Tuesday, 31 March 2009
From this evening you'll be able to phone up at any time and leave your message, then I'll transfer it and broadcast it on tomorrow's Radio 1 show.
Only me or Steven from the show will hear this message so don’t be afraid that you're broadcasting live to the nation or anything. If you make mistakes or stumble please just start your message again. It can all be edited before going on air.
If you could record your different gig list by 6pm every Wednesday then that would be fantastic.
The number is:
Thursday 30th April
University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast
2.30pm – 5pm
* Limited space available - only 50 places *
Two of the most respected and knowledgeable figures in the UK music management world – Jon Webster and Stuart Worthington - will be giving a masterclass event at the York Street Campus of University of Ulster on Thursday 30th April. They will be joined by local manager/label boss Andrew Ferris who recently secured a 5 album deal with Atlantic Records for Derry band Fighting With Wire.
Stuart Worthington is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on music management and has also managed a range of artists including The Happy Mondays. Jon Webster is currently the Chief Executive of the Music Manager’s Forum and has huge experience in the industry including instigating the Mercury Music Prize and heading up the Virgin Record label. Andrew Ferris is CEO at Smalltown America Records and currently manages And So I Watch You From Afar.
This event will provide those attending with invaluable advice and guidance on a wide range of the management issues and practices in the current music industry.
Full content and format for the event are yet to be finalized - so if you have key areas that you would like to be addressed or questions that you would like to ask please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance at the event is free of charge, however numbers are restricted and we would advise that you book your place(s) as early as possible. The event takes place at the University of Ulster Belfast Campus (AKA the ‘Arts College’) and runs from 2.30pm – 5pm
For further info or to register your place email: email@example.com
* Only 50 places available *
Pulled Apart By Horses also fall into the jolly nice chaps category and here's a snippet from James Horses' Myspace blog from Brighton.
today we are in brighton. all of the gigs have been amazing and its nearly over sadly. jeff, luke, neil and scott from the shark are some of the most delightful americans we have ever met. bloody lovely chaps and we will miss them dearly when they jet off around europe with blakfish (god forbid). they took all our instruments last night in guilford at the end of the set. lee cracked his kick drum and somehow my 2 piece guitar is still working. playing
prince albert tonight in brighton. stayed with dave from tubelord last night (thanks dave and daves mum) and him and joe cooked us some mean ass breakfast. hopefully they'll pop down tonight so we can booze them up. man, does any one else really wanna hear the tube album as much as me? they wont give us a copy. twits. anywhoo. the lovely ste and laura from blood red shoes have given us a room tonight. we slept in our van for the tour with them earlier this month so i think they'd like to give us some bloody shoey rooms. what lovely chaps n’
ANYTHING GOES * AC/DC * COLUMBIA *
SET GUITARS TO KILL * AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM * SMALLTOWN AMERICA * NEW
THE MODERN ROME BURNING * ANTI-FLAG * HASSLE *
DEGENERATED * BACKYARD BABIES * NUCLEAR BLAST * NEW
TRAPPED IN THE NIGHT * DEATHLIKE SILENCE * SPINEFARM *
FLATLINE * DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED * CENTURY MEDIA * NEW
ANYTHING 'CEPT THE TRUTH * EAGLES OF DEATH METAL * SONY * NEW
HEY MAN NICE SHOT * FILTER * RHINO * NEW
ANY MEANS NECESSARY * HAMMERFALL * NUCLEAR BLAST *
FOREVER * IN THIS MOMENT * CENTURY MEDIA * NEW
SET TO FAIL * LAMB OF GOD * ROADRUNNER *
SUNSETS ARE FOR MUGGINS * LEATHERMOUTH * EPITAPH *
BEAUTIFUL MOURNING * MACHINE HEAD * ROADRUNNER *
DIVINATIONS * MASTODON * REPRISE *
GEARS OF WAR * MEGADETH * ROADRUNNER *
LIVING IN THE CITY * MILLION DOLLAR RELOAD * LIME *
DESOLATION ROW * MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE * REPRISE *
I'D COME FOR YOU * NICKELBACK * ROADRUNNER *
LIFELINE * PAPA ROACH * INTERSCOPE *
BROTHER * PEARL JAM * SONY *
DEUS EX MACHINA * PURE REASON REVOLUTION * SUPERBALL *
SOUND OF MADNESS * SHINEDOWN * ATLANTIC *
BLOOD FIRE WAR HATE * SOULFLY * ROADRUNNER *
ON OUR WAY * STEREOSIDE * BIELER BROS * NEW
START OF SOMETHING * STONE GODS * STONE GODS *
YOUNG BLOODS * THE BRONX * WICHITA *
MARY ANN'S PLACE * VOLBEAT * MASCOT *
B-MOVIE BABYLON * WEDNESDAY 13 * DR2 * NEW
As longtime STA followers will know, we have a - let's say - 'chequered' history with the NME but one thing we do agree with them on are how good Skibunny are. The NME recently praised them as "Belfast's no.1 remixers, promoters and commotion causers... they do something pretty special to the crowd" and their excellent Uncle Yoshitomo mix does something pretty special to Don’t Waste Time Doing Things You Hate by And So I Watch You From Afar. Check it out on Skibunny's Myspace.
Skibunny are also a three piece band (DJs Tanya singing and playing guitar and Mark on bass guitar joined by Christine on drums) and better bittersweet electro-pop you will not find. I'm currently listening to a sneak preview of one of their new songs. For the 9th time in a row.
If you're going to the Camden Crawl in April, both the band and likely DJ sets are a must for your itinerary. A rather fine looking Skibunny "F**k Dance Let's Art" Oyster card wallet can also be snapped up for a mere £2 from their online store.
Radio 1's Zane Lowe continues to have a place in his heart for STA, making And So I Watch You From Afar the lead Fresh Meat track on yesterday's show which you can listen to for the next week here on the greatest invetion of the 21st century so far, the BBC iPlayer. And So I is played at about 90 minutes into the show.
Monday 30th March
Reading & Leeds announcement
Reading & Leeds mix:
Kings of Leon - 'Molly's Chambers' (Sony)
Kings of Leon - 'Charmer' (Columbia)
Kings of Leon - 'Sex on Fire' (Sony)
Arctic Monkeys - 'Brainstorm' (Domino)
Arctic Monkeys - 'When The Sun Goes Down' (Domino)
Radiohead - 'Bodysnatchers' (XL)
Radiohead - 'Creep' (Parlophone)
Paul Smith from Maximo Park
Maximo Park - 'Wraithlike' (Warp)
Calvin Harris - 'I'm Not Alone' (Columbia)
The Maccabees - 'Love You Better' (Polydor)
Passion Pit - 'The Reeling' (Columbia)
Gallows - 'The Vulure Part 2' (Warner Bros)
Hottest Record In The World
The Streets - 'In The Middle' (679)
Empire Of The Sun - 'We Are The People' (Virgin)
Middle Class Rut - 'I Guess You Could Say' (Bright Antenna)
Zen - 'Your Shout' (Grid)
Single of The Week
Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden - 'Bonkers' (Dirtee Stank)
Apes & Androids - 'Nights Of The Week' (Modular)
PJ Harvey & John Parish - 'Black Hearted Love' (Island)
Scott Matthews - 'Fractured' (San Remo)
Hockey - 'Learn To Lose' (Virgin)
Sebastian Tellier - 'Kilometer (Aeroplane Remix)' (Record Makers)
Noisia - 'My World' (Renegade Hardware)
Album of The Week
Mastodon - 'Crack The Skye' (Reprise)
Snoop Dogg - 'Snoop Dogg Millionaire' (White Label)
Fresh Meat 1
And So I Watched You From Afar - 'Set Guitars To Kill' (Smalltown America)
Fresh Meat 2
The So So Glows - 'My Block' (Green Owl)
Fresh Meat 3
New Villager - 'Rich Doors' (Moodgadget & Twosyllable)
Graham Coxon - 'Sorrow's Army' (Transgressive)
Marilyn Manson Phoner Pt 1
Marilyn Manson - 'We're From America' (Polydor)
Marilyn Manson Phoner Pt 2
Micachu & The Shapes - 'Lips' (Rough Trade)
This week: the clock is ticking for you to grab the exclusive And So I Watch You From Afar bonus disc of live recordings and rarities - available when you purchase their album from the STA store ahead of release date. You now only have how ever long is left between you reading this and April 13th! Also - Dananan: best band in the UK. Discuss.
Public Service Blogcast Episode 30
33 minutes 24 seconds
00.29 Dananananaykroyd - Chrome Rainbow (from Hey Everyone album - Best Before)
03.49 The Moi Non Plus - Ha Ha Ha (from self-titled album - SUBBACULTCHA)
06.38 Disappears - Old Friend (from Old Friend single - self-released)
08.43 Load.Click.Shoot! - Young Pretenders (from Young Pretenders single - Vacuous Pop)
12.13 We The Faceless - Firefly
15.27 Skeletons - Pack the Suitcase
19.44 The Stetz - Alibi
22.22 How Dare You - Cases And Carriers (from Comfort Road album - Fail Safe)
25.43 Harrison Hope - If We're All Stars (from home produced 10 track EP)
29.58 Panama Kings - Golden Recruit (from forthcoming Golden Recruit single - Broken Sound Records)
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Monday, 30 March 2009
We Rock Like Girls Don't
How Did It Get To This
Distort - CD
Electrifying female rock'n'roll duo's thrillingly ferocious debut. "The kind of awesome rock record we don't hear often enough" 8/10 NME. " the album they've always threatened" Organ CD of the week
A Dense Swarm of Ancient Stars
Twins Of Evil - CD/Limited edition LP + Bonus 7”
The full I Monster artillery has been employed. Ranging from vintage keyboards through traditional bass, guitars, drums, sax, flutes and percussion to the modern computer. Joyous offbeam kaleidoscopic pop.
And So I Watch You From Afar
And So I Watch You From Afar
Smalltown America - CD
Debut album from Belfast, punk-post-rock quartet: heavy, huge and hopeful. For fans of Fugazi, Sigur Ros and DJ Shadow.
K Records CD/ LP
Jeremy Jay’s new album “Slow Dance” is a romance of dreams and realities, full colors and disco lights. Listeners are invited to the dance floor with a whisper.
Monotreme – CD
Sweden’s Jeniferever return with second album of shimmering aural landscapes and poetically poignant lyrics. As heartfelt and beautiful an album as you are likely to hear all year.
Temporary Residence - CD
Groundbreaking experimental rock trio featuring Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) & Adem collects their finest moments from their early years. Includes 6 previously unreleased tracks!
Henry's Funeral Shoe
Everything's For Sale
Alive records - CD/ LP
Great primitive psychedelic blues from South Wales brought to you by the same label that released the debut albums of the Black Keys, Two Gallants.
Muck & The Mires
Dirty Water Records - CD/ LP (with 3D glasses!)
Winner of Little Steven's Battle of the Bands competition and produced by the legendary Kim Fowley, this is hook-laden Hamburg Beatles meets the Ramones garage punk.
Roxy Epoxy & The Rebound
Band Aids on Bullet Holes
Damaged Goods - CD/ LP
Debut solo album from The EPOXIES lead singer Roxy, the love child of Gary Numan & Siouxsie if there ever was one, punk electronica for the masses!
Songs for Edna
Manimal Vinyl - CD/ LP
The debut from Bat for Lashes multi-instrumentalist, Caroline Weeks once known as Ginger Lee. 9 tracks of minimalist UK folk, with lyrics borrowed from the late American poet, Edna St. Vincent-Millay.
The Chatham Singers
Damaged Goods - CD/ LP
Second album from Billy Childish’s delta blues outfit, features the single ‘An Image Of You’ and features special guests James Taylor and Graham Coxon on a few tracks.
React Or Die
How Does I Feel To Be Loved - CD
Second album by indiepop octet from Glasgow. Features Radclife and Maconie Record Of The Week. "A classy record from start to finish" -Stuart Murdoch, Belle & Sebastian.
With that in mind, we are now happy to announce the bonus disc details. There will be 8 tracks in all, which includes older deleted material and a smattering of breathtaking live recordings.
The tracklisting is;
2. Marching Over The Coals
3. Clench Fists, Grit Teeth...Go! (Live)
4. Holylands, 4am (Live)
5. The Machine (Live)
6. theseRIOTSareJUSTtheBEGINNING (Original Version)
7. Mount Kailash
8. The Voiceless (Beatdown Motorcore Version)
Remember, once the official street date of Monday 13th April arrives, the bonus discs will be no more.
So if you haven't preordered yet, take a cyber-run over to the store. If you're outside the United Kingdom, hit up the ASIWYFA myspace where you can purchase directly via paypal.
Saturday, 28 March 2009
This week: live tracks from Calories and 4 Or 5 Magicians from last month's STA Thermals show.
Public Service Blogcast Episode 29
35 minutes 54 seconds
00.29 Left Side Brain - Weaponise (from Collider album - Sugar Shack Records)
03.43 4 Or 5 Magicians - Nice Little Earner (recorded live at the Lexington, London 09/02/09)
06.35 4 Or 5 Magicians - Preaching To The Conversed (recorded live at the Lexington, London 09/02/09)
10.34 Ark People - When the Lights Go Out (from Brattwell Demos)
15.06 The Callas - Lipstick (from Lipstick single - Out Of Tune! / www.a-m-p.gr)
17.14 Jeniferever - Green Meadow Island (from Spring Tides album out 13th April - Monotreme Records)
22.38 Air Waves - Lightning (from self-titled 5 track EP - Catbird Records)
25.26 Calories - To Encounter A Dear (recorded live at the Lexington, London 09/02/09)
27.07 Calories - Adventuring (recorded live at the Lexington, London 09/02/09)
29.55 Smallgang - Factory (from Labours album - Hooked Up Records)
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Raife Burchell (Drums) - as part of a lucrative sponsorsed parenting deal, congratulations are in order to the former powerhouse sticksman of one of the most cherished post hardcore outfits of the early noughties; Raife and "wife" Sarah have had a beautiful baby girl called Skype Video Calls. Aw, bless.
Friday, 27 March 2009
If you missed it, or where unable to listen as you live outside of the Derry area, never fear as thanks to the ever reliant iplayer, you can check it out at anytime and as many times as possible until next Thursday - Click here to listen
On the subject of the forthcoming album, we are taking preorders for the album over at the STA store. If you order the album prior to it's release date of Monday 13th April, you will also receive an exclusive bonus disc featuring nine previously unreleased tracks.
If you live outside of the UK, you can preorder the album directly from the band's myspace page.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
They defy pigeonholding and have no respect for your eardrums; Belfast’s And So I Watch You From Afar share their mission statement with Rock Sound.
“Music is number one, we don’t sit around discussing what sort of feeling we intend to evoke or any other new age bullshit with our tunes,” says And So I Watch You From Afar guitarist Rory Friers. “We want to push boundaries with what we’re doing and put across that we care so fucking deeply about the music we produce; we really hope that comes over when you listen to it. Most importantly, we wanna RAWK.”
The Northern Irish four-piece are certainly following this manifesto with their self-titled debut full-length: as emotively atmospheric as it is devastatingly overpowering, it’s an album that demands to be played loud. Although this sonic assualt is administered through largely vocal-free songs, the quartet refuse to be dubbed ‘instrumental’ – and they strongly reject the ‘post-rock’ tag.
“Post-rock is all about building textures and timbres within the music, and when it’d done right it’s incredible; I just think we have too many riffs and changes of tempo to be in that particular bracket,” reasons Rory. “There are some fucking amazing instrumental Fugazi tunes, remember – I don’t think anyone would call those legends post-rock. We certainly wouldn’t.” He adds: “We were borne out of jamming and we have never once stated that we were strictly instrumental – we herded in 40 of our friends from the Northern Ireland scene to record a huge choir on [album track] ‘Don’t Waste Time Doing Things You Hate’, and it turned out amazing, even if we do say so ourselves. Plus, the album is littered with ‘Whoops!’ And ‘Heys!’. Are those the actions of an instrumental band? We think not!”
Given their class, journalistic superlatives should be rightly flying these guys’ way soon, although they have experienced the downside of dealing with suspect media types already. “The most disgusting thing we’ve had to endure while on tour had to be this fraud journalist who turned up at a London show and proceeded to give you lovely people, professional journalists, a bad name,” says Rory. “He stuffed his nose full of coke, drank the majority of our rider, ate our food, didn’t bother watching us and went on to pretend he did, while contradicting himself constantly. He came up to us and said, ‘It was an awful show, nobody was watching’. I interjected and pointed out the place was near capacity, we’d had an amazing reception and went down really well, to which he responded, ‘Yep, it was great, the place was rammed’. The final straw was when he said, ‘Your singer was out of key the whole time!’ Huh?! The guy was an ex-pat from Belfast and also bad-mouthed a lot of people we really respect from home. I think his name was BALLBAG.”
Formed a couple of years ago and with mini-album ‘This Is Our Machine And Nothing Can Stop It’ already under their belts, the band now intend to “tour the fuck out of” their self-titled debut, as they contine to push those boundaries and set about writing album number two. Here’s to the RAWK.
Sounds like: Your most beautiful dreams and worst nightmares spliced and translated via the medium of intense volume
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Fourth Installment (25/03/09)
That's (obviously) the front page of the map for how to get around London via the underground subway system. Throughout the tube, you can find other pieces of art amongst the billboards for Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Vincent Gallo shilling for H&M (goddamn him). I don't want to fall into the familiar lib American spiel about Europeans and their high appreciation for the higher arts, but this is simply not something you would see in even New York. It speaks of a different attitude. It's nice.
That said, Tom Hudson, vocalist for Pulled Apart By Horses and our host here in Leeds for the past few days, rides a similar train to us through his "artistic" "career": he works a moderately blase job by day to support his habit of needing to act the fool in front of crowds. Between rent and needs, it's a scrape-by situation. I'm excited to get to the Nordic regions--we've just confirmed a show in Oslo--and see what socialism has done for them over there. Especially considering Neil's New Hampshire-borne libertarian streak.
The shows have been consistently fun, and tonight was our first headlining show. Our Middlesbrough venue, Uncle Albert's, was a perfect antidote to the shitshow of a barricaded-stage bougie joint we played in York, which shall remain nameless (The Duchess). I've just assumed that pretty much no one knows us around here, and we've been enjoying the comfy slot of playing before the Horses, who are newly minted up-and-comers according to the NME. Tonight, we played last of four bands and played to about forty kids. Despite my lingering stomach problem, god damn if that isn't a nice experience.
Anyway, I'm trying to avoid boring folks with details about backstage amenities (or lack thereof) or garbage soundguys. Do you guys want to hear about that stuff? I doubt it. Next post I think I'll get into one of the more bizarre aspects of British culture: the tabloids.
Third Installment: Sure Do Feel Like a Homemade Piece of... (24/03/09)
Waking up too early after--let's face it--a bender...is unpleasant.
This is how I woke up a few days ago. Feeling weirdly defeated for no reason, falling back asleep quickly became a distant possibility. I sat around listening to Wire and eventually took my first shower of tour. (I have no one to impress in this company.) I immediately felt around 70 percent better and found my tourmates waking up, for the most part. We quickly ascertained the following: we were locked in (after staying in the upstairs apartment belonging to a pub, and we didn't feel the need to wake our hosts to unlock the door) and the power was out. So, without internet for constant conversation points, we just sort of hung out. It was really nice.
Later we made the hour-long trek to Sheffield from Leeds. Soon after arriving, I came down with a weird stomach/chest ailment. Not debilitating, but very uncomfortable and definitely mobility-limiting. It sort of zapped my sense of humor, and I spent a great deal of the show lying down on a couch in the rear of the venue (a fairweather but decent bar named the Harley). As the opening bands played, my mental train of thought considered the following bullet points, not necessarily in this order:
How sick am I?
Do I have a hernia?
Do I have an ulcer?
If I have these problems, will I continue the tour?
Do I value the anticipated good times of my bandmates over my personal comfort?
Could the band tour as a trio without me?
Do I want to return home early, secretly?
If so, why would I feel that way?
Do I have cancer?
How would that affect my relationships?
Who would I want to play at my funeral? (Mouser, I later determined)
If I still feel this way tomorrow, what would the doctor situation be?
Are Luke and Neil right: Is it gas?
As we started our set, I announced to the crowd: "I live my life in constant pain occasionally interrupted by less pain. We're We Versus the Shark from Athens, Georgia, which is in America." We've collapsed into communicating almost entirely in quotes from comedians, television, and film. We played and I went back to the couches to lie down. Only two hours later did it occur to me: I think I took too much Ibuprofen with too little food. That can fuck with your stomach, right?
Second Installment: Nice Castle, Guys (23/03/09)
A proper update would probably be in order. Instead of the revving up/down of time, i.e. minutes become hours, hours become days, etc. you can basically throw time out of the window on this tour. My cell phone is off -- no international usage -- and I have no watch, plus I'm still shaking off the lingering effects of jet lag; suffice to say, my sense of "when" is markedly dulled, to say nothing of "how," "why," and so on.
We've got four gigs under our belts so far, and they've gotten exponentially better every day. That probably has less to do with the tour getting "up and running" and more with the holy gradient towards the weekend: everything has the potential to suck until you get to Friday. And as such, our Glasgow show on Wednesday was a fine warm-up to four enthusiastic Scots. We retired to nearby Edinburgh at the apartment of Gavin, our affable tour manager. I slept in and effectively missed out on all sorts of awesome castles--thanks, guys. In theory, they looked like this:
Next stop was Newcastle, where good buddies of Pulled Apart By Horses were waiting at their dynamite venue, The End. Club on the ground floor, apartments of the staff above: ideal. A photographer kept doing that move where he tosses the camera every which way without looking through the lens so there are a few pictures on the internet of us looking like spastic giants; many, many chins. The show wrapped up with Neil, our illustrious touring guitar player, reciting the entirety of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" immediately before we adjourned to the nearby gay bar, Camp David.
Then we played Barrow, which was a sort of out-of-the-way place full of kind folks who couldn't stop reminding us that we have no business coming to Barrow. It was all meant with a sort of goofy self-deprecation, and while I know young people are supposed to hate where they're from, we were sort of taken aback. The show turned out just fine, and afterwards we got our first dose of ASDA, Walmart's UK proxy. Just as terrifying!
And last night was our Pulled Apart By Horses' hometown show in Leeds. A note on Pulled Apart By Horses: this is a pretty wacky group. It's sort of like the spastic hardcore genre stripped of all and any pretensions. They put on one fuck of a show, and we've been struggling to keep up. Not only that, but offstage they're hyperactive as all get out, compared to our sort of, I dunno, generally bookish/spaced-out vibe. Neil is sort of a social godsend on tour for We Versus the Shark; whereas we sort of huddle around quietly until the set and then stumble around sweaty and brainless afterwards, Neil is always up for a pint and quick with a joke. He is also blogging over here.
I'm going to try to do these with more frequency so I can be a bit more detailed. Pictures and videos will be on their way as well. I'm at the mercy of wireless networks and time, so please be patient! Next stop: Sheffield.
First Installment: Jetlagged in Newcastle (22/03/09)
Flagpole readership is about as interested in that as we were in experiencing it. So we'll skip the awful terrible and get to Day 2: as of Tuesday, things were generally looking up for We Versus the Shark in our first bout of international touring!
We flew into London, via Washington DC, via Charlotte, via Atlanta. After crashing super-hard at our booking agent Dawnie's Bethnal Green apartment, we roused ourselves for a tube ride (THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL THE SUBWAY HERE, CULTURAL DIFFERENCES, ETC.) to a bar called the Mucky Pup. Each pint of Guinness came with a free shot of Jameson and the gratis jukebox was stacked with all the American classics: the Melvins, the Jesus Lizard, and the Stooges. Then, on four hours of sleep, we drove, via bus and van, the eight hours from London to Glasgow.
And these are the two themes of our journey thus far, officially four days in: long bouts of travel followed by blitzkrieg spurts of revelry. And I'm about as far from complaining as you can get, but as of yet, I've reached few concrete revelations about the differences between Yanks and Brits. Everyone's generally very nice, and beyond that, I'm too jet-lagged to really expound further. The West is the West is the West, I guess; I have to admit, however, that I sporadically wake up from naps in the van briefly terrified that we're about to have a head-on collision.
One thing I have thought about a bit is the subject of the Athenian doppelgangers of our lovely tourmates, the Leeds, UK-based band Pulled Apart By Horses. To wit:
PABH's Robert Lee = Gasmasks & Matchsticks' Tom Brandow
PABH's Tom Hudson (he's less bearded these days) = The Empties' Ben Wills
PABH's James Brown = Mouser's Colby Carter
PABH's Lee Vincent = Reno 911's Ben Garant
Okay, minor cheating employed. Anyway: last night was our first show, we were fed tons of free vegan meals, and no one came. More to come!
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Still today is my BIRTHDAY - happy birthday me. I can't remember exactly what happened on Day Three - apart from the fact we saw Japanther at Mrs Bea's and it was entirely off the chain. The kids were ripping the shit out of the veranda that they played on. Todd P is the man responsible for putting the programme at Mrs Beas together. A bit of a cult hero in his own right, Showpaper promotes all ages DIY shows in the NYC and tri-state area. The SXSW issue had a red on white Raymond Pettibon pen and ink - and it is gorgeous. Daniel said he would scan it on his return.
The satellite activity around SXSW this year is as strong as the programme itself - okay, so the sound isn't necessarily as good as it could be but when you have lineups as good as this (click to make big) it's totally worth coming here without a delegation pass and seeing all the bands play for free.Yesterday we went to Waterloo Park for most of the day to another unofficial SX gig, free and all ages (you only get ID'd if you want to drink) - and saw The Bronx, Crystal Antlers, Thermals, Jason Lyttle, Monotonix and Cursive. Do you know what I mean>?! How fucking lethal is that for free. The Bronx were at the top of their game, brilliant - loved them.
The toothache won out at about 1AM and I had to bail out, I missed MSTRKRFT and the police on horseback riot - but do you know what, it doesn't really matter - this year's SXSW was for me about sorting out where we're going with the label, reassurance about the things that we are doing being really, really good and being inspired by some incredible musicians (particulary The Paper Chase) to create more and be braver about music I write.
Public Service Blogcast Episode 28
26 minutes 20 seconds
00.29 Rolo Tomassi - Oh, Hello Ghost (from Live At Eurosonic EP - free mp3 download with every ticket purchased from Music Glue)
04.48 Kochka - Man Of Letters (from forthcoming The Dead Room Party single - self-released on April 1st)
07.42 Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! - Solving Algebra Equations While On Percocet (from Be Yr Own Shit album - Toloselatrack/Audioglobe)
09.47 Experimental Dental School - Tear Brush (from Forest Field album - free download)
13.33 The Neat - CarMex (previously unreleased)
15.52 Ono Palindromes - Eat Your Make-Up (from Kitty Magic EP - self-released)
18.29 Peter Kernel - Gusto (from The Ticket EP - self-released)
23.10 Theoretical Girl - Rivals (free download from RCRD LBL)
Coming soon: STA at SXSW and a takeover from And So I Watch You From Afar. If you have any feedback or want to get a track played, get in touch - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Thanks to Laura, Heartbeeps and Christopher for recording this takeover and also to Matt Littler for coming up with the new blogcast logo.
Public Service Blogcast Episode 27
19 minutes 58 seconds
00.09 Internet Forever - Break Bones (previously unreleased)
02.07 Imp - Swooping Eel (previously unreleased)
06.39 Incredible Weapons - Solipsister (from Incredible Weapons EP - self-released)
08.59 The Cardboard Band - Melted Hearts (previously unreleased)
12.49 Milk Breath - Oh, Foul, Referee! (previously unreleased)
17.38 Internet Forever - Pages Of Books (previously unreleased)
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Just when you thought you couldn't give a fig for yet more instrumental post-rock, along come these upstarts to clout you upside the head for taking your eye of the ball. Kissing cousins To Monument From Masses, ASIWYFA deal in a similar type of dynamic crashes, danceable rhythms and Dave Knudson guitar squiggle, even giving their songs similarly state-smashing titles to again raise the question of just how political you can really be while barely uttering a word. True to form, the band occasionally lose themselves amidst untold minutes of panoramic fartarsery, but there's always a tubby fucker of a riff lurking on the horizon to ensure things come back to like with another reassuring thunk.
For fans of: From Monument To Masses, Pelican, Russian Circles
8/10Both ASIWYFA's double A side single and the album itself accompanied by an exclsuive bonus disc of unreleased material can be purchased now from the STA store.
Friday, 20 March 2009
It's one of those rare occasions when everyone on the Island, North and South, can unite behind a team without any religious or political nonsense getting in the way.
For those of us not at SXSW, we're having a massive party to watch the game tomorrow, and we have an incentive for you all to get involved and root for the Boys in Green as well.
If Ireland get the job done, by DEFEATING Wales and securing the Grand Slam, we're gonna have a half-price sale from Sunday through to Tuesday. Everything in the store from STA001 (Jetplane Landing - Zero For Conduct) up to and including STA50 (We Versus The Shark - Dirty Versions) will be half price.
So starting making your wish lists and sending over good vibes to the Green half of The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Tiger City, Ungdomskulen, Efterklang, Rye Rye, Golden Filter, Little Boots and Data Rock last night.
SXSW hasn't disappointed me at all this year, it's still got the same atmosphere, inclusiveness and excitement. You could argue that there isn't an MGMT for 2009 - Passion Pit only have the one 'big tune' and LadyHawke is great but not an act of the same proportion. In the grand scheme of things that doesn't really matter - this is a fantastic year for music.
I wonder why a band as good as Danana.. won't sell tens of thousands of records - IMO the best British band here this week. One would think that to repackage all that's best about alt-90s-american indie, turning it up to 11 and LOVING what they do would be enough. Sadly, I think it's just too far ahead of the game. Not that they give a shit - they're here and they rock every room like it's their last.
Parental pride is being felt for the FWW lot - they're nailing every gig they're doing - it's a big year for them as they begin working in the US; they're off to an amazing start.
I absolutely LOVED Tiger City last night - Hall & Oates liquid soul played by four very unlikely Brooklynites (pictured). Check out their myspace.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
11:30 - Meet The Irish Speed Networking Session (on panel)
Annoying Things That Bands Do at 18ABC
K Records at The Indie Village - Austin Convention Center
Relapse Records at The Indie Village - Austin Convention Center
Belfast Nashville Songwriters Party at British Music Embassy at Latitude 30
File Under: Music at The Indie Village - Austin Convention Center
DD/MM/YYYY at Day Stage Cafe - Austin Convention Center
DD/MM/YYYY at SESAC Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center Control_play
Fearless Records at The Indie Village - Austin Convention Center
Crash Course #4: Online Resources at 17AB
Licensing for Unsigned Bands at 18ABC
Fighting With Wire @ Pure Volume House
Gallows at Emo's Main Room Control
Chief at Dirty Dog Bar Control
The Von Bondies at Vice Control
Alaska In Winter
Royal Bangs at Spiro's Control
Tara Jane O'Neil at Beauty Bar
“Girl Rock Camp Austin”
Lovvers at Red 7 Patio Control
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth at Scoot Inn Control
White Circle Crime Club at The Parish Downstairs Control
Red 7 Patio
Tara Jane O'Neil at Beauty Bar Backyard
Dananananaykroyd at Dirty Dog Bar Control
Dirty Dog Bar
DD/MM/YYYY at Emo's Jr Control
Magic Magic at Spiro's Control
Past Lives at Red Eyed Fly
The Decemberists at Stubb's
Skibunny at Barcelona Control
The Bronx at Red 7 Patio
These Arms Are Snakes at Red Eyed Fly Control
Sky Larkin - Red 7 Patio
The Decemberists - Stubb's
Fake Problems - Music Gym Patio
Shout Out Out Out Out - Karma Lounge
The Bronx - Red 7 Patio
These Arms Are Snakes - Red Eyed Fly
This Will Destroy You - Soho Lounge
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
After this we went to the British Embassy for drinks, which was quite posh - me on the balcony there >>
My mate Alexi just got offered a new contract at work - so he's buying himself a jazzmutant lemur - hooray! When did making music get so fun - what about the ten hours a day freezing your balls off in a practise room in pump street.
Four hours until check-in. Seven hours until wheels up. I have no idea how many hours until I land in Austin. I'm hella excited.
Monday, 16 March 2009
Venue Address: The Dirty Dog, 505 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Public Service Blogcast Episode 26
33 minutes 55 seconds
00.29 The Woo!worths - Konichiwa (previously unreleased)
04.38 Fighterplanes - FP2 (previously unreleased)
10.57 The Blindies - Funny Guy (from Sub Rosa EP - self-released)
14.21 Tudor Tron - Geometry (previously unreleased)
17.05 Creature With The Atom Brain - Black Out, New Hit (from I Am The Golden Gate Bridge album - Jesusfactory)
19.36 Dead Wolf Club - Radar (from Whammy Happy - SVC Records)
22.07 Empires - Valmont (from Howl free download album - self-released)
25.54 Goes Cube - Grinding The Knife Blade (from Another Day Has Passed album - The End Records)
29.10 We Rock Like Girls Don't - Hip To You (from How Did It Get To This? album - Distort Records)
32.05 Cardiotonica - Viaduct (from self-titled self-released album)
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Public Service Blogcast Episode 25
28 minutes 40 seconds
00.29 Johnny Foreigner - Ohai, Sentinels (free download)
02.29 My First Tooth - Margaret Yen (previously unreleased)
05.40 Cactus's - Tiny Teeth (from Tropical Terror EP - free download)
08.55 Clip Stamp Fold - Tourist (previously unreleased)
12.30 Stricken City - Don't Spit At Her Face (demo) (free download)
16.39 Sunny Day Sets Fire - Stranger (from Summer Palace album - Wonderboat)
21.32 Cryptacize - We'll Never Dream Again (from Dig That Treasure album - Asthmatic Kitty Records)
24.46 Holmes - David Letterman (from Wolves album - Black Star Foundation)
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Saturday, 14 March 2009
Formed in 2003 by Jetplane Landing guitarist Cahir O'Doherty, Fighting With Wire were nearly wrapped up by disillusioned members after bieng consistently ignored by managers, labels and distributors. "We cannot escape these songs," says O'Doherty, laughing. "A few years back, we were going to do one more tour and then pack it in. It all went crazy, and now we find ourselves off to America to try all over again with songs that are five years old." With new wind in their sails and an album to be recorded before the end of 2009, the adventure is on for Fighting With Wire. "We really don't know what will happen," O'Doherty admits. "We come from the early 90s school of rock. American alternative music from that time is our major influence. Three Irish shits trying to sell that back to America 15 years down the line; you know, I'm not really sure how that will go down."
For those who rock: Burning Airlines, Kerbdog, Pixies
Friday, 13 March 2009
Praise from Clash magazine for Calories' debut - "Frustrations surface, demons exorcised: while Calories are a new band on their first album, there’s experience here that goes far deeper than a ten-track indie-rock debut.
The Birmingham trio had another musical life as the tipped Distophia, albeit then as a four-piece; the band released a great EP, ‘Soda Lake’, and soon enough put an album proper, ‘Beat Dyslexia’, into the hands of their label Necessary. Unfortunately, at the time said label was rather wrapped up in the success Hard-Fi had brought them, and Distophia’s itchy, fidgety brand of boisterous rock and roll wasn’t money to their ears. Delay became suspension, and the album never saw official light of day. If you’re lucky enough to find a promotional copy in a second hand store, for crying out loud buy it.
Or, alternatively, simply pick up ‘Adventuring’ – while this record’s not as texturally rich as ‘Beat Dyslexia’ promised, its stripped-back style exudes accessibility aplenty, each and every furious riff tempered by a developed pop sensibility. It resonates with potential realised that had to sit in stasis for an unexpected period of time, subsequently appearing better formed than many a debut from a domestic rock act you’ll hear in 2009. Across the course of less than a half-hour (the guys don’t mess about – track starts, bang, you’re in) earholes are subjected to a barrage of acerbic guitars, percussion that kicks and spits, and sing-along-friendly vocals which imply that Calories could well become a live circuit favourite.
The energy exuded on ‘Adventuring’ certainly suggests its makers are well-schooled in the field of live performance, and to these ears it could well be recorded ‘as live’, the crackle in the studio air caught for posterity. As such, some will hear imperfections – not every line is delivered note perfect. Others, though – hopefully more – will feel enthused by a record that rattles along at such a frantic pace that it could only have been made with spirits running superbly high. It’s a kick up the arse guaranteed to get you out of your seat, each blustering number packing a punch firmer than the last.
But never is catharsis filtered through cacophonies neglecting essential melodies – so while ‘Oh K.S.S.T.’ is as incendiary as indie-rock can get before passing into the punk pigeonhole, it opens itself up between the frenetic six-string work and therefore presents an ‘in’ for those who wouldn’t normally be transfixed by aggressive music. ‘A Bear A Bison’ is an even better balance of twin traits of fury and focus, coming on like the best song Seafood never wrote; ‘Same Ideals’ sounds every inch a meeting of musical minds between Idlewild and Johnny Foreigners; and the title track rockets into view like Los Campesinos! with Roman Candles up their backsides. Throughout the ghosts of US indie past are present, too – listen sharply and, yeah, there’s your Pavement and Weezer echoes.
While opportunity knocked only to give their previous incarnation the cold shoulder, ‘Adventuring’ is strong enough to make further comments of Calories resembling Distophia mark II redundant, for this is a new voice demanding attentions in its own right. So, from now on less of ‘formerly known as’, more of ‘get this into your face immediately’."
Today's offering from A New Band A Day is one Alan MX! Here's what they have to say...
"Now and again, a band or artist pokes a hole through the beige dullness that is the musical space-time continuum. This doesn't necessarily mean that they've done anything particularly inventive - anyone can play a bunch of samples in a semi-random order and cause ears to prick up - but Today's New Band innovates, teasing something new out of the limp heap that is pop music.
This wet finger in the ear of drab musical ordinariness is Alan MX, whose music is skewed, restrained, and new. Warpsicord is one of the most accurately descriptive song titles you'll find - a song that forces mutations from simple musical instrumental sounds. This is where awkwardness and lushness overlap, creating its own musical Venn diagram.
Captain America Video tickles Twee-Pop, Lo-Fi, swooning instrumentation, thumping disco pop and twitchy laptop fiddling, but doesn't linger near any of them for too long. Songs like Flesh Emergency are a delight - airy, shiny and sleazy all at once. His songs never trip over their own strangeness, but create their own space where it all just seems right.
Scuttling to form his own path, Alan MX's music is unusual enough to live and clever enough to thrive. Lovely. Listen here!
Labels: lithe, loopy"
Thursday, 12 March 2009
I got an excited email from one of the concert organisers this morning - "Its worth mentioning that when a venue gets £8.5 million put into it some people in Council might think that the room should be kept for classical music and conferences. The effects of Monday will be felt right across the city whether people realise or not. Some very powerful people sat up and went 'Holy Shit!' (I'm paraphrasing btw), and everyone of you were vital to making that happen."
Listen Again To The Whole Show
Fighting With Wire's Media Training seems to be working.
Full photostream here from the BBC
Thanks to Wally for providing the percussion for JPL and to Tony ASI... for providing the vocals in the middle bit to 'Know Your Enemy'. Gotta end this post with the masters... a finger to the land of the chains!
"So we got given an advertising budget by Smalltown America, it was really exciting coming up with ideas for how we could spend the money; we did a whole day of casting and workshopping with actors from all over the West Midlands (some of them came all the way from Halesowen) before settling for second best in the form of James and Neil. Basically their fees were so high we could no longer afford the lighting tech or boom operator so Coalville Light and Sound (Loughborough) took the pinch.
Here's what we came up with.
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Peace be with you.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Our launch night will be on Thursday 23rd April. We are delighted to confirm And So I Watch You From Afar as the headlining act. As well as being our own launch night, this event will also serve as the Derry launch for ASIWYFA's forthcoming album, copies of which will be available on the night. Also on the bill will be Derry-based minimalist-electronica artist Mezzanaesia. We will be announcing further additions to the lineup in the next few weeks.
You can buy tickets for the show right now @ We Got Tickets.
Oh, and we have a poster for the show as well. Designed by illustrator/genius/maverick Matt Littler - we will be releasing a limited batch of exclusive prints for sale after the event. Take a look!
Sunday, 8 March 2009
At STA we're big fans of gig art so we're stoked with the poster for We Versus The Shark's UK jaunt with Pulled Apart By Horses that begins the week after next. Click the tag for ticket links.
But there's more; All preorders received will come with an ultra exclusive bonus disk containing unreleased material.
You're sold aren't you? Head over to the store right now!