have to guess too many song titles before gaining access. I love Nirvana. However, all of this can […]

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#MODERATEROCKMIXTAPE June 2022

I think Ronan Keating said it best. Life, among many other things, is a rollercoaster. Ups and downs, right? Well, I know everyone’s going through it at the minute but for the last six weeks or so, for me, life has been mostly downs. It’s been like one of those less enjoyable rides. The ones that shake your head and […]

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Listen to THE DARLING FIRE

The Darling Fire are evolving. The band, made up of former members of Shai Hulud, The Rocking Horse Winner, Further Seems Forever and more, released their debut album in 2019- a neat, nuanced mix of alt-rock, shoegazing textures, and post-hardcore energy- but will return later this year with something “much more abrasive, gloomy, and brooding”. The Florida-based five-piece will release […]

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NO DEVOTION are back!

After a desperately long period of inactivity, No Devotion seem to be gearing up for a grand return. First, the band (who appear to have turned from a quintet into the trio of Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly alongside Lee Gaze and Stuart Richardson) announced that their debut album, ‘Permanence’, had been returned to your streaming service of choice after being […]

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RUBBING- ‘Vocal Harmony Trio’

This is a wiry, wily affair. This is four tracks in ten minutes of stark, sticky-floor punk rock’n’roll. I’m listening intently to the fuzzed-up bass and buzzsaw riffing of opener ‘Waiting for Another One’, sure, but I’m also balling my fists just in case the song comes bursting out of my speakers looking for a fight. ‘Vocal Harmony Trio’ isn’t all adrenaline […]

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#MODERATEROCKMIXTAPE May 2022

I hope you find something to love. 84 TIGERS- ‘Great Basin’ HIGHER POWER- ‘Fall from Grace’ OMNI OF HALOS– ‘You Suck’ NIGHT COURT- ‘Brighten the Corner’ GENTLE HEAT- ‘Total Orbit’ WHITE FLOWERS- ‘This Is Not’ BLUE SUN- ‘Fall Again’ SUPERMILK- ‘Sense’ NOAH DEEMER- ‘The Sleepwalker’ THE SMILE- ‘Open the Floodgates’ FES- ‘Chew’ JEAN JEAN- ‘Prey Trigger’ I FEEL FINE- ‘Million’ […]

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