Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Primitives - The Coventry Demo's

This is the sound of very early Primitives. The sound here is just so raw and uncomprimising but it's easy to see why they did so well. The quality of the songs stands out a mile.
According to the information I have these demo's were recorded in Coventry on 31st October 1985.
If you pop over to The Perfumed Garden you can now download all three Primitives Peel Sessions.

The Primitives - The Coventry Demo's. zip

1. Thru The Flowers
2. Crash
3. All The Way Down
4. Thru The Flowers (different version)
5. Spacehead
6. As Tears Go By
7. Across My Shoulder
8. Stop Killing Me
9. Shadow

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Art Brut - Live In Berlin, 17th December 2005

This recording was broadcast live on Fritz FM in Germany. The gig was at Columbiahalle in Berlin on 17 th December where the brilliant Art Brut were supporting Maximo Park. This really is a fantastic performance from the band which gave us one of the best albums of the year in "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" a copy of which should be in everyone's collection by now.
Enjoy.

Art Brut - Live In Berlin. zip

1. Back In Black/Formed A Band
2. My Little Brother
3. Bang Bang Rock & Roll
4. Rusted Guns Of Milan
5. Modern Art
6. Moving To L.A.
7. St. Pauli
8. Emily Cane
9. Top Of The Pops
10. Good Weekend

Art Brut have one UK show coming up before they head back off into Europe.

5th January - London, Elbow Rooms

Friday, December 23, 2005

Do you remember the day's when punk was punk, when bands were proud of their lack of technical ability and relied purely on the spirit of the thing to carry them through. These days of course the ranks of punk have been infiltrated by middle class idiots (no names mentioned) who meticulously plan every guitar riff and spend hours carefully writing what they consider to be "punk" music.
How refreshing it is then to hear bands who genuinly seem to have that raw edge. Who clearly have'nt spent hours rehearsing and who just ooze passion and spirit. Sadly these bands will be overlooked by the major labels simply because they're not controllable enough.
Two such bands are Jerk and Red Monkey who I seem to recall featured on a particularly good Slampt Records compilation called Elastic Jet Mission some time ago and these days release their material through the mighty Troubleman Records. Jerk on the other hand....well it's 1977 all over again.

Jerk - Public Transit Ho's
Jerk - Anthem
Red Monkey - Bike Song
Red Monkey - Courage In This Now

Panda Riot come from Philadelphia and consist of Brian, Rebecca and a drum machine. The music is quite simply gorgeous. Swirling guitars and lovely blissed out vocals. As far as I can make out they don't have any official releases as yet but watch this space.

Panda Riot - The Jesus Demeanor
Panda Riot - Plateau

Finally I must ecourage you to visit the Lost Music Recordings website where you can download the second EP from the wonderful Celestial which really is a must have. Additionally you can also download EP's from "Trip" and those Burning World favorites "The Crack Babies" who have all seven tracks from their "Smoking At Gas Stations" available for download.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Mummy Short Arms

As the end of the year approaches it seems that every man and his dog (or hers for that matter) is busy compiling lists of their favorite records of the year. It is therefore my pleasure to inform you that Burning World is, and will remain a list free zone. I just can't see the point, I mean this year has seen some fantastic records but I'm not going to sit here and say that's a better record than this one and therefore is one place higher in my list. If I made one it would be full of joint number one's because there have been at least fifteen records this year which I regard as almost perfect and could justify anyone's number one slot.
So There!!!!

Mummy Short Arms are an unsigned band from Glasgow. Formed in 2003 they remain tucked away in a corner of deepest darkest Scotland just waiting for some record company guy with taste (I'm assured some do exist) to take a chance on what could be a great band. The singer sometimes sounds as though he might die at any moment (an interesting selling point) especially on "Mexican Girl". The great thing is it's not immediatly easy to tell what they've been listening to. I suppose they could draw comparisons to bands like The Vasalines and The Melvins but hey, who's comparing.

Mummy Short Arms next gig is at the Barfly in Glasgow on 19th January next year.

Mummy Short Arms - Mexican Girl
Mummy Short Arms - One Armed Tramp
Mummy Short Arms - Super Sonic Ego

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Micrographia

Micrographia come from Wales, Bangor to be precise. Formed in 2003 by Dave McCann, Andy Jones and Ben Powell. On first listen they reminded me of El Hombre Trajeado but don't be fooled by that. A lot of people say all post-rock sounds the same and I would encourage those people to wrap their ears around this.
Micrographia have seemingly all of their previous work available for free download from the Mankymusic site including their latest offering "Everything Will Turn To Heat" which in my view is the best place to start.

Micrographia - Candles
Micrographia - Light Shines Eternal

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The Clientele - Strange Geometry

This is probably something I should have mentioned a while back but if you're not already aware The Clientele have a new album avaliable through Pointy Records. It's called "Strange Geometry" and is certainly in my top ten list this year. Or at least it would be if I had a list. Anyway this is in my opinion the best offering from the Hamshire band yet. The sound is as fragile as ever and the songs are just blissful.

The Clientele - E.M.P.T.Y.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Darling Buds - Port Talbot 16/7/1987

I just thought it would be good to post this as a follow up to The Darling Buds Peel Session which is now on-line over at The Perfumed Garden.
Enjoy.

The Darling Buds - Port Talbot 16/07/1987. zip

1. Shame On You
2. Just To Be Seen
3. If I Said
4. It's All Up To You
5. Just May Be The One
6. When It Feels Good
7. I Couldn't Remember
8. Mary's Got To Go
9. The Other Night
10. Think Of Me
11. Love Me Tender
12. Shame On You
13. If I Said

Friday, November 18, 2005

Fawn & Un-Real

Ok, I'm going to try and describe these two bands witout mentioning My Bloody Valentine....Damn there it goes already.
No seriously it seems that every band which comes along and uses droney atmospheric guitars and fx pedals gets compared to bands from fifteen years ago. To be honest if I was in one of these bands it would really piss me off. The way I look at it is that these bands are making NEW music and we should listen to it and take it at face value and not compare it to something we heard fifteen years ago. After all most music is in some way recycled through subconscious influences of things we like.
I can't tell you much about these two bands exept for the fact that their music is fantastic. I think Fawn come from Chicago but that's about it.

Un-Real - M AL
Un-Real - Hal 9000
Un-Real - Monotono

Fawn - Ice Like Mine
Fawn - Cemetery

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Santa Dog

Santa Dog come from Bristol and have just released their second EP.
I must confess this has spent more than it's fair share of time on my stereo over the last week or so. Every song is well crafted and delivered with passion. Rowena's vocals just carry the songs off with perfection.
I've read elsewhere other people comparing them to the likes of Throwing Muses and The Sundays but don't be miss-led by that. Santa Dog have a sound which is all their own and if only they would play a bit closer to York I'd love see them play.

They have a few dates coming up:-

24th November - Salisbury, The Old Ale House
10th December - London, Water Rats
15th December - Bristol, The Louisiana
18th January - Bristol, The Croft

"The Chemical EP" is avaliable from the bands website HERE

Santa Dog - Chemical

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Bromheads Jacket and Good Shoes

Every now and then a demo comes along that smacks you right between the eyes and knocks you senseless. This week I've had not one beating, but two. The first came from Bromheads Jacket. Three lads from Sheffield who write edgy spikey songs about just about everything that pisses them off. Everything from mobile phones to being stuck at traffic lights while out to get a bag of chips!
Well it works for me.

Bromheads Jacket - Woolley Bridge
Bromheads Jacket - Leslie Parlafitt

www.bromheadsjacket.com

Last Thursday night I caught the 17.56 train from York to Leeds in order to see The Fall at the Irish Centre that night. Upon passing through Church Fenton I decided to stick on the old I-Pod and listen to a few new things which had arrived. What I like to do is just pick out a random band who I've not heard before and this time I decided to listen to a demo by a band with the rather unimaginitive moniker of "Good Shoes". What a find it was, instantly brightening up the rapidly darkening landscape of Garforth and East Garforth.
The Morden based band make music worthy of anyones I-Pod and if you know what's good for you you'll get yourself over to their My Space page and have a listen for yourself.
By the way in case you were wondering, The Fall were brilliant.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Piskie Sits

The Piskie Sits come from Wakefield, West Yorkshire and are probably the best thing to come from there since.......Well to move on they have a seven inch single available on Wrath Records called "Props" which is a fine blend of melodic guitar and vocals from a man who sounds like he's auditioning for a job with Levellers 5. Brilliant.

The Piskie Sits - Lotta Bad Things
The Piskie Sits - 3 Chords Are Better Than 4

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Let Me Be Your Liquor Man

If you like your music dirty and loud then The Minni-Thins are just the thing for you. I don't really like comparing bands to other bands but if you imagine some kind of Pavement/Pixies hybrid you'll be about there. "Let Me Be Your Liquer Man" is a classic piece of garage raaawwwk. I just wish somebody would come and make sounds like that in my garage!
They have an album avaliable through theVibrating Needle lable called"In Black Cause I Asked".
More Mp3's on their site HERE

The Minni-Thins - Let Me Be Your Liquor Man
The Minni-Thins - Yor Song


The Papalazarus come from Manchester and have obviously never heard a Buzzcocks record in their lives!

The Papalazarus - If You Want To

Cosmicdust come from Japan and from what I can gather on their website are apparantly a one man band although they don't sound like it.
Mixing fuzzy guitars and dreamlike vocals to perfection. If you like My Bloody Valentine you'll love this.

Cosmicdust - Without You
Cosmicdust - Samsara
Cosmicdust - Love You

You might have noticed the new Burning World logo exploding in the corner of your screen and some kind of jukebox as well. This is all thanks to Jake Waaah whose technical expertise far surpasses mine.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

What a week it's been. I would have updated the site days ago but for a few technical problems which turned out not to be problems at all, just me been a bit thick.

One thing which did cheer me up this week was the new album by Bottom Of The Hudson on Absolutly Kocher Records.

Bottom Of The Hudson - Riot Act
Bottom Of The Hudson - Holiday Machine

Actually another thing which cheered me up was a lunchtime visit to Certificate 18 in York where I can honestly tell you I had the best steak & ale pie I have ever tasted. If your ever in York I recommend you try one.
Anyway I'm sure you don't read this to find out what food I've been eating!

This is a band I know nothing at all about. Check out "Checker Board"

Flavour Crystals - Checker Board
Flavour Crystals - Poolja

Martian Sunset is apparantly a bloke called Brian who got bored and decided to make some music. Normally this would be totally boring and barely worth a listen but this is actually really good.
It's kind of droney beats and guitar all layered to perfection.

Martian Sunset - Trail
Martian Sunset - Stalemate

RECORD BOX

Audrey - Box & Fights
Audrey - The Text Is Written (Upside Down)
Tullycraft - Rumble With The Gang Debs
They Live By Night - Night Out
Sal Boca - Sky Stands Still
Sal Boca - Feel The Life
Hail Social - Hands Tied
Grandaddy - Pull The Curtain
The Sorayas - Don't Want To Be Like You
The Sorayas - How It Begins
Soiled - Happyland

Oh and before I forget if you pop over to The Perfumed Garden you can download Peel Sessions from The Servants and The Jesus & Mary Chain.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Well it's bank holiday weekend and the races are on here in York so going out is one thing I will not be doing. In fact I think I'll take this opportunity to catch up on the stack of tunes in my inbox some of which have been sat there for weeks. Yeah I know I've been a bit lazy of late but I promise to try harder ok?

First up then is a band from Blackburn called Broken Robots and I particularly like the tremelo guitar in these tracks. Very nice and quite reminicent of My Bloody Valentine at times.
They have a Myspace site HERE

Broken Robots - Autopilot
Broken Robots - Kiss Me When
Broken Robots - Don't Tell Me
Broken Robots - Each Timely Look Away

The Hissyfits will be in the UK next month for some shows and I recommend you catch them if you can.

Sept. 16th Club Fandango, Dublin Castle, Camden with The Killers Sept. 17th Sugarmills, Stoke-on-Trent with local bands Sept. 18th The Soundhouse, Colchester with local bands Sept. 19th Queens of Noize, The Barfly, Camden with Electrocute Sept. 21st The Alex, Southend-on-Sea with Opium Pillowcase Sept. 23rd The Cavern, Exeter with Reuben Sept. 25th "One to Watch,"The Barfly, Camden with The AM Sept. 27th Rough Trade show, The Notting Hill Arts Centre with Trash Money

The Hissyfits - Something Wrong

...do you know there's few things in this world more tedious than typing out tour dates, but when The Fall announce a tour it's just got to be done.
The Fall will be touring the UK in October to promote the release of their lastest album "Heads Roll" which will be in the shops in the first week of October.
The album is to be preceded by a single "I Can Hear The Grass Grow/Clasp Hands" on 19th September through Sanctuary Records.


30 Sep - GDMW Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1 Oct - Manchester Academy 2, Manchester University Students Union
4 Oct - Central Station, Wrexham
5 Oct - The Mill, Preston
6 Oct - Boardwalk, Sheffield
7 Oct - Boardwalk, Sheffield
8 Oct - Carling Academy, Liverpool
9 Oct - The Dome, Morecambe
10 Oct - Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
13 Oct - Fat Sam's, Dundee
16 Oct - Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow
17 Oct - The Venue, Edinburgh
19 Oct - The Sage, Gateshead
20 Oct - Irish Centre, Leeds
21 Oct - Roadmender, Northampton
23 Oct - Zodiac, Oxford
24 Oct - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
25 Oct - Princess Charlotte, Leicester
26 Oct - Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
27 Oct - Coal Exchange, Cardiff
28 Oct - Patti Pavillion, Swansea
30 Oct - Concorde, Brighton
31 Oct - Academy, Bristol
2 Nov - Islington Academy, London
3 Nov - Islington Academy, London

I know absolutly nothing about The Piskie Sits apart from the fact that they come from Wakefield in West Yorkshire and their bloody good.

The Piskie Sits - Props

I mean come on, how good is that.

RECORD BOX

Camera Obscura - Books Written for Girls (Synonym Remix)
The Like Young - Tighten My Tie
The Like Young - Really Up To You
The Math & Physics Club - Movie Ending Romance
The Minni Thins - Let Me Be Your Liquor Man
The Minor Leagues - Don't Shoot Your Gun
The Dastards - This Time
The Dastards - Trouble

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Pelican have an album availiable with the catchy title "The Fire In Our Throats Will Becon The Thaw". It's quite extraordinary really, 58 minutes of guitar-laden sonic magic. If you like Rothko, Mogwai, Billy Mahonie etc..you'll love this.
Pelican - Sirius

If you liked that, try this!

Dirge Organ - Storm Of Elders

Oxford Collapse - Back In Com Again
Oxford Collapse - The Money You Have Is Maybe Too Little
Black Medicine - Dominoes
Black Medicine - Daydream

High time we had some swedish indie-pop I think.
Happy Go Lucky sound exactly like their name would suggest. Catchy pop tunes, electronic beats and nice soft vocals. What more could you possibly ask for.

Happy Go Lucky - Hope I'll Never See You Again
Happy Go Lucky - Storee
Happy Go Lucky - Whatever Made You Think

Here's a few tracks from the latest Autumndivers album. I quite enjoyed this I must admit although I'm not sure why. It's one of those records that you know you should find boring but you keep on listning anyway.
Oh well, at least I know what I'm on about. Make up your own mind.

Autumndivers - Turnaround
Autumndivers - Inasmuch

Popstar Assassins - Transcontinental
Popstar Assassins - Goodbye
Pet Politics - In My Head
Pet Politics - The Cold Wind Blows
The Dastards - This Time
The Dastards - Trouble

Here's a re-post just for you JBSolo!

1. I'm Hardly Ever Wrong
2. Great Expectations
3. I Want To Say What Goes Without Saying
4. There Is There Are Thats All

Also if you didn't know the Would Be's Peel session can be downloaded from HERE

Friday, August 05, 2005

Talulah Gosh - Janice Long Session 7th August 1986

This is the first session Talulah Gosh recorded for the BBC.
If you go over to The Perfumed Garden you will find more info plus the second session which was broadcast in November 1988 on the John Peel program.

Amelia Fletcher - Guitar/Vocals
Peter Momtchiloff - Guitar
Chris Scott - Bass
Matthew Fletcher - Drums
Gregory - Guitar
Liz Pebbles - Vocals/Violin

Talulah Gosh - Janice Long Session 07/08/1986. zip

1. Looking For A Rainbow
2. Do You Remember
3. Talulah Gosh
4. Sunny Inside

Thursday, August 04, 2005

I've just got back from a couple of days down in London. It's one of those strange things that we always seem to come back with about three times as much stuff as we went with. Anyway a good time was had by all and I have several bags full of records to wade through over the next few days.
By the way if you're ever in the Camden area of London and your feeling hungry I can highly recommend a restaurant called "Foggs" which is on Chalk Farm Road and is bloody good.

Rob Da Bank has been playing tracks from the new Fall album on his Thursdat night Radio One program. He says it's on Narnack Records and is out on 4th October but I think this must just be for the American release as it's coming out on Slogan in the UK, also that date is a tuesday. More details as soon as I can find some.

On with the music then.

Pelican - Sirius
Citizens Here & Abroad - Appearances
Citizens Here & Abroad - Enter The Elevator
Cyanotype - Iodine
Cyanotype - Versus The World
Cyanotype - Small Town Syndrome
Cyanotype - Event Horizon
Ipanema - Baseballbat [New band which features Wiz & Gerry from Mega City Four]
Ipanema - Skull
Ipanema - Flagburner
Ipanema - White Cat In A Snowstorm
Galactic Heroes - Coffee & Pastries
Galactic Heroes - Save It For A Rainy Day
Galactic Heroes - Cherokee
Galactic Heroes - Wonderful
Charlie Bubbles - The President's Brain (Is Missing)
DJ4Beat - The Great Escape [Happy Hardcore with..yes ...that tune!]

Saturday, July 23, 2005

What a week it's been. You know the ones, if it's not one thing it's another. First Nikky breaks the freezer and then one of my hard drives decides it's not going to work anymore, and that was just Monday.
Anyway it's the weekend now so time to relax with some good music and watch the cricket.

This is a track from the second Marbles album "Expo" on Spin Art records. Very catchy

Marbles - Out Of Zone

The Kingdom Flying Club are a band I heard for the first time this week and I think their quite brilliant. Definately the kind of thing to cheer you up after someones broken your freezer and your ice cream's melted.

The Kingdom Flying Club - Artists Are Boring
The Kingdom Flying Club - Cut The Negatives

....and now for something Swedish.

Happydeadmen - Useless
Happydeadmen - The First Picture Of You
Happydeadmen - Tomorrow

There's loads more mp3's avaliable on their site HERE

Gethimeathim release their debut album entitled "Geography Cones" through Absolutely Kosher records on 26th July.

Gethimeathim - Mumble Mumble (from Geography Cones)
Gethimeathim - Not Not Nervous (from the Casual Sex demo)

According to the Alive Records website Boyskout sound like a less accessable Elastica. Obviously not something to make you want to go out and buy their records then.
Give them a chance though because their actually bloody good.

Boyskout - Secrets
Boyskout - Jesse James

Is that a knock I hear on the door.....must be the man with my new freezer.

The Eames Era - Could Be Anything
Mercuro Chrome - Hurts My Eyes
DJ Trauma - Feel For You
Wildeness - Arkless

Thursday, July 14, 2005

It's just occured to me that the tracklisting for the Half Man Half Biscuit stuff on the last update is probably slightly wrong, sorry about that.

Chicago's Coltrain Motion released their new EP "No Well Ok Maybe Just A Little" through Datawaslost back in May and very nice it is too. Here's a track from it.

Coltrain Motion - Pi Is Exactly Three

I can't remember if I've featured The Spoilers before, but they're well worth a listen. Apparantly they've finished their debut album so I'll look forward to getting my mitts on a copy of that.
Fine punk from Boston.

The Spoilers - Superficial
The Spoilers - Enemy

Something I have enjoyed recently is the latest offering from Gatesby. Many a warm summers evening has been spent sat out in the evening sun listening to their Floods & Fires Lp whilst enjoying a nice bottle of red wine.
Try it.

Gatesby - Snakes
Gatesby - It's All My Fault
Gatesby - Grad School

I think the Indie-Mp3 blog recently featured Tales Of Jenny, but just in case you missed that I really must direct you to their website where you can download their fantastic demo.
On the strength of this demo I'd like to see the band play and record more stuff, but apparantly they all live in different parts of the country now so....until someone offers them a deal we'll just have to make do.

Tales Of Jenny - Prague Spring
Tales Of Jenny - Tuesday Girl

Right I'm off now cos it's my birthday and I have an appointment at a bar.

Viral Lode - Hate Pain
Viral Lode - Battery
Teenage Fanclub - It's All In My Mind
Heroes Of Switzerland - Why
The Dudley Corporation - AM
Rashamon - (Forgotten) Sherpa Folk Song

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Lon Sellitto stole my walkman

Last Thursday night I ventured into the Stone Roses Bar in York to sample some local talent.
The night was headlined by the usually outstanding Dust Bowl Central who have been featured in these pages before. On this occasion however they seemed to lack their usual cohesivity but I think it was probably because of soundboard problems or maybe just one of those nights. The real star of the show however was an electronic vandal who goes under the name of "Fish". He played his enthralling set with the help from members of "Futureretro" (who played later and were rather "on the ball" as well).
It's good when you hear someone playing electronic music with passion and originality and clearly enjoy's themselves which surely is what it's all about.

Fish - Beat The Gel
Fish - Tenchi

It's a bit of an electronic overload this time I'm afraid, but there's just so much of it about.
These tracks come from releases on the Highpoint Lowlife label. Go and give them a visit.

Rashamon - (Forgotten) Sherpa Folk Song
The Marcia Blaine School For Girls - Dance Of The Melon Man
The Marcia Blaine School For Girls - Minimal Chic

I have a bit of info regarding the new Fall album as well. Apparantly It's called "Heads Roll" and will be issued towards the end of August through Sanctuary Records offshoot label Slogan. I'm not sure if this applies to the U.S. as well but certainly for Europe. More details to come.

STILL no news on the new half man half biscuit record however, but to tide you over here's the live tracks (recorded at Sheffield Leadmill) which appeared on their 1988 lp "ACD".

Half Man Half Biscuit - ACD Live Tracks. zip

1. Albert Hammond Bootleg
2. Reflections In A Flat
3. Sealclubbing
4. Architecture And Morality, Ted And Alice
5. Fuckin' Ell, It's Fred Titmus
6. Time Flies By (When Your The Driver Of A Train)
7. All I Want For Christmas Is A Dulka Prague Away Kit
8. The Trumpton Riots

Additionally several Peel And Kershaw sessions can be found HERE

...and finally, Vinny's tune of the week:-

The B Plan - Witness Protection

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Armchair Observer

Ok we'll start this one with Tangerine. Apparantly they're working on an EP, apart from that I know nothing, but I do like this track quite a lot.

Tangerine - Ghost Of A Shark

On my way to work yesterday I was listening to new stuff and I came across a couple of tracks from Maria Taylor (who is half of Azure Ray) who released an album entitled 11.11 on Saddle Creek Records in May. I was just drawn into the style of the first track and the second is simply a great pop song.

Maria Taylor - Speak Easy
Maria Taylor - Song Beneath The Song

The Teen Anthems compilation is finally available.
It's basically a compilation of long deleted and impossible to find ltd edition singles.
I think there's a few previously unreleased tracks here as well.
It should be in the shops by the end of July, but in the meantime you can get it from here.

Teen Anthems - What A Girl Wants

The new Fall album is finished and it's called "Heads Roll".
All being well it should be out towards the end of August on Slogan Records (part of the Sanctuary Records group).
All we need now is a new album from Half Man Half Biscuit.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Record Box 25th June 2005

Architecture In Helsinki - Theme From Motorhome

Here's a couple of tracks by a bunch of Australians who go by the name of Art Of Fighting.
They've been around for a while and released a string of singles and their debut full length "Wires" in 2001. Last year they released their second album "Second Story" which I think is avaliable in the UK through Bella Union.

Art Of Fighting - Give Me Tonight
Art Of Fighting - Reasons Are All I Have Left

More downloads avaliable here

Auto Deluxe - Too Late
Andrew "Blind Boy" Butler - Man Who Drives A Train

As your probably already bored with bands that begin with "A" here's one that begins with "S"

Side A (UK) - Weekend
Side A (UK) - Waster

"Side A" come from my home town of York and make catchy punk tunes to brighten up your day.

You can catch them (if you live near York) at:-

15th July - York, Certificate 18
23rd July - Riccal, Regan Centre

Here's a couple of tracks from a London band called The Long Knives.

The Long Knives - Beautiful Shame
The Long Knives - Her Daddy Wore

If you like this you might want to visit their website HERE where you'll find more MP3's.
Or you could just go and see them at:-

12 July - London, Brixton - The Brixton Telegraph
3rd August - Balham - The Bedford

.....and finally, Vinny's tune of the week.

Neils Children - How Does It Feel Now Your On Your Own

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Editors

I suppose many of you will already be familiar with Editors but as usual no-one tells me anything. Anyway what you need to know is the album is called "The Back Room" and will be in the shops on 25th July through Kitchenware Records. It is definatly one of the best records of the year so far. From the opening track "Lights" and the single "Munich" the standard is high and never drops. You can always tell a good record by the way that you have to listen right until the end and then play it all again just to make sure, which usually results in being late for work and pissing the boss off.
There's a new single as well. "Blood" will be released on 11th July.
Ok here's a couple of tracks from "The Back Room"

Editors - Fall/Someone Says

Official Website
Kitchenware Records

Friday, June 17, 2005

The Family Cat

As I've just posted the second Family Cat Peel Session on The Perfumed Garden I thought it would be good to post the three tracks from their classic "Remember What It Is That You Love" single.
Originally released on Bad Girl records in 1990 it features three tracks:-

1. Remember What It Is That You Love
2. Push Comes To Shove
3. (Thought I'd Died) And Gone To Heaven

The Family Cat - Remember What It Is That You Love EP. zip

Sunday, June 12, 2005

My Violent Ego

I just stumbled across this band while I was messing around on Music Download.com of all places. They sound like some sort of Slowdive/Cocteau hybrid if you know what I mean?....No?..Well just give them a chance, reverb, beautiful haunting vocals and the odd sound which could have been taken directly from Loveless.

This is what Music Download.com had to say about them.

Paolo met christy through mp3.com in late 2000. Paolo is from rome, italy, Christy from edingbourgh, scotland. They never met vis-?-vis for two years. They exchanged music files through internet and mail, her to vocals and violins, him to guitars, guitars, guitars and drumloops, setting up enough songs to self release an ep in 2001 L?tost, a first full length Feel Yr Sleep, and two years later, through an French indie label (Ocean Music) a new album called Carried Along By Fate. Then They met in 2003, for a couple of radio exibithions and gigs, and the year after for a some gigs around Italy.

Here's some tracks from their "Clicks & Hisses"ep.

1. Plam
2. Swoonow
3. Go Bed
4. Come On Sleep
5. Crawling
6. Saint-My Self
7. What If She Leaves
8. Well, She Left
9. Pesky Fly

More tracks are avaliable on their website here.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Candy

Well I've just got back after a weekend of over indulgence and my head hurts so I'm just going to go and lay on the sofa for a bit.....Oh before I go you might want to have a quick listen to Candy.
Can't tell you anything at all about them apart from the singer used to be in The Paradise Motel and the guitarist used to be in Cindytalk. Right thats it, I'm off to annoy the cat.
They have more mp3's on their website.

Candy - Drips Like Honey
Candy - Late Night Master
Candy - Last Night

www.stolenrecordings.co.uk

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Would Be's

As a follow up to The Would Be's session posted on The Perfumed Garden last week I thought I would post their debut EP released on Decoy Records in 1990. They released two EP's of which this was the first. The second EP was entitled "Silly Songs For Cynical People" and was released the following year.
I've heard the band re-formed a couple of years ago, but I can't find any information. If anybody has any more information about that please let me know.

The Would Be's - First EP

Hope this sorts you out Mark.

1. I'm Hardly Ever Wrong
2. Great Expectations
3. I Want To Say What Goes Without Saying
4. There Is There Are That's All

Electralane

Electralane released their follow up to last years "The Power Out" LP through Too Pure on 9th May, and features new bassist Ross Murray.

The bands recent session for One Music was also well worth a listen. I particularly liked "Those Pockets Are People".

One Music Session - 24th May 2005.

1. Bells
2. Two For Joy
3. Gone Darker
4. Those Pockets Are People/The Partisan

www.toopure.com

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Dust Bowl Central

I went to Fibbers in York the other night to watch the fabulous Engineers who were ...well...fabulous. They were supported by Dust Bowl Central, a local band who I've not seen before, but on the strength of their performance I'll be making the effort to catch up with them again.
Their sound is quite original. Synths, Guitar, Bass and Drum Machine and good songs all combine to produce a sound which holds your attention.
All in all I would rather see them enjoy some success than some of the poor excuses for bands we currently see on the national circuit.

They have some mp3's availiable on their site at:-www.dustbowlcentral.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The Dares

The Dares are a bunch of New Yorkers who produce a very English jingly jangly indie sound.
They remind me of so many classic indie bands from the past I just can't be bothered to list them all. So they should be one of those "Ok, but we've heard it all before" bands.....but no, The Dares incorporate all that indie stuff but with style. The boy/girl vocals, the jangly guitar, the twee keyboards. They make it all their own.
They have an album due out on Skipping Stones Records sometime soon.

The Dares - John Peel's Record Collection

God Is An Astronaut

God Is An Astronaut are a three piece from Dublin. Formed in 2002 they released their debut album "The End Of The Beginning" in 2003.
They sound falls somewhere between Mogwai and Engineers (who I'll be watching at Fibbers in York tomorrow night).
The band have recently released their second album "All Is Violent, All Is Bright" and a single "Fragile" which apparantly has had play on MTV 2 (not that that means anything).
There only seems to be one gig in the pipeline, at The Water Rats Theatre in London on August 9th.

God Is An Astronaut - Fragile (Live)

Website

Thursday, May 05, 2005

a.P.A.t.T.

I'm not sure what you'll make of this band from Liverpool. They make....well....music about as dis-jointed as it's possible to do, but it all just somehow works.
From electronic bleeps and tones to full on guitar distortion and even some vocals thown into the mixer now and again.
Great, just how we like it.

a.P.A.t.T. - The Man Returns From Hereafter With A Future Flower

a.P.A.t.T. - The Blood


www.apatt.com


A few things you might like (or not).

Boyracer - Doorframe
Pillowcase - Nice Try
Spraydog - Peardrops

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Sinking Citizenship....oh and Melys too

Something I probably should have mentioned earlier is that Melys released a new lp last month. I have only just got around to it but it's well up to standard and keeps Melys at the top of the Welsh tree.

The Sinking Citizenship hail from the slightly warmer climate of Melbourne, Austrailia. They released their debut lp over there at the end of last year and very soon (if not already) it'll be released over here through Sweet Nothing/Cargo.
I think they have a limited edition (500 copies) single out through Fantastic Plastic as well.
Anyway, check out the mp3's.

The Sinking Citizenship - Shake
The Sinking Citizenship - The Doomstars

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The B Plan

Ok, I'm not pissing about with this one, I'll come straight to the point.
The B Plan are quite simply the best new band I've heard so far this year.
I don't know a great deal about them but they appear to be just the latest of the ever increasing list of great bands coming out of London at the moment (do I detect a "scene"?).
Well, I suppose that's about all I can tell you. There's a couple of dates coming up:-

May 5th London, Shush @ Ginglik
July 1st London, Borderline

www.thebplan.co.uk

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Boyfriends

I don't know about you but it's so refreshing to hear a band who are just so obviously themselves. No pretentiousness just four lads playing from the heart.
They've already released a split E.P. with The Long Blonds which featured two of their demo's and they've recorded a session for John Kennedy's show on XFM.
Anyway enough of the bollocks at the end of the day they are just a bloody good indie band and the sooner they release some proper records the better.

See them at:-
April 16th Leeds, Brunenell Social Club
10th June Lancaster, Farmers Arms
16th June Bristol, Zanzibar Rooms

The Boyfriends - Once Upon A Time
The Boyfriends - A Fearless Heart

Monday, April 11, 2005

Battle

Battle are a London based indie four piece who have recently signed to the wonderful Fierce Panda label.
Their debut single "Isabelle" will be released on April 25th.

Gig Diary

13th April Swindon, Furnace (with The Subways)
14th April Aldershot, West End Centre (with The Subways)
16th April London, Mean Fiddler
19th April London Camden, Dublin Castle

Mp3

Tendency

Sunday, March 27, 2005

True Swamp Neglect

Signed to Bournmouth's Superglider label True Swamp Neglect make one hell of a racket!!
Described in some quarters as the British Pavement (not that I ever visit those quarters) they make sounds and songs worthy of anyones bedroom............or living room......if you don't have parents like I had (still have actually but thankfully many miles away from my house) who would frequently shout upstairs "Get that bloody shit off before I put me foot through it". I remember one afternoon sat in my bedroom minding my own business playing The Fall's Peel Session EP and getting about half way through "No Xmas For John Keys" when my dad kicked the door open and stood there with blood vessels bulging out of the side of his extremely red face, looking like he was going to combust at any moment. He tried to shout but such was his rage all he did was splutter and growl something along the lines of "where did we go wrong...uh..aah..GET THIS FUCKIN' FREAK CRAP OFF NOW ......err....umm....there's a good lad, why don't you go outside for a bit." With that he wandered slowly back down the stairs and could be heard muttering "Bloody pornography". I don't know if The Fall have ever been described is pornography before but my dad has a way with words.
Anyway back to the matter in hand. True Swamp Neglect have an album avaliable from Superglider. It's called "Sleep Function Lost" and will set you back a tenner. It will also look very nice on your fireplace so get on.

True Swamp Neglect - The Shield
True Swamp Neglect - Dry Eyed Riot

Something & Nothing

Just a quick one to let you know about a top Wedding Present website.
Something & Nothing is an archive of just about everything to do with The Wedding Present/Cinerama. From press articles to carrier bags, and there's some good downloads too.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Herman Dune

Herman Dune release their new LP "Not On Top" through Track & Field records on April 11th.
This time the Dunes have gone completely mad and recorded the whole thing in mono! but I suppose that's what being Swedish does for you. Not that there's anything wrong with Sweden you understand, but it is bloody cold there. Having said that this record was recorded in Leeds so that's blown that out of the water then!!

They have some UK dates coming up as well and I would well advise you to try to get to see them if you're not too busy.

April 26 London, 100 Club
April 27 BBC, (tbc)
April 28 Bristol, The Cube
April 29 Bristol, The Cube
April 30 Cardiff, University
May 01 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
May 02 Stockton, Georgian Theatre
May 03 Newcastle, Cumberland Arms
May 04 Manchester, Roadhouse
May 05 Brighton, Komedia
May 06 Norwich, Arts Centre
May 07 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

Last year Herman Dune recorded a session for VPRO in the Netherlands.
Give it a listen.

1. Show Me The Roof
2. Why Would That Hurt
3. Take Me To Your Little Country House
4. In The City
5. Hardly Lost One Morning
6. Time Of Glory-NYC

Record Box

Here's a selection of the best MP3's for the month of March.
Enjoy:-

Eluvium - New Animals From The Air
Starflower - You're Not Alone
Psychic Drive - Dead Roses
Low - Monkey
Black Lipstick - Grandma Airplane
The Lucksmiths - The Chapter In Your Life Entitled San Francisco
Lovejoy - Sid Vicious
Sans Trauma - Give In To Win
Sambassadeur - Between The Lines
Kicker - Blue
Starflyer 59 - Good Sons

Friday, February 18, 2005

Sixer

There are bands whose music just drifts over you and disappears into the abyss almost un-noticed. Then there are bands who grab your attention and from the second the first trace of sound erupts from your speakers your addicted. Sixer fall into the latter catagory.
So how the hell can a band from Birmingham be any good? (Only Kidding there have been loads of good bands from Birmingham, like...... erm...... oh well, I'm sure I'll remember later.)
Sixer were formed in 2003 and on first listen sound like a combination of The Sundays, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins and Slowdive. Zoe's voice just drifts around changing pitch and slapping around at every opportunity.
Anyway they have 8 tracks available for download from HERE
Apparantly there should be an album at some point too!!

UPCOMING DATES

February 24th - Birmingham - Bar Acadamy
March 23rd - Birmingham - Flapper & Firkin

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Sans Trauma

Sans Trauma were formed in Edinburgh in summer 2003 and sound like all the best bits of all those droneyesque bands of the early nineties.
I'm not going to make comparisons to specific bands but just pay them a listen.

Sans Traunma Downloads

They also have some dates coming up:-

6th March Somewhere in Glasgow (see website for more details)
10th March Edinburgh - Cellar Bar
24th March Edinburgh - Teviot Underground (with Five Day Hemingway, Mr Tabaobu, Speedboat, Azadeh)

Friday, January 28, 2005

Totally Wired

A few years ago it was suggested that The Fall should release a Complete Peel Sessions compilation. John Peel himself said he would greatly like to see such a volume. Unfortunatly it's only after his death that it becomes a reality.
Sanctuary Records will release The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004 on March 28th as a 6 CD boxed set which will also include the track Job Search originally recorded for the great man's 60th birthday, and there's a nice 30 page booklet with nice photo's and session details and stuff like that.

TOUR DATES

The Fall also have a few dates coming up:-

March 7th Middleton Civic Centre
March 8th Cambridge The Junction
March 9th Leeds Irish Centre
March 10th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
March 11th Brighton Concorde 2
March 13th Norwich Waterfront
May 20th London The Forum Kentish Town