Friday, December 31, 2010

Pod Fodder 2010 (Part Two)

This is it then, the second and final part of our 2010 retrospective thingy. Fifteen tracks in no particular order from records you should own. Hopefully 2011 will follow in suit from this year and be equally good for new bands and brilliant music. By the way feel free to use our new forum. The link is on the right hand side of the screen. There's not much there yet but I'm hoping you'll help fill it up.

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Dansette Dansette

1. Tender Trap - Do You Want A Boyfriend (Fortuna Pop)
2010 saw the release of the third Tender Trap album. Amelia and the gang returned in the summer with what turned out to be a treat. I've mentioned before that Amelia seem incapable of penning a bad tune and "Dansette Dansette" is proof positive that that is the case. Unfortunately Tender Trap only seem to release albums every four years so we might have to wait until 2014 for the next one.

Solitude Is Bliss

2. Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss  (Micky Moonlight Remix) (Modular)
I have to be honest, I wasn't quite as impressed as the rest of the world with Tame Impala's "Innerspeaker" album which was released in May. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying it's a bad record or anything it just didn't stand out to me. Then I heard this. It's the Micky Moonlight remix of their "Solitude Is Bliss" single and is quite simply spectacular. For some reason every time I play it it puts me in mind of "Chlorine Dream" by Spirea X which is no bad thing at all.

3. Boy 8-Bit - From The Depths (Turbo)
Taken from the "Yard Birds E.P."

FOUR TET / MALA - Nothing To See / Don't Let Me Go image

4. Four Tet - Nothing To See (Soul Jazz)
It's been a great year for Four Tet. Everything they touch turns to gold at the moment. We had the superb album "There Is Love In You" which will end up in plenty of end of year lists, a string of great singles and about a zillion remixes. This however is my favourite, it's taken from a 12" single released back in August which Four Tet share with Mala.

5. Abby GoGo - Louder Than Dreams (Double Phantom)
This was the first track we heard by Abby GoGo. The Atlanta band have since released their debut album which is well worth a sniff.

6. Big Troubles - Modern Intimacy (Olde English Spelling Bee)
Taken from the album "Worry" which was if memory serves released in September.

The Joy Formidable: I Don’t Want To See You Like This: Limited Picture Disc packshot

7. The Joy Formidable - I Don't Want To See You Like This (Canvasback/Atlantic)
The Joy Formidable spent most of 2010 on the road playing to excitable audiences all over the world as their profile seems to continue to get bigger all the time. The new album which they have been promising us for the last year or so is finally ready to  go and will be released on 24th January. It's called "The Big Roar" and is described by the band as their debut album. For me "A Balloon Called Moaning" was, and will continue to be the debut but nevertheless I'm really looking forward to hearing the new record.

Pale Silver and Shiny Gold

8. Sad Day For Puppets - Sorrow Sorrow (Sonic Cathedral)
This is a track which has been suggested by quite a few people. It's the opening track from the Swedish bands second album "Pale Silver and Shiny Gold" which was released on Sonic Cathedral in September.

Everything in Between [VINYL]

9. No Age - Glitter (Sub Pop)
One of the most
eagerly awaited records of 2010 was the third album from Los Angeles noise merchants No Age. They had the uneviable task of making a record which was as good if not better than their 2008 classic "Nouns". their answer was "Everything In Between" which was just the job. Everything I was looking for anyway. This is the single which preceded the album and got us all a bit exited, well in my house anyway.

10. Trembling Blue Stars - All Our Tomorrows (Elefant)
This is one of my favourite tracks from what will be the final Trembling Blue Stars record "Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires".

11. Anna Bradley - Anna Bradley (Self Released)
Taken from the New York bands debut album "Pavo".

12. All India Radio - Lucky (Bad Panda
Another gem pushed our way by the heavily overworked Bad Panda lot. This is simply a thing of total beauty.

13. Wounds - Losing Focus (Self Released)
Taken from the album "Winter Ambient Works" which you can download in full further down this page.

Ghost Blonde

14. No Joy - Mediumship (Mexican Summer)
This is definitely up there with the very best records of the year. It's the debut album by No Joy and if you don't have a copy of this you really don't know what you're missing. The album is called "Ghost Blonde" and is pretty much perfect.

Heart In Your Heartbreak

15. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Heart In Your Heartbreak (Slumberland)
The final track then in this years round up comes from a band who are about to explode back into our presence with their second album "Belong" which I'm told will be released on 7th March. This is the first taster from it.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

White Wishes - Today E.P.

Today Cover Art

I'm really into this E.P. at the moment. White Wishes is basically the work of Nikita Pavlov who now lives in Berlin. This record has provided me with the perfect soundtrack to the recent snowy weather we have been enjoying here in northern England. It is reminiscent in parts of bands like The Field Mice and Galaxy 500 but also has it's own sound which is very much today. White Wishes will release their/his first "proper" record in the spring but until then this will do nicely. 
Oh and big hugs and thanks to the folk at Shelflife Records for making this available. 

1. Happy And Afraid
2. Today
3. Drops
4. All I Would Do

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wounds - Winter Ambient Works

Winter Ambient Works Cover Art

This is just what you need in your ears while trudging through the snow and trying not to fall over. It's a brilliant collection of ambience (did you guess that from the title) by Polish artist Wounds and sounds superb at top volume through headphones, not that I'm condoning listening to music too loud... but I am.

1. Idle
2. Losing Focus
3. Under The Ice
4. Dance Of The Snowflakes
5. Echoes Of The Past
6. Untitled

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fort Fairfield - A New Decade, A New Beat

A New Decade, A New Beat Cover Art

These are a couple of new tracks from the band who gave us the superb "Dead Sea Scrolls" album earlier in the year. 

1. The Metaphysical Flower Shop
2. Rust (Had A Friend)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Billy Bragg - London, Troxy, 16th December 2010

A superb set from Billy Bragg to end his latest tour.

World Turned Upside Down
To Have & To Have Not
St. Swithin's Day
Greetings To The New Brunette
Tomorrow's Going To Be A Better Day
The Battle Of Barking
The Only One
A Lover Sings
Must I Paint You A Picture
There Will Be A Reckoning
The Milkman of Human Kindness
Last Flight To Abu Dhabi
Levi Stubbs Tears
I Keep Faith
There Is Power In A Union
We're Following The Wrong Star
A New England

On Volcano - New Blood E.P.

On Volcano - New Blood
This is the new four track E.P. by Finnish band New Volcano. All four tracks really are quite excellent but "Mission" is just something else. I just can't get that bloody tune out of my head. 

1. The Explorer
2. Mission
3. Acceleration Of A Heartbeat
4. Ume Blossoms

Friday, December 24, 2010

Pod Fodder 2010 (Part One)

This is it then, the Burning World end of year thingy. It's the first year I've done this but what a great year it's been with more new music launched into the world than ever before, and they say the internet's killing music!
This is the first of two parts, the second part will be available next week when you've all had your fill of turkey and annoying relatives. The tracks aren't in any particular order other than this week deals with the first half of the year and Part 2 will include stuff from the last six months.

Cover Image
1. Ceremony - Someday (Killer Pimp)
This was a 7" single released back In January. Only 500 copies were pressed.

Product Details
2. Dorias Barraca - The Only Touch (Club AC30)
Taken from the "Handsome Melting Point E.P." which was also released back in January

3. Chariots Of Tuna - A New Beginning (Tweefort)
This is a track from a single released earlier in the year by Brooklyn based Chariots Of Tuna called "I'm So Good At Shining". Things have changed a bit for the band since this release. They have changed their name to Onward Chariots and signed to Elefant Records with whom they have released a single called "Save Me Maryann" which I have not yet heard.

4. The Electric Pop Group - Out Of Sight (Matinee)
This is a track from what is definitely one of the best albums of the year. It's called "Seconds out" and is the second album by Swedish band The Electric Pop Group. If you missed this earlier in the year you should bash your head against a doorframe and visit the Matinee records site immediately.

5. Sambassadeur - I Can Try (Labrador)
Still in Sweden this is one of the many highlights from Sambassadeur's second album "European".

Image: Your Future Our Clutter Packshot
6. The Fall - Mexico Wax Solvent (Domino)
Probably my favourite track on this years Fall album. I'm told the next album is in progress but it'll have to go some to beat "Your Future, Our Clutter".

The Dead Sea Scrolls
7. Fort Fairfield - Sound Of Birds (Acustronica)
"Dead Sea Scrolls" will go down as probably the most beautiful album of the year and this track still appears on my ipod from time to time. I will be posting some new tracks from Fort Fairfield on Burning World next week.

Age of Denial
8. Sennen - With You (Hungry Audio)
Taken from the album "Age Of Denial".

Loveless Unbeliever
9. The School - Let It Slip (Elefant)
Taken from the Cardiff bands debut album "Loveless Unbeliever". I'm looking forward to a follow-up in 2011.

Susan Rode the Cyclone
10. The Wave Pictures - I Shall Be A Ditchdigger (Little Teddy)
Taken from the album "Susan Rode The Cylone".

11. Fuck Buttons - Olympians (Spaceman Vs The Olympians Remix) (ATP)
Bit of a quiet year for Fuck Buttons really but they did score with his effort back in April. This is the Jason Spaceman remix of Olympians which originally appeared on last years excellent "Tarot Sport" album. Hopefully they will be back in the hot seat in 2011.

Sleep Forever [7" VINYL]
12. Crocodiles - Sleep Forever (Fat Possum)
This is definitely one of my favourite singles of the year. Released in June it was also the first material heard from the Californian bands new album of the same name which was released in September. Another great thing about this record is the cover of Dee Lite's "Groove Is In The Heart" on the b-side.

Public Strain [VINYL]
13. Women - Heat Distraction (Jagjaguwar)
This is a track from the Canadian bands second album "Public Strain" which as well as been generally brilliant featured one of the best sleeves of 2010.

14. Sky Larkin - Kaleide (Wichita)
This is the title track from the Leeds bands second album which was one of the sounds of the summer. I've managed to miss Sky Larkin twice this year when they have visited York.

Allo Darlin [VINYL]
15. Allo Darlin' - Kiss Your Lips (Fortuna Pop)
Another band I missed on my home turf were Sheffield's Allo Darlin' who provided us with an impressive debut earlier in the year.
Finally for this week a track from another northern band in the shape of Sheffield's Allo Darlin'.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Insect Guide - 5 O' Clock Recordings (Eardrums Pop) epop013

This is a new E.P. by Leeds based band The Insect Guide who gave us their debut album "Dark Days And Nights" back in October on the rapidly becoming legendary Squirrel Records.

"Written and recorded mostly in dusk-to-dawn post-gig sessions, the new tracks showcase Insect Guide’s darkly atmospheric songwiting in a skeletal, mostly acoustic form, stripping back the densely layered sonics of previous releases.
The 5 O’Clock Recordings is a 4 track ghost story of isolation in true Dickensian English fashion. Haunted and hauntingly beautiful"

1. Dead Sure
2. Grey Sky
3. 5 O' Clock
4. Run

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sarah Records Night, London, New Cross Venue, 27th August 1992

This is a recording of an event which occurred at a small venue in London just over eighteen years ago. It's the coming together of three bands from the legendary Sarah Records stable at a time when the label was at the peak of it's not inconsiderable powers. The three bands in question here are Brighter who had just released their "Killjoy E.P." which ironically turned out to be their last release. Heavenly, who were out promoting their second album "Le Jardin De Heavenly" which was almost as good as their debut "Heavenly Vs Satan" a year previous. And The Orchids who had been around Sarah since the very beginning in 1987. 
Three superb sets, three much missed bands (I know The Orchids are still around but...)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Three)

1. Secret Shine - No More Inside (Secret Shine)
This seems to have been a very long time in coming. The new Secret Shine album is finally finished and will be released on Christmas Day. It's called "The Beginning And The End" and features twelve brand new songs including this one.

2. Galaxian - A Fighter (Transient Force)
Taken from the album "Repent" which is available now on Transient Force records.

3. Neon Blud - Untitled (Drugged Conscience)
This is actually two tracks but they join together so well and are both untitled so it seemed a shame to separate them. They form the b-side of the new Neon Blud 12" and as I hope you'll agree sound pretty spectacular. The a-side is a track called "Bleed Blud" which is also well worth thirteen minutes of your time.

4. Jesu - Christmas (Avalanche)
This is a track from the first digital only single by Jesu. Apparently the possibility exists that there could be a limited vinyl run next year. The "Christmas E.P." is basically three versions of the title track remixed by Pale Sketcher and a fifteen minute epic by Final. This is the original version and in my opinion the best.

5. Dressed In Wires - Operation Aww (Bear With Me)
This track is taken from one of three new releases by Dressed In Wires. "When That Wicked King King Was Slain, The Dogs, Did They Not Lick His Blood?" is the rather catchy title of the new album which will be released in February and from it this is a track which I should warn could cause distress to some of the more sensitive souls amongst you. If this is the case I suggest laying on your back in a quiet room with broad beans inserted into each nostril reciting ancient Hindu mantras. You'll soon feel better. And by the way you will certainly be hearing a lot more from Dressed In Wires on this site.

6. Southern Shores - Grand Comore (Bad Panda)
This weeks offering from the Bad Panda crew is by Canadian duo Southern Shores. Bad Panda have issued tracks just about every week this year and if you want to investigate further then pop over to the Bad Panda website where you can download their free 2010 sampler which features eighteen of the bands they have featured this year.

Photo of thedo
7. The Do - Too Insistent (Cinq 7/Wagram)
Taken from the album "Slippery Slope" which has been one of the best surprises of the week. It's a track from the new E.P. by The Do who you may remember released a great album called "A Mouthful" a couple of years ago. I don't have a lot of information  but I think there is a new album ready to go and I for one can't wait to hear it.

8. Minks - Juniper (Captured Tracks)
Another track from the excellent debut album by Minks which will be released on Captured Tracks on 11th January.

9. Moon Wiring Club - ... And For My Next Trick (Gecophonic)
I just can't stop listening to this album at the moment. Possibly my favourite record of the year but then I say that at least once a week about different records. The album is called "A Spare Tabby At The Cats Wedding" and really needs to live in your ipod.

10. Sail A Whale - Event (Sincerely Yours/Acephale)
Taken from the Swedish outfit's new 12" "A Documentation" which is available now on Sincerely Yours.

Sophomore Release
11. Bubblegum Lemonade - Living For Today (Matinee)
I had almost forgotten there was a new Bubblegum Lemonade album around. It's called "Somophore Release" and is exactly that  following the impressive "Doubleplusgood" record a couple of years ago.

Solar Temple Suicides - Sentinels of the Heliosphere
12. Solar Temple Suicides - Angel (Sleepy)
This is a track from the new Solar Temple Suicides album "Sentinels Of The Heliospere" which can be purchased from the Sleepy records website.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Fall - Melbourne, 10th December 2010

It's been a while since we had any Fall action in these parts so I thought it might be nice to see how the mighty  ones are performing down under. This set was recorded a few nights ago at Billboard in Melbourne, Australia and sounds superb. The highlight for me is a new track called Greenway which will hopefully feature on the next album which with a bit of luck won't be too far away. If I was to nit pick I would say that if anything this performance is almost too well drilled which I suppose is a by-product of the current line-up having being together for quite a while (by Fall standards). It's nice to see the great one surviving a set in excess of eighty minutes as well. Perhaps he's not quite as grumpy these days.
As always infinite thanks to the taper who risked life, limb and rapid bowel movements to bring us this pleasure.

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1. Intro
2. Change
3. O.F.Y.C. Showcase
4. Theme From Sparta F.C.
5. Cowboy George
6. Bury
7. Chino
8. Strychnine
9. Greenway
10. I've Been Duped
11. Hot Cake
12. (break)
13. Muzorewi's Daughter
14. What About Us
15. (break)
16. Mr Pharmacist
17. Reformation
18. (break)
19. Psykick Dancehall

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Two)

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1. Lubec - Your Magic Wand (The Acme Thunderer)
This is a track from the debut EP by Lubec. According to the press release this was recorded on a tobacco farm in Virginia and is available on The Acme Thunderer label. 

2. Misio - Love In A Snowing Elevator (Self Released)
Only a couple of weeks after the release of "The Cathedral EP" Misio is back with another four tracks. The new, or newer record is called "ZimoĊ›wiat" and you can check out the rest of the tracks along with the previous "Cathedral EP" at Misio's Soundcloud thingy.

3. Moon Wiring Club - House Of Tricks (Gecophonic)
As soon as I saw the title of this album I was desperate for it to be a good record. I mean if your going to call something "A Spare Tabby At The Cats Wedding" you have to be able to put some substance behind it right? Fortunately the equally well monikered Moon Wiring Club have put together a record of enviable madness. You can order the album on Vinyl or CD from the Gecophonic website who indicate that the music on the vinyl version is different to that on the CD which is something I'll have to investigate. You can buy both formats from them as a "Tabby Bundle" for a mere twenty five quid.

Dagger Paths
4. Forest Swords - If Your Girl (No Pain In Pop)
Taken from the album "Dagger Paths"

Calamity Jane - Say It
5. Calamity Jane - Say It (Imp)
This week see's the start of a major re-filing operation of seven inch singles mainly because the old system has broken down to such an extent that things are all over the place and I can't find anything so the likelihood is that over the coming weeks and months I will be posting tracks from records I haven't seen for years, and here is one such example.  This is a record I bought back in 1990 on the Imp label featuring a band I considered at the time to be a second rate Babes In Toyland. Listening to it now however I think I may have done them a disservice. This should be played as loud as possible.

Imaginary Truth
6. Aureole - Helping Hand 
Taken from the album "Imaginary Truth" which I suspect may be a Japan only release.

7. New Generation Dudes - Stevie Sunshine's Super Solar Smoke-Out (Self Released)

Bardo Pond
8. Bardo Pond - Just Once (Fire)
I must admit I thought Bardo Pond had stopped making music some time ago so I was quite surprised to receive a new album by the Pennsylvania band. The album is simply called "Bardo Pond" and is released this week on Fire records. I particularly like the guitar sound in this track. It puts me in mind of some of J. Mascis's finest work.

9. The Girls At Dawn - When She Goes Away (Norton)
Taken from the Brooklyn bands debut album "Call The Doctor".

10. The Wind Up Birds - In A Yorkshire Call Centre I Lay Down And Wept (Sturdy)
Another new track from the Leeds outfit courtesy of the lovely people at Sturdy Records who have recently put out the Leeds band's new E.P. "Courage, For Tomorrow Will Be Worse" which apparently has been picking up some airplay on 6 music. You can get hold of a vinyl copy from the Sturdy website.

11. Mogwai - How To Be A Werewolf (Rock Action)
I must confess I haven't been that impressed by Mogwai over the last few years. They certainly made some great records in their younger days, I'm thinking of a seven inch single called "Summer" was particularly tremendous but the last few years have, to my ears... erm... well got a bit boring really. So I was very pleased to receive a new track which really exited me. It's the first taste of the new album "Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will" and is produced by Paul Savage who is the guy who produced Mogwai's debut album "Mogwai Young Team" back in 1997. "Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will" will be released on the band's own Rock Action label on 14th February.

12. Shady Bard - Trials (Forest Industries)
This is the title track from the Birmingham bands new album which was released on Forest Industries last month.