Wednesday, 25 June 2014

24 June 2014

More of the usual, so let's get straight to it.

Tennis - Never Work For Free
Not that we should still be having a debate about a fair days pay for a fair days work any more, but we are. Tennis are a husband and wife duo - Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley - and the album, Ritual In Repeat, is out in September.

Silver Arm - Bad Blood
Another track from the excellent He Of The Slow Creep EP which came out in March and probably my favourite.

Menace Beach - Tennis Court
I suppose I should have played this after the Tennis track, but didn't think of that when I was putting the show together. Oh well. From Leeds, this is out on a double-A side single in September.

Cover Version Corner
Nancy Sinatra/Pharmakon - Bang Bang
I've kind of stuffed this up a bit this week. I heard the Pharmakon version in the week and though immediately that it'd be a nice juxtaposition with the original, which I assumed to be the Nancy Sinatra one. It's certainly the first that springs to mind, but it is a cover itself, of a Sonny and Cher track. Oh well, as long as I don't let on, it'll be fine. Sinatra from 1966 and the album How Does That Grab You? Pharmakon is New York artist Margaret Chardiet and that is on the album Todo Muerde Volume 4 which came out in April.

Broadcast - I Found The F
From Birmingham and from 2005 on the album Tender Buttons. No reason. Just like it.

The Rhubarb Triangle - Wakefield City Blues
What a splendid name for a band. From the area for which they are named, that's their debut single which came out in April. Looking forward to hearing more from them.

The Archie Bronson Outfit - In White Relief
I'm never sure about saxophones in rock and feel it didn't really work here. Other than that, an excellent record. From the album Wild Crush which came out last month.

The Wytches - Wire Frame Mattress
Wonderful low-fi stuff from the Peterborough outfit. The album is Annabel Dream Reader and it's out on August 25.

Astral Pattern - Faraway
What an utter joy.  Off the EP Light Poems which is out next week.

Baston - Alamo
Don't know much about these other than they hail from Rennes. Good stuff whatever and I'll be seeking out more.

One Degree of Separation
The Stranglers - (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
Stone Roses - (Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister
Parentheses is your link, rather obviously when it's written down. And they're both great records. First, from their 1977 debut Rattus Norvegicus and secondly from their self-titled debut in 1989.

Violeta Vil - Carne
Probably the first Venezuelan record I've played on the show, this was a non-album track from last year.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Vad Hände Med Dem?
The best record I've heard this week - suppose that makes it my record of the week - I don't know quite why a San Francisco rock band would record a track in Swedish, so just glory in the fact that they did. It means 'what happened with them?', as I know you were wondering. The album is Revelation which came out last month.

Dimitri Veimar - The Boys
Now based in Moscow, German producer Dimitri Veimar released an EP also called The Boys last year. Lovely stuff indeed.

Here's this split across online resources. YouTube:

and Soundcloud:

Back next week with more.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

17 June 2014

Hello again. Refreshed from sunning myself in the Bourgogne, let's get straight down to it.

The Tea Street Band - Lost For Words
From their self-titled debut album due out on the 23rd of this month, the new big thing to emerge from Liverpool.

Los Campesinos! - Little Mouth
Since their last album, they've not been idle. This is from the soundtrack to what is described as 'low-budget hipster romcom' Benny And Jolene. The film has not had great reviews, but this is a delight.

Avi Buffalo - So What
Four years ago, Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg and band emerged with the hit single What's It In For, which was superb. Since then, we've not heard much, but the new album, At Best Cuckold, is complete and due for release. This is the first track from that.

Cover Version Corner
The Pogues/The Jesus and Mary Chain - The Ghost Of A Smile
Two versions both completely typical of each band. The Pogues could never sound like anyone or anything else and neither could The Jesus and Mary Chain really. The original is off the last Pogues album with Shane MacGowan as a member of the band, 1990's Hell's Ditch. The J&MC version can be found on a compilation of B-sides and rarities called The Power Of Negative Thinking which came out in 2008.

Tijuana Panthers - Cherry Street
Low-fi slacker rock from Long Beach, California, taken from the album Wayne Interest which came out in March.

Dignan Porch - Got To Fly
What they can do in California, they can also do in Tooting. The album is Observatory which came out yesterday.

Sweet Benfica - Weird Beard
I don't know much about these. They're brothers from somewhere in mid-Wales and that's all I've got. Good though, innit.

Princess - Neverlook
Another band I know little of, other than they're from Dublin. A delight, whatever.

Wozniak - El Maresme
Now this is interesting. From Edinburgh, this came out on an EP called Pikes Peak which came out a couple of weeks ago. Lots going on in there.

Caribou - Can't Do Without You
This is the first release from the forthcoming album Our Love from Daniel Snaith who is Caribou. No release date yet, but if the rest of it is anything like this, it'll be a rare treat.

One Degree of Separation
mclusky - To Hell With Good Intentions
Future Of The Left - The Hope That House Built
Anti-war polemic in the style to which we've become accustomed to from Future Of The Left. That's on the 2009 long-player Travels With Myself And Others. Before that, Andy Falkous's fore-runner outfit mclusky with a track from the 2002 album mclusky Do Dallas.

Transmission 13 - Shimmering Substance
Eno-esque noodlings from mysterious Manchester producer. That's off his 2013 album The Great American Disaster. There's a new one due soon - Time Will Pass You By,

Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants
Brilliant. Different and equally familiar. Lithuanian producer Mario Basanov is Ten Walls. More of this, please.

The Pictish Trail - Winter Home Disco
And to finish, something from Johnny Lynch's project. This is off the 2008 album Secret Soundz; Volume 1.

Here's that on YouTube:

And here it is on Soundcloud:

Back next week.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

3 June 2014

Another trip round rock's back-roads. Tuck in.

Beta Band - Round The Bend
A glorious cacophony. Almost skiffle-like. That's off their self-titled debut album from 1999.

Frikstailers - Crop Circles
If I have a criticism of this, it's that it's not long enough. Hopefully there are some extended remixes I've yet to hear, but that is fabulous. Pronounced 'freak stylers', apparently, they're Rafa Caivano and Lisandro Sona from Buenos Aires.

Parquet Courts - Black And White
You know by now what you're getting from Parquet Courts. They've got that lo-fi slacker rock thing down pat and here's another slice from the new album Sunbathing Animal, out today.

Cover Version Corner
Killing Joke/Eagulls - Requiem
Not a particularly different version from Eagulls, but certainly faster and more energetic, as is their wont. They're from Leeds and that was the B-side to the single Nerve Endings which we've had on the show previously. Before that, Killing Joke from their self-titled 1980 album.

The Baggios - Sem Condição
This is just great. Off an EP called Sina which came out last autumn. They're from Sao Cristovao in Brazil.

Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Until The Sun Explodes
Again, you know what you're getting with these and the new album, Days Of Abandon, is no different. Not that there's anything wrong with that. A delight.

The Death Of Pop - Whenever
This is terrific. Another new band to me, a4-piece from Bournemouth on the Art Is Hard label. This is off an EP called Fifths and I look forward to hearing more from them.

One Degree of Separation
Iggy Pop - I'm Bored
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - I'm Bored
What could possibly link these two records? Of course it's just the title. The reasons for the boredom are very different though. Iggy seems upset with the trappings of fame, whereas the Bonzos are bored in a very mundane British way. Two good records though, which is the main point. The Bonzos from their 1967 debut album Gorilla, Iggy from 1979's New Values.

Retroject - Herculean Julian
From Doncaster, these are pretty damn good. Another track from their Murky Windows EP for you for no other reason than because.

Maximo Park - Random Regrets
This was their release for Record Store Day in April which I'm only just getting round to playing. Worth the wait.

Clean Bandit ft Sharna Bass - Extraordinary
When I was collating tracks for the show, I chucked this in thinking it's alright, maybe it'll grow on me. Now I realise it hasn't at all. I gave it a chance, but no, not for me.

Fresh Snow - Saturation Complete
Make yourself a cuppa and sit back, this will take a while. 12 minutes, in fact, but totally worth it. This is over a year old, but I've only now had the foresight to plan in such a long record. Utterly fantastic.

Here's that on YouTube:

And Soundcloud:

No show next week - I'm on holiday. Back in a fortnight.