Microblog 2009-08-31

August 31, 2009

  • Mad grahams band had to stop when the drummer was sick but otherwise a good night out. Looks like it’s back to Birmingham now #
  • Back in Birmingham on way to musoplex to unload now #
  • back at simons after night out at fuk reddin. Assert, short bus window lickers, left for dead and mad grahams band dread messiah all good #
  • http://twitpic.com/fy46n mad graham in action with dread messiah #
  • This Friday 4th sep at the haygate, Telford- Skalinskis + resolution 242. FREE IN. Oct 2nd GBH, Contempt, Ballsall Heathens. Tickets £7 #
  • “The Iron Man ebay shop sells Punk, Rock, Metal & Alternative music on CD, Vinyl & DVD. Here’s the link” http://hub.tm/?XqAPT #
  • “Birmingham Punx Picnic 4th-5th-6th September 2009” http://hub.tm/?kXQtC #

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Microblog 2009-08-30

August 30, 2009

  • “FUK REDDIN PUNK FESTIVAL 28th-31st August 2009 at The Grosvenor + Crown & Anchor, Stockwell, London, SW9” http://hub.tm/?sYDET #
  • last under the sun are taking a mini bus to fuk reddin today in London. If anyone wants a ride Birmingham 3pm to London and back 07974746810 #
  • “FUK REDDIN PUNK FESTIVAL 28th-31st August 2009 at The Grosvenor + Crown & Anchor, Stockwell, London, SW9” http://hub.tm/?sYDET #
  • In London on way to fuk reddin. #
  • At the grosvenor for fuk Reading. Last under the sun are on next. It’s all running late but that’s punk rock innit? #
  • Last under the sun had a good one at grosvenor in the end. No bottles were thrown and at least three people said they liked it…a bit #
  • You know it’s a proper gig when mad graham appears http://twitpic.com/fw5xq #
  • Know your punk rock drinks. A shot of jaegermeister with a gaviscon chaser….it’s called “a rocky” after the man himself. Enjoy. #
  • Short bus window lickers were excellent, watching left for dead now…good band too…fuk reddin #
  • Mad Grahams band is on now. Brilliant band. Who let them out? #

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links for 2009-08-29

August 30, 2009

  • The Nightingales spent the 80s being fêted by John Peel and straining the powers of the NME superlative generator. They are probably the only band to have supported both Nico and Bo Diddley on tour and they happily held their own against ‘top comedian’ Ted Chippington and punky all-girl band We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It on the era-defining Vindaloo Records Summer Special EP (if you missed it you might be surprised to learn that 1986 WAS an era). Singer and lyricist Robert Lloyd reformed the group in 2004 and they have since released three albums. Their latest, ‘Add Insult to Injury’, was produced by Hans Joachim Irmler from krautrockers Faust. For more information, visit their MySpace or their website for the latest on tour dates and other news. Robert Lloyd guides us through his filmic influences below. NICK DUTFIELD
  • Larry Hayden and Steve Fly and I gathered at the 420 Café this fine Monday evening before Christmas to celebrate our existence, enjoy some Opening Tokes of New York Skunk, shoot the shit and play some music by Radio I Ching, the Howlin’ Diablos, Harmonica Shah, Little Junior Cannady, the Butler Twins, Detroit featuring Mitch Ryder, the Up, Uprising, and the great James Semark with John Dana & Ronnie Johnson from the Detroit Artists Workshop around this time of year in 1964. Merry Christmas, everybody!

    Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

    (tags: newswire radio)
  • Police Bastard – Dedicated (Live At AU, Frankfurt 16-10-2006)

    Label: Not On Label
    Catalog#: none
    Format: CD, Album
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2009
    Genre: Rock
    Style: Punk

    Credits:
    Bass – Trog
    Drums – Max
    Guitar – Gizz Butt
    Vocals – Pid

    Notes:
    Recorded at the AU squat in Frankfurt, Germany on September 16 2006.
    This release has been released by the people of the AU as a tribute to Trogg.

    Tracklisting:

    Intro (The Lie)
    Who’s Side?
    Smash The Face
    Payback
    Major Label Control
    Mind Siege
    Traumatized
    Exploitation Written-By – Doom
    Dance, Be Happy!
    Enslaved
    Regression
    Kept Down
    No Justice, No Peace
    Inferior
    Race Hate
    Police Bastard Written-By – Doom
    Kept Down

Speck Mountain

August 29, 2009

Speck Mountain 2009

Speck Mountain are an ambient-soul band possessed as much by the grit of southern soul as the spell of infinite drones. They flirt with the smiling demons of old-school indulgence, and the redemptive angels that stir in their wake. Self-described “musical soul mates,” Briedrick and Balabanian write as a team, communicating in intuitive, womb-curled melody, exploded texture and spiky rhythm.

Live, Speck Mountain are performing songs form their newest release, “Some Sweet Relief” with the aid of Chin Up Chin Up’s former drummer, Chris Dye. The material projects a loose, narcotic swagger, taking off from atmospheric majesty into full-on hypnotic assault.

Members Karl Briedrick, (guitar, bass) Marie-Claire Balabanian, (vocals, guitar, bass) Claire Haley (electric piano, organ) and Christopher Dye (percussion)

Label: Carrot Top Records, Inc.

GLASSWERKS (UK) – “Who has the balls to make a record like this these days?”

THE TIMES (UK) – “4/5. what matters here is the voice of Marie-Claire Balabanian, which carves out a territory bordered on the one side by Hope Sandoval and Margo Timmins, and on the other side by Chan Marshall and Neko Case. Meanwhile, the guitarist, Karl Briedrick, takes his cues from the Velvets’ third album and late-1960s Stones.”

Q – “a heavily addictive, comfortably numbing kind of experience.”

MOJO – “their echoey shimmer has the ghostly quality of mist on the bayou.”

KEXP – “sends a medulla-melting euphoria through the base of one’s skull.”

NPR – “…dreamy, impressionistic, and ambient. Like sunlight shining through a gauzy curtain, Balabanian’s rich vocals are simultaneously hazy, distant and piercing.”

PREFIX MAG – 8/10 “I could sit here all day and write about Balabanian’s beautiful voice, or the collection of dreamy songs on Some Sweet Relief. I could keep rambling on about the intricate guitar work and bittersweet atmosphere of the album. I could discuss its subtle moves between pop and country and soul and R&B. But, in the end, it isn’t these things, taken together or separately, that make the album great. In the end, the way Some Sweet Relief comes together is inexplicable, in a way.”

SKYSCRAPER – “Moony roots pop…the groups gentle psychedelia is amply thinned with the laid-back folk-rock of the 1970’s and layered over VU-style hypnotically churning bluesy rhythm beds.”

ALL MUSIC – 4/5 Stars “For those raised on dream pop bands and space rock songs, Some Sweet Relief sounds somewhat timeless, a 40-minute offering of neo-psych gospel that’s more polished, more promising, and altogether stronger than most of the band’s contemporaries.”

VENUS – 4.5/5 Stars “Balabanian’s voice leads the way from soft coos to bluesy wails. Pulsating electric guitar riffs, creepy organ chords, and campfire-style backing harmonies round out each track, practically compelling the listener to lay back, turn out the lights, and stay awake until the last note fades.”

OTHER MUSIC (NYC) – “The songs are all slow and hazy, with a bit of the cosmic gospel inflection you hear in Spiritualized, or perhaps what a grittier take on Beach House might sound like… Great stuff, and I can’t wait to hear what they do next.”

PICCADILLY RECORDS (UK) – “Simply beautiful.”

Speckmountain at gmail.com

US Press Contact: Jrogers at greenlightgopublicity.com / 248.336.9696

UK Press Contact: Will at inhousepress.com / 0161 228 2070

Website: www.myspace.com/speckmountain

Bio, Press, Stream full new album:

http://www.reverbnation.com/c./rpk/12730?access_code=3183e0d088903e893df8
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/cd_reviews/article6464881.ece
http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/speckmountain/somesweetrelief

Microblog 2009-08-29

August 29, 2009

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Police Bastard – "Dedicated" (Live At AU, Frankfurt 16th October 2006)

August 29, 2009

Police Bastard - Dedicated (Front Cover)

Police Bastard – Dedicated (Live At AU, Frankfurt 16-10-2006) – Buy it here

Label: Not On Label
Catalog#: none
Format: CD, Album
Country: Germany
Released: 2009
Genre: Rock
Style: Punk

Credits:
Bass – Trog
Drums – Max
Guitar – Gizz Butt
Vocals – Pid

Notes:
Recorded at the AU squat in Frankfurt, Germany on September 16 2006.
This release has been released by the people of the AU as a tribute to Trogg.

Tracklisting:

Intro (The Lie)
Who’s Side?
Smash The Face
Payback
Major Label Control
Mind Siege
Traumatized
Exploitation  Written-By – Doom
Dance, Be Happy!
Enslaved
Regression
Kept Down
No Justice, No Peace
Inferior
Race Hate
Police Bastard  Written-By – Doom
Kept Down

more info on line-ups past and present:

Current Line Up:-

Stu-Pid – Vocals (1994-1999) (2006-Present) (Contempt/English Dogs/Sensa Yuma)
Seano Porno – Guitar (2007-Present) (Jilted Generation/Depth Charge/Sensa Yuma/Dogshit Sandwich/Fatal Impact/Freebase/Set Against/Hardcore(That Became Mangled)/The Dangerfields)
Mark Badger – Guitar (2007-Present) (Last Under The Sun/Iron Man Records)
Chris Crass – Bass (1994-1997) (2007-Present)
Simon James – Drums (2008-Present) (Rivers Edge)

Past Members:-
John Doom – Guitar/Vocals (1994-2003) (Doom/Sore Throat/Cain/Spineless/
Haxan)
Clive – Drums (1994-2003) (Grovelhog/Filthkick/Cain/Spineless/Sensa Yuma)
Trogg – Bass (R.I.P. 1964-2008)
(1994) (2006-2007) (Contempt/The Tenants)
Dee – Bass (1997-2003) (LD50/Endless Torment/Haxan)
Dan – Guitar (1997-2003) (Spineless)
Gizz Butt – Guitar (2006) (English Dogs/Janus Stark/The Prodigy/The More I See/Doom Day)
Mad Max Evilsen – Drums (2006) (Sensa Yuma)
Si Reeves – Bass (European Tour 2008) (Last Under The Sun/Damn Dirty Apes)
Pixie – Drums (2007-2008) (POA/H8 Target/Kaya/Sensa Yuma/Last Under The Sun)

Microblog 2009-08-28

August 28, 2009

  • “FUK REDDIN PUNK FESTIVAL 28th-31st August 2009 at The Grosvenor + Crown & Anchor, Stockwell, London, SW9” http://hub.tm/?sYDET #
  • Been listening to john Sinclair this morning. At simons house about to take him and his family to collect new puppy #
  • On way to musoplex to load up then off to Stourbridge for sound check and gig #
  • Good deed for the day done. After weeks of preparation, and much thought, Simons daughter hannah has a boxer puppy. http://twitpic.com/fkdj1 #
  • Last Under The Sun / Wrapped in Plastic – Friday August 28th, Base Studios, Stourbridge, £3. All ages Welcome. 7pm http://bit.ly/1zJahX #
  • Last Under The Sun has a show coming up on 2009-08-30 at 14:00 @ Fuk Reading in London http://www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/5442687 #
  • “FUK REDDIN PUNK FESTIVAL 28th-31st August 2009 at The Grosvenor + Crown & Anchor, Stockwell, London, SW9” http://hub.tm/?sYDET #

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August 28, 2009

  • Birmingham Punks Picnic 2009

    ***ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT ST. MARY’S HOSPICE***

    Friday 4th September
    The New Inn, Moseley Road, Birmingham B12 9BU. No.50 bus out of city centre drops you right outside. First band 8pm. £6 entry.
    DRONGOS FOR EUROPE
    DOOMSDAY HOUR (USA)
    FUK
    WARPRAYER
    VINCENT AND THE ONEPOTTS

    Saturday 5th September
    12-6pm Picnic in Cannon Hill Park – loadsa fun & games!! Then on to The New Inn again for the evening’s entertainment. First band on at 6pm. £8 entry.
    GBH
    RUNNIN’ RIOT
    BEGINNING OF THE END
    SEPTIC PSYCHOS
    DREAD MESSIAH
    HOMEBREW
    THE BLACK MARIAS
    THE USUAL SUSPECTS (Belgium)

    Sunday 6th September
    Different venue – The Wagon & Horses, 28 Adderley Street, Digbeth, B9 4ED. First band 3pm. £ donations accepted on entry.
    ASSERT
    SECTION13
    CUPID STUNT
    BALSALL HEATHENS
    THE RAMPTON RELEASE DATE
    APOCALYPSE BABYS
    JAKAL
    THE BANDITOS
    BO PILAR AND THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY BOYS

Birmingham Punx Picnic 4th-5th-6th September 2009

August 27, 2009

Birmingham Punks Picnic 2009 flyer front

Birmingham Punks Picnic 2009 reverse

Birmingham Punks Picnic 2009

***ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT ST. MARY’S HOSPICE***

Friday 4th September
The New Inn
, Moseley Road, Birmingham B12 9BU.  No.50 bus out of city centre drops you right outside.  First band 8pm.  £6 entry.
DRONGOS FOR EUROPE
DOOMSDAY HOUR (USA)
FUK
WARPRAYER
VINCENT AND THE ONEPOTTS

Saturday 5th September
12-6pm Picnic in Cannon Hill Park
– loadsa fun & games!! Then on to The New Inn again for the evening’s entertainment.  First band on at 6pm.  £8 entry.
GBH
RUNNIN’ RIOT
BEGINNING OF THE END
SEPTIC PSYCHOS
DREAD MESSIAH
HOMEBREW
THE BLACK MARIAS
THE USUAL SUSPECTS (Belgium)

Sunday 6th September
Different venue – The Wagon & Horses, 28 Adderley Street, Digbeth, B9 4ED.  First band 3pm.  £ donations accepted on entry.
ASSERT
SECTION13
CUPID STUNT
BALSALL HEATHENS
THE RAMPTON RELEASE DATE
APOCALYPSE BABYS
JAKAL
THE BANDITOS
BO PILAR AND THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY BOYS

more info:

http://www.myspace.com/brum_scum

http://www.myspace.com/brumpunxpicnic2008

Microblog 2009-08-27

August 27, 2009

  • Okxx #
  • What day is this again? #
  • Last Under The Sun / Wrapped in Plastic – Friday August 28th, Base Studios, Stourbridge, £3. All ages Welcome. 7pm http://bit.ly/1zJahX #
  • What am i doing? What AM i doing? What am i DO-ING? What? Generally or just today? #
  • “FUK REDDIN PUNK FESTIVAL 28th-31st August 2009 at The Grosvenor + Crown & Anchor, Stockwell, London, SW9” http://hub.tm/?sYDET #
  • Dufus – Dastard / THEY SHOOT MUSIC http://bit.ly/jeDEm #
  • “Dufus – Dastard / THEY SHOOT MUSIC – Video” http://hub.tm/?twbfL #
  • Last Under The Sun / Wrapped in Plastic – Friday August 28th, Base Studios, Stourbridge, £3. All ages Welcome. 7pm http://bit.ly/1zJahX #
  • “Birmingham Punx Picnic 4th-5th-6th September 2009” http://hub.tm/?uQPDy #

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Dufus – Dastard / THEY SHOOT MUSIC – Video

August 27, 2009

They Shoot Music Dont They video – Dufus play a special offstage acoustic session in an underpass at the Prater in Vienna in April 2009

links for 2009-08-26

August 27, 2009

Microblog 2009-08-26

August 26, 2009

  • I’ve got my amp back at last complete with a master volume so it won’t blow the rehearsal room up. Sat in traffic listening to mc5 now #
  • “Last Under The Sun / Wrapped in Plastic – August 28th, Base Studios, Stourbridge, £3. All ages Welcome. 7pm” http://hub.tm/?rSGPL #
  • http://icio.us/g503ad #
  • Last Under The Sun at Base Studios, Rufford Road, Gainsborough trading Estate, Unit 14, Stourbridge, DY9 7ND �3 7pm 28th August #
  • Last Under The Sun / Wrapped in Plastic – Friday August 28th, Base Studios, Stourbridge, £3. All ages Welcome. 7pm http://bit.ly/1zJahX #
  • Last Under The Sun has a show coming up on 2009-08-28 at 20:00 @ Base Studios in Stourbridge http://www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/5410415 #
  • Just finished rehearsal with last under the sun. Next stop base studios, Stourbridge on Friday…. #
  • Peej is working on more Dufus footage from Bristol gig last year…musoplex is a hive of activity tonight #

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Microblog 2009-08-26

August 26, 2009

  • I’ve got my amp back at last complete with a master volume so it won’t blow the rehearsal room up. Sat in traffic listening to mc5 now #
  • “Last Under The Sun / Wrapped in Plastic – August 28th, Base Studios, Stourbridge, £3. All ages Welcome. 7pm” http://hub.tm/?rSGPL #
  • http://icio.us/g503ad #
  • Last Under The Sun at Base Studios, Rufford Road, Gainsborough trading Estate, Unit 14, Stourbridge, DY9 7ND �3 7pm 28th August #
  • Last Under The Sun / Wrapped in Plastic – Friday August 28th, Base Studios, Stourbridge, £3. All ages Welcome. 7pm http://bit.ly/1zJahX #
  • Last Under The Sun has a show coming up on 2009-08-28 at 20:00 @ Base Studios in Stourbridge http://www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/5410415 #
  • Just finished rehearsal with last under the sun. Next stop base studios, Stourbridge on Friday…. #
  • Peej is working on more Dufus footage from Bristol gig last year…musoplex is a hive of activity tonight #

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Last Under The Sun / Wrapped in Plastic – Friday August 28th, Base Studios, Stourbridge, £3. All ages Welcome. 7pm

August 26, 2009

Last Under the Sun - 28th August 2009

Last Under The Sun and Wrapped in Plastic

at

Base Studios, Rufford Road, Gainsborough trading Estate, Unit 14, Stourbridge, DY9 7ND
info: 07976 843718
£3 on the door. All ages Welcome. ID needed for bar. Doors open 7pm

Last Under The Sun was put together in Birmingham by Mark Badger in 2000. The band has had several line up changes over the years and Mark remains the only one who has been in every line up.

Last under the Sun played its first gig on 9th October 2001, at Manhattens, Hereford, UK with Eggraid and Redshift. The band is based in Birmingham and plays a mixture of punk and hardcore. The band has played all over the place gigging up and down England, Wales and Scotland and in 2004 and 2005 the band went to mainland Europe visiting Holland, Belgium, France and Germany with Sensa Yuma. At the start of 2008 the band ended up working with Pid and Chris and toured Europe as half of the new line up of a reformed Police Bastard.

Last Under The Sun found another new drummer in 2008 called Simon (ex-Rivers Edge who also got roped into playing drums for Police Bastard), and the band has started to work on new material and all the rest. The band hope to release some new recordings in 2009 and tour Europe next.

A good friend of the band called Peej has put together a video for “Reversa” and “Summers Day” from the album “Gone” which was recorded in 2005 and has used music by Last Under the Sun for a short film called “Dividers.”

Line up since 2000 and others bands played in.

Mark – Guitar and Vocals (2000-present) – Police Bastard

Si – Bass (2002-present) – Police Bastard / Damn Dirty Apes / Lickavicar / Bear Garden / Lokey

Seano – Guitar (2008-present) – Police Bastard / Jilted Generation / Depth Charge / Sensa Yuma / Dogshit Sandwich / Fatal Impact / Freebase / Set Against / Hardcore (That Became Mangled) / The Dangerfields

Simon – Drums (2008-present) – Police Bastard / Rivers Edge

Band members since 2000
Damien – Drums (2000-2001) – The Hot Tortoise / Bloodbath Picnic Heroine
Bass – Rhys (2000-2002) – Step Back / Eastfield
Sam – Drums (2001-2002) – Eggraid / Eastfield
Tony – Drums (2002-2003) – Pigfish / Ramons / Intention
Neil – Drums (2003-2006) – Damn Dirty Apes / Lokey / Warlord
Pixie – Drums (2007-2008) – Police Bastard / POA / H8 Target / Kaya / Sensa Yuma

Recordings made so far include:

“All Agents Defect” 30 songs 2001 (Digital Download only Last.fm)

“Windfall” 8 Song Album recorded 2001 released May 2004 (Iron Man Records)

“All Empires Crumble” recorded 2004 released May 2005 (Iron Man Records)

“Gone” recorded Sept 2005 for release 2009 (Iron Man Records)

You can hear and download all Last Under The Sun recordings on Last Fm

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