Monday, 29 June 2009

Friday, 19 June 2009

Post-Punk Mixtape

I wanted to make another playlist on Spotify but they didn't seem to have much post-punk stuff on there. Instead I've compiled a mixtape which you can download below. Enjoy.

Mixtape 001 - Compiled by Heads Will Roll


1. Blurt - Dog Save My Sole
2. James White & The Blacks - (Tropical) Heat Wave
3. Lora Logic - Brute Fury
4. Liliput - Die Matrosen
5. Drinking Electricity - Shake Some Action
6. The Raincoats - Lola
7. Josef K - Final Request
8. Occult Chemistry - Fire
9. Citizen UK - Dining On Expense
10. Modern English - Swans On Glass

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Circulatory System // Signal Morning

I downloaded this a couple days ago from the Music To Do Drugs To blog after reading a good review but had not heard anything about them before. I listen to it for the first time today and must have played it 10 times already. The band are called Circulatory Systems and released a couple LP's back in 2001. The new album is called 'Signal Morning' and isn't due out til August sometime. It's very Experimental / Psychedelic Rock, similar to Spiritulized. I'm so happy I just stumbled across these guys and really recommend downloading the album.

Circulatory System - Overjoy

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

This week in Leeds

La Cave returns again this Thursday 11th June at Smokestack. Playing Psych, RNB, Beat and Soul on beautiful 45's. La Cave is becoming one of my favourite club nights to go to. With great vibes, great tunes and free entry you can't go wrong.

If the 60's isn't your thing on Thursday also sees Kap Bambino playing at Nation of Shopkeepers. The french due are often described as 'Synth Punk' and draw comparisons to Crystal Castles (although they have been around much longer and are much better). Their fast industiral electro-metal beats and front woman Caroline Martial's wild vocals makes great memorable live performances. As the guys over at Nation of Shopkeepers are so nice this event is FREE like pretty much everything they put on. Have a listen to their latest single 'Red Sign' below which is from their third album 'Blacklist' out 16th June.

MP3:Kap Bambino - Red Sign

Bad Taste calling themselves 'Leeds foulest and filthiest clubnight' is going to be hosting the 2nd room at Bad Sneakers on Saturday at The Faversham. A very different direction for Bad Sneakers as Bad Taste propose to play "brain bending Psych, Proto Punk, Punk, Post Punk, S-punk, Deathabilly, 60s garage, Acid Psych, Death Jazz, Glam Rock, Queer Pop, No Wave, Doom and Nerdcore. Songs you never knew how much you loved until you were locked in a torture chamber with them blaring in your shriveled ear holes, dark side of decades past, present hellraisers and other ear-raping classics...". Should be great fun hearing some different records being played in Leeds.

Twisted // 7" E.P Released

Twisted's first single, originally released on CD-R has been given the posterity it deserves on a pressing of 45rpm 7" vinyl. Twisted, now based in Leeds with a new line up, made this record in South Wales last December with a few members of Facel Vega lending a hand. The music is fast, garage-influenced melodic punk with the same hints towards mid-80s DC emo that have marked both State Run and Facel Vega.


Upcoming gigs:

17th June- The Junction, Bristol w/ Kids Return
22nd June- The Wellington, Leeds w/ Kids Return

You can order the record for £3 plus postage from: Big Cartel


Monday, 8 June 2009

Releases // Monday 8th June

Hatcham Social release 'Crocodile' which the second single from their debut album 'You Dig The Tunnel I'll Hide The Soil' which was produced by Tim Burgess. The track as ever is a well written pop song but am surprised it's been released as a single, as it isn't a stand out track for me. On the flip side you will find exclusive track 'Dissected'.

MP3: Hatcham Social - Crododile

I know this leaked over month ago but it's finally been released on vinyl. If you haven't been the biggest fan Sonic Youth's more recent albums 'The Eternal' has taken the songwriting style from 2006's 'Rather Ripped' but then also brought back stuff from older albums like 'Sister' and 'Daydream Nation' so I recommend giving it a listen. It is a great record and is up there as one of my favourite Sonic Youth albums.

Link removed as requested.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Titus Andronicus // Album Give Away

Titus Andronicus are giving away their debut record The Airing of Grievances here. I wrote about this album a while ago and called it "a rough and ready record laden with brilliant lyrics and melodies", the more I listen to it the more I love it. It's only available for the rest of today, so get in there quickly!

Friday, 5 June 2009

The Brainjonestown Massacre Spotify Playlist

So I finally got around to updating our Spotify playlist. This one is in tribute to The Brianjonestown Massacre who I've been listening to a lot recently. The front man Anton Newcombe is a genius making consistently good records, but even more amazingly they all have very distinctly different styles. Shame that he is battling with drug addiction and alcoholism which contributes to his deluded view on life (see documentary DiG! and the video below).

All the bands featured (except Papercuts) either have members who have previously been in BJM or are accosicated with the band. Check out the playlist here.


1. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Going To Hell
2.The Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
3. The Warlocks - Shake The Dope Out
4. Dead Meadow - Between Me And The Ground
5. The Raveonettes - Love In A Trashcan
6. Black Rebel Motorcycle - Whatever Happened To My Rock 'n' Roll
7. Spiritulized - You Lie You Cheat
8. The Black Angles - You On The Run
9. Papercuts - Once We Walked In The Sunlight
10. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Jennifer

Cherbourg Interview

London folksters Cherbourg played the Royal Park Cellars on Thursday. I had a quick chat before the show with Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones from the band about their new EP 'Into The Dark', an upcoming album and the 'London Folk Scene'.

How did you get together as a band?

Kevin Jones: Well, Davie (singer/guitar) went to school with Phil (fiddle/guitar) and they played together in a band called Davie Fiddle And The Lucky Egg for a while. Me and Chris (drums) were playing in a separate band at the time. We all became friends, then Chris's and my band split up. We wanted to keep playing together and then, well I'm not sure how it happened really, but [Cherbourg] happened.

Did you have an idea of the kind of music you wanted to play when you started out or did it take a while to find your 'sound'?

Andrew Davie: I think when we first started [what we were playing] was really quite folky. We would have a song and everything else would just sit behind it. There would be standard bass parts, standard drumming, the song was what mattered; nothing else did. Now, we seem to have moved quite a long way from that; we're going into rockier pastures at the moment. We're writing now to be able to record an album in September and, to be honest, it's quite hard to tell now what that's even going to sound like.

KJ: It's still evolving, I guess. Although I think we are starting to get a fairly clear idea now of what we're trying to achieve.

You released your first EP "Last Chapter of Dreaming" in February and your new EP "Into the Dark" was out on Monday. Do you see the second record as a continuation of the first or do you see it taking a new direction?

AD: I think [the new EP] is a continuation; six of the eight songs - that span across the two EPs - were written in the same two week period. There's continuation lyrically, definitely. We even use the same line on both EPs. I think [the sound] has evolved; we've moved slightly more towards electric guitars, the violin is still there but it's not quite as prominent as it was on the first record.

What is the song writing process like for you? Do you write collaboratively or does one person write everything? How does it work?

KJ: Normally Davie writes the main body of a song. Not always though, sometimes Phil writes songs. Some songs come together in two minutes but with some we have to really work on to make them feel right. It really depends on the song.

AD: Also, I think we're not necessarily trying to do the obvious thing. We want to serve the song and make it sound as good as possible by highlighting its good bits. We're also keen to keep it interesting; as much for ourselves as much as for the listener. I'm quite interested in 'tension and release' in songs.

It seems that you are often compared to the likes of Mumford & Sons and Noah And The Whale. I wondered how you felt about being placed in that "London folk scene"? Do you like that label or is it just a pain now?

AD: It's really nice in some ways but its, well it's not irritating, but I just don't think it's quite correct.

KJ: Its confusing because we are really good friends with those people - Mumford & Son, Alessi's Ark, Laura Marling – and when we started out, it made sense to make those comparisons more. But where we are now; not so much. But it's an honour, nevertheless, to be compared to bands like that because they're all fantastic.

AD: We were all friends quite a while ago. There was a place called the Bosun's Locker where people used to hang out and write songs, everyone knew everyone. At that point it was just singer-songwriters going down to a pub for a laugh and showing each other what they were doing. All the bands have shot out from that and are doing their own different things and the comparisons were made all the time. I always think it's quite weird that people talk about a London 'folk scene'; it should be labelled that after its really established. I don't feel like it's quite there yet, to be honest. Only two bands at the moment – Laura Marling and Noah And The Whale – are the only ones anyone has heard on a really wide scale; on a Radio 1 type level.

Is it encouraging though to see that those two bands have 'made it'?

KJ: Yeah, very much so.

You're on a fairly lengthy tour at the moment. How's it going?

AD: Pretty good.

KJ: Yeah, it's been really fun.

Have you played much outside of London before?

KJ: No, we've done a couple of supports before but there are a lot of places on the tour that we're playing for the first time. So it's quite exciting to play new places.

How are the shows going, do people seem receptive to the music?

AD: Yeah, definitely. People are a lot nicer outside of London [laughs].

Finally, what have you got planned for the next few months. Are you playing any festivals over the summer?

KJ: Yeah, we're playing Bloom Festival, Blissfields Festival and Lounge on the Farm. But we didn't want to overdo the festivals because of the album; we want to get really stuck in and involved with that. We're having a summer of working and writing, I guess.

AD: Album, album, album!

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

The Clean // New Album

Firstly sorry about the lack of post the last few weeks, with exams it's hard to find the time and unfortunately posts are going to be become even more few and far between when me and Tom depart on our different travels over summer.

I have just found out one of my favourite bands The Clean (who I wrote about The Clean a few months ago here.) are going to be releasing a new album, their first new record in 8 years. The album titled 'Mister Pop' is going to be released on 8th September on Merge Records. You can download 'In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul' which is going to be on the new album below. They no longer sound the same punk band who wrote tracks like 'Beatnik' as I can only describe the new song as indie-pop but it's still a nice listen. Tracklisting and download below.

1. Loog
2. Are You Really on Drugs?
3. In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul
4. Asleep in the Tunnel
5. Back in the Day
6. Moonjumper
7. Factory Man
8. Simple Fix
9. Tensile9
10. All Those Notes

The Clean - In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul
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