Welcome to Basement Dwelling, where I review new records that should be on your musical radar. What sets Basement Dwelling apart from other music review columns is that these are all albums that are currently residing in my record collection. No promo copy was given, no stream was listened to. Instead, a physical copy of an album was purchased before I listened to it. Don’t think of me as a critic, but as a music obsessive looking to open a dialogue about some of the best tunes that are currently being released.
Let’s head down to the basement and listen to Everything You’ve Come To Expect by The Last Shadow Puppets…
Back in 2008, a charming record was released: The Age of The Understatement, by the duo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane, under the name The Last Shadow Puppets. Turner and Kane were in their early twenties when they released Understatement, and were already critical darlings and, frankly, big stars in the British press.
Miles Kane was a much buzzed about singer-songwriter, and Turner proved that the hype should be believed, with his mega popular band Arctic Monkeys releasing two great records — 2006’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and 2007’s Favourite Worst Nightmare. Both were blistering, hungry, indie rock records that capped off the “Garage Rock Revival” sound of the early ’00s. These albums brought AM a lot of attention, not only in their native England where What Ever People Say… broke records for being one of the fastest selling début records by a British band, but also stateside, where the band garnered much attention and popularity, especially within the last couple of years.