Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Fat Tulips - Demo Tape (re-post)

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

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Asobi Seksu - 6 Music Session 17th February 2009

Last week Asobi Seksu popped into 6 Music in Manchester to play some tunes from their third album Hush which was released in the UK last week.

1. Sing Tomorrows Praise
2. Interview (part one)
3. Transparence
4. Interview (part two)
5. In The Sky

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Pod Fodder (Volume Twenty Nine)

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1. The Wolfmen - Cecile (Howl)
Great start to this weeks fodder. I'm a little bit late on this one as it was released about two months ago but what a record.

2. The All New Adventures Of Us - St. Crispins Got Our Backs (One Little Indian) This is a track from the new single which will be available from next month when the band will embark on a short tour with Sam Isaac. Apparently they will soon be working on the follow up to last years excellent "Best Loved Goodnight Tales" album.

6th March - Northampton, Roadmender
7th March - Edingburgh, Caberet Voltaire
9th March - York, The Basement
10th March - London, Old Blue Last
11th March - Bristol, Louisiana
12th March - Cambridge, The Portland Arms
14th March - Leeds, Cockpit

3. Celebrity Chimp - Porn Star (Green Pea)
Taken from the bands new "Celebrity Is The New Royalty" EP which contains five utterly fantastic tracks and needs to live your house. Apparently you can pick it up from but I'm sure it'll be available elsewhere as well.

23rd February - London, Monday Night At The Proud Galleries
28th February - EP Launch @ The Hobgoblin
6th March - Deptford, Birds Nest
10th March - London, Soundbites @ The Abbey
11th March - London, The Legion

4. Gee Spot - Bringing The Bass Back (Shoot 2 Ill)

5. Small Crew - Kamikaze Girls (Self Released)
This apparently is the Armenia bands "lost" second single which originally appeared about a year ago but what with all the excitement of the arrival of a new addition to band member Richard Adderley's family they forgot to tell anyone so here it is again. There is another track which accompanies this called "It's Not Too Late To Wait" which can be downloaded from the bands Myspace.
6. Exlovers - Phonebooth (Young & Lost)
This is one of the tracks from the new single which will be released as a limited run of five hundred seven inch singles through the mighty Young & Lost on 6th April. If you want to make sure you get one of these future rarities you can pre order it from the Young & Lost online shop.

21st February - Hull, Adelphi (with Emmy The Great)
22nd February - London, Shepherds Bush Empire (NME awards show with Pete Doherty)
24th February - Glasgow, Barrowlands (NME awards show with Pete Doherty)
25th February - Birmingham, Glee (with Emmy The Great)
26th February - Bristol, Fleece (with Emmy The Great)
27th February - London ULU (with Emmy The Great)
2nd March - London, Rough Trade Store (instore show with Emmy The Great)
31st March - London, Twisted Licks @ The Macbeth
3rd April - London, Bar Rhumba (single launch FREE ENTRY)

7. In Motion - Hollow Blow (Indicater)
If you've been paying attention you'll undoubtedly recall that we featured a track from this old album just a few weeks ago. At that point I was blissfully unaware that "The Language Of Everyday Life" was about to be re-issued. The completely re-mastered version which also contains two extra tracks will be available through Indicater Records... well soon.

8. Town Bike - It's My Mic (Super Kawaii Pop)
If I had a record of the week it would probably be this. Town Bike are completely new on me even though it appears they've been around for a while. This is a track from their fantastic debut album "Go! Fight! Win!) which will be released on 9th March and really does need to live at your house.

28th February - London, Popfest
13th March - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
16th March - Sheffield, The Nelson Rock Bar
18th March - London, 229
21st March - Liverpool, ???
7th April - Liverpool, Bar Fresa
8th May - Birmingham, Scruffy Murphy's
9th May - Hull, Adelphi

9. Lost Cowboy - Spinach Boy (Playtime)

10. Swervedriver - Rave Down (Sony)
Originally released in 1991 Swervedriver's debut album "Raise" was a classic of it's time. Following on from two spectacular EP's on Creation Records a lot was expected from the Oxford quartet and of course they delivered. "Raise" was a nine track monster with a nice sleeve.... and now it's back. I've never being a big fan of the re-mastering thing but I am glad this record is available again and I hope a lot more people fall in love with it.

11. Electricity In Our Homes - Gymnastics (4AD)
This is a limited seven inch only release on the legendary 4AD label.

12. State Broadcasters - Let's Make T-Shirts (Electric Honey)
Taken from the album "The Ship & The Iceberg" and features some great song titles such as "Ivor Cutler Suggests We Join The Noise Abatement Society".

19th March - Glasgow, Sloans Ballroom (album launch)
30th May - Glasgow, 13th Note

13. Florene - Chinese Mountain Forest (Unsigned)
Florene are from Denton, Texas and consist of Aaron Mollet and Gavin Guthrie. They sent me a couple of tracks last week which are just great. According to their Myspace they have made a few records which I will try and track down.

20th March - Austin, Moose Lodge (afternoon show)
28th March - Dallas, Good Records (early show with Many Birthdays)
28th March - Dallas, Annex House (late show)
3rd April - Dallas, City Tavern (with Jack With One Eye)

14. Last Step - 61 Disco (Planet Mu)
Last Step is basically Aaron Funk from Venetian Snares taken to celebrating under the "Last Step" moniker. I have to be honest I love this album and I've got a feeling Mr Vincent will shoot a few badgers to get his hands on it too.

15. Underground Railroad - Breakfast (One Little Indian)
Brief piece from the new Underground Railroad EP which contains five new tracks, or at least tracks which aren't on last years "Sticks and Stones" album. Good stuff.

16. 1990's - Tell Me When You're Ready (Rough Trade)
Another track from the new album "Kicks".

17. The Fall - Choc-Stock (Step Forward)
Taken from the 1979 album "Dragnet".

18. Helen Love - Calm Down Dad (Elefant)
Yes, I know this track has been on before but face it.... it's great.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ballboy - Nottingham, 23rd July 2008

I meant to post this set ages ago but in time honoured fashion forgot all about it. Ballboy have been around for about ten years now and released five albums, if you include 2001's "Club Anthems" which was a compilation of the first few EP's and really should hold a place in everyone's collection. Last year saw the release of their fifth and hopefully not last album "I Worked On The Ships" and some tracks from that feature in this set which was recorded last summer at the Bodega Social Club in Nottingham.

1. Intro
2. Absent Friends
3. Songs For Kylie
4. I've Got Pictures Of You In Your Underwear
5. Someone's Gonna Happen Soon
6. Godzilla Vs The Island Of Manhattan
7. Cicily
8. Swim For Health
9. I Don't Have Time To Stand Here Talking
10. Avant Garde Music
11. A Relatively Famous Victory
12. The Sash My Father Wore
13. Leave The Earth Behind And Take A Walk In The Sunshine
14. Donald In The Bushes With A Bag Of Glue

Monday, February 16, 2009

Pod Fodder (Volume Twenty Eight)

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1. Black Math Horseman - Origin Of Savagery (Undergroove)
Taken from the new album "Wyllt" which is released in the UK this very month.

2. 1990's - Balthazar (Rough Trade)
"Kicks" is the title of the new album from Glasgows happiest band. It will be released in the UK on 23rd March and is quite frankly great fun. Guaranteed to cheer you up whatever the weather, even if your stuck in a snowdrift on the A38.

3. Hatcham Social - Murder In The Dark (Fierce Panda)
This is a track from the new Hatcham Social single which will be released as a seven inch single through Fierce Panda on 9th March and be followed by the bands debut album a couple of weeks later.

12th February - Wrexham, Central Station
13th February - Whitley Bay, The Trojan Rooms
18th February - Exeter, The Cavern Club
20th February - London, Scala (with The Walkmen)
21st February - Southampton, Joiners
6th March - Berlin, Magnet
12th March - Leeds, The Faversham (with Ipso Facto)
18th June - New York, The Cake Shop (with Crystal Stilts & The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart)

4. Intrusion - Tswana Dub (Echospace)
Taken from the new album "The Seduction Of Silence".

5. Sad Day For Puppets - Marble Gods (Sonic Cathedral)
Taken from the Swedish bands fantastic new single which will be released on 2nd March.

20th February - London, Half Moon (with Television Personalities)
22nd February - London, Sonic Cathedral @ The Old Blue Last
23rd February - London, Sonic Cathedral @ The Old Blue Last

6. Rothko - Give (Trace)
This is a track from the latest release from Rothko. The EP is called "The Longest Distance Between Two Points" and is available through their own Trace record label. It's also limited to just two hundred copies so you might want to put down that cup of tea and get shopping (or you might not in which case put the kettle on again and relax).

7. Drumattic Twins - Don't Be So Drumattic (Finger Lickin)

This is a track from the new Drumattic Twins EP which precedes the new album "Hammer & Tongs" which will appear in the spring.
8. Vidulgi OoyoO - Even Freedom (Fargo)
This is probably my most played record this week. It's an eight track album by the strangly monikered Vidulgi OoyoO who according to their MySpace come from Korea. This album has actually being around for a while but it's not the easiest thing to find. Perhaps I should post the whole damn thing.

9. Wake The President - Miss Tierny (Electric Honey)
I heard this album for the first time just yesterday and what a treat it is. I don't know what goes on up there in Scotland but they just keep on churning out great bands (and snooker players). The album is called "You Can't Change That Boy" and will be released through Electric Honey on 9th March.

6th March - Glasgow, Polloksheilds Burgh Hall (Album launch party)
13th March - London, Twee As Fuck @ Buffalo Bar
16th March - London, Rough Trade (instore show)
20th March - Glasgow, Popmorphic
29th March - Aberdeen, The Tunnels (with The Redwalls)

10. The Snowbyrds - Master Of Ceremonies (Promo)
The Snowbyrds come from Blackburn and beyond that I can tell you very little.

8th March - Brierfield, Sunn Inn
17th March - Manchester, Dry Bar
28th March - Blackburn, Hordens

11. Heritage Centre - Death By Science (Self Released)
One of the best E.P.'s to arrive at Burning World this week is the new six track effort from Dublin's Heritage Centre. It's called "The City, The Tree and The Fox E.P." and will be available from 20th February.

20th February - Dublin, Whelan's (E.P. launch)
26th February - Limerick, Dolans
5th March - Dundalk, The Spirit Store
6th March - Dublin, Tower Records
12th March - Limerick, Eclectic Picnic @ Limerick Art College
13th March - Clonmel, Gleesons
28th March - Castlebar, Bar Ritz
4th April - Portlaoise, Lethean Bar
28th April - Galway, NUI Galway

12. Asobi Seksu - Familiar Light (Twins Remix) (Download)
This is a remix of the new Asobi Seksu single. Whether or not it's been officially sanctioned I have no idea but it is pretty good. The new album "Hush" is released this week.

16th February - Leeds, Faversham
18th February - Birmingham, Barfly
19th February - London, ICA
20th February - Amsterdam, Paradiso
21st February - Paris, Fleche d'Or
22nd February - Brussels - Rotonde
24th February - Muenster, Gleiss 22
25th February - Berlin, Magnet

13. The Joy Formidable - The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade (Self Released)
This is the first track on their "A Balloon Called Moaning" debut album which if they have found some more copies will be available from sometime around now. I saw them live last week at The Duchess and apart from the set being shorter than some of the support bands they put in a tremendous performance and I'm looking forward to catching up with them again.

17th February - London, Pure Groove Instore (album launch)
19th February - Newcastle, Academy 2
20th February - Preston HED @ Mad Ferret (FREE show)
21st February - Cambridge, Greenmind Birthday Bash @ Portland Arms
22nd February - Birmingham, Bar Academy
28th February - London, The Lexington

14. Calories - Adventuring (Smalltown America)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Joy Formidable - 6 Music session 19th January 2009

This is the recent session The Joy Formidable recorded for Marc Riley's show on BBC 6 Music. According to their MySpace page their forthcoming eight track album "A Balloon Called Moaning" which is scheduled for release... er...soon, has already sold out. Don't ask me how this is possible, I'm not a professor of mathematics suffice to say until I get my copy I'm gonna bitch like a spoilt child who has just being told his birthday has being cancelled because he's ugly. Anyway If your not familiar with the sounds of The Joy Formidable and therefore don't understand why a delay to the album causes such a kerfuffle check out these tracks. You won't be disappointed (and if you are this site is probably not the place for you).

1. Cradle
2. Austere

11th February - Carlisle, The Brickyard
12th February - York, The Duchess (I was hoping to go to this one with Mr Vincent but the b*****d seems to have fallen off the edge of the world.)
13th February - Leeds, The Cockpit
15th February - Nottingham, Bodega
17th February - London, Pure Groove Instore Show (album launch thingy)
19th February - Newcastle, Academy 2
20th February - Preston, Preston HED @ Mad Ferret (FREE!!!!)
21st February - Cambridge, Cambridge Greenmind Birthday Bash @ Portland Arms
22nd February - Birmingham, Bar Academy
28th February - London, The Lexington

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Pod Fodder (Volume Twenty Seven)

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1. Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound - Clive & Lyre (Tee Pee)
Taken from the bands new album "When Sweet Sleep Returned" which apparently is their third album.

2. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - It's A Crime (Tomlab)
This track comes from a new Casiotone release called "Advance Base Battery Life" which is a collection of bits and pieces from the last ten years or so. There are some real gems on here alot of which I've never heard before. I've been told there will be a new Casiotone record before long but that could be a lie (alchohol had been taken). Advance Base Battery Life will be released through Tomlab on 10th March.

3. LR Rockets - Dance It Away (Silverdoor)
This is a track from the Rockets current single. According to their MySpace at least one of them has a connection to York so they must be good. I think (if i remember rightly) they had a rather good single released by Art Goes Pop a couple of years ago. The possibility is not small however that I might be thinking about someone else completly. The plain fact of the matter is though that this is a fine record and you need to own it!

19th February - London, The Enterprise
28th February - London, Playground @ 93 Feet East
3rd March - London, Guided Missile @ Buffalo Bar

4. Stina Stjern - The Horizon (Promo)
Stina Stjern is I am reliably informed Norwegian (I thought she was just really bad at spelling). She is also, and this is really important so pay attention, releasing her next single as a seven inch which will be presented, not in a nice gatefold pack or even a picture disc but with it's very own knitwear. That's right the new Stina Stjern single will come in a unique hand knitted sleeve and just try telling me you don't want one of those!!!

5. Wavves - Get In The Sun (Fat Possum)
Taken from the new album "Wavvves".

7th February - New York, LessArtMoreCondos
8th February - New York, Underground Lounge
10th February - Belfast, Laverys Bunker
11th February - Dublin, Whelans
12th February - Amsterdam, OCCI Festival
13th February - Bremen, Friese
14th February - Leipzig, Atari
15th February - Prague, Club 007
16th February - Wien, Arena
17th February - Munchen, Cafe Kult
19th February - Hamburg, Astra Stube
20th February - Kassel, Galerie Loyal
21st February - Utrecht, DB's
22nd February - Trier, Ex Haus
24th February - Lyon, Ground Zero
25th February - Paris, Le Mecanique
26th February - London, Bardons Boudoir
27th February - Nottingham, The Chameleon
28th February - Leeds, TBA
1st March - Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
2nd March - Manchester, Bar Sleazy
3rd March - London, Skala
4th March - Cardiff, Buffalo Bar
5th March - Brighton, Prince Albert

6. Butcher Boy - Carve A Pattern (Promo)
I'm not entierly sure what whether this track is from a new single or album. It's one of those single track promo CD thingies which cokes without any info to speak of. Either way it's a good track.

21st February - Glasgow, Queens Park Bowling Club
14th March - London, Jamm

7. Crispy Ambulance - Deaf (Factory)

8. The Very Most - April Is The Kindest Month (Indicater)
Taken from the new E.P. "Spring" which is apparantly the first of four digital E.P.s to be released in 2009.

13th February - Nampa, Flying M Coffeegarage
2nd March - Boise, Neurolux
9th April - Boise, Lush
12th December - Dublin, Whelan's

9. A Slow In Dance - The Girl From Iceland (Self Released)
Taken from the Indonesian outfits "We Hate This But We Need To Survive" E.P.

10. Ulricht Schnauss - Shine (Independente)
Taken from last years brilliant "Goodbye" album.

11. Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks - Bardzo Daleko (Trace)
Taken from the excellent new album "Secret Land" which was released throught Trace Records a couple of months ago but has only just found it's way to North Yorkshire.

12. Royal Treatment Plant - Half As Much (Promo)
This is a track from the London band's new single which will be available from next week (I think). It's taken from last years "Hope Is Not Enough" album which I have to admit I don't have but will definitly try and track down.

13. Milk Kan - God With An I-Pod (Blang)
I'm sure most of you have already heard this track but the fact of the matter is that no matter how annoying you may find it it's actually a bit of a corker. Taken from Milk Kan's debut album which will be released on 9th March and will be preceded by a new single "I'm a Nobody" on 2nd March.

20th February - London, 12 Bar Denmark Street
13th March - London, 12 Bar Denmark Street (album launch)
1st April - London, The Legion (Free gig apparantly)
21st May - Glasgow, Maggie Mays
22nd May - Dundee, The Dog House
23rd May - Inverness, Mad Hatters
24th May - Fife, The Green Side

14. Oh Atoms - Sugar Mouse (Little Victories)
This is a track from the London outfit's debut album "You Can't See The Stars From Here" which is available as we speak through i-tunes.

19th February - London, The Gladstone

15. Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows (Paperhouse)
I still think this is probably the best record Teenage Fanclub ever produced. This is was the bands debut single, released as a seven inch back in 1990.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Darren Hayman & The Secondary Modern - BBC Session 27/1/2009

This session was recorded for 6 Music last week in support of Darren's new album "Pram Town" which is, and I hate to say these words, a concept album. It describes itself as a folk opera whatever one of those is and is all about a person who lives in and never escapes town in Essex called Harlow which apparently is the part of the world where Mr Hayman originates from (Essex boy, explains a lot). I think this is something like Darren's tenth album if you include all the Hefner stuff and probably his strongest since "The Fidelity Wars". The three tracks on this session all appear in slightly different form on the new record which is available through track and field right now.

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1. Losing My Glue

2. Out Of My League

3. Big Fish

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Pod Fodder (Volume Twenty Six)

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1. Giant Paw - Flood (Feral Electronics)
This is the first track on the debut album by Giant Paw. Rarely does a record quite as diverse as this come along. Giant Paw seem to be capable of just about anything and you should make this album a priority. "The Stars Are Ours" will be released through Feral Electronics on 9th March.

2. Moscow Olympics - The Farthest City (Lost Music)
This is a track from a split single which Moscow Olympics share with The Morning Paper. The 7" is available now though Lost Music and is limited to a mere three hundred copies so you'd better get your skates on.

3. Mascot Fight - That's A Photocopier (Not A Chair) (Self Released)
This is probably the most played record in my house this week. Mascot Fight are from Derby, hardly ever play gigs or it seems release records. Their only previous outing was their "If Cooks Could Kill" E.P. back in 2006 which is available for free download on their website. This then is their first "proper" album and I have to say it's a bit of a blinder. It's called "Pantomime Hearse" and is probably available as we speak (if not then soon).

4. 9b0 - Combine (Original Mix) (Electrofly)
Electronic gubbins all the way from Hungary. I say all the way but I suppose it's not impossible that you could be reading this in Hungary in which case.... hello.

5. Wavves - So Bored (Young Turks)
This is the first track to appear from the new Wavves album "Wavvves" from which you'll hear something in the next Fodder. The best thing to do with this track is turn it up as loud as your equipment will allow because, (A) - it sounds great, and (B) - you can't tell when it starts to distort.

6. Quest & Odissi - TNX 2010 (Original Mix) (Bochit & Cyberfunk)
This is quite simply awesome and I reckon Mr Vincent is going to wet his pants with this one.

7. Pavement - Trigger Cut (Big Cat)
Single from 1992

8. SomaHigh - Lo Fat (Animal Farm)
SomaHigh are from Southampton and this is a track from their debut single which will be released through Animal Farm on 23rd February.

20th February - Isle Of Wight, Newport, The Studio
22nd February - Southampton, Soul Cellar
23rd February - London, The Fly
24th February - Leicester, The Shed
26th February - Leeds, Carpe Diem
27th February - Southampton, Joiners
28th February - Bournemouth, IBar
25th April - Southampton, Talking Heads (with 65 Days Of Static)

9. The Allender Band - Riverrun (Dreamboat)
The Allender band are from Bristol and will release their album "Outer Dark" on 16th March. You can pre-order your copy from the bands Myspace page. This is the track I keep coming back to.

10. 16 Bit - Chainsaw Calligraphy (Boka)
I've always said you can't whack a chainsaw when you're looking for that extra something. This comes from a three track E.P. on Boka Recordings. The other two tracks are killers as well.

11. Helen Love - John Peel Roadshow (Elefant)
This is one of the tracks on the b side of the new single "Calm Down Dad" which is released this week.

12. Grand Duchy - The Long Song (Cooking Vinyl)
Black Francis is back in business! I've never really cared hugely for his solo stuff but this is a real return to form. Grand duchy is a collaboration between Black Francis and Violet Clark. The album is called "Petits Fours" and will be released on 16th February. I really hope this isn't just going to be a one off. There is a single as well called "Lovesick" which features two tracks which aren't onthe album.

13. Mambo Taxi - Super Trooper (Clawfist)
No real reason for playing this. It formes one side of a seven inch single which was issued through the once mighty Clawfist label in 1994. The other side sees Th' Faith Healers having a pop at "S.O.S.".

14. The Leisure Society - A Matter Of Time (Willkommen)
Taken from the bands forthcoming single.

3rd February - London, Ronnie Scotts
10th February - London, Borderline (with Moriarty)
25th February - Stoke Newington, Bardons Boudoir
7th March - London, Notting Hill Arts Club
26th March - London, Lumiaire
9th May - Brighton, Pavillion Theatre

15. Dead Leaf Echo - Pale Fire ()
This is the title track from the new Dead Leaf Echo E.P.

6th February - Brooklyn, Vanishing Point
4th April - New York, Cake Shop