Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vampire Slayer - Pillow Talk EP

Excellent EP from Vampire Slayer about whom I know nothing other than the four tracks on this EP which really do run in that peculiar order. 

1. Four
2. One
3. Three
4. Two (Otamatune)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Joy Formidable - Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, 11th September 2011

Some of these songs just seem to get longer...

1. A Heavy Abacus
2. Greyhounds In The Slips
3. Austere
4. Ostrich
5. The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade
6. Cradle
7. Buoy
8. Whirring

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Thirty)

Rock U Fest 2011 Digital Compilation Cover Art

1. Buxom Space Fish - When Dino-bots Attack (Self Released)
This is a track from a free digital sampler designed to portray the talents at the Rock U Fest which takes place in St Louis this month featuring forty-odd acts most of which are of the noisier variety but this is the track I keep coming back to, from the wonderfully monikered  Buxom Space Fish. You can download the compilation in full HERE.


2. Mood Rings - Promise Me Eternity (Double Phantom)
This is a track from the Atlanta band's new seven inch single which is available now on Double Phantom.

[spring of eternity] Cover Art

3. Sadsic - Sailing For Flowers/Green Civic Lessons (Self Released)
A bit late on this one but never mind. This is a track (or two) from the debut album by Sadsic which has been around since March and can be downloaded for a price of your choice from Sadsic's Bandcamp site along with two more EP's which have been released since and will shortly be gracing my ipod.


4. Mario Gonzalez - Help Me I Am In Heaven (Self Released)
First of all what a brilliant sleeve and secondly but most importantly what a great noise. This track is part of a seven track mini album/EP called "Disgusting" which can be purchased in full for a mere $1 from HERE.

Dyeing Lilies Brighter Colours Cover Art

5. Jesper Lundager - Flourish (Self Released)
This is a track from what is my favorite album at the moment. I call it an album but at just over twenty minutes for all eight tracks it's hardly longer than an EP but you know what they say about size not been everything. Every track on "Dyeing Lilies Brighter Colours" is quite simply a work of beauty and I urge you to listen to  this record at the first opportunity especially as you can buy it for whatever price you want to pay.

6. The Would Be's - Would Be Song (Decoy)
Another track from the Irish band's 1991 "Wonderful EP" which I have only just got a copy of.

7. The Twilight Sad - Kill It In The Morning (Fat Cat)
This is the first taster from The Twilight Sad's next album "No-One Can Ever Know" which will be released on Fat Cat next February. It will be preceded by a new single entitled "Sick" which will be released on seven inch vinyl and the usual digital formats on November 15th.

hippie speed ball Cover Art

8. High Pop - Drip From The Sea (Self Released)
Taken from the album "Hippy Speed Ball" which can be downloaded (or purchased on cassette) from the band's Bandcamp Page.

Ulrich Schnauss And Jonas Munk

9. Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Monk - Chasing Rainbows (Pedigree Cuts)

Life Sux

10. Wavves - I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl (Ghost Ramp)
Taken from the excellent new album "Life Sux" which is released on their own Ghost Ramp label on 27th September. This track is particularly good and should really be played at ear splitting volume.

11. Carter Tanton - Horrorscope (Western Vinyl)
Taken from the album "Freeclouds" which will be released on the first of November on Western Vinyl. Carter Tanton will be on tour in October/November with War On Drugs.

Romantic Comedy Cover Art

12. Big Troubles - Minor Keys (Slumberland)
I've been looking forward to  a new Big Troubles record ever since their great debut album "Worry" last year. Well now they're back with another piece of magic. The new record is called "Romantic Comedy" and comes on lovely red vinyl if you buy it online from the Slumberland Records Website. You'll certainly be hearing more from this record.
pretty pretty

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pacific UV - Chrysalis

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This is the latest free EP from Athens finest, Pacific UV. Apparently a new album is going to be ready early next year and I will certainly look forward to that. 

"Yes, two of the songs are from the free monthly series, but both have been updated and improved. ("Lakes" has been made longer and creepier, while "The Archduke" has vocals added to it).

Of the three remaining tracks, one ("Ballerina") is a remix of a song to be included on our new album out in January 2012, and another is a remix of another LP track by ambient master mind Glowworm. The final song is a cover of the classic Smiths track "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want". 

1. Ballerina (Remix)
2. Lakes
3. Sunday Night Dream (Remix)
4. Please Please Please
5. The Archduke

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Death In Vegas - Richard Fearless Mix

"Death in Vegas recently made a mix for BBC 6Music which consists of exclusive new material taken from the (now critically-acclaimed) new album 'Trans-Love Energies' released on the 26th September."

"They'll be playing a special headline show on the 22nd of September at Fabric in London with a full band. On the night they'll be supported by DJ sets from Andrew Weatherall, Stop Making Me and also Richard Fearless himself. Tickets are available through the Death in Vegas website and all the usual outlets."

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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Wedding Present - Brighton 2011

This set was recorded at Brighton's Concord 2 on 27th August as part of David Gedge's "At The Edge Of The Sea" festival which is now in it's third year. 
The set consists of a pretty good mix but most importantly there are two brand new songs on here which will probably feature on the Leeds band's as yet untitled seventh album which is currently scheduled for release next March. Next year will also mark the twentieth anniversary of their third album, the Steve Albini produced "Seamonsters" and in the style of "George Best" and "Bizarro" they will be out on tour playing the whole thing. Let's hope we can get a recording of that as well!

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1. It's A Gas
2. Go-Go Dancer
3. (chat)
4. My Favourite Dress
5. (chat)
6. 524 Fidelio
7. Back A Bit...Stop!
8. I’m From Further North Than You
9. (chat)
10. Rotterdam
11. Make Me Smile
12. Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?
13. (chat)
14. Spangle
15. Nobody's Twisting Your Arm
16. (chat)
17. Crawl
18. Gone
19. (chat)
20. The Thing I Like Best About Him (Is his Girlfriend)****
21. Flying Saucer
22. (chat)
23. Dallaince
24. (audience fade-out)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Twenty Nine)

1. Purling Hiss - Almost Washed My Hair (Permanent)
This is the first track on the debut album by the magnificent Purling Hiss. It was actually released some time ago but sold quickly and became pretty much impossible to find without resorting to bribery or committing firearms offences. Thankfully the nice people at Permanent Records have found a solution to this problem and have pressed up another three hundred copies which can be purchased directly from the Permanent website. This is the first track on the album in its full nine minute glory.

Greater Inventions

2. For Abel - On TV (Flowers In The Dustbin)
A couple of years ago I was banging on about this new band from Scotland called Nacional. They produced a couple of top singles and then vanished into the pits of time, or so I thought. As luck would have it they never went anywhere at all. They simply changed their name to For Abel and earlier this year released their debut album "Greater Inventions" which I have just purchased this very morning. For Abel will release a new single on November the fifth. It's a new version of  "Yorkshire" which back in their Nacional days was their stand out track and featured on Mr Vincents "North Of The Border" playlist back in 2008 (three years later and still he ponders his next one). This track will be the b-side of the single which also features a bloody bangin' remix of "Yorkshire" which celebrates as the "JMX RMX" and needs to be heard.

17th September - Glasgow, The Bay
27th September - Glasgow, Pin Up Nights @ The Flying Duck

Cover art - Regis: In A Syrian Tongue

3. Regis - Blood Witness (Blackest Ever Black)
Taken from the new twelve inch EP on Blackest Ever Black.

4. Avon Ladies - Hang 'Em High (Katorga Works)
This is a track from a new seven inch single on Katorga Works. I think the first pressing has now sold out but panic not for a re-press is either imminent or it's already happened. Either way this fine item can be ordered from the Katorga Works website.

5. R.M. Hendrix - Ivorine and Chai (Our Sanguine Holiday Mix)
Excellent version of a track which appears alongside four others on R.M. Hendrix latest EP "

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6. The Parish Church Of Little Clifton - It's Okay, Roseanne (Bad Panda)
 "The Parish of Little Clifton, 19 y.o. from Canada, started as acoustic folk project, turned on electronic-based music, trying to keep the organic elements of real instruments by using samples. He previously release an EP on Cultus Vibes (Teen Daze's label) and Septembersh 7'' is a taste of the LP (Portia) that will be released this fall and will feature Teen Daze, Manitoulin (HAHA) and Bank Heist.  Dreamy balearic sound lovers (Air France-Southern Shores&friends), don't miss it. "


7. Hecq - With Angels (Hymen)
Superb stuff from the new album "Avenger" which was released on Hymen last week.

Marion Cover Art
8. Sea Dweller - Marion (Self Released)

9. The Would Be's - My Radio Sounds Different In The Dark (Decoy)
Released back in 1991 this is a track from the third EP by the Irish band and until last week I never had a copy of it. There were two more couple singles, "Show Off" issued on Danceline Records in 2003 and "Some Other Planet" on Wood Records in 2001. If anyone reading this has either of these records please get in touch as I doubt I'll rest easy until I've at least heard them.

Darren Cover Art

10. Allo Darlin' - Wu Tang Clan (Self Released)
This is the b-side of the current Allo Darlin' single which is available as a very nice seven inch picture disc. There are only one thousand in existence so if you want one you will need to hurry over to Allo Darlin's Bandcamp Page where you will need to part with a mere four quid. This track was written by Darren Hayman and John Morrison back when they were plying their trade as The French and appeared on the bands only album "Local Information" which was released on Too Pure back in 2003. 
Allo Darlin' will be playing at The Scala in London on 3rd November to celebrate fifteen years of the Fortuna Pop label.

Teenagers Cover Art

11. Tennis System - Hey, We Tried 
Taken from the Washington DC bands debut album "Teenagers".

Death March (Single) Cover Art

12. Lucy Dreams - Death March (Self Released)
This is the first taste of the Atlanta band's new album "Vivian" which is scheduled for release next week. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Fall - Electric Frog Festival, Glasgow, 11th September 2011

That work of art you see above is the cover of the soon to be released new Fall album "Ersatz GB" which will be released on Cherry Red Records on 14th November. Apparently there will be a single to precede it but as always with The Fall info is hard to come by. To get us in the mood then this is a recording of the recent Fall performance at the Green Frog festival in Glasgow where they once again proved to be on top form and played no less than four new songs including "Laptop" which to my ears is simply stunning.
Mega thanks as always go to the geezer with the recorder.
"Good afternoon, we are The Fall"

1. Intro
2. (new song)
3. Hot Cake
4. Laptop
5. Cowboy George
6. Bury
7. Greenway
8. I've Been Duped
9. White Lightning
10. Psykick Dancehall
11. Monocard

3rd November - Edinburgh, HMV Picture House
4th November - Newcastle, Riverside
5th November - York, Fibbers
15th November - Cambridge, The Junction
17th November - Brighton, Concord 2
18th November - Leicester, The Auditorium
24th November - London, indigO2
26th November - Poole, Mr Kyps

Monday, September 12, 2011

R.M. Hendrix - Super Mo

Super Mo Cover Art

1. Stay Up Late
2. Super Mo
3. Ivorine and Chai
4. Hush

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Anna Bradley - Your Seamless Sons

Your Seamless Sons Cover Art

This is a new EP from New York band Anna Bradley who you might remember presented  us with the excellent "Pavo" album last year which you can still download from their Baandcamp Page.

1. Lighthouse
2. Nevergone
3. Weinberg
4. Agony Seeds

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Twenty Eight)

1. Shoot The Image - Loveless 
We start this week with a track from the Toronto band's debut album "Cranes In The City" which may have been around for a month or so but as usual has only just got as far as me. The only thing which I find slightly riling about this album is the fact that it would sound even better if the production was a bit less polished. Still, you can't have everything.

Bermuda Drain

2. Prurient - There Are Still Secrets (Hydra Head)
Taken from the album "Bermuda Drain" which is released this very week on Hydra Head.


3. I Break Horses - Wired (Bella Union)
I Break Horses are a Swedish duo consisting of Maria Linden and Fredrik Balk. For the last three years or so they have been recording bits and bats which have ultimately come together to become an item of untold beauty called "Hearts". It has nine tracks on it including the title track which was released as a twelve inch single last month and annoyingly I don't own a copy of it although I know it can be acquired through Bella Union for a measly £6.99 which is going to have to be paid because I'm not sure how much longer I can sustain life without hearing the Tom Rowlands remix.


4. Milk Maid - Dead Wrong (Fat Cat)
It's about time Manchester produced something new to shout about. Going back twenty odd years if your band was from Manchester (or surrounding area) then you were guaranteed to be splendid, although it has to be said a lot of the bands which got caught up in that particular scene were... how can I put this... less than brilliant and in some cases worse than a Eurovision nightmare (if you're American and don't know what Eurovision is then you have had a luck escape my friend. It's an annual competition see which country can produce the most embarrassing song and then vote for whichever other country is your best friend regardless as to how cringworthy their entry may have been and try to win the title of European Clown, or something like that.) but a lot of truly great music did come out of Manchester during that time. You're probably already familiar with Milk Maid as their debut album "Yukka", released a month or so ago has been mentioned in all the right places and is indeed a tremendous debut effort. Listening to records like this make me wish I could play some kind of instrument apart from the power tools I like to play with and record in the shed. It's only a matter of time before I cut my finger off and have a recording which includes a piecing high pitched scream followed by something like "oh bugger".

Photo of trunks

5. Trunks - Derby 
Taken from the French band's new album "On The Roof" which will enter the world on 29th September. I think this is the same band which gave us the fantastic "Twist On The Fourth Chimes" sometime last year (although on further ivestigation it turns out it was actually 2006) which still occasionally pops up on my i-pod.

Cob Dominos

6. The Lovely Eggs - Fuck It (Cherryade)
Another track from the Lancashire bands superb "Cob Dominos" album which I expect to be riding high in a lot of the end of year lists.

Water People 7"
Grouper - Water People / Moving Machine - album cover
7. Grouper - Water People (Yellowelectric)
This is a track from the new Grouper seven inch single which is available this week. Liz Harris (for it is she) really does have an additivity haunting voice.

BINS (Remix collection) Cover Art

8. Alright The Captain - Rostovs Pet Badger (Modular Pet Remix)

9. Westkust - Turn Out Dead (Demo)

Sunporch [VINYL]

10. Walls - Sunporch (Kompakt)

Darren Cover Art

11. Allo Darlin' - Darren (Self Released)
This is a bit of a treat. It's the new single by Sheffield popsters Allo Darlin' who you might remember gave us a pretty special debut album not so long back. This is their first new material since then and you might deduce from the fact that Darren Hayman's face is on the front of this record that he has something to do with it. The other track on here is a version of "Wu Tang Clan" from when Darren Hayman and John Morrison were trading as The French. The whole thing is available from Allo Darlin's Bandcamp Page as both a download and also as picture vinyl which is limited to just one thousand copies.

Keep Warm... with the Warm Digits

12. Warm Digits - Weapons Destruction (Distraction)
This is a track from the debut album by Warm Digits who are a duo based in the north of England, Manchester and Newcastle to be exact. I have to say I particularly like the sleeve of this record, it puts me in mind of some old Spacemen 3 records which is no bad thing because on certain points on this record there are sounds which would feel perfectly at home on a Spacemen 3 record. So ten tracks of what the press release describes as Krautophonic Blizzard-Wave which sounds jolly exciting doesn't it?
"Keep Warm with the Warm Digits" is relesed on 5th September as double gatefold vinyl album which is limited to just five hundred copies and of course the very unlimited digital download. I think you'll be hearing more from this record in the not too distant future.