Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Thirty Eight)

1. Joanna Gruesome - Tugboat (Fortuna Pop)
A lovely cover of the Galaxie 500 song. It appears on the b-side of the Cardiff bands new single "Sugarcrush" which is taken from their debut album "Weird Sister".

2. Public Service Broadcasting -Elfstedentocht Part 1 (Live Recording)
Finally a new song from Public Service Broadcasting. I suppose we shouldn't be too greedy when they have after all delivered us one of the finest albums of the year in their impressive debut "Inform-Educate-Entertain", but that seems like ages ago now and it was for the sun was high in the summer sky and the swallows were swooping. Now it's cold and the sun is seen as regularly as an endangered species so naturally more music is required to stave off the boredom of winter. To be honest I love winter and can't wait for a bit of snow so that I can find a plaggy bag and a massive hill and attempt to impale myself on an unsuspecting tree. Anyway this is a new track from Public Service Broadcasting. It was recorded at their recent show in Edinburgh which you can download in it's entirety here.

Altkat - Tout n'est pas dit - Peur Bleue Records PBR03 - PREVIEW

3. Altcat - Casino (Peur Bleue)
Taken from the album "Tout n'est pas dit".

Minus One (Extended Edition) cover art

4. The KVB - Dominance/Submission (A Recordings)
This is a track from the new KVB release "MInus One". I say new, it was actually released about this time last year on Canadian label Sans Issue Editions but there were only a hundred copies and they were all on cassette so it's safe to say the vast majority of the population will not have had the opportunity to enjoy Minus One as yet.

19 Doctor Who Theme cover art

5. Torpa - Dr Who Theme (Self Released)
Pretty self explanatory really. Dr Who seems to be everywhere at the moment what with the 50th anniversary and all that. Well now he's on Burning World due to the generally magnificent Torpa doing a job on his theme. Very nice.

6. Inspiral Carpets - Give Me Less Time
One of the rarest things, a track by Inspiral Carpets I can't remember ever having heard before. It appeared on a cassette compilation back in 1989 called Plinky Plonky There's A Donkey..." which I imagine will be impossible to find these days. It also contains tracks by the likes of The Beloved, The McTells, St Christopher, This Poison and a cast of many other jangle merchants. Well worth a listen actually and perhaps I should post it in it's entirety on here.

7. Mark Pritchard - Jack (Warp)
This is a track from Mark Pritchard's new EP "Make A Livin'" which was recently issued on Warp Records.

Kitty cover art

8. The Kaleidoscopes - Kitty (Self Released)
This is one of two tracks on The Kaleidoscopes new digital single, both of which can be downloaded here.

Dutch Barn artwork by Estelle Morris

9. Dutch Barn - So Dead (Eardrums Pop)
Another free EP well worth checking out this week is a three track digital release from London band Dutch Barn which has been made available by the nice people at Eardrums Pop.

Three - Single cover art

10. Cloud Seedling - Three [Feat. Sara Syms] (Bleek)
New single from the Brooklyn artist.

11. Crystal Stilts - Sticks And Stones (Sacred Bones)
Taken from the album "Nature Noir" which I probably featured a track by some time ago.
You can catch the band at...

23-Nov - Green Door Store, Brighton
24-Nov - Liverpool Psychfest party, Liverpool
25-Nov - Mono, Glasgow
26-Nov - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 
27-Nov - The Exchange, Bristol
28-Nov - Cargo, London

DIS cover art

12. Miniatures - Anybody Silent (Self Released)
I'm loving this EP at the moment. It's a new release by the Melbourne band and surely their finest yet. Swirling guitars, heavenly vocals and tunes to die for. What more could you possibly want? Well here's the good news, you can download it completely free from here. Although I suspect the band would appreciate a small donation but that's up to you.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Soft As Snow But Warm Inside - Asymmetry

Monday, November 25, 2013

Miniatures - DIS

This is superb. Probably the best record I've heard all week!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dutch Barn - About Time EP (Eardrums Pop)

Dutch Barn artwork by Estelle Morris
This is the new EP from Dutch Barn generously made available through the brilliant Eardrums Pop label.
1. Steal Your Jokes
2. Heart In The Middle
3. So Dead
All songs written and performed by Dutch Barn except ‘So Dead’ written by Tearjerker. Recorded with Mark Jasper@Sound Savers, produced & mixed by Simon Willey@Mudlark Studios, mastered by Richard Bignell@Area18

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Kaleidoscopes - Summer Daze/Kitty

Pale Pools

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Fall - London, Clapham Grand, 15th November 2013

Another great recording from the gear of Mr Hanleyfender. Honestly the amount of service this guy gives to Fallkind deserves some kind of knighthood. This time he has captured The Fall's recent appearance at The Grand in Clapham, London and what a great sounding gig. The exciting things here are the new songs and in particular The Remainderer which sounds incredible and must be one of the most tuneful Fall tracks of recent time. It's the lead track from the new EP which should have been with us by now but Cherry Red for whatever reason have put it's release back until 9th December. Three tracks from the new EP were played in this set Amorator, Mister Rode and The Remainderer and all sound superb.

Hot Cake
Sir William Wray
The Remainderer
Theme From Sparta FC
Mister Rode
Cowboy George
off stage
What About Us?
15 Ways

Monday, November 18, 2013

Public Service Broadcasting - Edinburgh, 6th November 2013

I was hoping to see Public Service Broadcasting in Leeds last week but alas life got in the way. It does then ease the pain somewhat to come into possession of this fine recording of the recent Edinburgh show which as you will discover when you download the file is stunning. I don't actually know who recorded this as it was sent to me by a third party but whoever it may have been deserves a brewery full of free beer forever. Most of the tracks on here are versions of tracks from their debut album "Inform-Educate-Entertain" which improved our autumn and will undoubtedly find it's way into many peoples end of year lists. There are also a smattering of new tracks on here which hopefully means a new record is not too far away. This set was recorded at the Picture House in Edinburgh on 6th November. 

Public Announcement WMPCVD
Intro Fanfare
London Can Take It
Theme From PSB 
The Now Generation
New Dimensions In Sound 
Elfstedentocht Part 1
Night Mail (Version)
Signal 30
Elfstedentocht Part 2
If War Should Come
Lit Up (Version)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Thirty Seven)

Victory Lap / The Lowdown of a LOUD Sound - single cover art
1. Book Group - The Lowdown Of A LOUD Sound (Gerry Loves Records)
This fine noise is the b-side of the second single by Edinburgh band Book Group. Following their debut "Homeward Sound" EP earlier in the year. This is their first release for Edinburgh label Gerry Loves Records and will be available from 25th November on limited edition blue vinyl and download.

Tussle cover art
2. Day Ravis - Dasher (Popfrenzy)
What a fantastic sleeve. It houses the debut LP by Sydney band Day Ravis who I must confess to not having heard before despite the fact that they released an EP sometime last year which I'm going to have to find a copy of. The album is called "Tussle" and is available now through Popfrenzy.

The Long Way Home
3. The Magic Theatre - It Was Glorious (Elefant)
This is a track from the new Magic Theatre LP "The Long Way Home" which is released this week on Elefant Records of Madrid. As well as the very boring digital formats there is a limited edition blue vinyl version which I am led to believe are limited to five hundred copies and all individually numbered. This is the second LP by The Magic Theatre following their 2010 debut "London Town" which I really must listen to again soon. Perhaps this evening while soaking in the bath with a nice mug of coffee. That sounds like a plan. 

4. No Joy - Second Spine (Mexican Summer)
Taken from the Canadian band's new EP "Pastel And Pass Out".

5. Finnmark - Branno (February)
Superb new single from the Leeds band who are allegedly currently recording their debut album which can't come soon enough for me.

6. Blueboy - Clearer (Sarah)
This was the a-side of the debut Blueboy 7" from 1991. I might be wrong but I think it also featured on their first LP "If Wishes Were Horses" which if you haven't heard it is well worth a punt, assuming you can find one. The Sarah Records back catalogue seems to have been out of print for far too long. We have seemingly all the tedious bands from the 80's and 90's making comebacks so surely the time must be right to bring Sarah Records back to the attention of the world.

Magik Markers: Surrender to the Fantasy (DC482)

7. Magik Markers - American Sphinx Face (Drag City)
If I had such a thing as an album of the week it would be this one. It's the new record by Magik Markers whose records I have enjoyed in the past but not to this extent. The new album is called "Surrender To The Fantasy" and upon first listen it reminded me of what Sonic Youth should sound like. It will be released next week on Drag City in all the usual formats including a USB flash drive version which also contains extra mixes and extended versions which I would very much like to hear. The Drag City website describes it as "truly American music" but I would say it's more truly excellent music and wherever you live in the world you need a copy of this.

8. The Wolfhounds - Divide And Fall (Odd Box)
Second single of the year from the re-invigorated Wolfhounds. You can pick up a copy from the Odd Box Records website on blood red vinyl no less.

Gentle Tempest cover art

9. Terracotta Blue - Gentle Tempest (Self Released)
A new track from Gentle Tempest which will be the last new record this year. Apparently there will be a new EP early in 2014 so there's something to look forward to. That cover reminds me of My Bloody Valentine's "Glider EP".

51:21 cover art

10. Screen Vinyl Image - The Midnight Sun (Self Released)
I've been meaning to include this track for literally months but somehow it just never happens. It's taken from the latest Screen Vinyl Image album "52:21" which has been around for ages and has even sold out of it's cassette format. To my ears this track sounds a bit like you always hoped Loop would.

11. The Just Joans - Some Boys Are Bigger Than Others (WeePop)
Possibly the best band in Scotland at the moment (something which can change from moment to moment). This track is one of seven on their new mini album "6.9 Love Songs" which is sadly to be one of the final releases on WeePop Records. It comes as a 3" CD limited to 200 copies.

12. Whirling Hall Of Knives - Longclusion (Trensmat)
This is the last track on the new Whirling Hall Of Knives album "Devisions" which has already been around for a fair while. I finally managed to get a copy this week, on lovely coloured vinyl too! I believe there is another new EP from WHOK as they appear to like being called. It's called "Selectiv Compliance" and you can have a listen to that at the Trensmat Soundcloud page.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Thirty Six)

A particularly good Fodder this week even if I do say so myself. The Flowers EP from which the first track is taken is particularly outstanding and the sooner I can get attached to a drip of new Flowers material the better. Check out the Odd Box website for more details on how to furnish yourself with some Flowers.

Oh and if you are in need of a more "classic" Fodder have a listen to the first volume of a compilation entitled "Wormtones" which can be downloaded here. And while you're about it their is a pretty smart My Bloody Valentine gig to be downloaded here. I'm too good to you...

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Saturday 26th October 2013: Singles Clubs - latest update
1. Flowers - Hide And Seek (Odd Box)
How good is this. Flowers are rapidly becoming my favourite band of the year, well the month anyway. This track comes from their recent7"  release on the Odd Box Records singles club which also includes 7" singles from the likes of Cars Can Be Blue, Gum, Fever Dream and Martha, all of which are superb. You can find more details on the singles club here. There will be another batch of singles released early next year which will include such talents as Bloomer, Sock Puppets, King Of Cats, Dog Legs and City Yelps.

Lucid Living cover art

2.The Almighty Rhombus - Butaine Brain (Self Released)
Taken from the surprisingly brilliant LP "Lucid Living" which can be purchased from here.

3. Four Tet - Kool FM [Container Remix] (Text)

FrontCover crop

4. The Wedding Present - Crawl (Scopitones)
The Wedding Present have just released the sixth in their "Live" series of albums. Each one represents a year in The Weddos lush history of excellence and this one is 1992. You get two shows, the first recorded at Den Haarg Paard in The Netherlands and the second at London's fine Brixton Academy. The album can be ordered as ever through the Scopitones website.

Unsafe & Sound cover art

5. Englishman - More Than Insects
This is a track from the "Unsafe And Sound" 7" EP which will be released on 19th November.

I-W + A + S (Box Cutter E.P.) cover art

6. The Illegal Wiretaps - Messenger Minus Message (Self Released)
From the six track E.P. "I-W+A+S (Box Cutter)" which you can download free here. Possibly their best work yet. The third track "Box Cutter" is a bit of a peach as well.

7. Upset - Queen Frosteen (Don Giovanni)
This is a blinder. It's the first LP from all girl trio Upset which comprises of various elements of  Best Coast, Vivian Girls and Hole. All of those previous incarnations are evident but without doubt Upset (which for some strange reason I want to keep spelling Upsett) have honed their very own noisy, melodic and abrasive sound. The fact of the matter is that "She's Gone" contains twelve of the best pop songs you'll hear this year. Do you really need to know any more. Hopefully they will at some point hop across the Atlantic to play some shows in Britain because I would bet serious money (if I had any) that they sound even better live.

The Faithful & Conscientious (Demo) cover art

8. Every Good Tree - The Faithful And Conscientious (Demo)
How nice is this. I have no information at all so I'll give you none beyond the possibility that Every Good Tree hail from California then again they might not. Regardless I'm sure you'll agree they make a terrific noise.

EP cover art

9. The Rainy Afternoons - Song For A Friend (Self Released)
I think this is the first E.P. by Dallas band The Rainy Afternoons. It's available for free download here.

10. EON - Spice (Vinyl Solution)
Simply a classic.

11. Like Like The The The Death - Cropsies (Latest Flame)
I think I listened to this LP a couple of weeks ago but must have been in a bad mood at the time as it seems to have improved itself. It's the new record from the irritatingly named Like Like The The The Death who come from Milwaukee. It's called "Cave Jenny" and is available now digitally although I think you have to wait until next week for the physical versions. Great noise.

Rattlesnake Live cover art

12. She Makes War - Disarm (Self Released)
This is a track from the seven track live LP "Rattlesnake Live" which was recorded in London in August.

Friday, November 08, 2013

The Rainy Afternoons

This may well be the first EP from Dallas band The Rainy Afternoons. Whatever it's well worth a listen. I wouldn't have thought they got too many rainy afternoons in Dallas unlike here in the north of England where sunshine is often a rare commodity.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Thirty Five)

1. Mickey Gloss - Are You Happy (H Badger)
This is the first track on the impressive debut LP from Mickey Gloss. It's called "Astral Projections For The Kinetically Deranged" and will be released on 18th November.
"Mickey Gloss is releasing his debut album, 'Astral Projections For The Kinetically Deranged', on 18th November through H Badger Records, on vinyl and digital download.
Leaving the east coast of Australia for London, amidst the chaos and disorder of the riots in summer 2011, he crafted a sound that projects the anarchy and energy he suddenly found himself in. Following on from the lead single 'Are You Happy', the debut album extrudes wry social commentary with garage psychedelia and continues to show the depths of his writing ability."
Upcoming Gigs

22nd November @ The Macbeth // Album Launch Party

8th December @ Stags Head,  Dalston //DC Life All Dayer

2. Absolutely Free - On The Beach (Lefse
This track is taken from a new 12" by Toronto band Absolutely Free which was released by Lefse Records last week. The record also includes a track called "Clothed Woman, Sitting" which is also well worth hearing.

3. Sinden and Astromar - Shoe Horn (BNR Trax)

Poeticat - Kind Words Soft Kill / Centre of the Concrete Square

4. Poeticat - Kind Words, Soft Kill
New single from Poeticat. Released just last week with a track attractively titled "Kill The Concrete Square" on the b-side. You can catch them at The Windmill in Brixton, London if you so wish on 28th December and 1st February next year. Both dates are Saturdays.

5. Merx - Distress (Permanent)
This track is one of nine on the new Merx LP which has been blessed with the wonderful title "20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea". It will be released on Permanent at some point in the future limited to just 300 copies.

6. Basic Cable - Where's Your Husband? (Permanent)
Another fine forthcoming release on Permanent Records of Chicago is an awesomely noisy LP by Basic Cable. It's called "I'm Good To Drive" and will also be limited to 300 vinyl copies with 200 on black vinyl and the remaining 100 copies are to be pressed on delightful sounding "beer vinyl" which will certainly need a home in my house.

7. Cardopusher - Control Your Body (BNR Trax)
Another superb release from the BNR Trax stable.

It All Glows EP cover art

8. Delta Will - While We're Here [It Won't Last] (Self Released)
This is one of four tracks on Delta Will's second release "It All Glows" which was released last week.

The Leg - Oozing a Crepuscular Light

9. The Leg - 25 Hats (Songs By Toad)
Taken from The Leg's well titled new LP. "Oozing A Crepuscular Light" will be released through Songs By Toad on 11th November.

Black Hearted Brother

10. Black Hearted Brother - [I Don't Mean] To Wonder (Slumberland)
This record has given me a lot of pleasure this week. It's the new LP by Black Hearted Brother which features the combined talents of Neil Halstead, Mark Van Hoen and Nick Holton. It's called "The Stars Are Our Home" and is available through Slumberland Records. There is a white vinyl edition which apparently is almost sold out.

Ugly cover art

11. Vienna Ditto - Ugly (Self Released)


12. Songs For Walter - Locked Inside [Golden Glow Cover] (Bleeding Gold)
"Songs For Bleeding Gold" is a ten track compilation LP which you can download for a price of your choosing here. Hopefully it won't be the last release on the label. Here's what the press release says...

"10 Bleeding Gold cover songs by other Bleeding Gold artists!!

Bleeding Gold will be slowing down for the remainder of the year. We are taking a break to reassess the current musical landscape, pay off some serious business debt and return to the fold at a later date with a new business plan that will be better for the artists, the label, and most importantly, the fans.

The download is FREE - but if there is anything you can give, know that the money will go into helping Bleeding Gold return like a Phoenix!"

Black Hearted Brother

Taken from the album "Stars Are Our Home."
Out now on Slumberland Records (US) and Sonic Cathedral (UK)

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"It was Alfred Bester, if I recall correctly, who called 'the stars my destination', in his brilliant novel of the same name from 1956. Long considered a libertarian science fiction classic, it's also notable for featuring one of the very first accounts of synaesthesia in English-language fiction. This might be drawing a particularly long bow, but the title of Black Hearted Brother's debut, "Stars Are Our Home", immediately brought Bester's book to mind – and there's definitely something of the synaesthesic experience about this album, overflowing with enraptured, glowing textures, flaring white light like magnesium, in consort with brilliant red-blue waves of psychedelia.
Of course, the first thing that might crane your head towards "Stars Are Our Home" is the group's membership: Neil Halstead, the éminence grise behind Slowdive and Mojave 3; Mark Van Hoen, an original member of Seefeel, subsequently working solo and as Locust; and Nick Holton, the main mover behind Holton's Opulent Oog, and member of Coley Park, who have released albums on Halstead's Shady Lane label. They had previously converged on Halstead's 2001 solo album, "Sleeping On Roads," though Van Hoen also co-produced Mojave 3's "Out Of Tune" (1998), "Excuses For Travelers" (2000) and "Spoon & Rafter" (2003), while Holton took up production duties for Halstead's "Palindrome Hunches" (2012). Van Hoen and Halstead go back much further still, to 1992, when they were in Seefeel and Slowdive respectively: 'Mark taught Neil much that was electronic and ambient music.'
You could hear that education bearing fruit with Slowdive's late-period masterpiece, 1995's "Pygmalion." In some ways, "Stars Are Our Home" echoes that album's experimental process, if not the outcome, as Black Hearted Brother are a very different, distinctive beast, often indulging in what Halstead, self-deprecatingly, describes as 'a lot of very long and indulgent space rawk.' And indeed, that space-rock drive is writ loud and clear on the album's opening title track, an instrumental bliss-out that navigates through ocean-tides of FX-drenched guitar. But there's a lot more to it: 'The idea was to just make a record that was in some ways "unedited",' Halstead continues. 'To not worry about a particular sound or style, but to just go with the flow. We all make quite focused records individually so, as Mark says, it's our "guilty pleasures" album.' That seems about right, except with "Stars Are Our Home," the outcome is no guilt, all pleasure.
'Neil and Nick had, I think, started a few months before they asked me to join the party,' Van Hoen recalls. 'I think they had a few songs on the go, and needed an extra hand to add a few funny noises and generally add to the chaos – or maybe bring some order to the chaos.' Van Hoen has picked up on the dialectical nature of "Stars Are Our Home" here, its "order" and its "chaos": it's a rich, compelling album full of unexpected twists and turns, at times overloading the sensorium with so much material you're drenched in noise, but it'll just as quickly flip back on itself and drift through a glazed-eye, agrarian moment of acoustic melancholy (see the start of "Time In The Machine", which, as if to prove my point, takes less than a minute to build into a clangorous, droning monster).
So, there's a whole lot going on in these grooves, and plenty of it's unexpected, or from unexpected sources. The trio plays fast and loose with what listeners might consider their pre-ordained 'roles'. 'Primarily the songs themselves were started either by Nick or Neil individually,' Van Hoen explains, 'but then edited, developed and generally messed around with and rendered almost unlistenable by either myself or the others. The roles were not always clear cut. Sometimes Nick would be playing keyboards and synths, and myself guitars.' Lyrics on the record feel like another texture, another layer: sometimes they're invocatory chants, sometimes Halstead's and Holton's voices are ghosted by electronic manipulation, as on "Oh Crust". Often there's more going on than at first glance, and an index of the album's lyrical concerns runs to 'romance, sci-fi, places to go on holiday, real UFO abduction, the duality in the meaning of words, lament for the loss of psychedelic freedoms by the masses…'
"Stars Are Our Home" is brave and beautiful, mysterious and resonant. Its experimental edges never forget the importance of the pop moment; the best way to bring people around to your way of hearing is to seduce their ears, and there's seduction plenty here, pure pop like "Take Heart", the Other Green World of "I'm Back", the closing driftwork that is "Look Out Here They Come". A real head-wrecker of an album. And what does the future hold? The trio speaks as one: 'Black Hearted Brother will grow and mature into something very sophisticated in the coming years. A kind of comedic-space-rock-dancehall outfit to define a zeitgeist for the 22nd century, if you like.' Ha, yeah – amen, brothers!"