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Album review: New Bums – ‘Last Time I Saw Grace’: Ben and Donovan reveal an unexpected treat

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Album review: Chad VanGaalen – ‘The World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener’: an excellent, multifaceted curio of psych and fun

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KRISTINA MOORE it is who guises as koleżanka for her particular lusciously free, electronica- and folksily informed guitar music; and the New York-via-deepest Arizona songstress will surely be tempting her into your world via the conduit of her debut album, set for release at the end of July. Combining elements of retrotronica, a lo-fi modular …

HELVETIA is the current musical doings of fine lo-fi songsmith Jason Albertini, otherwise known to your American alt.rock-lovin’ ears as precisely 33% of San Jose’s Duster; and time spent wisely as bassist for the glorious Built to Spill for six years from 2012 to 2018.  His new lockdown basement album is out just over a fortnight from now on …

NOTHING less than absolute royalty of the US alt.rock scene, Lou Barlow, formerly of Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and Sentridoh, The Folk Implosion, is set to grace our ears with his first solo album in six years. Good things come to he who waits. That album, Reason To Live, will be out this very Friday, May …

AN ABSOLUTE statesman of the American alt.rock scene, whose easy and innate way with a tune has led us forward from Dinosaur Jr. through Sebadoh (I mean, m’lud: “Flame”? Case surely rested), Lou Barlow is shortly to deliver his first solo album in six years: shortly as in, a week today, actuellement. After decades on …

HELVETIA – besides being the female national symbol of the Swiss, we’ll leave that aside for now, is the latest musical doings of Jason Albertini, otherwise known to your American alt.rock-lovin’ ears as precisely 33% of San Jose’s Duster; and time spent wisely as bassist for the glorious Built to Spill for six years from 2012 to 2018.  He’s …

PHILADELPHIA indie outfit The Ricos, whose Spirit State EP we adored last year in the heights of lockdown summer, have put together a video for their cracking single, “What Comes Next?” which we’re premiering here on Backseat Mafia today. It’s a lovely autumnal swirl of the sweetest six-string indie noise-pop that reminds us – with …

WITH a first solo album in nigh on six years just cusping the horizon – it’s called Reason to Live, it’ll be out at the end of the month on Joyful Noise Recordings, and you can find out where to snag yourself a copy down at the end there – and following the chiming, heartfelt loveliness of “Over …

TIME to get dirty and righteously fuzz-rocky, with a Swiss angle; Helvetia is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Jason Albertini, exactly one third of San Jose’s Duster and bassist for the lovely Built to Spill from 2012 to 2018. Helvetia are releasing their tenth album and fifth for Joyful Noise, Essential Aliens on June 25th; by way of bringing that news to …

NOTHING less than absolute royalty of the US alt.rock scene, Lou Barlow, formerly of Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and Sentridoh, The Folk Implosion, is set to grace our ears with his first solo album in six years – and you can watch the video for the first single drop herein. That album, Reason To Live, will …

THE ISOLATION of the pandemic has caused millions of people worldwide to realize how instrumental socialization and interaction has been in our lives. Separated from this aspect of ourselves for over a year has left many of us feeling hollow and aware of the hole left in our lives. We have tried to stay connected …