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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

20 September 2016

Not so many tracks today in order to fit in some long ones.

Mr Shiraz - Nobody Puts Swayze In The Corn
Local rockers with a new album coming soon. Also, Mikey had the good grace to let us put a gig on and tolerate me caterwauling, so we're quits yes mate?

Natterers - Make Room! Make Room!
Punk from Yorkshire, both North and West. Which appeals to me as somewhat of both these days and in favour of raucous guitar-laden shouty punk. They have a four-track EP called Demo '16 out which is done and dusted in about 6 minutes. No point outstaying a welcome eh?

Featured album: The Avalanches - Wildflower
Colours
Subways
The long-awaited second LP from the Avalanches was only 16 years in the gestation. Good job it was worth it.

Boz Boorer - Girl From Atlanta feat. Eddie Argos
Rockabilly veteran Boorer teams up with Art Brut frontman Argos for a splendid record. This is a couple of years old, but I've only just come across it for the first time, so I'm playing it.

Pixies - Tenement Song
Always love a new Pixies album and Head Carrier sounds the part from what I've heard so far, apart from the lead track Oom Chagga Lagga which is just daft. It's out on the 30th.

Lovely Eggs - Drug Braggin'
And it's also always nice to hear from these. Husband and wife from Lancaster.

Man And The Echo - Distance Runner
A band from the North-West with a single that came out last month. Sonic Lyric poetry they call it, and that sounds good to me.

Kim Gordon - Murdered Out
Ex-Sonic Youth, Gordon's gone solo and this is a hell of a way to announce it.

Church Of The Cosmic Skull - Black Slug
Psychedelia from Nottingham, off the album Is Satan Real which came out last week.

Featured album: The Avalanches - Wildflower
Frankie Sinatra
This was the first single from the album. Yes, I've played it before, no I'm not apologising.

Jay Daniel - Knowledge Of Selfie
Always love a good pun and you've two for one here. This is off Detroit producer Daniel's LP Broken Knowz which is out in November.

Preoccupations - Memory
These were formerly Viet Cong, a name that did cause some kerfuffle. Hence they are now Preoccupations and they have a self-titled LP out as of last week. Off it, here's an 11-minute slice.

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Not next week - live football instead as the table-topping Terriers are at home - but the week after.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

13 September 2016

Again? Go on then.

Mik Artistik's Ego Trip - Plastic Fox
The Poet Laureate of Leeds plus institutionalised supporting band with their new single, an homage to a piece of garden ornamentation.

Unqualified Nurse Band - My Boots Are Shakin'
From the LP Debasement Tapes which is out on Friday and forms part of Derby's resurgent scene.

Madonnatron - Sangue Neuf
Here's a curio. This appeared on Trashmouth Records' 2nd annual Record Store Day release back in April alongside the likes of Meatraffle and Fat White Family. Which isn't a bad start.

Featured album: Grandaddy -
Everything Beautiful Is Far Away
Go Progress Chrome
We go back to the autumn of 1997 for our featured LP this week, the debut from Californian band Grandaddy. Since this came out they split and reformed, but this remains their touchstone. Described by the Independent as a pleasing combination of Brian Wilson, Neil Young and The Pixies. Praise indeed.

Christian Fitness - Your Favourite Band Wants You Dead
A third teaser from the forthcoming album from Andy Falkous's side project. Which I'm rather looking forward to.

Ffug - Speedboat Dreaming
A highly-rated outfit from Cardiff, this is out as a single on Friday with a debut album to follow at the end of the month. Believe the hype.

Tibet - There Is A Place
Staying in Cardiff, here's the new single from Tibet. They're touring throughout October and November. Worth catching.

Ghost Wave - Blues Signal '79
These are a duo from New Zealand and while this track surfaced at the turn of last year, the album Radio Norfolk came out in August.

Haybaby - Rope/Joke
Another one that passed me by at the time, off the Brooklyn band's EP Blood Harvest which came out in the spring.

Tear - The Sprawl
As far as I can ascertain, it's Tear as in teardrop rather than Tear as in muscle tear. They're from London and this single is out on Friday with a mini-album to follow.

Featured album: Grandaddy
AM180
My favourite track off the album, it made it to the lofty heights of 88 in the UK charts, but was used subsequently on Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe and the 28 Days Later soundtrack.

Choke Chains - Safe Word
Another I'm only just catching up with. Michigan punk veteran Thomas J Potter is back with another set-up and their self-titled debut LP came out in January. Can't believe I missed it.

Kelly Lee Owens - CBM
Here's something special, of her EP Oleic which is out next month.

Tesla's Ghost - Carcano
New track from London MC Tesla's Ghost. Banger.

Noisia - Mantra
Dutch EDM off the new LP Outer Edges which is out on Friday.

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

6 September 2016

Look, it was a busy weekend so I'm not as well-prepped as normal.

Oshanti - Communal Concrete
Poetry for you to open with. I don't do enough spoken word on here and it is a passion of mine, so here you go. Truly superb stuff.

Swami Baracus - Baraxit
Still in London, a strongly worded message about a recent referendum you may recall.

Swells - Embun Siang
Indonesian next. And sounding remarkably like the Charlatans, which is rarely a bad thing.

Featured album: More Tales From The Liquid Library
Sweet Benfica - So Cool
Kill The Intellectuals - I Hope I've Changed
Liquid Library have put together 19 tracks from a variety of bands in a delicious compilation. There are some we know, like Sweet Benfica, and some we don't. But one thing in common is that it's all good stuff.

Christian Fitness - Bad Boys Die In The Bath
Another Christian Fitness album is coming from the mind of Andy Falkous and here's a taster.

Police Force - Freakin' Out The Squares
From Brisbane, this is off the album Formula 1.

The Wedding Present - Birdsnest
New off the new album Going, Going... Familiar Gedge territory.

Scarlet Rascal - Strange
Off a self-titled LP due out at the end of the month on Geoff Barrow's Invada label.

Happyness - SB's Truck
A standalone track from the London trio. New album in the offing.

Ed Harcourt - Furnaces
Off an album of the same name which is out now.

Featured album: More Tales From The Liquid Library
Candy Cult - Mirror Store
Another track from a quirky but instantly likeable compilation.

Francobollo - Kinky Lola
A Swedish band based out of London, a debut EP is on the way soon.

Spearmint - Man And The Moon
London indie veterans return with the new LP It's Time To Vanish, out on Friday.

Chaos Jigsaw - Love Spoons
Dylan Cartlidge from Stoke is Chaos Jigsaw and this is rather good.

Jay Simian and The Midnight Society - Something That I Can't Let Go
North Shields hip-hoppers with a track from their debut album.

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I'll be less chaotic next week.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

30 August 2016

That time again

Fat White Family - Breaking Into Aldi
Not that we endorse the policy, Lias of the band explains ""This song is a post apocalyptic vision of a barely united United Kingdom bereft of quality German supermarkets and their insipid low prices; 'Breaking Into Aldi' is the anthem that never was, a call to arms for the senselessness of our future futility, an overcrowded shadow begging for a rerun, a sell out by sell outs for sell outs."

Fews - 100 Goosebumps
Taken from their LP MEANS which is getting well-deserved excellent reviews.

The Wave Pictures - The Running Man
A new track from the forthcoming LP Bamboo Diner In The Rain which promises to be excellent as ever. These lads are prolific.

Featured album: I, Ludicrous - It's like Everything Else
Three English Football Grounds
Preposterous Tales
The most underrated band in history, perhaps by their own singular lack of pursuit of fame. It's Like Everything Else was their first album, released in 1987. Little has changed, musically speaking, since.

Salary - Mini Moke
From Fremantle in Australia, this single came out in June.

Post War Glamour Girls - Welfare By Prozac
This is out on a split single with Menace Beach as the two Leeds bands celebrate Jumbo Records' 45th anniversary.

Bernaccia - Power To The Hills
To Newcastle next for some classy rock. This is their debut single with an LP knocking about somewhere soon.

Maggie8 - Connected
Back to Leeds and this is off a split single with our friends Ceiling Demons which comes out on September 23.

Teleman - Tangerine
The latest single taken from their second album Brilliant Sanity.

Toy - Fast Silver
A new track, and a portent of the new album Clear Shot which is due in autumn.

Featured album: I, Ludicrous - It's like Everything Else
Fabulous
This is all you need to know about I, Ludicrous. Piercing social comment and small-town tales wrapped in a dry humour.

The Rifles - Wall Around Your Heart
Off the album Big Life.

Sweet Williams - Come Swimming
A cover of a record by Plummets. The album Please let Me Sleep On Your Tonight is out on September 23.

The Immediate - Pockets
To Mold in North Wales off the EP Shadows And Ghosts with a full album to follow.

Fews - 10 Things (TVAM remix)
Another track from Fews which has been breathed on by Wiganer Joe Oxley in his TVAM guise.

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Back in a week.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

23 August 2016

I'm back, just about healed. So let's do this.

La Forme - Young Olympian
Another one from the Franco-Welsh outfit which was released just prior to the games, which I enjoyed a lot. About as much as I'm enjoying La Forme's output.

Get Inuit - Teriyaki
Hooked after a couple of seconds with that fuzzy guitar. Another one from the Kent band who are touring throughout the late summer and into autumn. Catch them if you can.

Nat Lyon - Maple
Connecticut's number one DIY musical pioneer is back with a new album, Random Walk Theory. It's really good. You can get it off his bandcamp. I recommend that you do.

Featured album: Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Shadowplay
Day Of The Lords
Not much needs saying about this. Released in 1979, it was astonishing then and it is now. And that sleeve, oh that sleeve...

Red Eye - Moroccan Fruit
Remember that picture of people climbing a fence near a golf course as they attempted to escape Morocco and enter Spain via one of their African enclaves? Red Eye's Trevor Perfect clearly does and the similarities to Nina Simone's Strange Fruit clearly struck a chord.

Honey Bucket - Downtown
Feel like I'm playing these a lot at the moment. And why not? Richman-esque fuzzy lo-fi from Portland, Oregon. Gorgeous. The LP Magical World is out now.

The Big Moon - Silent Movie Susie
I have apparently played these before, but I don't recall. Must be because they're good. This is out September 25.

Luxury Death - Radiator Face
Nai Harvest are no more. Booo. But half of them are in this new project now based in Manchester and this is their debut single.

Bauer - Made The Change
Staying in Manchester for some electro-pop. This is off Impossible Is Nothing which is out now. This is actually really good and should do well commercially.

Kobadelta - Bathsheba
Don't know exactly how to describe this. Kind of psych-rock, I guess, but that hardly feels adequate. They're from Newcastle and have an EP coming out in October called The Metaphysical.

Featured album: Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Disorder
No point telling you stuff about this; you already know. Just that if you're in the business of writing lyrics, don't listen too closely or too often or you'll never pick up a pen again.

De La Soul - Drawn feat Little Dragon
Quite the oddity from the hip-hop veterans, but not in a bad way. Off their crowdfunded LP The Anonymous Nobody which is out next week.

Swet Shop Boys - Tiger Hologram
Another from the trans-Atlantic and Indo-Pakistan duo Heems and Riz MC from their forthcoming LP Cashmere. October 15. Mark it in your diaries.

Deadbeat - And We Woke With The Fire
RW Martin from Toledo, Ohio, is Deadbeat and he has an atmospheric, moody, cinematic LP out now called Where The Sun Meets The Land. It's well worth your time. This is lovely.

I, Ludicrous - We Will Fall
A new video goes with this reworked version of their 1989 record which appeared on the LP A Warning To The Curious. It's relevant again and is still good. And I, Ludicrous are still one of the most under-rated bands this country has ever produced.

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Embedding doesn't seem to be working, so go find the Nat Lyon track here.

More next time.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

9 August 2016

Just over two weeks ago, I was doing this. During that, I fell off that stage and broke a couple of ribs. It hurts. I can't drive, so I've not made it into the studio. By the time I get back up there, the selection I made for the 9th of August will be well out of date. So consider this an online exclusive.

Dada Baba - Chinese Fried Rice
Let's start in Hong Kong. This came out a week ago on Metal Postcard which is your one-stop shop for things Pacific rim.

Cowtown - Tweak
DIY stuff from Leeds. the album Paranormal Romance is out a week on Friday, it's production delayed due to the flooding in Leeds last winter and the damage to MJ's studio (MJ of Hookworms that is).

Angel Olsen - Shut Up Kiss Me
From St Louis and bound to do well commercially, this is off My Woman which is out in September.

Featured album: Air - Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Seven Stars
Sonic Armada
Air's seventh studio LP was a new soundtrack for the 1902 Georges Méliès film, Le Voyage Dans La Lune. It coincided with a new colourised cut of the film.

Papernut Cambridge - I Believe In Love
The LP Nutlets 1967-80 sees Papernut Cambridge revisit old pop hits that they listened to as youths. This is an old Hot Chocolate record, for instance.

Super Besse - Dym
Our favourite Minsk band by far, this is the B-side to their last single Nasilie.

A Hundred Million - Master Of The Ship You Painted
A Cardiff duo who put this out as a digital single last week.

Cabbage - Kevin
Manchester now and a five-piece who put out the album Le Chou in January.

The Wedding Present - Rachel
More new stuff from Gedge et al as we count down to a new LP.

Scatter Factory - PowWow
Oxford's Will Foster is Scatter Factory and this is off the self-titled debut LP which came out in June.

Featured album: Air - Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Astronomic Club
The opening track from the 2012 concept album.

The KVB - In Deep
Kat Day and Nick Wood are The KVB. This is off the album Of Desire which came out in March and is dead good.

65daysofstatic - Supermoon
Sheffield now and a track from No Man's Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe, the soundtrack to the video game No Man's Sky.

Swet Shop Boys - T5
Riz Ahmed teams up with American rapper Heems on this project which will see the LP Cashmere released in October.

Shift Work - Contact High
Off Notes To Self 1 which came out last month and is crammed with bangers.

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and that'll have to do you for a while.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

2 August 2016

Hope you all had a good Yorkshire Day. Loads of good stuff today, so let's get to it.

Club Soda - Breathe Relief
Available now as a pay-what-you-like download. They're from Oxford. Bit good innit.

Sterling Roswell - Atom Brain Monster-Rock!
Ex of the Spacemen 3, this is the latest prog-ish 7".

La Forme - East German Dance Lesson
From South Wales, albeit with French heritage, this is ace.

Featured album: Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
God! Show Me Magic
Something 4 The Weekend
Their 1996 debut LP was really something special. It made it to number 23 in the album charts and in 2004, Q ranked it at 42 in their list of the best British albums of all time. And it's still a belter.

Fold - Something Gives
This might be an exclusive. Seth of the band sent me a message after I retweeted his plug for the forthcoming second album. This track is their response to the sociopolitical escalations on both sides of the Atlantic. This might be the first time this has ever been played on radio.

Virginia Wing - Grapefruit
Their hotly anticipated second LP, Forward Constant Motion, is due later in the year. This represents a taster.

Hideous Towns - Don't Forget
From Melbourne is Australia, these are a proper post-punk outfit. This is off a double-A side single and there's an album due later in the year.

L.A. Salami - I Wear This Because Life Is War
Lookman Adekunle Salami is a hell of a name and this is off his debut album Dancing With Bad Grammar which is out in three weeks.

Descendents - Victim Of Me
Californian punks return from a 12-year gap with the LP Hypercaffium Spazzinate.

Imarhan - Imarhan
Algerian Tuareg music from the debut album which is also called Imarhan. Blooming marvellous.

Featured album: Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
Bad Behaviour
Another track from Fuzzy Logic. It really was such a breath of fresh air when it landed.

Luke Wright - The Chains feat Lora Stimson
Wright is one of my favourite poets and something of an inspiration for me. This poem is called On Revisiting John Betjeman's Grave and comes alive with electronic backing and Lora Stimson's ethereal vocals.

Spray - It's The Night Of The Long Knives, Charlie Brown
A couple of ex Cuban Boys with a dance-your-arse-off track. This is off Enforced Fun which came out in April.

Solar Bears - Separate From The Ark (Andrew Weatherall remix 1)
The original track appeared on Advancement earlier this year and now Andrew Weatherall has woven some of his magic over it. Bloody good do.

Kenny Smith - Oh God (Good Livers rework)
Good Livers is Gary Marsden from Nottingham. This is available as a free download.

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And we'll see what next week throws up.