Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pod Fodder (Volume Forty One)

1. Johnny Foreigner - Feels Like Summer (Best Before)
This is a new single from Birmingham's ace Johnny Foreigner who I would be seeing this week had I not run out of money. It will be available officially from 22nd June through the bands Myspace site

17th May - Manchester, Deaf Institute
18th May - London, Flowerpot (FREE GIG!!!)
20th May - Liverpool, Sound City @ Barfly (with Hot Club De Paris, Tubeord & Calories)
21st May - York, Fibbers
22nd May - Wakefield, Escobar
23rd May - Newport, Meze Lounge
24th May - Northampton, Roadmenders
20th June - Bradford, The New Beehive

2. Crocodiles - Summer Of Hate (Fat Possum)
This is the title track from the American band's debut album which if memory serves is released next week. I've got a Crocodiles live recording as well but I haven't had chance to listen to it yet. If it sounds ok I'll stick it on the site next week.

3. Banjo Or Freakout - The Week Before (Half Machines)
Banjo Or Freakout appears to consist of just one bloke, Alessio Natalizia who as the name might suggest is Italian but is based in London. This as far as I know is his first release. It's a six track E.P. called "Upside Down" which has been released on twelve inch vinyl and that is the format I would recommend. I think we should start a campaign to bring back the twelve inch as the main format. It's just so big and beautiful. 

23rd May - London, Twisted Licks @ The Macbeth (with 65 Days Of Static & Giratory System)  

4. Cut City - Departure In Particular (Deleted Art)
Another new twelve inch E.P. This time it's some new stuff from Cut City. Regular visitors will remember we featured a couple of tracks from their brilliant "Exit Decades" album last year. Well the Swedes are back with a new five track E.P. it's called "Narcissus Can Wait" and if you buy the twelve inch version you get a download voucher so you don't actually have to play it... Genius 

5. Dead Leaf Echo - Half Truth (Northern Star)
This is the first track on the new Dead Leaf Echo mini album which can be purchased in it'sentirety through Northern Star Records in the UK or Tonevendor of you're not.

6. Dananananaykroyd - Totally Bone (Best Before)
Taken from the new album "Hey Everyone". 

20th May - Preston, The Mad Ferret
21st May - London, Stag & Dagger @ 93 Feet East (with The Twilight Sad)
22nd May - Leeds, Stag & Dagger @ The Library (with Vivian Girls)
23rd May - Glasgow, Stag & Dagger @ Captains Rest (with The Mai Shi)
24th May - Aberdeen, Moshulu

7. The Voluntary Butler Scheme - Tabasco Soul (Split)
This is a track from the Stourbridge band's new seven inch single which will be released through Split Records in June. 

21st May - London, Stag & Dagger Festival
23rd May - Bristol, Dot To Dot Festival
24th May - Manchester, International Festival
26th May - Manchester, Academy 3 (supporting Jason Lytle)
28th May - London, Islington Academy (supporting Jason Lytle)

8. The Fall - Cowboy George (Bootleg)
This is one of the new tracks which can be found on the bootlegs further down this page. Hopefully the new album won't be too long away and will be the best for years (I say that every time a new Fall album appears). Thanks as always to The Consortium for their sterling recording efforts this season.

9. Sinner DC - Sunrized (Ai
This is probably my favorite track on the new album "Crystallized" which according to the Airecords website sounds like "The London Symphony Orchestra being put through an electronic mangle then taken to a Berlin studio to be hung out to dry". 

10. The Primitives - Really Stupid (Lazy)
Even though it's almost twenty three years since this record was released it still sounds remarkably fresh. Originally issued in October 1986 through the Coventry band's own Lazy Record label, indiepop don't get much better than this.

11. Monroes Pills - Walking With Lenin (Self Released)
Monroes Pills come from Moscow, Russia (just in case you now of another one) and this track is take from their self released "Pet's Riots" E.P.

12. The Joy Formidable - Austere (Self Released)
Taken from the debut album "A Balloon Called Moaning" which is one of the strongest debuts of the year thus far and I'm looking forward to seeing them in York for the second time in a couple of weeks. The band will be releasing a new single "Whirring" next month. 

31st May - Liverpool, Barfly
1st June - Newcastle, Academy 
22nd June - York, Fibbers
3rd June - Derby, The Royal
5th June - Manchester, Ruby Lounge
7th June - Birmingham, Bar Academy
8th June - London, Borderline
9th June - Cambridge, Portland
10th June - Southampton, Joiners Arms
11th June - Brighton, Audio

13. Gappy Ranks - Football (Mp3)
I'm glad this season is over to be honest. This season has seen the worst York City team in history and things can only get better. At least the manager seems to be signing some half decent players now but only time will tell. This track is great although I can't quite put my finger on why. There were some really good football compilations released through Exotica about ten or fifteen years ago but I can't for the life of me find any of them. If you have any of the Exotica compilations please get in touch.

14. Lucky Elephant - Edgar (Sunday Best)
This track comes from a new double a-sided single from the London band and will be followed by an album at the end of July.

15. Future Gravity - The Engineer (Demo)
More great stuff from the east (Finland to be precise).

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