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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…..

February 5th, 2013

Tuesday Track 5th February 2013

Today’s Tuesday Track is from the side project of one half of Skint & Demoralised, producer/composer MiNI dOG entitled ‘Juke Joint’. The project was born from MiNI dOG adapting old vocal samples from 20′s,30′s & 40′s. This one is infectious. "Satisfied" Feat. Anne Williams (Alt. Mix) by MiNI dOG

January 29th, 2013

Tuesday Track – 29th January 2013



In 1971, at the “first” Glastonbury festival, as The Edgar Broughton Band finished their epic set, the late DJ Andy Dunkley famously announced over the PA, “Fuck me old boots, What a set!”. A tad radical as this was of course in the days when ‘blast’ was bad swearing. What does this have to do with today’s Tuesday Track ? Well last night, whilst thinking about what to choose for today’s track, I had a mind to give another blast of The Answering Machine’s 2009 debut album, Another City, Another Sorry. As It’s Over, It’s Over, It’s Over, started, I heard myself saying “Fuck me old boots, What a track!”

Clearly Andy’s exclamation 42 years ago remains with me but this IS a great track after all. Oh, and The Edgar Broughton Band’s set was pretty epic also.

The Answering Machine – It’s Over, It’s Over, It’s Over by Heist Or Hit

January 15th, 2013

Tuesday Track 15th Jan 2013

Today’s Tuesday Track is a double; a double Dutch sort of. Over the years, there has always been a special bond between The Answering Machine and their close friends, Dutch Uncles. Therefore to celebrate the release of Dutch Uncles new album, Out Of Touch In The Wind (Memphis Industries, 14th Jan), we take you back to two tracks from The Answering Machine, Oklahoma from their first album and Animals from their second album both remixed by the talented Dutch Uncles.
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  • Buy The Answering Machine’s album ‘Another City, Another Sorry’ in Heist’s January sale
  • Buy The Answering Machine’s album ‘Lifeline’ in Heist’s January sale

  • January 8th, 2013

    Tuesday Track 8th Jan 2013

    Today’s Tuesday Track comes from Cincinnati stalwarts Bad Veins. The track ‘If Then’ comes from their vastly underrated second album and is a real gem. From the staccato cellos at at the start, the production expands into an epic track.
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