Archive for October, 2013

Date: October 31st, 2013
Cate: graphic design

Reflections

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Finished the second assignment for the Masters, in this one I deal with Brand New’s BNC13 conference and their meta-hardcore branding. In another good news, I will continue work at e-Types next year. Look out for the new e-types.com soon, it’s been a long time coming. Oh, and here’s a poster I made today.

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Date: October 14th, 2013
Cate: graphic design, rediscovered

SIDE61 | podcast

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I had such an amazing time at Double Sight, and instead of just posting a playlist I decided to make a short mixdown of my set. Enjoy!

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Gary Walker – Get It Right
The Moovers – One Little Dance
Bob Morrison – I Looked In the Mirror
Adrian Lloyd – Got a Little Woman
The Maltees Four – All of the Time
The Avengers – Crying All Alone
The Buzz – You’re Holding Me Down
The Rogues – And You Let Her Pass By
Young Blood – Green Light
The Shades – Ballot Bachs
Früt of the Loom – One Hand In the Darkness
The Plagues – I’ve Been Through It Before
Q65 – I Despise You
The In – Just Give Me Time
The Neumans – Fuzz Filled Dreams
Chapter II – East of My Place
The Razor’s Edge – Baby’s On His Way
The U.S. Males – Open Up Your Heart

Date: October 14th, 2013
Cate: new releases

The Thanes x 2

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Edinburgh’s The Thanes are back after a painfully long break, although I’ll give them that some of them were busy playing with Les Bof! and the reformed Poets, until George’s tragic death. They’ve now recorded new topnotch material to be released over the course of a few 45s, the first one being this one on State Records. Run by ex-Mystreated members, it must feel like coming home to Lenny Helsing’s ageing beat masters, since The Thanes and The Mystreated were always the best two British groups of the 90s. The collaboration was probably born out of the release of the unissued album by Helsing’s other 80s group The Offhooks a couple of years ago. Another one to check out if you haven’t yet.

This single is very much a tribute to The Poets, with the flip being a cover an old demo that appeared on the bootleg Scotland’s No. 1 Group. But even the a-side “She’s Coming Back to Me” lands halfway between their old favourites The Outsiders and The Poets, with ample 12-string jangle it sits squarely among their very best tunes to date. “Love Is Fading Away” is slightly sped up in relation to the original and sung with the great feeling by Helsing, the reverence to their forebears being palpable.

Next up is the Dirty Water single “Dishin’ the Dirt”, for which there’s already been a release party in London, but the records seems to have been delayed. Judging from the tiny snippets on youtube though, we’re dealing with a proper fuzz stomper here. And The Thanes are just as good at that side of the penny. On the flip we’re treated to another revitalized Scottish classic, this time The Anteeks’ “I Don’t Want You”. The b-side of that 1966 single, “Ball & Chain”, might be more familiar since it was also done by The Great Scots across the Atlantic. The Thanes’ take sounds truly vicious, keep an eye out for it.

Date: October 14th, 2013
Cate: rediscovered

Quarteto Nova Era & Lawson and 4 More

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Groovie Records are soon to unleash volume three of Brazilian Nuggets – Back From the Jungle, but despite my recent Brazilian obsession I’m lagging behind a bit and only just picked up the 2nd volume, from 2011. Psych fourpiece Quarteto Nova Era, who figure on that volume, have just been given the reissue treatment by Groovie. They’ve pressed new copies of the group’s only and unsurprisingly rare 45 EP “Apolo”. They not only looked great, they sing as well as The Free Design and are every bit as wacky as Os Mutantes. “Viagem no tempo” is not the only track to have been comped, “De Repente” appeared on the massive psych comp Obsession (Bully, 2008). You’ll see why when you hear all four tracks back to back.

While you’re ordering from Groovie you might also want to check out the debut 45 from Sydney garage group Los Tones. Sounding a lot like recent bands on Anti-Fade, these guys must be very happy to have been picked up by an international label. Lookin forward to hear more! Another new group Groovie have signed is American moody garage outfit The Sound Reasons, who mine the same sort of territory as Spain’s new sensations Los Wallas, but with a slightly less commanding singer. But their 3-track debut is promising indeed.

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Big Beat have struck gold with the unearthing of unissued material by Lawson & 4 More. Lawson, famed for his psychedlic classic “Halfway Down the Stairs” (possibly the best take on Beethoven in the 20th century), appears here with 60s garage pounder “Smart Bird”. It’s coupled with another original, the top side off of their first 45.

For people with an interest in rare records it might also interest you that Big Beat are in the same series reissuing the RAREST garage 45 in the world, the lone 45 by Denise & Company (co. being The Answer). The flip is an instrumental version that lets the 12-string take the melodic lead.

Date: October 3rd, 2013
Cate: graphic design, rediscovered

Perspectives

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Yesterday I handed in my first assignment for the Masters degree at the Danish Design School. It mentions the new Whitney Museum identity, so on the cover I have broken the logo rule and instead made an ‘M’ for Master. It’s set in Maison from Milieu Grotesque, and Times LT.
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And tomorrow morning I’m flying to Glasgow, going to the Double Sight weekender for the first time! I’m doing a short dj set as well, on Saturday after The Whicked Whispers have played. So come to McChuills for a free evening of treats and beats. Weekend tickets are still available, and check out the amazing Double Sight sampler. You should also stop off at my old radio station Subcity and listen back to the Wild Combination show featuring Holly and Jamo talking about the weekender and spinning a few tasters.