Archive for category Music

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 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.

Date: March 9th, 2016
Cate: rediscovered

SIDE 75 | G100 pt. 4

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We’re up to #75 here, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share the final part of our Garage 100 compilation series. This is a collection of the rarest garage 45s from the 60s, and the final part consists of the last 25 numbers from #75 and down. That means these are still all killer no filler – I mean, just consider the Puslating Heartbeats 45, both sides of which are amazing. I’ve picked the jangly flip here, simply because it’s among my all time faves.  I believe all of these have been comped by now, so I’m just doing you the favour of arranging and tagging them. If you’ve downloaded the previous sets, you can now play the G100 in it’s entirety. And that’s just what I’m going to do now.

SIDE 75

76 The Timetakers – Love Me Like You Did Before Jowar JW-104 B (Don’t Turn Away)
77 The Chentelles – Be My Queen Fenton 2132 A (Time)
78 The Runaways – 18th Floor Girl Alamo Audio 105 A (Your Foolish Ways)
79 The Pulsating Heartbeats – Anne Pace Setters Internat. 07 B (Talkin ‘Bout You)
80 The Chancellors – On Tour D&C 22 A (Route 66)
81 The Hustlers – If You Try Chelle 145 A (My Mind’s Made Up)
82 The Nomads – Be Nice Spotlight 5019 A (Empty Heart)
83 The Abandoned – Come On Mary The Abandoned 4867 A (Around and Around)
84 The Inferno – The Inferno Plastic A 15383 A (Girl, Girl)
85 The Sound Extraction – I Feel Like Crying J-Three 509 A (Tina)
86 The Liv’in End – She’s a Teaser Rickin 007 A (The Orange Rooftop of My Baby’s Mind)
87 The Benders – Can’t Tame Me Big Sound 3006 A (Got Me Down)
88 The Savages – The World Ain’t Round, It’s Square Duane 1054 A (You’re On My Mind)
89 Th Roks – Hey Joe Mark VII 1012 A (Transparent Day)
90 The Mustangs – That’s For Sure Nero 1002 A (Nova Blues)
91 It’s Us – Don’t Want Your Lovin’ Arab 9001 A (I Can Find My Way)
92 Our Gang – Careless Love Warrior TS-21166 A (Heartbeat)
93 Y’alls – Run For Your Life Ruff 1016 B (Please Come Back)
94 The Human Expression – Love At Psychedelic Velocity Accent AC-1214 A (Every Night)
95 The Blue Boys – I Know Feature 113 A (Hey Ho)
96 The Merlynn Tree – Look In Your Mirror Dixietone 6794 A (How to Win Friends)
97 The Retreds – Black Mona Lisa R&T RP-6601 A (Johnny B. Goode)
98 The Reasons Why – Don’t Be That Way Sound Track ST-2000 A (Melinda)
99 The Ascendors – I Won’t Be Home Lee 105 A (My Friend)
100 The Intruders – Total Raunch Cinema 6901 A (Ruins)

Date: March 9th, 2016
Cate: new releases

Eerie Wanda & Doug Tuttle

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Marina Tadic’s album with Eerie Wanda looks like it has been a long time in the making, considering the fact the video promoting Hum was posted in 2014. But Beyond Beyond Is Beyond have made good their word and finally released this album, which is a firm favourite of this year already. I’m so amazed by the track “Vinny” that I might even include in my DJ sets. You can definitely tell from the sound that some of Jacco Gardner’s group have been involved with the recording. Now we can only hope they do a proper tour of Europe.

Another of one of this year’s best records so far is the sophomore effort of MMOSS star Doug Tuttle. It Calls On Me is out via Trouble In Mind and is a great follow up to his self-titled debut. It’s mesmerizing, sparkling and bright and dull at the same time. Check out the Sparklehorsesque “Falling to Believe” below. I had to order these two records instantly – and actually they’re the first new albums I’ve purchased this year.

Date: March 9th, 2016
Cate: new releases

The Shivas & The Intelligence

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Here is a late find from last year – shockingly I did not know that one of my favourite groups The Intelligence had a new record out. I’d heard that the last one was going to be their last, but apparently not. Vintage Future picks up where they left off and even takes Finnberg back to slightly more experimental ground. It’s another classic In the Red release, with a great cover. Surprisingly, it made few waves. Surprisingly because it’s brilliant.

K Records revealed the first track from The Shivas’ new album several months ago – and the rest of the record is very much in the same vein. That is, more relaxed than we’ve become used to from this fantastic group. Better Off Dead is folky and jangly and considering all the sad things we’ve been reading about K recently, it’s something of a return to form. It’s probably also some of the last recordings done at Dub Narcotic studios, which Calvin had to sell off to pay debts.

Date: February 26th, 2016
Cate: new releases

The Higher State | Volume 27

The Higher State with Marty and Paul Messis have a new album, called Volume 27, out soon. Here’s a video for “The Worst of Their Treason”, the first song released to the public. The video looks like it’s shot in San Francisco a long time ago. Any know who the band in the film are?

Date: February 24th, 2016
Cate: new releases

The Creation Factory

I recorded one of the band’s songs when they played the Psychedelic Ballroom in LA, organized by The Blindspot Project. The Acid Test SF and Tony the Tyger were among the guest DJs. This band is amazing and have two imminent single releases – one on Market Square and one on local label Lolipop. I also stopped by their shop, where you could hear someone recording some guitar in their next-door studio.