Friday, January 18, 2013

Pushing it to the back of my mind, you see to all intents and purposes I'm fine

Just finished reading my first book of the year.  I really should have done it sooner especially as I claim to be such a big Edwyn Collins fan. The book is quite heart breaking most of the time, as you read all of what he and Grace, his wife went through to get him well again but they got there in the end,  it's an incredible story.


My best Edwyn story is the one about me and Graeme from The Love Parade going  to see him play at the Dovecot Arts Centre in Stockton. We thought we would be able to pay on the door but it was sold out when we got there,  so we had to stake out the doors to try and catch Edwyn coming or going. Graeme was lucky and as Edwyn strided up to the back stage door he told him we had travelled miles to see him and would there be any chance of us getting in on the guest list,  "of course" he said. We witnessed a magnicent performance, it was around the time of the Hope and Despair LP and he was on fire, i can remember him jumping about on the speakers brandishing his guitar, I wish there was some footage of that gig somewhere.

I was late to the Orange Juice party Rip It Up was first thing I bought by them. It was a double pack 7" with a fold out cover that I remember having up on my bedroom wall, the bue tack stains remain on the reverse. I always preferred  A Sad Lament, reminded me of T Rex? I also remember recording a Janice Long session around about the same time and one of the songs was Flesh Of My Flesh, for years I always thought it had a bit of "are you being served" vibe about it, but I found an mp3 of it on a web site recently and it sounds nothing like it!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

When are you gonna see, I carved your name in the cherry tree

Well I really hope Teenage by Veronica Falls is released as a 7" on Slumberland soon, maybe gorgeous coloured vinyl too. I saw them a couple of years ago in Leeds supporting Teenage Fanclub and was well impressed but then when I listened to their records they seemed much darker with almost goth tendencies, but this is pop music the way it should be. It rushes along and leaves you breathless, then you go and play it all over again.

I heard about it on Xanthi's songs for girls to sing blog. (Sorry I stole your post title but I had to.)

Cheer up, Fucking cheer up , it might never happen, in fact it already has

Why is everyone so surprised that the Wolfhounds have returned with a stunning new single? Cheer Up is full of chugging guitars , insistent wiry lead guitar, a chorus so catchy that when you  sing it to miserable bastards it will be impossible for them not to crack a smile. Only January but it's my single of the year.

Monday, January 07, 2013

this old heart is beating for her, the sweetness in her spark is gonna make me stay

Well here goes with my top 8 singles of 2012 in no particular order. Well I bought them in 2012 maybe some were released sooner… links to have a listen are here too, I hope someone finds a song they've never heard before and likes it enough to buy it.

Cassolette - Stay Heavy (Cloudberry) (soundcloud)
Close Lobsters - Steel Love (Firestation) (soundcloud)
Alpaca Sports - Just For Fun (Dufflecoat) (soundcloud)
Go Kart Mozart - New World In The Morning (Brum) (youtube)
Sad Day For Puppets - When You Tell Me That You Love Me (acoustic) (Fastcut) (youtube)
The June Brides - January Moon (Slumberland/Occulation) (soundcloud)
Lightships - Sweetness In Her Spark (Domino) (soundcloud)
Lets Say We Did - The Stars Above Looked Bright And Green (Nesna) (soundcloud)

Friday, January 04, 2013

But now you're gone everything has gone, will you remember me?

I like going to the dentists when everything is fine, like today!

Going to try and grow some veg again this year, couldn't get into the swing of it last year. Started today, digging over the first raised bed, didn't last too long, I forgot how much it hurts my back!

True it's a dream mixed with nostalgia, But it's a dream that I'll always hang on to, That I'll always run to, Won't you join me by the riverbank

 I can't believe I didn't write a single entry on here all last year, will try and be a bit more productive this year. The river at Hurworth on Wednesday.
Cup of tea and a date slice at Richmond indoor market cafe
 William Morris book. £2 British Red Cross, Richmond. Shame someone ripped three of the pages out of it.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

indie pop ain't noise pollution

Roque Ruiz the man behind Cloudberry isn't one to mince his words or keep his thoughts to himself , any one who has read his blog or the inserts that accompany his 7"'s will testify to this, I may not agree with all of what he has to say but I do applaud him for actually standing up and saying exactly how he feels, no matter who he might hit in the crossfire or what shots get fired back at him. He lives for his label, pumping every available money into it, he is constantly discovering new bands and old bands from yesteryear. I do try and keep up with his output but it's not easy . I've just caught up with some of his recent-ish releases and I am really impressed with them, not to take anything away from past releases but these last few have  taken the label even higher .

Zipper - Holidays in Moscow starts off nice and gentle and then turns nice and noisy. Not sure what instrument is doing the lead parts but I love the sound, a melodica is listed on the sleeve but they must have ran it through a distortion pedal to get that pure sound of joy.

Oh! Custer - Forget It  The sleeve is beautiful , the back looks old and sun bleached a nice effect, while we are on about effects if F.M. Cornog from East River Pipe is reading this and wondering where is echo/delay unit disappeared to , maybe you should give Oh! Custer a ring. Both songs also remind me of a slightly lo-fi Cavalcade.

Gold-Bears - Something to think about is danceable and catchy in equal measures. Full of those early MBV drum rolls and trebly guitar noise, this has to be the best song released on Cloudberry so far, but this is an e.p. and So Natural is as well, Jeremy reckons he sucks on guitar if this true then judging by the guitar solo on this song then my guitar playing must be absolute garbage! Yeah Tonight on the b-side is one of those rare pop moments when the flip side is as good as the A. I've just read in Cloudberry fanzine number 6 that they have an LP out on Slumberland, how did I miss that?

Caucus - Wondering Ones Starting like a long lost Hurrah song and then turning into something that can really only be described as a dreamy-RIDE-like pop tune.The b-side is a cover of a Rocketship song that I've not heard before, a band I have to admit I missed out on, I was lost in the indie wilderness at the time I think, luckily I was rescued by Jimmy Matinee who did introduce me to them but not this song I love you like the way I used to do which manages to fuse all the MBV years together into one  dynamite of a song.

Persian Rugs - Always All , this is Canadians somehow managing to sound like Australia to me and bands like the Falling Joys and The Killjoys. You must then flip it over for I Have Been Assured my favourite of the two with it's girl/boy vocals and an almost beatle-esque bridge and some mighty fine slide guitar too.

Very Truly Yours - Sleep In The Clouds  I could listen to the voice of the girl from Very Truly Yours forever, really I could, it's as beautiful as a biggest blue sky on the sunniest summer afternoon. This song has me floating away especially the bit at the end when the strings come back in on there own, …..mmmmm.

YoungfuckBlack Tulips / 204,7 Electric heartbeats push these songs along, one side makes me feel sad the other lifts my spirits. One side is like the Wake the other New Order, Cloudberry it seems have discovered a new band for Factory Records.

This should really be in a fanzine but I've no idea when/if I'll do another, I'll probably just stick to writing about what I like here. Please visit the Cloudberry Records web site and have a listen to some of the songs to see if I'm right or wrong about them.

Friday, August 26, 2011

something about your face i wish that you were mine

Play People - Never let me down e.p.  (this almighty pop! 010) coming soon!!!!! (oh la-la, oh la-la)

ride another wave, moving on your own

Sunrain - Born Alone e.p. (this almighty pop! 009) coming soon!!!!!