Date: November 1st, 2017
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New site, new times

It’s time for RECORD TURNOVER to move permanently to recordturnover.com, because the rest of this domain will be removed soon. Amazed it’s actually looked pretty much okay for 7 years. The new site still contains the complete archive – some posts may look a bit weird however, because of the new design. Hopefully the change means i will get back to posting more, including all the stuff that I have only shared on fb and soundcloud for the past few years. See you over there!

Date: October 27th, 2017
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Virgin Kids | Greasewheel

You need to check out this London band who made an album and then split up. Seriously, if you don’t I’ll have to call your house and get your parents on the phone. Sounding peculiarly like the Anti Fade fare out of Geelong some years back, I first heard them because the amazing Levitation Room shared their music on soundcloud. “My Alone” is also a brilliant, 12-string powered track. The album is available from Burger.

Date: September 28th, 2017
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SIDE 79 | A Is an Alphabet Pt. VW

Somehow I forgot about the letter W – I figured there were only 25 letters in the alphabet. How did that happen? Anyway, nothing like a good quickfix. This part of the series includes bands and artists starting with V or W. Just dive in, and discover something new.

Read the full article here.

Date: September 28th, 2017
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SIDE 78 | A Is an Alphabet Pt. X

It’s been a while, and in the meantime, two new podcasts have been shared via HYMN. The first one compiles bands and artists starting with the letter X, including two simply called X. You have to check out the Australian band Xanadu who’s 70s single “Isabella” is simply stunning.

Read the full article here.

Date: September 25th, 2017
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I’m On the Stereo

Hey, get off the air… I’m on the stereo. Thus sang Stephen Malkmus a long time ago in the group Pavement. He has always been one of my greatest heroes, and now I have helped launched a new brand agency called Stereo. Our website was finally finished last week. Why don’t you check it out?

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Top singles and EPs of 2016

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I have to admit I haven’t listened to or bought as many 45s this year as the last. If you don’t order them straight away it is getting increasingly difficult to keep track of releases and finding a copy before they are sold out. Spotify is useless for singles and many smaller artists aren’t even bothered with it. Instead, I have found most of these on Bandcamp, or Youtube even. Shivas’ “I’ve Had Enough” is really the standout track of the year for me, since it simply has everything I require of a pop song. At number 2 we have a mini-album from Vexx,  which is simply amazing – but also points towards another trend: the ever more diffuse border between what is a single and what is an EP/12″. Since many releases don’t even have a physical format it is also becoming less important to make that distinction. I, however, maintain that albums have to be at least 20 minutes and/or contain 6 or more songs. Some records and tapes on this list have indeed been on other people’s albums list, eg. Peach Fuzz stunning debut cassette. I would also like to congratulate my friend, and owner of Not Unloved, for getting back into the record-releasing business. The label’s first release, by Glasgow group Vital Idles, is sitting pretty at #25.

01 The Shivas – I’ve Had Enough Casino Trash 7”
02 Vexx – Wild Hunt M’Lady’s 12”
03 C.C.T.V. – Piece of Paper and Audiocassette Tape Cristi Califoni MC
04 Peach Fuzz – s/t Dumpster MC
05 Heart Beach – Counting Rough Skies 7”
06 Sheer Mag – III Static Shock EP
07 Straight Arrows – Turn Me Off Rice Is Nice 7”
08 The Side Eyes – s/t Burger MC
09 Snail Mail – Habit EP Sister Polygon MC
10 Soft Candy – Bixarre Luv Pyramids Hozac 7”
11 Scully – No Sense Burger EP
12 The Ar-Kaics – It’s Not My World Goodbye Boozy 7”
13 CC Dust – Shinkansen No. 1 Night School 7”
14 Le Villejuif Underground – Heavy Black Matter Born Bad EP
15 Pleasers – Such a Fool Goodbye Boozy 7”

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Date: December 26th, 2016
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Top albums of 2016

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This has been a great year for albums, although I haven’t had as much time to listen to them as I would have liked to. There hasn’t been one given favourite this year, so I have actually listed 50 records this time around. The top 10 is the same as the list I contributed towards the complied end-of-year lists at HYMN. So without further ado, let’s dig into it.

01 Eerie Wanda – Hum BBIB
02 Death Valley Girls – Glow In the Dark Burger
03 Levitation Room – Ethos Burger
04 Viv & the Sect – This Will Pass Get Hip
05 Quilt – Plaza Drag City
06 Savoy Motel – s/t What’s Yr Rupture?
07 Doug Tuttle – It Calls On Me Trouble In Mind
08 The Higher State – Volume 27 13 O’Clock
09 Gloria – In Excelsis Stereo Howlin Banana
10 Heaters – Baptistina BBIB
11 Real Numbers – Wordless Wonder Slumberland
12 Cool Ghouls – Animal Races Melodic
13 Frankie and the Witch Fingers – Heavy Roller Permanent
14 Pill – Convenience Mexican Summer
15 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity ATO

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Interview with The Alloy Six

I interviewed Sweden’s Alloy Six for Hymn a few months ago about their upcoming release on Copasetic. Now it’s finally here, and it’s called Turn Out the Lights. Here’s a new interview in English, originally meant for Noisey. So it’s my pleasure to present it right here, on Record Turnover.

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Forget The Hives, forget The Movements – The Alloy Six is the best garage group outta Sweden these days. They proved that when they levelled the Fred Perry store for Gothenburg’s Sinful Mod Weekender a couple of years ago, and when they played mine and Lauren Miller’s night Phasing Out in Malmö. They’ll soon be unleashing their first LP, so RT sat down with Jonas Lindholm (vocals) and Mathias Westerlund (lead guitar) to talk about the Swedish mod scene.

The Swedes seemed more into it back when you guys were doing The Fortune Tellers and The Moving Sounds. Strange, because internationally artists like Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, King Gizzard and Temples quite popular today. Is the Swedish 60s scene still there?

M: I think we’re in a transitional period here in Sweden, as far as 60s-inspired bands go. A few years ago, when Graveyard hit big, that brought on a heap of 70s-sounding bands instead. Hold on a few years and the 60s will be back again.

What do you do if you want to have a good time but don’t have any money – you start a band of course. And if there are no venues around – you do it yourself, just find a garage. This might sound like a like probable scenario if you lived in the countryside, but even in Sweden’s capital this could happen – and you have experienced it for years. How do you put up with it?

J: Unfortunately, many artists lead anonymous lives in Sweden today. I would love to play more here, but unless you are an established name with good contacts and management, it’s hard to shake anything loose. People are still interested in music, of course. But I think there’s a great difference between people who just ”like” music and are happy with the radio or what their friends recommend, and people who genuinely put an effort into finding and listening to bands they’ve never heard before. That’s the stuff you can only find in obscure media or during ungodly broadcasting hours. It’s two vastly different things to me – liking music and being interested in music.

Yeah, and that’s the inspiration too, finding records. I know that releasing music on vinyl has always been important for bands into 60s music. You cut your first 45 last year, with the savage “Eye to Eye” on the a-side. You did that yourselves in only 200 copies. It’s still not sold out, which I think is astounding considering the quality of the song. If it had been 50 years older it would be collectors’ gold. Is that a compliment in your ears?

J: Yeah, me and Staffan and Per all played in The Moving Sounds before, a band Per started 15 years back. Back then it was all about doing covers of the records that were big on the scene.

One of those was Swedish schlager artist Tommy Körberg’s monster tune “Igor the Dog”, right? One promoter of the Sinful Weekender that you played a while back used to run a clothing store with that very name. So the “gear” has always been naturally integral to the mod scene. You even played in a Fred Perry store – how do you feel about that?

J: It was awesome with the whole scooter caravan thundering onto the narrow pedestrian street in Gothenburg where the store was located. A lot of people turned up and it felt quite continental. It’s not every day an event like this takes place in Sweden, especially not when it comes out of a specific subculture like the 60s scene. I loved it! Besides, Fred Perry and Ben Sherman are the brands I buy the most. In the Moving Sounds we had matching mod cut suits for a while. You know – short, taken-in trousers, tightfitting jackets with three buttons and the top one high up on the chest. You grow tired of that eventually, which might be because of the amounts of sweat. But I do think the outfits should reflect the kind of music you are playing. It should never come to Mick Jagger spandex or Pete Townsend dungarees. Some people really fucked up. No one in The Alloy Six has gotten that sloppy yet…

M: Yeah a couple of members are a bit sloppy with stage clothes haha! If it was up to me we’d be even more meticulous. I think the band’s style is important, because thoroughly thought through concepts are cool. People are going to stand staring at us anyhow, so we can make sure to at least look smart. If we all wore our everyday clothes it would be so damn boring. No motley crews here. But we are pretty well matched, at least you can tell we are inspired by fashion from 60s subcultures.

You’ve picked a song from your upcoming album that you want share with Noisey. Tell us about it!

J: “Each Night” is the opening track of our debut LP that should be out this spring. It’s about the usual stuff, complicated love and all that shit that’s so wonderfully hard.

M: I wanted the lead guitar to sound like the 45 version of “Looking At You” by MC5.

Date: May 30th, 2016
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SIDE 77 | A Is an Alphabet Pt. Y

Here’s the next installment of alphabet soup, now artists and groups starting with the letter Y. X will follow shortly – although it was a pain to compile. Starting with one of the first tunes to feature ‘fuzz’ guitar – Beach Boys’ “Little Honda” performed by the masters of fuzz Yo La Tengo.

Date: May 30th, 2016
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HYMN summer mix tape

Here’s a new tape I made for HYMN, spread over two sides. New sounds only!

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SIDE A

Quilt – Hissing My Plea
Purson – The Way It IsLevitation Room – Reason Why
Holy Wave – You Should Lie
Bleached – Sleepwalking
Thee Oh Sees – Man In a Suitcase
Night Beats – Bad Love
The Missing Souls – Got to Have Your Lovin’
Curlee Wurlee! – Tu aimes les filles
Tacocat – Men Explain Things to Me
Feels – Bird’s Eye
The Creation Factory – Today’s Satisfaction
The Higher State – Break the News
The Hanging Stars – Ruby Red
Honey Radar – Coughing Cop
Easy Love – No One Like You

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SIDE B

Eerie Wanda – There Aren’t Many Things
The Shivas – Whatever
The Turns – Window
Patience – The Church
Unloved – Guilty of Love
Woods – Can’t See At All
Naked Lights – Mechanical Eye
VHS – Addicted to the Clock
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Big Fig Wasp
Heavy Times – Choked Up
Slick! – I’m In Like With You
Puberty – Teenage Death
Boys Forever – Poisonous
Doug Tuttle – Falling to Believe
The Smoking Trees – Summer Sun

 

The photos are from  South Mission Rd and Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles respectively.