Archive for April, 2013

Date: April 30th, 2013
Cate: new releases
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The Temponauts & 60 Second Swingers

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Here are two recent longplayers from the continent. Italy’s Temponauts return with a follow-up to their Teen Sound debut A Million Year Picnic. The new album The Canticle of the Temponauts sees their brand of lightly psychedelic folkrock with britpop inflections cranked up a few notches, containing eleven recordings that are surprisingly well-produced. With a distinct flavour of 90s guitar-pop to counter-balance their strictly 60s influences, they create a familiar sound that stays original thanks to a strong batch of songs. The Temponauts are still all about Rickenbackers and Byrdsian jangle, and they do it exceptionally well on opening tracks “Elsewhere” and “Teleported Girl”, a ballad-version of Novecento’s italo disco hit “Movin’ On” and most of all on the beatiful “Sueno Real”. But that’s not all, as with their Italian forerunners The Strange Flowers you can also detect a strong affinity for psychedelic-era Beatles. “A XXI Century Serenade” is the perfect example and on “The March of the Martians” you’ll also get a sample of the group’s unique scifi-psychedelia. The second cover on the album is Beach Boys’ classic “Disney Girls”, and this puts me in mind of the great but seemingly forgotten Spanish group Carrots, who also managed to create a modern European take on the 60s West Coast sound. Fleshed out with some brilliant powerpop (hear “Can’t Be True” below), Canticle… is a very satisfying sophomore release that puts The Temponauts on the same map as other European outfits like The Shake, The See See and their friends in The Rookies. Two of the album tracks are available as a free download single, “Elsewhere”/”Gone Too Far”, and the album will be available soon from local label Other Eyes (who also put out the Rookies LP I wrote about a year ago).

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60 Second Swingers have just released their debut LP, after the promising single “Lonely & Blue” from last year. The album Better With Fuzz Babe! is available from Soundflat now, and as you may have noticed that is also the title of a compilation from Greek label Fuzz Overdose, which featured the band. Fuzz Overdose released their very first EP back in 2009, and all three tracks appear in new versions on the LP along with their recent a-side, leaving only their cover of “60 Second Swinger” (Little Phil & the Nightshadows) as an exclusive b-side. There are a bunch of cover versions here too, by the likes of the The Omen, The Illusions and Murphy & the Mob. Out of the brand new originals “The Last” impresses the most, with its catchy farfisa melody. On the whole this is a very authentic and professional sounding garage revival record, as it should be considering the members have all played in various bands on the French scene, most notably The Mean Things. In fact, this album sounds like a natural progression from that group’s two LPs Out Come the Freaks! and Change Out Ways, with guitars heavy on fuzz and tremolo, lots of organ and snarling vocals. On occasion the sound also feels like a throwback to 80s revival acts, especially Sweden’s The Creeps and The Stomachmouths, which is a good thing of course. This is an incredibly strong debut, and I can’t imagine a better opening track than “Please Don’t Let Me Down”. Play it below and you’ll surely need to buy and play the rest of the record.

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Date: April 24th, 2013
Cate: Music, rediscovered

SIDE57 | podcast

Last year I asked my friend Mathew Patalano to make a mix for my site; now it’s finally here. It’s a collection of Mat’s favourite garage cuts from the 60s and more recent times. It’s amazing to see so many personal favourites in there, like the perhaps best ever Dovers song, and the Früt of the Loom single I only just lost out on on Ebay. The track by The Novas, both sides of the Illusions 45, The Answer and the Sounds Unlimited are all mainstays of the Record Turnover turntables too. One of the exclusive tracks here, and perhaps the biggest surprise, comes from The Lovin’ Kynd. This band featured Mat’s father and has always been an influence on his recording projects. Currently, Mat has a regular night in NYC called Scream Loud! and the track it’s named after is also included. The Quests, who do this number, are perhaps more known for having cut the ferocious “I’m Tempted”, which was their preceding single for the Fenton label.

 

SIDE57 Guest mix
The World Outside Is a Drag!

The Savages The World Ain’t Round, It’s Square!
Sounds Unlimited Gotta Get Away
The Beavers Over Under Sideways Down
Los Mockers Can’t Be a Lie
Demon’s Claws Satan’s Little Pet Pig
The Novas And It’s Time
The Lovin’ Kynd A Lil’ More Lovin’
The Invaders Cryin’ All Night Long
The Missing Links Wild About You
The Illusions City of People
The Quests Scream Loud!
The Delmonas You Did Him Wrong
The Mummies Justine
Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs (I’m In With) the Out Crowd
Früt of the Loom One Hand In the Darkness
The Seeds Can’t Seem to Make You Mine
The Actioneers No One Wants Me
The Dovers Your Love
Los Walkers La Casa De Juan (John’s House)
The Wild Cherries I Cried Once
The Hentchmen Every Girl I See
Los Shain’s Shains-a-Go-Go
The Illusions Wait ‘Til the Summer
Los Vidrious Quebrados Oscar Wilde
The Intruders I’ll Go On
The Groupies Hog
Los Mac’s La Muerte De Mi Hermano (The Death of My Brother)
The Answer I’ll Be In
The Golden Cups Hey Joe
Thee Mighty Caesars True To You

Date: April 17th, 2013
Cate: graphic design

Poster series #2

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Date: April 2nd, 2013
Cate: graphic design

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Waiting to be briefed on my first project, looking through the font archives in the meantime.