Monday, September 30, 2013

Vampire Slayer - Makeout Weird

VAMPIRE SLAYER - Makeout Weird

Scenic - Shockwaves

Scenic - Hours On End

This is a track from the Shockwaves EP which is out now on Future Classics

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Thirty)

1. Trips And Falls - Static Is A Serious Issue (Song By Toad)
Superb stuff from the Montreal bands new album snappily titled "The Inevitable Consequences Of Your Stupid Behaviour" which will be released on 14th October through Scotland's fine Song, By Toad label. You can pre-order the lp here.

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2. Swan Dive - Fly Toward The Sun (Day By Day)
This track is taken from a fine E.P. released last week on the Day By Day label. You can purchase the whole thing here.

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3. Flies On You - Josephine [Rougher Than A Dockers Chin Remix] (Self Released)
One of ten remixes on the Leeds bands "Josephine Remix" E.P. which you can download free from their Bandcamp page.

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4. The Illegal Wiretaps - I Kissed Her First (Self Released)
Taken from the huge album, 30 tracks no less "Country Of Eight Islands" which you can download free from their Bandcamp page.

5. Tape Deck Mountain - Half Life (Nineteen98)
Tape Deck Mountain will finally release their new album "Sway" on 1st October and from it comes this fine track. I think I've probably heard about half of the record and am really looking forward to hearing the whole thing.

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6. SPC ECO - Free Fall (Self Released)
Taken from the new LP "Sirens and Satellites" which is available as a download from their Bandcamp site. I don't know if their is a vinyl version knocking around and I hope there will be because that picture will look fantastic on a 12" sleeve.

7. The Fall - Free Range (Live Recording)
I just can't resist an excuse to play The Fall. This fine work dates from way back in 1992 when Fall records were far too well produced. I tend to prefer records which sound a bit mucky and unkempt if you know what I mean. There's no denying this as a classic though. This version was recorded at Manchester Roadhouse.

8. Pixies - Big New Prinz (Live Recording)
...and while we're on the subject of the mighty ones this isn't half bad either. It's not unknown for Pixies to perform the odd cover version here and there and by and large they tend to do a pretty fine job. Their takes on The Jesus And Mary Chain's "Head On" and Neil Young's "Winterlong" spring to mind but now the bar has been set at an almost insurmountable height as they turn their not inconsiderable talents to a Fall song. It's rare that anyone attempts to replicate a Fall song as usually it results in being stoned to death in a playground just outside Manchester for blasphemy but I think Black Francis and co have just about got away with it and I would like to hear a studio version on their next E.P. They played this track on all three of their recent shows in Los Angeles and I have to report to you that it sounds pretty damn good.

9. The Adelines - Alleyways
I know this has been around a while but I've only just got a copy.

Mark Pritchard

10. Mark Prichard feat. The Ragga Twins - 1,2,3,4 (Warp)
This fine noise is from the new Mark Prichard EP "Lock Off" which is the second in a series of three EP releases the first being the impressive "Ghosts" EP which appeared a couple of months ago and is also well worth a punt if you haven't already.

11. Sealings - Cruel World (Italian Beach Babes)
How raw does this sound? You should probably listen to this at maximum volume. It's one of four tracks on a cassette from the Italian Beach Babes label on which I notice Sealings also have a 12" e.p. available, limited to 300 copies and on green vinyl. The problem is I don't own a copy of that and that knowledge is quite likely to ruin my weekend. Mind you I'm going to watch York City tomorrow so it would most likely have been ruined anyway.
12. Sunken Seas - Cataclysm (Self Released)
The title track from the Wellington band's new EP.

Sunken Seas - Cataclysm

Big Hard Excellent Fish - And The Question Remains

In 1989 dancer Michael Clark approached Josie Jones and Jake Walters of Big Hard Excellent Fish to write a piece of music for his forthcoming work with the Phoenix Dance Company.  Josie Jones, formerly of Pete Wylies Mighty Wah! asked Pete to work with them on this and theImperfect List was born: a sober, chilling - and very heartfelt cry and denouncement of Britains then-ills.
Michaels choreography with the Phoenix Dance Company was performed at Sadlers Wells and the track also featured in the South Bank Shows documentary about him.
 The track was subsequently re-recorded with Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins and released as a 12 in 1990 with a remix by Andy Weatherall. In 2004 the track found a new audience when Morrissey began using it to open his shows  which he continues to do to this day.
After many requests in subsequent years to update, it was not until 2011 when approached by One Little Indian that Big Hard Excellent Fish decided that the time was right - the political climate not that different from that of the 1980s. Infact not that much has changed at all: Religion, Greed, Murdoch, WMDs, Hate Crimes, the Banking Crisis, Child Poverty, crooked Judges, Jeremy Wanker Clarkson And The Question Remains: Where Were You..?
 And The Question Remains, written by Josie and Ian C is accompanied by two very different alternate versions - the Silver Bullet version with music by Erik Legrang & Nina Walsh and the Rootmasters version with music by Ian C & James Clancy.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Illegal Wiretaps - Lamprophony E.P.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Flatmates - Nottingham, The Maze, 14th September 2013

A fine recording of The Flatmates at the recent all dayer at The Maze in Nottingham which also featured the likes of Allo Darlin', Fever Dream, The Proctors, Fireworks, Peru, Seabirds and Tigercats. As you will notice from this recording The Flatmates have a new vocalist. Lisa Westerlund is she and very nice she sounds especially on the new songs which leaves me hoping for a new lp in the not too distant future. Mind you I've spent the last seven weeks hoping for a York City win but that hasn't materialized either and with Portsmouth visiting Bootham Crescent on Saturday the wait may well go on.

Happy All The Time
You Held My Heart
One Last Kiss
So In Love With You
Do Angels Care
I Could Be In Heaven
Tell Me Why


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Twenty Nine)

1. Tomorrows Tulips - Flowers On The Wall (Burger)
Taken from Tomorrows Tulips second album "Exprimental Jelly". There were 300 copies pressed on heavenly peach coloured vinyl but those have sold out so black looks the way to go.

2. Kitchens Of Distinction - Japan To Jupiter (3 Loop Music)
I've been looking forward to the new Kitchens Of Distinction lp for ages and it's almost here. In the meantime enjoy this new single which describes itself as a radio edit suggesting the version which we will enjoy on the album "Folly" when it appears on 30th September will be longer.

3. Clark - Suns Of Temper [Bear Paw Kicks Version] (Warp)
This is a track from the double album of remixes "Feast/Beast" which has recently been released on the legendary Warp label of Sheffield. The first half of the collection "Feast" seems to contain more friendly, lighter recordings than the second half "Beast" which is where some of the better action is as far as I'm concerned. 

4. White Poppy - Dead Night (Not Not Fun)
Taken from the self-titled album which is available through the superb Not Not Fun Label.

5. Grooms - Iskra Goodbye (Western Vinyl)
Taken from the album "Infinity Caller".

6. Sebadoh - State Of Mine (Joyful Noise)

I don't know why but I never expect too much from bands who have been around for years. I suppose I think they must have got all of the good creative stuff out of their system in the first few years and many many bands have adhered to that philosophy. There are of course exceptions, how else could you explain The (mighty) Fall still producing the goods after about five hundred years and several thousand lp's.
So Sebadoh have a new lp released this week on Joyful Noise Records and it is.... pretty damn good. If you heard the single "I Will" a couple of months ago you'll know what to expect but I must confess I for one was a bit shocked that I got through the first lp from Sebadoh in fourteen years without getting bored. I doesn't sound like they have been away at all. If you liked them back in the 90's this is a record for you.
As you may detect from the picture above "Defend Yourself" is available in a whole bee hive of formats, none better than the limited edition red vinyl with bonus 7" which is limited to 2550 copies but there is of course black vinyl (with mp3), digital CD and cassette all of which can be found here.

7. Minor Alps - I Don't Know What To Do With My Hands (Barsuk)
This is a track from the new Minor Alps lp "Get There" which will be released on Barsuk Records on 29th October.
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8. The Chambermaids - I Wonder Why (Old Blackberry Way/Guilt Ridden Pop)
Loving this lp at the moment. It's the new long player from The Chambermaids entitled "Whatever Happened Tomorrow" will be released next week on Guilt Ridden Pop. Vinyl versions can be ordered from their Bandcamp page as is the usual operation these days.

9. The Heartthrobs - I Wonder Why (One Little Indian)
A completely unrelated "I Wonder Why" was released back in 1990 by The Heartthrobs who I don't mind admitting having a bit of a soft spot for at the time. This track was released as a single in the run-up to the release of their debut album "Cleopatra Grip" which in my opinion didn't get the attention it deserved. Good to hear this again.

10. Man With No Name - Way Out West (Spiral)
It's been years since I last heard this but I came across it once again last week while sorting through some piles of old records. Yes it sounds a bit, well a lot dated but I do like that early nineties techno sound. Time for a revival if you ask me. Some classic samples in evidence here as well. It was released back in 1990 on Spiral with a track called "Within The Mind Of My 909" on the b-side.
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11. The Moments - Short Trip (Self Released)
Very nice indeed. This is the title track from a new two track single which you can download free from their Bandcamp page. I can't tell you anything at all about the band as I know nowt. On their Bandcamp page it mentions Japan so I suppose they could be from there but they don't sound Japanese but then what does Japanese sound like?

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12. Body/Head - Actress (Matador)
If you thought you had seen the back of Kim Gordon when Sonic Youth broke up a while back you were wrong. Body/Head consists of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace and they have produced a very noisy record entitled "Coming Apart". It certainly won't disappoint the Sonic Youth fans and has certainly put a smile on my face. It's one of those lp's where you have to listen to the whole thing in one sitting because you just don't know what's coming next, unlike watching York City at the moment where you have a very good idea what's about to happen.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Twin Library - They Were Marked As Targets

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sun Glitters

Scattered Into Light is the Mush debut from the Luxembourg based electronic act, Sun Glitters. The eleven-track album remains true to the glitchy r&b and deep tech-house sound that has blasted Sun Glitters into the consciousness of electronic music fans over the last two years. Stuttering beats and wobbling synths are soft-focused through a sun-bleached lens in a way that will appeal to synth-pop, ambient, and dustup fans in equal measure. Scattered Into Light is the first Sun Glitters release to completely integrate a vocalist, as Italian ingenue Sara Cappai lends her talents to over half the tracks. The result is awash with star-gazing melodies, bubbly bass, and textured beats that give equal nod to house and hip-hop. Scattered Into Light is an wonderful release and makes a compelling case for Sun Glitters as an artist on the verge.


Alligator Indian - More Songs About Animals and TV

Thursday, September 19, 2013

White Poppy

Crystal Dorval’s psychic-wash world as White Poppy reaches fruition with her brand new debut LP (limited CD digipak edition available shortly), out NOW. Stream it for a limited time as well:

Further: she’s setting off next week on a special West Coast tour, hitting up an array of coastal spots both small and large, dates are thus:
9.06 – Vancouver, BC @ Railway Club : Tour Kick Off
9.13 – Seattle, WA @ Cairo
9.14 – Portland, OR @ Pals w/Talkative
9.15 – Springfield, OR @ Twin River
9.16 – Arcata, CA @ Mex ‘N’ Wow w/Tabloid
9.17 – Sacramento, CA @ Lowbrau: Le Twist Tuesday
9.18 – Oakland, CA @ Stranded Records
9.19 – Oakland, CA @ Life Changing Ministries w/High Wolf
9.20 – San Diego, CA @ The Void
9.21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Boy Manor w/Filthy Huns, Robedoor
9.22 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Crossroads
9.23 – Davis @ Third Space
9.25 – Eugene, OR @ The Wandering Goat
9.26 – Portland, OR @ Valentines

Dead China Doll

This is a new track from Sydney band Dead China Doll who will soon release their second LP. Their first from 2008 can be downloaded from their Bandcamp Page.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Illegal Wiretaps - Fragments Of Diaries Slipping Through My Fingers

Werewolf Sneakers

Monday, September 16, 2013

Seabirds - New 7"

Impressive debut single from a brand new five piece guitar pop band from Nottingham, England. Fresh off an appearance at this summer’s Indietracks Festival, Seabirds have delivered the perfect debut featuring superb melodies, multiple guitars, soaring male vocals, and great female harmonies. 

Real Tears 7"

Lead track ‘Real Tears’ is a catchy and absolutely irresistible song set in the North West of England.  A story about the first time you see somebody cry, the song starts with a carefully strummed guitar and male vocals but layers in rhythm guitars, female backing vocals, and dynamic percussion before reaching its dramatic conclusion. Flipside ‘Oh Buoy!’ turns up the guitars for a song about the excitement of a new relationship, and showcases some ace 60s jangle, more female harmonies, and a pretty excellent guitar solo.

The single recalls contemporary Scottish legends Belle and Sebastian if they grew up in a tougher part of town or the American band Voxtrot sifted through an English pop filter.  A very promising start for a young band and an excellent addition to the Matinée discography! 

Pressed on transparent blue vinyl in a limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Bats Pajamas - Just Ripe

Steffaloo - Eyes For You (Brothertiger Remix)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Twenty Eight)

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1. Golden Blonde - Joan
This is a track from the Australian bands debut album "Gwen" which was released last week.

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2. Pacific UV - Summer Girls (Self Released)
New single from Pacific UV.

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3. Bleaching Agent - Wakefield Polish (LDNwht)
What a brilliant track! In fact what a brilliant EP. I'm listening to this for the first time at almost 7.30 on a damp Saturday morning in York and what a way to start the day. I was just about to consider the option of frying two eggs for breakfast but after hearing the four tracks on here that option has gone. Not because of the music itself but more because Nix was still sleeping upstairs and didn't take too kindly to being awaken by a wonderful electronic noise. I wouldn't mind personally but she seems to have taken it personally and the
eggs which once could have been breakfast have become a sloppy mess on the floor. I don't know anything about the label LDNwht apart from it means London White and this is the first release. According to their facebook page LDN002 is not far away either but I'll make sure I've had my breakfast in future.


4. Hoax - No Spirit (Self Released)
Taken from the Massachusetts bands debut self-titled LP which you can pick up from their website.

5. Stuntcat - Calm Down Pink (Self Released)
This is the first track on the new Stuntcat "Dark Heart EP" which free to download from their website. Very nice indeed. I'll be keeping my eye on these.

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6. The Citradels - Sway (Self Released)
What a great track. It's taken from the new Citradels LP which you can download in full here.

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7. Azure Blue - Time Is On Our Side (Fika)
This fine track comes from the new Azure Blue album "Beyond The Dreams There's Infinite Doubt" which you can still get (if your very quick) on lovely maroon coloured vinyl. Definitely one of the best pop albums of the year so far. Talking of which it's about time we had a new lp from Sambassadeur to get excited about.

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8. Spökraket - Repetition Will Save Your Life (Raum Eins)
This track is taken from the new Spökraket LP "Darling Adharma" which was released this week on Raum Eins Records as a double CD-r or 90 minute cassette. I really struggled to pick a track for this Fodder as there are quite a few on here that you really need to hear "The Gospel According To George Epstein" in particular, but if I had used that track I wouldn't have been able to do this...

9. The Fall - Repetition (Step Forward)
Well, I couldn't pass up an opportunity like that now could I?

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10. Torpa - Something Rebel Dub (Self Released)
Yet another blinding release from Torpa. This, the seventeenth release contains six tracks of which this is the first. It celebrates under the title of "The Completists" and can be downloaded in full from Torpa's Bandcamp page along with the other sixteen releases if your that way inclined.

11. Destruction Unit - The Holy Ghost (Sacred Bones)
Taken from the LP "Deep Trip" which was released last month on Sacred Bones.

12. Big Hard Excellent Fish - And The Question Remains (One Little Indian)
This is the superb new single by Big Hard Excellent Fish. It will be released on One Little Indian on 23rd September.

The Al Gore Rhythm Method - Gold Blooded EP

Gold Blooded EP

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Active Listener Vol 12

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pixies - Los Angeles - 9th September 2013

A decent recording of the first night of Pixies world tour. A good performance but the audience don't sound too pleased by the lack of encores. Personally I would have liked to have heard a few more new songs but a version of The Fall's "Big New Prinz" almost makes up for that.

Big New Prinz
Head On
Something Against You
Brick Is Red
Crackity Jones
Wave of Mutilation
Broken Face
Isla de Encanta
Distance Equals Rate Times Time
What Goes Boom
Rock Music
I've Been Tired
 I'm Amazed
 Blue Eyed Hexe
No. 13 Baby
Gouge Away
 Another Toe
Planet of Sound

Grooms - I Think We're Alone Now

GROOMS "I Think We're Alone Now"

This is the new single from Brooklyn band Grooms from their new LP Infinity caller which is a bit of a treat.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cheatahs - New Single

Cheatahs - Cut The Grass / Kenworth single

Following a number of UK dates in September and October, Cheatahs are taking their blissed-out indie-rock on the road across Europe in support of their friends Metz (Sub Pop Records) for a run of shows this November.

The band recently announced the release of their next (double A-sided) single, 'Cut the Grass' / 'Kenworth' on seven-inch on the 14th October (the songs are available digitally now )

Defined by potently raw guitars, ambient noise and soaring melodies, the two songs see the band harness their powerful live shows and transcend their first few underground releases with a matured ease. A serious sign of the strength and depth of their debut full length which will be released worldwide by Wichita Recordings in early 2014.

Full listings for Cheatahs Autumn 2013:

14 Sep - Southsea Festival, Portsmouth 
26 Sep - 229, London w/ Frankie & The Heartstings and Johnny Foreigner  
17 Oct - SWN Festival, Cardiff 
18 Oct - Sebright Arms, London Wichita 13th Birthday Party 
19 Oct - Gathering Festival, Oxford 
1 Nov - Exit 07, Luxembourg w/ Metz 
2 Nov - Rotonde, Brussels w/ Metz 
4 Nov - Hafenklang, Hamburg w/ Metz 
6 Nov - Beta, Copenhagen w/ Metz 
7 Nov - Debaser Medis, Stockholm w/ Metz 
8 Nov - John Dee, Oslo w/ Metz 
9 Nov - Henriksberg, Gothenburg w/ Metz
11 Nov - Bi Nuu, Berlin w/ Metz 
12 Nov - Hydrozagadka, Warsaw w/ Metz 
13 Nov - Bezsennosc, Wroclaw w/ Metz 
14 Nov - 007 Club, Prague w/ Metz 
15 Nov - Cafe Cairo, Wurzburg w/ Metz 
16 Nov - Le Romandie Club, Lausanne w/ Metz 
17 Nov - Lo Fi Club, Milan w/ Metz 
19 Nov - Marche Gare, Lyon w/ Metz 
20 Nov - La Gaite Lyrique, Paris w/ Metz 
22 Nov - Deaf Institute, Manchester w/ Metz 
23 Nov - Broadcast, Glasgow w/ Metz 
25 Nov - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Metz 
26 Nov - Start The Bus, Bristol w/ Metz 
27 Nov - The Haunt, Brighton w/ Metz 
28 Nov - Village Underground, London w/ Metz

Four Tet - Primavera 2013

A wonderful set from Four Tet recorded at Primevera Sound in Oporto a few months ago.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Torpa - The Completists EP

Cars Can Be Blue - Indietracks 2013

Well what better way to celebrate the 1000th post on Burning World than with another fine set from this years Indietracks festival. This time it's the wonderful Cars Can Be Blue who have recently released a new LP called "Trace The Tension" which I really can't recommend highly enough.

The Citradels - Our Lords Secret Service

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Finnmark! - Indietracks 2013

Another great set from this years Indietracks festival at the Midland Railway Center came from Leeds band Finnmark! who have just released their new single Evertybody's Dying on February Records. Finnmark! will be playing Octernal which is an all day festival at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on 19th October with the likes of Veronica Falls, Bleached, Crash Of Rhino's, Poltergeist, Conan, Islet and loads more that would take too much typing. Certainly an event worthy of further investigation,