Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Orchids - Beatitude#9

The Orchids are back with their first new lp since 2010's "The Lost Star". It was released last month on Spanish label Aquarela and is well worth tracking down.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Big Hush - Wholes E.P.

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This is the latest release from D.D's Big Hush. It's available as a download from their Bandcamp Page or if your a really sophisticated you can purchase the cassette here.

Looks quite sexy don't you think??


YR POETRY - No Tribes

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This is nice and noisy. It's a seven track CD which you can't buy anymore because it's sold out which is great for Yr Poetry and bad for all the incomplete record collections around the world which will now have to stay devoid of a copy of the latest Yr Poetry release No Tribes.
Yr Poetry has something to do with Yr Friends which has something to do with Johnny Foreigner but doesn't really sound like Johnny Foreigner, maybe a bit more like Johnny Foreigner on the beer or after some decent drugs. The song titles are right up my particular alley as well, I mean how can a song called "I Caught A Fly With Chopsticks, Once" possibly disappoint? 


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Whirr/Nothing - Split EP

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I was in a bit of a grumpy mood before I heard this. It's a new 12" on Run For Cover records featuring two of the finest noise generators around. It begins with two brand new tracks from Whirr who's last lp was a very slightly disappointing after the unhinged beauty of their debut Pipe Dreams back in 2012. There are no such problems here however as both "Ease" and "Lean" find the distortion merchants on top form.
Nothing provide two new tracks in the form of "Chloroform" and "July The Fourth" both of which brought about a strange tingling sensation in my nether regions. In short this is a record you need to own and love.
You can order the record in a whole range of sexy coloured vinyl from Run For Cover.


The Popguns - Pop Fiction

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The Popguns will release their long awaited new LP Pop Fiction through Matinee Recordings on 2nd December. It's the band's first full length release since 1996 and they have certainly not lost the ability to write a top pop song as can be demonstrated by the three tracks on the sampler below.
City Lights and If You Ever Change Your Mind sound as fresh anything they've ever treated us with in the past.

"The first Popguns album since 1996, ‘Pop Fiction’ is a truly magnificent return. Epic album opener ‘City Lights’ begins with a chiming guitar intro that builds into dreamy vocals telling a tale of misplaced affections and the alluring lights of the big, bad city, accompanied by some especially dazzling melodies. Meanwhile, ‘If You Ever Change Your Mind’ is a classic three-minute power pop tune with a wicked hook and a little twist in the tail. The song was inspired in part by an episode of the Danish political drama ‘Borgen’ and is a stunning showcase for the incomparable vocals of Wendy Pickles.
The album continues with the immediate pop hit ‘Lovejunky’ which was released earlier this year as a limited red vinyl 7” single. It’s a glorious song with soaring vocals, driving guitars, an insanely catchy chorus, and marvelous harmonies. Next, a long acoustic intro for ‘Still Waiting For The Winter’ showcases dual female vocals before the rest of the ‘Guns arrive for a reflective journey through a vignette of Popgun nights out on the Brighton seafront. The song references the band’s second single and live favorite ‘Waiting For The Winter’ from 1989, giving long-time fans even more to smile about.
‘Alfa Romeo’ is a single contender inspired by the fascinating story of American trumpeter Chet Baker, and the mood of the song perfectly fits the romantic image of the unimaginably cool Baker in his Alfa Romeo on the boulevards of San Francisco, Paris and Rome.
Side two of the album opens with the slow burner ‘Out of Sight’ with its tom-tom intro providing the base for some ethereal feedback guitar and gorgeous layered vocals. It’s an altogether different side to The Popguns as they sink into the divine sound of a long distance love affair quietly beating on a rainy Wednesday night. This segues into the sparse backing track of ‘Not Your Night Tonight’, which lets Wendy’s voice be heard in its full beauty with lyrical shades of Lou Reed and Bob Dylan and some beautifully twinkling keyboards.
‘Leaning on the Backline’ is a proper up-tempo indie guitar track and a nostalgic look back to the late 80s and the people and places around the band at that time, while ‘Something Going On’ sits perfectly beside any track from that time period as a classic Popguns song with Wendy’s vocal delivery leaving no doubt that this is still someone not to be messed with! Finally, ‘I’ll See You Later’ is a celebratory sign off to the album with The Popguns getting as close to rock as they probably ever will with some solid guitar riffs.
Utterly accomplished and bursting with confidence, ‘Pop Fiction’ is that great pop record The Popguns always promised when they formed 25 years ago and an absolutely spectacular return for the band. Pop perfection indeed!"

The Popguns will celebrate the release of Pop Fiction at a launch party at The Borderline in London on November 22nd.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Miss Mobile Home - Phototaxis EP

Crashfaster - Superchroma

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Joanna Gruesome - Live At Indietracks 2014

A great set from the Cardiff band recorded at last month Indietracks festival which took place at the Midland Railway Centre.

Secret Surprise
Psykick Espionage
Wussy Void

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Fifty)

So the Fodder finally returns for it's 250th installment. You might have noticed the breaks in regular service over the last couple of months but everyone needs a break now and again. If you have sent music in via e-mail I will get round to it eventually and hopefully post it in these pages.
This weeks Fodder is possibly the best yet, although I usually think that but this weeks twelve records are particularly strong. Hope you find something to please your ears, enjoy.

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1. Playlounge - Fan Fiction (Self Released)
One of two tracks on a new digital single from the London band. You can download the whole thing here.

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2. Muuy Biien - Frigid (HHBTM)
Taken from the album D.Y.I. which I'm told stands for Do Yourself In which probably isn't great advise at the start of the football season. Maybe in the new year if things aren't going too well.

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3. The Popguns - Still Waiting For The Winter (Indietracks)
Brand new track from the Brighton band taken from the Indietracks compilation which contains no less than 56 tracks, most of which are very good indeed. There are plans for a new Popguns LP before we are very much older and on the strength of this track, and the new single Love Junky which will soon be released on Matinee Records I think it should be something to look forward to. By the way does anyone have a recording of their set from Indietracks. I'd really like to hear it. 

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4. Guerilla Toss - 367 Equalizer (Self Released)
One of four tracks on a fine cassette EP which is apparently limited to a mere 300 copies. This works best if played at incredibly loud volume. I've discovered it is also pretty good at both scaring cat's and annoying the wife!

5. Toy - Conductor [Tom Furse Extrapolation] (Heavenly)
This fine track appears on the b-side of the latest Toy 12" which was released on Heavenly about a month ago. It is available on mp3 of course but why would you want that when you can have a nice, sexy chunk of vinyl in your possession. You can order your copy here.

6. Joanna Gruesome - Anti-Parent Cowboy Killers (Odd Box)
This is the Joanna Gruesome track featured on a split single shared with Tyrannosaurus Dead. It's limited to just 300 7" singles and can be purchased from Odd Box Records.

7. Wray - Bad Heart (Communicating Vessels)
Taken from the fantastic debut album by Wray which was released a couple of weeks ago on the wonderfully named Communicating Vessels label who seem to have loads of records I haven't heard. I can sense a shopping spree coming on! The band are currently on tour with Man Or Astro-Man and dates can be found here. I bet they sound fantastic live.

Psychoacoustic Pop Music by Bulbs of Held

8. Bulbs Of Held - Your Teas You Dinner (Emerald And Doreen)
Taken from the Manchester duo's self titled EP recently issued through Emerald And Doreen.

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9. Sarrasine - Shame (Self Released)
Taken from what I presume to be the Argentinean outfit's debut ep. It's cunningly monikered  EP1 and can be downloaded for a price of your choosing from their Bandcamp page.

10. Leather Slave - Jessica Still Plays (Permanent)
What a great noise. The debut lp from Leather Slave will be released by Permanent Records on 2nd September. As far as I'm aware it's a vinyl only release although don't quote me on that, I don't have a fantastic record in the being right department. What is for sure though is that there will be a total of 300 copies of which 100 will be on what is described as "oxblood coloured vinyl" the rest will be good old black. And yes, that really is the sleeve!

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11. Detective Instinct - We'd All Love Wheels (Sick Room)
So this is what they get up to in Middlesborough! This is a track from the new Detective Instinct album Black Floral which was released last week on vinyl and CD which contains six bonus tracks.

Inspiral Carpets: CD/DVD Deluxe Edition

12. Inspiral Carpets - Human Shield (Cherry Red)
This is the closing track on the new Inspiral Carpets LP which is undoubtedly the best thin they have released to date! The self-titled album will be released through Cherry Red on 29th September and preceded by the new single Spitfire at the end of August. This is one record you really must get!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Chills - Indietracks 2014

A superb set by New Zealand band The Chills recorded last weekend at the Indietracks Festival at the Midland Railway Centre.

Night Of Chill Blue
House With a Hundred Rooms 
Part Past Part Fiction
Silver Bullets
The Male Monster From The Id
Aurora Corona 
Molten Gold
Wet Blanket
Warm Waveform
Pink Frost
Underwater Wasteland
Heavenly Pop Hit
I Love My Leather Jacket

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Tyrannosaurus Dead split single with Joanna Gruesome

Brighton scuzz-poppers Tyrannosaurus Dead are excited to announce a split single with Joanna Gruesome and to unveil their brand new, Rory Attwell-produced track 'Post Holiday Dead Song' taken from it.

The south coast five-some's charming new song is set to join Joanna Gruesome's 'Anti Parent Cowboy Killers' (taken from last year's excellent 'Weird Sister' Fortuna Pop album) on a split 7" - set for release through London DIY label Odd Box on 21 July.
The brand new track from the band (Billy Lowe - Guitar & Vocals, Eleanor Rudge - Vocals, Thomas Northam - Bass, Martin Edwards - Guitar, and Rupert Willows - Drums) hears them continue to hone their fuzzy indie pop sound - packed full of excellent guitar hooks and a charming chorus.

The split follows a handful of EPs and singles from an increasingly impressive band with an ever-growing back catalogue of fuzzy, scuzzy, catchy indie pop.

2014 looks set to be a big year for the band with new, big news forthcoming.

In the mean time, enjoy 'Post Holiday Dead Song' and hear the excellent 'Pure // Apart' EP on bandcamp:

Tyrannosaurus Dead / Joanna Gruesome split 7" tracklist:
1. Tyrannosaurus Dead - Post Holiday Dead Song
2. Joanna Gruesome - Anti Parent Cowboy Killers

Released 21 July on limited 7" (300 copies) vinyl through Odd Box Records.

Cosy Catastrophes - Way Last June

Cozy Catastrophes is the solo recording project of Greg Adams. Using guitars, bass, Casios, Moog, glockenspiel and drum machines, inspired by twee pop, Swedish pop, self-help books and Bobby Rydell’s sweaters, Cozy Catastrophes creates music for teen-age record hops, in-town driving, and lonely hours.

The Bloomington, Indiana resident released his debut album, AnInstructive Amusement, in August 2013 on his own Beehive Rebellion Records. The homemade, bedroom-pop recordings of the debut album were clever and slightly cute. The new Cozy Catastrophes EP, Way Last June, is a bit more electric, but the songwriting is still just as clever as the debut album.
There are two available options for this release: digital download and cassette. Digitally, the new EP is available as a “pay-what-you-like” download via the February Records bandcamp page. The physical option can be ordered directly through Cozy Catastrophes

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Forty Nine)

1. A Sunny Day In Glasgow - MTLOV [Minor Keys] (Lefse)
The first thing you notice about the new Sunny Day In Glasgow album is how many song titles have brackets in them, which is all good as there just aren't enough brackets in pop these days. More importantly though is the fact that A Sunny Day In Glasgow seem to have stumbled upon some world class form on their new album Sea When Absent which from my sofa sounds like the best recording they've produced to date. It's called Sea When Absent and if you're lucky enough to live in the U.S. or Japan or Australia it has been released this week but us Europeans must wait until 11th August.

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2. Flies On You - Can You Smell That Burning Noise? (Self Released)
A new track from the Leeds band. Hopefully this indicates a new LP is not too far away.

Siobhan Wilson - Dear God

3. Johnny Common - So And So (Song By Toad)
This is a track from the thirds Song By Toad Records split 12" which features tracks by Jonnie Common, David Thomas Broughton, Siobhan Wilson and Sparrow And The Workshop. It was recorded last year at the Insider Festival which occurs in the grounds of Inshriach House near Aviemore deep in the highlands of Scotland.
"This is the third in our series of Split 12" releases, and instead of being recorded in our living room at Toad Hall in Edinburgh as per usual, this one was recorded last year at the Insider Festival, near Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands.
Our music tastes overlap quite a lot and Gordon (one of the Insider organisers) and I decided to try and record a Split 12" in the main drawing room of the house during the festival, with bands chosen from those on the bill.
There are quite a few small festivals in the UK set in beautiful landscape, and Insider takes place on the grounds of Inshriach House - an absolutely stunning setting. Oddly enough, the room proved almost identical to our own room back in Edinburgh, and although we spent a lot of time in the room recording, we still managed time to sit out in the sun and drink beer in the beautiful Highland countryside.
The process was a little less smooth this time as an entire music festival was barrelling along around us as we worked, and the pressures of the chaos around us, as well as having to fit all the recording around the bands’ travel and stage timetables, meant that people were less relaxed than usual. This in turn led to rather more re-takes and songs cut than we’ve had before, making the post-production on this the trickiest of our Split 12”s thus far.
Nevertheless, everyone at Inshriach House was so enthusiastic about the idea of making a record, as well as so accommodating of our need for long periods of silence in the house even while they themselves were run off their feet, that we were incredibly touched by their enthusiasm for the whole thing.
And despite being a little trickier than usual, we have managed to produce yet another Split 12” of which I am incredibly proud."
You can pre-order the vinyl from the Song By Toad records website. It will be released on 14th July which just so happens to be my birthday.

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4. Elbee - Mute Hatch (Self Released)
Taken from the album Visions Of Vatrolls which you can download from his Bandcamp Page.


5. Champion Lover - Shooter (Unprofitable Records)
Taken from the Toronto band's brilliant new LP which can be ordered from their Bandcamp page. If you live in Toronto they would rather you collected it yourself as postage is not cheap! Great LP though.

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6. Miniatures - Once Live Wants (Everything Is Chemical)
Another great release in the Everything Is Chemical virtual 7" series. This time it comes from Miniatures who impressed us last year with their DIS EP which you can still download from their Bandcamp page. You can download both tracks from the single here.


7. Dressmaker - Glass
This is the title track from the London band's new EP which was released this week. Next month they will head off on tour with fellow Londoners Terminal Gods.

15th July - Powerlunches (London)
16th July - 13th Note (Glasgow)
17th July - Bannermans (Edinburgh)
18th July - Wharf Chambers (Leeds)
19th July - Giffard Arms (Wolverhampton)
25th July - Buffalo Bar (London).

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8. Torpa - Dead Letter Drop
This is Torpa's contribution to the latest Active Listener sampler. The Active Listener Vol 21 which you can download free here.

9. Jeen - NY Island (Self Released)
I've been paying this album pretty constantly for the last week or so. It's the debut solo album by Jeen O'Brian entitled "Tourist" it will be released on 8th July.

10. My Fictions - Concern (Topshelf)
This track is actually the odd one out from the rest on the new album Stranger Sounds which is for the most part quite a violent and noisy affair. If I remember I'll include another track in a Fodder over the next couple of weeks.

11. Origami Arktika - Háttalykill (Silber)
It's high time we had some strange Norwegian Folk music around these parts. This is taken from an album which has just been released by the always reliable Silber label by artist Origami Arktika who claims to produce "Experimental and drone renditions of traditional Norwegian folk songs". It's called Absolut Gehör which might mean absolutely belonging but could quite easily mean something else entierly.

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12. The Virgance - Drowning Maya (Self Released)
Taken from the album Lost Continent which you can download from their Bandcamp Page for a price of your choosing. Gorgeous noise!

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Virgance - Lost Continent

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Forty Eight)

1. The Would Be's - Beautiful Mess
It's taken over two decades but The Would Be's have finally delivered their debut album. Was it worth the wait? You'd better believe it. This is the title track.

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2. Nowon - Begin (Self Released)
Nowon is a collaboration of Sydney based producers Owen Redmond and Charlie Gradon. Together they've created a six track EP entitled That Was Then//A Preparation from which this track is taken. You can download the whole thing from their Bandcamp page for a price of your choosing.

Inner Circle ft. Mykal Rose & Bizerk - ALL ABOUT THE BALL

3. Inner Circle Ft. Mykal Rose and Bizerk - All About The Ball (Self Released)
Probably the best World Cup song I've heard so far. Apparently we are going to hear a lot more from this bunch in the not too distant future and I for one can't wait.


4. Strange Cages - Desert (Self Released)
Pretty much the first track issued by Brighton band Strange Cages. Certainly ones worth keeping tabs on I think.

5. Field Mouse - Everyone But You (Topshelf)
This fine track comes from the debut album from New York band Field Mouse. It's called Hold Still Life and will be released on 22nd July through Topshelf Records.

6. Prints Jackson - Sal Si Puedes (Self Released)
This, we are promised is the first in a monthly series of tracks by Prints Jackson. All the tracks will be available from the Prints Jackson website and it may develop into quite a catalogue as Prints has promised to release a song every month until he "departs planet earth". This will do nicely for starters although it does appear to be the fourth in the series. I'll have to check out the others over the weekend.

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7. Gleemer - Weekend Sisters (Gold Flake Tapes)
Taken from the album Holyland USA which can be downloaded in full from their Bandcamp page. What a great noise! It will be released on cassette by Gold Flake Tapes in the not too distant future.

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8. Jonathan Boulet - Hold It Down (Popfrenzy)
This is the new single by Jonathan Boulet. It will precede his new LP Gubba which will be released in his native Australia on 18th July and the rest of the world at some point in the future.

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9. Diners - Good Zone (Self Released)
Taken from the LP Always room which you can download here or if you prefer pre-order one of the soon to be unleashed vinyl or cassette versions.

10. The Fall - 2014 (Live Recording)
The third and final new track recorded at their recent show in Manchester Cathedral which can be downloaded in all it's glory here. Hopefully that new record won't be too far away.

11. Raiz - Vindicate (Droid)
Taken from the 12" Struggle which you should certainly get a copy of if you can find one.

Image of Towns - 'Get By' Debut Album / 12" Ltd to 100 *presale*

12. Towns - Gone Are The Days (Howling Owl)
I was hoping for great things from the Weston-Super-Mare four piece but sadly they have already split up despite releasing what may well be one of the best debut albums of the year in Get By. Oh well at least they leave something worth while behind them.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Forty Seven)

1. Cheatahs - The Swan (Wichita)
New single from Cheatah's taken from their impressive self-titled debut album which was released on Wichita Records a couple of months ago and should feature in most peoples end of year lists. The Swan will be released as a single on 21st July and will feature an exclusive b-side, the previously unreleased Big Wave which was recorded in the same sessions as the album. The London band have a fair few festival dates coming up through the summer.

22nd June - Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
3rd – 6th July - Vida Festival, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain 
26th July - Deer Shed Festival, North Yorkshire, UK 
9th August - Beacons Festival, Skipton, UK 
20th – 23rd August - Paredes de Coura Festival, Portugal

2. Sebring - Blue Youth (FMT)
This track is taken from a compilation called Curated Vol 1 which is designed to showcase the talents of people who are to release stuff on new label FMT Records. All of the ten tracks on here are pretty damn fine and I look forward to hearing a lot more from this label over the coming months. You can get yourself a copy of Curated Vol. 1 here.

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3. Yard Wars - Bad Comedians (Philophobia Music)
A track from the new three EP by Yard wars which can be downloaded from their Bandcamp page. It precedes the Wakefield band's debut album Death To Western Hi-Fi which will be released next month.

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4. John Dice - Same (Tree Machine Records)
First single from the album Call You On It which will be released on 26th June through Tree Machine Records.

5. The Fall - Pledge (Live Recording)
Another new track performed live in Manchester Cathedral a few weeks ago. Rumor has it that Pledge was written just before the band played that night. You can download the full show here.

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6. So Sexual - Santa Carla (Self Released)
Originally recorded at the back end of last year for the Merseyrail Soundstation podcast two tracks from So Sexual (Michael Johnson) have now been made available for free download here.

7. God Is My Co-Pilot - Home (Les Disques Du Soliel Et De L'Acier)
Taken from the 1992 album Speed Yr Trip.

Jag Gillar

8. Johanssen - Jag Gillar (Self Released)
Apparently Jag Gillar means "I Like" in Swedish and I certainly like this new tune by Johanssen. Hopefully it will be the first of many more.

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09. Stanley Brinks And Freschard - If You Have Time (Fika)
This is the opening track on the new lp by Stanley Brinks And Freschard which will be released at the end of August. It's an album of duets and celebrates under the title Pizza Expresso which fit's it just about perfectly.
It will arrive on grey vinyl in a hand made sleeve.

"Pizza Espresso is an album of love songs about drinking and drinking songs about love. Picture Emmylou and Gram relocated to Berlin with a guitar, a pennywhistle and a washboard and writing ten gorgeous duets to be sung on lazy summer evenings."

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10. Cloud Seedling - Kaleidocycle II (Bleek)
One of three tracks on the seventh Cloud Seedling single which has just been released on Bleek Records. You can download the whole thing here.

11. Sativa Flats - Internet (Moon Glyph)
This is a track from a cassette by Sativa Flats which has just been released by Moon Glyph. There are only 150 copies available and appear to cost $6 from the Moon Glyph website.

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12. As Amigas de Plástico - Não Tema o Reverb (TBTCI)
New release from the Brazilian band which can be downloaded in full from their Bandcamp page.