Archive for August, 2011

Date: August 25th, 2011
Cate: graphic design, Music

SIDE18 | summer tape | side b

And here is the b-side of the summer tape. Record it to a cassette and play it loud! If you can’t read vertically, here’s the playlists (and for the benefit of search engines):

SIDE18B

Useless Eaters – Take Advantage of Me
Rodriguez – No Money
Manic Attracts – Feels Like I’m Dead
The Ninjas – In and Out
Christmas Island – Ex-Beach
Cults – Never Heal Myself
Gerri Thomas – Look What I Got
Rod & Carolyn – I Got You On My Mind
M.G. & The Escorts – Please Don’t Ever Change
John Hatton & The Devotions – I’m Gonna Stay
The Beatpack – The Time and the Pleasure
New Math – Die Trying
Direct Hits – Soul Shoes
The Jasmine Minks – Misery
The Sea Urchins – A Morning Odyssey
De Keefmen – I Wanna Tell Her
The Wrong Words – Here’s Where You Belong
The Searchers – I’ll Be Missing You

Date: August 25th, 2011
Cate: new releases

TRMRS | Sea Things

Recently my speakers have been dominated by Blasted Canyons, The Men’s new Sacred Bones album, Greek garage sensations Acid Baby Jesus (LP out on Slovenly soon!) and this record, the debut from Orange County’s TRMRS on Dead Beat. Usually bands with names consisting of acronyms or symbols turn out to be less interesting than their names, but like their labelmates Manic Attracts, these guys turn in a set as noisy as anything from the Segall/Dwyer axis but with an undeniably POP undercurrent. A new tape is out on Words + Dreams, but here is a track from the album.

Date: August 23rd, 2011
Cate: graphic design, Music

SIDE19 | club night & mix

Any fan of sunshine pop (or softrock like the Japanese and Swedes call it) will be aware of Curt Boettcher’s incredible legacy. His main claim to fame was being the principal songwriter and producer in groundbreaking 60s group The Millenium, but before that he’d cut his teeth in folk group The Goldebriars and pre-Millenium outfit The Ballroom. In fact, if you’ve looked around on the internet, you might have come across the Complete Curt Boettcher Singles compilation, put together by some kind soul. Because aside of producing his own music, he was very prolific as a producer of other people’s records, as well as working with the legendary Gary Usher on his Sagittarius project.

So for the next club night I decided to pay the man a tribute, by playing the bands he’s been involved with or produced as well as the other Millenium members’ projects. Naturally, I had to invite Frederik Krantz of The Friday Casual to play some of his softrock favourites alongside of me. Here’s my favourite Boettcher production below, and perhaps one of the greatest songs of all time.

And warm up with this Spotify playlist, that Frederik will hopefully contribute to as well:

Date: August 21st, 2011
Cate: graphic design

Volkswagen ad

I forgot to post about an ad that caught my eye in the London underground last month. Normally I find ads anything from uninteresting to offensive, but VW new branding strategies have resulted in several inventive campaigns in recent years. The ad works even better in newspapers, as seen here in a scan from The Times by the Newspaper Marketing Agency (NMA). Click for full size.

Date: August 20th, 2011
Cate: graphic design, new releases, rediscovered

SIDE18 | summer tape | side a

Summer is almost over here, so it’s about time I posted the mixtape I made for this summer. It works equally well at the beach as in the convertible! Here is the first side, the other is coming soon as well as the back cover

SIDE18A

White Wires – Let’s Go to the Beach
The Wax Museums – Between
Bleached – You Take Time
The Shivvers – When I Was Younger
The Pop – Wait a Minute
The Goldstar Brothers – You Can’t
Tony & Terri – Take Me With You
Mary McCarthy – You Know He Did
The Traits – Too Good to Be True
Mike Leslie – Right Or Wrong
The San Franciscans – If You Lie
Sea Lions – My Girl
Peach Kelli Pop – Not Your Girl
Bitch School – I’ll Be Good to You
The Resonars – Six Daisy Neckchain
The Smithereens – Strangers When We Meet
Ups & Downs – I Wonder
Beverly Shaffer – Where Will You Be Boy?

Date: August 9th, 2011
Cate: Design, new releases

For mere buttons

Playbutton is one of the most clever concepts among music products. Essentially a badge that plays an album, its practicality may of course be questioned, but how come no one has thought of this earlier? Pictured here is Mount Eerie’s Wind’s Poem, and among the ones still available you’ll find The Pains of Being Pure At Heart’s latest album.

Date: August 9th, 2011
Cate: rediscovered

The Young Sisters

The Young Sisters is one the endless footnotes in pop-cultural history, but definitely worthy of praise.  Perhaps most wellknown as Del Shannon’s backing singers on hits like “Little Town Flirt”, they released three singles on the Twirl and Mala lables between ’62 and ’64. Surprisingly, these can be found on Spotify (click the thumbnail below). Interestingly, the trio included one Patti Masaglia who has gone down in northern soul history with “Head and Shoulders” released under the name Patti Young. This 1966 classic on Out of the Past is still one my favourite northern sides.


Date: August 9th, 2011
Cate: graphic design, new releases

Record #3

The third of the records I designed this spring turned up last week. It’s London group Pocketbooks’ second and absolutely fantastic album, called Carousel. The theme is autumnal and the official release date is set to September 19th, but you can order it right now from Odd Box Records. The band members are old friends now, and it’s great to be able to give something back in a way. Everyone, including me, seem very happy with how this one came out. The idea behind the cover is that the outer circle represents the band’s full catalogue, and the smaller circle this particular album. Similarly, on the back cover the width of the smaller circles are relative to the length of each song, in relation to the length of the album as a whole (the large circle). Inspiration for this one came from a László Moholy-Nagy ‘photoplastic’ which he’d created for a magazine cover (recently exhibited at Malmö Konsthall).

Date: August 8th, 2011
Cate: new releases

Some 45s

Mark from The Lucksmiths has finally released his first single as Monnone Alone. It’s out on his own label Lost & Lonesome and that’s the a-side below, and it definitely sounds more like some recent American bands than anything by his previous band. Good stuff! It’s a free download too.

The Pacifics is a new beat group from Ireland, joining the ranks of great Irish revival groups like The Urges and The Revellions. Their first single is out on Bachelor, featuring four covers, including this one.

At Indietracks I picked up the new Comet Gain single on Fortuna Pop, “An Arcade From the Warm Rain That Falls”. I think it’s the best song on the new album, and it’s been on Pitchfork’s

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. On the b-side you’ll find two great exclusives, including a Carla Thomas cover.

Date: August 5th, 2011
Cate: Music
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Back on the clock

I just returned from my UK trip, with carry-on luggage filled to a near burst with 45s, perhaps most notably the new Sea Lions EP on Violet and Claire. One of the highlights was seeing the great Higher State live for the first time and meeting the wonderful Paul Messis, who’s recent longplayer on 13 O’Clock is a moody garage scorcher. Here‘s a nice video of one song from The Higher State’s set at Studio 24 in Edinburgh, and Not Unloved have some appreciative words to say about it too. Another highlight was dancing to Greek indiepop DJs The Boys Who Couldn’t Stop Dreaming in the marquee at Indietracks. My favourite band at the festival was probably Amor de Días, who’s debut album Street of the Love of Days is out on Merge.

I spent almost a week in Glasgow, and between all the catching up with people I did, I managed to have a look at 2/3rds of British Art Show 7, currently split between the CCA, the Tramway and GoMA. The most fascinating works were Wolfgang Tillmanns’ extensive Truth Study Centre (could have been exhibited better though), and Haroon Mirza’s Regaining a Degree of Control based on the Joy Division song “She’s Lost Control”.

By far the most impressive work however, was Christian Marclay’s The Clock. There’s plenty written about it so I won’t go into detail about its nature, but suffice to say the ½ hour I watched out of the total 24 was enough to leave a lasting impression. So much so, that even though I hadn’t heard about the work prior to this, I’m not at all surprised to hear Marclay was recently awarded the Golden Lion for best artist in Venice for this film and sound montage. (Incidentally Mirza won the Silver Lion!) I haven’t seen an art work in which I’ve recognised so much of myself for a while and if you have the opportunity to visit a 24 hour screening I suggest you do so!