Archive for September, 2013

New Pioneer AV Range in Glasgow

19th September 2013

The Glasgow store has taken delivery of its new season stock of Pioneer’s heavyweight AV receivers: the £1,999 SC-LX87 and £1,199 SC-LX57, alongside the ever excellent LX55 Blu-ray players.

The LX87 pushing things forward again, offering a whole host of features, including: 9 channels of class D amplifier special tuned at Air Studios, asynchronous USB input to stream music up to 192 kHz 32 bit,  4K pass through to accommodate ultra HD in the video section, plus multi-zone functionality and their award winning app, iControlAV2013, for use with iOS and Android.

For full details on The SC-LX87 Receiver here ->

The LX57 shares most of the its more expensive siblings functionality, but dispenses with some of the analogue inputs, has slightly less power, and isn’t tuned at Air Studios or has THX certification. It’s a stunning receiver for the money.

Full details on the SC-LX57 Receiver here ->

Whilst not new onto the market, the BDP-LX55 Blu-ray is still one of the finest players. With 3D capability, and offering true universal functionality with the ability to play SACD and DVD-Audio. Retailing at £299.

Full details on the BDP-LX55 Blu-ray here ->

 

 

The Black Angels (Live)

17th September 2013

By the time you read this, I will already have (once again) travelled up and down the country just to see The Black Angels perform live. Twice. Possibly three times if I have the strength for it.

Please visit here for as good an explanation as I can give of why. My advice is to scroll down to the full performance at the bottom, turn the lights down and the volume up…

Heavenly = http://theblackangels.com

 

 

Foals

10th September 2013

It feels like Foals have been around forever. Cast your mind back and I’m sure you’ll recollect them bursting onto the music scene with super-catchy math-rock classics like ‘Cassius, it’s over!’ That was back in 2007 and since then, an unbelievable work ethic coupled with a steadfast musical integrity has seen them take on (and conquer) the rest of the world.

Earlier this year saw the release of album number three, ‘Holy Fire’ along with a substantial world tour. They’ve even managed to squeeze in a set at almost every festival known to man. And it’s in a live setting that they really come into their own. Capable of some beautifully heartfelt moments, they can easily switch into a surprising disco-bop mode and finish with a face-melting explosion. It’s quite something to behold and usually ends up in a full-on party vibe.

So, it’s reassuring to know that as they’re all still in their twenties, there’s probably plenty of shimmy-ing from guitarist, Jimmy Smith and crowd surfing by party-starting frontman Yannis yet to come…

Here they are in an intimate setting at KCRW studios in L.A. Yes, they’re even big in The States.

Go Foals! at http://www.foals.co.uk

Ancient VVisdom

3rd September 2013

I thought everything was bigger in Texas. So I was surprised by how small legendary venue The Mohawk in Austin was when we visited it earlier this year. The welcome however, was huge. It was late afternoon and when we spoke to order a drink, the barman (followed by the security guy) said ‘No way! We should’ve been in Scotland on tour right now!’ Cue the story of how a lack of finances had forced them (or rather, the headline band) to cancel the whole tour (on which they had a support slot) at the last minute followed by their insistence on buying us a drink, and a bonding session over a shared love of music.

So much so that when we left, we headed straight to Waterloo Records and bought cd and vinyl copies of their two albums to date, A Godlike Inferno and Deathlike. They’re hard to describe but think Alice in Chains ‘Jar of Flies’ era and you’re not far off. Or you could look in your local record shop’s ‘Diabolic Folk Metal’ section. If they have one. We’re hoping that our small contribution might help them to darken these shores again as we’d love to see them, hear them play live and buy them a drink.

In the meantime, here and here they are doing their thang.

Join The Opposition at http://www.ancientvvisdom.com

p.s. I know they look like a scary bunch, but they didn’t try to sacrifice me on the bar or anything…

 

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