Archive for November, 2015

Date: November 30th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Mystic Braves | Days of Yesteryear

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One of the most anticipated album releases of the year is here, Mystic Braves’ third LP, which has appeared in digital form only. The vinyl should be available from Lollipop sometime next year, but this means that we have another contender for our imminent end-of-year lists. This year, I will also be submitting my lists to HYMN, but I’m not sure how their tally will work.

I must admit I was a bit late in catching onto last year’s Mystic Braves masterpiece Desert Island, which has eventually revealed itself as one of the best records of 2014. The cover of “Pain In My Heart” is right up my street. And now we’ll also have to look out for the upcoming 45 by related outfit The Creation Factory (how brilliant is that name?) on Market Square Recordings. Days of Yesteryear delivers all the jangle, organ and psychedelia you could possibly wish for on a longplayer, check it out on bandcamp.

Date: November 30th, 2015
Cate: graphic design, rediscovered

SIDE 72 | club night

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Following on from the ’85 in ’15 playlist theme, here’s the reappearance of the Record Turnover club night for one night only. In keeping with the original concept, there will be a unique guest DJ – who has indeed been invited to Record Turnover in the past – Jasmine Berganäs. Saturday next week we will be playing vinyl from 80s indie labels, and some 90s labels. Expect to hear all your favourites from Narodnik, 53rd and 3rd, Bus Stop, Summershine and A Turntable Friend.

And don’t forget to check out the playlist in my previous post.

SIDE72

December 12
Söder Om Småland, Malmö
9pm-1am
Free entry

Date: November 30th, 2015
Cate: graphic design, Music

Sheer Mag in Malmö

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Sheer Mag are coming to Malmö, Sweden – finally. I was supposed to see them in Paris, then Copenhagen and finally Malmö tonight. But of course, that never happened as the Paris flight was just a few hours after the attack and we ended up not going. So hopefully, the gig tonight with Nightmen supporting will make up for it. Don’t let oppressors dictate your life.

Here’s a promotional poster I designed for a poster competition, featuring an image by the brilliant photographer Katharina Poblotzki.

Date: November 30th, 2015
Cate: Music

Gig photos

I’ve been to some great shows this autumn, as HYMN’s press representatives. Total Control, Burnt Ones, Protomartyr, Boogarins, Destruction Unit, La Luz, Sonny & the Sunsets, Golden Pelicans and Wand just to name a few. Here are my favourite photos from these shows.

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Golden Pelicans live

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Date: November 17th, 2015
Cate: rediscovered

SIDE72 | mix

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’83 In ’05 was the title of a song released by Pants Yell! in 2005, but it was of course originally called ’83 In ’03 – detailing the life of Creation Records boss Alan McGee in 1983. These days a lot of people have been participating in a ‘7 songs in 7 days’ meme on facebook, telling everyone about some important and formative music throughout their lives. Fortunately, no one has nominated me for this meme yet. But it has made me think a little about favourite bands I’ve had earlier in my life.

I guess it started at the age of 10, when I bought my first LP. It was a Doors compilation featuring “Peace Frog” any many other great tracks, and I just loved hearing it through the massive (as I thought at the time) speakers in my parents’ living room. This soon led me on to my first favourite band Led Zeppelin, and from there to The Ramones and later Primal Scream. I purchased my first guitar at 16 and learnt pretty much every Belle & Sebastian song on the Sinister forum. The next five or so years I probably wrote about 50 songs, with the main inspiration being Felt. As I found out around that time, Primal Scream had initially been a punk version of The Byrds.

I became increasingly interested in similar bands from around 1985-86, that were sort of a half-breed with one foot in the 60s style and fashion one in punk confrontation. There really wasn’t much difference between the mod and garage revival bands that started popping up and the indie bands that were lumped together as C86 – after a giveaway NME cassette. They all shared a love for guitar-based popular music, and I started to get immersed in Rickenbacker, Vox, Burns and Selmer equipment. Eventually, I wrote my first academic essay about that tape, and attended the 20th anniversary gigs at the ICA in London – where I met many of my idols (including Lawrence Hayward, Johnny Johnson, Phil Wilson and Harvey Williams).

Eventually, I had ploughed through the most obscure record labels, one-off 45s, flexis and demos. After that I concentrated on the 60s scene and listened much more to soul and psychedelic music. And that is still where I am today. But recently I’ve bought some singles I never got around picking up back then, and I suspect there will be a DJ set of 80s indie before long. Until then I’ve made a playlist of some of my favourite songs of that era, right up to The Stone Roses, who – along with britpop – became the end result of all that independent flurry of activity. And after them it all went mainstream I guess. This year is also the 30-year mark for many of these indie releases, as well as being my 30th year on this planet. Last year the C86 compilation was reissued as a 3CD set and The Guardian published an article about the original tape.

Click the icon below to access the playlist, featuring many artists who appeared on my erstwhile radio show The Rain Fell Down, which was named after a song by Jesse Garon & the Desperadoes. That song is not available (unsurprisingly), so I’ve picked another one by them to start things off. After that, “Don’t Die On My Doorstep” by Felt, which was the name of my first club night, started in 2007. Louis Philippe’s “Heaven Is Above My Head” then became the name of my blog. There’s The Sea Urchins too, naturally, who are pictured above. 30 tracks in total, not covering 30 years but definitely the 85-90 period.

 

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Date: November 17th, 2015
Cate: new releases

The Kumari | Walking 7″

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Phil Moore’s classy 60s outfit The Kumari are back with a new single. After the amazing 45 on Hey Girl! they’ve now made a reputation for themselves to live up to. “Walking” is available now from the French label Croque Macadam. While the flip “Beam” is very similar to the folk-rock stylings of their last outing, the top lays down some serious grooves. “Walking” sounds like The See See at the wildest and best. Now we’re just waiting for The Kumari to make it over to Scandinavia for some gigs.