1. Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes (Kanine)
This track comes from the debut album from Surfer Blood who I assume are a bunch of students from Florida judging by the fact that the album was recorded in their University Of Florida dorm room. Thinking about it quite a few classic debut albums have been recorded in cheap places for not very much money. The Fall have been doing it for years! The album is called "Astro Coast" and will be released through Kanine on 19th January.
2. The Joy Formidable - Greyhounds In The Slips (Self Released)
This track is available as a free download from the bands myspace page and is the first new track released since their superb "A Balloon Called Moaning" mini album earlier in the year. As I mentioned on the live recordings which you can download further down this page they will release an official live album called "First You Have To Get Mad" on 16th November and this too can be downloaded from the bands myspace.
3. Rye n' Clover - Black Hoody Dreams ()
Taken from the album "Pencils, Paper & Scissors".
4. Four Tet - Love Cry (Domino)
Every week there seems to be one record which jumps out and kicks me in the nuts. This week it's the new Four Tet single. While I have quite enjoyed some of their previous stuff "Love Cry" is, in my opinion their best work to date. A nine minute monster which in a sensible world would be pumping out over dancefloors worldwide. "Love Cry" will be released through Domino Records (the new home of The Fall) on 8th December. The information I have, which is probably entirely wrong suggests that it will only be released on vinyl, and why not.
5. Fuck Buttons - Olympians (ATP)
I expect you're all on first name terms with this album by now but there still may be a few strange creatures who are unaware that the album "Tarot Sport" has life giving properties and therefore should be secreted somewhere around your person at all times. I have opted to carry mine in my ipod but the choice is yours.
6. Brilliant Colors - Short Sleeves At Night (Slumberland)
Another winner from the Slumberland stable. The album is simply entitled "Introducing..." and will be available from next week.
7. Brakes - Why Tell The Truth (When It's Easier To Lie) (Fat Cat)
This is one side of the Brigton bands new AA sided single. The other track is called "Worry About It Later" and will be released through Fat Cat next week.
8th November - Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach
9th November - Brighton, Komedia
10th November - London, Relentless Garage
12th November - Leeds, The Well
8. Nosaj Thing - Us (Alpha Pup)
I'm a little bit late on this one. The album is called "Drift" and has been around since the summer. Still, better late than never.
9. Loomer - Damned (Midsummer Madness)
Taken from the Brazilian bands current "Mind Drops" EP.
10. Beak> - Pill (Invada)
This track comes from the Bristol band's self titled debut album which is available now through Invada Records. They have some UK dates coming up next month and I think they'll be well worth checking out.
11th December - London, The Garage
12th December - All Tomorrows Parties at Butlins, Minehead
14th December - Glasgow, King Tuts
15th December - Nottingham, Stealth
16th December - Birmingham, Capsule
17th December - Manchester, Deaf Institute
20th December - Bristol, Arnolfini
11. Slicnaton - Suite Life (Extemporate)
Very strange record this. Not the easiest listen but well worth an hour of your time. I turned it up really loud and one of the cats went into the next room and hid under the bed.
12. Freelance Whales - Location (Self Released)
Sometimes it's nice to get an album which is just... well, nice. "Weathervanes" is the title of the debut offering by the well named Freelance Whales. Apart from anything else, how often do you get a song title with a ^ in it?
13. Phantogram - Running From The Cops (Barely Breaking Even)
Am I just imagining it or did there used to be a particularly hideous heavy metal band calledPhantogram? If there did then please do not confuse them with this Phantogram who hail from New York and have produced a damn good album called "Eyelid Movies". I suspect it may already be available in the states but it will finally get a European release on 18th January.
18th November - Cardiff, 10 Feet Tall
19th November - Leeds, Brudnell Social Club
20th November - Northampton, Labor Club
21st November - London, The Rest Is Noise
14. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Higher Than The Stars (Others In Conversation Remix) (Fortuna Pop)
2009 has been a fantastic year for The Pains. They have given us a classic debut album some great singles and wherever they play someone always seems to be on hand to record it. This track is a remix of the lead track on their recent "Higher Than The Stars" EP and is better than the Saint Etienne remix which can be found on the CD version of that. It's also available on theFortuna Pop website which I recommend you visit forthwith.
28th November - London, Reverence @ ICA
30th November - Bristol, Thelka
1st December - Liverpool, Academy 2
2nd December - Newcastle, Academy 2
3rd December - Glasgow, Stereo
4th December - Manchester, Academy 2
5th December - Birmingham, Academy 2
6th December - All Tomorrows Parties at Butlins, Minehead
8th December - London, Scala