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    June 14th, 2013

    Track for the Day/Week/Whenever (No 3)



    A bit of an explanation of the series can be found here


    A track passing our lugholes yet again from the Amazing Tunes ‘Latest Uploads’ is a Leeds band called Drive By Night. As is the style of this blog, I know little about them, just sounded a well written tune. They have a video for the track ‘Play Fake’ as well and it would appear to be a free download release via Bandcamp.

    Published by Mick 13th June 2013

    June 13th, 2013

    TRACK FOR THE DAY/WEEK/WHENEVER (No 2)



    A bit of an explanation of the series can be found here


    Silver Firs a band that a friend in Canada introduced to me. I noticed this track posted recently by the band’s label on Soundcloud. Out on Oh, Sister Records later this month.

    Published by Mick 13th June 2013

    June 12th, 2013

    Track for the Day/Week/Whenever (No 1)

    So this is the first ever TFTDWW (huh?). Basically, during the day we take a rest from counting all the piles of money we have made that day to listen to the odd new track. Some come from submissions to the label andsome are found trawling Bandcamp, Amazing Tunes and Soundcloud. Basically, we’ll try and update a track a day…..or a track a week……oh heck, probably just whenever! Most of the artists we know very little about but because we can afford to sign about one artist a millennium, it’s nice to at least do our part in getting good music heard by a wider audience. So here goes. This is a track Amazing Tunes introduced to us and it’s by Ben Hoo and is the title track from his new album, ‘Collected’ released 5th June Beatport / 8th July 2013 all other stores (Kindisch). Hypnotic! Published by Mick 12th June 2013

    March 12th, 2013

    SXSW Day 1 evening or the onset of Alcoholism

    So tonight was a bit of a blur (not the band, more perhaps the drunken haze). I blame jet-lag but perhaps the hops and barley had something to do with it. Still there’s something about getting off a flight and within the hour have dropped the bags a the hotel and straight out into the wonderful madness that is 6th Street in Austin. First to the meeting point for seemingly every Brit in Austin, The British Music Embassy for Huw Stephens presents showcase. Got to see all of Lucy Rose’s set, first time I have seen this 5piece band and was really impressed by a sort of fusion of several styles but put together in a package that is eminently palatable. Then caught a few opening tracks from the always excellent Tallships before having to race 8 blocks to the Mohawk to meet up with my DJ old friend from WOXY Days, Mike Taylor to see Blue Hawaii, followed by Hundred Waters. The room for Blue Hawaii was so packed (probably well beyond fire regulations) that it was impossible to get anywhere near seeing the band. You would think that with hundreds, possibly thousands, of venues, there would be some space a most but sadly this is not the case. One can walk past venues with bands playing their hearts out to zero people and then others where there are so many people crammed in, they are a disaster waiting to happen. So, back to Blue Hawaii, from what I could hear, good, electronic, ambient dancey, female harmonies, intrusive bass (although the latter could be because I was listening from the bar). Taking advantage of the exiting crowd from Blue Hawaii after their set, Mike and I shoehorned our way into the room. Probably a bad move as then it was 30 minutes of bodies writhing, pushing and rubbing, sort of takes me back perhaps to the early days of learning about sex. Whether the close bodily contact coloured my opinion of Hundred Waters I’m not sure, but this two girl, 5 piece harmonic/electronic band perhaps tried to be a little too experimental with incredibly complex and varying beats in the same songs. Two really accessible tracks which I suspect are their ‘ready for radio’ tracks.

    We then walked out into the Mohawk outside stage and initially what I thought to be some ’80′s throwback band but it was a change in the schedule and was DIIV playing a track I had never heard before. They had been on my list to see and I just caught them by happenstance. As it took most of the set for me to realise who the hell they were (clearly not very experienced at this music business after all these years), I think I need to see them again as perhaps the quest for beer got in the way (becoming a regular theme you will note). Was about to leave (having been up for 24 hours by then) but some familiar friends took the stage, Cloud Nothings. I would have trouble hiding from anyone my passion about the band, heck, I was on the point of signing them before the excellent Wichita took he well earned lead. Whilst they are now no ‘new act’, if I saw no more bands one than them, I would leave SXSW happy. Their signature 15 minute live track, Wasted Days was immense.

    So to my bed, ready to heckle my friend Amul Batra of Fwinki Management tomorrow who is giving a talk at the Conference Centre about how to break an overseas band in the UK A braver man than me.


    March 12th, 2013

    pre SXSW – 12th March

    A missive from Mick at SXSW

    So the plan is to get absolutely rat arsed as soon as I arrive in Austin and completely forget about any artists I see. The plan seems to be shaping up well because as I write this, I am stealing every bit of alcohol British Airways will give me on the way to Dallas. The majors up there in front in the First cabin are wondering where all the bloody Cristal is, ‘hey guys, we’ve stolen it all back here and it’s on your tab’

    And here I must steal a plan from an incredibly wise and talented young booking agent, one Jason Edwards at 13,100,563Artists who sums up my exact plan this week I think.

    SXSW plan
    10-11AM Wake up, complain about sore feet and hangover.
    12PM Miss the first band you have on your schedule, have bloody mary and breakfast tacos.
    1PM Find first free booze party.
    3PM Realize it’s only 3PM and you’re already pissed, go find more tacos.
    4PM Be underwhelmed by 1 buzz band.
    5PM Decide “Oh, that band we were going to see now actually are playing loads of shows, we’ll see them another time”: drink margarita.
    6-8PM Have a dinner date with 3-4 people you see every day in the UK.
    9PM See 1 band you’ve seen 100 times before PLEASE NOTE you MUST be shit faced by this point.
    The rest of your evening should be spent shouting “AHHH I LOVE AUSTIN! I COULD LIVE HERE! SXSW IS DA BEZZZZTTEST” in between tequila shots and seeing bands that you had no intention of seeing.

    Don’t worry, Huw, just got into town and I’ll be along to your showcase at the British Music Embassy tonight, just line up those free beers ready for me…..

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