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.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Forty Six)

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1. Girl Band - The Cha Cha Cha (Self Released)
Brief to the point of...well short, this is the new single from Girl Band or at least it was last month when it was issued in conjunction with Record Store Day as a limited edition flexi disc which has now sold out but as usual I've only just caught up with it. There's a so called remix on the b-side which is pretty fine and may find itself included in a future Fodder. I say so called remix because it bears no relation to the original track and would struggle to be more different. Check it out at their Bandcamp Page.

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2. Sink Tapes - Vegas Hotel Yoga Spa (Mint 400 Records)
Taken from the North Jersey band's new album Touchdown Buffalo which is available now on digital download or rather sexy cassette.

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3. Policenaut - Truth Tables (Self Released)
This is a track from the new Policenaut album Euchre which can be downloaded from their Bandcamp page.

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4. The Invention Of Dystopia - The Isolator [Feat Carmen Thompson] (Bear With Me)
"The Invention of Dystopia are made up of Newcastle Upon Tyne based acts, Fearbox and Dressed In Wires. They release their debut EP on Monday July 28th on Bandcamp.They decided to collaborate on a track over email and the work built up over a matter of weeks in early 2014. When they decided to work on a track, there was a blank canvas and the tracks built over various version, mixes and changes in mood and tone. It was an experiment in challenging each other to build upon initial ideas and making exciting music and work outside their comfort zones. The pair both work in electronica and noise genres in their own music.
The title track is based on samples of self help tapes and spoken word Vox written by the duo and performed by Teeside based Spoken word artist, Carmen Thompson. After planning on working on one track, the EP evolved over  time with remixes and reworkings plus new original tracks. The resulting tracks were a pure experiment as they melded post rock, electronica and techno music. If pushed for a genre they would describe themselves as ‘Post Dance’ (Not a real genre!)."

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5. WHOOP-Szo - CSG
Taken from the album Niizhwaaswo which was released a couple of weeks ago on download or very attractive one sided vinyl. Have a look here.

 6. Tunnelvision - I'm Dreaming [Original Mix] (Emerald And Doreen)
This is a track from the debut album by Begium's Tunnelvision. It's called Sky Swallower and will be released very soon on Emerald And Doreen Records.

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7. Stiu Nu Stiu - No You Are Not Special (Edils Recordings)
This track comes from the new album by Swedish band Stiu Nu Stiu which includes various elements of Jennyferever. It's called Ultra Silvam and was released digitally on 9th June. There will apparently be a physical release sometime in August. Excellent stuff. 

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8. Slowness - Illumunate (Blue Aurora)
Taken from the second Slowness album How To Keep From From Falling Off A Mountain which was released last week.

9. The Fall - Facebook Troll (Live Recording)
Hopefully a track which will appear on the new record which I'm told is under construction as we speak. This version was recorded at The Fall's recent show at Manchester Cathedral where they also played a couple more new tracks which could well find their way into Fodders over the next few weeks. You can download the full gig here.

Image of Merchandise / Destruction Unit / Milk Music "USA '13" LP

10. Merchandise - Figured Out (540 Records)
This is one of two Merchandise tracks on a twelve inch which Merchandise share with Destruction Unit and Milk Music. I'm pretty sure that you won't be able to find a copy of this for either love or money now so if I remember I'll post the whole thing later in the week.

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11. The Rainy Afternoons - English Summer (Self Released)
One of the most played albums in my house this week is the debut full length by The Rainy Afternoons which  is called Bright Star and can be purchased here.

12. The Wake - English Rain (Sarah)
...and why not? Taken from the album Make It Loud which was released in 1990 on the legendary Sarah Records.

Sunday, June 08, 2014


The latest release in Everythingischemical's virtual seven inch series is a new release by FE∀RS containing three new tracks. I'm not really sure why I said new tracks as they are the first tracks I have heard by the ensemble/artist and in time honoured fashion I know absolutely nothing about them barring the fact that it's hard to make my computer do the upside down A thing.
The first track Sirens starts so quietly that you look down at your player to see if it has actually started but it soon bursts into life with a lovely baseline and haunting vocals melting seamlessly into the second track Control.
I really do like the idea of virtual seven inches Although there can be no real replacement for a slab of plastic there's only so much you can do with digital format's which let's face it are here to stay. I remember reading the NME back in what must have been something resembling 1993 and a certain Alan McGee predicting that before long all music would be bought as files from the internet. He was certainly spot on with that one which makes me think I should try and find out who he thinks will win the World Cup and bet heavily.
 FE∀RS is the seventy first release in the digital series and can be downloaded free here.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Pod Fodder (Volume Two Hundred And Forty Five)

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1. Billy Moon - King Of The Sun (Self Released)
This is one of five tracks on a new release from Billy Moon. It's called Young Adult and can be purchased on cassette or download from Bandcamp. Personally I think you should consider the cassette even if you don't own the antiquated machinery necessary to play it because you get a download with every purchase so you would get to own a very beautiful item that you can stare at for hours. Perhaps I'm just a bit weird like that although I have recently invested in a new cassette machine as people keep sending me the things.

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2. Iowa - Back To You (TYM Records)
I've been meaning to get this track into a Fodder for the last few weeks. It's from a seven inch single which I'm told has now sold out which also includes a band called Sounds Like Sunset.

Inhalants-Ep / Lies

3. Inhalants - There Are Cops Around (Long Island Electrical Systems)
One of three tracks on a new EP by Inhalants. I can't tell you anything more about it really as I bought it on a whim mainly because the label Long Island Electrical Systems claim to be "committed to sonic destruction" which means it has to sound good, and it does.

Dazed cover art

4. Daydreaming - Sonic Youth Is In My Cooler (Self Released)
What a great title! Naturally the urge to follow this some classic Sonic Youth was almost overwhelming but showing almost superhuman restraint I manage not to. This is but one track on a brilliant EP by Daydreaming which you can, and really must download from their Bandcamp page. Superb stuff!

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5. Glassbooks - Acrobatics (Self Released)
This is another release I'm a bit late on. It's a four track EP by Edinburgh band Glassbooks. You can download the whole thing from their Bandcamp page. I do particularly like the vocal on this one.


6. Greenland Sea - Who Needs The Bureau De Change (Eardrums Pop)
This is a track from Volume One of the Eardrums Pop compilation album Between Two Waves-The Second Wave. There are going to be three volumes released over the next few weeks each consisting of tracks by bands made up of other bands. What I mean to say is each band on the album is a collaboration, Greenland Sea for example are better known as The Swapsies and Jam On Bread. I'm sure you get the idea. Anyway what you need to do to get the full thing is pop over to the Eardrums Pop website and download Part A completely free. Part B will be released next week and for me it can't come soon enough.

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7. The Feelbad Hit Of The Winter - Mind The Monsters (Russian Winter)
This is one of six tracks on the Kansas band's brilliant new self-titled EP which is available on CD or download through Russian Winter Records.

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8. Dick Diver - New Name Blues (Fruits And Flowers)
Apparently there was a Dick Diver LP last year called Calendar Days and I don't have a copy. That is going to weigh heavy on my mind until the situation is rectified. This track however is new and belongs on a seven inch single which will be released on 29th June through Fruits And Flowers. I have a feeling this record might sell out so if you want one I would recommend pre-ordering.

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9. Let's Say We Did - Won't You Please [Tell Me Something] (Nensa/Edils)
One of four tracks on the latest EP by Let's Say We Did which should be appearing as a seven inch single in the very near future.

10. Sontag Shogun - Orbital Insertion (Luau Records)
This is probably my favourite LP of the week. It's by Sontag Shogun who apparently reside in New York. The record is called Tale and is certainly one of the best recordings I've heard this year!

11. The Austerity Program - Song 30 (Controlled Burn)
Taken from the lp Beyond Calculation on which all of the song titles are merely track numbers with this track being track two on the album. There's nothing like being confusing. The important thing though is that it sounds fantastic and will be released on Controlled Burn Records on 17th June.

J. Chance - Tell the Dark a Secret

12. J. Chance - Go (Obscure Me)
"J. Chance is a freak-folk and psych rock singer/songwriter with the uncanny ability to call together the visceral and the psychical muses into one unearthly choir. Press play and one is instantly stirred up by catchy pop hooks, psychedelic guitars, and acoustic rambling of disjointed folk mind dump. The group's distinctive style is characterized by subtle time signature changes and sonically open experimentation set to surrealist lyrics.
But the discerning listener soon finds that the pop elements mingle with a mysterious and protean ethic involving strategic elements of surprise, dissonance and harmonization. In the spirit of influences like the Beach Boys, 13th Floor Elevators, John Cale, and Neil Young, Chance is concerned with leaving the listeners in a different place from where they start."