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JOIN US ON SATURDAY 19TH APRIL TO HELP CELEBRATE RSD14. CLICK HERE FOR A FULL LIST OF RELEASES FOR THE DAY.

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To help celebrate Record Store Day 2014 Music Mania presents an afternoon of eclectic music from some of the areas finest local talents! 

All the acts will be playing in store and totally acoustic and unplugged!

The acts will start at 12pm and run through to about 3pm and will be of course FREE to see so you can save your pennies to buy some of the awesome records on sale for the day!

Line up:

CAMP STAG – 2:30 – 2:50pm

HARLOT CHURCH – 2.00 – 2:20pm

SWEET LIFE CITY – 1:30 – 1:50pm

ART BRASIL – 1.00 – 1:20pm

THE TRENT VALE POET – 12:30 – 12:50pm

THE JAKE LEG JUG BAND – 12.00 – 12:20pm

Albums Of The Month

 

MARCH

 

1. METRONOMY – LOVE LETTERS

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Where a more craven artist might have sought to cash in on a sleeper hit like ‘The English Riviera’ with a big, populist follow-up, Mount has returned with a small, unashamedly personal one, made with an auteur’s ear for detail and disregard for expectation. It’s an album about yearning to return to the things you’ve been dragged away from, be they the landmarks of your childhood (the quaint casiotone melancholy of ‘Reservoir’) or your children themselves (“Honestly, it’s all I’m thinking of”, sings a distracted Mount of his baby son on ‘Monstrous’). You’ll find nothing here as immediate or accessible as ‘The Bay’, and even among those who were predisposed to love them, the album’s first two singles have polarised, not galvanised, opinion: the velvety future-doo-wop of ‘I’m Aquarius’ served as a curiously moody and minor-key introduction, while the title track came screeching in from the other extreme, as ostentatious and off-puttingly exuberant as a troupe of Redcoats jazz-handing their way through a Wings medley.This contrarian impulse ultimately makes things more interesting, but Mount’s decision to record at Toe Rag – the all-analogue Hackney studio made famous by The White Stripes and Billy Childish – imbues the songs with an archaic, lived-in feel that takes some getting used to, and you’d be forgiven for being underwhelmed by your first listen. Bear with it, however, and that feeling will turn to pleasant surprise. ‘Monstrous’ and ‘Month of Sundays’ both recall the airy baroque-pop of Arthur Lee and Love (though the latter ends up sounding like one of Yoko Ono’s more angular, New Wave-y efforts), and with the exception of ‘Boy Racers’ – a lightweight instrumental that doesn’t quite feel properly realised – every song, no matter how slight it may initially seem, serves an aesthetic purpose in the grander scheme of things. In recent interviews, Mount has professed a certain dread about one day reaching the Wembley-conquering enormity of his old tourmates Coldplay, which – even when you take Metronomy’s growing popularity into account – sounds comically premature. ‘Love Letters’ should assuage that angst. While not a ‘difficult’ album per se, it is certainly an obdurate and insular one, whose charms are revealed coyly and across repeat listens. ‘The English Riviera’ was for the tourists; this one needs to be lived in, not just visited.

 

 

2. THE WAR ON DRUGS – LOST IN THE DREAM

 

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Just like Slave Ambient and Wagonwheel Blues before it, Lost In The Dream is an instant salve to the shittiness of modern life, an album that would sound as though it could have been made anytime in the last five decades were it not so immaculately produced, recalling Dylan and Springsteen and pretty much all of Almost Famous without ever descending into pastiche or mere homage. Guitar breaks soar and harmonicas wail and lyrics tell of “setting my eyes to the wind”, but somehow the cliches don’t seem worn and tired but utterly authentic, as though we’re encountering them for the first time in that first great flush of musical exposure. ‘Just to not reinvent anything’ said mainman Adam Granduciel recently when asked what kind of record he’d wanted to make, and he succeeded – there’s nothing really new here. But that’s not the point: Lost In the Dream is familiar in the way that childhood is familiar, warm and fuzzy and blurred out at the edges, the colours running and the memories indistinct. The ten songs here do much the same, melding into one another in a haze of reverb and sustain, of chorus highs and widescreen ambience, at times rambling and meandering but never aimless.  Lost In The Dream is an album for drifting away to, for switching off and waking up somewhere else, somewhere better, once it’s done, once ‘In Reverse’ has played out and the haze has lifted and the colours have all drained away, our world can’t help but seem a little desaturated by comparison.

 

 

3. LINDA PERHACS – THE SOUL OF ALL NATURAL THINGS

 

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Septuagenarian Linda Perhacs is the crate-digger’s favourite cult folk singer who, after releasing her rudely overlooked, ethereal, Topanga Canyon-birthed masterpiece ‘Parallelograms’ in 1970, put down the patchouli oil and returned to her job as a dental hygienist. Tempted out of retirement over the past decade by a gang of muso fans including Devendra Banhart, her second album is a gorgeous, glimmering offering of cynicism-free psychedelia, in which Perhacs’ delicate, girlish vocals seem unchanged despite the passing of 44 years. From the title track’s inviting flamenco guitar, through to the near-mystical harmonies of the elaborately textured ‘Intensity’ and the choral experimentation of ‘Prisms Of Glass’, this is an album in possession of a rare innocence and charm.

 

 

 

4. SEAN KUTI + EGYPT 80 – A LONG WAY TO THE BEGINNING

 

5. ELBOW – THE TAKE OFF AND LANDING OF EVERYTHING

 

6. SLAKAH THE BEATCHILD – SOUL MOVEMENT VOL 2

 

7. DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – ENGLISH OCEANS

 

8. FREDDIE GIBBS + MADLIB – PINATA

 

9. REAL ESTATE – ATLAS

 

10. PHARRELL – G I R L 

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