Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pod Fodder (Volume Fifty Four)

1. Vowels - Two Wires (Loaf)
Taken from the new album "The Pattern Prism" which was released last week through Loaf Records.

2. Fools Gold - Suprise Hotel (Iamsound)
This is the track I keep coming back to on the new Fools Gold album. To be honest the rest of the album is disappointing but this track is top quality.

3. Lighting Bolt - The Sublime Freak (Load) I always get a little bit excited when a new Lightning Bolt record lands on my doormat. The new album "Earthly Delights" will be released through Load on 12th October and is an absolute treat. I'm not sure what old style thrash fans will make of it but the band have gone a little bit more experimental and I think they sound great. I could have sworn I played a track from this record a couple of weeks ago but looking back through previous track listings it appears that I forgot so it's time to put that right.

4. Vivian Girls - Tension (In The Red)
This track comes from the second Vivian Girls album "Everything Went Wrong" which will be available as of this very week.

5. The Ravonettes - Gone Forever (Vice)
For some reason The Ravonettes seem to have passed me by. I do quite like the new album though. It's called "In & Out Of Control" and will be released through Vice next month.

6. Altair Nouveau - Death on Four Wheels (E-Music)
Taken from the "Dark Energy" EP which as far as I can see is only available from E-Music.

7. Fuck Buttons - Space Mountain (ATP)
Yes this is it, the one you've been waiting for. I was a bit apprehensive about listening to the new Fuck Buttons album because I've been looking forward to it all year and really didn't want to be disappointed. I needn't have worried because the Bristol duo have made a record that beats the living shit out of anything in it's path. "Tarot Sport" is a monster and probably the best record of 2009. I almost hope Fuck Buttons call it a day now because they surely can't improve on this. "Tarot Sport" wil be released through ATP on 5th October.

8. Kurt Vile - Overnite Religion (Matador)
Taken from the album "Childish Prodigy" which will be released through Matador on 5th October.

9. The Platers - Let's Take The World Tonight, Johnny (Indie MP3)
This track comes from the debut EP by London based band The Platers. The record is called "The Second Between Spark And Flame" EP and features five tracks. It's also the latest release on the superb Indie MP3 label and is available from this week as a limited edition CD and of course all of the really boring digital formats of which I'm still not convinced, which is really strange from someone who puts together a digital playlist every week. I guess I like to have something I can hold, like a seven inch slab of plastic.....or a beer.....

10. Squishy Squid - Anorexia (Las Vegas)
Taken from the Austrian bands debut album "Bonjour Tristesse".

11. The Pastels & Tenniscoats - About You (Domino)
This track comes from the collaboration album Two Sunsets which I've been looking forward to for some time. It's available from this week and well worth the effort.

12. Micah P. Hinson - Slow & Steady (Full Time Hobby)
Taken from the album "All Dressed Up & Smelling Of Strangers" which was released by London based label Full Time Hobby this very week.

13. Sennen - Bizarre Love Triangle (Hungry Audio)
The last track in this weeks Fodder comes from Sennen who you might remember provided us with a rather good album called "Where The Light Gets In" some time ago. Well they're back with a new EP called "Destroy Us" which will be released through Hungry Audio on 3rd November and yes it is THAT song. Sorry about the lowish bit rate on this track but that's how it was sent and therefore not my fault (just thought I'd mention it).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pod Fodder (Volume Fifty Three)

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1. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Higher Than The Stars (Fortuna Pop)
At last, a new single from The Pains who as you may have noticed have made a bi of a splash over the last year or so what with their self-titled debut album which can only be described as "a bit good" and features on just about every blog page in the world. This is the lead track from the new EP which also features another three new songs all of which would have felt at home on the album. If you buy the CD format you will also discover a Saint Etienne (yes they are still going) remix of the title track. If I remember I'll put that in a future Fodder. "Higher Than The Stars" will be released on 5th October.

2. Zorch - Crying During Circumcision Is A Shame To The Whole Village (Demo)
Seriously, with a song title like that it was always going to end up on here!

3. The Voices - Silver Queen (Self Released)
It's quite sad really. This is taken from the second and final Voices album. They have decided to call it a day and their new album "Death Of A Lovers Song" will not be released, which is a shame because it is really quite excellent. Perhaps I should put the whole thing up for dor download on Burning World, at least then it would get heard.

4. T.H. White - Fantasy Pictures (Sky Council)
Taken from the new album "Company Book" which will be released on 29th September.

5. Apteka - Traitors (Self Released)
Very nice new track from Apteka. I'm not sure what their future plans are but if this is anything to go by they will be grand.

6. Bromheads Jacket - Boots (Self Released)
This is a new single from the Sheffield boys. Judging from their website their will be quite a few more to follow. "Bromheads return with a string of secret shows, making appearances in bedrooms, at house parties, in train carriages and anywhere else they can get away with it. They will be releasing a single and a video on the first day of every month for six months, completely free. The first single "Boots" will be released on 1st October and is available from their"

7. Memory Tapes - Bicycle (Memory Tapes)
Taken from the album "Seek Magic".

8. The Octagon - Radio Days (Serious Business)
This is a track from the new EP "Arm Brain Heart and Liver".

9. Tickley Feather - Trashy Boys (Paw Tracks)
The new album "Hors D'Oeuvres" will be released through Paw Tracks on 12th October and features, in my opinion Annie Sachs finest work to date. Apparently the whole thing was recorded in an old dilapidated farmhouse in Shenandoah woods, nice.

10. The Twilight Sad - I Became A Prostitute (Fat Cat)
Scotland may not have qualified for the football World Cup but if their was a competition for producing great band the country would be a superpower. The Twilight Sad return next month with another great album from where this track was plucked. "Forget The Night Ahead" will be released on 5th October through Fat Cat.

11. The Clientele - I Wonder Who We Are (Merge) The Clientele seem to have released tons of records over the last few years most of which have failed to live up to the standard set by their early singles on Elefant records of Madrid. However their new album "Bonfires On The Heath" is a real return to form and is heartily recommended to your ears. It will be released through Merge on 6th October.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Pod Fodder (Volume Fifty Two)

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1. Times New Viking - No Time No Hope (Matador)
Taken from the brilliant new album which will be released on 22nd September, the day after they play in my neck of the woods at a lovely small venue in York called The Basement.

2. Katastrophe - Get Info (Promo)
Taken from the album "Worst Amazing".

3. Ducktails - Seagull's Flight (Olde English Spelling Bee)
Another track from the excellent new album "Landscapes".

4. Synthesizer Shaikh - The Ride (MP3)
This track comes from an album which you can download free from the Synthesizer Shaikh website HERE

5. Maps - I Dream Of Crystal (Mute)
This is the first single to be taken from the new album "Turning The Mind" which will be released through Mute on 28th September. Out next week.

6. High Places - Late Bloomer (Post Present Medium)
If you were paying attention last week you will remember a rather good track by Soft Circle. Well this is on the other side. It 's a split 12" single and this track, at around twelve minutes long takes up (as you would expect) one side.

7. The Delfields - Honest (Self-Released)
Taken from the Brunswick bands debut album "Ogres".

8. Disconcerts - Tongues (Self-Released)
It's been a long time since we last heard from Chichester's Disconcerts who have, since we last spoke undergone a bit of a line-up change. This track is taken from their forthcoming "A Medic" EP which will be released later this month.

9. Slaraffenland - Too Late To Think (Hometapes)
Taken from the new album "We're On Your Side" which will be released through Hometapes on 15th September. A single from the album "Meet And Greet" is available now on 7" also through Hometapes.

10. Boris - Akirame Flower (Catune) Another track from the superb "Golden Dance Classics" 12" EP, two tracks from which were in last weeks Fodder. Out 21st September.

11. Castanets - Rose (Asthmatic Kitty) Taken from the album "Texas Rose, The Thaw And The Beasts".

12. A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Close Chorus (Mis Ojos Discos)
This could well be the album of the year. It has certainly taken up residence on my i-pod and really needs to be heard by every living soul. It's the second album by A Sunny Day In Glasgow and if you thought their debut "Scribble Mural Comic Journal" was good then you're in for a bit of a treat. "Ashes Grammar" is available now through i-tunes but I suggest you hang on for one more week and that will enable you to get your hands on the vinyl version which consists of two slabs of coloured plastic, one is navy blue and the other is a very nice creamy colour. There are only 250 vinyl copies pressed so you might want to nip over to Mis Ojos Discos and order yours without delay.

13. The Fauns - Cool Stuff (Lazer Ghost Recordings) I was saying to Vincent just yesterday that I really can't remember any crap bands from Bristol. I mean, you think about Manchester, Liverpool and almost anywhere else and the places are littered with dodgy bands who sound like Shed Seven, but not Bristol. The Fauns are the latest Bristolians to come my way and this track is taken from the bands self-titled debut album which will be released on 12th October.