Archive for November, 2012

Date: November 28th, 2012
Cate: new releases

Les Terribles | Quelque chose comme ça

Les Terribles are every bit as reliable as The Bristols. Just as my copy of Ils sont formidables! (2009) started gathering dust, I discovered there’s a new LP from the French beat machine. Everything they churn out is right up there with Ronnie Bird’s francophile take on Them, Kinks et al. In the same tradition, Les Terribles take British and American 60s stompers and turn them into their own by singing them in French. They also stay faithful to their roots by covering obscurities by Canadian and French garage groups. All they while they manage to squeeze in their own compositions, with no telling them apart. For example they cover one of my favourites, from Les Sunlights. “C’est fini” has been comped on Psychegaelic, but I’ve never heard it in full fidelity, which leads me to say Les Terribles’ version sounds a notch better. Another band covered that same song last year, Edinburgh’s Les Bof!. And there are many similarities between the two groups if you look beyond the fact that Les Terribles have a female singer and and Les Bof! a male singer. That however, enable Les Terribles to deliver yé-yé classics in a manner that Les Bof! probably wish they could. In fact, Les Bof! have been known to perform “La fermeture eclair” live (Delphine’s version of “In the Past” by We the People) with a guest vocalist, but here we get a recorded version of the same song. In addition there’s a great cover of Dani’s “La fille a la moto” (also done by April March). The opening track “Chemises a pois, cravates a fleur” is originally by Canadian grop Les Misérables. Les Bof! in turn covered “Vivre avec toi” from the same group’s only LP. With Les Terribles’ habit of not printing songwriting credits it becomes almost impossible to identify the originals, but I can tell you that I’ve never heard a song like “Je rentre tard” before! This is an amazing composition and could have been a hit in 1966. Quelque chose comme ça is out on Screaming Apple, and you can listen to “Porque no?” below, for which they switch to Spanish for once.

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Date: November 26th, 2012
Cate: new releases
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The Resonars | Crummy Desert Sound

I came late to the Resonars party. I first heard Matt Rendon’s one-man band maybe a year or so after his fourth LP That Evil Drone was released. Signs of life in the shape of the Trouble In Mind 45 “Long Long Thoughts” earlier this year were followed by talk of a new album. Naturally, I was very excited about this. Since coming across The Resonars they’ve sort of become my favourite band of the late 90s / early 00s. They seemed to be largely reinvigorated after hooking up with Burger a year or so ago. Burger is a label that fully appreciates Rendon’s uniquely authentic take on mid-60s beat and late 70s powerpop. Not only have they reissued every album on cassette and vinyl (including the 1999 masterpiece Bright & Dark), they’ve also put out a ‘best of’ LP and inspired Rendon to get a proper live band together.

A couple of months ago the amazing “I Didn’t Feel So Cold Then” appeared on their Kitty Tape double-cassette compilation. A page straight out of the Bright & Dark book, it might as well have been a track from the upcoming album. That’s the beauty of The Resonars – the consequent and personal vision of Rendon permeates all of their recordings. (Don’t miss the outtake “Lisa Bright and Dark”, an 8-minute Smile-style opus that appeared last week.)

It turned out not be a new album track, and rather than the band’s jangly Rickenbacker side Crummy Desert Sounds showcases their amped-up power chord side, evident from previous classics like “Gina”, “No Problem At All”, “Funny Old World” and “Black Breath”. This record packs a punch that not many albums have since the heyday of Andrew Loog Oldham and Shel Talmy. In fact Rendon’s speciality has been recapturing the moment when well-behaved beat music merged with light psychedelia in Britain 1966-67. We get a taste of that here, in the coulda been Graham Gouldman composition “I Had a Dream”. Rather than the Beatles or the Stones, this album looks to the triumvirate of The Hollies, The Seachers and The Kinks. One of the most impressive tracks is “Midtown Island” that break things up a bit midway with its time changes and In Crowd-era Steve Howe solo. All in all this is a very strong album, with harmonies to die for, impeccably produced and difficult to tire of. I can’t see how any other albums from this year can compete with that. Listen to the second track “Invisible Gold” here. And for more on The Resonars, here’s an interview which promises an upcoming Trouble In Mind LP as well.

Date: November 26th, 2012
Cate: new releases

The Sugar Stems | Can’t Wait

Your favourite powerpop group Sugar Stems are back with their second longplayer! Switching from Austrian to German labels after a couple of singles on Certified PR, Can’t Wait now drops on Screaming Apple. Featuring both of their recent a-sides, it’s an incredibly solid piece of work. The first album Sweet Sounds of… had a couple of tracks that were just unstoppable – I’m thinking of “I Gotta Know” and “Crybaby” – but fell just short of matching that quality throughout. Now they’ve raised the bar, upped the fidelity slightly and reined in some of the most careening songs. There’s one moment on the LP when they shine as brilliantly as The Innocents or The Shivvers ever did. “Love You to Pieces” is the penultimate song and a gorgeous midtempo number with one of those guitar solos that lead into a key change, before settling into yet another key for the last few bars. But almost every single song serves up a strong chorus, and melodies that would make Blondie proud parents and Jackie DeShannon a proud grandmother. Other standouts include the chugging title track and the organ-driven “Make Up Your Mind”. The release party is next month, but you can already order a copy from Soundflat if you can’t make that. Listen to “Magic Act” below.

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Date: November 20th, 2012
Cate: graphic design, new releases
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The Candy Strypers 7″ design

These just turned up from Mike at Manic Pop Records, it is the debut ep by British one-man-band The Candy Strypers, and I designed it. It’s set in Runge’s Fracmetrica Black and has the same text on the front and back as you can see. The only directive I got was something “red and white”, so obviously this was plenty of fun to design. You can check out two whole albums’ worth of songs on their soundcloud.

Date: November 17th, 2012
Cate: graphic design, Music

SIDE51 | club night

The next club night is in just matter a days, Tuesday next week we’ll occupy the decks at Belle Epoque again. This time I’ve got Robert McTaggart, aka DJ Tage, as my guest. Fanzine-writer and one-time member of Elizabeth City State (Icerink), he now resides in Copenhagen and plays regularly at Kalaset. It’s early in the week, so to not induce any hangovers mainly soft psych-pop, folkrock and soul sounds will be aired. New releases from Allah-Las, Jim Ruiz Set and Death By Chocolate will fit right in with this theme. And last month’s podcast would be an excellent warm-up before heading out in the cold. Next night and final one of the year will be on December 21st!

SIDE51
Belle Epoque 20/11
1opm – 1am
Free entry

Date: November 16th, 2012
Cate: new releases

Straight Arrows

Straight Arrows from Sydney deserve to be remembered for their 2010 album It’s Happening, which I hope you’ve all heard. But if you, as I, have missed the fact that they released two singles prior to that (in 2007-2008), then the new 7″ on Anti Fade is most welcome news. It compiles those four tracks, the original releases of which are sold out. The sound here is even more classic garage than on their Rice Is Nice LP. The opening barrage of “Can’t Count 1-22″ makes me think of The Wailers’ “Out of Our Tree” but recorded on a dictaphone. “Something Happens” became one the centerpieces on their LP in a newer cleaned-up version. The band waste no time on “Jeepster” and “Close That Door” either, which are their most punk recordings (perhaps not surprising considering they’re from a split with The Creteens).

But Straight Arrows aren’t just retrospectively on the cards, they are believe it or not back, with a new single on Goodbye Boozy. As usual with the Italian label, these come in three different covers limited to 100 copies each. “All the Time” is a real pounder of an a-side, and you can hear it in the latest podcast (here, or check 2 posts down). Both sides are on soundcloud, here below is the flip which is a bit less psych and more punk, with crashing cymbals throughout.

Date: November 16th, 2012
Cate: new releases

Useless Eaters

Seth Sutton is still in his most prolific years, and while his debut longplayer was one of my favourite albums of 2011, he’s already released two more as well as a handful singles this year. The Black Light Ultraviolet EP on Manimal marks a new direction for the band, where the songs are slower, more substantial and showing even more of a Wire influence. It took me a while to get into, but after the almost excruciatingly lo-fi C’est bon! it is definitely a rewarding listen. I’d like to mention two other releases mainly, however. One is a split with Vancouver’s great noise-punks Nü Sensae, and comes to us via Volcom (who also released Nü Sensae’s brilliant and most recent LP Sundowning). On “City of Light” we get the best of both worlds, the crude and sharp production of Useless Eaters’ earlier releases but in an ambitious composition that stretches beyond 4 minutes.

Sutton is currently on tour in Australia, because he just released an 7″ on Anti Fade, called “New Program”. Actually he will just have played at good old The Tote in Melbourne, together with Red Red Krovvy (Ash from Pop Singles). On the new single we get a similar deal, the fantastic a-side “New Program” (listen below) sounds like an older song, while “Expensive Taste” sounds fresh and classy. The last track “Smoke Alarm” is of the same killer ilk as C’est bon! but is almost a straightforward pop song. I look forward to seeing how these new leanings play out on his next album, which probably isn’t far off.

And in case you missed it, Sutton appeared on a 7″ together with Ty Segall not long ago. “I Hate the Kids” is an exemplary collaboration.

Date: November 15th, 2012
Cate: rediscovered

Os Atonais

This is hard for me to judge, but Brasilian composer and musician Marcelo Birck ought to be fairly well-known at least in South America. Since the mid-80s he has played in a number of bands whose music straddle the divide between contemporary classical music and the Jovem Guarda (as well as the British Invasion that informed it). One of his lesser known groups however, is one he formed together with Leandro Blessman at the tail end of the 90s. Os Atonias released a single album in 2000, and as you can guess the concept was 60s beat with atonal and electronic elements. I don’t understand the lyrics, but I understand they contain a healthy dose of humour. Os Atonais is much more than a novelty band though, the sheer quality of their compositions would rival the best of Brasil’s 60s groups.

This is music for people who like Mark & the Spies and other current groups who go to great lengths to recreate authentic beat recordings. For anyone who wants to know more about Birck, google translate this lengthy article in Portuguese. And listen to the only track in English from Em amplitude modulada below.

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Date: November 10th, 2012
Cate: graphic design, new releases

RT2yrs + SIDE50 | podcast

I had a feeling RECORD TURNOVER had been around for about two years soon, but I only just now realised the first post was actually two years ago to the day! Happy birthday to me. And what better way to celebrate than with #50 of of the now familiar podcasts/mixes/events. This new podcast features current music and is centred around Australia (yes, still) and the US. Multicontinentallly originated The See See make an appearance with a track from their second album Fountayne Mountain. Stuff I’ve already written about, like The Flight Reaction, Bare Wires, Warm Soda, The Basements, Mujeres and the VU & Nico tribute turn up too. The Mallard and Allah-Las I’ve not mentioned yet but each have released strong debuts this year. Legendary Wings serve up a Primitives cover from their first album and the track by Surgeons (ex-Le Face) is from their upcoming 12″ on Batshit.

SIDE50

Plateaus – Wasted Day
Cold Warps – Stuck On an Island
Warm Soda – Reaction
Legendary Wings – Spacehead
Mujeres – Far Away
The Flight Reaction – Mourning Light
The Basements – What’s Goin’ On
Thee Outlets – My Monkey Man
Mesa Cosa – 666
The Bonniwells – How We Came to Stay
Allah-Las – Vis-A-Vis
Boomgates – Laymans Terms
The See See – Three More Days
Bare Wires – School Days
Woods – Size Meets the Sound
Outer Minds – Those Machines
Straight Arrows – All the Time
Gooch Palms – What Year Is It?
The UV Race – Nuclear Family
Surgeons – We Need Chains
Here Comes the Here Comes – I’ll Be Your Mirror
The Mallard – I Listen to the Lyrics Last

Date: November 7th, 2012
Cate: new releases

Bare Wires & Warm Soda

Record Turnover loves Matthew Melton, the man behind Bare Wires and Fuzz City Records. Cheap Perfume was one of the top albums (ok, minialbum) of 2012 so it’s with great anticipation I’m playing the new and 4th LP called Idle Dreams. It’s a brilliant record, very similar to the previous one which was also more laidback than Seeking Love. The influences are still mainly powerpop and 70s glam of course, opening track “Impossible Things” being a prime example. The whole verse is played over a single bass note with Who-style power chords over the top. Melton’s songwriting is only getting stronger, the vocal phrasings of this song deserve to be studied closely. He’s also found his signature sound, now that he records and produces everything himself, at Fuzz City HQ.

The same sound carries over to his new group Warm Soda, who have just released their first single on Southpaw. Yes, Bare Wires broke up during SXSW this year, and rather than keeping the name for this new line-up Melton has decided to start fresh. Warm Soda started playing live even before the final Bare Wires album could be released. Naturally it’s sad news that there won’t be any more Bare Wires albums, but I have high hopes for the new group. “Reaction” sounds fantastic and further proof of a promising future is their cover of “I’m Waiting For the Man” for the new Castle Face compilation. Thee Oh Sees and friends have just released a tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico, which consists of reworkings of all the songs. Most of them are very faithful renditions (e.g. Burnt Ones’ take on “Herion” is a dead ringer for the original), with the exception of Ty Segall and Warm Soda. Another thing that is apparent from the compilation is that Melton and Segall are two of few decent singers these days. The one of a kind LP was actually released in conjunction with Universal for the 45th anniversary of the VU record. Unfortunately the 1000 copies sold out while still on pre-order from Castle Face.

New tracks by Bare Wires and Warm Soda will appear on the next podcast, which should follow closely on this post!