New Album & Single from The Horrors

Fantastic news from The Horrors camp.  Yesterday evening they took everyone by surprise (most of all me!) with news of a new album, Skying, to be released on July 11.

Like this wasn’t enough to get us excited? They also unveiled the first single from the record, ‘Still Life’. The swaggering psychedelic shoegaze is retained but with less anger and darkness. An uplifting, warm and inspirational vibe is preferred with beautiful trumpets and super synths all working so, so well.

One can’t help but feel the warmth from this track and heavily reminiscent of Screamadelica era Primal Scream or Death In Vegas in their pomp!

The Horrors stunned music fans with the superb Primary Colours in 2009, after a largely poor and over-hyped debut. For some the jury may still have been out but on this early evidence album number three looks as though it may cast their rep in stone.   

That’s my two cents worth, what’s your verdict?

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The Horrors – Still Life via 1FTP

And here’s one they made earlier.

The Horrors – Scarlet Fields via Thorp5

King Tuff & The Hex Dispensers Split 7″

King Tuff is the brainchild of Kyle Thomas, lead vocalist of the J Mascis side project Witch and  Feathers. A musical oddity to say the least, apparently this project began life as something of a parody.

Whatever the case he’s got a certain penchant for resurrecting ’70s glam, garage rock groove, with great style it must be said. ‘Hands’ is a case in point, wrapped in upbeat sunny rock riffs, it is the newest entry in Scion’s A/V Garage 7 inch split series along with The Hex Dispensers‘ Ramones-eque ‘Agatha’s Antlers’.

The occasion also presents the opportunity to share ‘Kind of Guy’, a real gem smothered in Them era Van Morrison aesthetics which was lurking over on the ever incredible Red Threat. Check it!

You can stream and download this King Tuff/The Hex Dispensers split for FREE below.

Download: King Tuff – Hands

Download: The Hex Dispensers – Agatha’s Antlers

via ScionAV

Mp3: King Tuff – Kind of Guy via Red Threat

Edwin Congreave (Foals) – A Slutty Fringe Mix

This is another one which fell by the wayside when my modem died last week, better late than never yeah?

Last Friday night Edwin Congreave from Foals played a ‘Slutty Fringe‘ show in The Old Queen’s Head in Islington, London. For the occasion Congreave put together a mix for Slutty Fringe’s mixtape series. Showcasing what he’s all about, it is an excellent mix of disco, indie and electronica with exemplary track selection and flawless flow.

This is just the ticket to banish those Monday blues. Download/Tracklisting after the jump.

Download: Edwin Congreave (Foals) – A Slutty Fringe Mix

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Ginola & Turning Down Sex Split Cassette

I had intended posting this last week but the death of my modem put an end to that, unsurprisingly it’s quite difficult to keep a blog going with out an internet connection. I popped along to the launch of  It’s A Disagreeable Thing To Be Whipped upstairs in Whelan’s on Saturday night and it didn’t disappoint. Ginola deserve particular praise for what was a scintillating performance, it’s always a plus when a band you’ve been looking out for don’t let you down. Enough chatter, here’s the piece meant for last week, hopefully the blog will be firing on all cylinders soon.  

Ginola and Turning Down Sex have joined forces with Quarter Inch Collective for a new split cassette, It’s A Disagreeable Thing To Be Whipped. The split release is a loud and noisy 25 minute fusion of punk and hardcore. 

We met Ginola last year with double a-side You Never Met Someone Like Me. This time they weigh in with a further seven tracks of feisty shout-a-long garage punk, think Double Dagger meets Zero Boys. Meanwhile Turning Down Sex deliver six tracks of highly charged hardcore punk, all of which are new to me.

The Quarter Inch Collective has been a great addition to Irish music. Since I took up this blogging malarkey they have outdone themselves with a number of quality releases including the superb Quompilation #1. Fear not, this release is of an equally high standard and has had me captivated the past week and driven the neighbors demented no doubt.

There’s a few tasters below, you can stream It’s A Disagreeable Thing To Be Whipped in full over on the Quarter Inch Collective siteIt is limited to 100 copies on cassette but can be downloaded via bandcamp too.

Ginola – Dark & Handsome Ginola – Thruster

 Turning Down Sex – Come And Get Your Dinner, Simon Bird

 Turning Down Sex – What In The World Is Your Blood

Ciaran Lenehan – ‘It’s Never Too Late’ EP

The past year has seen Dubliner Ciaran Lenehan earning his stripes on the live circuit, sharing the bill with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Frank Turner and Joe Echo. Now with skills honed, he’s recorded debut EP It’s Never Too Late, enlisting the assistance of good friends Ste Devine, Kev Behan and Brian Kennedy.

The 3-track EP highlights Lenehan’s obvious penchant for storytelling, which along with his elegant and eloquent songs provides a charming insight into the ideas and personality of one man.

He opens proceedings with the catchy, upbeat and joyful ‘Too Late’, which is brimming with memorable sing-a-long moments. ‘You Stole Today’ is a powerful and emotive number, akin to Seize The Day era Damien Dempsey perhaps, while ‘Wake Me Up’ is of a much more slow burner building all the while to an epic finale.

Ciaran Lenehan is a songwriter to be reckoned with; simple, assured and engaging. Most importantly he has the talent to make wonderful stories into fantastic songs.

It’s Never Too Late is out this Friday May 20th w/ the launch in The Lower Deck, Portebello, the same day at 8pm (€7 entry includes copy of the EP!). Support from Ciara Ashmore.

Ciaran Lenehan – You Stole Today

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Gruff Rhys ‘They Shoot Music’ Session

If you’re already a fan of Gruff Rhys then you’ve probably picked up his wonderful latest solo album Hotel Shampoo, you’ve heard the heartwarming ‘Shark Ridden Waters’ and ‘If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)’. If not, no need to worry, there is plenty of time to.

While in Vienna earlier in the year the Super Furry Animals frontman met up with They Shoot Music to film an intimate session. On one of the first sunny days in early spring Gruff played beautiful acoustic versions of ‘Shark Ridden Waters’ on the picturesque Minoritenplatz and ‘If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)’ in a Viennese park.

Gruff truly is one of the most talented and eccentric musicians in the world today (who carries around a life jacket?). It his embracing of these oddities which make his music warm, charming and touching.

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Ganglians – Jungle

Sacramento’s Ganglians are set to release a double LP, Still Living, in August.

The 4-piece psych-rockers avoided my gaze until now, strange as they’ve apparently been prolific with releases if relatively quiet in the past two years. Regardless of this immaterial tangent, ‘Jungle’ heralds their return. It is a jangly hook ridden number, choc-a-bloc with wonderful chord shifts, complimentary drums and sing-a-long choruses.

If this is indicative of the quality we can expect from Still Living we are in for a hell of a treat.

‘Jungle’ is taken from the forthcoming Still Living, out 29th August 2011 via Souterrain Transmissions.

Download: Ganglians – Jungle