Monday, April 26, 2010

The Fall - Glasgow, Studio 24, 24th April 2010

The mighty ones are back on the road and this was the first gig of the tour. Unfortunately the wrinkled one wasn't in a very good mood and buggered off after "Bury", business as usual then.
 The new album "Our Future, Your Clutter" is released this week through Domino and I have to say it's my favourite Fall record for quite some time and no home is complete without one. 

1. Our Future, Your Clutter
2. Strange Town
3. Chino
4. Cowboy George
5. Hot Cake
6. Bury
7. Mexico Wax Solvent
8. I've Been Duped
9. Mr Pharmacist

29th April - Dublin, Tripod
2nd May - Newcastle Under Lyme, Keele University
4th May - Nottingham, Rock City
7th May - London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
8th May - Aldershot, The Palace
9th May - Brighton, Concord 2
11th May - Birmingham, O2 Academy
15th May - Frome, Cheese & Grain
19th May - Liverpool, O2 Academy
21st May - Wakefield, Balne Lane Working Mens Club
22nd May - Barrow In Furness, Old Canteen Media & Arts Centre
23rd May - Oldham, The Castle
24th May - Manchester, FAC251
25th May - Manchester, FAC251

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Seventy One)

1. The International Karate Plus - Box Elder (Filthy Little Angels)
A superb version of Pavement's Box Elder taken from a compilation album issued though the increasingly mighty Filthy Little Angels. It's called "Show Me A Word That Rhymes With Pavement" and has been issued to celebrate the reunion of Pavement. If you pop over to the Filthy Little Angels website you can give your ipod a treat and download the whole thing for free.

2. The One AM Radio - Credible Threats (Dangerbird)
I've never been that impressed by The One Am Radio but I like this. It comes from a new single which is available now as a limited 7" and 3D video which I think means you have to sit in front of your computer wearing those ridiculous glasses and look like a total tit for a few minutes.

Product Details3. Scuba - Heavy Machinery (Hot Flush) 
Taken from the superb album "Triangulation" which is available now through Hot Flush.

4. Sennen - With You (Hungry Audio)
I've only just got hold of a copy of this record so you'll probably know all about it already. It's the second album from Sennen and was released a couple of weeks ago. The record is called "Age Of Denial" and the title track has been released as a download single. This is the track I keep coming back to however. 

30th April - Cambridge, Haymakers
1st May - Leeds, The Library
2nd May - Nottingham, Bodega
3rd May - Manchester, Night & Day
4th May - Brighton, Freebut
6th May - Oxford, Jericho

5. Girls Names - Warm Hands, Cold Heart (Captured Tracks)
This is a track from the Belfast bands new E.P. which is available through Captured Tracks.

6. Caribou - Sun (Mondkopf Remix)

7. The Wind Up Birds - There Won't Always Be An England (Sturdy)
This is the b-side from the new Wind Up Birds 7" "Tyre Fire" which is released on 26th April on Sturdy Records.

24th April - Leeds, Cockpit (single launch)
1st May - Blackpool, The Blue Room
31st July - Kendall Calling Festival

8. Rx Gibbs - High Moon (Moonmusic)
This is the first track on thye new Rx Gibbs E.P. "Disclosure" which features four superb pieces of distorted loveliness. To make things perfect it can be downloaded totally free from the bands myspace page.

Product Details9. The School - Hoping And Praying (Elefant)
This is one of my favorite tracks on the Cardiff bands debut album "Loveless Unbeliever" which is available now through the mighty Elefant Records of Madrid. Definitely one of the best pop albums of the year. 

Product Details10. 65daysofstatic - Tiger Girl (Hassle)
This is the first track to be made available from the Sheffield bands new album "We Were Exploding Anyway" which is released via Hassle on 26th April. I really like the way they're going with this one and this track in particular will have Fuck Buttons shitting themselves. As usual the band are out and about all over the place. They're currently in Europe but will return to the UK next month. Thus...

1st May - Leeds, Stylus
2nd May - Carlisle, Brickyard
3rd May - Glasgow, Oran Mor
4th May - Newcastle, Academy 2
5th May - Birmingham, Academy 2
6th May - Sheffield, Octagon
7th May - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
8th May - Bristol, Trinity
9th May - Cambridge, Junction 1
10th May - Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
11th May - Plymouth, White Rabbit
12th May - London, Koko
14th May - Belfast, Mandela Hall
15th May - Dublin, Crawdaddy
16th May - Cork, Cyprus Avenue
15th July - Colchester, Arts Centre
16th July - Winchester, Glade Festival
17th July - Cheltenham, Trees Festival

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Primitives - Southampton, Joiners - 17th April 2010


So it's the one you've all been waiting for. Possibly an overstatement but I'm certainly excited about seeing The Primitives this week. This was their first gig of their 2010 tour and their first gig since the dark ages when only toffs had mobile phones and the internet was something fishermen used in the North Sea to catch cod (probably) but the fact is it's been a long time and the problem with comebacks is that you want them to be as good as they used to be and if they aren't it's all a bit of a let down. So I was a bit worried about this one, as I was about My Bloody Valentine last year but listening to this recording has put all those fears to bed and I can look forward to Wednesday. 
Thanks as ever to the bloke who recorded this, fine job.

1. I'll Stick With You
2. Dream Walk Baby
3. Everything's Shining Bright
4. Thru The Flowers
5. Way Behind Me
6. Empathise
7. Summer Rain
8. Need All The Help I Can Get
9. Stop Killing Me
10. Sick Of It
11. Crash
12. Buzz Buzz Buzz
13. You Are The Way
14. (We've) Found A Way (To The Sun)
15. Nothing Left
16. Really Stupid

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Seventy)

1. Micropenis - Jeremy Warmsley Stole My Trust Fund (Leaving Home)
Taken from a superb 7" which will be released on 26th April and features three new Micropenis tracks on one side and two Charity Shop tunes on the other one of which features Mr Eddie Argos for Art Brut. Quality stuff and apparantly ther will be a new Micropenis E.P. before we are very much older.

Image of THE MEN/NOMOS-split cassette  2. Nomos - Omar Hammami/Andrew Joseph Stack III (Vinyl Rites)
These are the first two tracks on a cassette which Nomos share with The Men. Both bands come from Brooklyn and make a terrific noise. You can go become the proud owner of one of these tapes by going here. There are only 100 of them and they are green so you'd better get a move on.

3. Ifwhen - Linked (Self Released)
This is a track from probably my favourite record of the week. This sounds simply spectacular and comes from an E.P. called "Null Set" which as far as I can see is self released and will be available from 3rd May.

4. Gouthy - I Lost You (Acustronica)
This track is taken from the new Gouthy album "A Long Travel For The Space". I really like the stuff Acustronica Records are putting out at the moment.

5. The Seedy Seeds - My Roots Go Down (Eurodorable Recordings)
I'm a little late with this one. This track comes from an album called "Count The Days" which was released about 18 months ago but I've only just heard it. There is however a new E.P. There is however a new E.P. called the "Roll Deep E.P." which is released this week and there is every chance there could be a track in next weeks Fodder.

6. Stripmall Architecture - Is This Science? (Self Released)
Taken from the San Francisco bands new five track E.P. "Feathersongs For Factory Girls" which will be released on 20th April. It's the follow up to last years debut album "We Were Flying Kites" which I remember not being terrifically impressed by. This E.P. however is well worth investigation.

7. Friendly Foliage - Masonic Meadows (Bad Panda)
Friendly Foliage come from Alabama and are the stars of this weeks release from the ever wonderful Bad Panda recordings and if you pop over to their site you can enjoy the video as well.

8. The Fall - Funnel Of Love (Domino)
Only a couple of weeks to wait now before the monster which is the new Fall album is unleashed on a very suspecting public. I would like to think this album would sell millions and be found on coffee tables in upmarket establishments but the truth of the matter of course is that it will be criminally overlooked by most of the music industry and most people will never get to hear a record which is quite simply wonderful. "Our Future Your Clutter" will be released through Domino on 26th April on all the usual formats including a double vinyl version which contains a couple of extra tracks. This track is a cover of Wanda Jackson's "Funnel Of Love".

24th April - Edinburgh, Studio 24
25th April - Aberdeen, The Warehouse
29th April - Dublin, Tripod
2nd May - Newcastle Under Lyme, Keel University
4th May - Nottingham, Rock City
7th May - London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
8th May - Aldershot, The Palace
9th May - Brighton, Concord 2
11th May - Birmingham, O2 Academy
15th May - Frome, Cheese & Grain
16th May - All Tomorrows Parties, Butlins Holiday Camp, Minehead
19th May - Liverpool, O2 Academy
21st May - Wakefield, Balne Lane Working Mens Club
22nd May - Barrow In Furness, Old Canteen Media & Arts Centre
23rd May - Oldham, The Castle
24th May - Manchester, FAC251
25th May - Manchester, FAC251

9. Dirtblonde - White Horses (Filthy Little Angels)
This is a track from the new Dirtblonde single which is available as a free download from the Filthy Little Angels website.

10. Slothbear - Djam (Vanity Imprint)
This is a track from the debut album by Slothbear who have been featured on this site before. The album Qids is a bit of a treat and is well worth checking out. It can be downloaded free of charge from the Vanity Imprint website. I know what your thinking. Your wondering why I'm not telling you what it sounds like and basically I don't think I could quite beat the description from their own site "Qids is about people known and things occurred. Some chords squeak like fractured playgrounds, others itch like sprawling lawns. Guitar solos got their fingers stuck in tar, cymbal wash sounds the way your breath looks in the winter air and the bass guitar tans your hide. Sort of like a cure for the headaches induced by computer screens.".... so now you know

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Sixty Nine)

1. The School - Let It Slip (Elefant)
This is the first track from the long awaited (by me anyway) debut album by The School. I saw them a few months ago in front of about fifteen people at The Basement in York and despite the poor turnout played superbly. The album is called "Loveless Unbeliever" and will be released through Elefant Records of Madrid on 31st May. This could well be one of the best records you'll hear this year.

2. The Depreciation Guild - Crucify You (Kanine)
"Spirit Youth" is the title of the second album by The Depreciation Guild and will be released through Kanine Records on 18th May.

581023. Scuba - On Deck (Hot Flush)
This is one of my favourite tracks on the new Scuba album which was released last week on Hot Flush. Scuba performed at fabric the other day and that is a set I would very much like to hear. Hopefully it will appear as one of those Fabric compilations at some point.  

23rd April - Bristol, Applepips
28th May - London, Mount Kimbie album launch @ Plan B
3rd June - Dublin, Body Tonic
12th June - Newcastle, Heavyweight
19th June - London, Colony @ Rhythm Factory

4. My Tiger My Timing - On My Record Player (Demo)
New track by the London band who have a couple dates coming up.

14th April - Brighton, Play It By Ear @ Jam
22nd April - London, Breaking Rocks album launch @ Big Chill House

Image: speculation packshot5. To Rococo Rot - Working Against Time (Domino)
Taken from the new album "Speculation".

6. We Are Standard - The First Girl To Get A Kiss Without A Please (Mushroom Pillow)
Taken from the Spanish bands self titled debut album which will be released on 26th April.

7. Fjord Rowboat - We Are On Time (Promo)
One of my favorite tracks from the Canadian bands second album "Under Cover Of Brightness" which will be released on 15th June. I'm not entirely sure what label it will be on but well worth tracking down.

8. Viernes - Entire Empire (Kanine)
Taken from the album "Sinister Devices" which will  be released through Kanine on 8th June.

9. Dude Japan - The Storytellers (Rok Loc)
I've been waiting ages to get my mitts on one of these. Ever since I heard that rather impressive Weed Hounds demo last year. It's a 7" which Weed Hounds share with fellow Long Island residents Dude Japan. The Weed Hound track is very good but it's one of the two Dude Japan tracks which I want to share with you. If you want to be the owner of one of these superb platters you'll need to get over to the Rok Loc website without delay because if it hasn't already sold out it wont be far off.

10. Fort Fairfield - Always Hunted, Never Alone (Acustronica)
I was delighted this week to receive some new releases from the Acustronica label including a new E.P. by Fort Fairfield who if you've been paying attention you will know have been responsible for one of the best records of the year thus far in the shape of their awesome "The Dead Sea Scrolls". The new E.P. has the rather cumbersome title of "The Essential Thing Resists Telling E.P." but don't let that get in the way of a blinding set of tunes and best of all if you pop over to the Acustronica website before the 30th April you can download the whole E.P. for free!!!

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Wedding Present - San Diego, The Casbah 1st April 2010

My Photos | The Wedding Present

An absolutely superb set from Leeds finest and a great way to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their classic "Bizzaro" album than to play the whole thing through in order. This is a recording of the first date of the North American leg of their tour. Check out the website for more details. 
 A special mention should go to Crashingbeat who has done a superb job of recording this set. 

1. Queen Of Outer Space
2. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
3. Pain Perdu
4. I Woke Up Screaming  
5. I Lost The Monkey
6. Corduroy
7. Your Dead
8. Brassneck
9. Crushed
10. No
11. Thanks
12. Kennedy
13. What Have I Said Now
14. Granadaland
15. Bewitched
16. Take Me
17. Be Honest