Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Today is a momentous day, for I think it may well be the first and possibly only time where the writing of someone wearing a t-shirt they got free for taking part in a pub crawl is featured on the Manchester Fashion Network website!

Click here to read my interview with the lovely Travelling Band, whose album "Under The Pavement" is available on spotify and I would recommend it for sunny day listening.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Book your face...

The Indelicates (who i have mentioned more on this blog than any other band) have done a very fancy thing. They've released a social single! Essentially, you're free to stream the single as many times as you want, as long as you invite at least 5 facebook friends to listen to it as well. It's genius really, especially at a time when bands keep complaining that the internet is their enemy (DE Bill anyone?)

Here's a link so you can do your thing and listen to their new single "Savages". Needless to say it's very good, tuneful pop music with quotable lyrics that, were teenagers to embrace grumpy indie, would be plastered over a thousand MSN screen names and facebook updates. Superb.


The Indelicates album is now available for as much as you want to pay here

The album is, for my money, better than American Demo (also available at the Corporate Records site) with more folkier numbers but still the perfect amount of guts and bile in the lyrics. "Be Afraid Of Your Parents" is ALREADY a classic in my eyes (and ears).


Hey everyone, I've been a bad blogger lately and I apologise. Here's some music things that I've been paying attention to lately.

Borland (myspace link and new-born twitter page link, you social network dah-lings) came in to Chorley FM (I should use this blog to promote my show more. Wednesdays 8 til 10) and did a very nice session on the Flat Iron Show.
These guys are fast becoming my favourite local band. Not just because they're gents or because interesting electronic music is quite rare in Manchester- most local bands opt for by the numbers dance- but because they are CRAZY productive. Last year they released their Octopop EP (available on iTunes, folks) which might just be my most-played EP since 'Sissy Hits' and then by December they had released House.

According to them, House has mistakes, technical faults and was written and recorded shockingly quickly, though part of me thinks that adds to the charm. When electronica mixes with live instrumentation their should be slight imperfections, it makes what could be faceless robotmusic feel warmer if you ask me.

And now apparently they have a trilogy of EPs AND an album due to come out soon. Not to mention an EP of live material. They have a constant stream of new material that veers from post-rock with glitch touches ("Sunday Sunshines" for examples), to full on synthesiser wailing ("Crystal Handshake") and it's all interesting. What's not to love? Let's hope where they lead, other artists in Manchester electro scene follow.