Friday, December 26, 2008

ICE, SEA, DEAD PEOPLE


ICE, SEA, DEAD PEOPLE
are one of the few bands that have emailed me that I actually liked. They are a 3 piece band from London who are inspired by bands like Fugazi, Liars and Jarcrew. Their aggressive, sharp post-punk music is very harsh on the ears, kind-of reminiscent of Untitled Musical Project. I should listen to it in the mornings to wake me up. I can imagine them being a fun live band to watch. Actually less fun and more scary, but still awesome. Justin Klein is the name of the song up for download below, I have no idea who Justin Klein is but he's probably awesome, just because he has a ISDP song named after him.

MP3: ICE, SEA, DEAD PEOPLE - Justin Klein
BUY: A t-shirt?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Simon Says No!


Simon Says No! are a 4 piece experimental shoegaze/noise-rock band from Oslo, Norway. Considering the fact that before now, the only Danish music I'd heard was Aqua - Barbie Girl, their stuff is suprisingly good. When listening to SSN! it's obvious that bands like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine are big influences on them. They recently played a few gigs in the USA, apparently they were well recieved and got good reviews. They will soon be releasing their debut EP entitled Ahoi de Angst. Below is an MP3 from the EP.

MP3: Simon Says No! - Sleeping Heart

Edit: They're actually Norwegian, not Danish.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Instruments (Make Music)


Instruments (Make Music)
are a fantastic 4-piece from London who make aggressive yet warming math-pop, in my opinion the best kind of math-pop. It's like Johnny Foreigner meets Pulled Apart By Horses. They recently released their self-titled debut EP on Unlabel, also the home of Klaus Says Buy The Record from that Orange Unsigned show. You can listen to it in full on Last.fm here, and if you like what you hear, you can buy it from Unlabel here. If you don’t have a Last.fm account or just want an MP3, look below!

MP3: Instruments (Make Music) – Bright Eyes Make For Good Dogs
MP3: Instruments (Make Music) – The Mexican

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Friendship

Friendship are Daniel Hills and William deWitt. They are a London based band who make a hell of a lot of noise considering there's only two members. Their music has aspects of noise rock, but also contains delicate riffs, giving them a slight math-pop sound. It's like Times New Viking meets Hot Club de Paris. I suppose you could compare them to Death From Above 1979 a bit too. Plus, they have the greatest facial hair since Brad Pitt looked like this. Take this MP3, use it wisely.

MP3: Friendship - The Graveyard Shift

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Minotaur Explode/Pulled Apart By Horses

I havn't done many posts in the past two months, I'm gonna try and do more from now on. This post's theme will be: music to get angry about having your phone stolen to. First up, Minotaur Explode. They are a 4-piece band from Dorset who formed in January 2007. I should probably compare them to Blakfish and At The Drive-In, but instead I'm gonna say they make me want to kick small children over fences. They're literally that awesome. They have a 3 track demo CD called "This Band Could Ruin Your Life", and it's pretty goddamn good for a demo CD. Here's an MP3 from it. Take it take it take it (only take it once).

MP3: Minotaur Explode - We Wear Invisible Masks

Keeping up the awesome levels are Pulled Apart By Horses. They're an alternative "spazzcore" band from Leeds, and sound like they've gone insane; which sounds fucking cool. I wouldn't call it music to kick small children to; it's more like music to throw paint at a wall in your underpants to. They have a new single out on Big Scary Monsters next week called Meat Balloon. Apparently it comes with a free comic and a CD. What else could you ask for? Buy it here. Go on, I dare you.

MP3: Pulled Apart By Horses - I Punched A Lion In The Throat

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Popular Workshop

I've been a fan of Popular Workshop ever since I heard them on one of Artrocker's awesome compilations. I think they've been on a few of them actually. There was something really edgy and catchy about them. They released their album "We're Alive and We're Not Alone" today (I think). It's all good angry quirky indie. They've been the victims of a lot of harsh comparisons, the worst of which being Sc**t**g f** G***s, although they seem to be able to see the funny side of it. I'll be ordering a copy of their album as soon as my EMA payments kick in.

MP3: Popular Workshop - X-Ray Confidential

Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Bear

A Bear are an epic new band from Manchester. They are an experimental rock 3-piece consisting of Luke, Nathan and Jake. Their songs have the unpredictable twists and turns of Tubelord, but with more tense and angry. It's obvious they are Biffy Clyro fans. Their other influences include Mclusky, Reuben and Bruce Willis. From what I can see they are still very small and currently only have a few rough demos recorded, but there's definately potential. They're writing and recording at the moment too, so that’s something to look forward to!

MP3: A Bear - Twentythreeandathird
Link: Myspace

Calories

Calories are a band who care about your road safety. Belt up for safety, off we go is the simple but safe chorus in their track "A Bear A Bison", one of their two demo tracks available. It's a pretty angry song. Maybe they are angry at people who don't put their seatbelts on. I'll be honest, I don't wear mine. By this logic, Calories are angry at me. Oh bugger. There are 3 members in Calories; their names are John Biggs, Pete Dixon and Tom Whitfield. Their names don't stand out enormously; they all sound like they could be my dad's work colleagues. They don't sound like them though. You may like to know that all three members were previously in "underground noise pop heroes" Distophia. Their music is what a Tellison/Dartz supergroup would sound like, but with only 3 members. Feels good man.

MP3: Calories - A Bear A Bison
Link: Calories' Myspace

Friday, August 15, 2008

Tubelord/Blakfish @ Hamptons Bar

Not only was last night (14th August) a celebratory night out for A level students who had received their results, it was also the night the Tubelord/Blakfish tour hit Southampton! Tubelord were fresh/tired from the Tubelord/Tellison tour promoting the split single containing both bands, a tour which sadly didn’t come close enough to me. Blakfish were touring because they recently released their mini-album/EP See You In Another City on Big Scary Monsters Recording Company. Secondsmile were also featured on the line-up, promoting their newly released second album Years, which is also released on BSM. The two smaller bands opening the gig were Southamptoners Lucida Bright and the local favourites who are tipped for big things, Venice Ahoy. Tickets were only £5 too, which was an amazing price for the 5 bands on offer.

We arrived in Southampton at about 6 o’clock so killed some time in the recently done-up HMV, it’s got Macs in it! Not very good Macs though, you could only go on a few websites and couldn’t scroll down. We then headed to the venue at the end of the high street, expecting a 15 minute wait for doors to open. The gig started about and hour and a 15 minutes late, which meant we were outside for about an hour and a half and the rest of the show was a bit of a rush. But kind of made it all more fun! The first band on were Lucida Bright, who were suprisingly good considering their singer is in Egypt. You can download their Demo EP from their Myspace or you can get an MP3 at the bottom. They seem to sound better live though. If you were to Google them, you would learn that their name is taken from a font! A lot of the crowd seemed to know the band. About 5 seconds after LB finished, Venice Ahoy leapt out of the seats against the wall into the band area and started to get ready. It was another energetic and exciting set from the VA, who sold the last 4 copies of their First EP just before I was going to get mine, sadface. They were also selling shirts for £5, I wish I had bought one now. The guitarist and bassist seem to jump into each-other a lot, I thought they were gonna fall over more than once. Venice Ahoy are highly recommended, add them on Myspace! We used the time before Secondsmile took to the stage to phone our lift home and say the gig is gonna end late. The crowd was slowly getting bigger. I don't understand why people do that, only show up for the final band/s.

So anyway, Secondsmile, the first of the bigger bands took to the stage, and they really were bigger, they had to move the stage outwards a bit. It wasnt exactly hard though, it was hardly a stage, they just moved a few amps on the floor forward. They had a few good songs, but not many people seemed to know them. Still, check out the complimentary Myspace link! I think everyone just wanted to see Tubelord, an opinion that Blakfish shared, and were not afraid to tell everyone about, so they "played their fast songs as quickly as possible" as they put it. The guitarist was a bit nuts, he jumped into the crowd and swung around with his guitar and at the end of the set, gave his guitar to Joe Tubelord while he went off through the crowd starting a 5 second mosh pit and standing on a table shouting stuff. The only way to improve their set have been if they had played Jeremy Kyle Is A Marked Man, or maybe a bit of nudity, which is what i!AMYOU specialise in! Click on it, you know you want to. If you're lucky, you can still see some i!COCK on Youtube, and catch them at London Barfly on Sunday night (17th August!).

Finally, it's Tubelord time! Everyone's legs were probably aching apart from everyone sitting on the lovely leather seats that we all craved. They were better than last time, I think because more people knew them and had come to see them, not Johnny Foreigner (the headliners last time I saw Tubelord). They played a variety of tracks including 2 or 3 new ones, tracks from their EP including apparent fan favourite Propeller and engaged in hugs with crowd members between songs. They ended their energetic-as-ever set with their single Feed Me A Box Of Words. No blow-keyboards this time but the glockenspiel lives on.

All in all, an enjoyable few hours of music, thanks to Meat Pie Promotions for putting the gig on! Despite not getting a Venice Ahoy EP, I did still manage to get a copy of Blakfish's new EP, Tubelord's split single with Tellison and a Secondsmile/Meet Me In St. Louis split single. Tasty stuff.

MP3: Lucida Bright - Chunky
MP3: Venice Ahoy - Maps
MP3: Secondsmile - Years [Buy album]
MP3: Blakfish - Jeremy Kyle Is A Marked Man [Buy EP]
MP3: Tubelord - Propeller [Buy split single]
MP3: i!AMYOU - AQA

Monday, August 11, 2008

Klaus Says Buy The Record - Centurion EP

The word "Centurion" has multiple meanings; a ranking in the Roman army, a type of tank, the name of a place in South Africa and the name of an estate agents amongst other things. Centurion is also the name of Klaus Says Buy The Record's new EP, his (Jonathan C Mills) first release since winning the Red Stripe Music Award 2008. The EP may not be as exciting as the Roman army or a tank, but it does contain 4 easy to listen to acoustic pop songs, maybe to calm you down after you've driven your tank. The opening track, also called Centurion is a good track to begin the EP, it's classic Klaus. The line "You are feeling blue, so I'll colour you in. I'll promote your smile to a full time grin" seems to be his main new catch-phrase, if you will. It's written on the back of one of the pieces of paper inside the EP and is his new Myspace quote. It's quite a nice line. The song includes buzzing synths which come in and out of the song, similar to his experimental track Miracle On Stairway B. The girl with the face paint on the artwork has an African kind of feel to it, which could be a link to the place called Centurion in South Africa. The soulful howling, the ba-ba's and the claps on the second track Lone Wolf seem to suggest he is continuing the African theme throughout the EP. The highlight of the release is Happy Birthday Blue, again featuring buzzing synths, sharp-yet-soft guitar, gentle drums and a bass! Possibly the first Klaus song I've heard a bass. Or maybe I just never noticed. Final track Ukulele And So Can I unsuprisingly is played on a Ukulele. It's a nice and simple and you just want to hug it.

Finally, I'd like to mention the fact that the artwork and pieces of paper feature actual printed photographs, which is pretty cool. This is a really nice EP. I'm looking forward to being able to order a copy of his mini-album Mother Hen, which is being re-released in October. Overall, I'd give this release a 7/8 out of 10. You can buy the EP from Norman Records here.

MP3: Klaus Says Buy The Record - Happy Birthday Blue

-----------------------------------------------------

My next post will be a review of this gig and maybe some merch I buy:

Tubelord/Blakfish/Secondsmile/Venice Ahoy/Lucida Smile @ Hamptons Bar on 14th August.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

We can speak at slower speeds

I want to do more reviews so that this looks like a good blog that reviews real things, instead of random shit. However, I'd only feel able to review something if I'd actually bought it. I don't know why, maybe it's my subconscious making me not review things because it knows that the reviews will be crud. But I'll show him. Also, I only really want to review new releases, which makes things harder. I did a review of The Long Blondes new album and it was just a track by track guide really and it was pretty crap. And I haven't listened to the album since! Bad start to my reviewing. So, here's my attempt at something which will hopefully look like a review.

Late Of The Pier - Heartbeat

With their album release date is days away now, this week Late Of The Pier released their album teaser single Heartbeat on Parlophone Records. When I first heard LOTP's Zarcorp demos, I wasn't sure about it. The songs sounded good, but due to the fact they were demos and therefore the production wasn't brilliant, I struggled to listen to them. I gained a little more interest in them after seeing them live, and even more when I heard their first big single Focker/Space And The Woods. Now they're one of my current favourites. The new and improved version of Heartbeat has been put through the Erol Alkan filter and now sounds incredible, so much more energetic and buzzing. Some might say over-produced, but those people can suck my cock. The itsy bitsy little riff in the intro of the demo has been crapped and replaced with a keyboard piece that sounds like pure rainbows, so good. I say rainbows, like all nice and lovely like wow! the short interlude half-way through the song has an Interpol - Roland kind of feel to it. The single comes armed with the b-side Very WAV (a revamped version of the demo Very Wav Wet Wipes and a variety of remixes. Personally I would have preferred a new song instead of one of the remixes, but I suppose the remixes all suit their 12" release tradition. You can buy Heartbeat on CD, 7" and 12" here. You should buy it, even it's just to stare at that artwork for hours upon end.

MP3: Late Of The Pier - Heartbeat

Bombay Bicycle Club - Evening/Morning

I haven't bought this yet, I'm struggling to find it anywhere that won't cost me a total of £5 including postage. But I will get it somehow. I was first recommended Bombay Bicycle Club by a good friend about 6 months ago, so I listened to them and thought they were a bit meh, if you know what I mean. Then I heard the new single Evening/Morning and instantly liked it. This leaded to me listened to their prior releases again, and you know how it is, when you listen to meh stuff a few times you start to like it. So I'm starting to like BBC. I (started) read their interview in this months Artrocker magazine and had no idea how young they were. If I had a hat, I'd take it off to them. Evening/Morning's guitar and bass riffs sound slightly Interpolly (the second comparison to them in this post!) and really sound quite dark, and play well with the croaky vocals and jumpy drums. The b-side to the single is You Already Know, an adorable little acoustic tune about two friends who become more than friends (I think). From what I learnt in their Artrocker interview, they are preparing to start work on their debut album. I predict a couple more singles before we get our hands on it. I will be eagerly anticipating it! You can and should buy the single from Norman Records here.

MP3: Bombay Bicycle Club - Evening/Morning

Next week I'm going to review Klaus Says Buy The Record's new EP. This is fun!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Midnight Corn Flakes

I'm such a terrible blogger. I can't say I have good reasoning for not posting, I'm just lazy. I've been watching a lot of films over the past few days. I had to squeeze them between entertaining cousins and other boring things. But I thought you might like to know what films I watched and what I thought of them. That's what this post is starting off with. New music related stuff later. This post might be a bit long and boring. Sorry.



I started my film-a-thon with that recently released hollywood "excuse for some big explosions" kind of film Hancock. It started off okay and just went downhill. I'm not going to go on about it. Instead watch this review on Youtube, of which i fully agree with. It tickles me.



Then I watched Signs, which was quite good. I don't really understand the whole "Signs is shit" thing. The aliens looked a bit generic though, just green men. Next up was American Psycho! I absolutely loved that film. Slightly confused about what actually happened at the end due to not having read the book first but it was fantastic. I'm currently downloading it! It's quite interesting how Christian Bale's character is called Patrick Bateman and he is also the current Batman. Bateman, Batman. Cool coincidence. Whilst on the subject, I saw The Dark Knight last week, very good film but went on for a very long time. Interested to know who the next villain is. Anyway, after watching American Psycho I watched The Interpreter, a political (aka boring) film about some country who has a president who killed people and some woman isn't happy about it. Yawn. The next film I watched was The Village, the second film by M. Night Shyamalan (the first being Signs). It was interesting and had some nice twists and turns in the plot although I did expect it to be scarier. I suppose it was only a 12 rating. I am currently half way through watching the new The Mummy 3 film, it's buffering. It's okay I suppose, a bit boring to start off with though. Still 35 minutes left to go though.

///

I have now watched all of The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor and I can safely say it was predictable and boring, probably trying to ride off the sucsess of the new Indiana Jones film. I wasn't actually aware I was watching a cinema recording until two people got up near the end. They probably felt the same about the film as me! Today I am going to watch About Schmidt. The reason I'm trying to watch as many films as possible is because I'm doing film studies at college and I want to be good at something. It's pretty easy to watch films so I should watch as many possible.

///

I have just finished watching About Schmidt. What a lovely moving film. I cryed at the end. Any excuse to see Jack Nicholsons arse. I felt a bit peckish halfway through so ventured downstairs for a midnight snack; Corn Flakes! Hence the post title. Writing about music is over-rated. My blog is officially becoming slightly about films as well as music. Hurray.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

How'd you get that beard? I grew it

I wish I had a beard, I'd feel more like a man and look like one too. Let it be known, Pepsi cans are much easier and generally nicer to open than Coke cans. It's been about 6 days since my bandwidth came back and since it's been back 3.9GB of MP3s from here have been downloaded. Slow down! I talk about my bandwidth more than I talk about music. Right this second, I'm rehosting MP3s onto other accounts.

I havn't found many new bands recently really. I've been enjoying doing nothing. But today I did something, I made some music! Some really bad music. I did a song called "shit me a brick" which was basically a improvised guitar fuck-out with some drum noises I recorded about 4 months ago along with a robot voice saying absolute crap. Would you like to hear it? I bet you're intrigued. You can listen to it on Last.fm! I put it on Last.fm because I don't want to be a Myspace band thing. I'm a Last.fm band! Well, not band. Boy. Yay. My Last.fm artist page is here. I can't help but laugh when I listen to it. I also did a song called "rosie is gay" and a 49 second LCD Soundsystem cover!

Instead of MP3s, have a browse over these links:

Band For The Day - A site which features a new band every day.
Dan Deacon MP3s - A directory of loads of his stuff.
Plastic Passion - A band from London. Real thorough coverage there.
The Unsigned Music UK - Website about unsigned music. O rly?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Let your blood flow to the drain

Having no bandwidth is not fun. I don't want to write about stuff because when I write a post I want to get it published as soon as possible, and I don't want to have to wait ages for the MP3 links to work. That's why it's dead round here! Except it's not really dead because it still gets about 150 hits a day from all you Hype Machiners. Which were actually the problem in the first place, sucking up all my bandwidth all in one go! I hope you get stomach ache. Anyway, I've got about 4 Fileden accounts now.

It's not all doom and gloom (ART BRUT QUOTE!) though, because while I havn't been writing about music, I have still been listening to it. Last night whilst lying on the floor of my nan's spare bedroom I listened to Joy Division's singles compilation Substance. I didn't get any sleep that night (not JD's fault though!). Anyway, I realised how amazing they sound when you are lying on the floor with the moonlight hitting you in the face like a big pizza pie (KRUSTY QUOTE!).

MP3: Joy Division - Dead Souls
Buy from Amazon

On with the show. I'm writing this post on Firefox, I felt like trying something new. I've also decided to center this entire post. I might change it back though, in which case I shall delete this line and the previous one. As of late I have developed a bit of a sweet tooth for a bit of hip-pop experimental indie rock (niche market?!). The first material I heard by Why? (a 3 piece centred around front man and original member Joni Wolf) was their new album Alopecia. I struggled to go beyond the first 4 tracks, which are jaw-droppingly good, but have now fallen for the rest of it. My current favourite track from the album is Fatalist Palmistry. I then went after Why?'s previous album Elephant Eyelash, which is slowly growing on me, but not rated as highly as Alopecia yet.

MP3: Why? - Whispers Into The Other
Buy from Amazon


Adam Kesher are a band are from France. I don't know where exactly; their Myspace is a bit vague about their location. France is pretty big. Despite the band being called Adam Kesher, there are 6 members, and none of them are actually called "Adam", or have the sirname "Kesher". The lyrics are hardly inspiring; "I want to meet a local girl like you, take me to your room and save my life", infact, it sounds slightly Pigeon Detectivey. But don't be put off! It's nice/dark electro-pop music, probably good if you are feeling moody but have the energy to nod your head a bit. And no, before you ask, they don't sound much like The Teenagers. Their debut album Heading For The Hills, Feeling Warm Inside was released in April, although I don't know how available it is in the UK. If by any chance you live in France and are reading this, you can buy it from the French version of Amazon here.

MP3: Adam Kesher - Local Girl

Finally, here's a really cool video of The Mae Shi doing an acoustic version of Run To Your Grave on the side of a river in Vienna, Austria. The video was recorded by the people at They Shoot Music Don't They, who emailed me about this, thank god they did! I am intrigued about that instrument they use, like a keyboard with buttons or something. I want one!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Kick her down the stairs

The most controversial thing I have seen on the internet recently has been the new Last.fm design. It has been available for subscribers (like me!) for a few months now and we have seen sections move around/disappear/reappear until it change slowly into what it is now. I still have a lot of problems with it though. I don't like the fact that the shoutbox takes up half the page at the bottom; they should reduce it in size. It looks a bit too much like the Facebook "wall" feature. God I hate Facebook (ADD ME ON IT!). I also do not like the way the charts have been reduced so that when you glance at someone's profile, you only see their top 15 overall artists OR weekly artists - you can't have both. There are a lot of blank spaces, which need to be filled with something, especially in the name/icon section at the top of you're profile. Subscribers have lost their blue icon! It has been replaced with a TINY piece of writing next to the user's name. However, I love how the charts now update instantly after you listen to a song (real-time charts for all you nerds) and the library feature is pretty cool, being able to delete all the shite I have listened to.

The second most controversial thing I've seen on the internet recently has been a code that you put into your Windows Live Messenger personal message that fucks you over. I didn't fall for the antics of Yr_Mum though. Ha.

You may have (definitely did) seen the writing under my logo about having no bandwidth for the next two weeks. The rumours are true! All hell has broken loose in the office bedroom. Yes, I could get another Fileden account, but the bandwidth on that would go fairly quickly too, and I'm not paying for another Fileden Premium account. I'm just going to have to try and spread links out all over the place. Or give up blogging and chase my dream of being a rockstar!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Noah and the Noise


London 2-piece Gentle Friendly were mentioned in a bulletin by Johnny Foreigner drummer Jr, along with Algernon Cadwallader, My Psychoanalyst and Calories, who are all good and will probably all end up on here because I'm too lazy to find bands myself. But the fact that Jr mentioned it is not the only reason I'm posting this mp3. This song is from a radio session, and the presenter who talks for about 10 seconds makes me laugh for no reason. The track is called Real Fighters, and it is 1:30 (excluding the funny man talking) of messy shouting over what sounds someone sitting on the keys of an organ. It sounds like No Age if their songs were shorter and had break-downs which include noises like a washing machine. Check their Myspace for more songs like the above!

Perhaps they could be/are part of this "Noise" label that is around. I don't know much about it. Last.fm's similar artists for them include Fuck Buttons and Teengirl Fantasy. If you are interested in Teengirl Fantasy, go here!

MP3: Gentle Friendly - Real Fighters


The problem that I have with this "Noise" thing is that it's very very hard to tell the difference between songs. Initially, at least. Another band who have found themselves stuck with the label are Health. They are a four piece experimental band from Los Angeles (anotherrrrr No Age comparison). I said they are part of this "Noise" thing, but their genres are kind of all over the place. I'm not sure if I like it or not, like a lot of things these days. See for yourself.

MP3: Health - Glitter Pills
MP3: No Age - Eraser (I've mentioned them enough times, any excuse for a No Age MP3!)

I mentioned Fuck Buttons earlier. I downloaded their album and was suprised at how long their songs were. 5/6 songs on it were longer than 7 minutes long. See what you think of their progressive noises and tingz. If you like their progressive noises and tingz, go to their Myspace.

MP3: Fuck Buttons - Sweet Love For Planet Earth

Finally, Noah And The Whale's debut album Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down is available for free download from 7digital and it is fantastic. The downside to the freeness is that you will only have for 2 weeks, after 2 weeks of having the files, they will no longer work (I'm guessing). Get it for 2 weeks here! Inevitably, it has become available online, so if you want it for longer than 2 weeks, go elsewhere. I'm sure it's not hard to find. Just so you know, the MP3 below will not expire in 2 weeks. High five!

MP3: Noah And The Whale - Give A Little Love

Monday, July 7, 2008

This is not the time to start a new love!

Bloc Party have returned! They have been recording their new album over the past few months with Paul Epworth and Jacknife Lee, who seperately produced Bloc Party's two previous albums. Their new single Mercury is available for streaming on the Radio One website. But fuck streaming. Get the MP3! It has the experimental factor of Flux, the nonsense-lyrics of Silent Alarm and a shit load of horns to top it off. Absolutely fucking fantastic.

MP3: Bloc Party - Mercury

Release details


Heavy weight 12”

Side A: Mercury (12” Version)
Side B: Mercury (12” Intrumental)

CD Maxi

1. Mercury
2. Mercury (Hervé is in disarray Remix)
3. Mercury (CSS Remix)
4. Mercury (Flosstrodamus Remix)

Heavyweight 7”

Side A: Mercury
Side B: Idea For A Story

Pre-order the single from their online store here!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

I'll buy you flowers instead of pickled eggs

Here are a small handful of songs that I have been playing to the extreme quite a lot recently. Think of it a mini-playlist. Artists have mini-albums, so mini-playlists must exist. If not then I am officially creating the first mini-playlist. Huzzah. Most of these tracks have been released recently or are very close to being so. You may be interested to know that I am now including "buy" links in my posts. Because even though I don't buy it, that doesn't mean you can't. Word. Basically this post was just an excuse to make another logo!


MP3: Late Of The Pier - Broken [Buy from Amazon]
MP3: Why? - The Hollows [Buy from Amazon]
MP3: Mclusky - Without MSG I Am Nothing [Buy from Amazon]
MP3: The Subways - This Is The Club For People Who Hate People [Buy from Amazon]
MP3: Maths Class - Branches [Buy from Amazon]
MP3: The Wave Pictures - I Love You Like A Madman [Buy from Amazon]

Finally, this song didn't really fit in with the rest of my "mini-playlist" because I havn't been playing it "quite a lot" because I have only just discovered it but I think I will be listening to it a lot. Here is how I would describe it. Like Test Icicles hyper on cherryade in a room full of apes. Capow.

MP3: The Mae Shi - Power To The Power Bite Two [Buy from Amazon]

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

He would say cunt to a nun

In the short space between my last post and this one, quite a few interesting things have happened. The biggest of these things is Glastonbury, which I hear didn't sell out this year. Possibley because Jay Z headlined on Saturday, although another factor could be that the Nelson Mandella birthday party gig whatever thing happened last friday. Whilst on the subject of Jay Z, he did an interview with Tim Westwood. It's the first time I've actually heard/seen Tim Westwood, he confuses me. Youtube video of the interview can be seen here.

[Spends next two hours downloading The Mae Shi's back catalogue and browsing their store and searching for anything MS them on eBay.]

The second biggest thing that happened was Boring By The Sea Festival in Weymouth, although I couldn't go because I had to go to Barton Peveril's taster day the following day and it would not be good if I went there with a few hours sleep. I know that's a terrible reason not to go, but I was also struggling to persuade my friends to come with me, and going on my own was not an option because would need some kind of transport even if I did get the train, because my mother would not have picked me up from the train station. So, I kind of mentioned that my college open day happened on monday, that was one of the things that happened. Then, the following day was my/our school's Prom. "Our" because some people from school have looked at this once maybe and there is a slight chance that they will see this. That was for you. Lul. So, today was just recovering from tiredness. Well, that was the plan but it obviously hasn't gone to plan because I am still outrageously tired and have some kind of back pain. So, this means tomorrow will also recovering. And most probably the day after that too.

Now something musical. I bought 4 Or 5 Magicians' debut single from This Is Fake Diy's online store last week and it arrived this morning. It is a double-A side single, with the tracks Ideal Man and Change The Record. I downloaded a hand-ful of 4O5M's songs and the first of the two was my favourite so when I found out about the single, I ordered it straight away. It is 3 minutes of lippy-pop with a dash of "punk" attitude, and reminds me of Bromhead's Jacket.

MP3: 4 Or 5 Magicians - Ideal Man

You can buy your copy of the single from This Is Fake DIY by clicking here!

Friday, June 27, 2008

2008: Half-time!

It is just over half way through 2008 and I am running short on ideas today, so this post is my attempt at listing the best releases so far this year! Obviously a lot of people will probably disagree because I always seem to have a slightly distorted sense of judgement, and I will probably forget a lot of releases or just not know about them completely. But anyway, here I go!

Best albums released so far in 2008!
(Monday 31st Dec 2007 - Monday 23rd June 2007)


15. Lightspeed Champion – Falling Off The Lavender Bridge (21st January 2008) [Buy from Amazon]
14. The Wave Pictures – Instant Coffee Baby (5th May 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
13. We are The Physics – Are Ok At Music (5th May 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
12. We Are Scientists – Brain Thrust Mastery (17th March 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
11. Foals - Antidotes (24th March 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
10. ¡Forward, Russia! - Life Processes (14th April 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
9. The Teenagers – Reality Check (17th March 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
8. No Age - Nouns (6th May 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
7. These New Puritans – Beat Pyramid (28th January 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
6. Mystery Jets – Twenty One (24th March 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
5. The Mae Shi - HLLLYH (11th February 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
4. Johnny Foreigner – Waited Up Til It Was Light (2nd June 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
3. Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster… (25th February 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
2. Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell (5th May 2008)[Buy from Amazon]
1. Elle Milano – Acres of Dead Space Cadets (14th April 2008)[Buy from Amazon]

Alternatively, you can buy Acres of Dead Space Cadets from Play.com for £5!

MP3: The Mae Shi - Pwnd
MP3: Tokyo Police Club - In A Cave
MP3: Johnny Foreigner - Cranes and Cranes and Cranes and Cranes
MP3: No Age - Sleeper Hold

Monday, June 23, 2008

All you'll find here is dead rock stars

Sunday, the day of sleep. That, and watching downloaded episodes of The Simpsons series 16. But what do you do when you have watched all of your episodes, backed them up onto a portable hard drive and deleted them from your laptop in a desperate attempt to save space? You sell things on eBay! I raked in almost £20 for two Hadouken! 7"s, and am still trying to find a new home for the That Boy That Girl 10". Comment if you are interested! So, having £18 sitting in Paypal, I decided to buy something online. I looked in my "buy these" folder on my favourites menu and hunted down the cheapest price for a copy of The Mae Shi - Run To Your Grave, which happened to be £4 on eBay. A day well spent.

Monday, the day of work. If you class work as walking to the post office to post Hadouken! records. But never fear, whilst I may be parting with two 7"x7" packages, I will (hopefully) be recieving three from the generous postman! Two Bloc Party singles from eBay and Elle Milano's new single Laughing All The Way To The Plank. End.

Do you love angry music? Some people do. I dabble in it every now and then, and one of my favourite dabblee's are Untitled Musical Project. They are angry about everything. The weather, Paul McCartney, literally everything. Their anger cannot be described with words alone, you must allow yourself to be shouted at via an mp3!

MP3: Untitled Musical Project - Endless Deodorant And Bad Shoes [Myspace]

Secondly, Tellison. There is less anger and better music. That's not saying they arn't a bit angry though. I can't think of who it is they remind me of, but I'd put money on Tellison being better than them. My eye actually rolled upwards, deciding whether that actually made sense. I hope it did. Their album Contact! Contact! is fantastic so you should definitely check out album highlight Gallery. You don't even have to go far to get it, just move your eyes a few lines down the page!

MP3: Tellison - Gallery [Myspace]

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Lock The Rock

Today, whilst adjusting my bedroom layout, I listened to my Xtra Mile Recordings/Big Scary Monsters compilation Lock The Rock.Considering it came free with my Rotary Ten/Colour split 7", it is fairly good! It contains Meet Me In St. Louis, Tubelord, Dartz!, This Town Needs Guns, Sam Isaac, Frank Turner and Secondsmile. Here are the highlights of the Cd:

MP3: Meet Me In St. Louis - Eins Zwei Drei Hasslehoff!
MP3: DARTZ! - Latin & Greek
MP3: This Town Needs Guns - If I Sit Still Maybe I'll Make It Out Of Here
MP3: Cats and Cats and Cats - Sweet Drunk Everyone
MP3: Chris T-T - In The Dressing Room

*Not allowed to give you these songs, sorry :(*

You can buy the Cd from here for £4 or get it free with anything else bought from that same link.

Finally, I have changed the look of the blog slighty. Firstly, I made a new logo using Adobe Illustrator. It looks like a 5 minute job, and that's because it was. But I kind of like it. Secondly, I have decreased the ammount of posts on the main page and made the font slightly bigger. I also redid the profile section. Comment this post if you love/hate/don't care about it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Sounds Marathon!

This post is the equivalent of the Hollyoaks omnibus. And it is distracting me from Business Studies revision. Instead of just one or two new bands, it has at least four (hopefully more!). Each band will have less "blog-time" (like airtime on tv!) though, because writing is hard, with all those words. Seeing as there is less writing for each band it seems a bit pointless giving each one a massive picture taking up the width of the post so I am going to make a logo for this car-boot sale of new music. I may even use it again. Yummy!


IMP [Myspace]
IMP are a 3 piece experimental band from Yorkshire. That's about all I know about them really; they seem to be playing hard-to-get. They sound like Kotki Dwa having a seizure after having watched a banned episode of Pokemon. Apparently they have over 200 songs too, which is impressive. Definately listen to this song, it may be short but that riff is so good.

MP3: IMP - Just Destroyer

I Say Marvin [Myspace]
From IMP to ISM! I Say Marvin are a 5 piece from Cornwall with great keyboard riffs and brilliant shout-out-loud choruses. They instantly grab your attention. Strangely, ISM are the only band I can think of that come from Cornwall. I imagine everyone there listens to surf-rock because they surf (or so I've heard), so I am linking surfing to surf-rock. (Sorry hardcore surf-rock fans). They are probably my current favourite band, although it seems to change every few days. I've talked on and on about Cornwall, despite the fact they are now based in Brighton, seemingly along with every other band under the sun.

MP3: I Say Marvin - Slow Motion Sheep Explosion

Data.Select.Party [Myspace]
DSP are possibly the biggest of all the bands in this post, which makes their music slightly more accessable; horray! They are a 4 piece London band who have good choruses and bleepy high-pitch guitars. They are releasing new single No Girls Allowed on 28th July, the follow-up to debut single This Charm Is Charmless. The tune below is from the Big Scary Monsters Compilation 50 Not Out, which I recieved free with my Tubelord single. DSP are on tour this summer, and are stopping off at Southampton Joiners along the way, which I may be tempted into going to!

MP3: Data.Select.Party - So Long Sweet Lime

Rotary Ten [Myspace]
I saw their name on an Elle Milano gig flyer, and decided to take a chance on them and it paid off. They are yet another catchy as hell 4 piece band with a continually changing tempo. This is one Sheffield band who are not jumping on the AM bandwagon (although that did kind of stop a few years ago). They have recently released possibly the hardest to find album ever. It is called These Are Our Hands and is released by London label Xtra Mile. When I say it is hard to find, I mean in a non-pay kind of way which may eventually lead to an official purchase. However, if you feel like buying the album based on the song below, feel free to click here to buy your copy from HMV.

MP3: Rotary Ten - Time Is Not A Line And I Am Not A Rock

Colour [Myspace]
Finally, Colour. They are a 4 piece indie pop band from from Kingston. It is fairly hard to find anything else out about them seeing as they have such a widely used word as their name. That, and there are an American band called The Colour. They are generally pleasurable to listen to. Their guitars make nice noises and their voices are nice. Apparently they have the guitar-noodling of Minus The Bear and the falsetto-led passion of Buckley.

MP3: Colour - Chutes

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Jason and the Astronauts/Lost Penguin

The trouble with trying to find new bands on Last.fm is that whenever you find something that is any good, you find out the band has broken up. Although strangely, once you know that they have broken up, they actually start to sound better. Don't ask my why, they just do. The fact that they had broken up not being very big makes it hard to find their music (for free), and I don't really fancy forking out a load of money for a band that I am only 40% interested in, 60% at most. I should come up with a system rating how much I like each band on here, presented in percentages.

So, the reason that I wrote about the negative features of Last.fm band-hunting is that I have found a really quite interesting band on there (as if you hadn't already guessed). They are called Jason and the Astronauts. Their name "format" if you will, is similar to several bands around at the moment; name and the professions. Actually, that would be quite a good name for a piss take band, Name and the Professions. But this band released their album in 2004, so this probably makes them the first band to use this name format. Theres something interesting to put on your CV. I have uncovered Pete and the Pirates's evil plan.

Anyway, their label describes them as "cutting guitar post-punk electro-tinged noise (with shouting)", which seems fair I suppose. You should be grateful you are getting this mp3, it took a lot of effort in order to get it. I had to call in a favour from an internet friend because my laptop can only do so much. They have 3 other songs for free download from their Myspace here.

MP3: Jason and the Astronauts - Passé Disco (Un23 Version)

Another band I found on Last.fm that have now broken up are Lost Penguin. I was drawn to their name because it sounded so crazeh. And to be honest, they sound fairly crazy too. I am too tired to write lots about them because they have broken up and just want to get another band crossed off my list of bands to write about (I actually have one). Again, you can download some more songs from their Myspace here.

MP3: Lost Penguin - I Believe I Can Fly

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Johnny Foreigner @ The Joiners Arms

I am currently 3/4 of the way through a 4 day weekend! I probably should have made the post of this time and done a few more posts, but I have been mostly sleeping. But this time, I have a reason to be tired; friday night was when The Fly Tour 2008 hit town! The town being Southampton, The Joiners Arms to be precise. Headlined by Johnny Foreigner, supported by Tubelord, Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man and Venice Ahoy. A brilliant line-up, you don't see many that good. I liked all the bands playing before I heard about the gig too.


Prior to the gig, Venice Ahoy could be seen selling tickets outside the gig for £5! At least I think it was them. They were very entertaining on stage, althogh when they came on I was still at the merch area. I got a signed Johnny Foreigner album and poster - my first proper signed thing that has been signed in-front of me. Genuinely nice people! Venice Ahoy also annonced the news that Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man were not playing, they got stuck in London or something. On the plus side, as Venice Ahoy noted, we all get to see Tubelord a bit earlier. And was it worth missing OELM? It bloody was. Not only are they nice guys (they signed my copy of their Square Ep!), but they also know how to put on a great show. They ended with their debut single Feed Me A Box Of Words, blow-keyboards and all.

Then it was time for headliners Johnny Foreigner to take to the stage. They opened with album track Hennings Favourite, impressing my friends who were fairly new to JF. They then powered through non-album tracks Sofacore and Suicide Pact, Yeah? and album highlight Eyes Wide Terrified. My favourite moment was hearing a live rendition of Salt, Peppa and Spinderella, the forth-coming single. The dry drum-beat with the gentle but nervous riff combined with a massive thrash-off combine together brilliantly. The set also included the b-side What Burlesque Won't Stand. Alexei explained the story behind the song, which included a plane crash, a jungle and a porn site. This was just one of the mid set band/audience conversations. Apparently they are in trouble with their label for talking/complaining too much on stage. Some-what disappointingly, they finished with Absolute Balance. I was so excited about hearing Sometimes In The Bullring live, but it never happened. There's always next time (hopefully!). However, just because they didn't finish with my favourite song doesn't mean I didn't enjoy seeing two members of Tubelord join JF for the finale. Everyone was anxiously waiting for the encore that never was. The End.

You can see some great pictures from the night here.

MP3: Johnny Foreigner - Salt, Peppa Spinderella [Myspace]
MP3: Tubelord - Obstacles [Myspace]
MP3: Venice Ahoy - Fireworks [Myspace]

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Shoot the singer, shoot him quick


This week whilst not revising for GCSEs I listened to an album called HLLLYH, by The Mae Shi. They are a 5 piece from California! They are 5 guys (as far as I'm aware) and they are: Jeffrey Joseph Byron, Timothy David Martinez, Jonathan Pat Gray, Jacob Alonzo Cooper and William Esperanto Gray. They have lots of lovely bright pictures on their Myspace, which is where the nice logo is from above these words. They sound a bit like Kotki Dwa, but like a bigger sound kind-of-thing. And a bit more synthy. I should probably write more about the music, but I'm too lazy and impatient. From what I can tell, they are playing a few dates in the UK around the begining of August.

Edit: I should have written more about this song because it is FUCKING AMAZING. It's one of my favourite songs of the year so far. Download this song, love it, go buy the album, love that, go see them live, love them.

MP3: The Mae Shi - Run To Your Grave


The Muscle Club are a new band who are located in Cardiff. They have 4 members and only formed in January 2008. They have been compared to Los Campesinos!, I'm guessing because the singers sound the same (because they are both Welsh). I love their simple little riffs, reminiscent of The Cribs, but not full of self-pride and bullshit. Ooh bitchy! They have a 3 track demo, which you can download if you like the mp3 I have posted.

MP3:The Muscle Club - I've Never Read Anything
The Muscle Club - 3 Track Demo