Friday, August 30, 2013

Paul J Fox - 15 lo-fi Super Hits

"A collection of super-magnetized evil, breaking your speakers down, cutting your ears up. Blood all over the place. Twisted knobs, towering electronic circuitry, bent to fuck. Delta blues through a broken iphone. Hazard perception, hard erection, play this shit when you face rejection. Open water, pissing all over your floor. The colour brown. Dark days, mind control techniques. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, won't get fooled again!"

The Lovely Eggs - Indietracks 2013

This is superb. Recorded at the equally brilliant Indietracks festival at the Midland Railway Centre a couple of weeks ago Lancaster's finest, The Lovely Eggs played a storming set as you will discover when you download the file. I was a bit peeved I couldn't get there myself this year and if this is a marker of the standard on offer than it must have been a brilliant weekend.

Slug Graveyard
I Like Birds
People Are Twats
I Just Want Someone To Fall In Love With
Fuck It
Passion Plants
Scooter's Got Itchy
Oh The Stars
Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordion
Don't Look At Me

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Destroy Nate Allen - Live On KWVA

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Twenty Six)

Call Me When You're Drunk

1. I'm In You - Call Me When You're Drunk 
Taken from the album "Trust" which will be released on 5th November.

Fairytale EP cover art

2. PAWS - Glow (Self Released)
One of four tracks on a digital EP which you can download free here.

Sway cover art
3. Tape Deck Mountain - Pretend Friends (Nineteen98)
Taken from the new album "Sway". Probably the best thing from Tape Deck Mountain to date. It will be released on 1st October on their own Nineteen98 label.

4. Jeff Mills - Deadly Rays [Of A Hot White Sun] (U/M/A/A/ Inc)
It's great to see Jeff Mills back. I don't know about you but every time I hear/read his name the cover of his classic "Waveforms Vol 2" LP springs like a demon into my mind. That record was released something like twenty years ago now and still stands, at least in my mind as one of the unmistakable benchmarks of electronic music. Richard D James gave us a couple of those as well. So this is a track from a new Jeff Mills LP "Where Light Ends", or to be more precise double CD. CD 1 contains the album as Jess would like you to hear it and CD 2 has six rather snazzy remixes which are also well worth hearing.

Mrs Magician - Friday Night (single) (2013)

5. Mrs Magician - Friday Night (Windian)
What a great track. This is a track from a  seven inch single by Mrs Magician that forms part of the Windian Records subscription service which should you do it would send a whole bunch of quality seven inches flying towards you house.

Destruction Unit: Deep Trip

6. Destruction Unit - Slow Death Sounds (Sacred Bones)
Sacred Bones Records have released some blinding records this year and here's another. It's by Destruction Unit who are new on me but will probably have released hundreds of records which I don't own (it normally turns out that way). This one though is called "Deep Trip" and contains nine tracks each of which are every bit as good as this one.

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7. Fax - End Of Love (Indian Gold)
One of six tracks on a new EP by Fax. It's avaialble as a free digital release although here are 100 cassette copies which will be sold at shows. 

Half-Remembered Dream
8. Dot Dash - Bloom/Decay (The Beautiful Music)
This lot just seem to get better. This is a track from the third album by Dot Dash which is available now on The Beautiful Music. It's called "Half Remembered Dream" and will in all probability be the best record Dot Dash ever record. It really is that good. If I had made a record like this I would probably say "Well, that's that then" and spend the rest of my useful days feeding the geese on the Ouse and annoying as many tourists as possible. But that's just me, Dot Dash have now given us three great records in barely as many years and show no signs of running out of ideas just yet.

9. Die Kreuzen - Pink Flag (Touch And Go)
Released back in 1990 on Touch And Go this is one side of a pretty special 7" by Die Kreuzen. As you will have spotted this is a version of Wire's "Pink Flag". The other side contains a version of Germs "Land Of Treason" which you should also probably hear, in fact I'll stick it in next weeks Fodder if I remember. I think there was a blue vinyl version of this as well but sadly my copy is black.

BASH004 cover art

10. Best Available Technology -  Venom, Pheromone  and Phosphorus (Style Upon Styles)
Taken from the fantastic new five track E.P. which was released this very week on New York label Style Upon Styles and can be purchased here.

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11. Under The Wire - We Are Infinite (Patetico)
Taken from the Philadelphia bands new seven track digital mini album "Existential" which you can download here.

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12. The Bynars - Never Gonna Die (Self Released)
New single from The Bynars. Taken from their debut album "X Vs. X" which will be released on 17th September.

Monday, August 26, 2013

My Bloody Valentine - San Francisco 2013

A very nice recording of My Bloody Valentines recent performance at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Apparently there will be a new E.P. from the Valentines before we are very much older.

I Only Said
When You Sleep
New You
You Never Should
Honey Power
Cigarette In Your Bed
Only Tomorrow
Come In Alone
Only Shallow
Nothing Much To Lose
Who See's You
To Here Knows When
Wonder 2
Feed Me With Your Kiss
You Made Me Realise 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Stefaloo + Chrome Sparks - Eyes For You

Steffaloo + Chrome Sparks - Eyes For You
From the album, Heart Beats
Mush Records

PAWS - Fairytale EP

Saturday, August 24, 2013


This is the first streamable track from 'Life In Units'. The full record will be released on Hybrid Vigour Records on 9th September.

Recorded and mixed on reel-to-reel by Karl Sveinsson at Queens Ark Audio in Manchester during January 2013. Mastered by Dean Honer.

Loads of Peel...

Just a reminder for those of us who still miss the John Peel wingding, more and more shows are being added to The Perfumed Garden, all available to download at your leisure.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Twenty Five)

1. Veronica Falls - Broken Toy (Bella Union)
This is the new single from the fantastic Veronica Falls. It's the third single to be lifted from their recent LP "Waiting For Something To Happen".

2. Butter The Children - Spit It Out (Downtown Records)
You might remember a couple of months ago I was banging on about the debut EP by Brooklyn band Butter The Children which was (and still is) a digital only release put out through their Bandcamp page. Now they prepare to release their first "Proper" release through Downtown Records. It's an EP called "True Crime" from which this track is taken.

Welted Inscriptions E.P. cover art

3. The Illegal Wiretaps - Wait For Me (Self Released)
One of four tracks on a new EP from The Illegal Wiretaps which can be downloaded in full here.

4. Kim Deal - Are You Mine 
The former Pixie returns with a new release. This is a track from Kim Deal's new 7" single which forms the latest part of her solo collection of singles. The other track on here is called "Are You Mine" and can be purchased from her website. There are only 1000 copies available so you probably won't want to be hanging about.

5. Crocodiles - She Splits Me Up (Zoo Music)
Taken from the new LP "Crimes Of Passion" which is released this week.

6. Botany - Anchor (Western Vinyl)
This is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming album "Lava Diviner

Image of BIG BLACK CLOUD Black Friday
7. Big Black Cloud - Pile Of Shit
Taken from the album "Black Friday" which is limited to just 500 vinyl copies.

8. No Age - Running From A-Go-Go (Sub Pop)
Taken from the new LP "An Object" which is released this week on Sub Pop.


9. The Acid - Basic Instinct
I can't tell you a great deal about this release but it's a four track E.P. by The Acid, called The Acid E.P.... and that's about it really.

This Place cover art

10. Zone Out - Clothes [Still Sick Of It] (Self Released)
This is the title track from a new EP by Zone Out which can be downloaded in full here.

11. Pins - Get With Me (Bella Union)
Taken from the Manchester band's debut album "Girls Like Us" which will be released on 30th September through Bella Union.

5 October - Sheffield, Harley
7 October - Bristol, Louisiana 
8 October - Brighton, The Hope 
9 October - London, Birthdays
10 October - Norwich, Hog in Armour
11 October - Newcastle, Cluny
12 October - Glasgow, Broadcast
15 October - Liverpool, Leaf
16 October - Birmingham, Bull's Head
17 October - Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall 
24 October - Lille (France), La Peniche
25 October - Paris (France), Point Ephemere
26 October - Lyon (France), Le Sonic

I Want to Kiss

12. Ceremony - Down On Me (Moon Sounds)
This is the b-side from the new Ceremony single which you can now buy as a very limited cassette single. I think I'm right in saying there are only 100 copies available.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Zone Out - This Place EP

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Illegal Wiretaps - Welted Inscriptions EP

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Shining Bird - Stare Into The Sun

This is the first taste of the Australian bands new LP "Leisure Coast" which will be released on 6th September.

Magenta Skycode - We Will Be Warm

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Twenty Four)

Pop. 1280: Imps of Perversion

1. Pop. 1280 - The Control Freak (Sacred Bones)
Another winner from the Sacred Bones label. This is Pop. 1280's second lp for the label and I must confess to not having as copy of the first which is a fact that will undoubtedly haunt me day and night until the situation is resolved. This record is called "Imps Of Perversion" and really is a bit of a sonic beauty.

2. Yamantaka //Sonic Titan - One (Suicide Squeeze/Paper Bag)
This is the first taste of what the new Yamantaka//Sonic Titan album will sound like when it's released on 29th October. It's called "UZU" and is the follow-up to their impressive debut "YT//ST".

Someday EP cover art

3. Berserker Children Club - I Don't Know (Self Released)
One of two tracks on the new digital single from Japan's Berserker Children Club which can be downloaded in full here.

Minks - Araby (X-Rated Poetry)

4. Minks - Araby (Captured Tracks)
Not to take away from the "proper" new Minks record "Tides End" which was featured on here a few weeks ago. "X-Rated Poetry" is a collection of b-sides and demos all of which are well worth hearing if you have never heard them before.


5. The Swapsies - Another Game On Saturday (February)
Very apt this one what with the football season just underway and high hopes soon to be dashed for most teams. Hopefully York City will do better than last year but then they could hardly do much worse. This track is one of two on a free digital single which you can download from the February Records website.

6. Young Galaxy - In Fire [Sally Shapiro Remix] (Paper Bag)
This is the very fine Sally Shapiro remix of the new Young Galaxy single "In Fire" which is taken from the Montreal bands fourth lp "Ultramarine".

7. Galaxie 500 - Snowstorm (Rough Trade)
I think this is one of the best LP's ever issued by Rough Trade Records, and they certainly have a mighty back catalogue. The LP in question was (and still is) the second LP by New York band Galaxie 500. They had released their debut LP "Today" a year earlier on Aurora Records but then in 1989 delivered their masterpiece "On Fire" from which this track is taken. A year later they would release their third album "This Is Our Music" which is also a bit of a belter, before calling it a day in 1991.


8. The Dodos - Confidence (Polyvinyl)
Taken from the album "Carrier" which will be released on Polyvinyl on 27th August.

9. Teen Daze - Ice On The Windowsill (Lefse)
Teen Daze are back with a new record. It's an eight track LP called "Glacier" which will be released on 1st October by Lefse Records. Teen Daze also seem to have quite a lot of tour dates coming up on which they will be supported by Camp Counselors who's music I must confess I'm not familiar with.

09/26 – Seattle, WA @ Decibel Festival
10/02 – Calgary, AB @ The Gateway
10/04 – Edmonton – AB @ The Wunderbar
10/05 – Woodberry, TN @ Music In The Middle Festival [DJ Set]
10/06 – Saskatoon, BC @ Amigo’s Cantina
10/08 – Winnipeg, MB @ Union Sound Hall
10/09 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
10/11 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
10/12 – Chicago, IL @ Beauty Bar
10/15 – Kingston, ON @ Clark Hall Pub
10/16 – London, ON @ The APK
10/17 – Toronto, ON @ Parts & Labour
10/18 – Ottawa, ON @ Mercury Lounge
10/19 – Montreal, QC @ Le Divian Orange
10/20 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen
10/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Gold West Cafe
10/26 – New York, NY @ Glasslands
10/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
10/30 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
10/31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
11/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
11/04 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
11/06 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
11/07 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
11/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl

10. Pale Saints - Throwing Back The Apple (4AD)
No particular reason for including this other than I was listening to it earlier today and it still tickles my fancy. Released back in 1992 just before the Leeds band released their second album "In Ribbons" which if you haven't heard it is well worth tracking down.

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11. Unstrung - Pace (Humor/Girth Control)
I probably have included a track from this EP a few weeks ago but the truth of the matter is that I forgot but a record with a title like "Sucking Fun In The Fucking Sun" always has a good chance of getting featured on this site. The EP will be issued as a limited 7" in September and is well worth tracking down. In the meantime you can listen to all of the tracks here.

12. Pure Bathing Culture - Only Lonely Lovers (Memphis Industries)
I love this track. It occurs halfway through the new Pure Bathing Culture LP "Moon Tides" which will be released next week on Memphis Industries in the UK and Partisan Records in the U.S. I presume the rest of the world can choose from either.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dirt - Demo

I have no information at all about Dirt beyond this is a demo from a forthcoming release. I will certainly look forward to hearing that release whatever it may be.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Active Listener Volume 11

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Twenty Three)

1. Minks - Margot (Captured Tracks)
Taken from the album "Tides End" which is out now on Captured Tracks. The first 300 copies purchased from the Captured Tracks website will be delivered on gorgeous orange vinyl. 

Rise - EP

2. Righteous - Rise Up (Jahlight)
This is the first track on a five track EP by Trinidad artist Righteous. 

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3. Suā - Twins (Self Released)
This is the title track from the new Suā EP which is available through the Brooklyn bands Bandcamp page. The five tracks on here provide just the kind of beautiful swirling noise that will brighten up any day.

4. Kitchens Of Distinction - Quick As Rainbows (One Little Indian)
I didn't realise Kitchens Of Distinction were releasing a new record until about five minutes ago when I thought it would be nice to include an old Kitchens track in this weeks Fodder and decided to have a look at their discography online. The new lp celebrates under the name of "Folly" and will be released at the end of September on 3 Loop Music. I'm quite looking forward to hearing it but as with so many bands who have returned recently after a lengthy absence the expectation will be high. This is one of their old records which still sounds pretty fine to me.


5. Gunrose - Bunker (Boysnoize)
Another great release from the Boysnoize label is a new three track EP by Gunrose. 

“These 3 tracks are based on the original spirit and sound of Techno, when it first hit Europe. In the 90’s people didn’t have powerful computers or any fancy plug-ins to make music on. Most producers didn’t know anything about music theory or compression, but somehow all those records had an honest character and a sound that has been a bit lost these days. All those kicks out of tune, all that extra reverb or high frequency that could hit hard on your ears somehow gave a lot of character to an era. Most producers nowadays are looking for the perfect sound, the perfect harmony and bigger sound using the same presets and the same breakdown ideas. For these particular tracks my goal was to try to get that raw and imperfect sound that people use to dance to in dark warehouses.”

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6. Maria False - Mary (Self Released)
Very nice indeed. This is one of four tracks on a new digital e.p. by Maria False. It's called "Spots and Lines In A Frame" and can be heard here. I had a problem deciding which track to use on here as I rather love the last track "Spots And Lines In A Frame" which is a beautiful instrumental which drifts in complete wonderment all around your head before leaving you feeling rather empty. Mind you that could easily have been that rotten banana I had this morning. Oh and don't worry about the quiet bit at the end of this track. It's meant to be there.

Real Anymore (single) cover art

7. Randolph's Leap - Real Anymore (Olive Grove)
What a superb sound. This is one of seven tracks on the new mini album from Glasgow band Randolph's Leap. This, as you might have noticed is the title track on the record which will be released on Olive Grove on 9th September. Great stuff!

"The Real Anymore mini-album pits Nature against Technology, love against loathing and humour against heartbreak. You will find tongue-in-cheek wit aplenty as Adam recounts his imagined career as a telephone psychic and tackles issues of ‘tweeness’ with self-deprecatory aplomb. Moments of darkness and doubt also await you as you scratch beneath the chirpy veneer but - worry not - our protagonist finds ultimate salvation in the great outdoors and emerges jubilant, clutching a string of typically tenuous rhyming couplets."

8. The Lucid Dream - Glue [Song For Irvin Welsh] (Holy You Are Recordings)
Another winner this week is the debut album from Carlisle band The Lucid Dream. It's called "Songs Of Lies and Deceit" and will be released next week through Holy You Are.

Optical Frameworks - Little Piece Of Perseverance

9. Optical Frameworks - Melting Winter (Cold Tear)
Taken from the album "Little Piece Of Perseverance". 

“Little Piece of Perseverance” is an album made in winter/spring 2011-2012, made completely out of field recordings that I collected during this period. Each track represents a set of places visited mostly at night. You can hear tracks made of sounds of snowy, nighty trainstations, people waiting and chatting about daily problems, melting snow, wind and other sounds describing moods of this slow period of awaking in my life."

Swim Down cover art

10. Flower Drums - Swim Down (Self Released)
Released last month through the Australian bands Bandcamp page.

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11. Making marks - Barcodes (Fika)
This is the second single from the Norwegian bands forthcoming album "In A Desert Of Consultancy" which I for one am looking forward to immensely.  

12. Meeks - Let It Be (SCM Music)
An lp which claims to be shoegaze versions of Beatles songs should always set the old alarm bells ringing, and ring they did but only until the music started. For an idea which should work no better than a footballer in a chicken farm this really is quite an enjoyable listen. There's no stinkers to mention and in fact several tracks have been played quite a few times including this one which is a particularly fine rendition of the previously tedious Let It Be. Other highlights include an interesting version of Strawberry Fields Forever which has been attempted by several artists in the past with varying results. A bit like trying to cook an oven cook only pie in the microwave, it turns out a bit soggy but not in this instance. Meeks have varied the tempo throughout and it actually works. The biggest problem for me is the title of the thing "Beatless - Shoegaze Covers Of The Beatles" is a title which will only fill sane people with dread but those brave enough to take a step inside will be mightily relieved to come out the other side with all their faculties intact. In short this is a record you should at least listen to... unless you're a fan of The Beatles (ridiculously overrated in my opinion) in which case I'd give it a miss.