The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies - The Wild Ride of Ichabod Crane
If you're going to a play a zingy intrumental, do it up top I always reckon. Off a compilation from Garage Punk records called Garage Monsters that came out in 2012. I must do an all-instrumental show one day.
CTMF - It's So Hard To Be Happy
From the forthcoming album Acorn Man, which is sure to be good.
The Invisible Band - Circles
A great piece of songwriting from this trans-Northern outfit. The new EP is called Never Thought About It and you can stream it on Soundcloud.
Cover Version Corner
The Clash/Tijuana No! - Spanish Bombs
I've been learning a bit about the Spanish Civil War lately. Anyway, the Clash from London Calling in 1979, then a Mexican band from Tijuana with their version from 1994's Transgresores De La Lay. Offenders Act to you and me.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Where No Eagles Fly
Him from out of The Strokes with a side project. Bit mainstream for me, perhaps, but I quite like it. I think.
Faerground Accidents - We Hate The Same Things
Looking forward to big things from these in 2015. Remember where you heard them first. This is the flip side from the double-A with the sublime Back In Town.
Baby Strange - VVV
New single from these. I know it's out now, I know they're from Glasgow and that's it.
Memory In Plant - This Love
To Tel Aviv now. An Epic Triumph is the album which came out in August.
Firestations - French Caves
Also out in August on the long player Never Closer which came out on Waltz Time records.
Lee Negin - Just Saying...
Been after playing this for ages. Lee Negin is from San Francisco but now based in South Korea. This is off the album The Chhez Chronicles vol V which came out in July. It's an absolute joy.
One Degree of Separation
The Cure - A Forest
Haunted House - Lost In A Forest
Haunted House are a collaboration between Lianne Hall and Paul Hartnoll who now presumably has a lot of time on his hands. That's their debut single. Before that, from the 1980 album Seventeen Seconds.
Jonnie Common - Better Man
Another one I've been waiting for a while to get hold of, this is brilliant. Reminiscent of Arab Strap, this is off the wonderful album Trapped In Amber. Go get it.
The Soundcarriers - Boiling Point
Another one from their album Entropicalia which will be sure to be bothering those end-of-year lists. Terrific.
Jane Weaver - Argent
The former Kill Laura singer is back with a new album called The Silver Globe. Lovely psych-type vibes and a Stereolab-ish feel to it all. Just lovely.
Here's some of that on YouTube:
And some of it on Soundcloud:
More next week.