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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

14 June 2016

Well it was supposed to be the 14th, but we had a snafu with transport. So you can have it now.

Unqualified Nurse - Getting Sweaty
Noisy Derby bunch whose debut album Debasement Tapes is out in the autumn.

The Editor - Partly Cloudy
Not something I know much about other than the artist hails from Michigan. Saxy.

Oh Boy! - A Bird In The Hand
From Northampton with a new single that came out last Friday.

Featured album: The Fall - The Unutterable
Cyber Insekt
Two Librans
Their 21st LP came out in 2000 and was seen as one of their best. A career peak according to The Guardian, in fact. It is really good. And that's why it's here. Two Librans is probably my favourite track of theirs ever.

Alice Jemima - So
Devonian songstress with a hint of late '90s UK garage about it. The EP is Liquorice and it's out on Friday.

Trust Fund - Together
A new album coming soon from these. We Have Always Lived In The Harolds is out in two weeks.

Plaid - Do Matter
A new album from these too, which is always welcome. The Digging Remedy came out last week.

The KVB - White Walls
Their latest LP came out in March, but this is the first I've heard. Pretty darn good I reckon.

Cobby & Mallinder - Trans Europe Express
Former Hey, Rube! partners team up once again with a cover of the Kraftwerk classic.

Featured album: The Fall - The Unutterable
Devolute
If you don't love The Fall, we'll struggle to be friends.

Dan Le Sac - Frederick
10 years on from his debut with Scroobius Pip comes an album of assorted works. Cherished, Overthrow [06-16] is available as a pay-what-you-like download.

Holy Fuck - Xed Eyes
The first LP in six years from the Toronto electronica merchants. Congrats came out late last month.

Public Service Broadcasting - E.V.A (Dutch Uncles remix)
A new LP of remixes of their last album, The Race For Space, is out on Friday and this is the pick, mixed by Dutch Uncles. Two top bands in one spot. What's not to like?

Stone Roses - Beautiful Thing
The first track released since their reformation was rubbish. Paint by numbers boredom. This is not. This is a Stone Roses track, ideal for people of a certain vintage.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

7 June 2016

Last day of my summer holidays. And it almost feels like I planned this out.

The Spills - Floyd
Starting off with a few tracks I've had waiting for a while, The Spills are from Wakefield and their second LP, which this comes from, came out last autumn.

Vertical Slump - Chanteuse
Another one from last autumn, this is off an EP called Ruined Value.

Fews - The Zoo
This has been around as a single for a while now, but the album - Means - only came out late last month. They're Swedish, but based in London now.

Featured album: Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
Sparky's Dream
Neil Jung
One of the great LPs to come from these isles. Don't take my word for it. Twice in national surveys - in the Observer in 2004 and Q in 2000 - this has been ranked as the 72nd greatest British LP of all time. It was the Bellshill quartet's 5th album, released in 1995. And it still sounds great.

Ashley Reaks - Billy Goat Hill
Time to get a bit.... experimental for the next few tracks. And experiments either work or don't, so I appreciate some of the next 20 minutes or so won't be for everyone. What you must agree on though is that the title of Ashley Reaks's new LP is quite spectacular: If I Hadn't Become An Artist And A Musician I Would Have Been A Serial Killer Or Killed Myself.

Biscuit Mouth - The Sea Son, Caspian
Possibly not quite as out there as Reaks's work, but definitely not mainstream, is this from Derby. Doing It Right And Doing It Well is out as of last Friday.

Yak - Smile
I've been aware of Yak for a while, so it was something of a surprise to learn that Plastic People which came out two weeks ago is in fact their debut release. Clearly they've been honing their craft for some time.

Loose Meat - Daisy Chain
We played a track by these off their self-titled debut LP last week, liked it, so are doing so again.

Man Of Moon - Sign
From Edinburgh, this is off the EP Medicine which is out on Friday.

Featured album: Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
Mellow Doubt
Another track from Grand Prix, an album which you should go and listen to right after you've finished listening to us.

The Avalanches - Frankie Sinatra
Taking it electronic now, and here's something. It was 16 years ago that Melbourne's Avalanches released their debut LP Since I Left You. Now comes a follow-up, Wildflower. Exciting.

K.O.I.S.T.E.R - Dots
Seattle producer Jake Koistinen is K.O.I.S.T.E.R. I came across this arsing around on Soundcloud. It was research!

Not Waving - 24
A new act on acclaimed dance label Diagonal are these from London. The LP is Animals and it came out in February.

Kid606 - Born Slippy/Audion/Plastikman/Matrixmann
A curio from Venezuelan producer Miguel Trost De Pedro, aka Kid606. Just something he was messing about with, apparently, but it sure works for me.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

31 May 2016

Hello again.

Brawlers - Day Job
Leeds punks with a new EP coming on July 1 called the Black.

Bivouac - Sweet Heart Deal
'90s rockers from Derby back with a new record. A double-A 7" is out on the 16th of July.

Lunar - Gonna Get You Down
The second single by a new band from Manchester. It's a very Manchester sound. Out on June 3.

Featured album: The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus
Sometimes
Goodbye Toulouse
This week we feature the 1977 debut album from the pun outsiders. Punk happened at just the right time for The Stranglers whose sound didn't fit easily into a niche. A bit older, wiser (maybe), than their contemporaries, the songs were a lot more developed, especially Goodbye Toulouse which is about Nostradamus's predictions of that city's fall. The Sex Pistols just didn't have songs like that.

Meatraffle - The Bird Song
Saw these supporting the Fat White Family and was blown away, especially by this track which they've just put out.

Loose Meat  - Edge Of Love
The first single from their debut, self-titled LP out on June 3. Like the xx but not boring.

Exploded View - No More Parties In The Attic
Another self-titled debut LP, this time from Mexico, albeit with a German singer.

Fat White Family - Tinfoil Deathstar
The new single from their second album Songs For Our Mother. Out last Friday.

John Metcalfe - Wrapped feat. Rosie Doonan
Multi-instrumentalist Metcalfe teams up with former Crybabycry singer Doonan to make wonderful music. The EP is also called Wrapped and is out now.

Cass McCombs - Opposite House
From New York and with an LP out in August called Mangy Love.

Featured album: The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus
(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
One of their better known records, chronicling their lives in a squat.

M Craft - Chemical Trails
Dreampop from LA-based Martin Craft. The LP Blood Moon is out on June 17.

Alone - Lonely Tourist
Delightful electronica from Cardiff, as recommended by our closing artist this week.

Factory Floor - Dial Me In
New track from their forthcoming second album. 25 25 is out on August 19. Excited much?

Dementio13 - 4am Sun
And finally, a lovely track from one of our favourite artists. This is off April's Dead Of Night album.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

24 May 2016

I'm going to rattle through these. Chain came off on the way home, see.

5 Go Mad - Ginger Beer
Pompey punks not taking themselves too seriously, the album is Lashings And Lashings Of 5 Go Mad. 

Life - Rare Boots
Brothers from Hull with a new single. Bit good.

Psycho Comedy - One
Definitely psych-ey, this is their debut single. From Liverpool, I wonder at the influence of the annual psych fest.

Featured album: The Damned - Damned Damned Damned
Neat Neat Neat
I Feel Alright
Britain's first punk LP. New Rose is 40 years old now. I cannot imagine the splash it made, being quite unlike anything else. Still makes an impact now.

The Parrots - Let's Do It Again
From Madrid and newly signed to Heavenly, this is their new one.

Esper Scout - Gaps In The Border Fence
Based in Leeds, this is out on Friday. Which is pay day, so you should get it.

The Hotelier - Piano Player
The new LP, their third, is out on Friday. Goodness is the title.

Bugeye - Disco Dancer
Modern disco from London. The EP is Never Let You Go and it's due in July.

Afterbloom - Duh
Not got much on these other than they're from Telford and that I doubt I've played a Telfordian band before.

Slow Club - Ancient Rolling Sea
A new LP is due later in the year, but that's just lovely, down tempo and calming. It'll do until we get the album.

Featured album: The Damned - Damned Damned Damned
New Rose
Couldn't not play it.

Alke - Indigo
From Reno, these are Audrey Karrasch and Jameson Flood. That's all I got, other than I really like that one.

Cobby and Litten - Tinder Surprise
Something different now. Steve Cobby is ex of Fila Brazillia among other things and here he teams up with author Russ Litten to make the LP My People Come From The Sea which you should get. Like a toned down Sleaford Mods, it's along the lines of Malcolm Middleton collaborating with David Shrigley or Joe Hakim and Ashley Reaks. There's a movement here somewhere.

Vessels - Are You Trending?
One of my favourite bands with a new single. Came out last week and it's a belter.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

17 May 2016

Held over from last week because I had a raging sore throat that was definitely not radio friendly.

Bent Shapes - What We Do Is Public
Perky stuff from these Bostonians. Wolves Of Want is the album.

Meilyr Jones - Strange/Emotional
Bowie-esque. This guy is going places. The album, his debut as a solo artist, is 2013 and very highly rated.

Red Cabin - Follow Me Home
The solo project of Jonathan Foster of Long Island who has songs that don't fit the idiom of his other band, Snowday.

Featured album: Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Angles
Beat That My Heart Skipped
Letter From God To Man
The 2007 debut from these two left a big impression. There's lyrical intelligence and banging beats and it's great. One of those that I keep going back to.

Parquet Courts - Dust
Always nice to get new stuff from these - a band that could only possibly come from New York. Human Performance is the new LP.

Martha - Goldman's Detective Agency
More sunshiney pop from Durham town Pity Me. The LP Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart is out in July.

Lower Slaughter - Hands
Raucous stuff from Brighton, the title track off their EP which came out in February.

Mugstar - Time Machine
Gorgeous krautrocky stuff from Liverpool. This is off the album Magnetic Seasons which came out in March.

The Coathangers - Down Down
More than a little element of psych about this. They're from Atlanta and the LP Nosebleed Weekend came out on February 29.

Black Mountain - Florian Saucer Attack
The Jagjaguwar label is normally a reliable badge of quality and this is from them. IV is the Vancouver band's first LP since 2010.

Featured album
Thou Shalt Always Kill
This had been doing the rounds a lot before it's release. I remember it on YouTube from way back before seeing it on a pub jukebox in York just before the LP came out. It's a modern classic.

The Dandelion Set - Judy Switched Off The TV
Bizarre and sublime, this is from their debut LP A Thousand Strands 1975-2015 and featuring the vocals of Alan Moore, writer of V For Vendetta and Watchmen.

Malcolm Middleton - Steps
Another new one from the LP Summer of '13. Which is great. More than a hint of Gary Numan about this one.

NZCA Lines - Two Hearts
These have been played plenty, but I got a new appreciation for their art after seeing them support Teleman. The LP Infinite Summer came out in January. It's good.

Krywald and Farrer - Spoon-Billed Sandpiper
A club banger to finish from this London duo. The EP Top Pocket Persies came out in March.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

3 May 2016

I refuse to believe it's May already.

Eat Fast - Stammer
Sleazy lo-fi rock from a mystery outfit formerly known as Eat until a clash of names forced a change. New single, out now.

Frankie Cosmos - Sinister
Greta Kline - daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, fact fans - records as Frankie Cosmos and does it very pleasantly. Her latest LP is Next Thing and came out early in April.

Iyesaya - Monster
Tackling mental health stigma in song is Dorset's William Dop in the guise of Iyesaya.

Featured album: Recordiau Prin - Iechyd Da
Stuart Kidd - If Fingers Were Xylophones
Nat Lyon - Freckles
Iechyd Da is a compilation of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci songs recorded by other Welsh DIY artists. Incredibly, it's free! And well worth your time downloading. Gorky's made some great records and all the artists featured on this LP treat those songs with love and care. Tremendous work by all involved.
Get it from bandcamp.

Wild Billy Childish and CTMF - A Song For Kylie Minogue
More of the customary brilliance. I do hope those stories are true and Beck is a nob and Kylie is lovely. The album SQ1 is forthcoming. Consider it ordered.

Kingsley Chapman and The Murder - Ghost
Another new track from one of our favourites at the moment.

Kaninchen - Shown On The News
Huddersfield artist using vocal loops to create her sound. The name means rabbit in German.

Keel Her - Fantasy
A cover of a Paul Nova song from Rose Keeler-Schaeffler taken from a split 7" with Claire Cottrill.

Something Anorak - Shake Fist At Sky
Another split 7", this time with Gorgeous Bully.

The Bin Bags - Church For Psychopaths
Featuring Keel Her again, this is off the LP The Bin Bags which came out late March.

Featured album: Recordiau Prin - Iechyd Da
Bad Mood - Waking For Winter
Lovely interpretation of one of Gorky's best.

Seazoo - Telephone Jones
More Welshness from the EP Jumbo.

The LimiƱanas - Garden Of Love
To the lovely city of Perpignan now. The new LP Malamore came out a couple of weeks ago and features Peter Hook on bass and vocals.

Tea Street Band - Feel It
Marvellous stuff. Their second LP is due out later in the year and this will feature.

Nathan Melja - No, No, No
Title track from the new EP from the Parisian producer which is due out on May 13.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

26 April 2016

Hello again.

Riz MC - Englistan
Actor, poet, polymath Riz Ahmed has a new collection out, of which this is the title track. Available as a pay-what-you-like download. Excellent stuff.

Ukepunk - Girl Across The Road
Ukulele and punk - what's not to love? There is a new EP, From The North, but this is taken from the 2014 LP Punk Police.

The Wave Pictures - Slick Black River From The Rain
From last year's A Season In Hull LP. Love em to bits and they play The Parish next month.

Featured album: Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements
Analogue Rock
Lock-Groove Lullaby
1993 saw Stereolab move up into the big leagues and Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements was their first on the majors. Unmistakeable and unmatched.

The Julie Ruin - I Decide
Kathleen Hanna, ex of Bikini Kill, fronts this relatively new band. The new LP Hit Reset is out in July.

Seize The Chair - Secret Sister
New single from the boisterous Sheffield bunch.

The World - Managerial Material
The title track from their new EP which came out on April 1. Double sax, dub guitar. Amazing. From Oakland, CA.

City Yelps - Now
Lo-fi from Leeds, this is off their forthcoming debut LP.

The Blinders - 84
From Donny, but now playing out of Manchester, this is off their debut EP Hidden Horror Dance. The aim, they say, is to be in your face all the time. I'll leave that to you.

Tibet - I'll Put You In My Pocket
'60s inspired rock from their debut EP Fridge.

Featured album
Stereolab - Tone Burst
The opening track from Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements.

The Ramisko Maki Maki Rocking Horse - And We Will Dance
That's a hell of a name. Ray McCartney is the Ramisko Maki Maki Rocking Horse and last summer's LP was Possessed By The Gods Of Cowbell Oblongata.

Sean Grant and The Wolfgang - Brother
From Northants, off the EP 7 Deadly 7 which is out on May 6.

The Antikaroshi - The Only Witness
Krautrock from Germany - aptly - from their fourth LP, the catchily titled 11 Songs Mostly Written And Played On Wednesday Evenings By A Band Called The Antikaroshi.

Laurence Made Me Cry - Mneme II (Dementio13 remix)
Jo Whitby, aka Laurence Made Me Cry, released the EP Titan's Daughters earlier this month and it's been given the remix treatment. One of them by house favourite Dementio13.

Gerry And The Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone
Dedicated to the tireless seekers of justice. 27 years and maybe now those families can start to grieve.

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Same time next week? Cool.