Tuesday, 31 January 2012

JAMIE XX B2B CARIBOU

BR#69 Jamie xx b2b Caribou from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

Big sounds.

Friday, 27 January 2012

MEMORYHOUSE

Memoryhouse - Walk With Me from Future Sweden on Vimeo.

This is from upcoming album 'The Slideshow Effect'. Float.

SELEBRITIES / LISSY TRULLIE



Thursday, 26 January 2012

PORCELAIN RAFT





Getting me through reading about...something so boring I can't quite recall what it is.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

CRUSHED BEAKS















Usually, the new artists featured, are praised for their ability to concoct bedroom born perfection. Hailing from London, Crushed Beaks have gone one further and nailed 'shed' lo-fi and their effortless style is drenched in reverb and raw acoustics. A dreamy mash-up of distortions and impressive fluctuations, their songs are full to the brim with vision and perspicacity (really wanted to get this word in somewhere today, bonus points.) Get your dose of Crushed Beaks today!

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
In a shed in Lewisham, recording some new demos. We also recorded our single in here. It's even being entered into Shed of the Year 2012 (yes there is such a thing) after the folk at www.shedworking.co.uk posted the video for the single on their blog. Totally stoked about that. If we win I will know I have achieved at least one worthwhile thing with my life.

Could you give a brief Crushed Beaks history?
We know each other from school, and our old bands used to play shows together and stuff. We both ended up at Goldsmiths and somehow I found myself in the pub of an evening asking Alex if he wanted to play the drums again in a band. I'd posted some demos on the internet that had got a bit of blog interest so I thought adding someone who could actually play the drums to the mix could only be a good thing. I think that was our first proper conversation since freshers week. I think Alex was a bit hesitant at first because those old demos were gritty, to put it charitably. Once we'd actually started rehearsing it came together really easily though.

Who did you grow up listening to?
When I was about 15 my uncle gave me all his old records, which basically consisted of Black Sabbath and prog rock. That was definitely an important part of my musical education.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.
Loud and proud. There's a few new ones on the way. Wait and see.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
I don't tend to think of them being about anything specifically while I'm writing, they just sort of happen. It's weird when you think that a song is about something that happened to you and then you realise that the something happened after you wrote it, and then you can't really remember what you thought it was about while you were writing it. If that makes any sense...

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
Come and see us play live.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
Kate Bush, Burzum and The Everley Brothers. A potent combination...

Where would you love to tour?
We had some radio and blog coverage recently in Peru of all places. A South American tour would be amazing. Some friends of ours went on tour in Brazil a few months ago and had a blast.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
Well I don't think a Peruvian tour on the cards just yet, but we're planning a UK tour for early next year, and thinking about the next release.



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Teen Daze - Winter Mix by teendaze

Winter wonder.

Friday, 20 January 2012

PAWS






















PAWS are quite different to the stuff I usually post, but we've all got time for a bit of new age punk in our lives, especially Scottish punk. Personally I think 'Pony' is their standout track and it's great to hear that the boys are doing what they do best in the studio at the moment and we should hear some new material soon. Let's PAWS for a minute and learn a bit more about them.....I had no choice but to do that.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
Right now I am sitting in my bedroom in Glasgow. In all honesty, right now myself and my buddy Sean Armstrong are recording a track. We are using toys and small keyboards.
Decided to write and record an album in a day to release on our label, Cath Records.
But PAWS have been rehearsing solidly in the practice space in preparation to record our debut record in January.


Could you give a brief PAWS history?
Well, I met Josh as school and we started jamming together in the bedroom I had in my Mums house in a town called Tain, north of Inverness in the Highlands.
Our good friend Nick introduced us to Matt in this log cabin in the Highlands where we arranged to meet to write and jam as a four piece. But after playing as a four piece called "A Copenhagen Hope" for a while, Nick decided to move on to other projects. We just continued as a three piece and jammed in ways that we hadn't done before and PAWS came out of that really. Just jammed, recorded some tapes at home and played shows wherever/whenever we could/can. We keep throwing fuel in the generator and be as busy as possible.


Who did you grow up listening to?
My oldest brother Paul exposed me to a whole lot of stuff. Alot of Sonic Youth, R.E.M, stuff like that. But then I started digging deeper and found bands like Melvins, Sebadoh and Big Black.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.
Well, we wrote a song at the practice space last week that I like alot. It's one of our more laid back efforts, slower and less screamy. I'm really happy with it.
It's called "Sore Tummy" and it's about how I always have a really sore tummy.


What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
Cancer. Cancer sucks.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
I really couldn't tell you. We are still trying to work that out. When I find out, I'll let you know. What do you guys think?

What other artists are you into at the moment?
I've been listening to Eagulls alot. They are so fucking rad. Check them out. Also, Babak Ganjei, Bronto Skylift, Dolfinz

Where would you love to tour?
Everywhere. I want to play everywhere.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
We are heading to London in January to do record our L.P. Studio is booked and we are real excited to just go in and blast out the record.
Loads of stuff in the pipeline. Just keep an eye on us


PAWS sampler by wehavepaws

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

HALLS






















London based Samuel Howard smashes it. This is released tomorrow.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

STEALING SHEEP
















Haunting harmonies, overlapped with a synergy of sugary melodies and psychedelic synth makes for my first package of pop this year. Hailing from Liverpool, everything seems all the more impressive when you consider that Stealing Sheep have only been together since the summer of 2010..in comparison, when I think of what I've achieved since then, it's fair to say, I'm shit. These girls are going places, they've already been esteemed by loads of super cool radio people and have graced various festivals with their abundance of talent. The future's bright, the future's sheepy.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
We just finished recording a live demo of our debut album in an abandoned school in Liverpool.

Could you give a brief Stealing Sheep history?
We started writing songs in the summer last year, we booked ourselves a tour in October and recorded our first EP that winter. On Valentines day 2011 we released our first single with an indie label in Manchester called Red Deer Club. We did a run of limited 7" singles called 'The Mountain Dogs'. Parallel to that we toured the UK again and stopped off for an XFM session with John Kennedy and dropped in (secretly) during the night to Abbey Road Studios where we recorded our second single 'I am the Rain'. We released this with a London label called Idle Fret in May, we toured Europe this summer and played a host of great festivals. An invite to Maida Vale studios for Rob Da Bank's Live lounge soon followed and we played live on Radio 1. Finally this winter we signed a record deal with Heavenly Recordings and released our first 12" mini-LP. We're now working on our debut record on sale summer next year!

Who did you grow up listening to?
We listened to a lot of classical music and were influence by our parents musical interested stuff like The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkle, Vashti Bunyan, Madonna, Prince...all the classics!

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.
We just wrote a song called 'We Like the Dark' at the moment it's 6 minutes long but that might change, it's quite jammy still with lots of chanting, it's a bit medieval in parts, a bit Easterny too.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
Luy's got this lyric that goes ' you look so lizard like it's hot, like it's not, like it's force fed to you by the dark' we can only imagine what that's about!

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
on a record player, with headphones, in bed.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
We're listening to Twin Sister, Tune Yards, PJ Harvey, Bjork and Still Corners in the car.

Where would you love to tour?
Japan!

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
We're playing support for Field Music in February and we've been invited to play at SXSW and Sound City Newyork in March. The debut Album out this summer!

Stealing Sheep - free 3 track download by heavenlyrecordings



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Sunday, 15 January 2012

CHET FAKER



.com by Chet Faker

Was pointed in the direction of Chet Faker by my Australian sources and this guy has been making strong waves in the Melbourne scene. Really worth a listen.

LIANNE LA HAVAS / SHLOHMO















This is just what I needed.
Forget (Shlohmo Remix) - Lianne La Havas by Monrose

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Sunday, 1 January 2012

TEEN DAZE

Happy New Year, I've finally managed to feel human again and what better way to inject some life into proceedings, than with Teen Daze's rework of Earth, Wind & Fire... yep you read that correctly!