Tuesday, 28 April 2009

CoxWatch: White Ink Video / Atlas Sound Amazingness

A very beautiful music video (by Justin Gaar) for a very beautiful song.

And Bradford's been at it again with the free shared music. Have a listen to this incredible, shimmery, warm pop repetition, made under Cox's Atlas Sound moniker.

MP3: Atlas Sound - Solo Or The Square

Pagan Wanderer Lu @ Dreamtrak Sessions

Pagan Wanderer Lu at the revered DREAMTRAK STUDIOS in London.

The band features Alcxxk (drums) and Laura Wolf (synth and shakey egg) of Internet Forever, Oli Horton (piano) of A Scholar & A Physician and Trademark, and me, John, of Thee Oracle, on tape loops and backing vocals.

More of PWL's film project can be found here.

The album Fight My Battles For Me is available now digitally, and out in the shops in May.Here's the album version of the session track to get you started...

MP3: England Expects

iTunes / eMusic / 7digital / Amazon

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Joe Gideon & The Shark @ Balcony TV

Awesome Tambourine Scenes.

From www.balconytv.co.uk

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Pagan Wanderer Lu - Mass Interview / 15 Films

Pagan Wanderer Lu's "Fight My Battles For Me" comes out this week digitally. So there is a big bunch of interesting stuff going on.

Firstly, we have the ambituous 2.0 FIFTEEN FILMS project, in which Andy is making a film to go with each song on his album, including acoustic performances, art films, live sessions and highlights from gigs, along with liner notes and pictures and drawings and such.Check it out, and please use the "favourite" and "share" buttons to spread the word. Click the screenshot below to check it out:

And secondly, PWL has decided to interview interesting musicians en masse about their ideas and approaches to music making. Interviewees include - Jeremy Warmsley, Napoleon IIIrd, Capitol K, Spencer McGarry, Paul Hawkins, Hannah Modernaire, Ill Ease, Laura Wolf, & Mat Riviere - and the answers are going up one by one. So far - Originality, and Lyrics. READ.

Buy the record now from eMusic and iTunes. Also available on 7Digital and Amazon amongst others, and on CD from Brainlove and PWL. Or in the shops from May 25th via Cargo.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Brainlove Festival '09


A Scholar & A Physician
Ace Bushy Striptease
Braindead Improv
Christopher Alcxxk
The Duloks
Internet Forever
Jam On Bread
Keyboard Choir
Kid Carpet
Laura Wolf
Mat Riviere
The Middle Ones
Napoleon IIIrd
Pagan Wanderer Lu
Stairs To Korea
Thee Oracle
We Aeronauts

Tickets are priced at £8 in advance and £10 on the day, and a link to buy will be available soon.

Last year's event reached the venue capacity, although there were a few tickets available on the door in the afternoon.


Brixton Windmill, Blenheim Gardens, London, SW2 5BZ
Tel: 020 7926 2129
£8 adv/£10 door
Free barbecue
Guest DJs all day (TBA)

Thursday, 16 April 2009

What's that sound? I like that sound.

I LOVE that sound...


Saucy Canadian electro sexpot TIGA is back with this great video for new single 'Shoes', featuring a talk show host with a glove made out of static and a creepy, frigid model lady.

It's released on May 4th, although there are various remixes clogging up the charts over at Hype Machine already. The album, CIAO!, promises to be one of the big dance records of 2009, and comes out on CD, download and as a heavy triple-vinyl set on May 11th.

Find out more on Tiga's flashy website here. Or if you want even MORE Tiga, stalk him on Twitter at twitter.com/ciaotiga.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

BRNLV DiS Column #2: Life On Music Island

Here on the island, there's not much to do between shows. We sit by the glittering sea, kick through the singing surf and stare at the horizon. We gather ephemera from the high tide line and save the best things we find. At night, we light a crackling fire, sing harmonies and look at the stars. And in the stars, there is music.

The Monroe Transfer's 15 minute post-rock epic 'I Dreamt I Was a Hammer and Everything Was Glass' bears celestial arrangements and sense of grand scale; spidery bass creeping over mournful strings and resonant double bass, building purposefully to an almighty crescendo. Their sound can seem pretty retro at times, mirroring as it does the late 90s/early-00s output of Constellation Records, but this is an EP of genuinely, noticeably high quality; the flawless musicianship and austere sound palette lends itself to their sense of relentless, creeping drama. It would be nice to hear The Monroe Transfer stretch themselves sonically in future, but perhaps it wouldn't suit them to do so; for now, this is a fittingly weighty summation.

Casio-pop tweepunk trio Internet Forever (all DiSers, as you probs know) have been making a miniature tsunami around the blogs with their first demos over the last few months, as well as cherry-picking sought-after support slots and radio plays before even releasing a song. And it's all totally deserved, for once - Laura, Chris and "heartbeeps" are a great unit onstage, producing bashed out rhythms, atonal guitar fuzz and exhilarating, heartfelt pop melodies - every song sounds like a summertime hit single, full of bright-eyed excitement and drenched in lo-fi distortion. With new recordings on the way, cult U.S. label Art Fag have noticed them already - it won't belong before UK label suitors are queuing around the block.

In other news - Micachu & The Shapes continue to amaze with their oddcore lean-to DIY style, using bottles, cans and broken cymbals, distorted mini-guitar, Mica's husky, growling voice and totally unique hyper-urban musical magpie sensibilities. Shooting Spires come courtesy of Matty White Heat's unerring early-adopter sensibility, and is a bit like an electronic one-man No Age or Dan Deacon's hippy cousin. Name-changing NYC four-piece Skeletons fuse together strangely shaped pieces of alt-rock flotsam into a pleasing, jazz-riddled form, recalling everything from Why? to Beefheart to Pavement without ever settling long enough to be pigeon-holed. They're an imaginitive and endlessly interesting proposition that shape shifts it's way into your affections. Ponytail offer a genuinely euphoric show, thanks largely to the vocalising of singer Molly Seigel, who writhes around the stage in a world of her own, unselfconsciously glowing with happiness, wrapped up in the crashing rhythms going off around her. Ponytail occupy sacred ground somewhere between The Sugarcubes, The Slits and The Boredoms.

Upset The Rhythm's two-day Yes Way festival was an awesome highlight of the 2009 live calendar so far. A pick 'n' mix of new and favourite bands drawn largely from London's ever-present DIY scene (which means fuzzy demos, face-paint, lots of big hair, moustaches, and enthusiastically cack-handed playing, rather than putting up shelves in overalls, n00b, unless it's part of a feminist art installation). Highlights were the dark, mystical, reverb-ridden Graffiti Island, a weirdo party set from the scantily clad Cleckhuddersfax and a genuinely disturbing meta-musical performance from Bristol noise shaman Team Brick (pictured below mind-melding with an unwitting audience member).

It's been an exciting few months for new music within the BRNLV biodome too. "A&R" with proper independent labels is often less to do with making business decisions than an acute, compulsive, extended version of super-fan activism. And so it is with the five (!) new Brainlove signings you'll be hearing this summer. Explore for yourself:

Kippi Kaninus from Iceland is an organic-electronica (organitronica!) artist who's previously worked with Amiina and toured with Múm; Stairs To Korea is a dizzyingly inventive one man "krutt" pioneer with an easy knack for earworm pop and lyrical hooks; A Scholar & A Physician are renowned production duo who've turned their hand to writing preposterously funtime kiddie-pop bangers; Mat Riviere creates sparse but intense songs, heavy on atmosphere and melody; and We Aeronauts are a folk arkestra/supergroup from Oxford that at times sound like a younger, breathlessly excited sibling of Arcade Fire.

Some, if not all, of these bands will playing at the Brainlove-sponsored Woolfire Festival this summer.

And that's it from me, until next time...