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.