Entries in track of the day (10)


Russian Circles - Harper Lewis

Over the past couple of weeks there's an album that I've been listening to a lot - Station by Russian Circles. It's not particularly new, it was released on Suicide Squeeze Records in 2008, but seeing them play live at ULU a few weeks ago rekindled my excitement for them.

An instrumental, three piece band Russian Circles fall into many genres, perhaps most notably post-punk and mathcore – this evident through their past and present associations with bands such as Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, Dakota/Dakota and Mouth Of The Architect.

For me Russian Circles are one of those bands who's music is undoubtedly better live than recorded. That said all of their records are worthy of a listen and make a strong addition to any collection.

Picking a single stand-out track is difficult, but at a push I've gone for the rather epic Harper Lewis - at a little over seven minutes long it gives you a taste of what to expect from the band - a heavy bassline, and a complex use of effects and loop pedals.

You should give Russian Circles a listen, but before doing so make sure you've the volume and bass turned up (you'll appreciate it at around 2:28-2:40 onwards!).

Harper Lewis by Russian Circles


Two Cow Garage, Brixton Windmill

Previous to this weekend I'd not known too much of Two Cow Garage which given their relationship to Cory Branan, Jon Snodgrass, Austin Lucas, Drag The River (a group of artists I'm a fan of) I'm ashamed to admit. Although through the 'artist radio' feature on LastFM I'd unknowingly heard a few of their tracks previously which gave a nice sense of familiarity when I saw them play at the Windmill, Brixton on Sunday evening.

Despite not knowing too many of the songs Two Cow Garage were instantly listenable, sounding somewhere between (post D-Generation/Fine Art Of Self Destruction) Jesse Malin and early Gaslight Anthem – a good mix of edgy, punk influenced, sing-along-to, alt-country anthems.

On what was a Bank Holiday Sunday evening there was a passionate crowd out in force to see the band from Ohio who played a lengthy set covering tracks across their five albums. As a first time listener there were a number of stand out tracks including 'Sally, I've Been Shot, 'Lydia', 'What Dying Is For', and my favourite track of the evening, the power cut induced acoustic, 'Jackson, Don't You Worry'.

If you get a chance to see them play live then I'd highly recommend it, whatever your taste they play the kind of music that you can't help but drink and have a good time to.

Two Cow Garage: Jackson, Don't Worry:

Two Cow Garage: Lydia:


Rökkurró: Sólin mun skína & Sjónarspil

This time last year I'd not heard of Rökkurró, however since seeing them play live in London last year I've given them a fair number of listens and they've held a fairly consistent place on both my iPod and our office jukebox.

The album, Í Annan Heim, is Rökkurró's 2nd offering and I find it to be the perfect accompaniment for wandering around town or those mornings when you can afford to take a more leisurely journey into work.

Singing in her native tongue Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir is accompanied by a complex and often eerie arrangement of cello, piano, guitar and drums.  It's difficult to place their music into a particular genre, however the band have described themselves as a mix of indie, post-rock with classical influences.  That's got be worth a listen, right?

If you like the sound of Rökkurró then they happen to be playing in London tomorrow (April 13th) at the Brixton Windmill – you should definitely check them out.

Sjónarspil by vas_bxl.