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Date: January 3rd, 2017
Cate: new releases

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
Cate: new releases

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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Date: June 20th, 2016
Cate: new releases

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
Cate: rediscovered

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
Cate: graphic design, new releases

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.

Date: May 2nd, 2016
Cate: Music

From Linz to Lavarone

After playing at London’s Hidden Door Club earlier this year, I’m extremely pleased to tell you that I am also DJing at two amazing weekenders this year. The first one is the Two Men From L.I.N.Z. mod weekender in Linz on the Rhein in Germany. It’ll be my first visit and I’m honoured to be there as a DJ my very first time. Some of the other DJs are Rob Baily, Sukie Saturday and Bill Kealy and French Boutik are playing live on a riverboat.

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Later in the year, around Halloween as usual, Lavarone in the Italian alps turn into a psychedlic mod mayhem. I’ve been there for a few years already so I know it’s a big deal to be playing there. I’ll be playing in the afternoons and at the mod ballroom on the Monday night. It’s a dream come true really.

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Date: May 2nd, 2016
Cate: graphic design, rediscovered

SIDE 76 | A Is an Alphabet Pt. Z

We’re approaching #100, so I thought, what could be better than dedicating the last 25 numbers to the 25 letters of the alphabet? I’ve introduced a new series of lists on HYMN, compiling songs by artists and bands on each letter. Starting at the end, since X, Y, and Z are always the hardest – I present Part Z here.

The concept is that I simply browse though my folders of music files on my old harddrive and pick songs from each letter – stuff that I haven’t heard in a while or things that may be of interest to the general public. Check out the article on HYMN for the full tracklisting, including comments on each song (in Swedish).

Date: May 2nd, 2016
Cate: new releases

Nightmen & Sheer Mag

Two great bands who played together in Malmö last year. Sweden’s Nightmen just released their first album and it’s killer – even better than that first Terrible Feelings EP. Check out the video for “Beach Party” below and make sure to pick up a copy of Fifteen Minutes of Pain afterwards.

You haven’t missed the fact that Sheer Mag unleashed their third EP, have you? I preordered my copy from Monorail ages ago and now it’s turned up. As expected, all four tracks are brilliant. I’ll definitely be giving both this and the Nightmen LP a spin at the end of May when HYMN are DJing at the Quilt gig in Lund. Quilt’s Plaza is easily one of the best albums of the year so far, at least in my book.

Date: May 2nd, 2016
Cate: new releases

Happenings Ten Years Ago

Here’s an old recording I made of Scottish group California Snow Story (ex-Camera Obscura). It’s from a lovely live set at Tchai Ovna back in 2006. David from the group recently asked me for the full recording, and pretty soon afterwards this one turned up on Soundcloud. David also tells me there’s a new album in the works so stay tuned!

Date: March 9th, 2016
Cate: new releases, rediscovered

Pop Singles in retrospect

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Ashleigh Wyatt of Little Desert and Red Red Krovvy is one of my favourite drummers. Several years ago she was in a group called Pop Singles, who sounded like many of the best pop groups from Australia in the 80s. While Wyatt has been buys in other bands, it’s been fairly quiet from their singer Tam Matlakowski. But now he has made their entire discography available for free on bandcamp, including unheard demos.

To mark the occasion, here are some snaps from the second time I saw them play, in Melbourne back in 2009. While you’re at it you should also check out Matlakowski’s solo album that came out late last year. Released under the name Tam Vantage, you might notice that’s the make of the 12-string guitar he’s playing in the photos above. It will reward you for your time.

And while we’re talking about Australian pop, I must comment that it’s still criminal that The Passengers never got to release this song. I can’t listen to it without shedding a tear.