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.