July 20, 2015

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Mark Morris - Lucretia (My Reflection)

Well, *obviously* it's not a coincidence. Obviously he hasn't somehow stumbled across just happening to use the same title as a Sisters Of Mercy track, especially not a title like that. It's a cover. Obviously it's a cover. It's a wonderfully odd choice to cover yet The Bluetones' Mark Morris has managed to uncover a beating pop heart at the centre of the Sisters' original doom laden, reverb soaked masterpiece, putting an upbeat positivity into the track that Eldritch and co possibly never envisaged. Still kept the black leather gloves and aviator shades from the original though. Preserving the vibe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8Zt8hMl-No

Just one gem from his 'The Taste of Mark Morris' album out on Acid Jazz on July 31st. Look at the track listing below and ask yourself 'why wouldn't I want this?' This Pullover (originally by Jess Conrad) Rock & Roll Woman (originally by Buffalo Springfield) Souvenir (originally by OMD) Self Control (originally by Laura Branigan) Duchess (originally by Scott Walker) You Are My Friend (originally by Rain Parade) Lucretia (My Reflection) (originally by Sisters of Mercy) Angel (originally by Madonna) Almost Gold (originally by Jesus & Mary Chain) Don’t Let Go (originally by Weezer) Love Comes Quickly (originally by The Pet Shops Boys) Good Archives (originally by REM)

May 18, 2015

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35 years ago

I didn't discover Joy Division until August 1980. Love Will Tear Us Apart on the radio in a rented house in Newquay. As I recall it, Top Of The Pops was off air due to a muscians' union strike, NME, Melody Maker, Sounds etc off the shelves for similar reasons. I heard this song with no filters, no explanation. I had no idea whether I was supposed to like it or not; it was very slightly unlike anything else I'd ever heard. It chimed though. It said something. I had no idea that Ian Curtis was already gone before I heard his voice. I went home, I bought Unknown Pleasures. Didn't know if it was the first album or the second but loved the cover.

Bought Closer, bought Love Will Tear Us Apart. Listened obsessively. Then found that THIS existed. A 12" single when that was the most important thing that there was. A reissue. A reissue of one side of a double A that had originally appeared only in France. Atmosphere. There are days when I believe that this is the single greatest piece of music ever made by human hands. There are lots of those days. Today is one of them. Today is the 35th anniversary of the day that a young man tragically took his own life and left a legacy that has never dated and has carried his spirit with it every step. RIP Ian Curtis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EdUjlawLJM

May 10, 2015

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Elvis Depressedly - Thou Shalt Not Murder

And again; short, sweet and simple with a simple, effective backwards video. Welcome to the dream world of Elvis Depressedly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr71ZNmpgU0
May 10, 2015

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Elvis Depressedly - Wastes of Time

Look, they'd be here for the name alone (which is absolutely brilliant); luckily the track attached to the name is a little cracker. Literally little, a minute and a half of blissful melancholy. And a minute and a half can be enough (The Smiths knew this) - make your point, get out once you've made your point, why mess round? Love the sentiment, "if you try, I will try, when we **** up it's alright." https://soundcloud.com/runforcoverrecords/09-wastes-of-time/s-ICxbq Album 'New Alhambra' out on 8th of June
May 05, 2015

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Happyness - It's On You

Another band we've featured before. We'll undoubtedly feature them again 'cause they're bloody smart. They've still got that effortless, lazy, smouldering Dinosaur Jr vibe going on. They've got guitars that sound gorgeous and harmonies that haunt you. They've got two tracks here for your delight and delectation; 'It's On You' and 'Montreal Rock Band Somewhere' which contains the wonderful couplet “I'm wearing Win Butler's hair / There's a scalpless singer in a Montreal rock band somewhere”. Let's not quibble about the fact thatWin Butler has terrible hair and you wouldn't really want it as any kind of fashion accessory and concentrate on the grace and the beauty and the bass and the guitars.

Oh. And. Look at the tour. Real tour this. Proper tour.

May – UK HEADLINE

[Buy All UK Tour Tickets Here]

05 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
06 – Louisiana, Bristol, UK
07 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester, UK
08 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, UK
09 – Think Tank?, Newcastle, UK
13 – Boston Music Room, London, UK
14 – The Great Escape, Brighton, UK [buy tickets]
15 – Bremen Teater, Copenagen, Denmark [buy tickets]
16 – Pop Revo Festival 2015, Aarhus, Denmark [buy tickets]
25 – Gold Sounds @ Leeds University Union, Leeds, UK [buy tickets] 

June - UK

25 – Bexhill On Sea, De La Warr Pavilion, UK (Suede support) [buy tickets]

July - US HEADLINE

12 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
13 – Montreal, QBC – Casa Del Popolo
14 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
15 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog (Euclid Tavern)
16 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle
17 – Washington, DC – Tropicalia
18 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
19 – Asheville, NC – Tiger Mountain
20 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre Rooftop
21 – Atlanta, GA – 529
22 – Nashville, TN – The End
23 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
24 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
26 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
28 – Missoula, MT – Stage 112
29 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
30 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
31 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon

August - US HEADLINE

1 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
4 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
5 – Reno, MN – Holland Project
7 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place
9 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar
11 – Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse Saloon
12 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer
13 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
14 – Santa Barbara, CA – Funzone

 https://soundcloud.com/happyness-4/sets/montreal-rock-band-somewhere/s-sIZBw

April 22, 2015

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Goldsmack - Wild Season

Pressed play on the Soundcloud link without reading the press release. Might be worth you doing the same before reading on, see what you think.   https://soundcloud.com/goldsmack/sets/a-wild-wild-season-1/s-o7BNP Right. Are you back? Cool. We agree then. Wow. Just wow. The visuals made me think that I was getting some kind of modern house act. All trippy dance beats, big pianos, that kind of thing. If I'd read the press notes for this taster for their debut five track EP   first, I'd have known what I was getting into. As it was, I made the same comparisons myself. And bloody good comparisons they are too. A bit of Nick Cave, a bit of Ennio Morricone - which became pertinent when I realised that this 'psychedelic power pop trio' are Italian by birth and base - and one hell of a lot of Lee and Nancy. (Hazlewood and Sinatra if you weren't sure). This is Sand, this is Summer Wine, this is quite definitely Some Velvet Morning. This is something else.  
April 15, 2015

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Marvin Gaye - 1961 - 1965

This. Here. This is the start of genius. This is genius which will last forever. It will move beyond the confines of the four years covered in this (beautiful, essential) box, it will invent and influence, it will educate and it will innovate. It will lead to the majesty of 'What's Going On', the deep soul of 'Trouble Man' and the bitter beauty of 'Here My Dear'. It will move forward to the soundtracks to a million moments of love that are 'Let's Get It On' and 'Sexual Healing' and 'Trouble Man' is being released on individual vinyl alongside this, 'Let's Get It On' in Blu Ray audio but for now, let's look at the start. The first seven albums all here; his 1961 debut, The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye, That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1963) and When I’m Alone I Cry (1964), in stereo for the first time ever in the LP format. The collection also includes Hello Broadway…This Is Marvin (1964); Together, his 1964 album of duets with Mary Wells; How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You (1965), and A Tribute to the Great Nat “King” Cole (1965). 'The Soulful Moods' is a slight misnomer in that there's a jazz feel to the set; his take on the classic 'Witchcraft' is raw, live, vital, in the studio, sat next to you, entrancing you. 'That Stubborn Kinda Fellow' gives us the class of the title track and the sheer joy of 'Hitch Hike' (ask Lou Reed how great that song is - he stole the intro quite happily). His work with Mary Wells is, it should go without saying, timeless, era defining and gorgeous. 'How Sweet It Is..' has THAT title track and ''A Tribute To The Great Nat "King" Cole' sits alongside the works of the master himself; classy, elegant, like bathing in velvet. Marvin would have been 76 on April 2nd. This set, out on May 18th, is fitting tribute.  
April 11, 2015

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R - Bubble Gum Geisha

You may remember (you may not, you might not be storing all this for future reference) but a few weeks ago we quite liked R's 'Bubble Gum Geisha' with it's nicely hypnotic electro pop. We still like it and now there's a video as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR9PLWebT-g&feature=youtu.be
April 11, 2015

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Michael Baker - Keys To The Kingdom

Catching up post Easter then. Week off, treating this morning as part of next week for the sake of the backlog and all that. Given that you've had nothing from me for the last eleven days (I checked) let's start off with a double header shall we? (The Grand National  is kicking off five minutes' walk from my house and I'm listening to new music JUST FOR YOU. This is how much I love you. Or how much I can't be vaguely botehred with horse racing, one of the two.) Michael Baker. London based singer/songwriter with his 'Keys To The Kingdom' ep out on 27th April and a ;launch at The Waiting Room in Dalston (wherever that is, somewhere in that there London). Two tracks from the ep with video exclusives. Both here. Both wonderful. Alternately spectral and gutsy. Often at the same time. Both feature the vocals of Georgia Mason whose tones blend wonderfully with Michael's. Both excellent songs. Not really much more you want a pleasant Saturday morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUJU9QTc9xw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsr92l7IG7U
March 30, 2015

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Step Brother City

Favourite band name of the day. By some distance. The kind of band name that tells you nothing at all about the band. And from the press release I still know nothing about the band. Their new album, 'The High Country', is the work that they've been building to their entire career apparently although I'd not heard of them until now. My fail, basically. They recorded the new album as a power trio in Seattle so I'm assuming they're American. I could google all this but it's more fun to join the dots of the facts in the way we used to before we had everything on a plate; it's like hearing a song on the radio and knowing nothing about it but liking it. Really liking it. I really like this. Sparkly, poppy guitars, a throwaway vocal line that goes 'woo-hoo-hoo-hoo' and makes it sound wonderful. They've been compared to Pinkerton era Weezer but they're far more fun than that. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Know nothing about them other than I like this. That's enough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZiXwtldrLU&feature=youtu.be
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