A blog from the people behind the podcast that has gripped a nation, putting out weird and wonderful tracks from the past, present and future.
About the Podcast
Showcasing the most interesting and exciting independent releases every week, plus a selection of unsigned bands and works in progress, with no bias for genres and a bare knowledge of what's fashionable. Hosted by Gareth Main of Bearded Magazine and Anthony Chalmers of God Don't Like It.
Out of all the incredible releases of 2010, it’s little surprise that my favourite comes from the ever incredible Finders Keepers Records.
Jeunes Filles Impudiques is the soundtrack to the long-lost Parisian skin flick and this sexy 7” gives more pleasure than most erotic films. From the incessant tribal drumming of ‘Gilda & Gunshots’ to the swinging brass finale five tracks later of ‘Schoolgirl Hitchhikers’, this EP is, for me, the most enjoyable release of the year. I hope you enjoy it too.
My favourite discovery of the year, I found Austin band Soft Healer in a car park at SXSW and have shouted about them ever since. Their debut 7” came out in the summer on renowned New York label Captured Tracks. The A side ‘Gentle One’ is sublime but, like the Master Musicians of Bukkake 7” I highlighted yesterday, it is the B side that gives the most pleasure.
I just realised that, in my prep, I managed to put 26 things in my 25 things for 2010, oh well, I’ll just throw in a bonus sometime before the end of the year. Anyway, we’re at the top three…
Master Musicians of Bukkake - Theme From The Science Fiction Television Show “Ban Be Cua Anh Ay” (Conspiracy)
One of my favourite bands threw a curveball late this year with the release of a self-titled 7” than coincided with their phenomenal show at Supersonic in October. The A side, titled ‘Man With The Green Gloves On,’ was standard fare - obtuse ritualistic weirdness - but the B side is where the real gold lies.
Completely opposite to their usual material, ‘Theme From The Science Fiction Television Show “Ban Be Cua Anh Ay”’ is a real treat. Reminiscent of some Eastern 60s/70s pop, it grooves along with some borderline stereotyping chanting, it’s absolutely incredible, and nothing like their usual ambient noise. Listen and love:
Today is the day I travel home for Christmas, so I’m writing all the final posts in this series today. They’ll go online day-by-day. Well they should, but given Tumblr’s questionable reliability in this area, they might all go online today. Stay tuned anyway…
The Fall - Your Future Our Clutter (Domino)
The best Fall album ever? Quite possibly. As a Fall obsessive for more years than I can actually remember, and one whose two favourite Fall albums were released before I was born, the release of Your Future Our Clutter was a huge pleasure. Their best album for a long time, and much better than the brilliant Fall Heads Roll - the previous best Fall record of the 21st Century.
John Peel once remarked that The Fall were “always different, always the same” and YFOC does a wonderful job of living up to that billing. Retaining the same line-up as the rather poor Imperial Wax Solvent, the rarely steady ship of a Fall line-up pays dividends as the record flows seamlessly along, tied together by Mark E Smith’s trademark growl.
The liner notes also educated me that there’s a recording studio in my hometown of Castleford. Apparantly N-Dubz have recorded there…