Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pod Fodder (Volume Six)

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1. Astrobrite - Ultravelvet (Vinyl Junkie)
Taken from the new album "One Hit Wonder". If you thought last years "Whitenoise Superstar" album was good just wait until you hear this. Twenty tracks of gorgeous layers of sound, heaven.

2. Ebola - Painkillers (Enduser Remix) (Spectraliquid)
This is my preferred track from the "Mutant Dubstep Vol 1" EP and has the most abrasive drum sound I've heard for ages. Apparently Cardpusher is releasing "Mutant Dubstep Vol 2" on 25th September and I'll be trying to track down a copy of that asap.

3. Tenebrous Liars - Pretender (TV)
Taken from the "Last Stand" EP which will hit the streets on 6th October.

3rd October - Coventry, John Taylors House
5th October - London, Brixton Windmill
6th October - London - London, 12 Bar Club
7th October - Manchester, Retro Bar (Free Admittance)
8th October - Sheffield, Shakespear Hotel
9th October - London, Metro
12th October - London, The Luminaire

4. My Bloody Valentine - You Never Should (Sony)
I'm not sure I really understand why a re-mastered version of My Bloody Valentine's "Isn't Anything" album would be better than the original 1988 release from. To be honest all re-mastered versions do for me is make me want to go and search out an original copy. There is certainly not much, if any difference between this release and the original so if you already own one you won't need to go and make another purchase. "Loveless" has also had the same treatment having been re-mastered by Kevin Sheilds himself although I must admit I haven't listened to the re-mastered version of "Loveless" yet it's hard to imagine how a virtually perfect record could have been improved. I'll let you know next week. Both of these releases will hit the streets on 6th October.

5. Elemental - Zimbal Dub (Runtime)
This is one side of an excellent 12" on Runtime records. The track on the other side "Boxed In" is a bit on the good side as well.

6. Mystery Of Two - Gravity (Exit Stencil)
Another winner from the Exit Stencil label. According to the press release a slightly different version this track is soon to be issued as a single.

7. Littl'ans - Don't Call It Love (Revtone)
Take from the London bands debut album "Primitive World".

8th October - London, Punk

8. No Age - Cappo (Sub Pop)
"Nouns" is without doubt one of the best records released this year. I'm just looking forward to seeing them on the forthcoming "Shred Yer Face Tour" which will see them playing the length and breath of the country with New Times Viking and Los Campesinos.

14th October - Brighton, Komedia
15th October - Liverpool, Carling Academy 2
16th October - Leeds, Irish Centre
17th October - Dublin, Whelan's
18th October - Glasgow, School Of Arts
20th October - London, Electric Ballroom
21st October - Bristol, Fleece
22nd October - Manchester, Academy 3

9. Emmy The Great - Hold On To What You Own (Self Released)
Take from the EP "First Love".

10. Lunachicks - Jan Brady (Blast First)
It's a long time since I heard this record but I think this fodder needs a bit of attitude!!

11. Countryside - Summer Is Here (Self Released)
Bristol's Countryside return with the long awaited (in my house at least) follow up to last years "Click. Submit. Send" EP which was featured on this site last year.

11th October - Bristol, Thunderbolt
23rd October - Bristol, Start The Bus (Single Launch)

12. Professor Pez - Papillon (Escape From Ulfsnes Island) (Galant)
This is the third album by Norway's Professor Pez, who are actually a band and not (as I first thought) a rather clever person. It's the first record I've heard by them and although they are not going to set my world on fire they certainly know their way around a good tune. The album is called "Hordaland" and is available now.

13. King Cannibal - Badman Near Dark (Stormfield's Burning Cities Mix) (Combat)
This 12" has been knocking around for a couple of months now and I think it's about time you heard it. Another fine goal from the Combat boys.

14. The Popinjays - Laughing At It All (One Little Indian)
I stumbled across this album earlier this week while I was sorting through some old records. I had completely forgotten about The Popinjays who for some reason I always used to compare to The Hearthrobs. This track comes from what was the bands debut album back in 1990 and is still well worth a listen.
There is another band called The Popinjays from London who although not linked in any way with the old Popinjays are still well worth a listen should you cross their path.

15. Astrolab - An Odyssey To The Crystal Sea (Maritime)
Another track from the album "The Blue Thread Saga".