Monday, June 25, 2012

Evil Jack

At the weekend I went to the awesome music all-dayer Waterfront Festival at the Canal House in Nottingham. It was coordinated by my wonderful friends Rebi and Al (LeftLion) with others who I'm afraid I don't know so can't credit here (sorry!). [edit: I'm told that Will Robinson (I'm Not from London) and Hannah Larham (Audacious Face music) are the brains behind the festival - see comment below - nice one guys!]

There were three stages full of some ace acts from Balkan folk to prog rock and future bass. Eclectic shit. And it was raising money for a new Cystic Fibrosis unit in Nottingham and also for Scope. How amazing is all that!?

Anyway - one performance that really caught my eye was Evil Jack. A mixture of beautiful trad folk covers and darting technical instrumental compositions.

Here's a selection of tracks from his Soundcloud page. He closed the set with 'You can fuck your 50mph average speed check I'm not slowing down' which is a brilliant track which bursts out in banjo style picking (Jack also plays banjo) and then meanders through some beautiful miniaturist phrases before coming full circle. Joe's Blonde Locks is another great composition. And after listening to his version of the traditional ballad Shady Grove a couple of times today I can confirm that it is definitely one which keeps rolling around in your head.

Listen to him. Like him. Go and see him. Nice one Evil Jack.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Bats - North by North (1987)

the bats = the smiths and the wedding present and something completely different.


p.s. play on 720 HD. lots of layered riffs that need undivided attention.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Nathan Fake - Iceni Strings (2012)

i got into luke abbott's 'holkham drones' over the last weeks, great transcendental beach tune [i'd find the youtube vid, but my internet's being an absolute dick]

abbott made me think of bordercommunity, so when i checked for new releases I discovered 'iceni strings' by nathan fake. good track, solid B side. check it.

bbbuy or what


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Clippers - An Evening With... (2010)

Artist: The Clippers
Album: An Evening With...
Release: 2010
Label: Topshelf Records

1. Boku&Chevre
2. Wildflower
3. Quiet Confidence
4. Mature Women
5. Mulberry Cove

Minimal pop-rock with painfully catchy riffs and vocals that slay everything. The production on the vox is pretty high, and this might turn some off right away, but anyone who gives this release a chance is bound to love it. Plus its out on Topshelf Records, New England pride. Just saw these guys the other day at a friend's place, and they are even better live, so if you get a chance to see them, take it! (They are from Boston and play fairly often).



Sunday, June 3, 2012