Wednesday, 20 August 2014

19 August 2014

I seem to have picked out an awful lot of very similar things this week. I guess that's what I've been listening to in the previous week, so that's what you're getting. To business:

Allo Darlin' - Romance And Adventure
Can't believe that it's taken 85 shows for me to get round to these. They've a new album on the way, We Come From The Same Place, due in October and that's the first release from it. Delightful.

Trust Fund - Reading The Wrappers
A while ago, I played the latest from Joanna Gruesome which was a split 12" with Trust Fund. So I figured it was about time I played the Trust Fund contribution to that release. So here you are.

Dark Train - Battles
Don't know a lot about these. Just that they're from Brighton and I like this.

Cover Version Corner
Nancy Sinatra/Elastic Sleep - You Only Live Twice
Oft-covered Bond theme from 1967. But Cork's Elastic Sleep make it sort of other-wordly. Sheer delight.

Heavyball - Hands Up
More from London-based Nottingham ska merchants and show favourites. This, I suggest, is possibly their best yet, showing as it does a bit more range than previous stompers. Intelligent, lyrically and musically.

Los Angeles Police Department - She Came Through (Again)
From LA, unsurprisingly. That's so gentle and lovely.

Tyrannosaurus Dead - Post Holiday Dead Song
From Brighton, and with a debut album coming later in the year, that's a lot jollier than the rather morbid title suggests.

Virgin Kids - Life Support
I know virtually nothing about these other than this is great and is out on Art Is Hard records.

Abbatoir Blues - Blinded
Named, presumably, for the Nick Cave song. That's on a compilation by their record company, Beech Coma volume 2.

Slaves - Hey
Rocking Tonbridge to it's core. This is available as a free download from their record company, Fonthill Records.

Napolleon - Erasable Eraser
We've definitely not had anything from Indonesia before, so consider that rectified. I've no idea how much traction bands like Neu! or Mogwai have on the archipelago, but this is remarkable anyway.

One Degree of Separation
XTC - Dear God
The Vaselines - Jesus Don't Want Me For A Sunbeam
The link is great characters from ancient fiction. First, from 1987's Skylarking, then from the 1988 EP Dying For It.

Perfume Genius - Queen
Brilliant. Mike Hadreas is Perfume Genius. He's from Seattle and the album Too Bright is out no September 23.

Mega Emotion - B R A I N S
The EP Fake Feelings that this is on came out on April 21, but I've only just got round to it. Glad that I have. That's outstanding.

LV and Josh Idehen - Shake
Reconvening three years on from their debut collaboration, they're back with a new long player. Islands is out on September 15. Big, bassy, brilliant.

Here's that via a combination of YouTube:

and Soundcloud:

Back next week.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

12 August 2014

Unceremoniously bumped for pre-season football last week, this week's show is what I'd have played last week had Town not had Premier League opposition. Remember last week? Town even had a manager back then. Halcyon days, those... Anyway, back to it.

The Horrors - In And Out Of Sight
Great opener to any show. Off their album Luminous which came out in May, that's the latest single. They're a band I feel I probably ought not to like, but every now and then they put out something really good like this. It's almost infuriating.

Heavyball - Another Country
Love these to bits. This is their latest. When we getting an LP, fellers?

Honeyblood - Super Rat
Off the album Honeyblood, that's glorious. They're a two-piece from Glasgow.

Cover Version Corner
Marvin Gaye/Gil Scott Heron - Inner City Blues
Released ten years apart, but no less relevant in 1981 when Gil Scott Heron recorded it as it was in 1971. Suppose it's no less relevant now as well, another 33 years on.

Kindred Shins - The Smoker Never Quits
From last year's Yes To Rioting Notoriety, that's some splendid bluesy rock.

Naomi Punk - Television Man
Looking way into the future now. The album this is off, also called Television Man, isn't out until October. Wishing my life away...

Even As We Speak - Falling Down The Stairs
Going back a bit with this one, to 1993. From Sydney, this came out on an LP called Feral Pop Frenzy.

Kult Country - Trembling Moon
These are from Manchester. I missed this when it came out in June. Happy to have it on my radar now.

Owl John - Red Hand
Based in Mull and LA it says here, which I suppose is nice work if you can get it. Really like that though. Not sure what it reminds me of.

Pow! - 66
I know pretty much nothing about these, just that that's off an album called Hi-Tech Boom which came out in July and that I like it.

One Degree of Separation
Bedlam - Harvest Moon
Harry Nilsson - Coconut
Supreme silliness from Harry Nilsson, off the 1971 album Nilsson Schmilsson. Before that, Cozy Powell and Bedlam from their self-titled 1973 long player. The link? Reservoir Dogs.

Teleman - Skeleton Dance
This is the latest release from the critically-acclaimed album Breakfast, which is ace. A complete joy.

Grimes ft. Blood Diamond - Go
A bit more commercial than her previous stuff, moreso than what got me interested in the first place anyway, but not completely terrible.

Eat Lights, Become Lights - Velocet Vir Nesat
Still not sure if that's a decent name for a band or not. Still, pretty decent stuff. From the album Into Forever which came out in May.

All that in a combination of YouTube and Soundcloud below:

Should be back next week as normal.