Police Bastard – “It’s Good To Hate” CD distributed by Cargo

September 19, 2014

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Police Bastard – “It’s Good To HATE” distributed by Cargo – October 6th 2014

“Police Bastard – ‘It’s Good To Hate’ CD and DVD Four new tracks and one cover here and its typical Police Bastard…powerful, inspiring, hardcore punk with passionate vocals (incidentally, when did Stu-Pid grow up and come just plain ‘Pid’?!). If any changes are noticeable since their original incarnation, then it’s probably a bit more metal influenced, with the occasional guitar screech and more Doom-esque growls of anguish, but apart from that its good as ever and especially that ‘Pid’ is back on vocals. The cover is The Mob’s ‘I Wish’ which, after the gentle intro, gets the Bastard treatment and it works too. The DVD has footage of the band live, mainly at Birmingham’s Market Tavern, but also from a European outdoor festival and the Kopi squat. It’s good quality (especially the outdoor one) and really makes me long to catch them live again as the last time was way back when 120 Rats was open (Late 90’s). 7/10.” Bald Cactus Issue 28 2011

The release contains a CD featuring four new songs and one cover version with an additional DVD containing live footage collected between 2007 and 2010. The record features the work of founding band members Pid and John Doom doing dual vocals together again for the first time in ten years. The gigs and recordings have also seen the return of Chris Crass, who took over on bass from Trogg in 1994. Seano Porno and Mark Badger from Last Under The Sun have picked up the work of guitars and additional vocals and the drummer is Simon James who also plays in Last Under The Sun and formerly of Rivers Edge. The release is dedicated to Trogg, Police Bastard’s first bass player who passed away in 2008. It was because of Trogg and his enthusiasm to do it all again that Police Bastard started writing, rehearsing, recording and touring again.

CD tracks include: The Lie, God Off, Erosion, Born To Die and a cover of I Wish (Originally written by The Mob)

DVD includes: Keep An Active Mind (2007-2008), Police Bastard Live at 25 Jahre AU Festival, Frankfurt, Germany (2008), Police Bastard Live at Kopi, Berlin, Germany (2010).

The CD tracks were Recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios, Musoplex. Simon has worked with the likes of Napalm Death, Cathedral, Meathook Seed, and a host of others from The Cubans, Harpies, and The Nightingales. After a nearly 20 year dedication to new and alternative music in all its many forms, he has become a master at capturing ferocious guitars and brutal sounds. The new recordings are by far the best thing the band has produced to date.

The DVD includes “Keep an Active Mind” a film by Iron Man Records, edited by Anthony J. Hughes, documenting a year in the life of Police Bastard with footage from a show the band organised at The Market Tavern, Birmingham 2007, Steve Ignorant’s “Feeding of the 5,000” aftershow party, London 2007 and a tour of Europe in 2008 organised by Alerta Antifascista. The footage includes some live performances and out takes of the band on tour with a budget you can stick under a glass.

The footage of Police Bastard Live at 25 Jahre AU Festival, Frankfurt and Live at Kopi, Berlin, Germany was filmed, edited and directed by Peter Rhead.

Sleeve Artwork was done by Richard Daborn and photographs were taken by Lucy Pryor

“More great stuff from Iron Man in Birmingham…this was a total surprise, cause I’d not even realised that they had got anything new out, I’d seen em a couple of years before at the after party gig following Steve Ignorant’s Feeding of the 5000 gig (they were awesome then!) but assumed as I’d heard/seen nothing since that they’d split. Well a few weeks after getting this they played at the Old Wharf in Birmingham on a Sunday night, and along with Leatherface, I’d say the best band I’ve seen in 2010. This CD again was recorded a good while ago, but the best things are worth waiting for! 5 new tracks of brutal anarcho punk rock at its best! 4 own songs (like the title “God Off”) and a Mob cover (“I Wish”). Great line-up with (Stu)Pid and Jonny Doom together again on vocals, and 2 folk from Last Under The Sun to beef things up. Awesome! Also includes a live DVD as well.” – Steve, Ripping Thrash, Issue 27, 2011

The Nightingales – For Fuck’s Sake – New LP available April 2014

February 14, 2014

The Nightingales - For Fuck's Sake - New LP available April 2014

In September 2013 the Nightingales recorded a new album at Faust Studio in Germany.

Having been dumped by their fourth consecutive label, following the release of one album each, the group are self releasing the new LP on their own terms.

No interference or outside opinions, no label, no distributor, no catalogue number, no bar code or logo shit, blah blah.

“For Fucks Sake” is an 180g vinyl LP, containing twelve songs & comes packaged in a beautiful matt varnish gatefold sleeve (& inner bag) featuring five original art works by brilliant Scarborough based artist David Yates.

The LP is a limited edition of 600 copies & will be available for pre-order up until 9 April 2014, after which it will only be available at Nightingales gigs.

Download coupon included.

You can buy Nightingales CDs and Vinyl from Iron Man Records on eBay here or Big Cartel here

or Pre-order “For Fuck’s Sake” from the band themselves here http://nightingales.bigcartel.com/
UK – £18 inc p&p
Rest of the World – £21 inc mailing & paypal charges
From 9 April available at Nightingales gigs only

Side 1
Bullet For Gove
Diary Of A Bag Of Nerves
The Gruesome Threesome
Toasted On Both
The Abstract Dad
Good Morning & Goodbye

Side2
His Family Has Been Informed
Dumb & Drummer
Thick & Thin
Contempt
Same Old
Good Morning Midnight

NIGHTINGALES Live radio session – Marc Riley Show, BBC 6Music – Tues 15 April 19.00hrs

NIGHTINGALES + TED CHIPPINGTON – UK TOUR April 2014

Wed 9 – NORWICH, Arts Centre
Thu 10 – WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms + Jump The Shark
Fri 11 – BRISTOL, The Thunderbolt
Sat 12 – MARGATE, Tom Thumb Theatre
Wed 16 – CAMBRIDGE, Portland Arms + Kepler + Motor Tapes
Thu 17 – LONDON, The Borderline
Fri 18 – LIVERPOOL, East Village Arts Club
Sat 19 – SCARBOROUGH, The Spa Pub + Crumplehorns
Sun 20 – HULL, Adelphi
Mon 21 – DERBY, The Hairy Dog
Tue 22 – MANCHESTER, Kraak
Wed 23 – GLASGOW, Nice N Sleazy
Thu 24 – NEWCASTLE, The Cluny
Fri 25 – EDINBURGH, Citrus Club + Phil Vickers & The Leg
Sat 26 – BRADFORD, 1 In 12 Club + The Family Elan – Benefit for www.bradfordwomensaid.org
Sun 27 – BRIGHTON, Prince Albert + Helen McCookerybook

See www.thenightingales.org.uk for ticket info

FREE NIGHTINGALES DOWNLOADS
There are currently two free downloads from the ‘Gales ‘Covers Club’ available at http://thenightingales.bandcamp.com/

These two tracks are the group’s takes on songs by Joanna Newsom (“Book Of Right On”) and Christy & Emily (“Ghost”)

If you download a song you also become part of the Nightingales mailing list so you will get to hear about any band news before it is posted online

www.facebook.com/thenightingalesuk

https://twitter.com/@_Nightingales

Seth Faergolzia & The 23 Psaegz – Tin Wood Soldier CD 2012

March 21, 2013

Seth Faergolzia - Photo 2012 (Dufus)

Seth Faergolzia (from the band Dufus) has a new album called “Tin Wood Soldier”

Seth Faergolzia & The 23 Psaegz - Tin Wood Soldier CD 2012

1. Whenland 02:26

2. Ain’t No Way 02:26

3. Landscaper 04:32

4. Barrel of Monkeys 02:56

5. Sheep Song 03:08

6. Puke in Rides 02:54

7. Happened in the Morning 02:36

8. Animal Domiciled 04:20

9. Look at the Weird 02:14

10. Going to Meet (Songette, Part I) 00:21

11. Water Daughter 06:23

12. Icky Sticky 03:07

13. Going to Meet (Songette, Part II) 01:02

14. Mechanism 01:48

15. Going to Meet (Full Song) 06:54

Buy Dufus CDs here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Seth Faergolzia and the 23 Psaegz released their debut CD on April 28, 2012.

Founded by Seth in 2010 as the successor to his world-renowned 13-year project, Dufus, Seth Faergolzia and the 23 Psaegz carry on the warm, weird legacy by stretching the boundaries of musical experience with craze and care unmatched. The group originally gathered with the intention of performing Seth’s 23 Psaegz stream of consciousness puppet rock opera, and has since also become a collaborative backing for his complex web of musical delight. Front man Faergolzia brings his one-man-band skills (mastering simultaneously the guitar, glockenspiel, kick drum, and vocal antics) to a new apex of musical sagacity, as he leads the 23 Psaegz odd.

23 Psaegz pl. n. *say-jezz* An extensive, boisterous musical composition, derived from the 23 pages of Seth’s streaming mind waves

Seth conducts his rollicking 15-folk-grand orchestra with a “glock” mallet, booming kick pedal, frolicsome guitar, and far-reaching vocals. Designed with five moving parts, 23 Psaegz ignites a most profoundly human machine, a musical organism with propellers that blast whirls of free-thought, frequencies that both cut close to the bone and hug the heart; a true masterwork. Seth’s keen ear for harmony deftly channels the energies and talents of the human voice, flute, tuba, trumpet, violin, guitars, bass, piano and found and salvaged metal percussion. With the precision and release of flight, melodic instruments melt sweet cream harmonies with the bass section, lead and vocal choir, then muscle up with brain circuit cranking dissonance. The playful and seriously probing expanse of 23 Psaegz is kaleidoscopic-divine New Orleans marching band meets Peter & the Wolf in outer space. This intense conflation of lyrical imagery and sonic wonder is music to submerge in.

Seth & the Psaegz concoct music which remains outside the scope of particular genre-labels or classification. With their harmonic subtlety, poetically experimental lyricism, quirked-out energy, and of course, Seth’s soaring, roaring gurgling, whip-crack-acrobatic vocals, each Psaegz performance lovingly unweaves time, revealing moments honest & organic in their exploration of possibility. Spontaneously fusing performers with audience, Psaegz mingle into the crowd in fits of wild dance to Seth’s iPod-karaoke hip-jump samplegasms. They’re reshaping and reinventing musical forms to create new, relevant gestures forward. Whether a whistle-driven dirge, foot-stomping fable, or inspired improvisation, these are not songs that will attract only a novel-shock-response, but a growing body of music so dynamic and full, it can be approached with new ears every time: outlandish, wise, and fool-hearted. Copied by many, equalled by none.

Please Visit:

http://www.ironmanrecords.co.uk
http://www.23psaegz.com
http://www.dufus.tv

Seth Faergolzia (Dufus) & John Ludington – Forest Creature CD 2013

March 20, 2013


Seth Faergolzia (Dufus) & John Ludington - Forest Creature CD 2013
1. Devil In The Washtub 02:42

2. Murky Waters 02:54

3. Fabric 02:44

4. Scaredy 02:57

5. Habits Dissipate 01:03

6. Geezer 02:36

7. One Foot 02:59

8. Ivy, Rice and Moss 03:37

9. Curupira 04:24

10. Lah Lee 03:40

11. Bub 04:37

released 24 February 2013

FOREST CREATURE
Two friends, made through music.  Two musicians, charged with originality and virtuosity.  One album, made by these two fond creators of wonder.  What could be more meaningful?  FOREST CREATURE is the new project born out of a 20 year friendship and longstanding mutual musical respect between Seth Faergolzia (aka Dufus) from New York and John Ludington from California, who met while still in school.  Both have written and recorded countless songs, toured together and influenced each other, but not until now have they collaborated in the writing process.

These two well-matched musicians have been sending pieces of songs back and forth and recording bit by bit an extraordinary work of art which will first take to the stage in performance, February 2013 for a NE US tour.  March 2013 promises a European tour through Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Italy and perhaps a few other countries!!  Seth Faergolzia has been touring Europe at least once a year, for the past 7 years, and in this past year toured Europe four times!  This will be John Ludington’s first tour through Europe, and being Seth’s long-time influence and musical guru, it is a momentous occasion.

FOREST CREATURE fuses two profound poets known for their unusual song structures, while writing great melodies with a popular appeal.  They are strange but in a warm way.  Their voices out of the ordinary and quite elastic yet akin to one another.  Both have their virtuosic tendencies, but maintain a folk appeal.  Exchanging instruments amidst performance in a 2XOne-Man-Band acoustic experience including electronics and foot percussion.  No matter what genre you try to put them in, be it Folk, Alt-Folk, Anti-Folk, Freak-Folk, Experimental, FOREST CREATURE is unpredictable, unexpected;  you really can’t pin them down;  they will dodge your pin at the last moment and have you guessing again what will come next.

Seth Faergolzia Biography

Seth Faergolzia takes to the wind again on a European tour, that’s sure to put a spring in the step of his ever-growing global audience. As the mastermind behind Dufus, possibly the most creative and well-loved underground band in the Anti-folk / Freakfolk communities of New York City, and with a likewise respected solo career, Seth is now stacking up more than ten albums
and playing in over 20 countries with such acts as The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jeffrey Lewis, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Animal Collective and others.

Keeping in tune with the warm and weird legacy of his renowned former project, Seth continues to stretch the boundaries of musical experience with craze and care unmatched by the contemporaries with whom his style has been compared (including Frank Zappa, Deerhoof, Devendra Banhart, The Moldy Peaches, and The Dirty Projectors), with an increasingly honed wisdom & intimacy.

Faergolzia brings his one-man-band skills to new levels of musical sagacity, mastering simultaneously the guitar, kick drum, electronics, vocal acrobatics, and various melodic instruments, concocting music which lives free beyond the scope of particular genre labels. With harmonic subtlety, poetically experimental lyricism and all around dynamic song writing, each of Seth’s performances lovingly unweaves time to reveal moments honest & organic in exploration of possibility.

Seth’s new album, Tin Wood Soldier, reshapes and reinvents musical forms to create new, relevant gestures forward. His recent solo sets draw together new songs, electronic samples, improvisations, and a couple from the Dufus vault, exhibiting a growing body of work so dynamic and full, it can be approached as if with new ears every time — outlandish, wise and full-hearted.

John Ludington Biography

John Ludington, alt-folk out of Arcata, Ca., has been called “…the lovechild of Beck and Frank Zappa…who has to be considered one of the most daring and interesting songwriters on ye olde North Coast…” Andrew Goff (Northcoast Journal).  John has been writing and performing since his father taught him his first chord at age 9. By 14, he had formed and fronted his first band, Barefoot Gravediggers, who performed to consistently large and devoted audiences. Their full length release, Chewing Lessons De España is still a sought after favorite. John’s travels have led him to busk the subways of Boston, compose the score for a stilt walking piece for The Carpetbag Brigade, and play bass for Absynth Quintet, a critically acclaimed gypsy-grass band of which he is currently a member.  Ludington has acquired a huge cache of material including four full length albums. His latest release, Finn, is being met with great enthusiasm.

SETH FAERGOLZIA PRESS:

BROOKLYN VEGAN – FINAL DUFUS SHOW  W/ REGINA SPEKTOR & MOLDY PEACHES

New York Times – “Fiber art going punk.”

Vice – “They took that saucepan and spoon and wrote a textured and intense opera… 9 of 10.”

The Onion – “Dufus plays frantic fever-dream folk slashed through with rock stabs.”

Village Voice – “As giddy and inventive as it is pissed off, it’s the 21st-century equivalent of the Fugs at their finest.”

New York Press – “Tender calm and epiphanistic lyrics.”

Pop Matters – “I have never heard anything like this before or since.”

KUSF/MTV  San Francisco – “Whip-smart pop song writing, intricately clever wordplay.”

Relix – “This is folk rock twisted and distorted into compelling new structures.”

NME, UK – “Fourteen members strong and phenomenal live.” National Student Newspaper, UK  – “One of the most prolific, original and influential bands to emerge from the anti-folk scene.”

SPEX – “Kind and Scary.”

JOHN LUDINGTON PRESS:

“My very talented friend John Ludington just finished a new record. It’s called Finn. He is one of the most creative and unique writers! Some other friends participated in the art/music on this record too- it’s very special…” – Regina Spektor

“Catchy, drunken, stein-sloshing chanteys whose high art lies in the way they string together non sequiturs and invite the listener to sing right along.” – Creative Living in the Hudson Valley

“Most distinctive is his signature fractured whimsical chord progressions and surprising sung sound effects.” –  ‘Art-rag’

Seth Faergolzia:  www.23psaegz.com
John Ludington:  www.johnludington.com

Buy Stuff by Dufus and Seth Faergolzia here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

https://www.facebook.com/forestcreaturemusic

Seth Faergolzia and John Ludington – Forest Creature in Europe 2013

January 16, 2013

Seth Faergolzia and John Ludington - Forest Creature in Europe 2013 photo

FOREST CREATURE
Two friends, made through music.  Two musicians, charged with originality and virtuosity.  One album, made by these two fond creators of wonder.  What could be more meaningful?  FOREST CREATURE is the new project born out of a 20 year friendship and longstanding mutual musical respect between Seth Faergolzia (aka Dufus) from New York and John Ludington from California, who met while still in school.  Both have written and recorded countless songs, toured together and influenced each other, but not until now have they collaborated in the writing process.

These two well-matched musicians have been sending pieces of songs back and forth and recording bit by bit an extraordinary work of art which will first take to the stage in performance, February 2013 for a NE US tour.  March 2013 promises a European tour through Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Italy and perhaps a few other countries!!  Seth Faergolzia has been touring Europe at least once a year, for the past 7 years, and in this past year toured Europe four times!  This will be John Ludington’s first tour through Europe, and being Seth’s long-time influence and musical guru, it is a momentous occasion.

FOREST CREATURE fuses two profound poets known for their unusual song structures, while writing great melodies with a popular appeal.  They are strange but in a warm way.  Their voices out of the ordinary and quite elastic yet akin to one another.  Both have their virtuosic tendencies, but maintain a folk appeal.  Exchanging instruments amidst performance in a 2XOne-Man-Band acoustic experience including electronics and foot percussion.  No matter what genre you try to put them in, be it Folk, Alt-Folk, Anti-Folk, Freak-Folk, Experimental, FOREST CREATURE is unpredictable, unexpected;  you really can’t pin them down;  they will dodge your pin at the last moment and have you guessing again what will come next.

February 24 – Rochester, NY
February 26 – New York, NY
February 28 – Berlin, Germany
March 1 – Hamburg, Germany
March 2 – Hannover, Germany
March 3 – HELP!!
March 4 – HELP!!  (Seth’s Birthday show)
March 5 – HELP!!
March 6 – Brussels, Belgium
March 7 – Cologne, Germany
March 8 – Leipzig, Germany
March 9 – Mannheim, Germany
March 10 – Frankfurt, Germany
March 11 – Kaiserslautern, Germany
March 12 – Ottersweier, Germany
March 13 – HELP!!
March 14 – Morges, Switzerland
March 15 – Gysenstein, Switzerland
March 16 – Bregenz, Austria
March 17 – Innsbruck, Austria
March 18 – HELP!!
March 19 – Vienna, Austria
March 20 – Italy
March 21 – Italy
March 22 – Italy
March 23 – Italy
March 24 – Darmstadt, Germany
March 25 – Potsdam, Germany

Italy Booking Agent:
damiano@damigianobooking.com

Germany Agents:
konzerte.361@online.de
sabineshows@gmail.com

Seth Faergolzia Biography

Seth Faergolzia takes to the wind again on a European tour, that’s sure to put a spring in the step of his ever-growing global audience. As the mastermind behind Dufus, possibly the most creative and well-loved underground band in the Anti-folk / Freakfolk communities of New York City, and with a likewise respected solo career, Seth is now stacking up more than ten albums
and playing in over 20 countries with such acts as The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jeffrey Lewis, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Animal Collective and others.

Keeping in tune with the warm and weird legacy of his renowned former project, Seth continues to stretch the boundaries of musical experience with craze and care unmatched by the contemporaries with whom his style has been compared (including Frank Zappa, Deerhoof, Devendra Banhart, The Moldy Peaches, and The Dirty Projectors), with an increasingly honed wisdom & intimacy.

Faergolzia brings his one-man-band skills to new levels of musical sagacity, mastering simultaneously the guitar, kick drum, electronics, vocal acrobatics, and various melodic instruments, concocting music which lives free beyond the scope of particular genre labels. With harmonic subtlety, poetically experimental lyricism and all around dynamic song writing, each of Seth’s performances lovingly unweaves time to reveal moments honest & organic in exploration of possibility.

Seth’s new album, Tin Wood Soldier, reshapes and reinvents musical forms to create new, relevant gestures forward. His recent solo sets draw together new songs, electronic samples, improvisations, and a couple from the Dufus vault, exhibiting a growing body of work so dynamic and full, it can be approached as if with new ears every time — outlandish, wise and full-hearted.

John Ludington Biography

John Ludington, alt-folk out of Arcata, Ca., has been called “…the lovechild of Beck and Frank Zappa…who has to be considered one of the most daring and interesting songwriters on ye olde North Coast…” Andrew Goff (Northcoast Journal).  John has been writing and performing since his father taught him his first chord at age 9. By 14, he had formed and fronted his first band, Barefoot Gravediggers, who performed to consistently large and devoted audiences. Their full length release, Chewing Lessons De España is still a sought after favorite. John’s travels have led him to busk the subways of Boston, compose the score for a stilt walking piece for The Carpetbag Brigade, and play bass for Absynth Quintet, a critically acclaimed gypsy-grass band of which he is currently a member.  Ludington has acquired a huge cache of material including four full length albums. His latest release, Finn, is being met with great enthusiasm.

SETH FAERGOLZIA PRESS:

BROOKLYN VEGAN – FINAL DUFUS SHOW  W/ REGINA SPEKTOR & MOLDY PEACHES

New York Times – “Fiber art going punk.”

Vice – “They took that saucepan and spoon and wrote a textured and
intense opera… 9 of 10.”

The Onion – “Dufus plays frantic fever-dream folk slashed through with
rock stabs.”

Village Voice – “As giddy and inventive as it is pissed off, it’s the
21st-century equivalent of the Fugs at their finest.”

New York Press – “Tender calm and epiphanistic lyrics.”

Pop Matters – “I have never heard anything like this before or since.”

KUSF/MTV  San Francisco – “Whip-smart pop song writing, intricately
clever wordplay.”

Relix – “This is folk rock twisted and distorted into compelling new
structures.”

NME, UK – “Fourteen members strong and phenomenal live.”
National Student Newspaper, UK  – “One of the most prolific, original
and influential bands to emerge from the anti-folk scene.”

SPEX – “Kind and Scary.”

JOHN LUDINGTON PRESS:

“My very talented friend John Ludington just finished a new record. It’s called Finn. He is one of the most creative and unique writers! Some other friends participated in the art/music on this record too- it’s very special…” – Regina Spektor

“Catchy, drunken, stein-sloshing chanteys whose high art lies in the way they string together non sequiturs and invite the listener to sing right along.” – Creative Living in the Hudson Valley

“Most distinctive is his signature fractured whimsical chord progressions and surprising sung sound effects.” –  ‘Art-rag’

Seth Faergolzia:  www.23psaegz.com
John Ludington:  www.johnludington.com

Buy Stuff by Dufus and Seth Faergolzia here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

https://www.facebook.com/forestcreaturemusic

 

Nightingales – "No Love Lost" Tour Dates with Ted Chippington May & June 2012

April 5, 2012

Nightingales PROMO Photo FEB 2012

Nightingales and Ted Chippington on Tour

MAY

Fri 25 – Stewart Lee gig in wolves
Tue 29 – SHREWSBURY, The Vaults
Wed 30 – BRIGHTON, Green Door Store

JUNE

Fri 1 – LONDON, Nambucca
Sat 2 – SOUTHAMPTON, Talking Heads
Sun 3 – WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms
Mon 4 – YORK, Fibbers
Tue 5 – MANCHESTER, Night & Day
Wed 6 – GLASGOW, Nice N Sleazy
Thu 7 – STOCKTON, ARC
Fri 8 – BIRMINGHAM, Wagon and Horses
Sat 9 – BRISTOL, Thunderbolt
Sun 10 – KIDDERMINSTER, The Boars Head
Nightingales - No Love Lost album cover

“The new album by Nightingales is brilliant. One of the fiercest and most exhilarating rock records I’ve heard in ages.” Andrew Male, MOJO

Buy Nightingales – “No Love Lost” on eBay here

The first album by the latest Nightingales line up featuring the return of Matt Wood on guitar and new drummer Fliss Kitson
Recorded at Faust Studio, Germany in December 2011 “No Love Lost” is the first record by the group for Cooking Vinyl
Released in beautiful Digipak sleeve with original artwork by brilliant Scarborough based artist Jehan

1. Ace Of Hearts
2. Born Yesterday
3. The Done Thing
4. Real Gone Daddy
5. Best Of British Luck
6. Say It With Flowers
7. The Burster
8. The Dishwater Kid
9. Someone For Everyone
10. Sentimental Dunce
11. Mutton To Lamb
12. The World Of Nothing Really
13. Dick The Do-Gooder

Catalogue # COOKCD557

No Love Lost – Reviews:

Nightingales – “No Love Lost” album reviewed here by Louder Than war

Nightingales – “No Love Lost” album review by The Quietus

Nightingales – “No Love Lost” album review by Tasty Fanzine

Nightingales – “No Love Lost” album review by Penny Black Music

Nightingales – “No Love Lost” album review by SoundsXP.com

Nightingales ‘No Love Lost’ (Cooking Vinyl) – Losing Today May 2012

The Nightingales – you’re familiar with them right – once the Prefects, been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth (or so the youth of today would have you believe when you mention anything that passed before they came to be), around at a time when releases came pressed up on wax and the only way to gage whether a record was much cop was to have it featured in the NME (indeed dear people the same NME that these days sadly looks like a giant advertising insert with occasional music things and a back slapping name check for bands / artists you‘d couldn’t care to read about less breathe the same air as), played by Peel or shoved in front of your face by your in-tuned pulse feeling record emporium owner. Talking of Peel – he admired them so much that like the equally loved Fall, Wedding Present, Beatnik Filmstars and many others to numerous to name (though the three mentioned with the addition of Fatima Mansions (best viewed here on the schizoid powered prickly pop of the Cathal Coughlan meets Beefheart needle sharp blister blues ‘Born Yesterday’) all appear to share a common melodic mindset to the Nightingales in so far as each has emerged from musical reference markers not quite so easily obvious), he’d have them in for regular sessions and play list them at every given opportunity whether you liked them or not with resolute and unwavering conviction that he was right and you were wrong. And of course he was.

Several line ups over the years following 2004’s reformation and now sporting a new label after signing to Cooking Vinyl, the Nightingales of 2012 are a totally different proposition to the tykes whose awkward aural aerosol spiked the airwaves in the early 80’s, these days tighter and at the peak of their powers ’No Love Lost’ seers, scolds and sizzles with all the air of a collective mindset with the bit between their teeth and demanding attention. Rarely have I heard Lloyd and co sounding so forthright, bullish and at peace and enjoying themselves in the process. There’s an urgency about ‘No Love Lost’ its an urgency that encircles the would be listener the moment the opening salvo ‘Ace of Hearts’ rears into ear view wherein your dropkicked immediately into a sea of sonic shrapnel with its twang taunting 50’s informed beat grooved boogie. Elsewhere the kick-ass paint bombing punked up power pop scowl of ‘Real Gone Daddy’ comes across initially like a teen spirited day-glo dinked Rezillos before exiting stage left in a haze of squalling feedback attrition while the shoe shuffling pub rock rumble ‘Best Of British Luck‘ tailgates a youthful Dalmatian Rex and the Eigentones. Old school purists of Nightingales of old should find much with the wiring art pop grizzled math dislocation of both ‘The Burster’ and ‘Dishwater Kid’ to keep them satiated the latter especially finding itself huffing and puffing with a reserved cool as it shimmies casually smooching up to the stylus. Braided with a slyly effervescent 60’s pop persona and showered with echoes of his sole solo effort ‘Me and My Big Mouth‘ – ‘Something for Everyone’ shimmies and shakes to a sun lined feel good accent that should see it assured of radio play action while the mellowing ’The World of Nothing Really’ is cradled in a wounded soft reflection which leaves the frenetic ramshackle spike of ’Dick the Do Gooder’ to round off the set to reveal a fierce some spirit of intent especially at its finale as it dissolves into a sea of head melting cacophonic skree. That said with its snaking slow to burn motifs, nothing quite comes close to the pure mercurial beauty of ’the done thing’ – with its droning ’Low’-esque minimalist chill nodding to a Berlin era Bowie applied and enhanced with howling halos of souring and soaring feedback and lightly kissed with smidgeons of the Weddoes ‘Dalliance’ and the Fall’s ‘Bill is Dead’ to be rounded up into a majestically quiet subdued euphoric glow by Decoration themselves powered via an Arab Strap bypass. Sublime in a word.

TED CHIPPINGTON – “BLUES FAN” – NEW 10″ RECORD ON RESPECT VINYL

Well, well, well the funniest man alive is back! Ted Chippington at last brings to vinyl one of his top true stories – “Blues Fan”.
A really hilarious moment in Ted’s life, recalled with style, makes the long awaited record release of this classic story an immediate TC greatest hit!
And this Top Comedian does not stand still!
Check out the B-Side of this platter for new experimental Ted material.
A brace of rip-roaring impressions of showbiz legends Phil Collins and Benny Hill’s mate are intercut with live show stormer “Mint” and a true story wig out featuring TC & The Sunshine Band, Ted’s all American female backing group.
A hero to your favourite comics and pop stars. A good mate of the ordinary folk. A clean living, straight talking, hard working entertainer. A top bloke.
And now another great record – “Blues Fan” is the maestro’s best release yet.
Ted Chippington is to be appreciated – he’s mint!

A – Blues Fan
B – Phil Collins Impression + Mint + Impression Of Benny Hill’s Mate + Sunshine

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NIGHTINGALES

Born out of Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects, the Nightingales have stubbornly ploughed their own furrow in the field of alternative rock n roll for three decades. Described in John Robb’s definitive post punk biography ‘Death To Trad Rock’ as “the misfits’ misfits”, the band has constantly garnered praise and respect from other artists and received endless glowing press reports, particularly for their live shows. Led by singer/lyricist Robert Lloyd (‘The most underestimated songwriter of his generation’ according to Ben Thompson in the Independent) the latest incarnation of the Nightingales – the best batch – yet release their new album “No Love Lost” on Cooking Vinyl in April 2012.

To coincide with the album’s release the Nightingales will be touring the UK and mainland Europe. The UK shows follow their May 2011 tour which culminated in a headline performance at the Southbank Centre in London as part of Stewart Lee’s Austerity Binge and the Festival Of Britain, which Mojo magazine called “Astonishing” and “Gig of the year”.

Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects had been part of The Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, recorded a couple of Peel sessions, released a 45 on Rough Trade and, years after splitting up, had a retrospective CD released by NY label Acute Records to all round glowing reviews – from Rolling Stone to webzines.

The Nightingales was formed by former members of The Prefects following that band’s demise in 1979.

With an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early ’80’s as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them – “Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980’s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans”.

The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always ‘Single Of The Week’ in the music press) and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel – more than any other band bar The Fall. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.

In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley.

After fucking about with various wastrels, precious sorts and mercenaries the group arrived at it’s current line up, which features Lloyd, Apperley, Andreas Schmid (Faust Studio engineer) on bass, ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson and guitarist Matt Wood.

Since restarting the group have been more productive than ever – releasing five 7″ vinyl singles and three studio albums (Plus two live ‘bootleg’ albums), touring England, mainland Europe and USA numerous times, recording many radio sessions along the way. They have been invited to play various festivals in Europe and the States, including Glastonbury and SXSW. Their “Let’s Think About Living” 45 was ‘Single Of The Week’ on BBC 6 Music and they have continued to receive regular rave reviews for their records and live shows.

In 2008 the band recorded “Insult to Injury” produced by Hans Joachim Irmler of krautrock legends Faust which was released in 2009 on Irmler’s Klangbad label and “The Lost Plot”, an Irmler produced 10″ EP was released to coincide with the band’s Euro tours in 2011.

“No Love Lost” the new Nightingales album – their finest yet and first for Cooking Vinyl – was also recorded at Faust Studio in Germany but this time self produced and will be released in April 2012.

The group will be touring the UK in May, followed by dates in Europe, a bunch of festivalsduring the Summer and another U.S tour later in the year.

In addition to the group’s own activity there is a Nightingales ‘tribute’ album planned featuring ‘Gales covers by punk and post punk legends (Raincoats, Mekons, Subway Sect, others), young contemporary bands (Art Brut, Lovely Eggs, others), stand up comedians (Stewart Lee, Phill Jupitus) and academic/author Greil Marcus.

from Southbank web site:

Birmingham’s indomitable punk survivors fuse Beefheart licks and pulverising rhythms with a strangely sensitive cynicism, and arrive at Southbank Centre in advance of imminent National Treasure status. ‘One day their excellence will be confirmed, as other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans.’ (John Peel on The Nightingales)

small selection of recent press:

Nothing could have prepared for the astonishing revelation of Robert Lloyd’s Nightingales… The cumulative effect is one of euphoric delight, of old knowledge in the hands of new disciples. “Dig the depth of the furrow of mirth that I can plough,” sings Lloyd on The Overreactor. Tonight The Nightingales hit an epic new low. Catch them when they’re at it again – MOJO, UK

The Nightingales have always been simply a great rock ‘n’ roll band and 32 years on they’re right at the top of their game – THE STOOL PIGEON, UK

The Nightingales – they’re back and they’re marvellous – MARC RILEY/BBC 6 MUSIC, UK

Nightingales are unreal. The level of playing and songwriting after their post-punk hiatus is unparalled by any of their generational comeback cohorts – TERRE T/WFMU, USA

With The Fall getting Lifetime Achievement awards and Gang Of Four canonised it is long past time the wayward genius of Robert Lloyd and his cohorts was recognised – RECORD COLLECTOR, UK

Rock & Roll at its best – SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, GERMANY

Consistently excellent, the Nightingales are back, as ferociously sardonic as ever. Nice to see them still mad, still funny, still wrecking the furniture after all these years. – DUSTED, USA

Shows just how poor these skinny jeaned little shits currently doing the rounds really are. – TASTY, UK

The Nightingales in Southend on Friday jetted in to my top ten gigs of all time – PHILL JUPITUS/BBC 6 MUSIC, UK

Forget all these NME Band of the Week types, who make out they don’t care, they won’t compromise, etc, whilst wearing the same indie uniform and churning out the same tired old riffs. They don’t need your attention. The Nightingales do. Because rock ‘n’ roll rarely gets as uncompromising as this – PLASTELIN, SERBIA

The Nightingales revisited their past and offered up the future. Still stunningly relevant – LONDON EVENING STANDARD, UK

The Nightingales subjugate a rapt and breathless audience with a performance of sinewy magnificence – DAILY TELEGRAPH, UK
Tuesday night at the Cake Shop in NYC. One of the best shows I’ve seen in years. Jangly, angsty, angular, punk, post-punk, just rock and roll, whatever, they destroyed – DAN SELZER/ILXOR, USA

The Nightingales have been responsible for some of the most genuinely innovative minority music of the past three decades. – THE QUIETUS, UK

They sound wired, edgy, boozy and as dangerous as ever, like a new band full of that energy that comes with those first moves and not a band who’ve been doing this since the start of punk. Robert Lloyd really shouldn’t be this good after all these years, should he? – THE ORGAN, UK

Boozy and deranged, Insult to Injury is how the new Franz record ought to sound – VICE, UK

This is a living, breathing beast of an album – ARTROCKER MAGAZINE, UK

This is their fiercest, most lacerating album yet, better by a good margin than the mid-1980s Pigs on Purpose…and that was excellent – BLURT, USA

Their freshest and most subtly intoxicating work to date – OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY, UK

The new album from the ‘Gales is their finest for 27 years. Start here and work backwards – SUNDAY TIMES, UK

Unlovable as ever. The Nightingales remain hard work for precious little gain – MOJO, UK

“The new album by Nightingales is brilliant. One of the fiercest and most exhilarating rock records I’ve heard in ages.” Andrew Male, MOJO

Nightingales ‘No Love Lost’ cd/dd – Cooking Vinyl – Released April 30th 2012 – Press Report March 30th 2012

Radio

Marc Riley played ‘Dishwater Kid’ on Wednesday 28th March

BBC6Music – Marc Riley played ‘The Burster’ on Thursday 22nd March

BBC 6Music – Marc Riley played ‘Best of British Luck’ on 8th,13th and 19th March

Resonance FM – (London) Artrocker Radio – played ‘Ace of Hearts’ on 19th March

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Seth Faergolzia of Dufus European Tour Dates 2012

April 4, 2012

Seth Faergolzia - Photo 2012 (Dufus)

Seth Faergolzia (from the band Dufus) is heading over to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy and
 perhaps a couple other countries this May promoting a new album called “Tin Wood Soldier”

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April 28 Bugjar, Rochester [European Tour Send-Off and CD Release Party]

May 1 Darmstadt, Germany -Oetinger Villa w/The Mole
May 2 Köln, Gernany – Wohngemeinschaft
May 4 TBA- Leipzig, Germany
May 5 Offenburg, Germany – Spitalkeller
May 6 Berlin, Germany – Schokoladen
May 7 Hannover, Germany – Sing Sing
May 8 Halle/Saale, Germany – Objekt 5
May 9 Vienna, Austria – Rhiz
May 10 Bregenz, Austria – Plattenhahn
May 11 Innsbruck, Austria – Bäckerei
May 12 Nyon, Switzerland – Noviodunum
May 13 Morges, Switzerland – Couvaloup
May 17 Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
May 18 Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria – TBA (Bulgarian National Radio)
May 19 Sofia, Bulgaria – The Red House Center for Culture and Debate
May 20 (dom), Italy – A venue by the Adriatic Sea
May 21 Bolzano, Italy – TBA
May 22 Italy – TBA
May 23 Rome, Italy – Fanfulla
May 24 Italy – TBA
May 25 Vasto, Italy – Beat Cafe
May 26 Cassino, Italy (sab) – Nuove Officine

GERMANY SUMMER TOUR
August 3 Bad Doberan, Germany – Zappanale Festival
August 4 Wrendenhagen, Germany – Scheune
August 5 Trittau, Germany – Alter Bahnhof
More dates TBA!!!

UK TOUR
August 31 – September 2  End of the Road Festival, North Dorset/Wiltshire borders, UK
September 3-10, UK Tour TBA
Seth Faergolzia - Tin Wood Soldier

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Seth Faergolzia and the 23 Psaegz will be releasing their debut CD on April 28, 2012.  Seth will then be touring Europe three times in 2012 and is also making plans for a US tour. He will be traveling to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Bulgaria, Italy, and the UK, including performances at the Zappanale Festival in Germany and the End of the Road Festival in the UK.

Founded by Seth in 2010 as the successor to his world-renowned 13-year project, Dufus, Seth Faergolzia and the 23 Psaegz carry on the warm, weird legacy by stretching the boundaries of musical experience with craze and care unmatched. The group originally gathered with the intention of performing Seth’s 23 Psaegz stream of consciousness puppet rock opera, and has since also become a collaborative backing for his complex web of musical delight. Front man Faergolzia brings his one-man-band skills (mastering simultaneously the guitar, glockenspiel, kick drum, and vocal antics) to a new apex of musical sagacity, as he leads the 23 Psaegz odd.

23 Psaegz pl. n. *say-jezz* An extensive, boisterous musical composition, derived from the 23 pages of Seth’s streaming mind waves

Seth conducts his rollicking 15-folk-grand orchestra with a “glock” mallet, booming kick pedal, frolicsome guitar, and far-reaching vocals. Designed with five moving parts, 23 Psaegz ignites a most profoundly human machine, a musical organism with propellers that blast whirls of free-thought, frequencies that both cut close to the bone and hug the heart; a true masterwork. Seth’s keen ear for harmony deftly channels the energies and talents of the human voice, flute, tuba, trumpet, violin, guitars, bass, piano and found and salvaged metal percussion. With the precision and release of flight, melodic instruments melt sweet cream harmonies with the bass section, lead and vocal choir, then muscle up with brain circuit cranking dissonance. The playful and seriously probing expanse of 23 Psaegz is kaleidoscopic-divine New Orleans marching band meets Peter & the Wolf in outer space. This intense conflation of lyrical imagery and sonic wonder is music to submerge in.

Seth & the Psaegz concoct music which remains outside the scope of particular genre-labels or classification. With their harmonic subtlety, poetically experimental lyricism, quirked-out energy, and of course, Seth’s soaring, roaring gurgling, whip-crack-acrobatic vocals, each Psaegz performance lovingly unweaves time, revealing moments honest & organic in their exploration of possibility. Spontaneously fusing performers with audience, Psaegz mingle into the crowd in fits of wild dance to Seth’s iPod-karaoke hip-jump samplegasms. They’re reshaping and reinventing musical forms to create new, relevant gestures forward. Whether a whistle-driven dirge, foot-stomping fable, or inspired improvisation, these are not songs that will attract only a novel-shock-response, but a growing body of music so dynamic and full, it can be approached with new ears every time: outlandish, wise, and fool-hearted. Copied by many, equalled by none.

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Police Bastard – "It’s Good to Hate" CD (Iron Man Records) Released May 23rd 2010

May 13, 2010

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Police Bastard – “It’s Good To HATE” will be released through Birmingham’s Iron Man Records, May 23rd 2010. The release contains a CD featuring four new songs and one cover version with an additional DVD containing live footage collected between 2007 and 2010. The record features the work of founding band members Pid and John Doom doing dual vocals together again for the first time in ten years. The gigs and recordings have also seen the return of Chris Crass, who took over on bass from Trogg in 1994. Seano Porno and Mark Badger from Last Under The Sun have picked up the work of guitars and additional vocals and the drummer is Simon James who also plays in Last Under The Sun and formerly of Rivers Edge.  The release is dedicated to Trogg, Police Bastard’s first bass player who passed away in 2008. It was because of Trogg and his enthusiasm to do it all again that Police Bastard started writing, rehearsing, recording and touring again.

CD tracks include: The Lie, God Off, Erosion, Born To Die and a cover of I Wish (Originally written by The Mob)

DVD includes: Keep An Active Mind (2007-2008), Police Bastard Live at 25 Jahre AU Festival, Frankfurt, Germany (2008), Police Bastard Live at Kopi, Berlin, Germany (2010).

The CD tracks were Recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios, Musoplex. Simon has worked with the likes of Napalm Death, Cathedral, Meathook Seed, and a host of others from The Cubans, Harpies, and The Nightingales. After a nearly 20 year dedication to new and alternative music in all its many forms, he has become a master at capturing ferocious guitars and brutal sounds. The new recordings are by far the best thing the band has produced to date.

The DVD includes “Keep an Active Mind” a film by Iron Man Records, edited by Anthony J. Hughes, documenting a year in the life of Police Bastard with footage from a show the band organised at The Market Tavern, Birmingham 2007, Steve Ignorant’s “Feeding of the 5,000” aftershow party, London 2007 and a tour of Europe in 2008 organised by Alerta Antifascista. The footage includes some live performances and out takes of the band on tour with a budget you can stick under a glass.

The footage of Police Bastard Live at 25 Jahre AU Festival, Frankfurt and Live at Kopi, Berlin, Germany was filmed, edited and directed by Peter Rhead.

Sleeve Artwork was done by Richard Daborn and photographs were taken by Lucy Pryor

Please Note:  **You can BUY it NOW through the Iron Man Shop**

Label: Iron Man Records
Catalog#: IMB6018
Format: CD and DVD
Country: England
Released: 2010
Genre: Rock
Style: Punk

Members of Police Bastard on this recording are:

Stu-PidVocals (1994-1999) (2006-Present) (Contempt / English Dogs / Sensa Yuma)

John Doom – (Vocals / Guitar 1994-2003) Vocals (It’s Good to Hate) (Doom / Sore Throat / Cain / Spineless /
 Haxan)

Chris CrassBass (1994-1997) (2007-Present)

Mark BadgerGuitar (2007-Present) (Last Under The Sun)

Simon JamesDrums (2008-Present) (Last Under The Sun / Rivers Edge)

Seano Porno Guitar (2007-Present) (Last Under The Sun / Jilted Generation / Depth Charge / Sensa Yuma / DS Sandwich / Freebase / Set Against / Hardcore (That Became Mangled) / The Dangerfields).

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 & 2010) (Last Under The Sun/Damn Dirty Apes)

Pixie – Drums (2007-2008) (POA/H8 Target/Kaya/Sensa Yuma/Last Under The Sun)

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Video: Police Bastard – Who's Side? – Berlin 29th January 2010

March 31, 2010

Police Bastard playing live on 29th January 2010 at Kopi, Berlin, Germany.

A Film by Iron Man Records
Cameras operated by Pete Rhead
Edited and Directed by Pete Rhead

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Video: Police Bastard – Regression – Berlin 29th January 2010

March 30, 2010

Police Bastard playing live on 29th January 2010 at Kopi, Berlin, Germany.

A Film by Iron Man Records
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Edited and Directed by Pete Rhead

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Video: Police Bastard – No Justice – Berlin 29th January 2010

March 29, 2010

Police Bastard playing live on 29th January 2010 at Kopi, Berlin, Germany.

A Film by Iron Man Records
Cameras operated by Pete Rhead
Edited and Directed by Pete Rhead

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Video: Police Bastard – God Off – Berlin 29th January 2010

March 28, 2010

Police Bastard playing live on 29th January 2010 at Kopi, Berlin, Germany.

A Film by Iron Man Records
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Edited and Directed by Pete Rhead

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Video: Police Bastard – Enslaved – Berlin 29th January 2010

March 27, 2010

Police Bastard playing live on 29th January 2010 at Kopi, Berlin, Germany.

A Film by Iron Man Records
Cameras operated by Pete Rhead
Edited and Directed by Pete Rhead

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Life in a Blender – Tell Me I'm Pretty CD (2002)

February 28, 2010

Life in a Blender - Tell Me I'm pretty
Track listing
1. Something Must Break
2. Kent
3. Hero Rising from the Sea
4. Mobile Wash Unit
5. Dead Get Down
6. Dolly Down the Hole
7. Sex With Cops
8. Sleep for Years
9. Eyes Are Red
10. Paterson Falls
11. Prize at the Bottom
12. Drunks Have All the Answers
13. Party Soon

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Details
Producer: Al Houghton, Chris Rael, Mark Lerner
Distributor: Big Daddy Music Dist.
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo

Album notes
Life In A Blender: Don Ralph (vocals); Al Houghton (guitar); Dave Moody (cello); Rebecca Weiner (violin); Mel Melon (horns); Mark Lerner (bass); Ken Meyer (drums).

Personnel: Al Houghton (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Mark Lerner (vocals, dobro); Dave Moody (vocals, cello); Don Ralph, Julia Douglass (vocals); Olivier Conan (banjo); Chris Rael (sitar, piano); Rebecca Weiner (violin); Mel Melon (trumpet, trombone); Ken Meyer (marimba, drums, cymbals, percussion).

Recording information: Dubway Studios, New York, NY.

Photographer: Paolo Vescia.

Admittedly it’s a case of slightly dashed expectations (for some) when it turns out that opening song “Something Must Break” is an original rather than a Joy Division cover, but who says that titles can’t be used again, after all? As for Life in a Blender itself, at this stage in its lengthy existence the Brooklyn-based septet seems to occupy a quirky space between Firewater and Soul Coughing when it comes to try-anything-once eclecticism with the lead singer’s voice and vision front and center. In that regard the group seems like one of those many New York bands that has a love and hate relationship with rock & roll as such — they can certainly crank the volume as needed and drummer Ken Meyer can get some full-bodied stomp in, but there’s no mistaking them for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or the Ramones. Lead figure and songwriter Don Ralph is unsurprisingly still at the core of it all when it comes to how the band can both work and not work in equal measure. Sometimes he seems to be exaggerating a strident speak-singing approach that aims for wry and witty but can just be tiring (or else seems to be trying to fulfill the non-present demand for a clear-singing Tom Waits). Then again, he can just as easily find a breezy, bemused wistfulness that works far better, sometimes in the same song (“Kent” and “Paterson Falls” in particular capture him at both his best and worst). When both band and singer bring it together to concentrate on a good song — the wistful New Orleans jazz/sea shantey tip to the street cleaners “Mobile Wash Unit,” the spaghetti Western-tinged drama of “Eyes Are Red” — then the group really has a certain fun and entertaining something. ~ Ned Raggett

Dark but humorous, an oddly skewed vision of the American landscape set to a unique score of string-driven rock.

Life in a Blender is an extraordinary band from Brooklyn that is not unlike the drunken clown lost in the darkened carnival grounds. Spectacular arrangements with strings and horns, a keen melodic sensibility, and a sense of humor that swings wildly from the absurd to the bleak make Life in a Blender a true original. Life in a Blender has carved out a special spot in the ears of fans worldwide. They show up unexpectedly, even at the breakfast hour, and begin playing. These guerilla tactics have made Life In A Blender one of the most notorious bands in the music business. When you open your garage door tomorrow, be warned. Life In A Blender may be waiting.

From the opening line of the first tune you’re attention is grabbed by the acoustic goolies and the album just doesn’t let go. Brilliant lyrics. Brilliant tunes. If there is a God, and he likes music, Life in a Blender will go far. 11 out of 10 – Pete Wade

Life in a Blender is the personal playground of Don Ralph, a bizarre vocalist that offers a deep-voiced quirkiness to match his charismatic college rock. Working with high school friends Dave Moody, Mark Lerner (Rosine,) Rebecca Weiner (Patti Smith,) Ken Meyer, John Donne, and Al Houghton (a frequent They Might Be Giants collaborator,) Life in a Blender is a project that is often put on hold due to the member’s various musical commitments. Still, as members of They Might Be Giants’ inner circle, they enjoy a status as a cute and lovable pop band that hides a twisted sense of humor and wicked attitude underneath the surface. Starting in the late 80’s, the band comes together every four to six years and makes fun rock music that offers a deranged lyrical viewpoint in contrast to the jangly guitars and lushly produced music. Based in Brooklyn, New York, the band makes waves in their home city with fun publicity stunts such as performing at a strip club art opening, and playing “Stairway to Heaven” on the street in their underwear. A lengthy absence marked the time between records after Motivational Tape #1, but they returned in 2002 with Tell Me I’m Pretty. ~ Bradley Torreano, All Music Guide

Tell Me I’m Pretty, the band’s fourth album, paints a landscape with strange, sad, and at times funny images. From the opening track, Something Must Break, very reminiscent of Cake, with its la la la’s and slinky trumpet to the sad finale, Party Soon, the tunes offer a welcome peek into Don’s fascinating off-kilter mind. The album’s strongest piece, Dead Get Down, is sure to become a Halloween classic, with its spooky horns, cymbals, and killer percussion. This song sounds like an outtake from a Danny Elfman soundtrack. The song Mobile Wash Unit is featured in the movie Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox.

I just latched onto this CD as a result of playing a couple tracks on my radio program. I am surprised that more spot reviews have not been written on this group. In fact, a search of the web will find nothing but discounts on household appliances. On the subject of originality- to me there are two gigantic, but pleasing similarities. Vocalist Don Ralph must be holding a very large torch for David Byrne (Talking Heads), and to a lesser degree Fred Schneider (B-52’s). Ralph possesses that dark, keening vocal style reminiscent of Byrne, and perhaps even uses a few of the other expected stylistic tricks. Other times, his natural voice comes very close to the plaintive barking of Schneider. A bit darker than much of the Heads or B-52’s material, but these factors alone make this band in instant must have for any fan of those seminal 80’s groups, The Talking Heads, or the B-52’s. Enjoy it. – Jonathan Colcord

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Life in a Blender – Two Legs Bad CD (1997)

February 27, 2010

Life In A Blender - Two Legs Bad

Strange, sad, and at times funny songs about chickens and teens featuring horns, cello, and violin.

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Like the Cyclone, Life In A Blender is a long-time Brooklyn institution that has been exhilarating and possibly nauseating audiences for years. Blender’s tunes leave you dancing in your seats and very often laughing thanks mainly to Don Ralph’s quirky stage presence–he belts out his off-kilter musings while dancing Sprockets-style or flashing his “bag of doorknobs”–aka beergut. The stellar band includes Don’s friend from junior high, Dave Moody, on cello; Mark Lerner (leader of the renowned country/dub band Rosine) on bass; Rebecca Weiner (she played with Patti Smith) on violin; Al Houghton (producer of They Might Be Giants) on guitar; Ken Meyer (author of The Solid-Time Tool Kit) on drums; and Mel Melon (a John Donne expert) on horns.

Blender was chosen as a 2003 Emerging Artist finalist in Washington State. Watch us as we now emerge.

1. Chicken Dance
2. Not Your Problem
3. Asshole from Menlo Park
4. Easy Eggs
5. Hard to Swallow
6. Headlights
7. Buzzing
8. Tiny Ankles
9. Teens
10. Power Mower
11. Man and a Woman
12. Big Hat
13. Grand Union
14. Motherlode

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