Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Four)

Northern Automatic Music

1. Panda Riot - Black Pyramids (Saint Marie)
I must admit I had completely forgotten about Panda Riot. They released an E.P. back in 2011 called "Far And Near" which was pretty splendid and was featured on this site. Since then nothing... or at least nothing has come my way. It will probably turn out that they released five singles and two albums last year and won Grammy awards left, right and centre. That's usually the way it works when I make a statement without doing any research at all which is most of the time and probably why you shouldn't believe a word I say. You can believe me however when I tell you the new Panda Riot album "Northern Automatic Music" is a bit of a treat for those of us who believe guitars exist to be tortured.

Angel-like Contraction Reverse cover art

2. Nac/Hut Report - Junkstarrr (Double Hallucinative)
This is the new single from Nac/Hut Report who have had us running for cover in the past. It's a double a-side digital thing which also features a track called "Bright Future" which doesn't appear on the new album "Angel-Like Contraction Reverse the cover of which can be studied above. The album has been issued by Double Hallucinative which according to Brigitte Roussel from the Nac's (as they are known in my house) is a small Polish label and probably need more investigation as this is their second release. Anyway the Nac Hut album can be downloaded here for a mere four euro's or purchased on CD from the Double Hallucinative website.

XAHA cover art

3. Mr Moccasin - Blue Light (Bleek)
This is a track from Mr Moccasin's debut album "XAHA" which was released last month on Bleek Recordings. XAHA in case your interested is the Russian spelling of the name Hanna who happens to be the singer in the band. I only know that because the press release told me so so please no comments in Russian. Mr Moccasin have also just released a single from the album. It's called "Cabana Boys (Birds Of Youth" and can be acquired for no more than $1 from their Bandcamp page.

4. The Orchids - Blue Light (Sarah)
It's a long while since I last played this record but in a fit of nostalgia last week it found itself spinning once again in all of it's ten inch vinyl glory. This is one of eight tracks on a mini album entitled "Lyceum" released back in 1989 on the legendary Sarah label. 

Motion Sickness of Time Travel / Imperial Topaz split cover art

5. Imperial Topaz - Periphery (Tranquillity Tapes)
Taken from the split cassette which they share with Motion Sickness Of Time Travel. It might be a bit tricky to find one however as there are only 150 and according to the Tranquillity Tapes website has sold out.

6. Golden Grrrls - Paul Simon (Night School)
I've been waiting patiently for this album for what must be ages. It's the debut long player from Glasgow band Golden Grrrls who have the enviable capability of being unable to record anything which lasts longer than three minutes. More bands should look at this idea because there are far too many overblown borefests out there. This record contains eleven tracks and clocks in at just under half an hour. By the way I should mention that the first two hundred vinyl copies will be delivered on brilliantly clear vinyl. The band are also on the road at the moment and I've just noticed that they have completed the UK leg including a gig at The Basement in York with Mazes and Sex Hands which happened last week while I was blissfully unaware. They are now embarking on a tour of the United States with Brilliant Colors and the brilliant Veronica Falls who I would pay good money to see shaking their collective asses on this side of the Atlantic.

Thought & Language
7. Dead Leaf Echo - Kingmaker (Neon Sigh)
This is a track from the new Dead Leaf Echo album "Thought And Language" which is released this very week. 

8. Popstrangers - Heaven (Carpark)
I'm probably the last person in the world to find out about Popstrangers. They released an E.P. a while back called "Happy Strangers" which I don't own and am possibly a bit poorer for the fact. In fact the first time the New Zealand band came into my life was yesterday when I heard their debut album "Antipods" which was released this week on Carpark Records and is pretty damn fine. Apparently the album was recorded in the basement of an old theatre in Mt Eden which sounds like a superb place to record or in fact do anything. "Heaven" is without doubt the most accessible track here what with that giddying (I think I just made that word up) chorus. Elsewhere on the record you will be treated to blasts of sonic warfare as well as more tender moments, the kind of practice Sonic Youth used to revel in in their early nineties period. All in all a very decent debut indeed.

In The Pool cover art

9. Wolfsburg Sweater - Airport (Self Released)
This rowdy little number comes from an E.P. entitled "In The Pool" which can be downloaded free from their Bandcamp page.

10. Dog Bite - Prettiest Pills (Carpark)
Taken from the album "Velvet Changes" which was released a couple of weeks ago on Carpark.

BG043 | London Bound cover art

11. Just Handshakes - London Bound (Bleeding Gold)
New digital single from Leeds band Just Handshakes. I have very little information about the band who circle about twenty miles to the south-west of my house other than there may be an album at some point this year and if that is the case I will be very happy indeed (unless they turn into some kind of U2 tribute band overnight).

12. Pleasure Leftists - Elephant Men (Katorga Works)
Another great release on Katorga Works is a new seven inch single from Pleasure Leftists. You can buy the wax here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mogwai - Marc Riley Session, 20th February 2013

Image for Mogwai join Marc Riley for a session

1. Wizard Motor
2. The Huts
3. Relative Hysteria
4. This Messiah Needs Watching

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Palma Violets - 6 Music Live From Maida Vale

Recorded as part of BBC 6 Music's Live From Maida Vale thingy last week this is a set from the band everyone seems to want to compare to The Libertines which is no comparison at all as far as I'm concerned. In fact I think the world would be a much better place if The Libertines weren't in it, but that's just me. Anyway Palma Violets will this week release their snazzy debut album "180" on Rough Trade Records to a cacophony of applause and I'll lay a bet with you that this record is all over the top of the end of year lists the end of the year. 

Johnny Bagga Doughnuts
Rattlesnake Highway
Tom The Drum
Chicken Dippers
Best Of Friends
(another interview)
Step Up For The Cool Cats

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Orb - Manchester Polytechnic, 19th June 1991

I think I saw The Orb on this tour but I'm not sure. I saw them at some point around this time at the Barbican  Center in York (I saw The Fall there as well but that's another story). Sadly I remember very little about that night apart from the DJ who was playing tunes for an hour or so as support who was infuriating because the records he was playing were good and I didn't have them. I know I was impressed and it must have sounded something like this.

Little Fluffy Clouds
Earth (Gaia)
Towers Of Dub
Perpetual Dawn
Star 6&789
Loving You
A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Center Of The Ultraworld.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Three)

1. The Primitives - Lose The Reason (Elefant)
The Primitives follow up last years covers album "Echo's and Rhymes" with a brand new limited edition seven inch single which can be ordered from the Elefant Records website. Hopefully this will precede a new album of original material. Whether that is just wishful thinking I don't know but I do love this track.

2. Dead Leaf Echo - Memory Traces (Neon Sigh)
This is the first taste of the new Dead Leaf Echo album "Thought And Language" which will be released on Neon Sigh recordings on 5th March. It will be preceded by a seven inch single entitled "Birth" which you can pre-order here and will be dispatched at some point before the end of the month. I'm really looking forward to this one.

12 Noises In The Attic cover art

3. Torpa - Ben Marco's Dream (Self Released)
Another month, another new E.P. from Torpa. This one, his twelfth release is a four track affair entitled "Noises In The Attic" and can be downloaded from the Torpa Bandcamp page where if your new to all this gubbins you will also be able to find the other eleven releases.

EXTRA WORLDS cover art

4. LVLUP - Graveyard (Double Double Whammy)
This track is taken from a new seven inch E.P. from LVLUP called "Extra Worlds" which will be released on Double Double Whammy on 6th April.

Girl One And The Grease Guns SQRL34 Driving Without Headlights (Once Again)

5. Girl One And The Grease Guns - Driving Without Headlights [Once Again] (Squirrel)
A little bit mysterious this one. All we know about Girl One And The Grease Guns are that they consist of Sissy Space Echo, Warren Betamax, Charles Bronson Burner and Bruce LeeFax. The rumour is that they may include components from The Manhattan Love Suicides and The Blanche Hudson Weekend. On the other hand that could be a load of hooey. What is for certain though is that this is a fantastic single. This track "Driving Without Headlights (Once Again) makes up the a-side while on the other side you get an equally storming track called (I'm A) Willing Receiver". I don't know why but I do love song titles with brackets in them. Perhaps I should do a whole Fodder with bracketed songs, them again perhaps not. The single can be ordered from Squirrel Records of Leeds (i think) and will be released on 11th March. Apparently we will be hearing more from them later in the year. I just hope they release an album on which every song title has brackets!

6. Kloak x Kemst - Gwaan
This is a new track from Kloak, formerly known as EMU. This is one of five tracks sent to me last week but I don't know if or how they are going to be released or how you can get hold of them but I will try and find out and perhaps include some more tracks in these Fodders.

On Our Bottoms EP cover art

7. Phonoburbia - Fragile (Self Released)
Phonoburbia are a new band from Mendoza in Argentina. I don't know much about them to be honest but they have just issued their first E.P. on Bandcamp called "On Our Bottoms" and there will be an album before we are very much older.

8. My Bloody Valentine - New You (Self Released)
So rarely does a highly anticipated album actually deliver, especially one which we have been waiting for for no less than twenty one years. My Bloody Valentine have, as you will by now be well aware finally released the follow-up to their 1991 classic "Loveless". In fact I think the word classic doesn't do "Loveless" justice such is it's worth but how does the new record match up. Well clearly it's all going to be a matter of opinion but in mine "mbv" is superb. On first listen it sounds a little bit messy but then so did "Loveless" the first time I heard it. It's now been playing pretty much constantly in my house and I think it's safe to say it's pretty bloody special. I just wish I could get to a couple of their shows this year.

Electric Bird Noise: Desert Jelly

9. Electric Bird Noise - As The Glitter Glows (Silber)
Electric Bird Noise have just released a new album through the ultra reliable Silber label. As suggested in the press release it's not the dronefest we might have expected. It's actually a much easier listen than some of their previous work and is one of those album that you have to keep listening to right through to the end because you're never quite sure what's going to happen next. "Desert Jelly" is available now from Silber.


10. Trade - Half Nelson (Sheworks)
This is one of four tracks on a new twelve inch on Sheworks. Trade is a collaboration between Blawan and Surgeon and I think that information on it's own should be enough to have you scouring the internet or sprinting down the road in the hunt for that rarest of things, an independent record shop. 

Goddakk - III

11. Goddakk - Not Enough (Silber)
Brief and to the point. This is a track from a new E.P. by Goddakk which is another new release on Silber Recordings. It's part of their 5 in 5 series which involves the artist creating a five track E.P. which lasts no longer than five minutes. Goddakk manage this task with considerable aplomb as you would expect from someone as talented as Martin Newman best known for his work with Boston band Plumerai. You can download the "III" E.P. from the Silber Records website for just $1.

Various - Becket House

12. John Cunningham - One Way Mind (Porritts Hill Records)
This is a track from the 1990 compilation Becket House which also featured, and still does the likes of The Telescopes, Brighter, Pooh Sticks and The Durutti Column. I dug the record out earlier in the week during a session of spring filing and for some reason I don't remember this track at all. The real reason though for the inclusion of this track is so I can make an enquiry of you knowledgeable folks. The catalogue number on this record is "Phew 2" so what, if anything was Phew 1 and how do I get to hear it?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume One Hundred And Two)


1. Elephant Stone - Love The Sinner , Hate The Sin (Reverberation Appreciation Society)
This is a track from the Canadian band's second album which was released last week. They are embarking on a lengthy U.S. tour throughout March and April details of which can be found on their website. Hopefully we'll see these guys in the U.K. before too long.

2. Stoic Violence - Nothing Gained (Katorga Works/Video Disease)
A blistering new release on Katorga Works and Video Disease is the debut 12" by Stoic Violence who as the name suggests are rather noisy, pounding through eight tracks in what feels like the blink of an eye but is in fact nine minutes. You can buy the record from either label and also download the thing for free which is always a bonus.

The Jungle / Insanity

3. Ma Spaventi - Insanity (Delsin)
Loving this track at the moment. It comes from a new ten inch release on Delsin Records and the first 100 copies come on lovely orange/pink vinyl.

4. Utopia:Banished - Skeletal (Demo)
What a great racket. Apparently this is just a demo, "a raw cut of one of the songs we've written" as quoted from their website. My concern is that by the time the finished product arrives all the goodness might be produced out of it as has happened so many times in the past. To my ears there is absolutely nothing wrong with this track exactly the way it is and if anyone from the band are reading this I hope they take heed and save themselves a few quid on pointless production.

Prose & Kahns cover art

5. Old English - Lotteries And Tents (Self Released)
Taken from the album Prose & Kahns" which was released last week as a digital download and limited edition compact disc of which there are only 300.

SLZR / SLZR EP IGD003 cover art

6. SLZR - Nonlinear Carbon Chaos (Indian Gold)
Another great release you can download free this week is a new E.P. from Los Angeles band SLZR. This is the first of five tracks on the record which netlabel Indian Gold have very kindly made available via Bandcamp.

Lowways cover art

7. Twin Library - The Surgery Never Left (Self Released)
Taken from the album "Lowways" which can be downloaded completely free from their Bandcamp page.

The Brill Building (feat. Mike Jones; R. Stevie Moore; David C. Smith)

8. Kramer - I Want Candy (Tzadik)
This is a track from Kramer's third release for Tzadik Records. It's an album of cover versions of songs written in the Brill Building between 1960 and 1966. It was recorded in Kramer's Noise Miami studio at his home in South Florida. I've never been a big fan of cover albums but this one, as you would expect from Kramer is a bit different and well worth a listen.


9. Wimps - Quit Your Job (End Of Time)
This one of those records which just get's better as it goes on. It's the debut album by Seattle band Wimps and has just been released by End Of Time. Few tracks trouble the two minute mark. In fact all twelve pass in less than half an hour. I had a bit of trouble deciding which track to share with you but I don't think you'll be disappointed with this one.

10. Clouds - Local Bubble (Twin Turbo)
This is a track from a new E.P. on the ever reliable Twin Turbo label from Clouds who I think come from somewhere in Scotland but there is every chance I just made that up. The E.P. has the snappy title "Bulbophyllum Remiferum" which at first glace looks like a bunch of random letters thrown onto  a record sleeve but I'm sure some clever person will later inform me of some deep and meaning of these alleged words.

11. Cheatahs - Coared (Wichita)
I've listened to this album a fair few times over the last week and it just seems to get better. It's basically a compilation of their first two E.P.s welded together into an alum entitled "Extended Plays" which was released by Wichita last week.

12. Barn Owl - Against The Night (Thrill Jockey)
There I was having a nice soak in the bath and the power went off. Furious I was as I clumsily clambered out of the tub soaking the bathroom floor in the process and fell over the cat. It was only a short power cut but long enough for me to finally find my ipod (I'm sure it keeps moving) and listen to this fine album. Well I say album it only contains six tracks but the last one, a lovely tune called "The Opulent Decline" is over seventeen minutes long. It's the new album from San Francisco duo Barn Owl. It goes under the simple moniker "V" which made me think of the poor TV series from the eighties of the same name but thankfully this album is much better than that. "V" will be released by Thrill Jockey on 15th April. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Bloody Valentine - Remixes

Just a quick one to let you have a listen to these two remixes of tracks from the new My Bloody Valentine album "mbv" which are doing the rounds at the moment. I can't really tell you much about the origin of either only that they both sound great. "New You" is certainly one of the poppier tracks on the album and as such was begging for some kind of remix and Christian Strobe has certainly done a fine job. 

1. New You (Christian Strobe Remix)
2. She Found Now (Mokhov Remix)

Flowers - Demos

These are a couple of demo's which Flowers made available last year but I've only just heard them. They also had a CD which they were flogging at gigs and on their Bandcamp page which now appears to be sold out which is a bit of a bugger because I haven't got one. If anyone would like to sell me a copy please get in touch.

Demo 1

1. Romance
2. Here She Comes
3. London
4. I Don't Mind

Demo 2

1. Cut And Run
2. Slow
3. Seaside

Monday, February 11, 2013

My Bloody Valentine - Tokyo 7th February 2013

My Bloody Valentine Studio Coast Japan 10th February 2013 016 copy
Recorded last week at Shinkiba Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan. The set only contains one track from the new album but hopefully that will change by the time the British dates come around.

I Only Said
When You Sleep
New You
You Never Should
Nothing Much To Lose
Honey Power
Cigarette In Your Bed
Come In Alone
Only Shallow
To Here Knows When
Feed Me With Your Kiss
You Made Me Realise

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And One)

Cosmonauts - Cosmonauts image

1. Cosmonauts - Neon Kids (Permanent)

Coming fighting out of Orange County this is a track from Cosmonauts brilliant self titled album originally released back in 2010 on cassette but now, finally the good folk at Permanent Records have seen fit to re-issue the noisy bugger on vinyl. I don't think I heard it first time round when it was released via Burger Records but what a treat. The only slight problem is it really needs to be listened to at ear splitting volume which might result in some hearing loss but records like this are worth a bit of inconvenience. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that only five hundred and will be released on 26th February.

Raccoon 7" cover art

2. Zen Mystery Fogg - Raccoon (Kingfisher Bluez)
This is the a-side of a fine seven inch single which is available on the Kingfisher Bluez label.

Form in the Fog Beside cover art

3. Sad Souls - Form In The Fog Beside (Self Released)
The rather lengthy title track from a new E.P. which can be downloaded from their Bandcamp page.


4. Autechre - Prac-f (Warp)
Taken from the new album "Exai" which will be released on Warp Records on 4th March. It's not a particularly easy listen clocking in at a fraction over two hours across it's seventeen tracks. You can actually purchase the download now, details can be found on the Warp Records website. The vinyl version can only be described as heavyweight consisting of four slabs of 180 gram vinyl housed in a rigid slipcase with Cairn Eco Kraft stock with a clear foil block to front. Makes things happen downstairs does that!

5. Tape Deck Mountain - Kellies (Lefse/Mouca)

"Slow Salvation is the latest EP from Brooklyn via San Diego band Tape Deck Mountain. Recorded during principle member Travis Trevisan's last days in San Diego, Slow Salvation takes the listener on a dark journey through tales of love, loss, and death. Finally closing with a glimmer of hope on the epic 7 minute title track.
Established in San Diego, Tape Deck Mountain released their debut full length LP Ghost in 2009. Since then, Tape Deck Mountain has kept busy touring across the United States and performances at SXSW, San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival, CMJ, and NXNE among others.
Slow Salvation hits shelves March 12th stateside via Lefse Records and in Europe via Mouca Records. Stay tuned for Tape Deck Mountain's forthcoming sophomore LP slated for release sometime in 2013."

The Everchanging View

6. Scarlet Youth - Someday I'll Be Fine Again (Homesick Music)
This shimmering beauty is the last track on the wonderful new Scarlet Youth album "The Everchanging View" which was released last month.

Auto Body

7. Dual Action - Body Automatic (Hospital Productions)
This is the first of five tracks on a great new E.P. called "Auto Body" on Hospital Productions.

Lost Words & Memories cover art

8. June - Buzzed (Self Released)
Taken from the album "Lost Words And Memories" which can be downloaded in full further down this page.

HARD TIMES, GO! cover art

9. Beat Radio - Hurricanes, XO (Awkward For Life)
This is a track from the new Beat Radio album "Hard Times Go!" which will be released next week on digital download and very sexy red and clear vinyl which are obviously limited but to how many I have no idea.

10. Field Mouse - Tomorrow Is Yesterday (Self Released)
This is a new track from the Brooklyn band which has just this week been made available via their Bandcamp page.

Self Titled Cassette cover art

11. Klam - Gimme Black Metal (Self Released)
One of four tracks on a release cunningly entitled "Self Titled Cassette" which tells you everything you need to know ablot the release except that you can also download it in full from their Bandcamp page.

12. Palma Violets - Step Up For The Cool Cats (Rough Trade)
I first heard this track a couple of weeks ago on Tom Ravencrofts program on BBC 6 Music and ever since have been really looking forward to this record. It's the debut album from Palma Violets entitled "180" and will be released through Rough Trade on 25th February.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

June - Lost Words And Memories (2013)

Lost Words & Memories cover art

1. My Sweet Valentine
2. Lost Words And Memories
3. Buzzed
4. Youth
5. Lucid Dreams 
6. Ask Me To Stay
7. Faded
8. Velvet Kiss
9. Dead End Lullaby
10. Get Rid Of Me