Review | Jiggy – Translate

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Translate, the debut studio album from trad inspired band Jiggy. Communication characterizes Translate. The overarching theme of language through sound and rhythm defines Jiggy’s debut and is felt through every movement the music makes. Using traditional roots flourishes to convey this, the group widen their own sonic scope with a fusion of influences.…

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Alarmist – Popular Demain

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Popular Demain, the debut full-length studio album from instrumental four-piece Alarmist.  The language of music is a universal one. The communicative back and forth of sound, colored by moods and tones, that permeates from Popular Demain is an exuberant reminder of this. Alarmist’s melodic synths, jolting guitars and rolling drums all speak…

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Girls Names – Arms Around A Vision

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Arms Around A Vision, the much-anticipated third studio album from post-punk band Girls Names. Arms Around A Vision is an album that lives and dreams in shadows. A quietly, remarkably produced record Girls Names’ third outing is cast in the black and white isolated tones of post-punk and inward frustrations of…

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Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Didn’t He Ramble, the eagerly awaited sophomore album from Irish songwriting legend Glen Hansard.  “I remember the night I met you, there was something about the moon” reminisces Glen Hansard in his new album Didn’t He Ramble, above the soft shuffle of acoustic guitar there’s little that can match the instant poignancy…

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TLMT Podcast Ep. 33 – The Loneliness of the Long Distance Blogger

This week Steve is alone again naturally… as Kate is away, and hosts a mini-review special discussing the Libertines, Richard Hawley & more.  TLMT Podcast Episode Thirty Three: In this week’s show Steve reviews latest records from garage-rock legends the Libertines, acclaimed songwriter Richard Hawley, Irish alternative act Codes and the enigmatic Blooms, as well…

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Anderson – Patterns

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Patterns, the debut solo album from singer-songwriter Anderson (aka Daniel Anderson).  Here’s a little gem of an album. A tender, loving self-portrait of a songwriter and the world as he sees it, Patterns is a wonderful slice baroque pop surrounded in sweeping production. The big moments in Patterns are the small ones, when Anderson is…

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Ryan Sheridan – Here and Now

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Here and Now, the long-awaited sophomore studio album from singer-songwriter Ryan Sheridan.  Neil Young once said about ‘Heart of Gold’ that “This song put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting…

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Neon Atlas – Graffiti Reality

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Graffiti Reality, the sophomore album from Cork-based alternative-rock band Neon Atlas.  Channeling the unreserved generation-x angst of early Smashing Pumpkins records, the music of Graffiti Reality is a series of punches delivered by held back dynamism that catch you unaware. This is best seen in the minuet guitar doodle to all-out alternative-rock ferocity…

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Listen | TLMT Podcast Ep. 15 – The Rules of Mother

This week on the Last Mixed Tape podcast Steve reviews the Eskies, Fierce Mild plus more and goes all Tom Waits (via Kevin Spacey). While Kate lays down the law. Episode fifteen also finds Kate & Steve talking about TLMT Canalaphonic takeover, the #Televisemusic campaign (Nialler9’s Irish Times piece), the Irish top 10 albums and this weekend’s gigs…

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Everything Shook – Argento Nights

The Last Mixed Tape reviews the new E.P. from Dublin based three-piece Everything Shook, entitled Argento Nights. Everything Shook’s E.P. Argento Nights is a record about unyielding individuality, frustration and brute force. Built from disparate musical parts, it’s also a record that fuses a myriad of sounds into a harsh, uneasy listen that captures the imagination. The twinkling…

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