Archive for January, 2013

Date: January 30th, 2013
Cate: new releases

The Market Squares | Afternoon Tide 7″

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Here’s a new one-off 45 from Paul Messis and The Sufis. It brings a more British slant to The Sufis’ hyped brand of psychedelic pop. You can get it directly from Messis’ new label Market Square, for only £4.50. Listen to the flip “Inside My Mind” below. Messis promises his new and second LP Case Closed will be out by late spring, and he’s also recording another collaborative single with James Tranmer (The Pheromoans, The Sticks).

Date: January 30th, 2013
Cate: Design

DixonBaxi | Eye branding

Brand New‘s list of the year’s best identities is always inspiring. Fun to see American burger chain Wendy’s in there, as well as Wollf Olins’ brilliant USA Today redesign (naturally, their London Olympics brand didn’t make the cut). One of my favourites is a rebranding of Eye done by DixonBaxi, who shouldn’t need any introduction. It’s a brilliantly simple but versatile solution and you’ve got to love the bespoke type.

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Date: January 29th, 2013
Cate: graphic design

Dignan Porch | 20 feb

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Here’s the next event I’m playing at, and the poster I made for it, set in Futura and Conduit. More info here.

Date: January 29th, 2013
Cate: Music

Battersea slab

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Henrik Kubel and A2-TYPE have released a new and fashionable slab variant of their Battersea font – the only typeface I’ve paid for to date. It matches the original sans serif beautifully in all weights, and an italic is coming soon. You can get it from their store, or as a webfont from Fontdeck.

Date: January 29th, 2013
Cate: graphic design

Melvin Galapon

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I just saw on INT that everyone’s favourite Melvin Galapon has added some more work to his website. Here’s old favourite, from a series called Portraits & Lyrics. It’s typical of Galapon’s idom of experimental type and patterns, and depicts some of his favourite artists. Luckily they’re all icon enough for this type of subject matter. Among the new works, the Wave Series is an absolutely stunning method for making pictograms.

Date: January 24th, 2013
Cate: new releases
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The Skeptics | Apple Candy

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Here’s a retrospective Paul Messis tipped me about last year, suggesting it’d be as great as the Roosters release on Break-a-Way. I ordered a copy of the LP yesterday, but just as with the JuJus compilation of a few years ago there’s a another version on a completely different label (JuJus were released on both Cicadelic and Break-a-Way). You see, also in 2012, Gear Fab put out The Early Years: 1965-1969 on both CD and LP. What differs from the Distortions release Apple Candy is the inclusion of the b-side of their first single (with another, female vocalist) a second studio take of the title track, as well as a 1969 recording sounding like Blood, Sweat & Tears. The Skeptics may be best known for their “Turn It On” single (covered by The Bristols), and it is hard to believe it was the same band that earlier recorded “I Told Her Goodbye” (credited to Jerry Waugh & the Skeptics). This moody 12-string cut was included on my Bitter Bells set and sees songwriter and singer Jerry Waugh in a sulky mood. The vocals, delivered in a Zombies-style hush, will impress you as much here as on the other side of that 45, “For My Own”. The band’s whole output of 6 singles is included here, and the R’n’B stomper “Apple Candy” is another highlight. Whichever release you choose, be sure to pick one up soon, because the vinyl is limited. The Distortions LP is stocked by e.g. Bomp! and Clearspot.

Date: January 24th, 2013
Cate: Music
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The Felines

It’s been a while since I saw The Felines play, so I’m looking forward to catching them next weekend. Here’s a complete live set from late last year at BumZen. I was going to see White Mystery there along with new Danish garage group The Youth last week, but ended up watching White Mystery in Malmö instead. That was a brilliant show, as was this one judging by the video. The Felines have been back to Thee Grave Cave to record for a new release and you can hear some of the new numbers in the video. Here’s a playlist I retrieved from the studio:

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It’s actually shaping up to be a pretty decent spring for gigs. Cosmonauts are coming here, and Dead Ghosts are playing in Copenhagen. RECORD TURNOVER will DJ at two other gigs: Dignan Porch and Veronica Falls at Debaser, both of whom have released stuff on Captured Tracks – a label that I’ve otherwise lost almost all interest in. The upcoming Widowspeak album is the one exception. Still, it’s the fourth CT-related gig I’m playing at.

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Date: January 23rd, 2013
Cate: new releases

The Bees & Adrian Lloyd

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Ugly Things continue to put out amazing reissues on 45. We’ve covered The Nashville Ramblers, and in 2011 they did The Sloths and most recently The Bees the same favour. These are incredibly rare and are thus mastered from vinyl, but in both cases done with the blessing of original members. The Bees’ only 45 was “Voices Green and Purple” and is well known from Nuggets and lots of other compilations. There’s a reason it has become a legend, despite it’s length (only about 1:30), and that’s the fierce rave-ups throughout the song. The b-side “Trip to New Orleans” isn’t much longer. Although from California, there’s no relation to the LA folk rock group The Bees. Personally, I would rather have seen a reissue of their Mira and Mirwood 45s, both of which you can hear in Colin’s Sensory Perceptions podcast. There are three incredible clips of them playing live on Hollywood a Go-Go, doing “Leave Me Be“, a Dylan number (“She’s an Artist“) and most notably the never released but beautiful “Mimi’s Song“. We’re even introduced to Mimi at the start, who’s on the show only a few weeks after having married one of the band members.

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Another G100 listing is Adrian Lloyd’s “Lorna” on the otherwise wellknown Hollywood label Charger. “Lorna” is a floor-shaking screamer, and the moody flip “Got a Little Woman” has been featured on my Bitter Bells series. Sundazed recently announced on facebook that this is a planned release for Record Store Day 2013, so keep your eyes open, and follow Adrian on facebook too.

Date: January 17th, 2013
Cate: new releases
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The Young Sinclairs x 2

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One of my favourite groups are back, with two new singles. Well actually that’s a half truth, since the majority of the songs are solo recordings by Samuel Jones Lunsford done between 2010 and 2012. The year of release says 2012 as well, so I can only assume they’ve been delayed to the current release date of January 21. These twin 45s are a unique collaboration between two French record labels. One is Croque Macadam, from whom we’ve previously been able to enjoy singles by French Kissing, Triptides, Les Guillotines etc. The other, Reqiuem Pour Un Twister, ventures into the record label business for the first time after six years of excellent music coverage on their blog.

One track from each 45 was revealed in December, and my immediate reaction was that “Hurt My Pride”, one of the oldest compositions, is the strongest Young Sinclairs song to date. Taking a credible step from folk-rock into garage or even freakbeat territory, the vocal is delivered with real attitude. It’s a straightforward and no-nonsense track and with that we already have a contender for single of the year 2013. The first b-side “Someone Like the Hawk” veers straight back into gentle folk, bathed in 12-string picking that sounds like it was laid down after many listens to comps like Byrds Won’t Fly Today (Misty Lane). It sounds unfinished almost, wrapping up just after the solo, it leaves the beautiful melody with unfilfilled potential. The last track “Nothin’ to Say” is the biggest departure for the group however, with its crude frat-rock sound. It works very well, perhaps the closest they’ve come to something with enough of a beat to play to a dancefloor. The Kingsmen would be a good reference point, but it also reminds me of “Night of the Phantom” by Larry & the Blue Notes.

“New Day” is the second 45 and both sides here are very similar to their latest album Chimeys, from 2010. Since the chugging a-side lacks any kind of riff, it is the flip “Turned Around” that steals the show this time. The vocal is as impressive as The Rain Parade at their best (“What She’s Done to Your Mind”) and the simply stunning break would be befitting of The Byrds. So even though this one doesn’t come on purple vinyl it’s definitely worth getting both. Check out their affordable package deal.