Tomas Greenhalf and Ryan Owen are clearly gentlemen who are going to go far. Their band, Man Without Country, have already been played by Lauren Laverne on 6 Music and various industry folk are circling. It’s easy to see why just from the one tune on their MySpace that I have been playing over and over for a few weeks now. ‘Closet Addicts Anonymous’ is a little Delphic, a little James Yuill, a little Maps and whole bundle of freaking awesome. Head over to their MySpace now and give it a listen.

A bunch of other things:
New Hold Steady – OMFG
Belle and Sebastian ATP
New National tune being amazing and amazing and amazing.
Ricky Martin is a homo.

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Friday Fix

March 26, 2010

So good people here’s a couple of tunes for a Friday afternoon that for some reason or another I think you should like.

First up is a remix of one of my favourite Jens Lekman songs. Sipping on The Sweet Nectar is the tune in question and as I hope you already know the original. I first heard the Bodgan Iruk’s Love Nectar mix when the lovely chaps from the Megaphonic Thrift DJd at The Answering Machine’s album launch in London town last year. Anyway I think it’s pretty perfect for a Friday afternoon.

Download it here.

Next is a remix of the amazing Lonely Galaxy tune I blogged about back in January. ‘Have A Heart’ is easily one of my favourite discoveries of the year. The exceptional Transparent label is giving Lonely Galaxy a release soon so you can get some tunes on a lovely slab of vinyl. Anyway here’s a remix by Active Child that is worth a listen.

Download link is here yeah.

Finally as I’m having a weekend at home in Leicester. Here’s a tune by The Wave Pictures called Friday Night In Loughborough. (Download). Obviously Loughborough is near Leicester where I will be spending my Friday night. It’s from the amazing Instant Coffee Baby album which if you don’t own I pity you massively. Buy it!

Erase Erase Betamax.

March 24, 2010

This is like the Chart Show that used to be on ITV but shorter and not sponsored by Twix.

Evil by Beads is below – Ace tune coming out as a single in May I do believe.

Next up is the latest from Three Trapped Tigers – I love these guys.

Oh and this amazing tune by Keepaway finally got a video but I can’t seem to embed the bastard on WordPress……so follow this link here to watch it on their label’s website. (Trust me it’s worth it)

WOXY.COM RIP

March 24, 2010

And just like that….it’s gone.

Yesterday saw the airwaves of the mighty WOXY internet radio station fall silent. A simple message left on the website stated that due to financial difficulties the station could no longer afford to broadcast. It was good to see that an army of music fans voiced their dissatisfaction immediately. Band’s who were grateful for WOXY’s support like The Antlers, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Frightened Rabbit all expressed their shock at the turn of events as did many more on the WOXY message boards.

So what was it about this radio station that made people care so much and why is it a massive loss to music fans all over the world? Put simply, WOXY was the best radio station in the world to hear new and upcoming music. The DJs, Mike, Shiv and Joe, had no playlist to adhere too and no over bearing sponsors to satisfy. Put in perspective against BBC 6Music (which we also need to save), their day time DJs get one ‘free play’ an hour. The rest of the time they have to stick to the playlist. At WOXY we were at the mercy of the DJs and their moods. This could have been disastrous but fortunately we had three music fans steering us through some brand new band followed by a classic followed by an incredible session. I always had WOXY on and always found something new to love. It’s fair to say that no where else has ever come since in terms of promoting new bands so consistently and at such length.

My own personal relationship with WOXY started nearly 2 1/2 years ago. I was at the Camden Crawl and got to spend some time with Mike Taylor (station director of WOXY). I was just talking about music and he asked me what I had really loved recently. I told him that the Twilight Sad had been permanently on my stereo for months. He replied that they were his band of the year. I knew instantly that this was a serious music fan who spent hours finding and checking out new things. I was a little tipsy now and insisted he come see a band from Leeds with me. I had been going nuts for Sky Larkin for a while before and he instantly understood the band and it wasn’t long before their early singles were being played on WOXY. I loved the simplicity of it. DJ hears of new band, listens to said band, enjoys it, plays it. There was never any “show me the big picture” or “where does this fit into the current scene” that happens at most stations (and I include 6 Music in this).

Music is brilliant and music should never be hard work. WOXY made it easy to hear brilliant new music every day of the week and should this be the end, we will all be worse off without them.

I’ve uploaded a couple of my favourite WOXY sessions to download here:
1. The Antlers
2. Pomegranates.
(If the links are dead just let me know)

Yours in hope

P

Erase/Erase links you to some free downloads:
1. Primary 1
2. James Yuill
Both great. PROMISE.

Erase Erase!

March 24, 2010

So I used to write a blog called A Little Electricity (the last few posts are below in fact). This was written with my best friend James. However, young James has far too much on to write regularly so we decided to end it all. I still have the itch so welcome into Erase Erase. If anyone was kind enough to have ALE on your blog roll, please feel free to add this place.

Thanks a bunch.

Sure a ton of people are out at SXSW right now and having an amazing time. Check this for a night in Manchester though:

1. No Distance Left To Run on the BBC iPlayer
2. Barcelona V Stuttgart on the TV (On mute) – Leo Messi is a magnificent man.
3. Cup Of Tea and a Double Decker
4. Now NDLTR has finished, I have WOXY on with a Megaphonic Thrift session. Lovely chaps/ace band.

And now a couple of bands I have properly fallen in love with over the last month or so and a gig or two what I’ve seen.

Firstly you simply must check out Cloud Nothings. Based around the songs of Dylan Baldi, so far the band has only released one EP on Bridgetown Records but I really think/hope that things are gonna go pretty big for Dylan very soon. The EP called Turning On has not been far away from my ears for a good while now and with tunes like Hey Cool Kid and Whaddya Wanna Know you can see why. Give it a listen.

Secondly I probbaly should tell you that Kisses are fucking magnificent. There’s only one tune on their MySpace right now called Bermuda – as I emailed my friend a month or so ago “It’s very Jens but very good” (Jens being Jens Lekman for the slow kids at the back). His response was “It’s the sound of summer” – really blogging does not get more insightful than this. The always really cool Transparent label are giving Bermuda a single release soon and there’s an album doing the rounds if you know where to look online. (I just get James to find stuff like that for me so I can spend more time touching myself on Chatroulette)

Oh Oh Oh I also went to see the latest Manchester buzz band (TM) Wu-Lyf last month too. All it took was the whole music industry to cream themselves and descend on Manchester to get me to take notice. It was good…not great. I like the way they are doing things with cryptic websites and low key shows but right now the songs aren’t as big as their ambitions. They have a great sound though and they’ll probably be world beaters soon enough.

I also went to see Japandroids which was beyond awesome by the way. They were t-shirt good which is the highest honour I can bestow on a band.

Cheers you.

Pedro. x

If ALE was updated more than once a month I would have gone nuts for the following:

1. OMG NEW NATIONAL SONG/ALBUM/TRACKLISTING.

2. ANDREW WK PLAYS SOME FULL BAND GIGS!

3. NEW FOALS TUNE BEING RAD!

4. AVI BUFFALO LP AS GOOD AS I HAD HOPED WHEN WE FIRST BLOGGED ABOUT THEM AGES AGO.

A friend asked me to buy him some tickets recently.

“Just buy them and I’ll PayPal you the money” he said.

“OK, cool” I replied.

I rarely have anything in my PayPal account and this is because as soon as it’s sitting there I forget that I’m meant to be saving some money for an impending holiday and that instead, I should blow it all in twenty short sweet minutes. So last week (or the week before) I spent some money on CDs and they have arrived and taken over my stereo.

Firstly I was thinking that I really do need to buy that Nosferatu D2 CD that I’ve seen mentioned online. A long time ago, James and I (plus our friend Dan) put Los Campesinos! on at the Star and Garter. I remember Gareth from the band telling me that I should check out Nosferatu D2. I hammered their MySpace for weeks. Then they split up without releasing anything.  As soon as the obsession came it faded but then word came at the end of last year that a big fan of the band was releasing their album “We’re Gonna Walk Around This City With Our Headphones On To Block Out The Noise”. You should visit the Audio Antihero store now to check it out. There are many great things about this album but firstly the lyrics, oh my the lyrics. They are lyrics that sum up the dissatisfaction of living in London, trying to make a success out of life, relationships, passions and often failing. They are honest, heartfelt and sometimes funny. The vocals are often off key but always impassioned. You know Ben Parker means every word of every sentence, as he yelps and bashes away on his guitar. Secondly Adam Parker’s drumming is phenomenal. The man is a MACHINE.

I got talking to Jamie who runs Audio Anti Hero via some emails and he seemed like a lovely man, so fueled with a PayPal busting with over £10 I bought Nosferatu D2 and also an en EP by Benjamin Shaw. The EP is a beautiful lo-fi thing indeed. Cracked hushed vocals telling stories of love and loss, you could say it’s been done before but when done with such honesty and heart you cannot really go wrong.  Audio Antihero have released 2 CDs, both brilliant.

Finally I thought – why don’t I own the Sparky Deathcap EP yet? It’s packaged beautifully and he has always been awesome live. So I bought it. It only arrived yesterday so I’m not really ready to pass comment. But from a couple of listens I think I’m going to love it. Again a man taking the time to write good lyrics.

JCWilko should be with you one day soon. (His FA Cup run being over)

Regards

PM Jones

If ALE were a real smart/hot/cool/sexy blog we would have mentioned:

The incredibly good Primavera line up.

Wu-Lyf from Manchester town. I missed their gig on Saturday. Oops.

Phoenix winning a Grammy. BOYS!

I had some badly written, half finished rant about the new Fac251 club opening up in Manchester. My poorly explained piece was basically saying “why live in the past when there’s so much in the present, but obviously, you know, Factory was good back in the day”. Instead of that negativity, let’s instead consider this weekend in Manchester and the fantastic line up of bands at the Friends Of Manchester Festival.

Let’s get the spiel out the way and then I’ll mention some of the band’s I am most excited to see.
Who: Friends Of Mine
When: Saturday 30th January
Where: Kro Bar and Jabez Clegg
Tickets: From here
More info: Facebook event

The line up is an epic mix of local and out of town, established and brand new acts. So let’s be quick and to the point eh. It seems I will be spending most of my time in Jabez Clegg, so here’s who I will be seeing and be warned I can’t be bothered to try and describe the music but I’ve done the real work and linked to their MySpace pages. What more could you ask for?

JABEZ MAIN STAGE

4.30PM – HYACINTH GIRL – Really promising new tracks on their MySpace + a few people talking about them = a band worth catching early doors.

7.30PM – DUTCH UNCLES – I have honestly never seen a bad show by the Dutch Uncles. It would be pretty dumb to not see them at every opportunity.

8.30PM – EXLOVERS – A big highlight of the Great Escape festival in Brighton last May.

JABEZ SECOND STAGE

7PM- FORMER BULLIES – I haven’t seen these in AGES. Their debut 7″ got a spin on New Years Eve in my flat and it still is brilliant. I have no idea what they sound like these days. Good I’m assuming.

9.15PM- YOUNG BRITISH ARTISTS – Another band who seemed to do nicely in 2009 – be interested to see how they progress this year. (Also playing Manchester this week alongside the fantastic Real Estate and the mighty Spectrals)

10PM- THE CROOKES – Lovely men, excellent songs. Elle magazine has them tipped for big things in twenty ten, and they are usually right on most things.

10.45PM- YUCATAN – Can’t even remember when this band slipped into my consciousness – it’s Welsh, it’s beautiful and it’s epic. Sounds ace non?

JABEZ BAR STAGE

6.30PM- REMEMBER HONOLULU – I am very excited to see these boys. Their demo’s on the MySpace hint towards some awesome Wavves esq tunes. First gig outside of their native Sheffield I do believe.

9.30PM- THE ANSWERING MACHINE – Similar to the Dutch Uncles in that I know exactly what I’m going to get and I’m going to love it. Plus I’m hopeful of some new songs to be played too. Oh yes. TAM 4eva.

JABEZ ACOUSTIC STAGE

7PM- CHRISTOPHER EATOUGH – I love Christopher Eatough because he’s writing intelligent songs with great lyrics. He also has a voice that I never get bored of.

10PM – JO ROSE – Like Eatough, Jo Rose is producing acoustic twinged music that actually stops you and makes you pay attention. His track on the recent Love and Disaster compilation shows just how good Jo Rose can be.

Let us also remember that Jabez Clegg has TABLE FOOTBALL! (I haven’t checked the live football on Saturday but we could always retreat to the Oxford (opposite Big Hands) if needs be)

PM Jones

If ALE waz a real good blog I’d have also mentioned – new Joanna Newsom track plus hot new photo.

This week can be summed up in three bands and they all link together nicely.

Firstly is a band from London called Lonely Galaxy. They’ve been on my radar for a few weeks to be honest. The lead track on their MySpace ‘Have A Heart’ is an epic thing of beauty. I implore you to take a moment to give it a listen. It’s funny how you can usually tell if a band will be alright by their MySpace. Lonely Galaxy keep things simple and don’t give too much away. Nice work.

I kept getting Lonely Galaxy mixed up with another band though this week. The band being Young Galaxy. I’m sure I have blogged about these before. But their song ‘Swing Your Heartache’ is a lovely thing – glad it came back to me this week certainly. (As a brief aside – one band I know I blogged about a while back was Avi Buffalo (November 08 in fact) – they have been signed by Sub Pop so mad props and high fives to them)

Finally I was reading Seperated by Motorways blog this week (a must read which I hope you know already). They mentioned a new band called Yuck who are well worth checking out. They even have Lonely Galaxy in their top friends on MySpace. Holy fucking shit eh. Anyway, Yuck may or may not have links to another more established band who have a spice in their name. (Actually I don’t know if Cajun is a spice or not…) Anyway two tracks up on their MySpace. Georgia which is a bit of a Pains Of Being Pure At Heart thing. But the best is Automatic, which is simply wonderful stuff.

Yuck – Automatic

Thanks for your patience

PM JONES x

PS: If ALE woz a real blog we’d have mentioned:

New track from Gorrilaz and the Grizzly Bear Hot Chip cover.

Grizzly Bear – Boy From School