Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Ninety Five)

1. Trembling Blue Stars - All Our Tomorrows (Elefant)

This month heralds the release of the final Trembling Blue Stars record, bringing to an end twenty odd years of sad, wonderful and amazingly heartfelt music from the mind of Bobby Wratten. His first band "The Field Mice" seem like a lifetime ago now but Bobby has always written with honesty, or at least that's the way his music has always come across. So then the final record, It's called "Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires" and will not disappoint. There's not a bad track on here and on "The Imperfection Of Memory" we are treated to the sweet vocals of a certain Cath Carroll. All in all a wonderful record to end a tremendous two and a bit decades of music, if indeed it is the end. I wouldn't put it past Bobby to pop up again in a different guise at some point.

2. Banjo Or Freakout - 0156 (Lefse)
Taken from the album "Way Slow Volume 1" which is the first release in the Way Slow series of records on Lefse. The idea is to release a string of completely unique sounding records with artists pushing the boundaries of what they normally do or collaborations or... I'm sure you're getting the idea. "Way Slow Volume One" is released this week on cassette and CD. I'm led to believe that all physical items will be hand wrapped, stitched or any other weird activity they see fit before it is dispatched.

6th November - Amsterdam, Tropen Museum
11th November - Brighton, Audio (with Gold Panda)
13th November - Newcastle - The Cut (with Gold Panda)
15th November - Manchester, Ruby Lounge (with Gold Panda)
16th November - Glasgow, King Tuts (with Gold Panda)
18th November - London, Corsica Studios (with Gold Panda)
19th November - Bristol, Start The Bus (with Gold Panda)
20th November - Norwich, Arts Centre (with Gold Panda)

3. Xiu Xiu - Sashay Away (Self Released)
This is a track from the new Xiu Xiu digital, all tracks from which can be downloaded from the artists website.

4. Born Ruffians - Plinky Plonky (Warp)
This is the title track from the new Born Ruffians E.P. "Plinky Plonk", well almost the title track anyway. "Plinky Plonk" is a collection of tracks which didn't make it onto the Canadian bands last album which is a shame because I was a bit disappointed by "Say It" and much prefer the offerings on here. "Plinky Plonk" will be available on digital formats only from 2nd November unless you attend one of their shows in which case you can purchase a shiny compact disc.

23rd October - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
25th October - Seattle, WA - Born Ruffians @ Chop Suey
26th October - Missoula, MT - Top Hat
28th October - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
29th October - Chicago, IL - Born Ruffians @ Empty Bottle
30th October - Detroit, MI - Majestic Cafe
18th November - Edinburgh, Electric Circus
19th November - Liverpool, O2 Academy
20th November - Manchester, Ruby Lounge
21st November - Leeds, Brudnell Social Club
23rd November - Brighton, Audio
24th November - London, Scala

5. Gnod & White Hills - Run-A-Round (Rocket Recordings
Taken from the Manchester band's new double vinyl album "God Drop Out With White Hills II". Check out that sleeve, it looks fantastic on the record.

30th October - Ulverston, Newby Bridge - All Hallow The Eve 2010
7th November - Salford, Islington Mill
21st November - Salford, Islington Mill

6. Sugar Candy Noise - Star In The Sky (Self Released)
This is the title track from the "Star In The Sky E.P."

7. Kirsty Hawkshaw & Ulrich Schnauss - Dreaming Of Now (Self Released)
Apparently this track was originally recorded by Opus 111 but I must confess to never having heard that version. This is one of three tracks on the "Two Trees" E.P. which is available as a limited edition CD. There are only 100 copies and all are signed by Kirsty Hawkshaw and made out of rather nice hemp paper. There is a rather more available digital version though for those who don't care about things like that however and that is out there now in all the usual places.

Image of Comet Gain - I Never Happened 7"
8. Comet Gain - I Never Happened (What's Your Rupture)
Taken rom the new four track 7" single on What's Your Rupture which according to the label website has already sold out. Probably something to do with the fact that it came out about three months ago but I've only just found out about it.

Masters of War (Yang Yang b-side) Cover Art
9. Anika - Terry (Invada)
Taken from Anika's self titled debut album which was released through Invada last week on CD/Vinyl (including a rather stunning white vinyl pressing).

10. Team Ghost - High Hopes (Sonic Cathedral)
Taken from the French band's new "Celebrate What You Can't See E.P.

Autumn, again
11. A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Petition To Refrain From Repetition (Self Released)
Taken from the Philadelphia bands enchanting third album "Autumn Again" which can be downloaded from the bands website HERE. There is also a vinyl version which I'm told is maroon in colour.

Pay for Band À Part - No Sé Por Qué . mp3
12. Band à Part  - No Sé Por Qué (Elefant)
This is the title track from the bands new four track 7" E.P. which is available now on Elefant Records of Madrid.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Ninety Four)

1. Anna Bradley - Anna Bradley
Currently one of my favourite bands. Anna Bradley come from New York, are mates with Sloth Bear and have made a brilliant record called "Pavo". This is the first track on the album and the one I just can't stop coming back to.

2. Rustie - Dragonfly (Warp)
This is a track from the Glasgow artists debut release on the mighty Warp Records of Sheffield. It's a five track E.P. called "Sunburst and should be available now.

3. Bad Banana - Pretty Like A Girl (Muxtape)
Taken from the excellent album "Crushfield" which I gather is actually only a demo. Sounds good to me.

4. Wounds - Dance Of The Snowflakes (Self Released)
This is another track from the Polish outfit's superb "Winter Ambient Works" which I think I'm addicted to. No household should be without a copy of this album so do yourself a favour and have a look at the Wounds bandcamp page where you will find yourself confronted with the option of either a free download or to become one of only fifty people in the whole wide world who possess a hand numbered limited edition CD-R which comes in a graphite cardboard cover printed on both sides and a semi transparent obi, wrapped in a P.V.C. envelope. I really hope that makes some kid of sense to you because it's about as clear as cowshit to me.

5. Pigeons - Lil Deb's Debris (Soft Abuse)
Taken from the Bronx bands third album "Liasons" which will be released soon through the Soft Abuse label. There will be a vinyl run of 500 copies which will each be accompanied with a free download to prevent you having to actually play your record.

Thread Pulls - New Thoughts image 
6. Thread Pulls - These New Thoughts (Osaka)
Taken from the Irish bands debut album "New Thoughts" which was released last week on Osaka. I just love this guy's vocals.

7. Jesse Gertz - A Vanishing Era (Self Released)
Any record which has samples of steam trains in it is always going to end up on this site. The album from which this track is taken appears to be called "Album" and is available for whatever price you consider appropriate from the Portland artists bandcamp page. 

8. Pixies - Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf) (4AD)
No real reason for including this other than I was listening to some old records the other day and this one came up. I had forgotten just how good The Pixies were. 

9. My Disco - Closer (Blast First Petite)
Taken from the Melbourne bands third album "Little Joy" which like the previous two is produced by the hands of Mr Steve Albini and quite frankly I could have included any of the tracks on this record and it would have been brill. You will certainly be hearing more from his record in future Fodders.

10. Wighead - Never Go Home (K-Sur)
Taken from the rather good "William & Edward Frontage" 7" which I think you can order from the bands myspace page HERE.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Joy Formidable - Manchester, Academy 3, 4th October 2010

Ryan Muir - (with special thanks)
 As fingernails become shortened in frustration at the agonisingly long wait for the new Joy Formidable album the band continue to play all around the country (and the world for that matter). They have over the last eighteen months or so become one of the most formidable live acts on the circuits and I'll never forget the first time I witnessed them at Fibbers in York a couple of years ago and thought "them sods are a bit good". Since then of course we have had the brilliant "A Balloon Called Moaning" mini album which I trust everyone in the world now possesses. If you don't you should be ashamed of yourself and possibly inserted into a cow as punishment. 
 This set was recorded in Manchester as part of the current NME Radar tour with which the band are currently involved. It does contain a few new tracks which give a clue as to what we can expect on the new album which will hopefully be released in the not too distant future. 

1. Cradle
2. The Magnifying Glass
3. I Don't Want To See You Like This
4. The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade
5. Austere
6. Ostrich
7. Grethounds In The Slips
8. My Beerdrunk Soul Is Sadder Than A Hundred Dead Christmas Trees
9. The Last Drop
10. Whirring
11. The Ever Changing Spectrum Of A Lie

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Ninety Three)

1. All India Radio - Lucky (Bad Panda)
The latest offering from Bad Panda Records is this track by All India Radio who are a three piece from Melbourne, Australia. They have been around since 2000 and have released six albums over that period. This track however is probably the most beautiful thing they have ever created. "Lucky" originally appeared on their last album "A Low High" which was released back in January.

2. The Graceful Slicks - Bravery Through Repetition (Demo)
The Graceful Slicks are new on me but they had the good grace to send me this track which is taken from the Oxford band's new demo.

28th October - Oxford, O2 Academy (with Sky Parade)
31st October - Leeds, TJ's (with Sky Parade)
13th November - London, Hope & Anchor

Fall, The - Bingo-Master's Break-Out! 
3. The Fall - Repetition (Step Forward)
Yes yes I know, any excuse to play a Fall track. This was, and still is the b-side from their debut single "Bingo Masters Breakout" back in 1978.

 4. DJ Agent 86 - Dark Matters (Lightspeed Recordings)
I've always been a sucker for samples & spoken word stuff in songs so it was probably inevitable that this track would appeal. It comes from a compilation on called "Soundbites Volume 1" which is the first in a series of compilation E.P.s to be released through Lightspeed Recordings. Also featured on this volume are tracks by Fromage Disco, Wowlace and Dancecamp.

 5. Sophie Mac - Christopher (Rainboot)
This track is taken from Sophie's "Apples E.P." which to quote from the press release "was recorded live in a living room, by a river, using a couple of mic's, a borrowed guitar and a cup of tea." The E.P. is released on Rainboot this very week and is well worth further investigation.

SOUL GLO Cover Art 
6. Mickey Brown - Zordon (Self Released)
This is the first track to be heard from the new Mickey Brown album which will be called "Soul Glo" and follows their "Vision Quest" album earlier this year. Two albums in one year!

7. Summer Library - Do You Ever? (February)
This is the first release from New Rochelle based Patrick Kelly who records under the moniker Summer Library. This is one of two tracks on this release which you can download for free from the February Records website.

8. Siesta On Sunday - Track 3
I can't tell you anything about this, largely because all the info (including song titles) is in Japanese which is not my strongest language. What I can tell you however is that it comes from a for track E.P. called "Straydays" which is bloomin' brill. 

9. Mutual Benefit - Piano Experiments In An Abandoned Hospital (Kassette Klub)
This is a track from the new release by Mutual Benefit. It's called "Spider Heaven" and is a six track E.P. released on the increasingly popular cassette format next week. Fortunately for those people who can't play cassettes it is also available digitally through the bands Bandcamp page

10. La Sera - Never Come Around (Hardly Art)
This is a track from the debut single by Katy Goodman who was and probably still is in Vivian Girls. It will be released on 16th November as a seven inch single on the Hardly Art label and I'm told there will be an album at some point next year which on the strength of this should be a treat for all.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Pod Fodder (Volume Ninety Two)

Seapony Cover Art 
1. Seapony - With You (Self Released)
This is a track from a lovely four track E.P. by Seattle's Seapony. You can download the record in full for free from the band's bandcamp page HERE.

2. Low Sea - Falling (Lefse)
This record has been threatening to abuse my ears for a couple of weeks but for some reason managed to avoid being played. It turns out however that it's a bit of a treat. This is the first track on a six track mini-album or whatever you call them these days and really sets the scene for what is to come over the rest of the record. The album is called "The Light" and was released a couple of weeks ago on Lefse.

3. Seefeel - Clouded (Warp)
Seefeel return with their first new material since 1996 in the form of the "Faults E.P." which is available now through Warp and can be purchased on rather sexy 10" vinyl.

 Thieving Magpie
4. The ABC Club - Get Set Go (Self Released)
This band have apparently won the title of NME best new band which immediately makes me concerned for their safety but The ABC Club do seem to be genuinely good. Perhaps the NME have decided to employ real people again. I don't know where this song comes from as it just materialised in my inbox overnight but I would encourage you to check out the Halifax band's previous E.P. "Thieving Magpie" which was released earlier in the year.

2nd October - Leeds, The Well
22nd October - London, Club NME @ Koko

5. White Noise Sound - Sunset (Alive Records)
This track is taken from the Welsh bands self-titles debut album which was released last week on Alive Records. There is a limited edition of 700 purple vinyl copies out there for anyone who likes making their turntable look totally sexy. Apparently former Spacemen 3 drummer Pete Kember has had a hand in this somewhere down the line and regardless, it's a pretty fine debut.

16th October - Warrington, The Lounge
17th October - Liverpool, O2 Academy
30th October - London, Notting Hill Arts Club

6. Mason - Let's Get Ferretic (Animal Language)
This is the b-side of the current Mason single "Runaway" which is available now on the Dutch duo's own Animal Language label.

7. Wounds - Losing Focus (Self Released)
Probably my  favourite track from the Polish artists superb "Winter Ambient Works" album which you can download from their bandcamp page HERE.

8. Sisters - Sky (Narnack)
This is a track from the debut album by Brooklyn duo Sisters which was released just last week on Narnack.

9. Union Jackals - Open Skies (Self Released)
Taken from the London bands new album "Universal Screenplay" which will be released on 18th October. They have set themselves the rather ambitious task of shooting a film to accompany every track on the album and the results thus far can be perused on their website HERE.

Essex Arms 
10. Darren Hayman & The Secondary Modern - Two Tree Island (Fortuna Pop)
Taken from Darren's latest album "Essex Arms" which will be released on 11th October on the extremely sexy Fortuna Pop label. I saw Darren a couple of months ago in York doing an acoustic set. I don't normally go for all that bloke walking around with a guitar stuff but he was very entertaining and I think the reason he has been making consistently fine records for the last fourteen years or so is simply because of his voice. He could probably make a Bruce Springsteen song sound good.

5th October - London, Luminaire
8th October - Nottingham, The Chameleon Arts Cafe