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Daniel Cressey



Californian reggae act the Aggrolites have recently finished playing a stadium tour of Britain playing support to Madness. Daniel Cressey chats to the group at a headline date at the London Underworld about the uniqueness of being a reggae band in America



Daniel Cressey reflects upon ‘Let Yourself Go’, a new box set which compiles together the Supremes' final post-Diana Ross recordings between 1974 and 1977.

Live Reviews

Justin Townes Earle
Felice Brothers
Osaka Ramones

Dan Cressey finds Justin Townes Earle, despite his mournful form of alt-country, to be surprisingly charming in an accomplished performance at the Union Chapel in London
Dan Cressey finds Americana outfit the Felice Brothers to be a contender for the all American everyman band of choice at a superb show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London
Dan Cressey at Cargo on London watches Japanese all female punk trio Shonen Knife under the moniker of the Osaka Ramones play an incredible set of Ramones covers...

Favourite Albums

Townes Van Zandt
Phil Alvin
Mountain Goats

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Dan Cressey reflects on American singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt's 1972 album 'The Late Great Townes Van Zandt', which has just been reissued in a remastered version with extra songs
Dan Cressey reflects on 'County Fair 2000', Blasters' front man Phil Alvin's 1994 second solo album, which, recently reissued, finds him moving away from rock and roll and experimenting with jazz and blues
In our Re:View section, in which our writers look back on albums from the past, Dan Cressey examines lo-fi act Mountain Goats' 2002 album 'All Hail West Texas', which has recently been reissued


Serge Gainsbourg

Gig of a Lifetime

Dan Cressey for 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes about his favourite songs by French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg
In 'Gig of a Lifetime', in which a different Pennyblackmusic writer writes of a once in a lifetime gig, Dan Cressey writes of going to a gig by offbeat indie rockers Super Furry Animals in their hometown of Cardiff

Neville Clay

In our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' column, in which our writers write about the personal impact on music on their lives, Dan Cressey writes, with Britpop reaching its height in Camden, just a short walk across North London, about being a teenager in the mid 90's and listening instead to the Offspring
Dan Cressey finds hardcore punk Lennon sadly demolishing any credibility they may have ever once had on their new DVD, which has been released as part of the Beyond Warped Live Music Series
Dan Cressey examines raucous American blues-rockers the Black Keys new DVD which was recorded live in Sydney in Australia
With a punk soundtrack that includes Black Flag and Anti Flag, new DVD film documentary 'Stoked' tells of 80's skateboarding hero, Mark ‘Gator’ Rogowski, who is now in prison for murder. Daniel Cressey profiles the film, and tells of Gator's downfall


Mountain Goats
Kid Koala
James Leg

Abstract but haunting latest concept album from the Mountain Goats upon which front man John Darnielle sympathetically examines the 80's Gothic movement
Flawed new concept album about two people separated by one of them voyaging to Mars from DJ Kid Koala which finds him moving away from the turntable and experimenting with traditional instruments such as keyboards and guitars
Essential blues rock which proves deserving of a wider audience on third solo album from raw-voiced Nashville-based musician James Leg
Compelling third album recorded from punk supergroup the Mutants, the band of Adam and the Ants bassist Chris Constantinou and Damned drummer Rat Scabies, and which involves members of the Eagles of Death Metal and the Dandy Warhols

Lumen Lab
Advance Base
Baby Chaos

Challenging but compelling third album from Lumen Lab, the nom de plume for Mexican electronic musician Diege Martinez
Melancholic musings on American life finds ex-Casiotone for the Painfully Alone front man Owen Ashworth with his new project Advance Base on familiar but fertile musical ground
A long hiatus is no bar to a rowdy return with first album in seventeen years for Glaswegian rockers Baby Chaos
Glorious rock and roll on second album from punk supergroup the Mutants, which include Adam and the Ants bassist Chris Constantinou and Damned drummer Rat Scabies, and involves on this record a rotating set of Japanese guest stars

Mountain Goats
Southern Tenant Folk Union
J Mascis

Eccentric but enthralling new album from off-kilter North Carolina bandt the Mountain Goats, upon which front man John Darnielle’s songwriting focuses on the world of professional wrestling
Ambitious and imaginative yet unrelentingly downbeat concept album from left-wing Edinburgh folk collective the Southern Tenant Folk Union, which takes all its song titles from Chuck Norris films
Surprisingly understated yet excellent latest solo record from Dinosaur Jr front-man and guitarist, J Mascis
Excellent double CD compilation that examines the under-explored but rich musical landscape of Haiti in the 1960s and 1970s

Mikal Cronin
Treetop Flyers
Hot Chip

Essential combination of Beach Boys-style and gritty Nirvana-style distortion on second album from Californian singer-songwriter and guitarist, Mikal Cronin
Excellent debut album from London-based, but Los Angeles-formed folk act Treetop Flyers, which follows four years on from their first EP
Fabulous five CD bset from reggae label Trojan Records, released to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Jamaican independence
Over polished and often soulless fifth album from much acclaimed London-based electronica band, Hot Chip

Johnny Cash
Dan Sartain

Furious and brief political punk on often intoxicating debut album from OFF!, the new band of fomrer Black Flag singer Keith Morris
Powerful collection of country gospel rarities from the late Johnny Cash, which focuses on his religious faith
Fantastic rock and roll on double CD reissue of 1980 first studio album and 2002 live album from hard-working and thrilling Californian act, the Blasters
Infectious lo-fi mini-album from Birmingham, Alabama-based singer-songwriter Dan Sartain, which merges late 50's rock 'n' roll with a punk edge

Buffalo Killers
808 State
Richard Buckner
Girls Guns and Glory

Beautiful-sounding, but unchallenging retro country rock on third album from Ohio-based band, Buffalo Killers
Fantastic compilation album from Manchester-based band 808 State, which serves as a swaggering reminder of both how good dance music can be and what an influential and eclectic act they have been
Glorrious and seemingly effortless first album in five years from acclaimed American singer-songwriter, Richard Buckner
Gloriously listenable anthems of heartbreak on fourth album from Boston-based Americana outfit, Girls Guns abd Glory

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