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Debut LP from punk rock classical pianist raised on Rachmaninov and Lou Reed.
‘Feeling a little concerned,
I went to see a good good friend,
It was by her curtain
that I started to go round that bend’
..so Bristolian singer-songwriter Jonny Velon recounts on lead track ‘The White Rabbit’ as an insistent piano riff reminiscent of Ben Folds Five pulls us along and Jonny steps through the looking glass.Our journey begins..
Over the next eight tracks (eleven on the cd) he ventures across a lush earworm-infested terrain trying to make sense of his life and his surroundings in the midst of mental breakdown.
It’s a fascinating ride with any number of different drivers at the controls including ‘Arc of a Diver’- era Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie (be-suited crooner version) and a largely forgotten 70s songwriter, Murray Head whose 1975 album ‘Say It Ain’t So’ this record could easily be twinned with. In fact we pass through so many countries that you wonder if Michael Palin might be driving.
There’s funky tropical horns all over the place, especially on ‘I Am Always Me’; the transcendental Indian influences of ‘The White City’; a heat haze shimmering intro to ‘Travelling’ that could have fallen straight off the cult film ‘Baraka’ and back in Blighty piano traffic jams rocking ‘The Cambridge Squeeze’.
At every turn there’s another turn as Jonny and an array of talented musicians twist in and out of musical styles, all woven seamlessly into his own autobiographical prog diary.
Imagine a store where both Field Music and Steve Reich might like to shop and there’s a good chance you’ll find Mr Velon trying on a few syncopated rhythms in the changing room. If music is a personal statement, here is his and ten years on from that day in his friend’s room at Cambridge University where life took an unexpected turn he’s now rounded the corner back onto the straight and is clearing all the life fences with ease. Go Jonny go !
"At times reminiscent of Roxy Music, and at others David Bowie and Steve Winwood.. a varied, inventive, album rammed with emotional triggers and a genuine depth" Whisperin & Hollerin
1. The White Rabbit
2. I Am Always Me
3. The White City
4. Overwhelming Stillness
1. Goodness Flows
2. The Cambridge Squeeze
4. High As A Kite
1. The White Rabbit
2. The Cambridge Squeeze
3. I Am Always Me
4. The White City
5. Overwhelming Stillness
6. Goodness Flows
7. Heart & Mind
9. A Green Lesson
10. High As A Kite
Vinyl includes free download code with 3 additional tracks
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Limited edition 'cassingle' from the album 'I Remember'
Unrequited love. Madonna.
This isn’t actually a song about un-requited love for Madonna. Her Madgesty did however have a role to play. Simon, singer of London noise pop 3-piece Bromide explains..
“Rewind to the early ‘90s. I think it was midweek.. probably about 9pm ? I was on my way home in a cab - which in itself was unusual. Where did I get the money ? Was there a tube strike ? Anyway the urge suddenly overtook me to find out once and for all if there was anything more to a long-standing friendship with my friend Clare. I knew we were quite close to her flat in Westbourne Grove so I asked the cabbie to change direction.
Rang the buzzer. Flatmate says she’s in the bath. Oh gawd.. I go in and wait. It feels like I’m at the Doctor’s.. Clare appears and breaks the news to me that whatever it is that has brought me here will have to wait as.. Madonna is about to be interviewed on TV by Jonathon Ross. What ?? Really.. Noww ?? How come I didn’t know about this Amazingly Important Fact ? And yes, yes of course I can wait a bit longer. It really is no problem !
After about an hour including adverts, I finally get my chance to speak.. 'I, ahem, err… think that I, cough, err, y’know err.. Love.. You..' I splutter with a kind of question mark phrasing. She says ‘I thought you were going to say that’..and we’ve been great friends ever since.
Sometimes you know you know but you still just have to actually y’know.. Know.
B-side, I Don’t Want To Get Over You, is a Stephen Merritt gem from Magnetic Fields ‘69 Love Songs’. Both tracks from Bromide album ‘I Remember’ produced by Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, MBV).
“Fantastic!” Gideon Coe BBC6 Music
“Like Teenage Fanclub on speed” RockClubUK
"Glorious Bromide single that gleefully resurrects the 90s with a Lemonheads-meets-Teenage Fanclub embrace"' Kara Manning WFUV New York
Tracklisting:Release date 21st October 2016
1. Mr. Ciccone's Daughter
2. I Don't Want To Get Over You
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Third helping from ‘One-man art-pop prankster’ Alvin Spetz. Alvin Spetz is also the maverick singer-songwiter responsible for two of the most eccentric and original albums of the last 6 or 7 years.
Released under the moniker of Full English Breakfast, his self-titled debut and follow up ‘Candy In Weightlessness’ earned rave reviews from broadsheets to blogs. Now album No.3 ‘The Mixtape of Things’ is ready and Spetz likewise is moving on up through the daily nutritional cycle and this time will be known as ‘That Will Be Lunch’.
Alvin’s new mixtape is full of songs, some only just scraping past 30 seconds, that one moment remind you of children’s TV theme tunes and the next sound like they might be playing in an industrial discotheque from the future. In this unsettling but always playful landscape you’re almost half-expecting the whimsical paen to the snacks marketing division at Waitrose when it arrives in the shape of ‘The Campaign for Plain Nuts’.
Nestled amongst all the strangeness is an inspired cover of Talking Heads classic ‘One in a Lifetime’. Spetz has delved deep into the DNA of this ground-breaking track and extracted what can only be described as ‘previously unseen footage’. Like an inquisitive kid he’s taken the engine apart without a hope in hell of ever putting it back together again in the correct order. But this hasn’t stopped him re-assembling it.
Spetz discovered music while studying at Aberdeen university in the 80s. Inspired by the fledgling indie sounds of Edwyn Collins, The Fall, Josef K and The Pop Group, he embarked on a journey that’s included nascent recordings with members of The Shamen, dabbling with Sufism and the tabloids hounding him as a result, burning everything he’s ever recorded (several times) and playing one gig. Ever. In Belgium.
£13.99‘Darkly comic and melodic little songs for your horror and amusement’ In 2010, after 5 years writhing and screaming in cabaret/rock band Hooverville, Joey Herzfeld strapped on an accordion and gathered together an impressive array of so-called friends to deliver his nasty but melodic little ditties with a more acoustic lineup. ‘..Are Watching You’ is their debut album, a collection of dark and funny tales of hangings, heartbreak, stalkers and lechers all interspersed with foot-stomping instrumentals.Visit product page →
Highlights include "Great Again", the story of a failed writer with lofty intentions stalking a famous novelist, "Maggie Dickson", where a woman somehow survives hanging, then sets up a thriving pub overlooking the gallows, and "Cracks", a surprisingly swinging take on modern hermitism whose apocalyptic finale gives the band full licence to let rip.
Joey has long been something of an anomaly in the North London music scene, honing traditional song-craft while playing with more experimental musicians. So here amidst the rye banjo licks and folk fiddle we find the best and brightest of the Stoke Newington / Walthamstow avant garde.
There are cheery clarinet tootlings from Alex Ward, best known for his boundary shredding free improv and noise rock, anchored double bass and keys from Santiago Horro and Luke Barlow, both members of ear-melting math rock band Nought, and springy drums from Jem Doulton of the Thurston Moore Band and Roisin Murphy.
All of the above have been playing challenging and unpredictable music together for years in every conceivable combination, but here rub shoulders with players from more grounded folk traditions. So, if pithy twisted storytelling accompanied by a circus of wheezing accordion, twanging banjo, gypsy fiddle, wailing clarinet plus an occasional smattering of surf guitar, toy piano, spooky organ, musical saw, glockenspiel, mandolin, ukulele, scronking sax, scrap metal and cutlery (breathe..) intrigues your musical palate, please take a seat at the ringside..
‘Their extraordinarily different sound, great musicianship and stage presence alienated half the crowd and transfixed the rest. Were they mental or brave musical pioneers?’ The Londonist
‘Circus sideshow malarkey’ Drowned in Sound
‘Intriguing fare’ NME
1. Great Again
4. Half -Hanged Maggie Dickson
5. Girl Won't You Dance?
6. Charge of the Centipedes
7. Life in the city
8. Secret Admirer
13. End of the Set
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New single Limited edition cassette on Scratchy.
Music. What is it good for ? Maybe music starts where words finish.
We spend our lives absorbed by thoughts, experiences, emotions. Sometimes we can translate these into words, sometimes we need something more. Something.. other. We need sound.
Sound hotwires us direct to the soul. There are no diversions, no double meanings. There is only the purity of sound. Over a lifetime we become a living record of these sounds, a collection of sensory triggers that will transport us back in time to moments of joy, despair and everything in between.
‘I Remember’ is a collage of some of these moments. Of dancing with joy just because, of feeling the clouds draw in on a relationship, of becoming aware of music, of love. And ultimately of the realisation that there is no answer and all the roads are yellow bricked. As the song says..‘we’re just painting the bruises of our heads against the wall’.
The single is the title track from Bromide’s new album ‘I Remember’ produced by legendary producer Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, MBV). It comes with two unreleased tracks – ‘Lovely New York’ an acoustic cover of a song by the late Tarka Cordell, former school bandmate of Bromide singer Simon Berridge and ‘Treasure Map’ the demo version of a track from previous Bromide album ‘Some Electric Sometime’.
1. I Remember
2. Lovely New York
3. Treasure Map (Demo)
"Bromide mix the best bits of The Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr replete with melancholic melodies and J Mascis-ish guitar lines" Vive Le Rock
"‘I Remember’ is a brisk, snappy affair, which combines super-melodicism with athletic, abrasive guitars. Berridge’s confessional lyrics pull off the double feat of being both refreshingly down-to-earth and also angular at the same time" pennyblackmusic.co.uk
Release date: 14th august 2015
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First release for the electric band line-up since 1998
London band Bromide’s new album ‘I Remember’ is a nostalgic rollercoaster ride round the icons of scuffed up fuzzy guitar pop. There’s nods to 80s hardcore heroes Husker Du, the yearning melodies of Teenage Fanclub, the gymnastic pop/rock straddling of The Only Ones and even mid-70s Top of the Popster Steve Harley gets a look in on lead track ‘Wheels’.
Elsewhere there are encounters with rediscovered jazz legends and whimsical buskers ‘Henry Grimes’, the tale of a teenage quest for the seeds of flower power ‘Lion Tamer’s Jacket’ and in the title track ‘I Remember’ an array or early musical memories assembled in a dream sequence show and tell. Magnetic Fields get a good going over as well with a Les Paul friendly re-working of their classic 'I don't want to get over you'.
At the helm is legendary producer Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, MBV) dispensing an economy to proceedings that’s got Robert Pollard checking his stopwatch.
Bromide are - Simon Berridge (Guitar/Vocals), Ed Lush (Drums) and Hugo Wilkinson (Bass/Backing vocals)
“Romping, indie-pop blast that recalls the heyday of The Only Ones” The Times
“Like an ultra loud cross between Dinosaur Jr and The Lemonheads” Kerrang
"If Husker Du were Neil Young’s backing band.." Vis the Spoon (Promoter)
2. Gravity Glue
3. Hotwired To My Memories
4. Saddest Thing (That Didn't Matter In The World)
5. Henry Grimes
6. Mr. Ciccone's Daughter
7. I Don't Want To Get Over You
8. 2 Front Teeth
9. Lion Tamer's Jacket
10. I Remember
Release date: 26th January 2015
£8.99Indie-glam-rocking stormer from Mr Cola and eye-linered cohortsVisit product page →
‘This is glam pop at its best” - The Quietus
“This was my introduction to Jonny Cola And The A Grades. It’s left me intrigued, a little baffled and relieved that there are still young bands out there with the ambition to aim for the stars and the talent to succeed for the most part. Most bands that I love are doomed to die in obscurity and poverty. Just this once people, prove me wrong. They deserve better” louderthanwar
"Thinking man's glam ... the swirling coolness of Bowie teetering on the brink of Queen over-the-top theatrics" Vive le Rock
"With [Spitfire], the A-Grades have effortlessly succeeded in taking everything that makes them such a great band and wrapping it up into 45 minutes of glam-pop bliss" pure rawk
1. In The Woods
2. Tropical Beach
3. Straight To Video
4. Rain Stopped Play
5. Blow Up
6. Going Over
10. Out Of The Woods
Release date: 9th September 2013
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"Lush, largely instrumental, cut-up music that tweaks memories of everyone from Yello and Stereolab to Denim.. Spetz’s restless imagination wins the day.” Uncut
“It is sweetness and it is light and it is 42 minutes and 37 seconds worth of moon age confectionery for our modern times” godisinthetv
“Breathtakingly brilliant” pennyblackmusic
“Breakbeats, samba, stolen dubstep basslines and crunching rock riffs.. With the colour of music currently a dull beige (Mumford/Adele/ Sande et al), artists who put 2 and 2 together and come up with anything but 4 are needed now more than ever, add spetz to the list of beautiful outsiders.” 8.6/10 withguitars
2. Second Hand Poet
3. Open Your Mind
4. 3 Before A
5. Ivor’s Noodles
7. Music For Giftshops
8. Ice 9
9. Thought Bubbles
Release date: 3rd December 2012
£5.99Bromide returns to the studio for fourth album with producer Nigel of Bermondsey facilitating.Visit product page →
"Musically upbeat, but lyrically bruised fabulous first studio album in fifteen years from Bromide.. captures the momentary nature of life, and does so magnificently" pennyblackmusic
“Bromide’s songs have a relaxed storytelling style, they’re not in a hurry to impress, happy to await their election into the hall of fame.. They exist in the margins where all the interesting notes are made.” americana-uk
“Simon Berridge's voice is as strong as ever, with the songwriter only gaining in sound and fury” clashmusic
“An album to cherish.. ‘Small Rewards’ has an infectious pop feel to it that radio stations the country over should playlist" amusicalpriority
1. Broken Record
2. Hat to the Ride
3. Small Rewards
4. The View in Winter
5. Tightrope Act
6. Nikki Sudden
7. Nothing’s Going In
8. Treasure Map
10. We are Reflective
11. Arrangements for a Wedding
Release date: 9th July 2012
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“ ‘All the young dudes’ with the slick rhythms of Blondie.. you’ll be waving a feather boa over your head and grinning like a muppet” Artrocker
"Perfectly crafted POP! complete with falsetto “oo”s in the chorus, like every pop classic should have.. catchy as hell” godisinthetv
“The angular Mr Cola and his A-Grades return with new EP which showcases their refreshing mix of “Oxfam glam” and astute social commentary, imagine if Suede had read Marx(Groucho and Karl)” Von Pip Musical Express
1. Postcode Wars
2. Alpha Male
3. Summer Of Hate
4. If I Leave You Sitting In The Dark (Just Let Me Know)
Release date: 27th june 2011
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'Unique and totally mesmirising, this is an album which proves difficult to turn off’ Maverick
‘Taking obvious cues from Cat Stevens from start to finish Matthew Neel has successfully set himself apart from the crowd on this far-reaching debut album and has clearly worked hard to redeem the title of the singer/songwriter’ Bearded Magazine
‘Snappy lyricism and black heart.. a competent and assured debut that promises much for the future’ americana-UK
'An interesting voice; at times like a jaunty Phil Ochs.. some fine and pretty moments' Bucketful of Brains
'Recalls Ray Davies's finest cynical hours.. a series of unflinching meditations on oblivion' Acoustic Magazine
1. That Is All
2. You Don't Belong Here
3. Over The Hills And Back Again
5. First World Blues
6. Well Anyway
7. Hey Citizen
8. A Little Peace
9. We Will Be Dreaming
10. Wise Up
11. Too High Hopes
Release date: 15th march 2010
£8.99Critically acclaimed artpop debut from mysterious curtain twitcher Alvine SpetzVisit product page →
A highly eccentric but thoroughly engaging electronic/art-pop debut that aligns him with The Fall, Denim and Frank Zappa” Uncut
“The fine and unfathomably funky Full English Breakfast.. If Beefheart had a surreal senior moment and reformed his Magic Band to perform S Club 7 covers, it might sound something like this” The Guardian
“One-man art-pop prankster.. this year’s cult model” Mojo
“Pulls together the sound of The Fall, Edwyn Collins, Devo and Wire.. seriously good” **** Sunday Times
“Fall-like panache” Artrocker
1. Full English Breakfast
2. Cuban Hotel
3. Song For A Nut
4. Cake Stand
5. Shift Key Noodles
7. The Cord
8. Fish Tank Bubbles[Shining On]
9. Winder Kills The Clock.
10. It's Good/ It's Gone
11. The Cleansing Of Rock And Roll
Release date: 3rd August 2009
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The Rocks ‘lost’ 2nd album finally gets a UK release.. Sounding like a mutant Iggy Pop / Brett Anderson hybrid fronting late ‘70s heroes The Only Ones, the legendary South London stage botherers follow up their 2004 debut with a collection of molten punk/pop classics. Previously only available in europe.“A huge dose of exciting rock’n’roll” Artrocker
1. Letter To The Frontline
2. The Game Is Up
6. On The Roof
7. Kickin The Teeth
8. Call Out The Changes
9. Night Of The Long Knives
10. Out Of The Blue
11. Time To Leave
12. I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar
13. Heartbreak City
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Celestial debut from the post-space-rock laboratory
“From a slow burning, intensifying, building crescendo of noise that is opening track ‘Dust Bowl’ through to the following 13 tracks, this is an album of imagination, brilliant invention and noise landscapes designed to intrigue and titillate.. will be whispered as a favourite influence for years to come" ***** subba-cultcha
"Big brawny electronica laid over fuzzed-out trip hop beats.. ideal for drifting off in the early hours" Plan b
"Dense astral guitars.. a killer groovy bass.. large cracks and thuds that spray up vapour into the air.. set aside some time, some attention, and get stuck in" thelineofbestfit“A convincing set of guitar-heavy soundscapes” Uncut
1. Dust Bowl
2. Phantom Power
4. Circle the Wagons
5. Smoke & Mirrors
7. Specialist is Looming
8. Banshees v Bulldozers
10. Flood Plain
11. Old Man & the Sea
12. Seven Pillars
14. Santa Stops Here
Release date: August 2008
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Bromide’s home recordings scrapbook from the noughties, produced by Ed and Matt Spork
“Ultra-catchy, jangly acoustic pop that reminds you of Lloyd Cole, Teenage Fanclub or American Music Club” soundsxp
“Memorable slices of acoustic whimsy.. CK bottles nostalgia while the effortless sounding Xwhere could have been conjured up by the underrated Mojave 3” Q magazine“An off-kilter look at the traumas, troubles, and triumphs of love Berridge has an air of a man at ease with his emotions, able to take the hits and still come back fighting for more. ‘Looking For Aliens’ would have even the most depressed student up on the dancefloor stretching their drainpipes.. whilst his take on GBV’s ‘Game Of Pricks’ is worthy of the old dogs themselves.” americana-uk
1. Looking For Aliens
2. Dipped Chopper Drive
4. Bad Wine
5. White Blood
7. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being
8. Game Of Pricks
9. Inhaling The Fumes
Release date: August 2008
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Fiery debut from one of London’s most exciting and notoriously shambolic bands
‘If The Strokes were fronted by a massive score of drugs that make you go Raaargh they’d probably sound as anthemic as this’ The Fly
‘Great name, great band. Drawing on influences from The New York Dolls to The Ramones to The Make Up, The Rocks unleash an explosive debut album’ Music Week
‘The influence of the Clash is writ large on the group's rhythm-driven rock.. A lucky bag of very live and alive-sounding treats’ The Observer‘Mix of blazing guitars, shiny pop melodies and the kind of screaming normally reserved for teen slasher movies’ The Guardian
1. Eyes Wide Open
2. Can You Hear Me?
3. We Got It
4. North London
5. Save The Wolf
6. I Won't Need You When You're Dead
8. Everybody In The Place
10. What Have You Done
12. The Bomb
Release date: August 2004
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‘Think The Clash being eaten by lions. Brilliant’ Rocksound
‘A stroppy, Britpoppy garage rock blast, vocalist James Taylor howls like a man in dire need of a Strepsil. Which is good.’ NME
1. Can You Hear Me ?
2. It’s Really Bad
3. Everybody In The Place (Live)
Release date: July 2004 (originally also released on hand stamped 7 inch vinyl SR 00017)
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Compilation of The Rocks’ first three singles on ScratchyThe Rocks were part of a vibrant early noughties live music scene in London energised by the tidal wave of new music from the States that included The Strokes, White Stripes, Interpol and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their gigs would elasticate from chaos to genius sometimes within a single song.. if they managed to get to the end of it. Given their appetite for destruction maybe it was inevitable that their debut album proper ‘Asking For Trouble’ would end up in the shadow of their myth - this early snapshot however captures a band who were having too much fun to care what the future might hold..
1. Everybody In The Place
2. We Got It
4. I Won't Need You When You're Dead
5. Save The Wolf
7. The Bomb
Release date: April 2004 (previously only available in Europe)
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