INDONESIAN JUNK – Stars In The Night

Indonesian Junk’s self-titled 2016 debut celebrated everything that was trashy about late 70s power pop and slightly glammy punk-pop. Huge cues from the CBGBs scene informed the bulk of the music, which was potentially enjoyable in a fairly chaotic way…provided, that is, the band kept to the upbeat. The slower numbers didn’t always fare so well and on top of that, frontman Daniel James’s drawling vocals were the very pinnacle of acquired taste. In short, then, despite glimmers of something, it was an album that could – and should – have been so much better. [A full review can be read here.]
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Anniversary box set of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Fever To Tell’ to be released in October

It’s hard to believe that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs debut album ‘Fever To Tell’ is almost fifteen years old. A hard and blistering garage rocker, the album has lost none of its fire over the passing years and numbers like ‘Tick’ and ‘Pin’ sound as vibrant and edgy as they ever did.

To mark almost a decade and a half of the much-loved album, the band are set to release a deluxe box set with extra goodies in a very limited quantity.

The press release below details everything you need to know…and more. We’re assuming the box hasn’t been spat on by Karen O, but it appears to cover most bases, including a cassette of demos for the first 200 customers.

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INDONESIAN JUNK – Indonesian Junk

Maybe it’s the reference to exotic trash in their choice of band name, or maybe it’s that the word “junk” immediately rouses memories of Manic Street Preachers’ deliberately provocative 1991 single ‘Motown Junk’ (how many bands would dare to snipe “I laughed when Lennon got shot!” in little over a decade since the former Beatle’s assassination?), but Indonesian Junk really aren’t as spiky or as confrontational as their chosen moniker suggests. For this Milwaukee based trio – whose name actually comes from a classic Cheap Trick lyric – it’s all about the relatively lo-fi, the fuzzy guitars and a general noise rather than any actual sharp edges, either musically or lyrically.

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Aah, Boston. How we love you. Home to Buffalo Tom. Home to The Russians. Home to Aerosmith, The Lemonheads, Pixies, Mission of Burma, ‘Til Tuesday and countless other great bands. Boston is probably second only to New York as the US’s spiritual home of great rock music.

Boston is also home to The Neighborhoods, Watts, Tom Baker & The Snakes and Worshipper, all of whom have connections to The Dirty Truckers.

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REAL GONE GOES OUT: Bash & Pop, Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, Kent 30/06/2017

It’s Friday night in Ramsgate. In the harbour, people are going about their usual Friday night business, drinking Belgian beers and eating tapas. On the other side of town, at the Ramsgate Music Hall, something far more unexpected is about to happen. Tommy Stinson is about to take the stage with his band Bash & Pop. For those still unaware, Tommy is a cult hero, possibly even a legend. Between the early 80s and 90s, he played bass with The Replacements, a garage rock/punk band who gained a devoted following and became influential to a future generation of musicians. He’s been a member of both Soul Asylum and Guns N’ Roses. In between those musical ventures, he’s put out a couple of great solo records and two releases with a largely overlooked band, the ironically named Perfect.

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