Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Ninety Five)

Polysics – Weeeeeeeeee!!! (2012)

1. Polysics - Lucky Star (Ki/oon)
I can't tell you a lot about this album other than it's a track from the latest album from Japanese nutters Polysics. It's called "Weeeeeeeeee!!!" and is pretty damn good. The only advice I would give you is to play it at the loudest volume you can get away with. 

2. Moon Wiring Club - Make Yourself At Home (Gecophonic)
This is a track from the vinyl version of the new Moon Wiring Club album "Today Bread, Tomorrow Secrets" which as is now customary with The Club is completely different to the CD version. I wish more artists would follow this trait, especially My Bloody Valentine whose new album is now allegedly finished and ready be unleashed at any moment. 

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3. The Arctic Flow - Just Say Hello (Dufflecoat)
It's been a while since we had an new record from The Arctic Flow so this new four track E.P. is very welcome indeed. It's called "Dreams You'll Never Find" and is available to purchase from the Dufflecoat Records website on CD.

4. Alexander D'niel - Klona [Truncate Remix] (Ear To Ground Records)
Great stuff from Argentinian artist Alexander D'niel with his first release on UK label Ear To The Ground. The other side of the record features two versions of a track called "Tetroid" which is also pretty fine.

5. Foxygen - San Francisco (Jagjaguwar)
Taken from the album "We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic" which will be released in January on Jagjaguwar.

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6. Boys - Escape Plan (Self Released)
This was actually released back in the summer but I've only just heard it. It's from an album called "Shy Shirley" which you can download free from their Bandcamp Page.

Beach Fossils - Clash The Truth (2013)

7. Beach Fossils - Careless (Captured Tracks)
2013 is already shaping up into a pretty smart year. This is a track from the new Beach Fossils album which will be released on Captured Tracks on 19th February and is very bloody good. Apparently it was the first time they had recorded in a studio and that might be one reason they have produced such a great sounding record. It's called "Clash The Truth" and will certainly impress a lot of people. Personally I was just hoping for a good record and what I heard was bordering on a masterpiece.

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8. Dead Mellotron - Weird Dreams (Self Released)
Taken from the "As Is" E.P. which can be downloaded from the Baltimore bands Bandcamp Page.

9. The Reed Fags - Molly (Lionheart)
This is a track from the Finnish bannds new E.P. "Places To Hide In" which will be released soon on Lionheart Records.

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10. Takashi Miyaki - If Not For You (Self Released
A brilliant version of "If Not For You" taken from the Los Angeles bands recent "Covers" album which can be downloaded in full from their Bandcamp Page.

The Wolfhounds "Cheer Up"

11. The Wolfhounds - Cheer Up (Odd Box)
Everyone seems to be reforming these days and mostly with disastrous results musically. There is even a new Pulp track knocking around! I still can't take Jarvis seriously with a beard, perhaps because he looks like a mad schoolteacher. And then there's My Bloody Valentine whose new album is expected any day now and better be bloody good or there will be trouble.
This is the new single from The Wolfhounds who released a lot of good records twenty odd years ago and surprisingly have released another. This is one of three tracks on a seven inch single available through Odd Box Records and even the most miserable bastard can't deny this is a cracking tune. 

That's Just Fine / I'm Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan by Spacemen 3 / Sun Araw

12. Spacemen 3 - That's Just Fine (The Great Pop Supplement)
This is taken from a split seven inch single which was released earlier in the year on The Great Pop Supplement label. Only one thousand were pressed and as you might imagine are now pretty much impossible to come by. On one side you get this Spacemen 3 track which originally appeared as an instrumental on the B-side to their 1988 single "Take Me To The Other Side". This version however has vocals and as far as I'm aware hasn't been officially released before. The other side of this very attractive red and clear coloured slab of loveliness contains a track from Sun Araw which will feature in next weeks Fodder. I wouldn't be surprised if copies of this record are already changing hands for silly amounts of money. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Fall - Manchester, Fac 251, 26th November 2012

Hot Cake
Cowboy George
The Container Drivers
Weather Report
Theme From Sparta F.C.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Toy - Camden Barfly, 19th December 2012

I've been waiting for a good Toy live recording for ages and finally here it is. The London band have had a great 2012 releasing what is in my opinion one of the best records of the year with their debut self titled album. Hopefully 2013 will be equally fruitful and I might even manage to see the band myself.

Left Myself Behind
Bright White
The Reasons Why
Dead And Gone
Make It Mine
Colours Running Out
Drifting Deeper
Lose My Way
My Heart Skips A Beat

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dead Mellotron - (as is) E.P.

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This is the superb new E.P. from Dead Mellotron. This will certainly be played quite a lot in my house over Christmas.

1. Fade In/Out
2. Weird Dreams
3. Vacation
4. Vacation II

Friday, December 21, 2012

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Ninety Four)

As long as I have you

1. Alpaca Sports - As Long As I Have You (Cloudberry/Luxury)
One of three tracks on a fantastic new seven inch single from Alpaca Sports which will be released on vinyl by Cloudberry and digitally by Luxury Records of Sweden. Alpaca Sports are one of those bands I never want to get an album by. Their tracks are just perfect for seven inch singles and let's hope for many more next year which is when this one will appear. I don't have the exact date but I think it's safe to say January.

Slowly Slowly

2. Silicon Ballet - Slowly Slowly (Rainboot)
Current single from Silicon Ballet released last month on the Rainboot label.

3. Rational Animals - Cross Eyed Delights (Katorga Works)
Blistering stuff from a new seven inch single on the incredibly consistent Katorga Works label. The full thing can be downloaded further down this page and purchased for just $5 from the Katorga Works website.

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4. Infinity Girl - Taking Nothing (Self Released)
Taken from Infinity Girls superb new five track E.P. "Just Like Lovers" which can be downloaded from their Bandcamp Page.

5. Belle Ghoul - (Out Of) The Neighborhood (Elefant)
This is a track from a seven inch single on Elefant Records of Madrid. It's one of the latest releases in Elefants "New Adventures In Pop" collection and is limited to just five hundred copies.

6. Los Campesinos - A Doe To A Deer (Self Released)
To be honest I haven't heard many new Christmas records this year and those I have have been bloody awful with the possible exception of a Christmas compilation which has just been released on Elefant Records which features contributions by the likes of The School and The Primitives. Unfortunately I haven't heard it because I messed up the download and the promo coupon only works once but I will certainly purchase it before the big day as it sounds like an essential album to be playing while tucking into the turkey (unless your a vegetarian in which case you'll be tucking into a sprout... only kidding, don't get upset).
This however is a pretty damn good Christmas record from those Los Campesinos folks who seem to have been a bit quiet this year but are ending it by making this tune available to all.

Green to Blue

7. Breathless - Next Time You Fall (Tenor Vossa)
Taken from the album "Green To Blue" which sounds like it really should be on 4AD records.

Wide Awake

8. Playpad Circus - Sculpting Supernova (Equinox Records)
One of five great tracks on a new ten inch E.P. on Equinox Records.

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9. Shallow - Out Of Focus (Self Released)
This is a track from Shallow's "Mistakes" E.P. which is available from their Bandcamp Page as a digital download or a limited hand numbered cassette of which there are just one hundred.

10. Veronica Falls - Teenage (Bella Union)
I've been looking forward to this album for ages and now it's finally here. It's the second album by Veronica Falls entitled "Waiting For Something To Happen" and is already my favorite record of 2013. It's called "Waiting For Something To Happen" and will be released on Bella Union on 4th February. I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more from The Falls in 2013, and yes I do mean both of them.
Veronica Falls will be playing some gigs in the UK next year and I am already looking forward to the Leeds one.

8th February - London, Shoreditch Church
14th February - Norwich, Arts Center
15th February - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
25th February - Sheffield, Harley
26th February - Glasgow, CAA
27th February - Newcastle, Cluny

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11. Torpa - Why Do People Die At Christmas (Self Released)
Very nice indeed. Perhaps not the most festive of titles but people do die at Christmas and this track is suitably haunting. You can almost imagine what it sounds like from the sleeve, they go so well together. It's been made available for a price of your choosing from the Torpa Bandcamp page where you will also find the many other great single Torpa has spewed forth in 2012.

The West Coast

12. Edine Avec Lisle Mitnik Et Son Orchestre - The West Coast (Elefant)
Aww how nice is this. It's another limited single on Elefant Records, just five hundred copies and all on lovely white vinyl.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rational Animals - Cross Eyed Delights (2012 Katorga Works)

Image of Rational Animals - Cross Eyed Delights b/w Way After Midnight 7"

A brilliant new single from Rational Animals on the equally brilliant Katorga Works label.

"The Bad Boys of Katorga Works, Rational Animals, follow up their 2011 LP and a 2012 7" single on Cowabunga with the Cross Eyed Delights b/w Way After Midnight 7", their last release as a band.
This 7" signals a new direction for the band, one that was made clear by their aforementioned Bock Rock Parade LP. In hindsight, that LP exists in a clear transitional state between the late-era Black Flag worship of their first two 7"s and their new sound on these 7" singles, which is more informed by the 90s underground than Greg Ginn's loneliness.
"Cross Eyed Delights" ranks as both Rational Animals' most beautiful moment and their crowning achievement-to-date. "Way After Midnight" compliments its flipside perfectly, acting as a lurching, creeping, classically bluesy stroll through late night longing. A perfect single, a perfect way to go out."

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Ninety Three)

1. Eux Autres - Tilt The Crown (Where It's At Is Where You Are)
This is a track from a limited edition seven inch single which is released as part of the Where It's At Is Where You Are Singles Club which releases a seven inch single on the seventh day of most months  limited to seven hundred and seventy seven copies. I wonder what their lucky number is? This one was released on the seventh of November on lovely yellow vinyl.

2. Yo La Tengo - Paddle Forward (Matador)
Taken from the forthcoming album "Fade" which will be released on 15th January on Matador Records.

3. Peaking Lights- Cosmik Dub (Mexican Summer)
You have to play this track as loud as your speakers will handle without the bass distorting too much. Only then I feel you will understand the true power of dub. Yeah, I'm getting a bit carried away there but you know what I mean. When I was a kid I used to drive my parents mental by playing dub records by the likes of African Head Charge and Keith Leblanc at volumes which probably shook the house at the end of the street. In fact I remember one day my dad confiscating my record player until I learned how to use it properly which probably meant playing his old Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac records which in later years became Frisbees as they flew in random directions around the garden. Never was more fun had than that day. Anyway to get back to matters in hand this is a track from an album called "Lucifer In Dub" which you will have spotted is a set of reworkings of tracks from Peaking Lights recent "Lucifer" album. I must admit I actually prefer these versions.

Winter Garden Light

4. Dot Dash - Shouting In The Rain (The Beautiful Music)
Taken from their recent album "Winter Garden Light" which was released earlier in the year.

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5. Future - Youth Conspiration (Self Released)
Another great track available free from the Future Bandcamp Page.

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6. Nature Set - Edward (Self Released)
This is Nature Set's Christmas single although it's not particularly Chrismassy until it's latter stages. There is a rather good video for this as well which you will be able to find on here.

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7. mnttaB - We Touch (Red Panda)
This attractive little number is the first track an an E.P. called "mainsHum" which has been getting repeated plays in my house today. It's can be bought from their Bandcamp page on either limited cassette or CD or if you don't like to tough thing you can pay what you like for the digital files. I really think you should do something though because this really is a tremendous E.P. I should probably mention that mnttaB is pronounced like "meant to be" if you will.

8. Entertainment - Moving In The Right Way 
Fantastic new track from Entertainment produced by Rory Attwell.

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9. Cuddly Shark - SPMG (Armellodie)
This is a track from the Glasgow bands great new album "The Road To Ugly" which will be released on Armellodie on 28th January and let me tell you this could be one of the best records of 2013.

10. Eat Skull - Where'd You Go (Volar)
Taken from a new seven inch single released on Volar Records which is available on both red and gold vinyl limited to just 150 copies of each. I really like this single and look forward to their new album which will be released very soon on Woodsist records.

Image of Eeek! - Move Real Slow LP

11. Eeek - Tough Guys (Kingfisher Bluez)
Very nice indeed. It's a track from the Vancouver bands latest twelve inch E.P. "Move Real Slow" which is available now through Kingfisher Bluez but limited to just five hundred copies.


12. Robin Guthrie - Circus Circus
...and let's finish this weeks Fodder with some moments of loveliness from the new Robin Guthrie album "Fortune" which is completely and utterly beautiful. I'm just waiting for it to snow now so I can use it s the perfect soundtrack. 

Friday, December 07, 2012

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Ninety Two)

I actually think this is the best Fodder yet and hopefully it might stay up a bit longer than the last one.

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1. The Helmholtz Resonators - Clipper Ship (Self Released)
The first of three tracks on a free single which you can download in full here.

2. Bullet For My Bloody Valentine - I Only Hit The Floor (Self Released)
While we wait for the new My Bloody Valentine album to put in an appearance this is well worth checking out. It's not the first time a band have covered the entire "Loveless" album, it was done a few years ago by Japandroids but not as well as this. I don't know who Bullet For My Bloody Valentine are and to be honest I don't care either, I'm just happy listening to their takes on some of the best music ever recorded. To be fair calling them "covers" is probably a bit harsh because most of them bear no resemblance to the original so it's almost like a whole new "Loveless" in a way and you can download "The Loveless Poison" in full here.

By The Sea - By The Sea

3. By The Sea - Waltz Away (Dell'Orso/Great Pop Supplement)
Taken from the Wirral bands excellent self-titled debut album.

4. Oreaganomics - Reading Is Free (Self Released)
They never stop do they. It seems like almost every couple of weeks Oreaganomics are pestering my inbox with another top tune. I'm not complaining of course... actually I am, they should be pestering it more!

5. Basti - Man At C.I.A. (Way Cool)
What a track. I remember buying this seven inch years ago and then managed to lose it again. However thanks to Mr Ripley another copy has been purchased and it sounds great. I love it when the guitar bit comes in at the start.

6. Moon Wiring Club - The Woombwood Pattern (Gecophonic)
At long last we have a new album from the strange and mysterious Moon Wiring Club who you might recall entertained the planet, well me anyway with their brilliant "A Spare Tabby At The Cat's Wedding" album a couple of years ago. Well now they're back with an equally sublime effort called "Today Bread, Tomorrow Secrets" which is available on vinyl and CD from their Blank Workshop website.

Split 7″

7. The Underground Youth - Juliette (Songs By Toad)
Definitely one of my favorite tracks of the week. So is the track which appears on the other side of this seven inch single actually and it took some pondering to decide which track to include here. It's from a split single with Miami band Lil Daggers who have appeared on this site previously. I can't tell you anything at all about The Underground Youth beyond the fact that they sound great, come from Manchester and if they don't get some more records out pronto I'll be hiring someone to poke them with sharp objects until they oblige.
You can purchase the single from the Songs By Toad website for a mere four quid which could be the best four quid you've spent all year.

8. Beach Fossils - Careless (Captured Tracks)
Taken from the new album "Clash The Truth" which will be released on Captured Tracks on 19th February.

9. Yall - On The Curb (Self Released)
How good is this! It's a track from the new Yall album "The Sword Of Western Infuence" which can be downloaded in full below.

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10. Cliff Dweller - Healing Line (Self Released)
This slightly disturbing track comes from a new record frpm Cliff Dwellers entitled "Emerald City". There is another track on here called "Big Black Red Hole" which is also astoundingly good. You can pick up a copy of "Emerald City" from their Bandcamp page but beware only fifty copies of the CD exist so don't hang about.

11. Veronica Falls - Under My Thumb 
Another track from the Veronica Falls covers E.P. This time a version of The Rolling Stones "Under My Thumb". That new album can't come soon enough.

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12. Future - Citizen (Self Released)
Been around for a couple of months but only just come to my attention is this great new track from Paris band Future. The track is available free from their Bandcamp page along with another track called "Youth Conspiration" which I haven't heard yet but will have by the time you read this.