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Cloud released Live at Kulak's Woodshed earlier in the month. It's probably the greatest live album that you probably don't own. In case you need any more reasons to buy the thing here's a video of the album's peak "Mother Sea", including Tyler Taormina's unique dual drum/keyboard skills! 

You can buy Live at Kulak's Woodshed from here.

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10 May 19

Live at Kulak’s Woodshed was recorded in a "bizarre and enchanting studio space in Valley Village" around the time of the release of Cloud's last album Plays With Fire. When you first listen to this album, you may wonder why Tyler Taormina is so intent on telling the audience that the upcoming set was designed for a standing audience, rather than the seated one he's been presented with. You may even wonder why the 41 second spoken intro has been included on this album (which only has 6 tracks in total). It all becomes pretty clear once you get to around about the track 3 mark though.

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30 Nov 18
Frog, a duo from ‘The Swamp’ in Queens, NYC are back with a new mini-album called Whatever We Probably Already Had It. Frog seem to like releasing things which are just short of a full length album (although at eight tracks, this one could arguably be treated as such). Since their self titled debut EP came out in 2013 Frog have released only one bona-fide full length LP, 1015's wonderful Kind of Blah. That release has been complimented with a few singles, a re-release of their debut EP, and a fantastic tour doc called Kings of Blah.
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31 Aug 18
We haven't heard much from Benjamin Shaw over the past couple of years. Well... we haven't heard his actual voice on an album anyway. His last two records have been instrumentals (including 2015's superb Guppy) and he's moved about as far away from this land as it's possible to be: Melbourne, Australia. So here, with his first vocal release since Goodbye, Kagoul World came out back in 2014, it's nice to hear what he's got to say. As you might expect if you've heard any of Shaw's previous recordings, it's not entirely positive, but's it's not 100% gloomy either.
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09 Mar 18

Cloud (aka Tyler Taormina) is back with his third album, and it's a return to the glorious glum Lo-Fi of his debut Comfort Songs, which was crowned the BEST album off 2013 on this very website. It's been 3 years since Cloud's more polished and hopeful second album Zen Summer, and i'm not sure what has happened in between but it makes for a dark and beautiful record. Plays With Fire opens with a healthy dose of feedback which rings throughout the entire song, offering a distant-dreamlike undercurrent to an otherwise standard acoustic number.

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18 Aug 17
Frankenstein Songs for the Grocery Store is apparently the last CHUCK album. Whether that means no more music in any form from Charles Griffin Gibson is open to interpretation. Gibson himself admits "I just don't have it in me anymore" so it seems at the very least that music will be lower down his list of priorities. It's a shame for us listeners because CHUCK seems to be really hitting his stride at the moment and this collection is perhaps the best of his career so far.
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28 Oct 16
The gist A brief smorgasbord is served up on Magana's debut EP The music Jeni Magana has had an interesting musical journey. She was born in California and grew up on a diet of classical music (playing clarinet and upright bass), she began writing her own songs whilst studying in Boston and then joined up with variety of bands upon moving to New York (a phase that also included session jobs with the  Dropkick Murphys and writing jingles for commercials). It's safe to safe that Magana's career path has been anything but the generic indie-singer-songwriter route.
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To celebrate the sixth birthday of one of our favourite labels, Audio Antihero, we've decided to open up our Broken Record series to the man behind that enterprise, Jamie Halliday. The label started when Halliday decided to issue Nosferatu D2's "lost" LP (they'd already split up by the the time of its release - a recurring theme for this label it would seem), which gained instant rave notices from around the web and beyond. In between they've released a whole load of other underground classics from the likes of Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love, Cloud,Benjamin Shaw and Frog.

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02 Oct 15
The gist Audio Antihero take us back to the beginning with a nice re-issue of Frog's debut EP The music Frog's debut album Kind of Blah came out earlier this year to some low frequency internet buzz and a load of sparkling reviews. It's a fantastic album, and one which happily seems to be a bona-fide grower. If you haven't got that album, for whatever reason though, you could do a lot worse than getting this one first.
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25 May 15
The gist Second album from this under-loved Queens duo The music This is the second album from Frog, who made a critically acclaimed debut that nobody listened to. That self titled effort was described by Gold Flake Paint as "the best American guitar record of the year", yet the band have had little success on home turf. The second album by this New York duo, Kind of Blah, could be described as an electrified country album and should be another nudge in the arm of the general indie population. A nudge to say that this is a band that really needs to be heard.