Beans on Toast’s new album, “The Inevitable Train Wreck”, is something different for the cult songwriter - an upbeat, old-school rock ’n’ roll record about the worryingly bleak future of the human race, recorded solely on vintage, analogue equipment by Kitty and Lewis Durham.
Taking inspiration from musical icons such as Chuck Berry and Otis Redding, as well as modern thinkers like Noah Yuval Harari and Greta Thunberg, the album is a collaborative project between Beans and Lewis & Kitty Durham from the much-loved family band, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis.
Beans wrote the collection of songs and brought them to Lewis and Kitty, who then rewrote the music behind the lyrics and produced the record in their studio, “Durham Sound Studios”, changing the sound from acoustic folk to the wonderful piece of work we present to you today.
The intention of the project is probably best illustrated by the opening number, ‘World Gone Crazy’, a fast paced, classic rock ’n’ roll tune with lyrics that claim “On the brink of extinction in the age of anxiety everywhere you look is another catastrophe. ”Not one computer was used in the recording, mixing or mastering of the album, which is oddly fitting for “Saying Thank You to Robots”; a ska-tinged song about the rise of artificial intelligence.
Elsewhere on the album, you’ll find a blues number about the wars of the future, “Rich vs Poor”, and a Kinks style jam, “Extinction No.6”, about the worries faced by new parents leaving a wrecked planet for their children.
The album has an overarching theme, but it’s by no means a concept album; it's simply a case of what’s been on Beans on Toast’s mind this year. There’s even a song about the day he lost Martin his faithful guitar and, of course, a love song about his muse and wife, Lizzy Bee.
The album closer, “On & On”, takes us back to a more familiar Beans sound - he's back on the acoustic guitar and back searching for hope with an optimistic smile.
Yes, these are troubled times we live in, so it’s more important now than ever to celebrate what we already know to be good.
“Life is ridiculous, it is hilarious, it can be dangerous and sometimes even tedious. But it’s resilient and it is beautiful and I believe in it. Long may it continue”.
Tracklisting: 1.World Gone Crazy 2.England, I Love You 3.Extinction No.6 4.Saying Thank You to Robots 5.Rich vs Poor 6.Logic Bomb 7.Mountains 8.Lost Poetry Department 9.Take Your Shit Home with You 10.Truth Be Told 11.On & On
“With “Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police’ I am continuing the project that I started last year with my “Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John” album. I hope to continue to go deep into covering artists that were important to me in my formative years. The songs I’ve chosen seem to resonate in the present moment.
“Rehumanize Yourself”, “Landlord”, and “Murder By Numbers” explore ugly kinds of nationalism, abuses of power, and the mendacity of large swaths of the ruling class. And then there are the timeless, relatable psychodramas: “Every Breath You Take”, “Can’t Stand Losing You”, “Canary In A Coalmine”.
In the Police, each player’s style was so distinctive, accomplished and unique that I didn’t even attempt to match any of it; for anyone to try and play drums like Stewart Copeland would be a thankless, pointless task that is bound to fail.
Instead, I simplified and deconstructed, playing a lot of the drums myself, in my rudimentary, caveman style. Chris Anzalone (Roomful Of Blues) played the rest of the drums. Ed Valauskas (the Gravel Pit) and I each played about half of the bass parts, while I did all the guitars and keyboards.
I listened to a lot of the Police when I was preparing and making this album, and their recordings are as refreshing and exciting as ever. I hope that my interpretations of these songs can inspire people to keep loving the Police like I did, and still do.” -Juliana Hatfield.
Tracklisting: 1. Can't Stand Losing You 2. Canary In A Coalmine 3. Next To You 4. Hungry For You (J'aurais Toujours Faim De Toi) 5. Roxanne 6. Every Breath You Take 7. Hole In My Life 8. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da 9. Murder By Numbers 10. Landlord 11. Rehumanize Yourself 12. It's Alright For You
Signed by Pete Way - Limited edition on white vinyl, numbered and with an embossed sleeve. Only 500 copies worldwide.
The CD is signed by Pete Way (not numbered).
Reissue of the solo album from 2000 by the UFO legend.
Pete Way is currectly touring with his new outfit – The Pete Way Band.
Tracklisting: 1. That's Tuff 2. Hangin' Around 3. Fooled Again 4. American Kid (What A Shame) 5. Hole 6. Hole 2 7. Crazy 8. Hand to Hold 9. That's Tuff (Demo Version) 10. Fooled Again (Demo Version) 11. American Kid (What a Shame) (Demo Version)
At The Dojo Records will be releasing Fu Manchu’s complete incendiary performance at the 2003 edition of the Roadburn Festival Netherlands on limited edition LP and CD.
The band recently unearthed the original professional recordings that were taken direct from the soundboard and had them specifically mastered for this release.
Scott Hill, lead vocals/guitar of Fu Manchu comments: "Playing Roadburn back in 2003 was a blast! It was the year before we put out "Start The Machine” and we played a couple of songs from it live for the first time on that tour.
One of the songs that’s on this live record, “I Wanna Be,” is a different arrangement than what ended up on the final studio release. We're stoked that the show was recorded and that people will get to hear it.
Always a good time playing at Roadburn!"
This is a legendary Fu set including classics “Squash That Fly,” “Hell On Wheels,” “Boogie Van” and “King Of The Road.”
Tracklisting: 1.Squash That Fly 2.Hell On Wheels 3.Eatin’ Dust 4.Laserbl’ast! 5.I Wanna Be 6.Boogie Van 7.King Of The Road 8.Written In Stone 9.Saturn III