1. Crocodiles - Sleep Forever (Fat Possum)
Crocodiles are back with a new single. "Sleep Forever" is the first new material from the Californian band since last years "Summer Of Hate" album. It's also the first taster from the new album which will be released on Fat Possum in September.
2. Bear Driver - Wolves (Animal Farm)
Yet another top band coming out of Leeds. The city seems to be simply dripping with talent at the moment. They released a three track E.P. last year called "Paws & Claws" which I missed and am currently trying to locate a copy of. This track comes from their new 7" single which will be released on Animal Farm on 5th July.
22nd June - London, Cool For Cats @ The Old Blue Last
22nd July - London, Oh Inverted World @ Old Queens Head
3. Lost Fushi Trees - Heterosexual Movie (Demo)
This is one of the best demo's I've heard in quite a while. The thing is Lost Fushi Trees appear to be quite mad. Apparently Lost Fushi trees are from the planet Fushi and were sent to this planet to find and take samples of all things peaceful, beautiful and unique. I'm not sure if there are any plans afoot to actually release anything but if you pop over to the Lost Fushi Trees Myspace thingy HERE you will probably discover more (or at least listen to more tunes).
4. Altered Natives - Afterlife Riddim (Eye4Eye)
Taken from the superb new album "Tenement Yard Volume One".
5. Women - Heat Distraction (Jagjaguwar)
This is one of my favourite tracks from the forthcoming second album by probably the best band in Canada at the moment (just my opinion today). It's called "Public Strain" and not only sounds brilliant but also has one of the best sleeves of the year. Women will be coming over to the UK later in the summer to play a few shows and I would recommend you make an effort to catch them. "Public Strain" will be released on Jagjaguwar Records on 28th September.
30th August - Sheffield, The Harley
31st August - Cardiff, The Globe (with Idiot Glee)
1st September - London, Cargo (with Idiot Glee)
2nd September - Manchester, Deaf Institute (with Idiot Glee)
3rd September - Leeds, Brudnell Social Club (with Idiot Glee)
4th September - Glasgow, Captains Rest (with Idiot Glee)
5th September - Newcastle, The Cluny (with Idiot Glee)
6th September - Brighton, Freebutt (with Idiot Glee)
6. Young Adults - Let Us Out (Demo)
This track is taken from the Massachusetts bands latest demo.
7. Wavves - King Of The Beach (Fat Possum)
This is the title track from the third album by the Californian band. "King Of The Beach" will be released on Fat Possum Records on 3rd August.
8. Procedure Club - Vermont (Slumberland)
This is prabably my favorite record at the moment. There's just something about a girl singing over loads of distorted beats and things which is so close to perfection. The album is the second release from the New Haven duo. Their debut album "Music For Leisure Time" was released last August and is also well worth tracking down. I'd love it if they could somehow find their way to the UK for a few shows (one in York would do).
9. Kira Kira - Drakula Darling (Bad Panda)
This weeks offering from the Panda crew is rather strange at times and is I'm not mistaken contains the sound of a rather unhappy cat at one point. Bad Panda as I'm sure you know by now release a new digital single every week and this is number 35 and we still await a stinker.
Kira Kira is Kristin Bjork Kristjansdottir who comes from Iceland and apparently doesn't have many instruments. "Only a few music boxes attached to a pink wooden stick and a nylon string guitar her mum gave her when she was 12". She released an album called "Skotta" on Bad Taste Records in 2005 and "Our Map To The Monster Olympics" on 2008.
10. Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! - Whispers (Toloselatrack/Disk Union)
This is the title track from the debut Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! album which will be released next month. I love exclamation marks in band names.