Saturday, October 31, 2009

Vivian Girls - Cowboy Monkey, 28th August 2009

A superb set from the New York trio. Recorded at the superbly named Cowboy Monkey which apparently is in Champaign, Illinois in support of their brilliant second album "Everything Goes Wrong" which was released through In The Red records in September. Things get quite amusing after two songs when thing go a bit pear shaped on the technical front but all in all a great set and a good introduction to the band if you're not familiar with them. If you like this you'll love the records...

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1. All The Time
2. Surfing Away
3. ...
4. Wild Eyes
5. The Desert
6. Can't Get Over You
7. You're My Guy
8. Double Vision
9. Tension/Out For The Sun
10. The End
11. Second Date
12. Never See Me Again
13. Before I Start To Cry
14. When I Get Home
15. Tell The World
16. I Believe In Nothing
17. Damaged
18. My Baby Wants Me Dead

Vivian Girls will return to the UK early next year.

14th January - Brighton, Freebutt
15th January - Oxford, Jericho Tavern
16th January - Birmingham, Academy 3
17th January - Manchester, Deaf Institute
18th January - Liverpool, Korova
20th January - Glasgow, Captains Rest
21st January - Newcastle, The Cluny
22nd January - Brudnell Social Club
23rd January - Norwich Arts Centre
24th January - Southampton, Joiners Arms
26th January - London, Hoxton Bar & Grill

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pod Fodder (Volume Fifty Six)

These Four Walls 1. We Were Promised Jetpacks - It's Thunder & It's Lightning (Fat Cat)
This is one side of the new double AA sided single from the Jetpacks following on from their impressive "These Four Walls" album earlier in the year. The single will be released through Fat Cat on November 23rd on CD and digital formats.

6th November - Sunderland, Crash Club
7th November - Leeds, Cockpit 3
9th November - Nottingham, Bodega
10th November - Cambridge, Portland Arms
11th November - Norwich, B2
12th November - Oxford, Jericho Tavern
13th November - Brighton, Freebutt
14th November - Southampton, Lennons
17th November - London, Borderline
18th November - Cheltenham, Frog & Fiddle
21st November - Bristol, Cooler
23rd November - Swansea, Sin City
24th November - Hatfield, University Of Hertfordshire
25th November - Manchester, Roadhouse
26th November - Liverpool, Korova
27th November - Sheffield, Leadmill
29th November - Glasgow, King Tuts

2. The Kiara Elles - Odio (Vandal)
The Kiara Elles live just down the road in Leeds and this track is the title track from what I assume is their debut release, a four track EP released a couple of weeks ago and is available as a lovely 7" single which is limited to just 500 copies, signed and decorated in a customised wallpaper sleeve, whatever that means.

29th October - Leicester, The Firebug
31st October - Doncaster, Halloween Thriller Fest @ The Dome
20th November - Darlington, A Night Of Vandalism @ The Forum
29th November - Leeds, The Elbow Rooms
9th December - London, Dublin Castle

3. Ben's Imaginary Band - Sleeping While Driving (Self Released)
Taken from the "Trust" EP which can be downloaded in full from Ben's myspace page.

Image 4. Broken Note - Mortal Bass (Ad Noiseam)
Definitely one of the best records I've heard this week. There isn't a bad track on here and you can bet you'll be hearing more from this album in future fodders. The album is called "Terminal Static" and will be released through Ad Noiseam on 27th October.

5. Shiloe - By The Daggers In Your Eyes (MP3)

6. Moussa Clarke - Regret (2 Special Remix) (Self Released)
Moussa Clark is a London based DJ, producer and remixer who also runs a thing called Oven Ready about which information is scarce but I live in hope that someone will let me in on the secret. There is quite a lot of stuff available for download from Moussa's site. I haven't listened to it all myself yet but what I have heard is pretty damn fine.

Grace and the Bigger Picture 7. Johnny Foreigner - Dark Harbourzz (Best Before)
Probably one of the hardest working bands in the UK. They just always seem to be touring. They have however found the time to record the follow up to last years "Waited Up Till It Was Light" album. The new record celebrates under the rather cumbersome moniker of "Grace & The Bigger Picture" but once you get past that it is well worth the effort. Whereas some of their peers have started the journey towards more commercially acceptable sounds Johnny Foreigner seem to have just thought sod them and gone and made a bloody good record. "Grace & The Bigger Picture" was released last week on Best Before.

Fear of Night 8. Relation - Here Comes Your Man (Urban Torque)
Yes it is that "Here Comes Your Man", originally recorded in 1989 by The Pixies. This version is taken from the album "Fear Of Night" which was released sometime last month (sorry, I'm a bit behind on my e-mails).

9. Boris - Heavy Metal Addict (H.M.A.) (Southern Lord)
I always get excited when a new Boris record appears, mainly because you never know what to expect. This track is taken from a seven inch single entitled "Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 2" which is the second of three 7" singles in the "Japanese Heavy Rock Hits" series which comes to an end next month with the third and final instalment of the series.

Paradise 10. Hecuba - Miles Away (Manimal Vinyl)
Taken from the album "Paradise".

11. Tender Trap - Fireworks (Fortuna Pop)
Just in time for bonfire night. It's always nice to hear Amelia Fletcher back in action. This is the lead track on the new Tender Trap single which can be downloaded, together with the b-side "Grand National" which is just as good as this track from the Fortuna Pop website.

15th November - Nottingham, Bunkers Hill (According to the band's myspace this gig kicks off at 1300 hrs).

12. Akira Kiteshi - Noglitch Pt 1 & 2 (Black Acre)
Nice, nice, nice.
Taken from the "Pinball" 12"

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Nightingales - Leeds, O2 Acadamy, 2nd October 2009

Someone who is known only as "k" asked if anyone recorded the Nightingales support slot for The Fall in Leeds and I'm delighted to be able to report that Mr Focker did!!!
I must confess to knowing absolutely nothing about Nightingales apart from the fact they come from Birmingham and have being around donkeys years and sound pretty nice.
I really wish I hadn't being stuck down in Peterborough that day.

1. Intro
2. Ace Of Hearts
3. Splatter Appetite
4. Crap Lech
5. The Dishwater Kid
6. Eleven Fingers
7. Little Lambs
8. I Can't Control Myself
9. Best Of British Luck
10. Mutton To Lamb
11. Dick The Do Gooder

Friday, October 23, 2009

Saint Etienne - Latitude Festival, 19th July 2009

A very decent innings from the Saints recorded live in Suffolk at the Latitude Festival which also included the likes of Kap Bambino, Sky Larkin & Fight Like Apes on the bill. The Pet Shop Boys were there as well and sadly failed to bump into any maniacs with machetes, maybe next year.

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1. Nothing Can Stop Us Now
2. Good Thing
3. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
4. Method Of Modern Love
5. Spring
6. Burned Out Car
7. Who Do You Think You Are
8. Like A Motorway
9. He's On The Phone

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Fall - Leeds, O2 Academy, 2nd October 2009

It seems like far too long since we last engaged in some Smith worship so let's put that to rights. I was actually supposed to be going to this gig but as luck would have it found myself in Peterborough on that day so it was impossible. That sort of thing always seems to happen when The Fall visit my neck of the woods. They played in my home town of York last year on the only day for months I wasn't in the City. Still at least there always seems to be someone ready to record the proceedings and share with the rest of us. Credit for this one goes to Mr/Mrs Foxyducker for whom, if I had my way a knighthood would be just around the corner.
A very good performance by the mighty ones with "Bury" sounding particularly fine. Really can't wait for the new album which looks likely to be released in January making 2009 one of those rare years without a new Fall album. Apparently it's going to be called "Our Future, Your Clutter", read into that what you will.

1. Over!Over!
2. Chino Splashback
3. Wolf Kidult Man
4. Fall Sound
5. I've Been Duped
6. Sloppy Floor
7. Bury
8. Theme From Sparta F.C
9. Reformation
10. break
11. Pat-Trip Dispenser
12. break
13. Psykick Dancehall
14. break
15. White Lightning

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pod Fodder (Volume Fifty Five)

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1. Part Chimp - Dirty Sun (Rock Action)
This is a track from the new Part Chimp album which has just been issued on Mogwai's "Rock Action" label. The album is called "Thriller and is one of those records which you would never really talk about but is a bloody good listen.

2. Toro y Moi - Left Alone At Night (Drop The Lime Remix) (The Savant Guard)
This has been around for a while but managed to slip through the net. It's one of four mixes on an EP which I think was released back in March.

3. High Wolf - Utopia (Winged Sun)
I can't tell you very much about this record at all. It's taken from a CD-R called "Incapulco" by High Wolf who, if his myspace page is anything to go by was born in the Amazon jungle. It appears there is a previous release called "Animal Totem" which sounds like it needs to live in my house and I will certainly try and get hold of a copy.

4. Sea Wolf -Wicked Blood (Dangerbird)
Taken from the Los Angeles artist's new album "White Water, White Bloom".

5. Amusement Parks On Fire - In Our Eyes (Filter)
This track is taken from the new EP "Young Fight" which was released last month as a digital download or if you happen live in the USA you can purchase a proper CD which by all accounts is handmade no less.

6. Cubic Zirconia - Fuck Work (Savant Guard)
This is probably doing the rounds in clubland as we speak and has probably been on you ipod for months but it has only just found it's way to mine and let's face it, it's bloody awesome.

7. Johnny Foreigner - Criminals (Best Before)
This is the new single from Johnny Foreigner which was released last week and will precede the Birmingham bands second album "Grace & The Bigger Picture" which is scheduled for release next week. You certainly can't knock them for effort either because they are one of them bands which seem to be constantly touring and true to form they have a load of dates coming up including York for I think the third time.

23rd October - Cardiff, SWN Festival
26th October - London, Rough Trade Instore (FREE)
29th October - Kingston, New Slang
21st November - Skegness, Big Reunion
23rd November - Bristol, Louisiana
24th November - Southampton, Joiners
25th November - Reading, Sub 89
26th November - Guildford, Boiler Room
27th November - Stoke, Sugarmill
28th November - York, Fibbers
29th November - Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire

8. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Twins (Fortuna Pop)
This is one of the tracks on the New York bands current "Higher Than The Stars" EP. They will be heading back over to our shores in December to play some shows and I'll give you those dates a little closer to the time although you could probably find them on the bands myspace if you are in a rush.

9. Port Royal - Nights In Kiev (n5MD)
Every time I say to Mr Vincent that I've got a really good record by someone they always seem to be already friends of his on myspace and Port Royal are no different. They do seem to have released quite a few records but this is the first thing I have heard from them. It's an album which celebrates under the jolly title of "Dying In Time" and this is currently my favourite track.

10. The Arctic Flow - December Morning (Reverb Nation)
This track has seen a few plays on the new Burning World ipod this week. It comes from a four track EP which you can download for free from Reverb Nation

11. Horse Shoes - I Can't Decide (Shelflife)
If you believe what you read in press releases you could be forgiven for thinking that Horse Shoes are some kind of retro indie jangle band obsessed with bands from fifteen years ago. It really annoys me when reviewers compare bands to ones they grew up with and bear little or no relevance to what is happening today. Horse Shoes are a new (on me anyway) band from Ohio and have created what I would call a mini-album. It's called "The Imperial School" and is available now from the very nice people at Shelflife.

12. The Federals - Take It From Me (Demo)
This lot have been playing around York for what seems like a lifetime but is in actual fact just few years. I first saw them ages ago at Fibbers supporting someone and the fact that I've forgotten who the headline band were but remember The Federals speaks volumes. This track is taken from the bands latest demo.