Tuesday, 30 August 2011

FREE SHIT PART 27: Com Truise

Datebar by Com Truise

I sure hope any Brightonians reading that have already got themselves tickets for the Be Nothing-curated Com Truise show at the Green Door Store in November. If not, hop to it. Truise has bid us all a temporary internets farewell, by posting this track on his site for free before heading off on his US, Canada and Europe/UK autumn tour dates.

He's supporting the likes of Active Child and Neon Indian alongside Chad Valley and Purity Ring as part of one of those line-ups that is just so perfectly put together. If you've got the chance to see him, I'd recommend it. I'm meant to be going to the Shacklewell Arms gig so come say hello if you'll be there too.

In the meantime, enjoy "Datebar" from his archives, and stream his entire LP via Bandcamp here.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Summer Camp Announce Tour & LP

And make the announcements one day after another. So I thought I'd better just wait it out to make sure they didn't say they were getting married to each other, or anything else, today. So far, so good.

I am majorly excited to see this duo play at Efes in November (full schedule below) and to get my hands on this record. The menacing "I Want You" and drum machine-driven "Round The Moon" have both received heavy rotation on my speakers, so Welcome To Condale will be getting a thorough once-over. It's released on October 31st via Moshi Moshi & Apricot Recording Company (their own label). Tracklisting and full UK tour details right here:

  1. Better Off Without You
  2. Brian Krakow
  3. I Want You
  4. Losing My Mind
  5. Summer Camp
  6. Nobody Knows You
  7. Down
  8. Welcome to Condale
  9. Done Forever
  10. Last American Virgin
  11. Ghost Train
  12. 1988

November Tour Dates:
9 - Lancaster, Library
10 - Liverpool, Mojo
11 - Newcastle, The Parrot
12 - Leeds, Constellations Festival
14 - Southampton, Joiners
15 - Oxford, Jericho Tavern
17 - London, Efes Pool Hall
18 - Canterbury, Farmhouse
19 - Brighton, Green Door Store

As far as I remember, the London date sold out in a few hours but if you really want to see them I'm pretty sure you can still pledge them to play your living room or whatever. It's a great crowdfunding project they've been running, so get involved.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Weekend - Coma Summer (Slow Version)

It has a fan made video, and that beautiful rawness that makes this band so great in my eyes. Week one of acting editor-ness has been just as mad as predicted, so sorry for neglecting.

Keep checking the Facebook for links to sweet treats though: so far this week we've had the Flaming Lips & Lightning Bolt batshit collaboration, the funniest things about rappers we all wish Ghostface Killah had actually said, and a track from German artist I Am Harlequin.

Monday, 22 August 2011

UO Sale Kicked My Ass

You know when you decide to buy loads of stuff you don't need, right before you move house, only serving to enrage you and turn your entire room into a walk-in storage unit? Yeah, I invented that.

Here's a video by new indie pop boys Theme Park to make everything alright again. I've been meaning to post about them for literally a month now, so will get it together and show them the love they really deserve later this week. So far The Line Of Best Fit and The 405 have already had good things to say, so I'd suggest giving them a go. This is "Wax".

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Song of the Day: "Especially Me"

Low - Especially Me (OFFICIAL VIDEO) from Sub Pop Records.

By Low. I unexpectedly really like this song, and have wanted to share it since it debuted  about a week ago, but have been so busy moving house that  things went haywire for a while. In any case, enjoy this late Sunday evening jam. I've got a big few weeks coming up where I'll be running Don't Panic magazine as acting editor, so New Things may have to take a momentary backseat.

Still, ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME for reading and watching, as ever.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Weekend Unveil New EP Cover Art

Weekend - Hazel by Slumberland Records

And this brand-new song too. The band have just announced the release of a new EP, due out on Slumberland Records in September. This teaser track, "Hazel" is just one to come from their three weeks of recording time while on tour this summer. The result with be 5-song package Red, and I'm guessing it's gonna be just as awesome as Sports.

Those noise-pop clangs and shudders that epitomise their sound are out in full force here, so I'll be looking forward to sharing the rest of it with you when I have the chance. For now, enjoy "Hazel" and play it loud.

Red comes out on Slumberland, September 20th.

Monday, 15 August 2011

My Summer Playlist for Don't Panic

I finally got the chance to curate a playlist for Don't Panic magazine, and you can listen to it here. Basically it's a collection of songs I've already shown love for on the blog at some point which I wanted to share with the DP readership. The playlist features Toro Y Moi, Star Slinger, Best Coast and Neon Indian, all of whom I think are suitably summery.

You likey? Tell your friends.

Friday, 12 August 2011

I'm DJing for Young And Lost Club

Come down to Bungalow 8 next Tuesday night and dance with me. I'll be double-teaming with Danielle again, and playing alongside a dude from the Mystery Jets, and one of the YALC crew. If you're a Londoner, come down and say hi.

As the flyer says, email nadia@youngandlostclub.com for free guestlist. YES.

Pretty sure I'm gonna drop this. People better just be ready.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Partie! Partie!

The party blog by photographer Sam Hiscox. Chances are if you've done some dumb shit at Digital in Brighton, he's seen it. This guy's photos are so expertly timed and well-shot that every time I peep new content on the site I find myself exploding with laughter. Case in point:

Real people. Real dancefloors. Unreal behaviour. This is in no way a shoot'n'shame blog or whatever, just a hilarious log of all the ridiculous business people get up to in clubs. Sam's been on this for about four years now, so we should at least give him props for staying sober and shooting (he does VICE photo stuff and club Facebook album stuff too) while everyone around him gets annihilated.

Here are my favourites of the good, bad and ugly (not necessarily in that order).

Get to know Sam's work if you don't already, on his site and other blog. He tells me the best of Partie! Partie! will be coming out in a zine, so keep an eye on that too if you have some love for his work. Fittingly, I leave you with "Bounce", by MSTRKRFT, N.O.R.E & ISIS (whole lotta caps for this collaboration)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011


Oh Land has at last given us a video for "White Nights", the first song off her album that I fell in love with way back in January. I really think she's a true performer, and obviously with her dance background and amazing childlike imagination, this video shines.

She's got all those ageless Bjork dimensions with the kind of like-a-bility that must also make her so easy to hate. I think she's got the voice and overall the songwriting chops to get away with being so sickeningly cute. And the little style hints at the Miu Miu bird print shorts from a season or two ago give her another fat thumbs up in my books.

Got to love her 'oh, I just woke up' physicality too.

Monday, 8 August 2011


Here's Ghostpoet's brand new video for "Liiines". He somehow makes that whole indie guitar with hip hop thing work without sounding like an idiot. Man has skills.

I'm due to interview him again, for Don't Panic this time, so that Q&A should be posted soon. Can't wait to hear what he's got to say about his Mercury Prize nomination.

Listen to Jay-Z & Kanye's 'Watch The Throne'

Then let me know your thoughts. When Jay previewed "Otis" on his blog a few weeks ago, I pretty much assumed the rest of the record would suck as much as it did. Thankfully, that doesn't seem to be the case so far. 

Complex and interesting rhythm patterns on "Lift Off" (buoyed by Beyonce's ridiculous vocal) and great production on "Made In America" might just make up for the smatterings of unnecessary auto-tune throughout. Also, it's great to see an album block up all album leaks and actually come out when its creators wanted it to.

What are your favourite tracks so far? Or, why will you not be giving a shit about this record at all? Sharing is caring.


20-year old FOE, born Hannah Louise Clark, is a bit of an odd and dark singer I've only just heard of (thank you, Danielle). Sitting somewhere between PJ Harvey's brood and the childish dress-up spirit of anyone who likes to wear pink wigs for fun, she's giving away this stripped-down B-side for free at the moment.

Although her vocal has a bit of that sweetness akin to Howling Bells' Juanita Stein, there's a grit here that I can't wait to get more into when I actually have the time to listen to her stuff. Free in London tonight? Go see her play the Old Blue Last (again, for free) at her single launch.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Song of the Day: "Settle Down"

If you haven't yet heard of Kimbra, get to know. Admittedly I am so late on this train, but her voice and theatrical flair have got me hitting replay all over this screen. People have described her as the indie Katy Perry but I don't really think that makes a lot of sense: if anything her vocal's more reminiscent of Jill Scott and Tweety with a dash of jazz-driven melody thrown in for good measure.

This song with Gotye first put me on to her, mostly because she saves it from sounding a tad weak and banal about halfway through. Now she's got her own record due out this month but I've not heard any rumblings of tour dates beyond Oz/New Zealand yet. Dang. Let us know Kimbra, let us know.

Things What's On My Mind: 5

"Our Deal" - Best Coast. Directed by Drew Barrymore

Field Day. ASOS Sale. Erin Wasson being more awesome. New Toro Y Moi video. An already well-thumbed copy of the new Love Magazine. Crisp summer tailoring. This book by Russell Banks. Best Coast x Drew Barrymore. Re-packaging. Double-barred rings.

Friday, 5 August 2011

FREE SHIT PART 25: Neon Indian

Neon Indian are Alan Palomo, Leanne Macomber and Jason Faries. They're also a band who I've finally paid attention to after they landed in my inbox months ago. Their main dude, Palomo, pretty much got this whole chillwave/glo-fi ball rolling a few years ago and proves he still knows how to make it work.

It's all reverb-soaked vocals, the sort of thudding bass that makes god quality 80s nights worth going to and really strong layers of sonic texture. He's coming to London to play Electrowerkz next Tuesday, then is heading off on a mammoth North American tour. As I tend to totally neglect my US readers when it comes to that sort of info (oops and sorry), here's a link to his US & Canada gigs.

In the meantime, enjoy this free download of single Fallout, and look out for the record when it drops in September via Trangressive (UK)/ Mom + Pop (US) and Big Nothing (JP). The deluxe edition comes with an analog synth that he made with Bleep Labs and that can apparently interact with other objects, electronic or not. I'm tempted, and that ain't no lie.

Song of the Day: "Lammicken"

BRAIDS - Lammicken from Mark Webber

This song still renders me speechless, and now that it's got this weird-as-fuck video to go along with it, I've been hitting replay non-stop since Tuesday. I have to admit when I saw Braids at the Great Escape I was mostly blown away by Raphaelle Standell-Preston's voice and not so much by the rest of what they do. Still, with this song she channels all those Glasser/Björk/School of Seven Bells vibes that such a voice calls for.

Here it sits centre-stage, right where it ought to be. And yes, if you follow New Things on Facebook you'll have already seen this but I feel it warrants a double post. Executive decision, made.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Frances Cobain x Hedi Slimane

Well it was bound to happen: obviously Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter was gonna grow up to be hot. Now here she is, shot by the awesomely talented Hedi Slimane and featured in his online diary. This was previewed a few weeks ago, and it's great to see the whole series.

Field Day 2011: What's On

This is going to be a manic day of running from one stage to the next, giggling in Victoria Park with my posse and hoping to hell for sunshine. Here are some of the acts I'm most looking forward to catching in those twelve packed hours of music.

Looks like it's time to prioritise those I've been wanting to see over those I may have already seen this year, while taking into account those I'd be less likely to see on autumn tours etc. HOT DAMN. Scroll to the bottom for a link to all the stage times.

12:00 /// The History Of Apple Pie. Laneway Festival Stage

12:50 /// 2.54. Lanweway Festival Stage
Cold Front 7" by 2:54 Band

13:50 /// Ducktails. Blogger's Delight Stage

14:45 /// Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. Village Mentality Stage

16:50 /// Echo Lake. Do You Come Here Often? Stage
16:50 /// Zola Jesus. Blogger's Delight Stage

Zola Jesus - Vessel by souterraintransmissions

18:00 /// Erol Alkan. Bugged Out! Stage

18:30 /// Still Corners. Do You Come Here Often? Stage

18:50 /// Trophy Wife. Shacklewell Arms/Lock Tavern Stage

18:55 /// Warpaint. Eat Your Own Ears Main Stage

19:30 /// James Blake. Laneway Festival Stage

20:00 /// SBTRKT. Blogger's Delight Stage

20:25 /// Anna Calvi. Village Mentality Stage

21:40 /// Wild Beasts. EYOE Main Stage

21:55 /// Chad Valley. Shacklewell Arms/Lock Tavern Stage

22:20 /// Glasser. Shacklewell Arms/Lock Tavern Stage


Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Song of the Day: "Friend To The Horizon"

Hello there, Mesita. I just stumbled across this guy yesterday, and he made my ears real happy. There's a shambolic, Broken Social Scene-esque approach to his composition that is particularly making me smile and have another listen. Then another.

Friend To The Horizon by Mesita

I'll be keeping an eye on happenings on his site, and and if you like what you hear, maybe you should too. 
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