Wednesday, 16 April 2014

15 April 2014

Lots of new stuff this week, so let's get right to it.

Peace - World Pleasure
The first release from their forthcoming second album, the tricky one so the cliché goes. They made quite a splash with their first and this is a promising start to the second.

Ruen Brothers - Aces
Scunthorpe rockabilly. It works. Rupert and Henry Stansall are the aforementioned brothers and there's an album coming.

Knuckle - Living Hell
A two-piece blues outfit from right here in Huddersfield. I've seen them live and they are loud and energetic. This track is available as a pay-what-you-like download from their bandcamp page.

Cover Version Corner
The Monkees/Robert Wyatt - I'm A Believer
That was Robert Wyatt's first solo single post-Soft Machine in 1974. There was something of a kerfuffle when he performed it on Top Of The Pops when a producer thought losing the wheelchair was a good idea. Before that, of course the Monkees. From 1966 and the album More Of The Monkees.
Wyatt also lends his name to the phenomenon of Wyatting, by which you stick on a very challenging record umpteen times on a jukebox and clear off. Strange House In The Snow by Teardrop Explodes is a good one.

Duane Eddy - Rebel Rouser
From 1958 and the album Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel, but getting a release on Record Store Day which is this Saturday. It's a fun record and it's good to introduce this sort of stuff, back when rock and roll began, to a new generation.

Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
Brilliant. Very grungey, but the vocals offset against the rough-edged guitars lift it to something else. That's off the album Creature Songs which is out on May 26.

Black Lips - Funny
A band that have become in vogue simply by never changing and allowing fashion to catch up with them. That's a very now sound and comes off the album Underneath The Rainbow which came out last month.

The Horrors - So Now You Know
New from these, off the forthcoming album Luminous which is out on May 5. Sounds a bit like late-period Simple Minds, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

One Degree of Separation
The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual
Nirvana - School
Nirvana from their debut album Bleach from back in 1989. Before that, The Smiths at the height of their powers and the Meat is Murder album from 1985. One of the great intros.
The link should be obvious.

Honeyblood - Killer Bangs
A two-piece from Glasgow - Stina Tweeddale and Shona McVicar make up the band - that's off their self-titled debut which is out in July. Great stuff.

Oxygen Thieves - To Boast
To the Wirral now, and some more new grunge type stuff. Reckon it's safe to say Nirvana were an influence here. That's off the EP We found The thieves which is out on May 5.

Teleman - 23 Floors Up
These have been touring with Maximo Park, but are about to embark on a tour of their own and are well worth seeking out. This is off Breakfast which is out on June 2. Sounds a little bit Floyd, methinks.

Todd Terje - Inspector Norse
He's from Norway. Inspector Norse. See what you did there. His first album, It's Album Time, came out last week and has done extremely well so far. No better reason to play another track off it than that.

Applescal - The Veil
And to finish, another new cut from Amsterdam producer and DJ Pascal Terstappen. We're fans.

Here's most of that on YouTube:

And most of it on Soundcloud:

Back next week...

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