Saturday, August 30, 2008

Pod Fodder (Volume Three)

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1. Kong - Blood Of A Dove (Brew) This is the B side from the current single ”Blood Of A Dove”. Better than the A side in my opinion.

4th September - Liverpool, Bumper

15th September - Leeds, Brudenell (with Dead Meadow)

2. Astrolab - The Deep Secret Of Clouds (Maritime) I think this is probably my favorite album at the moment. The band come from Indonesia and as debut albums go this is a bit of a corker. It’s called “The Blue Thread Saga” and deserves a place in your i-pod and in your heart.

3. Bubblegum Lemonade - Susan’s In The Sky (Matinee) The Glasgow band follow up their brilliant “Ten Years Younger” EP which was featured on Burning World earlier in the year with another winner. The “Susan’s In The Sky” EP is limited to just 1000 copies and will be available through Matinee from 2nd September.

4. The Bridal Shop - In Violation (Cloudberry) 7″ single.

5. Caw Caw - Organisms (Self Released) Taken from the “Wait Outside EP”. Out 23rd September.

6. Mogwai - The Sun Smells Too Loud (Wall Of Sound) I must admit I wasn’t expecting too much from this album. I honestly thought Mogwai were pretty much a spent force. “The Hawk Is Howling” is a real return to form and there isn’t a bad track on it. Unfortunately I have to listen to it with headphones because Nix always has an allergic reaction to Mogwai and just a few seconds exposure is likely to bring her out in fits of extreme violence which is particularly bad if she happens to be in a room full of records at the time.

21st October - Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
23rd October - Manchester, Academy
24th October - London, Hammersmith Apollo

7. Liz Durrett - All Of Them (Warm) This is one of those records which has been lying around waiting to be heard for quite a while because it doesn’t look that interesting. I don’t have anything against singer/songwriters as such I just find the majority of them boring. Liz Durrett however is anything but. I don’t know if she has made any other records but I’ll certainly be fining out. This track comes from the album “Outside The Gates” which will be released through Warm Electronic on 9th September.

8. Dirty Summer - Then He Kissed Me (W.S.P) Dirty Summer will finally release their debut EP next month. As you probably know it’s been available for a while as a free download from the mighty Winning Sperm Party but now it’s getting a proper release on a proper CD limited to not that many copies so well worth a purchase.

9. Nathan Bell - Runaway Horse I don’t care what they say, you can’t whack a good bit of banjo. This comes from his “@2340″ EP.

10. Funckarma - Senservice (Highpoint Lowlife) There seems to be a serious lack of quality electronic stuff at the moment or maybe I’m just looking in all the wrong places. What does come my way though is by and large excellent. This track comes from an EP called “Dubstoned EP 1″ which contains five tracks all of which are of the highest dubby dub dub.

11. All In The Golden Afternoon - Sunshine Is Fine (Mind Expansion) Taken from the Texas bands debut EP cunningly entitled “All In The Golden Afternoon”.

12. High Places - Namer (Thrill Jockey) Taken from the bands self-titled debut album (unless you count that rather fine singles collection from last year). Out 23rd September.

13. Spin - Scratches In The Sand (Foundation) 12″ single from 1990.

14. Northern Portrait - I Give You Two Seconds To Entertain Me (Matinee) This is a track from the Danish bands second EP “Napoleon Sweetheart” which will be available from 2nd September.

15. Aerial - Inverse Current (Nomethod) Taken from the “The Legion Of Dynamic DischordEP.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Fat Tulips - Demo Tape

Mr Vincent will be quite happy to see this post finally happen. He's being banging on about it for weeks and rightly so because I hadn't heard these recordings for some years and hearing them again remindes me what I first saw in the band. I think I sent away for this tape, probably in 1990 after it was advertised on an insert in one of their 7" singles. I always liked the raw vunerable sound the Fat Tulips seemed so good at creating. In fact I think I'll go and dig out their one and only album "Starfish" right now.

The sound quality is a bit dodgy on the first five tracks but then it improves somewhat. It is only a demo after all.

>>DEMOS, FEB - MAY 1989<<
1. Where's Claire Grogan Now
2. To Put It Bluntly
3. So Surreal
4. Amelia
5. Embers (Acoustic)
6. Saturdays Child
7. Independence Day
8. All That Matters
9. What Do You Do
10. Bodies For Sale
11. Saint Steven
12. Breathe Me Closer
13. It's So True
14. Don't Tell Me That You Fell For That One
15. The Girl That You Once Knew/The Fair
>>DEMO, JUNE 1987<<
16. Rainbow Sky
17. You Opened Up My Eyes
18. On Virgin Isles
19. Unknown
20. Unknown
21. Unknown

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pod Fodder (Volume Two)

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1. Shakyface - Goons & Goblins (Unsigned)
2. Ten Kens - Bearfight (Fat Cat)
Great stuff from the latest signings to the unpredictable Fat Cat roster. This track comes from Ten Kens self titled debut which will be available from 23rd September.
3. Selfsimilar - Slavery, Inc. (Shift Digi)
4. The Secret 6 - After Hours (Self-Released)
The Secret 6 are from California and have just released their debut album “Close Enemies” from which this track is taken.
5. 18th Dye - Soft The Hard Way (Crunchy Frog) After almost a decade apart 18th Dye return with a new album. “Amorine Queen” is available now in Europe and will be released in the U.S. on 9th September.
6. Mogwai - Stupid Prick Gets Chased By The Police And Loses His Slut Girlfriend (Wall Of Sound) Well this one gets the prize for song title of the week. It’s a track from the new Mogwai epBatcat” which will be available as of 8th September. The title track also appears on the new album “The Hawk Is Howling” which is scheduled for 22nd September and contains a track called “I Love You I’m Going To Blow Up Your School” which I’m really looking forward to hearing. Sounds like a blast….
7. The Telescopes - Morning Dew (Porritt’s Hill) I have the good folk at Pyrolysebred to thank for this one. I didn’t even know this record existed let alone own one. It’s a compilation which was released in 1990 called Becket House and features such greats as Brighter, All Over The Place, The Becketts, Synchro System, The Pooh Sticks, Breaking The Illusion, The Durutti Column, John Cunningham and Are You Mr Riley. I don’t know how many copies were pressed but I’d love to own one. You can download the whole thing along with a lot of other jems from Pyrolysebred.
8. The All New Adventures Of Us - A Good Liar Is A Good Storyteller (One Little Indian) Taken from the brilliant debut album “Best Loved Goodnight Tales” which will be released on 6th October through One Little Indian. I think you’ll be hearing a lot more from these before the end of the year.
4th September - London, Year Zero @ The Monarch
11th September - London, The Gramophone
12th September - London, Club Rock Feedback @ The Monarch
9. Flying Lotus - Golden Diva (Warp) Taken from the album “Los Angeles”
10. The Muslims - Extinction (Sweet Tooth) 7″ Single
11. The Static Silence - Candles (Distant Noise) Mmmm how nice is this. The Static Silence is a collaboration between Matt Bartram from Air Formation and Rachel Steggs from Experimental Aircraft and All In The Golden Afternoon who had a track in last weeks fodder. Taken from the album “Found”
12. Little Man Tate - Reflection In His Sunglasses (Skint) Another track from the new Little Man Tate record which is scheduled for release on 15th September. I’m not sure it hits quite the heights of the first album but it’s still well checking out.
13. The Fall - Idiot Joy Showland (Cog Sinister) Well we got as far as Fodder 2 without any sign of The Fall and I think that's quite far enough. This track comes from the bands 1991 album "Shiftwork" which I still regard as one of the best Fall albums.
14. Stereolab - The Ecstatic Static (4AD) Taken from the new album “Chemical Chords”. They’ve certainly come a long way since “French Disko” and “Super Electric”. I’m just not sure they went in the right direction. A few more guitars wouldn’t go astray.
15. Ultrablack - Skull Fucking (Shift Digi) Just can’t stop playing this tune.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Pod Fodder (Volume One)

Ok then, Probably about time we started a new series of playlists!
Here's what's been doing the business on the Burning World ipod over the last week.

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1. The Wave Pictures - Puncture My Pride (Moshi Moshi) Taken from the b-side of the current "Strange Fruit For David" single.

2. Eat Lights:Become Lights - They Transmit (Enraptured) This track comes from the London bands latest single. Apparently the next one is not too far away either. Love this sound.

23rd August - London, The Windmill, Evening Of Contemporary Krautrock/Drone/Psych

3rd September - London, Goodnight (with Vessels & Semaphore)

8th October - London, Goodnight (with White Hills)

12th November - London, Bardens Boudoir (with Heat From A Dead Star & Time Space Repeat)

3. Yuppie Pricks - Collars Up (Chicken Ranch) Taken from the new album "Balls"

4. High Places - The Tree With Lights In It (Thrill Jockey) Taken from the self titled debut album (if you don't count that singles compilation thingy) which will be released on 23rd September. I also want to congratulate the band on having the most annoying myspace page in the world. Any more than thirty seconds and my eyeballs pop out.

5. All In The Golden Afternoon - Anymore Anyway (Mind Expansion) All the way from Austin, Texas.

6. Claw - Deathwish (Shift Digi) A track from the second "Shift Digi" release.

7. Leerone - Care For Some Whisky (Self Released) Taken from the album "Imaginary Biographies". It seems there have been a fair few Leerone releases prior to this one and all of them can be found here. I think I might have a dabble.

8. The Insect Guide - David Hero (Sonic Boom Remix) (Northern Star) New single containing Sonic Boom remixes of tracks from the bands "6ft In Love" album which I must confess I don't own.... yet. According to the bands myspace page the single has now sold out so I don't think it would be unreasonable to post both tracks on this site, actually scrap that. It seems you can download them both from the Northern Star records website so a visit there would probably be in order.
They have a couple of gigs coming up,

31st September - London, Buffalo Bar (with SPC-ECO & 93millionmilesfromthesun)

31st October - Leeds, The Library Pub (with Manhattan Love Suicides & Jonjo Feather) I think the possibility of me attending this one is very high.

9. The School - Let It Slip (Elefant) Definitely my favorite Welsh band of the moment. This track comes from their wonderfull new ep. Really looking forward to the album? They have a few gigs coming up which seem fairly well spread.

31st August - Newport, TJ's (with Zissou, The Lowlights & The Elephant Rescue Plan)

5th September - London, DJing at "How Does It Feel To Be Loved"

11th October - Aberdeen, Tunnels (with Das Wanderlust)

16th November - Cardiff, TBC

10. Commodor - Goats On The Cliff (Distile) Taken from the new album "Driving Out Of Focus".

11. Highspire - Fade In A Day (Allegro Corporation) Taken from the 2004 album "Your Everything".

12. The Kabeedies - King Canute (Cherryade) This is a track from the current single by the Norwich four piece.

13. Bombay Bicycle Club - You Already Know (Young & Lost Club) This is the b side of the bands latest ltd edition 7".

14. The Swirlies - Pony (Taaang) I've just re-discovered The Swirlies. It's weird because I thought they sounded ok at the time but now they sound fantastic. This track is from what I think was their third album "They spent their wild youthful days in the glittering world of the salon". Originally released in 1996.

15. Popup - A Year In A Comprehensive (Art Goes Pop) Another track from the brilliant debut album "A Time & A Place"

16. Dutch Husband - The Board Vs The Body Count (Myspace)

17. The Domino State - For Now (Club AC30) This is the b side of the current single. Well worth a punt. You know the Club AC30 boys never let you down.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I think my favorite record label at the moment is a relatively new dubstep label called Shift Digi and I've spent a fair bit of time this week trying to track down all of their releases. The first release "Graveyard Shift" is a classic containing four tracks by the likes of Ultrablack, Selfsimilar, Press & Lukki and Ghosthack. This is the track I keep coming back to. (not for the faint hearted)

Ultrablack - Skull Fucking

Maths Class are yet another good band from Brighton. They've just released their new "This Will Take Two Hands" ep on Gift Records, from which this track is taken.

Maths Class - Nerve

This is my preferred version of the new Johnny Foreigner single. A splendid remix from the Dananananaycroyd boys and no mistake.

Johnny Foreigner - Salt, Peppa & Spinderella (Dananananaycroyd Remix)

This next track was discovered in my inbox this very morning. The band are called Fig Leaves and hail from London town. I can't tell you much more about them because every time I try to get onto their myspace page the computer crashes and pisses me off. Good tune though.

Fig Leaves - Cygnus Oh Crane

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

This track is by a band called Orzelda who come from Cumbernauld in Scotland. Actually it turns out Orzelda aren't a band at all but just one bloke. I wonder if that's his real name? Orzelda can usually be found playing bass in The Twilight Sad but not content with that he has recorded a whole album of very good stuff indeed. Check this track out and if you like what you hear (and you should seek immediate medical advice if you don't) then get yourself over to the Winning Sperm Party website where you can download the whole album for free.

Orzelda - Fally
Orzelda - Shoe

While we're talking about Scotland I think I should tell you about the debut album by Burning World faves Popup which will be released through Art Goes Pop on 6th October. It's Called "A Time & A Place" and continues the bands quest for world domination. It's only a matter of time before someone from a big label notices them and when that happens I just hope they can continue making records of this quality.

Popup - Poison Apple
Popup - A Year In A Comprehensive

This track is taken from the new album by Woven. It's called "Designer Codes" and is possibly available now and possibly not. What's the point in press release that doesn't give you a release date?

Woven - Perception Whore

I must confess, I wasn't bristling with excitement at the thought of listening to the new Simon Bookish album. I mean it just didn't sound very exiting so it has been sat in my inbox for the last week or so patiently waiting it's turn. As it happens this is one of the best records I've heard in ages and there are a few tracks on here which could well be in our end of year lists. The album is called "Everything/Everything" and will be released in October through Tomlab.

Simon Bookish - The Flood

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Oh I don't think I'll say too much today. All the beer last night seems to have made my head hurt. Still it's not often you get to celebrate York City winning the first match of the season. So....

This is a track from the new Negativland lp which is called "Thigmotactic" and is I think the first Negativland album I've actually enjoyed. Good stuff.

Negativland - Influential You

Tiger My Timing are from London and.... er..... there are four of them and...... oh stuff this, just listen to the choon.

Tiger My Timing - I Can't Stop

This is a track from a cd I've been really into over the last week or so, not least because Tartaruga Records sent a small blue origami turtle in the packaging with the cd (currently lives on top of the cd player). I'm not saying I'm a sucker for packaging of easily bribed by small gifts but ......please make cheques payable to.... Seriously though this is a really good records and my only concern is that hardly anyone is actually going to hear it, mainly because there are only 200 copies in existence. The band are called Brassica which apparently is the project of Mr Michael Anthony Wright. The press release describes the album "Microvictories" as "A Collection of songs sculpted from a scrapbook of experiments, improvisations and reactions to times and places". Which reminds me, Mr Vincent and myself have been considering putting a record together consisting of noises generated by various power tools in my shed, watch this space.

Brassica - Objective 1 (tangible)
Brassica - Thank You Mr Francis

...and finally for today a track which I haven't heard for ages.

The Charlottes - Love In The Emptiness

Saturday, August 09, 2008

As I write this I'm shuddering with excitement. It's been a long Summer but now it's back. In about seven hours time the football season will return and York City will kick off what will be their most successful season in years against Crawly Town. Don't you just love pre-season optimism. The reality of the matter is that by five o clock this afternoon I'll probably feel like going to the station and jumping in front of the 1732 to Kings Cross. Anyway you didn't come here to read my thoughts on the new footy season you came to read my pointless drivel about music and download some good tunes while your about it.
Up first today are Death to Anders and a track from their new lp "Fictitious Business".

Death To Anders - Ghost Rock

If you cast your mind back to last year you might remember a band I kept banging on about who called themselves A Sunny Day In Glasgow and their rather good album "Scribble Mural Comic Journal" for which I seem to remember getting a bollocking from someone to do with the band for suggesting that it might be hard to get hold of. Anyway it seems that it's being re-packaged and re-issued with a couple of extra tracks on it. One is a Ulrich Schnauss remix of "Ghost In The Graveyard" and the other is an Asobi Seksu remix of "Summerlong Silences".

A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Ghost In The Graveyard (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)

"Come Tomorrow" is a various artists compilation released through Blue Orange Records and available for download from their WEBSITE. I think it's being around for a few months now but it's new on me. Advertised as an international electro indie pop album it contains 11 tracks by artists from eight countries and I must admit there is now a bad tune on it. Now for the best bit, yes that's right, it's totally free to download and I think you should pop over there right now and do just that but in case you first need a bit more persuasion, check these out.

Lucy & The Popsonics - Garota Rock Ingles
The Magicake - I Was Dancing With Boy George
Clovis - Mundo

Thursday, August 07, 2008

My Bloody Valentine & Spectrum - Manchester Apollo, 29th June 2008

Ok then, lots of you have been demanding more My Bloody Valentine gigs so here we go. This is yet another corker and as an added bonus I thought you might like to have a listen to the Spectrum support slot which is also quite excellent.


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1. Mary
2. Transparant Radiation
3. Walking & Falling
4. When Tomorrow Hits
5. Suicide

My Bloody Valentine

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1. I Only Said
2. When You Sleep
3. (When You Wake) You're Still In A Dream
4. You Never Should
5. Cigarette In Your Bed
6. Come In Alone
7. Only Shallow
8. Thorn
9. Nothing Much To Lose
10. To Here Knows When
11. Blown A Wish
12. Slow
13. Soon
14. Feed Me With Your Kiss
15. Sueisfine
16. You Made Me Realise

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Little Man Tate make their long awaited return to our headphones next month with the release of their second album "Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy" which will be released through Skint on 15th September. The band seem to have passed the test by following up a classic debut with another damn good record. It's a bit too early to really pass any judgment yet cos I've only heard it once myself but it sounds good to me. The Taties will be embarking on a full scale UK tour in the autumn, details of which can be found on the bands website.

Little Man Tate - Shot At Politics

This ia a track from a 12"ep on the Notorious Electro label. Quite excellent and I'm pretty sure it's not jumping in it's later stages. That was how it was meant. Pump it up Pedro!!!!!!!!!

Popof - Bitchy Groove

....and as far as crap links go this must be the worst.
From Popof to Popup (oh dear)

Popup - Love Triangle

This is a track from the latest single by Popup which will be released through the mighty Art Goes Pop on 25th August.

Bonny Prince Billy seems to have been around forever and unlike most artists who go off the boil after a few years (or the heads disappear up their own backsides) Will Oldham is still delivering the goods. This track comes from his latest offering "Is It The Sea" which is a live album containing tracks taken from shows at various UK venues in 2006. I'm never entirely happy about live albums which are compiled from all over the place but this one really seems to work well and if you didn't know better you would probably think it was all recorded on the same night.
"Is It The Sea" will be released in the UK on 20th October through Domino Records.

Bonny Prince Billy - Bed Is For Sleeping

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

I almost missed this one. The debut album by Sennen has been around for a couple of months now but I've only just managed to get a copy. The Norwich band will release a new single at the end of September. "Where The Light Gets In" will feature remixes from the likes of ILIKETRAINS & The Early Years. The single will be released as a digital download and of course a very sexual 12" single. I do think it's great that cd singles are almost dead while the vinyl they were designed to replace is still going strong.
Sennen have a pile of gigs coming up over the next couple of months including one at The Basement in York which I will definately be attending.

Saturday 9th August - Frankstock Festival, Norfolk
Thursday 14th August - London, Cargo more info
Friday 15th August - Green Man Festival, Wales more info
Friday 5th September - Windsor, Firestation Arts Centre
Friday 12th September - Nottingham, Bodega SocialSaturday
13th September - End of The Road Festival moreinfo S
unday 14th September - Oxford, Bullingdon
Monday 15th September - Hertford, Marquee
Tuesday 16th September - York, City Screen Basement
Wednesday 17th September - Newcastle (Venue TBC)
Thursday 18th September - Glasgow, The Captain's Rest
Saturday 20th September - Manchester, The Deaf Institute
Sunday 21st September - Brighton, Freebutt
Tuesday 23rd September - Leicester, The Charlotte
Wednesday 24th September - Cambridge, Portland Arms
Thursday 25th September - London, Water Rats
Friday 26th September - Norwich, Arts Centre
Saturday 27th September - Barcelona, Club Razzmatazzon

Sennen - Everybody's Loss
Sennen - Just Wanted To Know

For those of you who are waiting for more My Bloody Valentine on Burning World fear not. I'm going to be posting one of the Manchester shows at some point over the next couple of days. I think I've possibly got the Spectrum support slot as well so I'll try and sort that out. In the meantime this is a My Bloody Valentine remix of Lush which despite being done around 1991 has managed to evade me.... until now.

Lush - Sweetness & Light (My Bloody Valentine Remix)

This next track was very kindly sent in by Volcano or at least someone close to the band and I must apologise because I've lost the e-mail and therefore cannot tell you a blind thing about it except that I think it comes from an album called "Paperwork". I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong. I think there was something said about them having played with Born Ruffians but I might just have dreamed that.

Volcano - Africa Just Wants To Have Fun

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Sister - Lovers Of Today

I love this song. The band are cunningly called Sister and come from London. They have a debut single called Satellite available now but unfortunately I don't possess a copy of it so I can't tell you if it's any cop. I'm sure it will be.
Sister have quite a few gigs coming up as long as you live in London or surrounding area. Check out their MYSPACE for more details.

This track gets the prize for song title of the week. Clearly a band with a sense of humour because as we all know the English are fantastic at everything..... well except maybe for most sports, action movies and smiling. We do however produce some brilliant bands and we're also really good at getting drunk on holiday (we spend the rest of the year practicing at home).

Thomas Tantrum - Why The English Are Rubbish

Super Tennis are yet another band from the capital. On first listen they reminded me of a band who I used to quite like called El Hombre Trajeado. Anyway this track comes from their debut ep which contains no less than five chunks of fine English Cheddar and can be downloaded totally free from HERE

Super Tennis - Gin & Tronix

It's just occurred to me that most of you probably won't be familiar with El Hombre Trajeado so I suppose I really should tell you a bit more, but I won't. I will however play to a track from what was as far as I'm aware their only album "Skipafone". It was released in 1998 through Guided Missile Records.

El Hombre Trajeado - Like Quicksand
El Hombre Trajeado - Varispeed

This track comes from the fourth album by The Dreadful Yawns. It's called "Take Shape" and is probably available now. It comes with one of those really annoying press releases that tells you more than you could ever wish to know about all the arty stuff but fails to mention when the record will actually become available or which label it's on. Still the fact remains that it is quite a mighty work and is well worth a punt. I'll Probably play you another track or two at some point.

The Dreadful Yawns - Queen & The Jokester

Saturday, August 02, 2008

I can't remember the first We Versus The Shark album which probably means I wasn't terrificly impressed by it. This new record though is a bit on the good side. It's called "Dirty Versions" and may well be in the shops as we speak. Well worth a poke.

We Versus The Shark - I Am A Caffinated Corpes

This is a track from a 12" single on Dubsteppers Recordings. Really into dub at the moment.

Kromestar - Iron Dread

I Can't tell you anything at all about David Cronenberg's Wife apart from they make a damn fine noise. Oh actually it appears that this track is taken from a release called "Bluebeards Rooms". Whether that is an album or an ep is anyones guess (cue angry promo person sending snotty e-mail).

David Cronenberg's Wife - My Best Friends Going Out With A Girl I Like

Friday, August 01, 2008

August 14th will see Nightmares On Wax return with their new album "Thought So" through Warp records. The Yorkshire band have changed so much over the years and although this album is no "Smokers Delight" it does show that the Nightmares have still got a fair few air miles left in them.

Nightmares On Wax - Bringin It

....and while we're talking of Yorkshire

Nacional - Yorkshire

I'm sure you'll agree that's one of the best tracks of the year thus far taken from the Scottish bands recent single through Art Goes Pop who apparently have a compilation of new Scottish bands on the horizon although it does seem to have been in the pipeline for quite a while now. What are you playing at Justin?

If it's pop you want then you can't go wrong with this lot. The School are from Cardif and have recently signed to that Spanish hotbed of indiepop Elefant Records and have recently released what I think is their second single, a four track ep entitled "Let It Slip" which is quite frankly brill. The band do have a few dates coming up which you can check out on their MYSPACE but since Wales appears to be the closest they come to York I'm not going to bother typing them out. (yes I'm in a bad mood).

The School - I Want You Back