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Dot Dash - Proto Retro I Dont Hear A Single

I'm a Dot Dash admirer and they certainly are prolific. This is Album Number 6 in just 7 years and it's an absolute corker. In my review of the previous album, Searchlights, here, I remarked that it seemed a move away from their Garage Rock roots to a slightly noisy New Wave Power Pop. That direction has become far more apparent.

Now a trio, the Washington DC band, have edged nearer and nearer to a Power Pop Trio. Proto Retro has far more in common with The dB's or even more relevant, the Glasgow scene of Teenage Fanclub and BMX Bandits.

There's a real emphasis on Jangle here, the pace is slowed down in favour of melody and harmony. Terry Banks's Vocals are a revelation and it seems the tighter trio format suits them. I recently reviewed Black Vinyl Shoes for a magazine and the vibe here is pretty similar.

It's not all Scots Pop, there are departures, Green On Red is a noisy departure that works well and the excellent TV / Radio is splendid UK New Wave Power Pop, all sing along. Run And Duck For Cover is The Byrds doing Madchester.

The real joy though is that jangle. Never more so on the superb, Unfair Weather which could be The Housemartins. Special mention too for World's Last Payphone, a wonderful song that can be downloaded free. Proto Retro is a million miles away from the ramshackle earlier Dot Dash Days. Both are equally great, but this much nearer to my heart.

There's a lot of Jangle around at the moment from lost bands to new wannabes, much of it is mediocre, few can do it this well. This album is a corker and should be added to your collection forthwith. What are you waiting for?

You can listen to and buy the album here.

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A brand new documentary about Mo’Wax is coming to Liverpool,Getintothis’ Lucy McLachlan has tickets to give away to lucky readers. The Man From Mo’Wax tells the extraordinary life of label bossJames Lavelleandrollercoaster rise and fall of his musical empire. Mo’Wax was at the forefront of underground music throughout the nineties and saw Lavellerelease records with [...]

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Mixing music and gig photography for Shout About It Live in Constellations at the Baltic Triangle, this is a one off kind of festival as Getintothis? Warren Millar reports with a personal view. Shout about it live is a music festival and gig photography festival now in its second year and is the brainchild of [...]

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An old Liverpool venue will be revitalised by UK promoter Glasswerk;Getintothis’ Luke Burroweson the re-opening of Grand Central Hall. After reopening its doors this summer following an impressive renovation, Grand Central Hall has become the latest independent venue to join the impressive portfolio of UK concert promotersGlasswerk. The news comes as a huge boost to [...]

The post Liverpool’s Grand Central Hall ready for new gig season as new promoters take charge appeared first on Getintothis.

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Step inside Liverpool’s latest new hangout the HOBO Kiosk Pub, Getintothis’ Peter Guy on the microwonderland that the city has been crying out for. Late last year when discussing the new breed of talent sweeping through Merseyside music, we ruffled a few feathers by suggesting the communal heart of Liverpool’s cultural landscape was being slowly [...]

The post HOBO Kiosk the Liverpool pub injecting communal bohemianism into the Baltic Triangle appeared first on Getintothis.

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sthelensstar.co.uk - The Tunza Centre's official launch in February 2015 A CHILDREN'S centre which offers vital care to vulnerable children is to create a communal garden in the outside area of its premises. Tunza's Prid?

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Maguire’s Pizza Bar owners post emotional social mediamessage, Getintothis’ Peter Guy on the sudden closure. Maguire’s Pizza Bar in Liverpool city centre is to close in September. The popular independent venue which regularly hosts punk, garage and DIY gigs as well as serving up food, is to shut after more than five years. Breaking the [...]

The post Maguire’s Pizza Bar to close as Liverpool city centre loses another independent music venue appeared first on Getintothis.

Storm Petrel ringing Eilean Nan Ron, 2018 St Helens Now Leisure

wirralbirders.blogspot.com - Below: adult Bonxie keeping an eye on proceedings. We did find some shrivelled carnivorous Sundews but the recent dry weather meant the boggier areas of the island had virtually dried up along with t?

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Bird Streets - Bird Streets I Dont Hear A Single

In those halcyon Anything Should Happen Days, the emphasis was on forgotten artists and albums from the previous 20 years, rather than the regular fuss on Rock Excess and Mop Tops from the past. It came to celebrate great Singer Songwriters such as Michael Penn, Matthew Sweet and Jason Falkner. Fast Forward to I Don't Hear A Single. IDHAS's mission was to celebrate the new and under appreciated that had albums out now. John Brodeur was a name that frequently crops up.

So imagine all the excitement when the Bird Streets Telegraph started to buzz. John Brodeur was bringing out a new album with Jason Falkner, Wow! It was being released by Omnivore, a label that carefully selected new albums on quality. Think Chris Price, Cait Brennan etc.

As the release date neared we were treated to a track and Betting On The Sun was everything that I hoped it would be. If this isn't the IDHAS Song Of The Year, it will have been beaten by something truly wonderful.

Brodeur's previous album, Little Hopes, is an outstanding thing of beauty, but it suffered from a lack of promotion and support. His first album as Bird Streets trumps all that has gone before, it's an exceptional listen.

He's always been a great songwriter from the quirky beginnings to now, but Bird Streets reveals a greater experience in what appears to be an almost auto biographic affair. There's a realisation here of what's been gained and lost and it's more about things lost. This isn't a bitter affair, more of a realisation of what went wrong and an acceptance that things are better now.

It's also helps that Brodeur is one of the best lyricists around. "I remember when we were tighter than Steely Dan" being one example. This is where Jason Falkner comes in. The arrangements are tighter here, the glitter and polish more dazzling and the radio friendliness. Considering everything was played by the two, the quality of that playing is admirable.

From the opener, Carry Me with it's Stipe like verse and it's Glam Rock chorus to the closing, Until The Crown which has a chorus that could be John Waite or Kenny Loggins, the album is wall to wall, back to front quality. Direction is Paul Simon-esque in it's storytelling.

Stop To Breathe has an aching riff and it's here you realise how good John Brodeur is at writing choruses, a fault sometimes of Jason Falkner, who is the best verse writer around. Same Dream could be a jaunty TV Sit Com Theme, think Friends Territory. Same Dream is the only time that the lyrical soul searching gets melancholic, again I turn my thoughts to Paul Simon.

What you have here is one of the best albums that you will hear this or any year. Brodeur confirms himself as one of the great songwriters of this generation. The collaboration with Jason Falkner helps reveal that even more. Album Of The Year Material? You bet!

Betting On The Sun is getting a lot of Radio Airplay and rightly so, it's an absolute wonder of a song, I can't easily describe my reaction on first hearing it. It would also be a wise man that delves further into John Brodeur's past. You can listen and buy back catalogue, including Little Hopes, here.

You can buy Bird Streets here. You can also buy the CD at Kool Kat here. You can find out more about Bird Streets here.

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