Friday, January 28, 2011

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Seven)

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Should Have - Single, Cloud Nothings

1. Cloud Nothings - Should Have (Carpark Records)
This is the first taster from Cloud Nothings debut full length which will be released next week.

2. Zu - Chthonian (James Plotkin Remix)
This record is the sound of pure evil, well it makes the cats run off anyway. The original version of Chthonian can be found on Zu's album "Carboiferous" but this remix by James Plotkin has actually improved the track in my opinion.

White Laces - White Laces (EP) (2011)

3. White Laces - Motorik Twilight (Self Released)
This comes from an E.P. which has been kicking around in my inbox for a while which is a bit of a shame because it's great. Five tracks, each one as good as this.

4. Libyans - Lifeline (Sorry State)
Taken from the album "A Common Place" which is the first full length by the Boston band. There is a limited run of 218 copies on clear vinyl which you get if you order direct from the label.

5. Lockerbie - Sumar (Intro) (Bad Panda)
More moments of loveliness brought to us from Bad Panda. This week it comes from Icelandic artist Lockerbie and is part of a three track E.P. which you can download for free from the Bad Panda website.

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6. Creepoid - Dream Out (Self Released)
I know absolutely nothing about Creepoid other than their debut album "Horse Heaven" is a bit bloody good and you can buy it from their bandcamp page for $10.  This is one of the tracks I keep coming back to.

7. A Classic Education - I Lost Time (Lefse)
Taken from the Italian bands "Hey There Stranger" E.P. which is available now on Lefse Records.

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8. Darren Hayman - The Return (Self Released)
Darren Hayman's "January Songs" project continues. For those of you unaware of this it basically involves Darren churning out a song every day in month of January and I have to sat the vast majority so far have been great. I hope the whole lot are released as an album at some point in the not too distant future. The songs can be downloaded from Darren's Soundcloud Page HERE. The songs only stay free for a couple of days after which you will need to go to Darren's bandcamp page where they are all available for £1 each.

9. Eels On Heels - N (Self Released)
This track is taken from the Italian band's ne E.P. which is called the "Letters E.P.". It contains three tracks each of which are... well, letters. This is track "N" the others being "Y" and "G". Apparently this is their second E.P. and I don't think I'll sleep soundly until I'm in possession of their first one.

10. Vaccine - Hell On Earth (Painkiller)
This is a track from a 5" single on Painkiller records. At just twenty four seconds it's not the shortest of the five tracks on this E.P. which can be purchased from the Painkiller Records website.

Propeller Versus Wings

11. Zoey Van Goey - You Told The Drunks I Knew Karate (Chemikal Underground)
This is terrific, it comes from the forthcoming second album by probably the best band in Scotland at the moment. This is one of the tracks I keep playing in the car but really there isn't an even slightly weak track on the record. "Propeller Versus Wings" will be released on the legendary Chemikal Underground label on 14th February.

The Big Roar

12. The Joy Formidable - The Magnifying Glass (Atlantic)
The new Joy Formidable album is finally here. It feels like a lifetime has passed since their brilliant debut in the shape of "A Balloon Called Moaning". Since then they've being chased around the country by just about every music journalist worth their salt. Perhaps "The Big Roar" has taken longer than it might have because the band seem to be almost constantly on the road. Having said that they are spectacular live and hopefully I'll get the chance to witness them again before the year is out and this record is topping all of the end of year lists.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Six)

Image of FIN! FIN! FIN!  2 Track Single

1. From A City In Ruins - Fin! Fin! Fin! (Self Released)
This is the debut single from Grimsby based band "From A City In Ruins".

release cover

2. Thurston Moore - Stained Silk (Carbon)
Oooo this is great. The best way to listen to it is as loud as you dare before the emergency services arrive to investigate a localised earth tremor. This is one of four tracks on a CD-R entitled "Suicide Noted For Acoustic Guitar" and I think it's safe to say this is one man who will not be growing old gracefully.

My Bedroom Cover Art

3. Darren Hayman - My Bedroom (Self Released)
I'm probably a bit late reminding you about this but the ever wonderful Darren Hayman is in the process of releasing a new song every day in the month of January. The project is nattily titled "January Songs" and can be found HERE. The songs only stay up for a couple of days after which you can purchase them for small fee from his Bandcamp page.

4. adamned.age - Nanof (Bad Panda)
Yet another top tune on Bad Panda. Adamned.age is actually a German artist called Hanne Adam who apparently does loads of this sort of stuff. I must try and find some of her earlier work.

Photo of Teller (RECORDING)
5. Teller - Nothing To See Here (Self Released)
Taken from the Bristol bands "Moments. Move. Meanings" E.P.

Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

6. Ducktails - Don't Make Plans (Woodsist)
Why is it there always seems to be a new Ducktails record at any given time. Perhaps it's just me going a bit bonkers. This track is from the new album 2Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics" which is as far as my ears are concerned the best Ducktails record yet.

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7. Wolff Parkinson White - Sadness Surrounds Us (Self Released)
This is superb. I had a touch of flu earlier in the week. To be fair it was probably only a cold but you dont get much sympathy for having one of those so it was flu. Then this album came into my possession and within one hour of first administration I was cured. The album is called "Rest From What" and is just the kind of chaotic electronic niceness that makes my toes overheat. Simply excellent and I must guide you towards the bandcamp page where for a small fee you too can experience the pleasure. It seems there was a previous Wolff Parkinson White record issued back in 2007 called "Ride The Rueckert" which you can also find on bandcamp and which I will certainly be buying.

The Gazetteers - We Are Here

8. The Gazetteers - Trapped Inside A Skill Crane (Jigsaw)
Taken from the album "We Are Here" which was actually released back in the Summer but typically I've only just  got to hear it. Still it's always good to score in injury time.

Women / Cold Pumas / Fair Ohs / Friendo split 7" Cover Art

9. Cold Pumas - The French Note (Faux Discx)
This is Cold Pumas contribution to a split seven inch single which also features the likes of Women, Fair Ohs and Friendo. There are only 500 copies pressed so you had better get a move on if you want to secure one. It was released on 10th January so the possibility exists that it may already have sold out. If that is the case all is not lost as you can still download the tracks from the Faux Discx bandcamp site for a mere three pounds. All four tracks are well worth hearing and, I don't know, it's just something about seven inch E.P.s that makes  me go a bit potty.

10. No Joy - Hawaii (Mexican Summer/Fat Possum)
This is No Joy's contribution to another split single which No Joy share with Best Coast and Wavves. It's called "Summer Is Forever" and features tracks from the three bands latest albums. As far as I'm aware it is only available from gigs on the current American tour the tree of them are participating in.

Why Buy the Cow 7" Cover Art

11. The Thick Shakes - Neighbor's Goods (Aurora)
This is a track from the Boston bands new single which will soon be released as a 7" on Aurora Records. In the meantime you can download the full three track EP further down this page.

12. Neon Blud - Bleed Blud (Drugged Consience)
I thinnk I played you the b-sides to this a while ago but you really need to hear the a-side. This is best listened to at brain crushing volume.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

one year of original music from February Records Cover Art
"One Year Of Original Music From February Records" is pretty much as you would expect, full of tracks from their 2010 releases. The label began pumping out  releases at an alarming rate back in January 2010 and  as well as spoiling us with quantity also managed to keep the quality somewhere between excellent and bloody brilliant. This compilation brings together some of the best tracks of the year plus a few you might have missed plus a few new tracks you won't have heard before because... well  they're new. All in all this deserves to hold down a place on your ipod and if you do particularly care for some of these tracks then have a look at the February Records website where you will be able to purchase the full E.P.'s. 

1. Secret Charisma - I Thought You Wanted To Know
2. Abby Mott - She Don't Play Nice
3. Onward Chariots - Seven Miles Away
4. Boy Genius - When Sunday Goes
5. The Cavemen Go - The Saddest Affair
6. Even Artichokes Have Hearts - If
7. Dexter Poindexter - Sixteen Candles
8. Brilliant At Breakfast - If Monday'd Never Come
9. Ghost Of Chance - Jennifer
10. Summer Library - Past The Railroad Tracks
11. Two If By The Sea - Westbound Train
12. The Month Of June - Daffodil
13. Birds Of California - Laugh Out Loud
14. The Tyler Trudeau Attempt - We've Got The Look
15. Bourgeois Heroes - Elizabeth Is Bored (Live)
16. The Inclined Plane - The Wax Museum
17. The Fictional West - Soul For Suckers
18. Jayson Munro - Strangely Black Was The Night
19 Womens Basketball - Indian Lunch Buffet  

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Thick Shakes - Why Buy The Cow

Why Buy the Cow 7" Cover Art

This is the debut single by Boston based band The Thick Shakes. It is scheduled to be released as a 7" single sometime in the Spring. 

1. Go Back To New York
2. Neighbor's Goods
3. Banned From The Laundromat

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Five)

Cape Dory

1. Tennis - Cape Dory (Fat Possum)
This is the title track from the debut album by Tennis. "Cape Dory" will be released on Fat Possum on 18th January.

2. Sleeping At Last - January White (Self Released)
This is the first release in Sleeping At Last's "Yearbook" series which basically entails a new E.P. every month throughout the year. Bizarrely the series appears to have begun last October which means I've missed three E.P.s already. This, fairly obviously is January's issue.

3. Nic Bommarito - T27 (Bad Panda)
This is the longest track I've posted here for quite some time. It's the first offering of 2011 from the Bad Panda crew and comes from Rhode Island resident Nic Bommarito.
"The title of the track “T27″ is the number of the train from Beijing to Lhasa.  It’s very long, about 48 hours and when I rode it I had no place to sleep so by the end I would drift in and out.  I think the song is a bit like that train ride: a bit too long, sometimes noisy, sometimes boring, but a pleasant experience overall."

Through The Trees

4. Family Of The Year - Chugjug (Self Released)
Taken from the Californian band's new digital E.P. "Through The Trees" which can be purchased for a mere $4 from the bands website HERE.

5. Secret Shine - Hole In Your Heart (Secret Shine)
Taken from the Bristol bands excellent new album "The Beginning And The End". I'm not sure where you can actually purchase it from at the moment but I'm sure it will become more easily available soon.


6. Tape Deck Mountain - It Goes Down (Lefse)
This track is taken from the "Secret Serf" E.P. which is released on Lefse Records this week.

La Sera - Never Come Around [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

7. La Sera - Never Come Around (Hardly Art)
La Sera is the new project for Vivian Girls' Katy Goodman. I think this 7" has been around for a couple of months now but I think I might have overlooked it. There is going to be an album sometime in the next couple of months, also on Hardly Art records and I'm really looking forward to that.

8. The Popguns - Waiting For The Winter (Midnight Music)
I used to love this record. Still sounds pretty good today actually. It was one of those one sided 7" singles that Midnight Music were so good at releasing around 1989/1990. If I remember correctly they all cost £1. and were all housed in these blue company sleeves which were made of some of the thinnest paper known to mankind.

9. Milk Music - Fertile Ground (Self Released)
Milk Music are completely new on me. I think this is their first release but normally when I say that it turns out the band have been putting stuff out for years. What I can tell you with some certainty however is that the band come from Washington D.C. and this track comes from their six track E.P. "Beyond Living" which is grindingly beautiful. I read a review somewhere which likened the band to the usual suspects, Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh and so on but I disagree. Clearly Milk Music appreciate the value of a firmly struck guitar and that's all you need to know really. I'm not sure how you can furnish yourself with one of these life enhancing items but if you send your enquiries to you will hopefully get all the information you need.

Deerhoof Vs. Evil
10. Deerhoof - No One Asked To Dance (ATP)
Taken from the new (11th) Deerhoof album "Deerhoof Vs Evil" which will be released in the UK on ATP on 24th January. Outside the UK it will be released on Polyvinyl who are issuing 2000 on lovely pink vinyl.

Snuggle Bunnies Cover Art
11. Elika - Near You (Self Released)
This is a track from Elika's "Snuggle Bunnnies" album which was released a couple of months ago and I really should have played more. You can download "Snuggle Bunnies" for a mere $5 from the Brooklyn outfit's Bandcamp page.

12. BvDub - Anyone Who Remembered You Is Gone (Styrax)
Another rather long track to end this weeks Fodder. This track comes from a four track E.P. called "The Silent Reign" which comes as two lovely 12" singles. I really do recommend you visit the Styrax Records website and improve your life by taking ownership of some of these. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Young Circles - Bones E.P.

Bones EP Cover Art

You might remember a couple of months ago I included a track from this E.P. in a Fodder. Well now Young Circles have decided to make the whole thing available for free.
Fill yer boots...

1. Lightning
2. Hellhound Sights
3. Sharp Teeth
4. Halfway Up
5. Bones

Monday, January 10, 2011

Orange Blossom Flyover

Orange Blossom Flyover have become one of my favourite bands over the last couple of weeks. These tracks come from two releases which can be found on their Bandcamp Page and if this isn't enough for you more tracks can be found HERE. Superb stuff.

1. Hearsay in Paradox Lust
2. Someone Like You
3. Vicarious Room Of Gold feat. Gracie Jackson
4. So By Your Spells

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Ghost Outfit - I Was Good When I Was Young E.P.

I Was Good When I Was Young Cover Art

1. I Was Good When I Was Young
2. Bit
4. Bit Two

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Secret Colours - Follow The Drone

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Two brand new tracks from the Chicago band.

1. Follow The Drone
2. Lust (Slow)

Friday, January 07, 2011

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Four)

1. Blissed Out - Rain Steam (Mirror Universe)
I think most would agree that Blissed Out isn't the best name for a band but nevertheless this Blissed Out have produced a rather good E.P. It's called "White Triangle" and contains seven tracks a bit like this one. The problem you may encounter is that it's only on cassette and there are only 100 copies in existence.

2. Deerhoof - Sealed With A Kiss (Version) (Someone Good)
This is one side of a seven inch single which Deerhoof share with Oneone. This is a Japanese release, according to some online retailers "super limited" but I don't know exactly how many there are, mainly because the Someone Good website is currently down and no-one has told me. What I will say though is that this is well worth having and you should order yours sooner rather than later.

Sauna EP
3. Vondelpark - Hippodrome (R&S)
Taken from the "Sauna E.P." which is available now on 12" through R&S.

Smurf's up EP Cover Art
4. Johnny Hawaii - The Lonely Smurfer (Bad Panda)
This is the latest offering from Bad Panda who have been releasing track every week throughout 2010 with an amazingly high standard. Hopefully 2011 will be just as successful for the Panda crew. This weeks track is by French artist Johnny Hawaii and comes from his "Smurf's Up" E.P. which can be downloaded in full from his Bandcamp page.

Thorn1 - So Far as Fast

5. Thorn1 - Snow Is Abstract (Silber)
Another track from the album "So Far As Fast" which is available now through Silber.

6. Dressed In Wires - Wide On (Radio Edit) (Self Released)
If you've been paying attention you might recall I played a track from the new Dressed In Wires album a couple of weeks ago. This track is not on it, in fact this track is part of a completely different release. Now normally I steer well clear of "radio edits" because I don't like listening to truncated versions of songs but the full version of this is forty five minutes long and although I would love to share it with you it's just a little bit too long to be included in a Fodder. This version is actually quite tame compared with the full monster but is nevertheless excellent. It's part of a release entitled "C:\>ninety.exe" yes that really is the title. It comprises of two tracks both of which are almost exactly forty five minutes in length because the idea is that you'll feel the urge to transfer them onto a C90 cassette. I'm told that both track will be available for free download from HERE for one week only from 3rd January after which you will be required to part with a small amount of money.

7. Two If By The Sea - Apron Of Flowers (February)
This track is taken from the bands debut five track E.P. which will be released on 10th January through February Records.

Sugar Cover Art

8. The Sunshine Factory - Smile (Self Released)
Taken from the album "Sugar" which can be purchased from their Bandcamp Page along with their debut album "Vintage Revolution" which I must confess to not having heard yet.

Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

9. Mogwai - San Pedro (Rock Action)
This is one of my favorite tracks from the new album "Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will" which will be released on 14th February on the bands own Rock Action label unless you happen to live in North America in which case it will be on Sub Pop. I'm told there will be a limited edition version which includes a bonus CD featuring a track called "The Singing Mountain" which was recorded for Douglas Gordon and Olaf Nicolai's "Monument For Forgotten Future" installation in Essen, Germany.

Today Cover Art

10. White Wishes - Drops (Self Released)
Taken from the superb "Today E.P." which you can download in full further down this page.

11. Dirty Beaches - A Hundred Highways (Self Released)
Taken from the album "Badlands" which will be released 19th March. Apparently the concept behind "Badlands" is that of a man obsessed by the road and I think you can hear that. This album really reminds me of The Flaming Stars early records. I have quite a few Flaming Stars 7"s somewhere I must try and find them.

A Touch Of Joy, A Touch Of Sadness
12. Presents For Sally - I Don't Know Why (Laser Ghost)
This is a track from the debut album by Presents For Sally. It was released in November but I've only just got my clammy paws on a copy. Very nice indeed.