Thursday, 22 July 2010

Wooden Shjips, Woods, Chrome Hoof, Richter Collective and lots more

There's a lot of stuff come in, so less info this time round, just to save on the typing!

Also, Backbeat's move into the shop is complete, so come in and stock up on your metal (speed, death, black, thrash and heavy are all here) and proper punk. There's also been in an increase in our reggae/dub/ska selection too, and lots more back catalogue rock stuff too. Definitely worth coming in and having a browse, you might find that special something you've been after. Some good box sets by The Rolling Stones too on coloured vinyl and CD, also some Pink Floyd on coloured vinyl too, along with other rarities.

OK, here goes - decent sized experimental/noise/rock shipment, plus stuff from Dublin label Richter Collective.

WOODS - AT ECHO PARK: lush new album on Woodsist from these lo-fi indie folk rockers. Quite Byrds-ian in places. Great vocals too. CD/LP £13/£16.

TWIN SISTER - COLOR YOUR LIFE: dream-dance music from this NY five piece. Getting plenty of blog buzz right now, even made number 25 in State's albums of the year, and it's only July. Highly recommended. CD/LP £12/£16.

WOODEN SHJIPS - S/T, DOS, VOL.1 and VOL. 2: I don't think I need to say much about this San Francisco combo, they riff and rock and do it very well. Minimal repetitive psych garage rock. Think Spacemen 3, Hawkwind, Loop, The Velvet Underground, Neu!, Can - you get the picture. All in on CD/LP, £13/£16.

MAGIC LANTERN - PLATOON: album of the year so far, says I. Sadly, it's the band's last, on the always fabulous Not Not Fun records. In a similar vein to Wooden Shjips, but maybe a bit looser and funkier in places. Wah-tastic. The CD has two extra tracks (which are both sides of the band's last 7"). Totally recommended. CD/LP £13/£16. We also have the split LP by MAGIC LANTERN/HOP FROG COLLECTIVE £13.

TY SEGALL - MELTED: More psychedelic San Franciscan happenings here. Melodic, short, sharp and sweet pop songs, and a bit harder than his first two albums. CD/LP £13/£16.

QUACK QUACK - SLOW AS AN EYEBALL: this fabulous band from Leeds release their debut album proper, at last. Post rock? Jazz? Krautrock? A bit of all of them, really. Features guest appearances from members of Polar Bear and Spectrum. Recommended. CD £12.

FRANCIS HAROLD & THE HOLOGRAMS - WHO SAID THESE WERE HAPPY TIMES: this is out on Agitated Records, highly noisy rock in the Pissed Jeans vein, howling and screaming at you from your stereo. Demands to be played loud. CD £12.

: this is a compilation of two previously released EPs and some new tracks. Includes the fabulous 'Sacrosanction'. LP £12.

MOON DUO - ESCAPE: This Wooden Shjips offshoot is an organ/guitar/drum based duo in a similar repetitive style to their main band. We've also got the CATCH AS CATCH CAN 7" in from them too. Perhaps a little more electronics based than Wooden Shjips, so think Suicide and Silver Apples. CD/LP/7" £13/£16/£4.

SHIT & SHINE - CUNTS WITH ROSES: a live rehearsal performance from 2006 caught for posterity on this LP - only 300 copies worldwide. I think what they're trying to say is 'Fuck you, studio space! We're here to wreck you!'. Loud, pummelling, tribal, pummelling, anarchic, pummelling... LP £11.

MOUNT CARMEL - S/T: we're talking proper blues-rock here. Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Cream, Ten Years After, just good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. There's an extra track on the CD. It's out on Siltbreeze but it's not the label's typical product. No Sic Alps or Psychedelic Horseshit or Times New Viking lo fi noise on here, just good old 60s/70s style rock. Highly recommended. NME would hate it, isn't that reason enough to buy it?! CD/LP £13/£18.

ELECTRIC EELS - EYEBALL OF HELL: It's got 'Agitated' on it, what more do you want?! That should be all you need to know! Fuzzy, grungey, barking pre-punk garage noise rock from 1975. CD £12.

RELIGIOUS KNIVES - IT'S AFTER DARK: full on band release on Troubleman Unlimited from this Brooklyn band, featuring members of Double Leopards and Mouthus. Psychedelic droning noise, the dual husband/wife vocals, Krautrock jams and psychedelic trips. LP £16.

CHROME HOOF - CRUSH DEPTH: This London-based band kind of defies description. The facts - it's a twelve piece band. They dress like future warlocks/witches. This is the band's third album. The band plays electro-disco-metal-funk-jazz-psychedelic-space-rock. I suppose influences would include Sun Ra for sure, Parliament too. Highly recommended. CD £12.

WANDA JACKSON - YOU KNOW I'M NO GOOD / SHAKING ALL OVER: this is a single on Third Man Records, Jack White's label. It's really fabulous. 7" £4.

Right, onto the Richter Collective stuff (all CDs and vinyl are £10):

ADEBISI SHANK - THIS IS THE ALBUM OF A BAND CALLED ADEBISI SHANK: instrumental rock from this Wexford trio. You know it makes sense. 10" LP.

BATS - RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW and CRUEL SEA SCIENTIST: two releases from this Dublin band of noise prog metal rockers. Very good things on CD.

CATS AND CATS AND CATS - WHERE DID YOU GET LOST TO?: nice jangly melodic indie music from this English band on 10" vinyl.

ENEMIES - WE'VE BEEN TALKING: there seems to be quite a buzz about this Wicklow band at the minute, well deserved it is too. High order post rock, recommended. CD.

THE CONTINUOUS BATTLE OF ORDER - PTTRN SKRS: fabulous Belfast guitar/drums duo. Totally exhilarating music from these two ex-We Are Knives fellas. Powerful stuff. CD.

HANDS UP WHO WANTS TO DIE / I'LL EAT YOUR FACE - SPLIT: Dublin and Cork bands respectively, crazy heavy savage throbbing noise on 10" vinyl.

THE REDNECK MANIFESTO - FRIENDSHIP: lovely looking gatefold vinyl LP from this Irish band. An adventurous outing, more electronic than past releases, more textured. Recommended, obviously.

JOGGING - MINUTES: shouty, screamy and frantic noise from this Dublin guitar/bass/drums/vocals trio on CD.

That's it for now - we're expecting the NOT SQUARES 7" in soon too, so keep an eye out for that.

Thanks for reading through all that, if you did!

See you instore, hopefully.

Friday, 2 July 2010

New arrivals - King Midas Sound, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and many more

Quite a few new things to tell you about today.

First off, the rock and pop kind of stuff:

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART - probably one of the best indie rock/pop bands out there at the minute. You can't not love Come Saturday, surely? We've got their album in on vinyl and also a few copies of their new 7" single, which includes a download code.

MANHATTAN LOVE SUICIDES - Dandelion Radio Session is in on CD. The CD includes stereo and mono mixes of the session. They're styled in The Velvet Underground / The Jesus & Mary Chain school of noise, good stuff.

SUICIDE COVERS - the full set of 10" records that Blast First Petite has been releasing are in. They're all covers of Suicide songs, done by Peaches, The Klaxons, The Horrors, Bruce Springsteen, Gavin Friday, Primal Scream and others. They're all limited editions too.

THEE HEADCOATEES - we've got the LPs of Here Comes Cessation, Bostik Haze, Have Love Will Travel and Ballad Of The Insolent Pup in stock at the minute. You probably know who they are, but in case you don't, they're an all-girl quartet that play the songs of Billy Childish (who also produces the albums). The band features Holly Golightly in case you didn't know. They also do a few covers (Road Runner, Have Love Will Travel, Baby Come Closer, Big Boss Man, I'm Gonna Make You Mine, I Want Candy and You'll Never Do It Baby). Absolutely top notch stuff, you really can't go wrong.

FABIENNE DELSOL & THE BRISTOLS - the Best Of LP has arrived in. This has Fabienne's work prior to her solo work when she was lead singer of The Bristols. The Bristols were Liam Watson of Toe Rag and Ed Deegan’s idea, along with Parsley, Owen Thomas, Cyril Roy, Johnny Maben with Fabienne on vocals. The majority of their songs are interpretations of classic 60s stuff plus a few originals. This compilation features track from both albums they released plus hard to find singles and compilation tracks, all of which have been remastered and remixed by Liam. Very classic sounding pop, with echo aplenty.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE - Loveless has arrived in on LP. I don't think I really need to type anything about this one.

Moving onto experimental noise type stuff, we have:

GNOD / WHITE HILLS - the split double LP is in from these psychedelic warriors. 1,000 copies only worldwide, so if you want it, get it. Think Krautrock, think Neu!, think Cluster, think of dropping out. One of the best of the recent space rock type of releases I've heard. Highly recommended.

MUGSTAR - ...Sun, Broken... is in on CD on Important Records. This Liverpool band has been doing the experimental Krautrock psychedelic thing for about six or seven years now, and has released some good stuff through Trensmat and Critical MASS and has also done sessions for John Peel and Huw Stephens. Neu! springs to mind again, as does Stereolab, Hawkwind and Circle. I suppose you could call it intense space rock...?

BILGE PUMP - one of my favourite Leeds bands is back with a new 10", called The Fucking Cunts Still Treat Us Like Pricks. Four tracks of excellence. If you saw them last year in Belfast you'll know how good they are.

THE LOCUST - the band's latest release is an LP of their John Peel Session from August 19, 2001. Sixteen tracks of inventive madness. You know you want it.

Psychedelia is up next:

TIMOTHY LEARY - You Can Be Anyone This Time Around has arrived in on LP. Originally released in 1970, this is a reminder to the world that he was still here and as far out as ever. Stephen Stills, Buddy Miles, Jimi Hendrix and others feature on the record, providing background music. One side is an edited press-conference with Leary presenting his political program, the other side has the title track (a sequel to his earlier drug guide recordings) followed by Dr. Leary presenting an early version of hislater infatuation with high tech - the human body being likened to a computer in a rather inspired and fact-laden discourse.

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND - You're A Very Lovely Woman, featuring Emitt Rhodes is in on LP. Folk rock of the highest order, often compared to the debut albums of Buffalo Springfield, Love and The Byrds. Emitt Rhodes is a great songwriter, and if I didn't mention Paul McCartney and The Beatles then that would just be silly, because Emitt Rhodes is clearly in that stable of songwriting. The record is mastered from the original analogue tapes and is pressed on high-quality high-definition vinyl. It also includes complete, meticulously reproduced original cover art.

Other stuff that came in was:

KING MIDAS SOUND - Waiting For You is in on double LP and single CD. This is Kevin Martin's latest project, featuring Roger Robinson on vocals. It's released on Hyperdub so it's of the highest quality, as expected from Kevin Martin. Dub stylings once again, some lovers rock, brooding, sinister, hopeful...I'm pretty sure this will feature in a lot of 2010 best of lists.

ANGOLA PRISONERS' BLUES - featuring Robert Pete Williams, Matthew 'Hogman' Maxey and Robert 'Guitar' Welch, this LP features nine tracks recorded at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisina in 1959 by Dr. Harry Oster. This is on 180g virgin vinyl and has extensive notes. Acoustic prison blues at its finest.

That's all for now. More updates as and when.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you in the shop sometime.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Refurb Stool Pigeon

Two things of interest are happening, or have happened, really.

Number one - Backbeat Records has decided to join forces with us and move into the shop, so we're doing a bit of refurbishment. Please excuse the mess while we kit out the shop for Gary's arrival. We're looking forward to him joining us, it'll be good for us and for the Belfast music scene in general, we think.

And number two, the latest issue of The Stool Pigeon has arrived. It's a free music paper, with 88 pages this time. Features on Chrome Hoof, Mike Patton, Holy Fuck, The Melvins, Alan Moore, Roky Erickson and loads more, including the music crossword, of course!

And on the stock front, lots of promo albums and singles have arrived in - probably about a hundred in total, so something might take your fancy. Also the BLAKROC album is in on CD. In case you don't know, it's a collaboration between The Black Keys and various people from the hip hop world, such as Raekwon, Mos Def, RZA, Q-Tip, and somewhat amazingly (seeing as he's dead) Ol' Dirty Bastard. It really is a cracking album, great live instrumentation from Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney and great stuff from the other artists. Well worth seven of your pounds. Also new in is Seasick Steve, The Low Anthem and The Jim Jones Revue.

More stuff should be in by the weekend - including the brilliant album from Kevin Martin's latest alias, King Midas Sound.