brody & quint – 20 Feet Beneat the Sea

brody & quint serve up an intriguing folk-pop mix, which they’ve been taking to audiences in London and beyond this year.

The engaging vocals of Rosemary Harrison, with harmony and occasional lead from Mark Barlow, are supported by delicate guitar picking and the cello of Jess Cox. From the soaring chorus of Roses to the wistful meandering of The Frozen Frame, the band keep it deceptively simple, at times sparce and always intimate and moving, a formula which has seen them gain airplay on SBN and Sound Radio and a spot on Nomad AM Records compilation One.

The 20 Feet Beneath the Sea taster cd has garnered many positive reviews which can be found on the brody & quint web site

Brand Violet – Voodoo

Voodoo Brand Violet have been kicking around the London indie scene for several years now, leaving some of us wondering how it is possible for this band to have remained such a well-kept secret for so long.

It seems that the word is starting to spread, and the release of the Voodoo single ahead of the band’s debut album Retrovision Coma USA confirm that this is a band to watch.

Having seen them live, it’s hard to imagine how anyone could capture the slow-burning energy, power and pure sexual tension of vocalist Sally-Anne Marsh and the band’s impossibly self-contained atom-bomb-in-a-biscuit-tin sound. Voodoo, like Alien Hive Theme before it, comes close.

Making comparisons is a poor and lazy journalist’s way out of doing any work, but I’d file Brand Violet somewhere amongst Man Or Astro Man, Blondie, The Pixies and possibly the Cardigans at their naughtiest and most interesting. Suffice it to say Voodoo would fill the floors of clubs and BDSM clubs alike, with both audiences equally confused and equally enthralled.

LOGO Magazine seems intent on tipping Brand Violet for future success and a bright light in the vanilla-flavoured UK musical soundscape of 2004, and I’m pleased to join them.

Brand Violet / Voodoo’s appeal, and brilliance, lies in the easy reference points that make the band accessible — great for lazy journalists — contrasted against a sound, when those reference points are melted together, that is simply unmistakable.

Do Voodoo!

— JdP

Reviewer: Juan dos Passos

Related Link: Official Band site

The Earlies!

Their album, These Were The Earlies will be released on 12 July 2004 through 679. They will be playing here live next month:

  • 12 July – Goodnight Club, Burnley
  • 14 July – Eat Your Own Ears night @ The ICA, London
  • 15 July – Band On The Wall, Manchester
  • 16 July – King Tut’s, Glasgow
  • 20 July – XFM Xposures special @ Barfly, London

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The Earlies will also play the Green Man Festival in Wales in August.

Read on for more info on The Earlies… THE EARLIES

Produced on both sides of the Atlantic and with a palette of sounds almost as wide; The Earlies music combines layered vocals, imaginary instruments, and subtle electronics with manipulated performances from a well of exceptional musicians on the Burnley and Manchester underground.

“Oboes, cellos, Mercury Rev-esque psychedelia, a deft lyrical touch, a tune more gorgeously soothing than a head massage from Helena Christiansen and all shot through with spine-tingling slivers of electronica” – Guardian

Residing in Northern England and Western Texas the four Earlies geographical differences and individual styles were brought together by a love of the three B’s, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, and The Beatles. All get a gracious nod on The Earlies debut album “These Were The Earlies” alongside more obscure Psychedelic, Progressive, Leftfield Pop and Country influences. With their current single “The Devil’s Country” they’re more genre defying than ever before.

“The Devil’s Country sounds like nothing else around…there really doesn’t seem any point in trying to draw comparisons, because they are quite simply a law unto themselves. And for that you’ve just gotta love ’em” – DJ

The Earlies lovingly crafted music is the culmination of many years posting and emailing ideas back and forth. The successful honing of their chaotic ‘whoever’s available’ studio approach has recently seen The Earlies take on production duties for other artists under their Names On Records guise.

In the three years since The Earlies first started putting out their own music they’ve signed to Names records and BMG Publishing, gathering praise from an ever-widening spectrum of fans. NME said recently Rough Trade 7″ Morning Wonder is “a truly beautiful pop record… ‘Eight Miles High’ era Byrds trade super-heavy bong hits with a melodica-toting Augustus Pablo. God Bless you Earlies you are the bomb!”

The first two singles “Song For # 3” and “25 Easy Pieces” were similarly well received. “A gem of a record…..almost indescribably cool.” said the Fly. “Truly modern chill out music” said Muzik magazine.

The Earlies singles series continued with EP4 the first release on Names. EP4 was their most perfect blend of songs and instrumentals yet. The second EP “The Devil’s Country”, a companion piece to EP4, precedes the release of the highly awaited debut Album “These Were The Earlies” on July 12th 2004.

From those first chance meetings, in Texan record stores and Manchester studios, to their triumphant, football team sized, live shows The Earlies believe their “musically simple, sonically tricky” approach should always be entertaining. With more music, live shows, radio sessions and festival appearances on the way The Earlies plan to entertain for some time to come.

The Earlies are JM Lapham, Giles Hatton, Christian Madden and Brandon Carr.

Lee Hazelwood live dates

LEE HAZLEWOOD is back! One of the most important and influential figures of the past half century of popular music returns to London to headline the Royal Festival Hall in London as part of the Heroes & Villains festival, which aims to feature “artists who have consistently dedicated themselves to an area of song-writing and music production that is both up-close personal and outrageously ambitious”. LEE HAZLEWOOD will perform on AUGUST 4th 2004 You can book tickets through Other shows in the series feature Brian Wilson, Spiritualised, Badly Drawn Boy and Air.

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Opening the show that night will be very special guests MORCHEEBA, who will be making their worldwide debut with their new singer following the departure of Skye Edwards.

LEE HAZLEWOOD is arguably most widely known for his work with Nancy Sinatra (who coincidentally performs at the Royal Festival Hall in June as part of Morrissey’s Meltdown). He penned the legendary These Boots Were Made For Walking for her, and was also responsible for Some Velvet Morning, recently voted Greatest Duet Of All Time by the Daily Telegraph. His work as a producer, record company mogul, and writer with the likes of Duane Eddy, Frank Sinatra, The International Submarine Band (featuring Gram Parsons) and many, many more has led to his work being championed by a diverse range of artists, from Sonic Youth to Beck, from Jarvis Cocker to Primal Scream, from Polly Harvey to Bono. Over the course of a uniquely uncompromising career he has released a large number of solo albums, most recently For Every Problem There Is A Solution, a collection of previously unreleased recordings on City Slang Records. At the same time, a tribute album – featuring the likes of St Etienne, Evan Dando, Jarvis Cocker & Richard Hawley, Tindersticks and Kathryn Williams – was released, entitled Total Lee. EMI also recently released Poet Fool Or Bum and Back on The Street Again on CD for the first time.

Currently residing in the US, after spells in Sweden, Spain and Ireland, LEE HAZLEWOOD rarely steps into the spotlight, and this show is a one off before he continues work on what he promises will be his final album. A number of collaborations are currently planned but we won’t tempt fate by announcing them at this stage…

Lambchop announce New Single and UK Dates

LAMBCHOP have announced details of the first single to be taken from their two albums AWCMON/NOYOUCMON, released earlier this year. SOMETHING’S GOING ON (AND ON) – known in its original version as simply SOMETHING’S GOING ON – was included on AWCMON, but has been reworked especially for this release. Kurt Wagner has recorded a new vocal, this time backed by a choir, and the entire song has been remixed by Marky Nevers.

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LAMBCHOP have also confirmed three festival appearances during August, details of which follow below.

The CD single is backed by two previously unreleased tracks, January 17B and The Puppy & The Leaf. Both tracks were written at the same time as the songs on AWCMON/NOYOUCMON, and are included in live performances by the band of their soundtrack to the F. W. Murnau movie Sunrise. A European tour of the soundtrack performance is being lined up for the end of the year.

The 12″ features SOMETHING’S GOING ON and is backed with two radical reworkings of other album tracks. Rising stars Stratus – who release their new single Vapour in August, and their debut album Fear Of Magnetism in October, both on Klein – have revisited Low Ambition, whilst German hip hop crew and DJs Moabeat provide a very unusual take on I Hate Candy. (Anyone baffled by the remix (!) should revisit the closing minutes of LAMBCHOP’s last album, the extraordinary IS A WOMAN.)

Meanwhile, LAMBCHOP have lined up festival dates for the summer, including a special guest appearance at Zero 7’s Jazz Café picnic at Marble Hill House in Twickenham. They appear as follows:

  • August 14th – LEICESTER SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER, De Montfort Hall (Headline)
  • August 15th – JAZZ CAFÉ PICNIC, Twickenham
  • August 27th – GREENBELT FESTIVAL, Cheltenham Racecourse (Headline)

Big Ups

“Lushly realised and sweetly soulful stuff.” Time Out
“The group’s most complete work to date.” Uncut
“Strange and lovely.” The Guardian
“Witty, warm and wonderful.” Daily Mirror
“Lambchop have delivered that rare beast, the startling double.” NME
“Little short of astounding.” Record Collector
“A celebration of being Lambchop. Something worth celebrating.” Mojo
“C’mon, treat yourself.” i-D
“From it’s alternative country beginnings, Lambchop has morphed into something far grander – a lush orchestral act, one part Lee Hazlewood, one part Curtis Mayfield and one part John Barry”. Wallpaper

The Libertines new album and festival dates

New album, called The Libertines, due 30th August 2004
New single, Can’t Stand Me Now, arrives 9th August 2004
Plus summer festival appearances

The Libertines release their eagerly anticipated second album, entitled The Libertines, on August 30th through Rough Trade Records. The album will be preceded by a single Can’t Stand Me Now on 9th August. The single and album were produced by Mick Jones and engineered by Bill Price.

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The full tracklisting for the album is:

  • Can’t Stand Me Now
  • Last Post On The Bugle
  • Don’t Be Shy
  • The Man Who Would Be King
  • Music When The Lights Go Out
  • Narcissist
  • The Ha Ha Wall
  • Arbeit Macht Frei
  • Campaign Of Hate
  • What Katie Did
  • Tomblands
  • The Saga
  • Road To Ruin
  • What Became Of The Likely Lads

The band will perform at various festivals during the summer:

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  • July 10th Glasgow – T in the Park
  • July 11th Dublin – Oxygen Festival
  • August 28th Reading – Festival
  • August 29th Leeds – Festival

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The Libertines have released four singles to date; What A Waster (Top 40), Up The Bracket (Top 30), Time For Heroes and Don’t Look Back Into The Sun (Top 20). Peter Doherty has released two singles; For Lovers (with Wolfman), which entered the charts at No. 7 and a very limited edition single entitled Babyshambles. The Libertines debut album Up The Bracket was released in October 2002. Click on the images below to buy from Amazon UK.

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