Friday, August 27, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Eighty Seven)

1. Disconcerts - Trouble Keeping (Self Released)
Those of you who have been following this site for a while might remember a couple of years ago I was gushing all kinds of love on a band from Chichester called Disconcerts who released a bit of a corking debut single. Well they have finally returned with a new one. It's called "Copper Green Gone" and will be released sometime in September. Hopefully this will be the start of a slightly busier time for them. Disconcerts will be playing at the Offset Festival in London on 4th & 5th September.

2. Junior 85 - Raymond Scott (Bad Panda)
Junior 85 is otherwise known as Tony Higgins from Galway, Ireland. As well as being the ex drummer in So Cow he also drums for Vince Mack Mahon, Seamus Fogarty, Laura Sheeran, Viking Moses and Imogen Gunner to name but five. It's amazing he can find time to empty his bladder let alone record an album of his own. But that is exactly what he has done, well not exactly. Junior 85's debut album contains remastered versions of all the tracks from his "Wiiiiiiide Awake" and "Sleepy" E.P.s and a brand new bonus track. The album can be purchased from the Psychometric Records website HERE.

The Bitters: Have a Nap Hotel 
3. The Bitters - Trapper (Sacred Bones
This is taken from the Toronto duo's new 12" E.P. which is entitled "Have A Nap Hotel". It contains five tracks and is well worth an investment. The pair have recently released an album called "Mexican Summer" which to my disgust I haven't heard but by this time next week that will be rectified.

4. The Tyler Trudeau Attempt - We'll Win This Yet (February)
This is the b-side of the new 7" single from Haven/New Brooklyn residents The Tyler Trudeau attempt. The single contains two tracks from the forthcoming album "Something, Anything Else" which I look forward to listening to. The single "These Are Dark Times" will be available from the increasingly wonderful February Records from 7th September.

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 5. The Twilight Sad - The Wrong Car (Fat Cat)
This is the title track from the Scottish bands new E.P. which will be released on Fat Cat on 27th September. A real return to form!

6. The Clientele - As The World Rises And Falls (Pointy)
This is a track from the London band's forthcoming mini album "Minotaur" which will be released on Pointy Records in the UK on 6th September. In celebration of this they will be playing at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on 2nd September.

7. Boy 8 Bit - Yard Birds (Turbo)
Title track from Boy 8 Bit's current E.P. which is available now on Turbo.

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 8. Guilty Ghosts - Mists & Tides (Words & Dreams)
One of my favorite records of the weeks is an album by Brooklyn band Guilty Ghosts. Well it's not so much an album as a five track cassette but the noise it makes has brightened my week no end. It's called "Enigma Variations" and has been released as a limited edition of just fifty copies on the Words & Dreams label.   The band are currently locked in a studio somewhere recording their debut full length album "Veils" which will be released in the Autumn and it can't come soon enough for me.

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9. Whole Sky Monitor - White Skin Suit (Firebomb Radio)
This has just come in this very morning and cor blimey what a great sound. The band is Whole Sky Monitor who ply their trade down the road in Leeds. This track is taken from their second album "Twisted Little Piggies" which will be released on Firebomb Radio on September 28th. According to the bands Myspace they don't have any gigs on the horizon but I would hope they might do some to coincide with the release of the album. Just one would do actually as long as it could be in York. I've just discovered that if you go to the Whole Sky Monitor bandcamp page HERE you can purchase the full album in digital formats for six quid!.

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10. Working For A Nuclear Free City - Silent Times (Melodic)
This is one of the tracks I keep coming back to on the new album from Working For A Nuclear Free City which has been hogging my headphones for the last week or so. The album is called Jojo Burger Tempest and will be released on Melodic on 12th October. It actually comes as a double album with just one thirty three minute track on the second volume. If you enjoyed their 2007 album "Businessmen & Ghosts" then this should be top of your shopping list!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Eighty Six)

 1.  Strawberry Whiplash - Stop, Look And Listen (Dandelion Radio Session)
This is a track from the recent session the Glasgow band recorded for Dandelion Radio.

 2. Boy 8-Bit - From The Depths (Turbo)
I love the sounds on this especially the plane sound at the beginning. I'm also rather partial to lawnmower noises and hopefully 8 bit boy will bear this in mind. Taken from "The Yard Birds" E.P. which is available now  on Turbo Records.

Pastor/Al, Roman Ruins 3. Roman Ruins - The Comedown (Gold Robot)
This is the b-side of the current Roman Ruins 7" single which was released last month on Gold Robot. There are only 500 copies, each of which look resplendent on orange vinyl and as you can hear sound pretty fine as well.

 Railcars - Railcars Remixes4. Railcars - Castles (No Age Remix) (Gold Robot)
I found this quite by accident while I was on the Gold Robot website. It's one of their free digital releases which consists of four remixes of "Castles" and four remixes of "Cathedral With no Eyes" and let's face it who can resist anything which has been poked by the bony finger of New Age.

The Prids : Chronosynclastic 5. The Prids - Fragile (Velvet Blue Music)
I just wanted to remind you about this record. The album is called "Chronosynclastic" and is quite frankly one of THE records of 2010. I really hope they find their way over to the UK before I'm very much older.

Epic 6. Dummejungs - Stunner (Original Mix) (Oh My God It's Techno Music)
Take from the new single "Epic". which is available now on the wonderfully named Oh My God It's Techno Music label.

Product Details 7. Pale Sketcher - The Playgrounds Are Empty (Slumber Mix) (Ghostly International)
Pale Sketcher is the latest incarnation of Justin Broadrick (Napalm Death/Jesu) and this time he's decided to take Jesu's 1997 album "Pale Sketches" and remix, or rather de-mix it as Justin likes to say until it's barely recognisable. "Jesu: Pale Sketches De-mixed" will be released on Ghostly international on 24th August.

Product Details 8. Sad Day For Puppets - Such A Waste (Sonic Cathedral)
Taken from the Swedish bands new album "Pale Silver & Shiny Gold" which will be re;eased through Sonic Cathedral on 6th September.

audiofunfactoryep200 9. Audiofun - Factory (Southern Fried)
Audiofun are from Manchester and this is the original mix from their current E.P. which is released this week on Southern Fried Records.

28th August - Portrush, Lush
11th September - Portrush, Kelly's
21st September - Manchester, Area 51

 Grouper - Hold/Sick (Download)10. Grouper - Hold (Room 40)
A moment of loveliness to finish this weeks Fodder. This is a track from the new Grouper 7" tour single which will be available from 6th October on Room 40.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Monster Island, Brooklyn, 18th July 2010

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Owen Ashworth has been doing this forever... or at least that's how it feels. It's actually been thirteen years and during that time he has given us five album and countless singles & E.P.s but now Owen feels it's time for a change and so December will witness the very last Casiotone show. Whether Owen is going to continue making music I don't know but regardless he will leave a very impressive back catalogue behind. 
 This show was recorded last month in Brooklyn and if you've never heard Casiotone this is a great starting point which will surely make you want to acquire some records. 

1. Intro
2. Optimist Vs The Silent Alarm
3. Man O' War
4. I Love Creedance
5. White Corola
6. White On White
7. Lesley Gore On The T.A.M.I. Show
8. Old Panda Days
9. Travelling Salesman's Young Wife Home Alone At Christmas In Montpelier
10. (chat)
11. Scattered Pearls
12. New Years Kiss
13. (chat)
14. Cold White Christmas
15. Bobby Malone Moves Home
16. Young Sheilds
17. Streets Of Philadelphia
18. (chat)
19. White Jetta

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Eighty Five)

 1. Ghost Animal - Some Other Time (AMdiscs)
Taken from the L.A. bands new "In Your Room E.P." which can be downloaded from HERE. featuring six tracks every one of which is just as good as this one which I think has been played at least four times in my house this morning.

 2. Mitch Kinney - Ashes (Self Released)
This is the second track on a superb record entitled "Electric Sodomy". You might think that sounds rather evil and you would be right. My favourite track is probably "Beautiful Sin" which consists of some pretty violent distorted noises which go on for about fifteen minutes and I was sorely tempted to use that track but as Nix pointed out it would probably result in a sharp increase in the suicide rate amongst ipod wearers. I have no idea how you can get hold of this record but I shall endeavour to have that information for next week.

 3. Wise Blood - B.I.G. E.G.O. (Self released)
This track is taken from yet another free download. More and more bands seem to be discovering Bandcamp as the most efficient way to make their music available and Wise Blood are no exception. This track is from their new EP which seems to be called '+' and can be downloaded in full HERE. 

 4. Shrag - When We Go Courting (Where It's At Is Where You Are)
Shrag are back with a new record. The Brighton band will release their second album "Life! Death! Prizes!" on 4th October through the Where It's At Is Where You Are label who are also responsible for inflicting Town Bike upon us....

 5. Town Bike - Bastard Heart (Where It's At Is Where You Are)
Oooh I say. Is it just me or is she a bit pissed off?

Duke Dumont - The Dominion Dubs EP 6. Duke Dumont - Feltham (The Borstal Beat) (Dubsided)
Taken from Duke Dumont's new "The Dominion Dubs" 12" which is available now on Dubsided.

"Younger Us" 7. Japandroids - Younger Us (Polyvinyl)
I'm probably the last person in the world to hear this record which was released last month. It's the new Japandroids 7" single which is available on Polyvinyl and is the best thing I've heard from the Canadian band for ages.

 8. Ganglians - My House (Demo)
New track from the Sacramento outfit.

Burnt Ones Black Teeth & Golden Tongues  9. Burned Ones - Kaleidoscope Eyes (Roaring Colonel)
This track is taken from the Sacramento bands impressive debut album "Black Teeth & Golden Tongues" which was released this week on Roaring Colonel. I've read a few review about this record and they always seem to get compared to other bands such as Ty Segal which is a load of tut, they're so much better than that. Just imagine a really good, fuzzed out, garage three piece and the listen to this track and see how much they match up. Great stuff. (although I do like Ty Segal as well)

10. Secret Colours - Tomorrow Never Knows (Self Released)
You've got to have some rather large bollocks to take on a Beatles song. Secret Colours clearly have all the required equipment as they have executed this rather brilliant version of "Tomorrow Never Knows" in some style. If you like this you'll love the Chicago bands debut album which was released a couple of weeks ago and is a record I really must play another track from in these pages. It's a monster.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Eighty Four)

Betty And The Werewolves - Tea Time Favourites 
1. Betty & The Werewolves - Should I Go To Glasgow? (Damaged Goods)
Kicking off this weeks Fodder with a track from my favourite album at the moment, an honour which seems to change every couple of days at the moment. It's the debut album by new London band Betty & The Werewolves and goes by the rather quaint title "Teatime Favourites". You can get hold of the record from the Damaged Goods website where it's good to see the vinyl version is a pound cheaper than the CD.

2. Tatu Ninja - Pedras Progressivas (Mimi)
Taken from a five track EP called "Tatu #1" which as the name would suggest is the first offering from the Portuguese electronic artist.

New Golden Ages 
3. Golden Ages - Down (Self Released)
Taken from the Philadelphia bands new "Africa EP". The first track is a cover of Toto's "Africa" which I found  repulsive the first time around and Golden Ages, despite their best efforts have proved that you simply cannot turn dung into a diamond. The other two tracks however are well worth the price of admission which you will be pleased to learn is free. Download the whole EP here.

4. Captain Polaroid - How To Lose At Video Games (Self Released)
Taken from the Captains new EP which is the second in a series of five EP's which make up the new
Captain Polaroid album "Beat Nostalgia". You can download the whole thing for free, along with EP1 if you're so inclined from the Captains website HERE.

Ace Bushy Striptease - A Little More Suspicion In Our Fairytales Plz 
5. Ace Bushy Striptease - 490 Flights Before Midnight (Odd Box)
Another track from the superb album "A Little More Suspicion In Our Fairytails Plz" which is available now on Odd Box records.

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6. Four Tet - Nothing To See (Soul Jazz)
This is a taken from a 12" single which Four Tet share with Mala. Four Tet do seem to be producing some incredible stuff at the moment and this is no exception. Nine minutes of swirling, pulsing wonderment. You definitely need to own this record but if you don't have turntable I understand both tracks are included on the forthcoming Soul Jazz compilation "Future Bass" which I'm told will be released in the autumn.

7. Phantom Payn Days - Afternoon Non Happenings #2 ()
I have to confess that until yesterday I had never heard of Juergen Gleue but as this press release states far too few people have...
"While in the widely neglected 39 Clocks, he made records that never sold and played gigs that few ever saw, Juergen Gleue has arguably been the most important exponent of electrified German sound since the late 1970s. Phantom Payn Daze was made in the mid to late 90s and has never been released. It's his final LP and is overflowing with all the elements that romanticized, loner / stoner music claims, an encoded expression of highly private feelings, an ambiguous, emotional quotient, and a dark, murkily melodic vibe. It's a record that first and foremost lives and breathes with an endless stream of great songs. But perhaps it's most curious component is it's amazingly prescient sound, a precursor to so many of today's lo fi acts, all wrapped up in their San Francisco hair."
 Now I must go and find some 30 Clocks records!

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 8. Dexter Poindexter - Two Cracked Heels & A Ghost (February)
This is a track from Dexter Poindexter's new three track EP "Silver Springs" which is the latest in February Records series of free digital singles. This track is just pure summer all the way through, whatever that means. You can download the whole thing from the February Records website HERE and look out for Dexter Poindexters debut album which will be released imminently on Series Two Records. 

 9. Me You Us Them - Pretty Nettles (Self Released)
Taken from the Brooklyn bands debut album "Post Data" which can be bought from their Bandcamp page on CD or digital formats. I have to say this lot make one hell of a sweet noise.

10. Tender Trap - Suddenly (Fortuna Pop)
This record just can't stay off my ipod at the moment. The new Tender Trap album "Dansette Dansette" is probably the millionth record Amelia Fletcher has made but with the current Tender Trap line up she sounds as fresh as a Mr Whippy on Scarborough beach. Still sounds like a stubborn mare as well.