Friday, 29 January 2010

The Manics sold out at King Tut's

Friday, 29 January 2010

On 18 February, The Manic Street Preachers are set to play a "secret" gig at Glasgow's King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. Tickets went on sale at 9am on Wednesday and sold out in seconds (literally. I went in at 9:00:02 and all the tickets were gone). For the 300 people who got tickets, you're very lucky! For those who missed out, people are selling them on ebay for the average price of £125 per ticket. Yikes. At times like these, I really wish there was a more ethical way for fans to get tickets without people who don't care about the band trying to make quick money off of die-hard fans.

But anyway - this post is really just an excuse to share my favourite Manics' videos and tracks.


& Listen:
Manic Street Preachers - Marlon J.D.mp3
Manic Street Preachers - The Girl Who Wanted To Be God.mp3
Manic Street Preachers - Miss Europa Disco Dancer.mp3
Manic Street Preachers - Democracy Coma.mp3
Manic Street Preachers -

Manic Street Preachers' Official Site

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Video: Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Skeletons"

Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Check out the hauntingly beautiful new video from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It's for "Skeletons" of off their 3rd and critically-acclaimed album, It's Blitz!. Shot in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and directed by Barney Clay, it looks like it may have been influenced from an old Lillian Gish film....see for yourself:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Official site

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Soundpool "But It's So"

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

photo: Rachel Reese

Today marks the release of Soundpool's new single, "But It's So", on limited edition 7" via Killer Pimp Records. I've been a fan of Soundpool for awhile and when I lived in New York I had the fortunate opportunity to see their live shows on a regular basis. "But It's So", with a more pop/disco sound than most of their previous work, is my favourite track of theirs yet! I think it'd appeal to quite a broad spectrum of music lovers, from fans of Goldfrapp to My Bloody Valentine. Very nice!

Soundpool - But It's So.mp3

Soundpools' myspace

Monday, 25 January 2010

Video: Richard Ashcroft's "Are You Ready"

Monday, 25 January 2010
Richard Ashcroft is back with a new band called the United Nations of Sound. The first video from their upcoming album is "Are You Ready", which holds onto a UN theme as it features different languages scrolling across the screen as Richard looks like he's preparing for a fight. Or a revolution.

Musically, it has a classic rock sound, which I love. However, I don't think it is as strong as Richard's finest solo work, 2000's "A Song For The Lovers", or even The Verve's arguably last hit single, 2008's "Love is Noise". Honestly, I think this song is a grower, and if the rest of the upcoming album, Redemption is as strong (or stronger) than "Are You Ready", the album will definitely be one to look out for in March 2010.

Check it out for yourself:

Richard Ashcroft's Official site

Friday, 22 January 2010

The January weekend mix

Friday, 22 January 2010
Happy Friday! Enjoy the following mix while you stay indoors and have a hot drink (or three)...x


Thursday, 21 January 2010

Factory Kids mixtape!

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Last year my band Factory Kids released a mixtape. Due to myspace being fussy on direct linking to sendspace, wasn't around for long.

The mixtape includes tracks from artists such as Spectrum, the Happy Mondays, Santigold, Black Sabbath, Pet Shop Boys, Bob Dylan, Telepathe, MGMT and many, many here it is, back again, for you all to enjoy...

Have a listen:

Factory Kids - Mixtape Side A.mp3

Factory Kids - Mixtape Side B.mp3

And the tracklisting:


Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Natty Brooker Exhibit at Mono

Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Natty Brooker, best known for his work with Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, had an exhibition at Mono in Glasgow. While his paintings were on display, Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai played an acoustic set. Then local band St. Deluxe performed a set filled with Spacemen 3 covers.

Stuart Braithwaite

St. Deluxe

The turn-out was brilliant. By the time I got there it was hard to find a place to sit (or stand, for that matter). And Natty's artwork is absolutely brilliant. Click here to see some of his work. If I wasn't a poor student I definitely would buy a few of his paintings.

Then after the live sets, Joe Foster (Creation Records) did a brilliant DJ set. Overall, a great night out.

Also, if you're a fan of St. Deluxe, or the Vivian Girls, they're playing at The Captain's Rest in Glasgow tonight! You can get a ticket here.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Galoshins and The Dirty Cuts at Nice'n'Sleazys

Tuesday, 19 January 2010


On Friday night the Edinburgh label, 17 Seconds, hosted a night at Glasgow venue Nice'n'Sleazys. Unfortunately, we missed the first act, The Wildhouse, although I did receive a copy of their "manifesto", which is pretty cool.

Galoshins were on next. With an organ sound similar to The Doors combined with some elements of early Talking Heads, they were quite a treat. They definitely have their own sound. I think "Spray'ed with Blood" is my favourite track while "The 4th Chord" sounds like the perfect soundtrack to an underground Halloween party.

Galoshins' myspace

The Dirty Cuts

Next were the headliners, The Dirty Cuts. I have to say that while I like them on record, I love their live set. They are brilliant performers. They reminded me of The Modern Lovers and sometimes, The Stooges. I rarely dance in public, but their songs got my friends and I to dance around like no tomorrow. That's how good they are.

They finished up with a cover of Blondie's "Atomic" which was a perfect end to a perfect evening.

The Dirty Cuts - Lips.mp3

The Dirty Cuts' myspace

Saturday, 16 January 2010

New Logan Lynn video: "The Last High"

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Check out Logan Lynn's new video for "The Last High", a track originally recorded by his mates The Dandy Warhols. This cover is more electro-pop than the original and features a steamy video. Very nice!

"The Last High" will be available for download on Logan Lynn's Official site from Tuesday, 19 January.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Ceremony, "Someday"

Friday, 15 January 2010

After Skywave dissolved, Ollie went to New York city to form A Place to Bury Strangers. The other members, John and Paul, continued with Ceremony. Creating noisy, brilliant shoegaze like APTBS, Ceremony's tunes are a bit more on the indie pop side, making for an interesting and brilliant mix of influences. Also like APTBS, their music is very, very loud.

In 2007 they released the album "Disappear", and through the label Custom Made Music released a 12" along with label mates Screen Vinyl Image. Now in 2010, they are releasing a LP and CD entitled "Rocket Fire" through Killer Pimp Records. This album is proceeded by a 7" for "Someday" b/w "Cracked Sun", due out on 26 January. The 7" is limited to 5oo copies so order one while they last!

Ceremony - Someday.mp3

Ceremony's myspace

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Goldfrapp's "Headfirst" Album Cover

Saturday, 9 January 2010
As premiered by Alison Goldfrapp on their official site...

The album is due out on March 23rd. Can't wait!

Friday, 8 January 2010

Happy Birthday, David Bowie!

Friday, 8 January 2010
Today David Bowie turns 63, and is still looking as good as ever! May our favourite Starman have a wonderful birthday and many more. x

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Drunken Werewolf!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

One of the most creative underground 'zines in the UK today is Drunken Werewolf. Founded and run by Bristol native Tiffany Daniels, Drunken Werewolf provides interviews, reviews and articles on some of the best up and coming acts.

Issues are available at Rough Trade Records in London and for free at Avalanche Records in Edinburgh (if you manage to get a copy - they're very popular!). Although, you can receive Drunken Werewolf at your UK doorstep for £2.00 or non-UK address for £3.o0. I received my first issue (#10) at Christmastime. Featuring Caitlin Rose, Logan Lynn, Olo Worms, the label Filthy Little Angels and more.... it is a great, informative read that any indie music fan should have on their coffee table.

For more info:
Drunken Werewolf blog
Drunken Werewolf Official myspace

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Factory Kids News

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Factory Kids have been signed to 17 Seconds Records! Based in Edinburgh, the label is run by Ed, one of the nicest guys I have met in this industry. We look forward to working with them.

The first release will be "EP", available for download on 1 Feb. One of the tracks, "They Used to Call Me Baby", kind of an alt. country/indie pop jangle, is available for free below......and more info can be found at the 17 Seconds blog. Enjoy!

Factory Kids - They Used to Call Me Baby.mp3

Factory Kids' myspace
Watch: Factory Kids' music video for "She Said".

Friday, 1 January 2010

Interview: The Soundscapes

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy 2010! Kicking off the New Year, I interviewed one of my dear friends and most respected fellow musicians, Rodrigo from indie band The Soundscapes.

How did The Soundscapes come about?
New York City, 2006, as a natural progression of us brothers playing music together.

Where did you get your name?
It was there for a while, part of the idea rolled from names like The Telescopes.

Tell us something interesting about your hometown of Sao Paulo:
A bit hectic, a bit modernist, better to get around by helicopter.

What are your three favourite venues to play?
So far...Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg and the sidewalks of Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.

What was your best gig so far? why?
We've been fortunate. The right vibe has been in many of them.

And the worst gig so far? why?
The worst situation was at a club in Midtown Manhattan, can't recall the name, the place had caught on fire just two days before the show, the venue was in total mess.

You guys started the band in New York, but now relocated to your native Brasil. What are some of your fondest memories of the band while in New York?
All the friends, all the shows played and seen, hangouts, the seasons and the walks and rides around the city.

Do you think Sao Paulo audiences are different than of those back in New York?
There might be a difference in approach but they are both passionate about the artists they like.

The titles of your songs, such as "You Are Love" and "We're All Made Of (Star Stuff)" are fantastic. Who comes up with those? What are the inspirations behind them?
Thank you, they all come to us in dreams, we are just told them... there's a link between all of them I guess.

Aufi! Fikri! recently remixed "Star Stuff". How did that collaboration come about?
That was quite a gift, we got to know Marc a while ago and always kept in touch, we truly relate to each other's work and he just went ahead and did it, a very colorful remix, to us it sounds fantastic, we both want to collaborate much more in the future, we can see the band exploring such territories.

When you guys are hanging out, what music are you probably listening to?
Broken Social Scene is a good one for hanging out.

What was the first album you ever bought?
Fascination for vinyls came early in our lives, we collected stories, children's music and pop. Still as kids, The Cure was the catalyst to all the sounds, past and present, we ended up endearing.

Any weird phobias and/or band superstitions?
No phobias, no superstitions, it's all about the good vibes.

Describe your fanbase in 3 words:
In two words... freestyle family.

If you could be any other person for a day, who would you be?
I would be my brother [Raphael, also in The Soundscapes].

What's better - downloading, still buying CDs, or collecting vinyl?
They are all rewarding.

Best band you've seen live?
My Bloody Valentine.

Is there anything (previously unknown) about your band that you'd like to share with the world?
We are not twins.

How will you be spending Christmas this year?
In Summertime.

Do you have any plans for 2010?
Just a vague idea, but it's a good one.

Thanks, Rodrigo! x

The Soundscapes - Star Stuff (Aufi! Fikri! Remix).mp3

The Soundscapes' myspace
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