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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Written by . Published on October 19th 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

50636Hitsareforsquare-Lg Sonic Youth – Hits are for Squares – Universal Records – 31 October (Inc DVD – The Year Punk Broke)
Music was making a shift, a shift away from the conventional rock ‘n’ roll theme, a move towards a new sort of musical freedom. Sonic Youth played a pivotal role in this, along with the likes of Nirvana, The Ramones and Dinosaur Jr. Hits are for Squares hosts a compilation of tracks selected by artists, actors, directors and musicians influential to the movement. And as an added bonus The Year Punk Broke will be released on DVD, a film showing iconic performances from Sonic Youth, as well as Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Babes in Toyland’s ‘Dustcake Boy’ on the memorable 1991 European festival tour. 

The album, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the release of 1991: The Year Punk Broke, includes ‘Sugar Cane’, ‘Kool Thing’, ‘Superstar’, ‘Stones’, and ‘Slow Revolution’ curated by the likes of Beck, Radiohead, The Flaming Lips and David Cross. As well as acting as homage to Sonic Youth, the album illustrates the effect they have had on today’s bands in creating a fearless force amongst pioneering bands seeking to push musical boundaries.

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Loss for Words – No Sanctuary – Velocity/Rise Records – 24 October
Boston’s very own pop-punk outfit have been terrorising gigs all over America recently and have no plans to stop with a new album and tour dates on their way to us. Having received acclaim from Bayside, Four Year Strong and Bane as the hardest working band out there, be prepared for some serious noise on the back of three successful EP’s, including a cover album Motown Classics.


Lindi Ortega Little Red Boots – 24 October – Last Gang Records
Lindi Ortega has been causing quite a stir in Canada with her fresh blend of country music sound in a with a truly unique Nashville flavour. This success has seen her cross the pond to the UK for a seven-date tour. So it’s no wonder that comparisons have been drawn with the likes of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. Little Red Boots features single ’Little Lie’ and is already gaining critical acclaim from Q and Mojo magazine.

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