Friday, 19 September 2008

Public Service Blogcast Episode 3: This Ain't No Picnic Special

A special show this week presented by DIY festival wunderkind Daniel all about the upcoming This Ain't No Picnic event. On September 27th and 28th, STA take over King's College London Student's Union for one of the best line-ups of the summer; among the 34 bands playing are headliners Future Of The Left and Polysics plus some acts that you may not be so familiar with but you're hopefully listening to as you read this. Both day and weekend tickets are still available, and all proceeds from this event will be donated to charity, split between Cancer Research UK and The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Those of you that have experienced the previous STA All-Dayers know how good the last weekend of the month is going to be.

Public Service Blogcast Episode 3
31 minutes 33 seconds
Recorded 18/09/08

00.03 Let Our Enemies Beware - I Am Lono (from forthcoming Against Karate album released 12th Jan - Smalltown America)
03.43 Laura Wolf - White Light Collision Course (from Wolf Goes Pop! EP - self released)
05.58 The Retro Spankees - Pickin' Flies (from I Know You Are But What Am I? album - Kooky)
09.54 Tubelord - Dun Dun Dun Scissor Rocks And Tonne (from I Am Azzerad 7" - Big Scary Monsters)
14.12 4 or 5 Magicians - Ideal Man (from Change The Record / Ideal Man 7" - This Is Fake DIY)
17.29 This Town Needs Guns - Lemur (from forthcoming Animals album released October - Big Scary Monsters)
21.04 Jam on Bread - It's Always Sunny Inside (previously unreleased)
24.00 Brontosaurus Chorus - The Myth of Love(from split 7" with And What Will Be Left Of Them? - Popart Records)
28.03 Superman Revenge Squad - I'm Gonna Go To Bed... (from This Is My Own Personal Way Of Dealing With It album - self released)

If you have any questions about (what the kids are calling) 'Tanp' this is the link you need. If you want to get a track played on a future episode please get in touch - email
See you at the front!

Public Service Blogcast Episode 2

Yeah, I know, it's 2 weeks late. You'll get used to it. On this instalment even more new music worthy of your attention and hard-earned plus we have former ambassador of emo (1st generation) Andrew Ferris providing the need-to-know on Derry's City Of Song festival.

Public Service Blogcast Episode 2
40 minutes 58 seconds
Recorded 09/09/08

00.29 We Versus The Shark - Hello Blood (from forthcoming Dirty Versions album released 10th Nov - Smalltown America)
03.15 The Light Sleepers - Champion Of The Rights Of Sleepers (from forthcoming We Are Gathering Dust album released Oct 27th - Smalltown America)
07.45 The Lemurs - My Definition (from self-titled EP)
10.25 The Half Rabbits - Man Down (from forthcoming Public Service Broadcast 10 compilation album released 2009 - Smalltown America)
14.49 The Kabeedies - Petits Filous (from forthcoming Public Service Broadcast 10 compilation album released 2009 - Smalltown America)
17.40 Paper Rival - Are We Brothers? (from Dialog album)
21.39 Applicants - Pocket Dictionary (from Life In The Bus Lane album – Tigertrap Records)
23.54 Mock Orange - Captain Love (from Captain Love album - Tigertrap Records)
29.38 Daveit Ferris - Someone Like You (from Los Angeles album – self-released)
33.14 Oxford Collapse - Young Love Delivers (from Bits album – Sub Pop)
37.57 Tin Can Telephone - Spak Attack (previously unreleased)

If you have any feedback, want to get a track played or want to sponsor the blogcast in exchange for giving me things I like for free please get in touch - email
In just a few days ago Daniel Fawcett will be here with a This Ain't No Picnic festival special, telling us about his attempts to break the record for the most number of bands playing a London venue in the same weekend. Anyone got Norris McWhirter's email address?

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Blog posts are like buses...

Big, red and smelly?

So this blog has been fairly neglected in recent months. FOR SHAME. What've we been up to during this time? Enjoying festival season for one - the STA crew have been "spotted" at two ATPs, Latitude, Truck, Indietracks, an almost-staff-day-out to the first day of Reading and Offset. Speaking from a personal point of view, Latitude is the best Big Festival I've ever been to and Indietracks the best Small Festival. Who knew that dancing to Beat Happening and Helen Love in a train shed in the middle of the Derbyshire countryside could be so amazing?

We've also been hard at work on our own festival, This Ain't No Picnic. There've been looooads of updates to the lineup since we last posted, so go check out the website. Only 3 weeks to go! I'm not nervous, really.

Aside from all of this though, we've been sorting out a lot of new releases. There are currently four new albums up for preorder on the STA store. The front covers look a bit like this:

Left to right that's Wrecked Angles by An Emergency (razor sharp art punk), Safekeeping by Hooray For Humans (more brazen Irish electro-pop), We Are Gathering Dust by The Light Sleepers (fuzzy, lo fi Moore / Malkmus / Tengo guitar jams) and Dirty Versions by We Versus The Shark (ballsy, mathy post-hardcore from the Deep South - our first ever release from an American band!).

If you do preorder any of them you'll get them early. Around two weeks before release date, to be specific. Isn't that nice? AREN'T WE NICE?

There's still loads more new stuff to come as well, including some more lovely vinyl.

I promise to update this more often. Now, go listen to Pocock's new podcast. I think I'm going to be in #3, fear it.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Public Service Blogcast Episode 1

PSB gets an online little brother in the form of the PUBLIC SERVICE BLOGCAST. Each week there'll be a new episode compiling the best album tracks, demo submissions and anything else floating STA boats plus all the latest activity from the ever-expanding Smalltown roster. It's like a fresh PSB compilation every week but with some talky bits trying to sell you stuff.

Public Service Blogcast Episode 1
30 minutes 5 seconds
Recorded 02/09/08

00.29 Ice, Sea, Dead People - I'm Cat (previously unreleased)
02.52 Alan MX - The Captain America Video (forthcoming single released Nov 24th - Smalltown America)
06.25 Plastic Constellations - Stay That Way (album track from We Appreciate You - French Kiss)
10.25 Calories - Adventuring (forthcoming single released Feb 9th - Smalltown America)
13.26 The Chiara Ls - Eyelashes (from Ghost Town EP)
16.19 Telegraphs - Forever Is A Long Time, Never Is A Strong Word (from forthcoming Forever Never album)
20.29 Hooray For Humans - Signature (from forthcoming Safekeeping album released Oct 13th - Smalltown America)
23.32 Lovvers - Human Hair (from forthcoming Think album - Wichita Recordings)
26.40 Koufax - What I'm Saying (from forthcoming Strugglers album - Doghouse Records)

If you have any feedback, want to get a track played or can help me use Audacity properly please get in touch - email
Episode 2 will be online w/c Sep 8th with more quality sounds plus news about STA's involvement with the City Of Song festival in Derry.