Friday, 26 February 2010

Finally, A decent Haiti charity single.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Above is the new Haiti charity single performed by the likes of Shawn MacGowen, Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie, Paloma Faith, Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Johnny Depp, Eliza Doolittle and more.....It is a cover of the 1956 classic, "I Put A Spell On You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins which was famously later sung by Nina Simone.

The single will be released on 8th March. You can pre-order/purchase the track here at 7digital. It's a rare chance to support a worthy cause and download a decent song at the same time! ;)

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

New Logan Lynn single

Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Logan Lynn's new single, a pop/electronic cover of the Dandy Warhols' 2003 track "The Last High" is out now. You can purchase the single for the very affordable price of $2.99 at

Check out the video for "The Last High" here:

and the single's b-side, the Y-Tron remix:

and lastly, a free Logan Lynn download:

Monday, 22 February 2010

An Taobh Tuathail Vol III - UK release!

Monday, 22 February 2010

An Taobh Tuahnail Vol. III, a compilation from the popular RTE radio show hosted by Cian O'Ciobhain, is now released in the UK! The album has gotten some great reviews since its Irish release in November 2009, and features popular indie bands such as Animal Collective and Peter And The Wolf. My band Factory Kids is also featured on it, with a Luminous remix of our track "Look After Everyone".

The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Loner Deluxe – Frozen Grass
2. Roshi feat Pars Radio – Night Swimming
3. Essie Jain – Haze
4. R.S.A.G. – Dwelling On The Past
5.Factory Kids - Look After Everyone (Luminous Remix)
6. B-Movie Lightning – Triple Trouble
7. Rollers/Sparkers – The Evening Station
8. Miwon – Shinkansen
9. Circlesquare – Music For Satellites
10. Jacaszek – Walc
11. Them Use Them – Able
12. Mount Kimbie – Maybes
13. The Caretaker – False Memory Syndrome
14. Animal Collective – Loch Raven
15. Peter And The Wolf – The Highway

Buy it now at Cargo Records! It is also available from amazon in both download and physical CD format.

An Taobh Tuathail on myspace

New BJM album out today

Today marks the release of the latest album to come from the mind of Anton Newcombe Fjordson, Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? by the Brian Jonestown Massacre. You can buy it from iTunes, amazon or your local independent record shop (where I'm buying mine and hope most of you do the same, if possible).

In typical BJM style, Anton uploaded videos to accompany the songs on YouTube. Here are some of my favourites:

And if you're in the UK or Ireland, you can see BJM live at the follow dates:

London, Shepherds Bush Empire – May 14
Birmingham, Academy 2 – May 16
Manchester, Academy 2&3 –May 17
Glasgow, ABC – May 18
Belfast, Spring & Airbrake – May 19
Dublin, Academy - May 20

Anton's myspace
Brian Jonestown Massacre's Official Site

Saturday, 20 February 2010

A few minutes with...Whirl

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Whirl and their entourage.

Here is my recent email interview with Nick from Whirl, a new shoegaze band out of Northern California. Also, make sure to download the free mp3s below!

How did Whirl come about?
Eddie, Loren, Joey, Sergio and I have all been close friends for about two years now and there had been talk of starting a shoegaze band for a while. I ended up writing rough versions of the songs on the demo through a midi creating program called Tab It and we decided to do it. We knew we needed a girl singer to pull off the sound we were going for, so we asked Byanca. She was super down for it and that's pretty much it.

Where do your rehearse?
We rehearse at Lorens house, in the Orange Room. A room that we decorated with paintings of oranges and bordered the walls with Christmas lights.

What was your best gig so far? why?
We actually haven't played any shows yet, there isn't really much of a music scene for what we play here so until we find somewhere to play or someone to play with we'll just be practicing and getting our set down as solid as possible.

Your demo is available to buy on cassette. Do you think that the cassette format is gaining in popularity again in certain music scenes? And/or was it just an easy format to showcase your music?
Yeah, I do think in certain scenes people are more into the collecting aspect of music, more so toward Vinyl and cassettes.
As for releasing it on cassette, we just felt like we can put up the demo for free digital download for anyone who wants it but for people who really enjoy it and/or want a hard copy or want to support us they can purchase a cassette.

When your band is just hanging out, what music are you probably listening to?
9/10 times it's The Smiths/Morrissey.

What was the first album you ever bought?
Ha ha, I actually got two in the same day, "Wrestlemania: The Album" and "George Thorogood's Greatest Hits".

Any weird phobias and/or band superstitions?
I don't think so, although Loren and I are terrified of spiders.

What's your band's fashion sense/style? Any favourite clothing shops?
Haha, I don't think we have any sort of style. As for myself, wherever sells cheap tank tops and jeans works for me.

Describe your fanbase in 3 words:
Not big enough.

If you could be any other person for a day, who would you be?
That's a tie between Jude Law and John Mayer.

What's better - downloading, still buying CDs, or collecting vinyl?
Sound quality vinyl takes the cake, although downloading is by far the quickest/easiest.

Best band you've seen live?
Rage Against The Machine, Rock the bells 2007

Is there anything (previously unknown) about your band that you'd like to share with the world?
I've known Byanca since kindergarten but I don't believe we said two words to each other since the sixth grade up until this whole band thing, ha ha.

Tell us something interesting about your hometown:
George Lucas is from here and the film "American Graffiti" is based on our town.

And what are your plans for 2010?
Release an EP, play a bunch of shows and hopefully get a decent fan base.

Thanks Nick! x

Whirl - Meaningless.mp3
Whirl - Leave.mp3

Whirl's myspace

Friday, 19 February 2010

MGMT and Sonic Boom

Friday, 19 February 2010
MGMT have announced that their sophomore effort, Congratulations, will be out on April 13th. First they stated that their will be no singles taken from the album, then yesterday they released the album's cover art by artist Anthony Ausgang, which looks like a merge between an old skool Paula Abdul video and the opening credits to Saved By the Bell. But the cover art shouldn't matter in the end, right? At the end of the day, it's all about the music, and considering the album is produced by Sonic Boom, I am looking forward to what it will sound like...

For now, here is MGMT and Sonic Boom performing together a year ago, in Feb. 2009. Very cool.

MGMT's Official site
Sonic Boom's Official site

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Zombie Zombie at Mono

Thursday, 18 February 2010

If you're in Glasgow, stop by Mono tonight as psychedelic experimental artists Zombie Zombie will be playing a tribute to horror filmmaker John Carpenter as part of Glasgow's Film and Music festival. A full A/V show will accompany the set.

It goes from 8-11pm and tickets for the event are available through Mono's box office, 0141 332 6535.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

The Yellow Moon Band

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

The Yellow Moon Band consists of Jo Bartlett and Danny Hagan from It's Jo and Danny as well as Matthew Priest from Dodgy and Rudy Carroll.

Their track "Entangled" sounds like one of those classic 60s tunes that you feel like you already know, while "Polaris" is a psychedelic folk tune with Eastern influences, kind of like the early tunes by Sydney, Australia's The Dolly Rocker Movement.

Check out their tunes at their myspace

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Bloody Valentines

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Art: Dee Comte

Here's a valentine's mix for you all...cheers. xo

Create a MySpace Music Playlist at

Friday, 12 February 2010

Video: The Courteeners' "You Overdid It Doll"

Friday, 12 February 2010
Lately I've been loving the latest single from Manchester band, The Courteeners. John Kennedy on XFM London has been playing it quite a bit and Liam Fray (the lead singer) graces the cover of this week's NME. Obviously, their popularity is increasing by the day. I love this song because it reminds me of Pulp and Franz Ferdinand at the same time, except less "arty" than the latter. Simply put, it's a fantastic indie pop track. I expect that we'll be hearing much more of them throughout 2010.

The Courteeners' myspace

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

BRMC's "Beat the Devil's Tattoo"

Tuesday, 9 February 2010
I've already heard many people praise "Beat the Devil's Tattoo", the new single from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and I completely agree with them. It is some of BRMC's finest work. I can't wait for the official release next month. If you haven't heard it yet, have a listen...

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Official Site

Monday, 8 February 2010

Scottish Roadtrip

Monday, 8 February 2010
I'm back from a weekend in the Scottish highlands. Overall, it was a lovely trip. We went to the towns of Fort William, Malliag and Fort Augustus (which is on Loch Ness!). My thighs are still slightly sore from hiking up the wee Scottish mountains, but the views and then the amazing dinner at Malliag's one pub/restaurant was worth it.

Here are a few photos from the weekend:

Thursday, 4 February 2010


Thursday, 4 February 2010

Introducing a new shoegaze band from Northern California, Whirl sounds like an interesting mix of My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Ringo Deathstarr with vocals reminiscent of 90s Britpop band Lush.

Their track "Leave" is a beautiful whirlwind of dream pop while "Meaningless" sounds like a song you'd discover in an London underground indie club circa 1992 (ie, it's very good). Bands with this much promise don't come around too often.

Listen for yourself at Whirl's myspace.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Black Nite Crash / Sky Parade split EP

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Two brilliant bands, Seattle-based Black Nite Crash and Los Angeles' Sky Parade have just released a split EP which you can buy now on at Custom Made Music.

The EP includes Black Nite Crash's melodic indie track "Jonah Drive", which you can download below!

Black Nite Crash - Jonah Drive.mp3

Also available at Custom Made from Black Nite Crash is their album "Array" and a split 7"/CD combo with London shoegaze darlings, The Tamborines.

Sky Parade's myspace
Black Nite Crash's myspace

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Video: Sweet Jane's "You're Making This Hard"

Tuesday, 2 February 2010
The newest video from Dublin-based band Sweet Jane is for their epic track, "You're Making This Hard". Directed by Sam Brown, the video is simple, but elegant and pretty fab.

Also recommended is their year-old video for "Blackboots & Blackhearts". Absolutely lovely. ♥

Sweet Jane's myspace

Monday, 1 February 2010

New Factory Kids EP

Monday, 1 February 2010

As of today, the new Factory Kids' EP, "EP1", is out on 17 Seconds Records! Recorded in both New York City and Warwickshire, England, the EP goes from alt. country jangle to melancholy pop, appealing to a wide range of music lovers. Tracks from the EP are already playing on radio stations in France, California and Ireland.

Download one of the tracks below:

Factory Kids - They Used to Call Me Baby.mp3

Buy Factory Kids' tunes on iTunes
Factory Kids' myspace
17 Seconds Records' myspace
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