1. The Fall - Hot Cake (Part 2) (Action)
This is the second track on the current Fall single. I wish the new album would get a move on. I think I'll be bald by the time it gets here!
2. Inbirdseye - Moral Crusaders (Self Released)
Taken from the Indianapolis bands new EP "Speak Easy".
3. Eat More Cake Feat Alex Griffiths - Red Sky (Avatars Remix)
This is a remix of the first single from Eat More Cakes debut album "Climb The Ladder".
4. Nate Allen - Don't Let This Smile Fool You (Self Released)
This track comes from one of the best cd's to brighten my doormat in ages. It contains two album, one by Nate Allen and one by Destroy Nate Allen which is basically Nate with his missus. Superb stuff it has to be said and I think you'll be hearing a lot more from Nate in these Fodders in the future. The Portland, Oregon duo are on tour in the states until next year which obviously isn't that far away but still sounds quite good. You can get you hand on a copy of this wonderful item simply by going HERE and it could be the best nine dollars you ever spend.
5. Peaking Lights - Boy & The Rabbit Band (Night People)
This is probably my favourite track on the Madison bands debut album "Imaginary Falcons" which is a real treat. I suppose you might put this in the experimental category which is a genre I've never really understood. It seems any band with some kind of ramshackle or anti music approach are called experimental but people have been doing it for years so surely it's past it's experimental stage now. Personally I don't really get genres anyway and I think people should stop using them because at the end of the day a record is either good, bad or indifferent and this LP certainly falls in the good category.
6. The Joy Formidable - My Beerdrunk Soul Is Sadder Than A Hundred Dead Christmas Trees (Self Released)
Probably the best Christmas record in years. Certainly the best Christmas song title... ever, probably. If you know better then let me know. This is basically a freebie from the band who have given me more pleasure than most in 2009. If you pop over to their myspace page you can view a rather good video for this track which will surely go down as a Christmas classic and will be brought out every year in place of Noddy and Richards who let's face it make you want to set light to your tree. The band will embark on a UK tour in march which will hopefully coincide with a new album.
7. Windy & Carl - Whisper (Icon)
Bit of an oldie this but what the hell. It's taken from windy & Carl's 1996 album "Drawing Of Sound" and is the perfect soundtrack for a snowstorm.
8. Los Campesinos - Straight In At 101 (Wichita)
It seems like a very long time since we last had a record from Los Campesinos. This track is taken from their new album "Romance Is Boring" which will be released on 1st February through the rather fine Wichita Records. The Cardiff ensemble will be hitting the road in February to support the record including a date in York which I feel will need to be attended. By the way if you do go to a gig at Fibbers in York stay away from the Newcastle Brown Ale, it's for quid a bottle!
11th February - Wrexham, Central Station
12th February - Liverpool, EVOL@o2
13th February - York, Fibbers
15th February - Aberdeen, Tunnels
16th February - Dundee, Dog House
17th February - Edinburgh, Bongo
18th February - Derby, The Venue
19th February - Leicester, The Musician
21st February - Cambridge, Junction
22nd February - Norwich, Arts Centre
23rd February - Brighton, Audio
24th February - Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
25th February - London, KOKO
26th February - Falmouth, Princess Pavilion
27th February - Bristol, Thelka
1st March - Birmingham, The Rainbow
2nd March - Northampton, Roadmender
3rd March - Reading, Plug & Play
4th March - Kingston, Banquet New Slang
9. Letters - K Is For Killing Spree (An Ode To) (Smalltown America)
Taken from the "And So I Watch You From Afar" EP
10.. These New Puritans - We Want War (Angular)
I'm really not sure what to make of this, which probably means it's brilliant. Not what you would expect These New Puritans to sound like which obviously is a good thing. I mean, how many records can you name which feature six feet high Japanese Taiko drums. It's going to be released on 11th January as an embossed 10" and will be followed shortly by the bands second album "Hidden".
25th January - London, Bush Hall
1st February - Brighton, Audio
2nd February - Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
3rd February - Manchester, Deaf Institute
4th February - Glasgow, Captains Rest
5th February - Newcastle, Jukebox
6th February - Leeds, Brudnell Social Club