Archive for category new releases

Date: August 9th, 2015
Cate: graphic design, new releases

SIDE 68 | podcast

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The Record Turnover podcast is back, and long overdue. That’s why this one is a round-up of some of the best garage and punk releases of the year so far. Some great albums and singles have come out this spring, on labels like State, Castle Face, Burger of course, Randy, Trouble In Mind, Hozac and Famous Class. Two bands to watch are The Magnetic Mind who are one of the most promising new garage/psych acts from the UK (along with The Exploding Sound Machine), and Thing which is a new project from Reatards-member and Lover! main man Rich Crook. La Luz have released a new LP this month, and Negative Scanner and Sheer Mag I have already written about here or on HMYN. A review of the amazing Uh Bones LP is coming soon as well!

SIDE 68
Uh Bones – Loretta
The Living Eyes – Bad Example
The High Learys – I’m a Fool For You
The Baron Four – Walking Out
La Luz – I’ll Be True
The Magnetic Mind – When The Morning Comes
Negative Scanner – Criticism
Nervosas – The Well
Black Time – Black Chant
No Joy – Remember Nothing
Zig Zags – Gröth
Thee Oh Sees – Turned Out Light
The Optic Nerve – Here to Stay
The BellTowers – You Never Know
The Zoltars – Movies
Hinds – Between Cans
Thing – Outta Control
Nancy – Holiday
Magic Jake and the Power Crystals – Boys and Girls
Golden Pelicans – Last Street Fighter
Sheer Mag – Button Up
The Splits – Melody
The Achtungs – I Don’t Care About You
Melted – Pepper and Milk
Wand – Flesh Tour

Date: August 9th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Nightmen | Girl For You EP

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Nightmen is a Swedish band out of Malmö, including members from “other bands”, but they’re just as good – or better – than those other bands. I’ve already called Girl For You the best punk 45 from Sweden this year, so if you haven’t checked them out yet you should do so now. They turned in a great set supporting The Hussy last week, and they have an album coming out soon. Check out some more pictures from the gig here.

Another great Swedish punk group that played Malmö recently is Viagra Boys from Stockholm, that remind me a lot of East Link. Watch out for their first two releases this autumn.

Date: August 7th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Thee Tsunamis & Sheer Mag

Did I tell you about my favourite album and single of the year yet? The album I’m talking about is the longawaited debut from the sensational Thee Tsunamis, on the Magnetic Sound label. It’s called Saturday Night Sweetheart, and the 12 tracks it unleashed upon the public back in May are solid hits all the way through. Check out the video for “Trash Talk – these punks mean business. Equal parts surf, punk and garage, this is a winner you should pick up right now.

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The other group that has been keeping my turntables, and many other’s, busy this summer is the second 45 from the sensational Sheer Mag. Cool enough to stay of Facebook, they’re records are selling out and Europe can’t wait for them to arrive in November. EP II, is shock-full of no-frills punk/rock and if possible even better than the first. Here’s the video for the overdriven opening track “Fan the Flames”, and it doesn’t stop there. Wilsuns RC/Katorga Works released this beast in April, into it’s 2nd pressing already.

Keep your eyes open for the next Record Turnover podcast, which will be a round-up of more favourites from 2015 so far.

Date: July 28th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Pearl Charles & Zig Zags EPs

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Pearl Charles debut on Burger out today, check out my feature on HYMN.

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Zig Zags back with slime green 45 on Famous Class, here’s the HYMN feature and video.

Date: July 28th, 2015
Cate: new releases

The Pandoras | European tour

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Yes, you read correctly, The Pandoras have reformed and they will be starting their tour in Copenhagen. The poster above is for the Milan gig. But how is this possible without the late Paula Pierce? Well, Kim Shattuck of the The Muffs, who played in the band for a while is on vocal and lead guitar duties. The Pandoras was a group that saw many line-up changes either way, so we won’t be seeing any original members or even anyone who played on the first album – the classic It’s About Time – and album that strangely still isn’t on any streaming service (pick up the reissue from Bomp!). The new group have also recorded a few leftover Pierce songs that never made it to tape, to be released during the tour.

Date: July 28th, 2015
Cate: new releases

The Higher State | (Consider It) a Debt Repaid 7″

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The Higher State have just layed down some tracks for their new and fifth (!) studio album. Considering their last one was their finest moment so far I have high hopes for this one, to be called Vol. 26 (no doubt a reference to West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band who called their albums things like Vol. 2 when it was actually their third). However, it is a bit unclear who is actually in the band now apart from founding member Marty Radcliffe and new recruit Paul Messis. But you’ll get a taste of what’s to come on the new 13 O’Clock single coming out next month. It is already playing on Spotify so check out these moody janglers embellished with organ. I am convinced!

Date: July 9th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Hymn to the Internet

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There are lots of news to tell since the last round of updates, the most exciting being that I am now a contributor to Swedish music magazine HYMN. It’s an online site featuring new music and high-quality writing in Swedish. It’s my first time writing about music in Swedish so it’s as fun as it is challenging. So far I have written about one of the best records of the year so far, The Smoking Trees’ second album, along with a short interview with the band. I’ve also reviewed the latest book by Stuart David, the author of Nalda Said. Make sure to follow the site on Facebook to get all the updates – and we’re also hosting some club nights in Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm. I just played at the July event at Jazzhuset, and I will also contribute to the August date at Grand, Malmö. Here are links to my articles so far:

Boktips! In the All-Night Café: A Memoir of Belle and Sebastian’s Formative Year (av Stuart David)

The Clientele bjuder på en utsökt spellista

Date: July 9th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Tomorrows Tulips | tour 7″

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Tomorrows Tulips’ gig in Malmö was one of those unexpected and haphazard events, the experience of which bordered on the uncanny as the group bounced from dreamy pop to cacaphonous thrashing. It was also an opportunity to pick up their European tour 7″ released by La Suisse Primitive, yes, based in Switzerland. Check out the a-side “Check Me Out” below (also released on a 80N7 compilation), and the flip is a loving take on Further’s classic 90s gem “Quiet Riot Girl”. No surprise considering their friendship with ex-Further member Brent who also recorded their first album.

Date: July 9th, 2015
Cate: new releases

La Luz & Habibi split 7″

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La Luz and Habibi are two bands that fit well together, so well that I once wrote about them in the same post. Now there is reason to do so again, as Volcom have released a split single with the two all-female groups. Go here to grab one of the few remaining copies of this limited release. Both of these tracks are fairly laidback jams perfect for a hazy summer. La Luz are soon up for another tour of Europe, this time making it to Lund, Sweden. Their 2nd longplayer is due in August, produced by Ty Segall. And one of the leftover session tracks drops on the 16th LAMC split later in August, backed with a track from Scully. When can we expect more from Habibi?

Date: May 5th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Tomorrows Tulips on tour

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TT are recording their new, and fourth album, together with Calvin Johnson. Right now, they’re on tour in Europe for the first time, and What We Do Is Secret are bringing them to Sweden. Don’t miss this one.

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