Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Seventy Nine)

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 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".

Public Strain - album cover 
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.

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 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.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Seventy Eight)

 1. Sky Larkin - Kaleide (Wichita)
Sky Larkin are back with their first new material since last years impressive Golden Spike album. I'm a bit miffed  
actually because they played at Stereo in York which is a fifteen minute walk from my house last month and I didn't find out about it until the day after the gig. Anyway this track is on their new three track E.P. which precedes the new album Kaleide which will be released through Wichita on 6th August. You can download the E.P. for free from the bands website HERE.

26th June - Birmingham, O2 Academy 2 (with Broken Social Scene)
9th July - Sheffield, Corporation (with Broken Social Scene)
14th July - London, The Garage (my birthday if you're interested)
19th July - Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's

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 2. Bubblegum Lemonade - Caroline's Radio (Matinee)
I have to be honest, I had completely forgot about this band. They released their debut album "Doubleplusgood" back in 2008 had a couple of tracks featured on this site and then promptly erased themselves from my memory. Not to worry though because they're back now and they've brought a rather good 7" single with them. This is one of the three tracks which appear on the Glasgow bands latest creation and is the first taste of their second album which will follow later in the year. I should probably mention that the single is pressed on ravishing red vinyl and is limited to a mere 500 hand numbered copies so if you want to secure yours get yourself over to the Matinee Records website pronto.

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3. Change Leopardon - Outpost (Self Released)
I can't find out very much about this release at all. It's taken from a six track album called "Juchitan" which you can download from HERE and beyond that I know nothing. Sounds good though.

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4. Frightened Rabbit - Living In Colour (Fat Cat)
This is the lead track from the new Frightened Rabbit single which is released this week on Fat Cat. It contains three versions of "Living In Colour", this one an "Alternative Version" and something called "Mexico Jimmy" which sounds as though it was mixed during a food fight with Fuck Buttons.

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5. Allo Darlin' - My Heart Is A Drummer (Fortuna Pop)
This is probably the most played album on my ipod this week. It's the debut album by London based Allo Darlin' and I promise you this album will make you happy.

17th June - London, Brick Lane Takeover at Cargo
19th June - Nottingham, The Chameleon
21st July - London, The Luminaire
23rd July - Midland Railway Centre, Indietracks Festival

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6. Secret Colours - Love (Self Released)
Great track from a superb debut album from the Chicago band which will be released in early August but if you can't wait until then you can listen to the entire thing at their bandcamp page.

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7. Shuttleworth featuring Mark E. Smith - England's Heartbeat (Yip Yop)
Yeah, I know this track has been on before but let's face it, it's a bit good. I notice the CD single version has sold out on Amazon. I hope that means they have sold millions.

Autechre / Move Of Ten (Download at Bleep now) 
8. Autechre - PCE Freeze 2.8i (Warp)
Taken from Autechre's new "Move Of Ten E.P." which is actually mor of an album considering it clocks in at just under fifty minutes and contains ten tracks. The thing with Autechre is you always know what you're  going to get and yet they always manage to surprise in some way and this record is no exception. The mp3 version is available now from but the vinyl and CD release is not until 12th July.

9. This Many Boyfriends - I Don't Like You ('Cos You Don't Like The Pastels) (Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation)
This Many Boyfriends come from Leeds and this track is taken from their debut release "Getting A Life With" which is a seven track CD which will be released on 2nd July through Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation. Apparently it will come accompanied by a fanzine penned by the band and a badge & sticker set. According to the bands Myspace page they don't have any gigs coming up at all which is a bit of a git as I'd really like to see them.

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10. Stefan Girardet - Chemical Sky (Unsound)
Taken from Stefan Girardet's debut album "Are We Here Yet" which is released on Unsound Records on 6th July.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Seventy Seven)

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1. School Of Seven Bells - Windstorm (A Place To Bury Strangers Remix) (Full Time Hobby)
This is the A Place To Bury Strangers remix of the new School Of Seven Bells single which was released a couple of weeks ago. It's the first taster from the New York bands new album "Disconnected From Desire" which will be released in the UK on 13th July (the day before my birthday).

12th July - Amsterdam, Paradiso
13th July - Hamburg, Molotow
18th July - Bristol, Thelka
19th July - Manchester, Ruby Lounge
20th July - London, Scala
30th July - Woodford, Australia - Splendour In The Grass Festival

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2. Ceremony - M.C.D.F. (Bridge Nine)
Not to be confused with the Ceremony who have recently brought us the brilliant "Rocket Fire" album, this band come from California and are rather different to their namesakes. The album is called "Rohnert Park" and was released on Bridge Nine last week. I'm just not hearing enough of this sort of thing at the moment.

The Sleeper Must Awaken 
3. Ships On Fire - Hunter Seeker (Sun Sea Sky)
This track comes from a simply superb album, in fact I would go as far as to say the best ambient record I've heard so far this year. It's called "The Sleeper Must Awaken" and contains five lumps of swirling perfection. The nice people at Sun Sea Sky Productions have kindly made the whole thing available as a free download which you can possess simply by going HERE

 4. The Wankys - Don't Make Me Laugh (Katorka Works/SPHC)
This'll wake you up if you started drifting off during that last track. It comes from a seven inch E.P. which The Wankys share with the equally well named Lotus Fucker a track from whom may well be in next weeks Fodder unless of course I forget in which case it won't. If you want to take ownership of one of these fine items (and lets face it it's worth it just for the sleeve) just pop over HERE and part with four and a half dollars of your hard earned.

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5. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Say No To Love (Slumberland/Fortuna Pop)
The Pains are back after a brilliant year last year in which they gave us one of the finest debut albums in recent years. I'm pleased to hear they haven't fallen into the trap so many bands have in the past of trying to be a bit too clever and change things. This track which is taken from their forthcoming seven inch on Slumberland would have sounded fine on last years self titled classic. They seem to find it almost impossible to write a poor tune and long may it continue. All copies of the single are pressed on what Slumberland call sea foam green vinyl and you just know it's going to look as good as it sounds.

6. End's Not Near - Indian Summer (Bad Panda)
The latest offering from the Bad Panda crew is a work of pure beauty. The press release describes it as "Japanese Minimalism, Clever Sampling, Happy Trumpet" which got me thinking I think I prefer a slightly more grumpy trumpet if I'm honest.
I have tried to find out more about this band but have failed spectacularly to uncover anything at all. Great track though. Actually I've just noticed their is a short interview with Morisun who appears to be the person behind the sound on the Bad Panda website. Should have looked there first really.

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7. Tender Trap - Do You Want A Boyfriend (Slumberland)
A superb new single from Amelia and the gang. It's the first offering from the forthcoming album "Dansette Dansette" which I'm really looking forward to hearing.

8. Stripmall Architecture - Pripyat (Mascara Palin Remix)

Brothertiger - Vision Tunnels (EP) 
9. Brothertiger - Feel (Self Released)
This comes from an E.P. called "Vision Tunnels". According to Brothertiger's Myspace page they only have twenty copies of the E.P. left and that was a couple of weeks ago so if you're tempted you had better get yourself into gear.

10. Elephant Stone - Oh Heartbreaker (Degree Music)
Taken from the new album "The Seven Seas".

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Seventy Six)

1. John Mouse - Sex With You (Crocfinger)
This track comes from the new John Mouse album "Humber Dogger Forties" which has just been released on   
Crocfinger Records. I know John Mouse has been putting stuff out for years but this is the first time he's really grabbed my attention. It's the song titles as much as anything else. I mean who can resist an album which contains titles like "By Cardiff Station I Sat Down And Wept" and "Shinobi Vs My Little Pony". Fortunately the titles are justified by good tunes and I'm sure you'll be hearing more from Mr Mouse on this site in the not too distant future.

2. Nq - Within Reach (Bad Panda)
This is actually quite disturbing if you listen to it at loud volume. It contains some sounds which I for one have never heard on record before. Really good but not for the faint of heart.

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 3. Liars - Pleasure Is Boss (Mute)
This is one of the tracks on the new Liars EP "The Overachievers" which is the second single released from the bands fifth album "Sisterworld".

4. Scorn - Take Someones Eye Out (Ohm Resistance)
Taken from the new album "Refuse; Start Fires".

5. Whirl - Blue (Self Released)
You might remember we featured Whirl a couple of months ago with a track from their excellent demo. Well now the Californian band have returned with a full EP/mini album thingy which is all top notch stuff. If you pop over to the bands Myspace page you can download the EP for free.

6. Pitch Twit - Impetus (Original Mix) (Sic Outfit)
This is the latest release by Pitch Twit on the equally lively Sic Outfit label which is actually run by Tom Sidebottom who is Mr Twit and I think this is possibly his best release to date. It's called the Impetus EP and features two mixes of the title track. The best news of all though is that the EP is completely free and can be downloaded HERE.

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7. A Place To Bury Strangers - Ego Death (Radio Edit) (Mute)
This is the title track from the new A Place To Bury Strangers EP which was released through Mute last week. I don't usually go for radio edits but I genuinely prefer this one. It's a five track EP and if you liked their recent "Exploding Head" album this will be right up your passage.

8. Emeralds - Science Centre (Editions Mego)
This is a track from one of two 7" singles by Emeralds which are available at the moment. I've heard they are just the first two releases in a series of eight but until I get some confirmation of that it will remain a filthy rumour that I hope is true.

Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal CD Cover Art 
9. Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal (Editions Mego)
This is one of the highlights of the week for me. I don't know anything about it apart from the band come from Austria (probably) and this is the title track from an album which has been on my ipod for the last few days. There's just something about it I can't quite put my finger on but whatever it is I'd like a bit more. 

Captured From Static 
10. Northcape - Indigo Line (Sun Sea Sky)
This is taken from the superb new record by Northscape which is available through Sun Sea Sky. If blissed out electronic gubbins is your thing then "Captured From Static" is a record you can't really afford to miss. Lovely.