Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Fleeting Joys

If you liked The Meeting Places mp3's in the update below you'll love these. Fleeting Joys come from Sacramento, California and are clearly cut from the same cloth as The Meeting Places as far as influences are concerned which is not a bad thing at all. I'm just a complete sucker for swirling warped guitars and soundscapes, just does it to me every time.

Fleeting Joys - The Breakup
Fleeting Joys - Satellite
Fleeting Joys - I Want More Life

www.myspace.com/fleetingjoys

Monday, February 27, 2006

The Meeting Places

I just don't get it. Why do people choose the most ridiculous times to do things. I mean, there's a house just across the way which I can see from here and they've decided to choose this week to have their house re-roofed. It's standing their now, in the middle of freezing february with no roof and it's forcast snow tomorrow which reminds me, I must dig that old sledge out of the shed..... Hold on, why am I telling you all this. I mean it's not as if you're really interested is it. Sorry I'm just bored. I think I'll have to play that new Chalets album again, it never fails to brighten up my day. I don't know about you but whenever it snows I'm always tempted to dig out My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless". It always seems to sound even better in the middle of a blizzard which is what I'm hoping for tomorrow.
This band might be of some interest to you. They celebrate under the moniker "The Meeting Places". Formed in 1991 in Los Angeles they make exactly the sort of music you need to be listening to while your sat in front of the window with a large mug of coffee watching the snow fall and hoping it never stops, or at least lays deep enough to prevent any chance of having to go to work.
The Meeting Places are apparently working on a new album as we speak which should be released later in the year.

The Meeting Places - Freeze Our Stares
The Meeting Places - Now I Know You Could NeverBe The One
The Meeting Places - Wide Awake
The Meeting Places - Take To The Sun

www.themeetingplaces.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Be Your Own Pet

I've just got a copy of the debut album by Be Your Own Pet. This is the first record I've heard by the band and it's a real treat. Fifteen tracks packed with the kind of attitude I just don't hear enough of. From the opening track "Threshers Flail" your almost forced to pay attention. This is clearly a band who are not having their strings pulled by some smarmy label bosses. The first couple of times I heard the record it put me in mind of the first Babes In Toyland album "Spanking Machine" which in itself was a pretty special record. I think the band played in the UK recently and I'm kicking myself for not getting to see them. Oh well, maybe next time.
I'll be interested to see how many lists this record ends up in come December. As we stand, it's top of mine.

The debut album from Be Your Own Pet will be released in the UK through XL Recordings on 27th March and is an essential purchase.

Be Your Own Pet - Wildcat
Be Your Own Pet - We Will Vacation, You Can Be My Parasol

www.beyourownpet.net
www.xlrecordings.com

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Blood Red Shoes

Blood Red Shoes consist of just two people, Laura-Mary who wishes she was Spanish and plays guitar, and then there's Steven who wishes he was French and plays the drums. They come from Brighton and sound rather spectacular. Ecletic 7" label Johnson Family Records heard them last year and immediately offered to put out a three track 7" single which was released last July and has now sold out. The bands second single entitled "Stitch Me Up" will be released through Try Harder Records on February 20th but you might struggle to get a copy because it has already sold out on pre-sale.

Blood Red Shoes will be playing at:-

21st Feruary - London, Vibe Bar
24th February - London, Uberstompf @ Tatty Bogle, Soho
3rd March - Brighton, The Freebutt
8th March - London, Nambucca
31st March - London, Buffalo Bar
28th April - Oxford, The Wheatsheaf
27th May - London, Camden Barfly

Blood Red Shoes - Stitch Me Back

Blood Red Shoes - Don't Always Say Yes

Blood Red Shoes - Victory For The Magpie

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Slaraffenland

Slaraffenland come from Copenhagen. Their mix of Avante-Gard guitar fumblings and electronic squibbings works perfectly. The band have been playing in a and around New York and have apparently impressed the godlike Thurston Moore who I hear is not easily impressed.
Slaraffenland have released two EP's to date. The latest is entitled "Jinkatawa" and is avaliable through Honningmand Records.

Slaraffenland - Shuto Uchi

Slaraffenland - Cockaigne

www.slaraffenland.net/

Monday, February 13, 2006

The Federals

The Federals are a four piece from York who play with so much energy you could keep your hands warm on them. I saw them for the first time last week when they were supporting Cardboard Radio & Lady Fortune who incidentally were fantastic. The Federals (or The Feds as they've become affectionately known in my house) play some of the most gritty rock n' roll I've heard in years and I think we'll be hearing a lot more from these boys. Watch this space

The Federals - Automatic Breakdown
The Federals - Time Waster

www.thefederals.co.uk
www.myspace.com/thefederals

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Santa Dog - Belle De Jour

It's been a while but Bristol's finest Santa Dog will return in March to follow up last years fantastic Chemical Ep with a new EP entitled Belle De Jour. The first pressing will be limited to 100 copies and all will come with beautiful hand printed sleeves featuring artwork by the band, and as if that's not enough anyone who pre-orders the EP in February will have their name put on the sleevenotes. If the accompanying mp3 "Rosa" is anything to go by this is one release which should be on your shopping list. Order it from HERE for a mere five pounds including postage worldwide.

Santa Dog - Rosa

Catch Santa Dog live at:-

March 11th - Bristol, Louisiana
April 14th - Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire
April 15th - Aberdeen, Cafe Drummond
April 21st - Bristol, Folkhouse
April 28th - Bath, Porter Butt

Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Motorettes

Went to see The Motorettes at Fibbers last night. Actually that's not strictly true, truth is I went to see Agent Blue and The Motorettes were the support. It was one of those times when the support band completely outplay the headliners and you end up feeling somehow sorry for them. The Motorettes are a three piece from the City of Newcastle. I suppose they could be compared sound wise to The Futureheads with their perfect punchy punk and vocal harmonies. I don't think they have a song which is longer than three minutes. Great Stuff, but I do think the singer should maybe try and find a jacket that fits him.
The Motorettes debut single "Super Heartbeats" has just been released through Kitchenware Records. Purchase it HERE

The Motorettes - Relax It's The 80's

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Lady Fortune

Lady Fortune come from Telford and are one of my tips for 2006. They play some bloody brilliant songs with more attitude than I could fit in my house. Last year the band spent some time on the road supporting The Paddingtons who as I'm sure you know were responsible for one of the best albums of last year. As far as I know Lady Fortune have not yet secured a record deal but I'm sure it won't be long before we see them on the playlists at Radio One.

They have a few dates coming up:-

4th February - London, Nambucca
7th February - Sheffield, The Old Grape
10th February - York, Barfly (I'll definitely be at this one)
22nd February - Somewhere in Manchester

Lady Fortune - Lady Stop Talking
Lady Fortune - Sweet Mary Jane

There are a couple more songs avaliable on the bands My Space site HERE

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Mudhoney - Under A Billion Suns

I really wasn't expecting to like this album at all. I mean, they've been around forever (18 years) and have made a million albums...well nine actually but it seems like a lot more. Usually bands who record a classic debut album (and Mudhoney's "Superfuzz Bigmuff" was one of the great records of the late 1980's) seem to gradually deteriorate album after album until eventually they all sound like Dire Straits. So I was a bit apprehensive about this one. The band have certainly evolved over the years but still retain their trademark thick fuzzed up guitar sound and that unique howling thing which only Mark Arm can do. This might not be the best record Mudhoney have ever made and you won't find a new "Touch Me I'm Sick" on here but it's still one hell of a ride.

"Under A Billion Suns" will be released in th UK on 6th March

Mudhoney - On The Move