Wednesday, 2 July 2014

1 July 2014

July already? WTF, as I believe the kids would have it.

Guantanamo Baywatch - Love This Time
Best band name in the world is a tough title to claim, but this has to come close. Good old garage rock from Portland. The EP is Surf And Turf, split with another band called Natural Child, which came out last December.

Anna Of The North - Sway
An unusual combo of a Norwegian singer, Anna Lotterud, and a New Zealand producer, Brady Daniell-Smith, which is about as far away as it's possible to be without leaving the earth's gravitational pull. The outcome is pretty darn decent though. This is their debut single.

The Hi-Life Companion - Dark Heart
To Bristol now and some very zeitgesity (yes, I know, I hate myself) rock music. Our Years In The Wilderness is the album which came out a couple of weeks ago.

Cover Version Corner
Julian Cope/Fear Of The Forest - Charlotte Anne
I've had this one on the list for a while, but kind of got to do it this week with the release of Julian Cope's first novel - 131: A Gnostic, Time-Shifting, Hooligan Road Novel - which I acquired last week, am currently eight or ten chapters into and bloody loving it. Fear Of The Forest call themselves 'punk baroque', given their proclivity for using traditional instruments along with more modern gear. There's definitely a hurdy-gurdy on there. Great song anyway, from Cope's 1988 album This Nation Underground, probably his most poppy and least well-received.

Waiters - Perpetual Notion
From Manchester, their debut EP  is What For Art Thou?, which is a great title, and comes out next month. It's an all-round pretty good showcase of their talents.

Christian Fitness - Teeth
Search for 'christian fitness' in a popular search engine and you'd be amazed what you'd find. This, however, is the latest side project of Future Of The Left front man Andy Falkous. There's to be an album forthcoming hopefully, if his crowd-funding effort comes off. The last FotL album was crowd-funded, so fingers crossed there's enough out there for him to complete this.

Beverly - Honey Do
Love that. Delightful tune. They're from New York city, the album is Creatures and comes out today, so you're bang up to date with it.

The Otherness - Now On And So On
To Argentina now, specifically Comodoro Rivadivia in Patagonia. Splendid garage-style rock.

The Yearning - If I Can't Have You
From Oxfordshire, their debut album was launched yesterday. It's called Dreamboats And Lemonade.

Lia Ices - Thousand Eyes
So many really lovely tracks tonight of which this is one. From Westport, Connecticut, the album Ices comes out in September.

One Degree of Separation
Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
Robert Plant - Little Millie
I shan't insult your intelligence by asking you to find the link. It's mainly an excuse to play Robert Plant's new single from the album Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar which is out in September. Great tune, that. Before that, from 1971 and the album Led Zeppelin IV.

The Mor Paranoids - Things That Make You Go Paranoid
That's just ace. The quirky sort of thing I really like. Circular is the album - presumably in physicality as well as name - and came out in April.

Gary Numan - Love Hurt Bleed
From his last album, Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) which came out last year, I play that for two reasons. One, it's a top record and two, he plays Holmfirth on Thursday which I'm rather looking forward to.

Max Cooper - Woven Ancestry (Olaf Stuut remix)
Finally, this from Belfast producer Max Cooper. The original was on an album called Human which came out in April. Then an album of remixes, Inhuman, surfaced on which one of them was by Amsterdam producer Olaf Stuut. The result is quite marvellous.

Here's all that on a combination of YouTube:

and Soundcloud:

More next week.

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