Stephen Lewin

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Melvins and Jon Spencer Take Over Stylus, 26.10.18 - The Gryphon

It's a punctual 7.30 start for Jon Spencer whose hot, sweaty, garage noise blasting out around Stylus presents a welcome respite from the Baltic winds ravaging the streets outside. Stripped of Judah Bauer and Russell Simins' driving Blues Explosion backing, one might expect tonight to be more of a subdued affair.

Planet Slop
11/26/2017
Mac DeMarco, Montero: Mountford Hall, Liverpool - Live Reviews - Planet Slop

Mac DeMarco, the face that launched a thousand faded strap-back caps, tosses a bra back into the crowd. His dented grin beams out across the sweating multitude; a devoted throng that appears to revere DeMarco as some sort of nouveau-slacker royalty and also, apparently, an unlikely sex symbol.

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Aesop Rock & TOBACCO are Malibu Ken - The Gryphon

TOBACCO, otherwise known as Thomas Fec from electro-psych troupe Black Moth Super Rainbow, has not been visible on the international music scene in recent years. Citing a creative block as the reason for his dry spell, Fec's musical mojo appears to have been reinvigorated on this collaboration with alt-rapper Aesop Rock.

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Kurt Vile is Back With New Album, Bottle It In - The Gryphon

'One Trick Ponies', one of the singles prefacing Kurt Vile's new album, serves as both a bit of preemptive self-critique and a statement of intent. "I've always had a soft spot for repetition" croons Vile in the song's chorus. And, yes, we know the drill: countryfied Yacht-rock with daydreamy, rambling commentary.

Planet Slop
12/31/2017
Planet Slop's 2017 Selection Box - Music - Planet Slop

As 2017 draws to a close, Planet Slop contributors select some of their favourite albums from the past 12 months. A couple of weeks ago, we mocked the whole concept of end of year lists, and the self-important twaddle that tends to go into it. So now of course, we're doing one.