Monday, December 29, 2008

Pod Fodder (Volume Twenty One)

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1. Titus Andronicus - Every Time I See The Light (Part One) (Merok)
Take from the seven inch single "Titus Andronicus". The band are going to be on tour with Los Campesinos in the states throughout January after which...

18th February - Monbeliard, Generiq Festival
19th February - Evreux, Abordage
20th February - San Maolo, Route Du Rock Festival
22nd February - London, Shepherds Bush Empire
23rd February - London, Hoxton Bar & Grill
24th February - Manchester, Night & Day
25th February - Glasgow, King Tuts
26th February - Leeds, Cockpit
28th February - Amsterdam, Paradiso
1st March - Groningen - Vera
2nd March - Nijmegan, Merleyn
4th March - Berlin, Bang Bang Club
5th March - Hamburg, Molotow
6th March - Dresden, Beatpol
8th March - Frankfurt, Elfer
9th March - Koln, Tsunami
10th March - Brussels, Botanique

2. The Ruling Class - Flowers (Shelflife)
Originally issued as a seven inch single through Fandango Records earlier in the year "Flowers" now finds itself on the brilliant "Tour De Force" E.P which can be ordered from the Shelflife website.

6th January - London, Pandamonium @ Dublin Castle

3. Copy Haho - Pulling Pushups (Big Scary Monsters)
I think it was Mr Vincent who first put me onto this bunch of Scots last year through his fantastic "North Of The Border" playlist. This by far is their best work to date though. It comes from their new five track E.P. "Bred For Skills & Magic" which will be available sometime in February.

4. Tack Till - Would That It Were (Years Without Art)
This is a track from the debut single from the St Albans based band. Available on seven inch vinyl and download.

5. BBB - Basebuster (High Grade)

6. Safeashome - Keen (Safranin Sound)
Taken from the album "Not What Happens".

3rd February - London, Bardens Boudoir

7. Helen Love - Calm Down Dad (Elefant)
Most bands start out with all the best intentions. The debut album is full of top tunes penned over the first couple of years of the bands existence. From there nine times out of ten it's a downward spiral with the music maturing and degrading to such an extent that they become Genesis. Helen Love are one of the few bands which have avoided that trap. They've been knocking out top pop songs for over a decade without any sign of maturing or drifting off in any other boring direction. This is the title track from their new single which will be released through Elefant Records of Madrid on 26th January. I have to say I think this record is pretty much perfect and is already my favorite track of 2009. The b-side "John Peel Roadshow" is great as well.

8. The Twilight Sad - That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy (Fat Cat)
Taken from the new album "The Twilight Sad Killed My Parents And Hit The Road".

9. Rektchordz - Bassbin Tactics (High Grade)
12" vinyl

10. Primal Scream - Velocity Girl (Creation)
I don't think any sane person could argue against this track as one of the finest pop songs in the history of history.

11. The Howling Bells - It Ain't You (Independiente)
Taken from the new album "Radio Wars" which will be released through Independiente on 9th February.
12. Shrag - Intelligent Theft (Where It's At)
Another track from the Brighton bands brilliant debut album which will be available from 19th January.

9th January - London, Twee As Fuck @ Buffalo Bar
12th January - London - Rough Trade In Store
22nd January - Manchester, Day & Night
26th February - Brighton, Artrocker
28th February - Paris, La Fleche d'Or

13. Built By Snow - Algometric Touch (CD-R) Built By Snow are a four piece from Austin, Texas and this track comes from their rather good debut album "Mega" which will be available from 20th January. It could be worth keeping an eye on these guys in 2009.

2nd January - Austin, Mohawk
6th January - Austin, Beauty Bar
8th January - Austin, Beauty Bar
24th January - Austin, Club DeVille
25th February - Austin, Emos

14. Stickboy - Forget Yourself (Self Released)
This comes from Stickboy's latest offering "EP 3" all of which can be downloaded for free from his MySpace page.

15. Orzelda - Succulent (Winning Sperm Party)
Yet more top quality stuff from the W.S.P. crew. The full five track E.P. can be downloaded, as always for free from the Winning Sperm Party website.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Asobi Seksu - Urbana, Canopy Club, 20th September 2008

Excellent set from Asobi Seksu recorded earlier in the year. Most of the tracks come from their "Citrus" album but there are a couple of new songs on here which will hopefully be included on the new album which will apparently happen sometime in 2009.

1. New Years
2. Pink Cloud Tracing Paper
3. Strings
4. Me & Mary
5. Thursday
6. I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me
7. Cocteau
8. Strawberries
9. Red Sea

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Richard Youngs - Three Handed Star

This is without doubt one of the best records of 2008. Released about a month or so ago and limited to just fifty copies an released through his own No Fans label Richard Youngs "Three Handed Star" is a masterpiece. There's just so much going on here, every time you listen to it you pick up something else. There aren't any proper track titles but who needs them. Richard Youngs has been releasing records for donkeys years and I must confess I own few of his earlier records but on the strength of this I think some serious investigation is in order.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Pod Fodder (Volume Twenty)

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1. Sky Larkin - Pica (Wichita)
The Leeds band debut album which has now acquired a title "The Golden Spike" will finally see the light of record shops next month and I'll be very surprised if by this time next year the whole world aren't talking about them. They will also be releasing a new single "Beeline" next month which apart from the normal download format will also be available as a watch.... That's right a watch... One of those things you put on your wrist. If you get yourself over to the Sky Larkin website post haste you'll be able to pre order one of these soon to be highly collectible artifacts.

January 22nd - Bristol, Louisiana
January 23rd - Cardiff, Barfly
January 24th - Nottingham, The Bodega
January 26th - Glasgow, King Tuts
January 27th - Manchester, Night & Day
January 28th - Oxford, The Bullingdon
January 29th - London, ICA
January 3th - Brighton, Audio
January 31st - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

2. Max Cooper - Tinderbox (Autist)
This is taken from "The Crushbox E.P." which also features a track called "The Fuckwit" which was the one I was originally going to use in this fodder just because it's got a great title. This track however is just to good not to be included.

3. The Loves - The Ex Gurlfiend (Fortuna Pop)
The Loves will soon release their third album, cunningly entitled "Three" along with three three track EP's.

7th January - London, Track & Fields Winter Sprinter @ The Luminaire
24th January - London, Zonono! @ The Windmill, Brixton
7th February - No One Died @ The Enterprise, Camden
14th February - Cardiff, Twisted By Design/Freakshow @ Dempseys

4. The Orb - High Noon (Butterfly) Taken from "The Dream".

5. The Present - World I See (Lore)
Title track from the current album by Rusty Santos's best project. My preferred track is "Heavens On Ice" but at thirteen minutes might be a bit too much at this time of the year. There will apparently be a new record in the spring.

6. Burning Hearts - The Galloping Horse (Shelflife)
Taken from the new album "Aboa Sleeping" which will be released in February.

7. Fleeting Joys - Don't Go (Thompson Sounds)
Another track from what I'm sure will be one of the best records of 2009. "Occult Radiance" will be released 22nd January.

8. FreQ Nasty Vs Propa Tings - Peacemaker (Dub)

9. Plastic Sound - Fac 51 (Gastspiel)
Nice electro out of Germany. I think this track was probably named after a catalogue number. Under the Factory Records system all kinds of things got catalogue numbers and FAC 51 just happened to be the legendary Hacienda club.

10. Exlovers - Just A Silouette (Chess Club)
Magnificent debut single by the London five piece. Just a great track, nuff said. There are only five hundred of these seven inch single though so you might want to get your ass in gear.

31st December - London, Macbeth
4th January - London, Notting Hill Arts Club
8th January - London, The Windmill
30th January - London, No Fiction @ Powers (Free Entry)
13th February - London - Year Zero @ Bar Rhumba
14th February - Oxford, The Cellar

11. Milky Wimpshake - (If You Wanna Know The Time Ask A) Policeman (Fortuna Pop)
Taken from the EP "One Good Use For My Heart".

12. Masonic - I Won't Back Down (Self Released)
Another track from the album "The Human Blade".

13. Talkbook - New Blood (Winning Sperm Party)
This is a track from the excellent "Cry Parrot 2" compilation which can be found on the Winning Sperm Party website along with a new E.P. by The Japanese War Effort. Talking of which...

14. The Japanese War Effort - Punk Is Not Dead (Winning Sperm Party)
This is from The Japanese War Effort's second E.P. "Snowbird" which is also available for free from the mighty Winning Sperm Party. Those guys must be due some kind of M.B.E.

6th February - Edinburgh, Trampoline @ The Wee Red Bar
19th February - Glasgow, Winning Sperm Party @ O' Henrys

15. The Wedding Present - White Christmas (Vibrant)
Right that's it! I'm now officially sick to death of Christmas records. This year has produced a huge glut of Christmas educed strummings and there are only so many mince pies you can eat before you turn into a fat bastard so this will be the last Christmas record on this site this year. Baaaaa Humbug

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pod Fodder (Volume Nineteen)

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1. Poptastic - Hold Me (Seeland)
A little bit strange but incredibly good. It reminds me a little bit of the first Adventures In Stereo album. I'm not sure exactly when this is released but it's well worth checking out. The album is called "The Teen Pop Noise Virus" and will be released, if it hasn't been already through Seeland Records.

2. Stars For The Innocent - I Can See You (Rusted Lung)
There's nothing like a blast of white noise to get your day off to a winning start. This track comes from an album called "It's You And Them".

3. Shrag- Mark E Smith (Where It's At)
Excellent stuff. This is a track from a record you'll be hearing a lot more from in 2009. Shragare yet another great band to come out of Brighton which is a place I've never been to but it must be great judging by the quality of bands it produces. The Manchester of the south? The debut album from Shrag is released through Where It's At on 19th January.

9th January - London, Twee As Fuck @ Buffalo Bar

22nd January - Manchester, Night & Day

26th February - Brighton, Artrocker

4. Ultra Vivid Scene - Special One (4AD)
Classic slab of wax from 1990

5. Future Loop Foundation - The Sea & Sky (Trenchman Remix) (Just Music)

6. The Joy Formidable - Cradle (Kyte Remix) (Try Harder)
This track is one of four on a double 7" pack which features Cradle/The Last Drop on the first platter and remixes of the above on the second. I actually prefer the remixes and in particular this one. If you pop over to the Try Harder websiteyou can pre order your copy which will be released on 12th January.

7. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Everything With You (Slumberland) Currently supporting The Wedding Present on tour.

8. Pilot Cloud - Star Redoubt (Self Released)
Taken from the album "In Transition" which it seems you can acquire simply by going here.

9. Sexy Kids - Sisters Are Forever (Slumberland)
Great single.

10. South Central - Higher State Of Consciousness (mp3)

11. Miss Halliwell - Doggers Dog (Shabby)
This track was apparently recorded at some point in August when the weather was warm and the lager was cold.

27th December - Birmingham, Tropical Hotdog Christmas @ The Victoria

14th January - Walsall, Modus Vivendi

17th January - Birmingham, The Moseley Arms

6th March - Birmingham, 444 Club @ The Rainbow Digbeth

12. Richard Youngs- Track 3 (No Fans)
This record really is too damn good. From the album "Three Handed Star". I still need to find out if this is going to get a proper release. If not I'm gonna give you the whole damn thing!

13. Bubbegum Lemonade - My Dreams Of You (Matinee)
Another track from the brilliant debut "Doubleplusgood".

14. The Monroe Transfer - Silent Night

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pod Fodder (Volume Eighteen)

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1. Fleeting Joys - You Are The Darkness (Thompson Sounds)
Already my favorite record of 2009. If you liked last years "Despondent Transponder" album then I'm here to tell you this is even better. The album is called "Occult Radiance" and will be released sometime in January. Someone told me it's only going to be released in Japan but I think (and hope) that that is nothing more than verbal diarrhea.

2. Lord Skywave - Something (TRG's 95 Remix)

3. Peasant - Raise Today (Daytrotter Session)
This track is from Peasants recent Daytrotter session which can be downloaded in full from the Daytrotter website.

4. Sonic Youth - She Is Not Alone (SST)
Taken from the 1982 self-titled EP.

5. Psapp - I Want That (Domino)
Taken from the album "The Camels Back".

6. Like Honey - Tiles (Hybris)
Another track from brilliant album "Leaves".

7. The Homosexuals - Slow Guns (Serious Business)
This track comes from a new 10" EP by The Homosexuals which apparently is their first release since sometime in the 1980's and I have no reason to disbelieve that. This is the interesting bit... It has initially been issued as a limited run of 300 hand numbered copies. Bruno Wizard has written a story across all 300 copies, different words and sentences on each so if you want to actually make any sense of it all you would have to buy all 300 copies. Nice idea.

8. The Strange Boys - Woe Is You & Me (Promo)
This is just fantastic. The Strange Boys come from Austin, Texas which is a small problem when you're hoping they'll soon be playing a venue near you and you live in England. This track comes from the Boys new (and possibly debut) album "And Girls Club" or more specifically a sampler for it. They sound great and the sooner I can lay my filthy mitts on a full version the longer the sun will shine. This track is the first track on it and while it was playing it put me in mind of a band from a few years ago called Country Teasers which is no bad thing at all.

9. Country Teasers - Let's Have A Shambles (Guided Missile)

10. Gravenhurst - Nightwatchmans Blues (Warp)

11. Sportsday Megaphone - LA (Sunday Best)
I know this has been around a while now but it's new on me. There is an album called "So Many Colours/So Little Time" but I don't own a copy as yet.

18th December - Bristol, Start The Bus
19th December - London, Mile End, Drop Dynamite @ The Victoria

12. The Fall - LA (Beggars Banquet)
Well... I'm sure you saw that one coming.

13. Kyte - Eyes Lose Their Fire (Kids)
Taken from the new EP "Two Sparks, Two Stars" which I think became available just last week. I think this is the best work yet to come out of the Leicestershire quintet.

26th January - Oh Inverted World @ Madam Jo Jo's
13th February - London, Year Zero @36
26th February - London, Moshi Moshi Night @ Hoxton Bar & Grill

14. Polly Scattergood - Nitrogen Pink (Mute)

26th February - London, Solo Review Bar

15. The Wedding Present - Holly Jolly Hollywood (Vibrant)
Christmas is in full swing now and I really can't remember a year which has produced as many Christmas records as this one.

15th December - Newcastle, Academy
16th December - Leeds, University
17th December - Bristol, Academy
18th December - London, Forum
20th December - Thessaloniki, Liebe
21st December - Athens, Tiki
12th March - Tokyo, O' Nest
13th March - Tokyo, O' Nest

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Pod Fodder (Volume Seventeen)

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1. Shiema - On The Double (Promo)
Taken from the new EP "Make Them Swing Till It Hurts".

2. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring - Winterlong (God Is In The TV)
Aaah lovely. Some of you might remember The Pixies doing a rather good version of this Neil Young track some years ago. Well this version is better, totally beautiful if it comes to an arguement and comes to you absolutely free courtesy of those nice people who refer to themselves as God Is In The TV. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring come from that little backwater called London and if you pop over to their website there are quite a few tracks you can have a listen to. This track along with another called "White Winter Hymnal" will be available from the God Is In The TV website from 15th December.

20th December - London, The Fox

3. Rocha & Lewinger - Dub Screamer (SCI+TEC Digital Audio)
Let's face it, any track which choses to call itself "Dub Screamer" is always going to find a home on this site.

4. The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble - Twisted Horizons (Ad Noiseam)
Taken from the bands recent "Mutations EP".

5. Burningpilot - Starter Pack (Transgressive)
Taken from the debut album "Cold Caller"

6. Richard Youngs - Track 2 (No Fans)
This is a bit strange really. Apparently there are only 50 of these albums in existence which if true (and i have no reason to argue) is completely mental because this is a fantastic record and every soul alive should have the chance to experience it at least once. It's called "Three Handed Star" and if there are no plans for it to be made more widely available then you may well hear the whole thing right here. None of the tracks seem to have proper titles so "Track 2" will just have to do.

7. Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick (Sub Pop)

8. It Hugs Back - Remember (4AD)
Let's face it, "It Hugs Back" is not a fantastic name for a band and "Inside Your Guitar" does not exactly inspire as an album title but if you can get beyond that this is actally a really good record. "Inside Your Guitar" will be released through 4AD on 19th January.

9th December - Manchester, The Deaf Institute

9. Bubblegum Lemonade - Penny Fountain (Matinee)
Another track from the Glasgow bands debut album "Doubleplusgood"

10. Bill Baird - Christmas In Jail (Indiecater)
The Christmas songs are now appearing by the tonload but the best I've heard so far is an album on Indiecater records cunningly entitled "An Indiecater Christmas" which instead of containing groups of Chimpanzees destroying what we are constantly told are Christmas classics is full of new tunes by good bands!! I kid you not, and some pretty damn good stuff as well. This track is probably my favorite at the moment. It costs just 6.50 euros from the indiecater website. A bargain I hear you shout.

11. Twinbeat - Don't Touch My Dog (Original Mix) (LTD007)
This is great. I like the bit on about 5m26s when the whole thing starts to sound unstable.

12. Masonic - Lifetime Of Deception (?)
According to the press release this album is not an album, it's a "Maxi EP" whatever the devil one of those is. Probably some kind of strange American jargon that the rest of the occupied world find baffling. Then again maybe I'm just a bit thick. Whatever it is it contains ten tracks and goes under the name "The Human Blade" and is really good.

13. Quitzow - New York Haunting (Young Love)
Taken from the new EP "Animal Nature".

14. Lukestar - White Shade (Flameshovel)
Taken from the album "Lake Toba".

15. Galaxy 500 - Listen The Snow Is Falling (Rough Trade)
Taken from the 1990 album "This Is Our Music".

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Pod Fodder (Volume Sixteen)

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1. Bubblebum Lemonade - I'll Never Be Yours (Matinee)
This is a track from the long awaited debut album by Glasgow's Bubblegum Lemonade.

2. Paperplain - 11.30 (Too Pure)
Another blinder from the Too Pure Singles Club.

3. The Longest Day - Slow Motion World (Feral Media)
Taken from the album "Night Falls".

4. Anderson Noise - Shibuya (Harthouse)
It's good to see Harthouse are still doing the business.

5. Mambo Taxi - Super Trooper (Clawfist)
I had completely forgotton how entertaining this single is. It was issued in 1994 through Clawfist and has Th' Faith Healers version of SOS on the other side.

6. Fox Gut Daata - Endless Hissy Fits (Winning Sperm Party)
You may (or may not) recall earlier o=in the year we included a couple of tracks from a compilation called "Cry Parrot" which was available for free download from the eternally gorgeous Winning Sperm Party website. Well they have just issued a follow up, cunningly entitled "Cry Parrot 2" and it's even better than the first one, packed from floor to ceiling with top new tunes. (andit's free). This is one of the tracks I keep coming back to.

7. Video Nasties - Albatross (Dead Again)
Video Nasties come from London and this is the first record I've heard from them. I bet they sound great live and loud. This is the title track from the bands current ep which if I'm not mistaken (and I usually am) is be available as we speak.

14th January - Cardiff, Barfly
15th January - Wrexham, Central Station
16th January - Barrow In Furness, The Canteen
17th January - Liverpool, Korvova
20th January - Glasgow, King Tuts
21st January - Newcastle, Academy 2
22nd January - Aberdeen, Club Snafu
23rd January - Leeds, Cockpit
24th January - Leicester, The Charlotte
26th January - Wolverhampton, Little Civic
27th January - London, Cargo
28th January - Brighton, Prince Albert
29th January - Kingston, New Slang
30th January - Hastings, The Crypt

8. ILIKETRAINS - Friday, Everybody Goodbye (Fantastic Plastic)
This is a track from the new ep "The Christmas Tree Ship" which was released last week. I don't know how many copies there are but apparently it's limited, which could of course mean limited to 50,000 but I'm sure it doesn't.

5th December - Hastings, The Crypt
6th December - Norwich, Arts Centre
7th December - Bristol, Louisiana
9th December - Southampton, Joiners
10th December - London, 93 Feet East
11th December - Leeds, Brudnell Social Club
13th December - Manchester, Ruby Lounge
14th December - Dundee, Dexters
15th December - Glasgow, King Tuts
16th December - Newcastle, The End

9. Like Honey - Telling Lies (Hybris)
This is without doubt the most played record in the Waaahhousehold this week. The band are called Like Honey which you might think is a Jesus & Mary Chain reference andyou'd probably be right. The band come from Malmo in Sweden andthis track comes from their debut album "Leaves" which is a record which every living person on the planet should own. The bandhave also just released a single called "Five Minute Dream" which is on the album but might have b sides that are not so hopefully I'll be able to track one of these down before the weekend.

10. Pig & Dan - Twisted Lip (Original Mix) (Hedgehog)
A fine release from the Hedgehog stable. The catalogue number on this is HOGG 1. I hope HOGG 2 is as good, can't wait.

11. The Field Mice - Sensitive (Sarah)

12. The Phantom Band - Left Hand Wave (Chemikal Underground)
From the debut album "Checkmate Savage" which will be released in the new year.

13. Cold Cave - Sex Ads (Hospital Productions)
This is one of three tracks on a 7" single which has a really rather fetching sleeve.

14. Peggy Sue & The Pictures - Once We Were Strangers (Broken Sound)
Formerly known as Peggy Sue & The Pirates. This is a track from the new EP by the Brighton band. It's called the "First Aid EP" and will be available fromnext week. The release will be celebrated with an EP launch gig at the 12 Bar Club in London on 11th December.

15. Spacemen 3 - Big City (Fire)
For some reason every time it snows I get this record out. Just one of those weird things. Galaxy 500 often put in an appearance as well.