Thursday, 23 July 2009

DANANANANAYKROYD re-release 'Some Dresses'

A couple of years ago a small Leeds label called Jealous released a 7" by a little known Glaswegian band who were once called 'Multiplies', Vice, NME and Drowned in Sound loved it, the rest is history. So the label they're currently on, 'Best Before' have decided to unearth this prehistoric fight pop gem and release it onto the world on 24th August 2009. I for one, am fully backing that decision and wish them all the luck in the world.

Below is a picture of the back of the Jealous 7"

The release coincides with Dananananaykroyds forthcoming tour. They also have a new video for the song too. You can watch it HERE.

21 Oct - Cluny, Newcastle
22 Oct - Bodega Social, Nottingham
23 Oct - Arts Centre, Norwich
24 Oct - Swn Festival, Cardiff
25 Oct - Academy 2, Oxford
27 Oct - Scala, London
28 Oct - Audio, Brighton
29 Oct - Academy 3, Manchester, Northwest
30 Oct - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
01 Nov - Oran Mor, Glasgow,

Tickets for the Leeds show can be bought HERE

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Its the shrooms maaaann......introducing ASTRA

San Diego 5 piece Astra (who I'm pretty sure aren't named after the car) make splendid droney trippy psyche tunes that nod back to the days of Gong, Pink Floyd and most recently Dungen and Earth. Their album 'The Weirding' is released on flared stoner label Rise Above who also release Leeds bearded degenerates Gentlemen's Pistols and one of my favourites Withcraft. The album is out now, so go zone out man!

Their video for 'The Rising of the Black Sun' is an animated short directed by an obsessive fan features Eagles, masked winged men on horseback, mountains being struck by lightning, psychedelic 1920's fighter jets bombing demons and also, how could I forget....the four horsemen of the apocolypse. ESSENTIAL VIEWING!!

Friday, 17 July 2009

MONOTONIX First full length album and free Leeds show!

It seems weird because it feels like they've been around ages, I mean Levi the singer obviously has been around physically for ages, although he cuts a mean figure and doesn't have an ounce of fat on him. MONOTONIX first full length is due out this September on Drag City. I'll be interested to see who rates it and who hates it. I myself really love the band but I've seen them live a number of times and I'm basing my affection on the strength of their mental performances. When it comes to their recordings, I feel they lack something, maybe if their records came with a stench of sweat and fire it may conjure up a live feeling, perhaps.

They hit Europe very soon and here are the dates. The Iron Wagon is promoting the Leeds show at A Nation of Shopkeepers on Friday 21st August which is also a free gig, splendid.

22 Jul - Parklife Festival, Milan
23 Jul - The Menagerie, Belfast
24 Jul - Crawdaddy, Dublin
25 Jul - Supersonic Festival, Birmingham
07 Aug - Off Festival, Myslowice
09 Aug - Festival Les Nuits, Aulnoye Aymeries
12 Aug - Oya Festival, Oslo
14 Aug - Way Out West Festival, Goteborg
16 Aug - Summer Sundae Festival, Leicester
17 Aug - The Marquee, Norwich
19 Aug - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
20 Aug - Stereo, Glasgow
21 Aug - A Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds (FREE SHOW!)
22 Aug - Start the Bus, Bristol
23 Aug - The Engine Room, Brighton
24 Aug - The Garage, London

Listen to Monotonix on

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Great concept for new DEERHOOF video

The new Deerhoof video for 'My Purple Past' is directed by Asha Schechter and is not your average band in a room miming bollocks. As you'd expect from Deerhoof they trade in the obvious routine video making for artistic and conceptual ideas, which come across as new and up to date without being contrived. Plus as its Deerhoof there's an underlying sense of mischief and fun to be had. I love them!

Watch the video for 'My Purple Past' HERE

Friday, 10 July 2009

WILD BEASTS new single out monday!

It's been a while since their last single Devils Crayon but Wild Beasts haven't been lounging in Trinidad drinking Malibua out a bottle, they're been making what some are saying, one of the best albums of 2009, I for one am not one to disagree with these people. The first single to be lifted off the album is Hooting and Howling, which is out Monday 20th July and the album, Two Dancers, is due for release on Domino in the UK on Monday 3rd August. It's a step in the right direction for them and will definitely see them converting the philistines who couldn't 'get' their last album. But don't get confused, this isn't about making an album which will sell better or trying harder to get their songs heard on the Radio, this album is way darker and much more thought provoking that Limbo, Panto, it's on a different level all together. I'm not saying its better or worse, I'm just saying its completely different. The drums for example are like something from an early 80's New York post punk band, all tight with bongo's and wood blocks, some stuff is even crying out to be sampled by Hip Hop producers. Fab 5 Freddy would be guesting all over this if it came out 25 years ago. Then there's the production, which comes courtesy of Richard Formby and also the band. The production is super tight but not over produced and Richard lends a really warm cozy feal to it, kind of like a nice drug that smothers you and holds you right till the last notes finish. Wooah, I'm getting a bit carried away, sorry about that.

Quick recap.

Single 'Hooting and Howling' out Monday 20th August. Available on 10" and Digital Download

Album Two Dancers out Monday 3rd August. Available on LP, CD and Digital Download

Key Dates:

12 Jul 2009 - Oxegen Festival (Pet Sounds Arena), Dublin
18 Jul 2009 - Trees Festival, Nr Cheltenham
19 Jul 2009 - Latitude (Main Stage), Suffolk
25 Jul 2009 - Truck Festival, Steventon
26 Jul 2009 - Camp Bestival, Dorset
31 Jul 2009 - Stockton Riverside Festival
01 Aug 2009 - Field Day, Victoria Park, London
06 Aug 2009 - Hoxton Hall,London SOLD OUT
08 Aug 2009 - Moor Festival, Ilkley
30 Sep 2009 - Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
01 Oct 2009 - Cockpit, Leeds
02 Oct 2009 - Bodega, Nottingham
03 Oct 2009 - Thekla, Bristol
04 Oct 2009 - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
05 Oct 2009 - Hanbury Ballroom, Brighton
07 Oct 2009 - Academy 2, Oxford
08 Oct 2009 - Garage, London
09 Oct 2009 - Academy 3, Manchester

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

The new DIRTY PROJECTORS video is sweet

It's taken me quite some time to get into the new Dirty Projectors album 'Bitte Orca' but whilst I was emptying the rubbish in the kitchen and unblocking the sink, the album finally hit me. The song that did it was 'Stillness is the move', it sort of reminded me of Waterfalls by TLC or an R Kelly track. I think it was a combination the sunshine and opening a small cupboard (which immediately made me think of R Kelly) that got me excited for this album. Anyway, here's the new video which was directed by Matthew Lessner who also made the indie flick Darling Darling starring Michael Cera from Arrested Development and Juno.

Click here to watch the video in HD.

In case you're interested here's an interview with 'chatty' director Matthew Lessner which may or may not make you warm to him. Click here

Monday, 6 July 2009


"I saw a man hit my mom one time, really, I hurt him so damn bad I had to hide in Jersey"

It's been well over a year since The Felice Brothers were in the UK, they played a handful of modest 200 capacty shows and packed up their van and went back to the states. Then,
Yonder is the Clock arrived, their latest opus and unlike most modern bands they upped released it quietly and let word of mouth work its magic. It's a breath of fresh air to see a band work hard without massive financial support from labels and still sell out shows. This next tour is almost sold out, the capacities range from 280 to 1000 so there's some real variety. Get a ticket now and see one of these shows as you won't be disappointed.

12 Oct - Lido,Berlin, Germany
13 Oct - Ubel und Gefahrlich, Hamburg, Germany
14 Oct - Kulturkirche, Cologne, Germany
15 Oct - Atomic, Munich, Germany
17 Oct - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, England
18 Oct - Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
19 Oct - The Glee Club, Birmingham, England
20 Oct - Academy 3, Manchester, England
22 Oct - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, England
24 Oct - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
26 Oct - Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
27 Oct - Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany

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