Old Floyd, Yeahs in China and much more

I’ve been away, but now I am back. I have a massive box of CD’s to review and mail account bursting at the seams with links and announcements. Better crack on I suppose..

Pink Floyd hit a little legal problem with the 40th anniversary edition of ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”. The booklet has a page just reading “This particular page has been left blank for legal reasons”, as they couldn’t get clearance for an image included in a collage by Syd. Not sure why you’d bother putting that in when you could just go on to the next collage? Anyway the high lords of prog have bundled a three CD reissue, one in stereo, one in mono and one with all the 1967 singles, some B-sides and previously unreleased versions of songs, with a little booklet containing some previously unseen notebooks from the late Syd Barrett.
The track listings are as follows for CD 1 and 2 (the stereo/mono versions of the same album remember):

1. Astronomy Domine
2. Lucifer Sam
3. Matilda Mother
4. Flaming
5. Pow R. Toc H.
6. Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk
7. Interstellar Overdrive
8. The Gnome
9. Chapter 24
10. The Scarecrow
11. Bike

While the bonus CD has the following,

1. Arnold Layne
2. Candy And A Currant Bun
3. See Emily Play
4. Apples And Oranges
5. Paintbox
6. Interstellar Overdrive (French Edit)
7. Apple And Oranges (stereo mix) Previously unissued
8. Matilda Mother (Alternative version) Previously unissued
9. Interstellar Overdrive (Take six) Previously unissued

Moving on now to something more recent. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing in China according to their MySpace blog at www.myspace.com/yeahyeahyeahs. Also, in case you missed it, the band’s Ep “Is Is”, err, is out now with its five videos, one for each track, co-directed by KK Barrett (Sofia Coppola films) and Lance Bangs (video director – Sonic Youth, Nirvana and producer of Director’s Cut series of DVDs – Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham. See them in the media section at www.yeahyeahyeahs.com.

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Northampton based band called Bruises, fronted by guitarist (ex-departure) Lee Irons, have a single being realeased by a small independant label as a 500 run limited edition 7″ vinyl, followed by a small uk tour.  Check www.myspace.com/wakeupwithbruises for details

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The Go! Team are going to release their new album ‘Proof of Youth’ on September 10th – it is all streamed from they MySpace page www.myspace.com/thegoteam – To help big it up they are playing 3 shows next week:

12 Sep 2007- Electric Ballroom – London
13 Sep 2007 – Ritz – Manchester
14 Sep 2007 – ABC – Glasgow, Scotland

Get tickets, Go see them, you won’t be dissappointed.

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Siouxsie Sioux is going to play the Eiffel Tower as part of a set of gigs by Coke (cue cries of SELL OUT!!, etc) to big up the soft brown drinksmongers unsigned bands thingy. No mention of Banshees but there will also be The Magic Numbers playing Frikirkjan Church in Reykjavik. In both cases the support acts will be unsigned acts from the aforementioned ‘unsigned band thingy’ (Yes, I can’t be bothered to look at the coke site and find out. If you are interested go there yourself and find out).

The (very good IMHO) DAB radio manufacturers PURE, along with Marshall Amplification, Planet Rock and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy are going to turn it up to 11 in October by having a charity auction, called RockStarRadios (www.rockstarradios.com). You can bid for special edition DAB digital radios signed by rock stars old and new. The donors are…

{deep breath} Bill Wyman, Graham Coxon, Ronnie James, Dio, Andy Powell, Trivium, Guy Pratt, Steve Wilson, The Answer, Scott Gorham, Jon Lord, Liam Gallagher, Sandi Thom, Joe Walsh, James Dean Bradfield, Annie Lennox, Biff Byford, Nicky Wire, Mark Ronson, Bob Catley, Paul Weller, John Legend, Thunder, Steve Cradock, Ronnie Wood, Ian Anderson, Jim Davies, Mark Knopfler, Hawkwind, Alice Cooper, Jet, Phil Manzanera, Bruce Dickinson, Eric Clapton, Ray Manzarek, The Feeling, Dave Grohl, Toby Banks, Keane, Editors, Mike Rutherford, Queens of the Stone Age, The Proclaimers, Marillion, Peter Hook, Gene Simmons, Roger Hodgson, Noel Gallagher and Steve Hogarth {phew!}

One Night Only release their first single ‘You & Me’ on Vertigo on the 29th October and their debut album follows in January.

Press release

Formed in 2003 (which seems an awfully long time ago when you consider that singer George has only just turned 17), One Night Only started out as a bunch of school friends ‘just making noise’ in their rural hometown of Helmsley, North Yorkshire. They went on to spend the following two years tearing the vaulted roof off the local scene with unrefined gigs showcasing punk bastard pop way beyond their tender years. It was only a matter of time before One Night Only broke out of Helmsley. They knuckled down, wrote some songs and last October Steve Lamacq began spinning the demo of ‘You And Me’, prompting the band to really take themselves seriously. One Night Only signed to Vertigo, home of Razorlight and The Killers and then hit the road for months, supporting The Enemy, Milburn and The Coral and embarked on a jaunt around the nation’s Club NMEs.

Already a fan, Zane Lowe picked ‘You & Me’ as his ‘Hottest Record In The World’ this week and demo versions have already been played on Radio 1 and Xfm. One Night Only are also confirmed to do a session with Steve Lamacq on the 10th September. They have a busy Autumn ahead. They are currently in the studio with the legendary producer Steve Lilywhite (U2, Morrissey) putting the final touches to their debut album due for release in January 2008. One Night Only have been confirmed as support for The Pigeon Detectives UK tour, have a bunch of dates with The Rifles, more Club NME dates and a headline show at the London Barfly (full dates overleaf).

One Night Only are: George Craig (Vocals/Guitar), Mark Hayton (Guitar), Sam Ford (Drums), Dan Parkin (Bass) and Jack Sails (Keyboards).

Full live dates:

September:
21st – Koko, Club NME, London
22nd – The underground, club NME, Stoke
25th – The Barfly, Camden, London
28th – Ku Bar, Stockton-On-Tees
29th – Empire, Middlesbrough

October:
1st – Soundhaus, Northampton (with the rifles)
2nd – Brook, Southampton (with the rifles)
4th – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (with the rifles)
5th – Leadmill, Sheffield (with the rifles)
6th – QMU @ The University of Glasgow (with the rifles)
15th – -Lemon tree (with the pigeon detectives) – Aberdeen
16th – Raigmore (with the pigeon detectives) -Inverness
18th – Fat Sams (with the pigeon detectives) -Dundee
19th – B.A Club (with the pigeon detectives) – Fort William
20th – Village Hall (with the pigeons detectives) – Ullapool
21st – Arches (with the pigeon detectives) – Glasgow
24th -Union (with the pigeon detectives) – Durham
25th – University (with the pigeon detectives) – Newcastle
26th – Vivaz (with the pigeon detectives) – Scarborough
28th – Academy (with the pigeon detectives) -Manchester
29th – Empress Ballroom (with the pigeon detectives) – Blackpool
30th – SINGLE LANCH PARTY! -Fibbers – York
31st – Carling Academy (with the pigeon detectives) – Liverpool

November: (all with the pigeon detectives)
2nd – Embassy – Skegness
3rd – Octagon – Sheffield
4th – Cressett – Peterborough
5th – Waterfront – Norwich
6th – Rock City -Nottingham
8th – Central Station – Wrexham
9th – University – Bangor
10th – Wulfrun Hall – Wolverhampton
11th – University – Keele
13th – Union – Swansea
14th – Anson Rooms – Bristol
15th – Lemon grove – Exeter
16th – Pyramid Centre – Portsmouth
17th – Fire station – Bournemouth
19th – Hexagon – Reading
20th – Zodiac Oxford
22nd – Forum – London
23rd – Forum – London

RIP to keyboardist Jeffery Carter Albrecht of the New Bohemians. News reports are that he has been shot dead in an incident with a burgler. More here http://news.google.com/news?q=Jeffery+Carter+Albrecht

Just in is news of The Rakes hosting their very own club event in London this autumn. Tickets officially go on sale on Wednesday 5th September at 10am. The event will run across four rooms featuring eight bands plus a room hosted by Adventures In The Beetroot Field DJs.

Friday 9th November, SeOne Club, St Thomas St London, SE1, 9pm – 3am

From the press release

So far confirmed to join The Rakes at the event are The Metros, We Start Fires and The Ghost Frequency with a secret special guest and more yet to be announced. The DJ room will be hosted by Adventures In The Beetroot Field DJs Crispin Dior and Casper C and will also feature Terry Hall (The Specials) and the Filthy Dukes.

Tickets will be priced at £17.50 and will be available from 0207 403 3331 and 24 hour CC Line 0871 2200 260 and www.gigsandtours.com.

Alan Donohoe Singer from The Rakes added “Its a dream youre outside a club with all your friends, entering you discover the best DJs and the newest cool bands in the UK. You drink n dance and meet the boy/girl of your dreams. Its the perfect club and then The Rakes headline the whole lot. You wet your pants. Its not a dream. Youre at the best night ever, watching The Rakes holding hands with the lover of your dreams¦ and youve wet yourself.”

Finally, well done to Klaxons for the Mercury gong they picked up for “Myths Of The Near Future” last night, well done to Amy Winehouse for being able to perform and well done for the bookies for not losing a ton of cash on Bat for Lashes.

RIP FOPP

Just in from their PR..

‘It is with great regret that we announce the closure of Fopp.

Our store chain is profitable, well regarded and loved by our loyal customers and staff. However we have failed to gain the necessary support from major stakeholders, suppliers and their credit insurers to generate sufficient working capital to run our expanding business.

We would like to thank staff and customers for their support over the past 25 years’

ENDS

A fopp spokesperson

What a shame, Fopp has been one of my favourite shops since my Uni days in Glasgow.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ release new EP of older tracks

YYY’s RELEASE THE “IS IS” EP WITH ACCOMPANYING LIVE FILM
LEAD TRACK “DOWN BOY”
RELEASE DATE: 23RD JULY ON DRESS UP/FICTION

THE EP
YYYs = SLUTTY: The drunk, the nerd and the goth strike back with their new EP of unbridled older material. It all began with an EP back in 2001, and now YYYs revisit and revel in the five song format a second time round with Is Is. “I fucking love EPs!” says Brian Chase. Songs for the EP were written in 2004 in between touring behind their first record Fever to Tell.

Written amidst one of the most turbulent and emotionally unstable periods in YYYs history, for whatever reason the angst that colored that point in time translates erotically into a sexually charged body of songs. On their choice of producer, Karen O intones; “Nick Launay was the natural choice having produced PIL Flowers of Romance, collectively a favorite between us. I put that record on and want to stuff my mouth with raw hamburger meat.”. Is Is is an expression of similar sordid energy, the rawness is unavoidable and good for you too!

THE FILM
YYYs have captured all this excitement in the EP recordings. In fact, they love playing them so much they’ve made a special live film to accompany the EP with co-directors KK Barrett (Sofia Coppola films) and Lance Bangs (video director – Sonic Youth, Nirvana and producer of Director’s Cut series of DVDs – Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham). Recorded in night-vision at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on 7th May, the band played 2 sets that night to just 100 lucky fans each time – the first for a mixed audience and the second for females only. There will be 2 filmed versions of lead track Down Boy – one live, and one to EP audio.

EP TRACKLISTING:
1.Rockers to Swallow*
2.Down Boy*
3.Kiss Kiss
4.Isis
5.10×10*

*previously only available on the Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow live DVD with the exception of Down Boy, a demo version of which appeared on a limited edition split 7″ single with Liars in Japan and Australia.

FORMATS:
The EP will be available on CD, double gatefold 7″ vinyl, single track download and digital bundle. All formats will carry all 5 tracks, making this a special, non chart-eligible, release.

Artwork by Julian Gross from Liars

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are Karen O (vocals), Nick Zinner (Guitar) and Brian Chase (drums)

Please note – Yeah Yeah Yeahs will not play the UK this year, so this is your fix for 2007! EP title is “Is Is” with a space in between the first “s” and the second “I” whereas track “Isis” has no space. Confused? Don’t be.

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS!

Early Zappa and former Mothers Rarities Now Available

Previously Unheard Early Frank Zappa Recordings Released As Pal Recording Studios’ Archives Are Unearthed After 43 Years, and Ex-Mothers Don Preston and Bunk Gardner’s New CDs Find Them Still Joined At The Hip!

6/4/07 – New York – Formidable record label and publishing company, Crossfire Publications, is in the process of releasing a series of recordings from the pre- and post-Mothers of Invention eras, with many unreleased tracks featured. The Pal Recording Studios recordings are of enormous historical value, as they were Frank Zappa’s very first studio tracks. The symbiotic relationship Zappa had with Paul Buff and Pal formed the core of his later output.

Paul Buff and Frank Zappa pioneered many of the recording techniques and musical styles that continue on today by using the studio itself as a dynamic music instrument, rather than a static capture environment. At Pal, the classic divide between engineer and musician was non-existent.

As the most anticipated releases in Crossfire’s release schedule, the Pal Recording Studios CD series was developed by Crossfire’s owner Greg Russo along with Paul Buff , owner of the Cucamonga, California-based studio from 1957-1964. This exclusive series will feature many highly prized rarities and unreleased tracks drawn from Paul Buff’s mixdown tapes and reference discs.

When Pal was not booked for artists on Buff’s record labels (Pal, Emmy, Yukon, Plaza and Vigah), a rotating crew of musicians, The Pal Studio Band , regularly laid down tracks with the hope of placing them with major record labels. The band featured regular appearances by young guitarist Frank Zappa, who learned recording studio operations from Paul Buff.

Records cut by Buff and guitarist Ronnie Williams were issued on Buff’s in-house Emmy label as by The Masters, with one track (“Breaktime”) featuring dual lead guitars by Zappa and Williams. Other releases with Zappa involvement from this period include The Tornadoes, Ron Roman, Baby Ray And The Ferns, Brian Lord & The Midnighters, The Heartbreakers, Ned And Nelda and Bob Guy, among many others. Over a half dozen unreleased titles with Zappa as part of The Pal Studio Band will be covered in the series along with the aforementioned singles.

Concurrent with his Pal activities, Paul Buff started working with Art Laboe, owner of Original Sound Records. After the sale of Pal Studios to Frank Zappa in 1964, Buff became Original Sound’s studio engineer. Besides recording many Original Sound artists, Buff made his own recordings for the label. This output started in 1963 as The Bongo Teens, followed by The Hollywood Persuaders, The Rotations, Mr. Clean, The Catalinas, Lori Allison, The Buff Organization, The Friendly Torpedoes (with The Music Machine’s Sean Bonniwell) and Ricky Dean. Non-Original Sound clients, such as the entire output of the All American label (known for Strawberry Alarm Clock’s “Incense And Peppermints”) and Sugarloaf, were also engineered by Buff.

Between the Pal Studios masters and Paul Buff masters for Original Sound, Crossfire is expected to release about a dozen CDs.

Keyboardist Don Preston and woodwind player Bunk Gardner, members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention from 1966-1969, are represented by Crossfire Publications’ collections of their output before and after that group: Vile Foamy Ectoplasm (Don Preston) and It’s All Bunk! (Bunk Gardner).

Bunk Gardner’s CD is his first-ever solo release, while Preston’s disc is a revised and expanded edition of his 1993 collection. Gardner’s CD spans the commercial jazz of Bud Wattles & His Orchestra from 1959 to free jazz improvisations to a live Grandmothers recording from 1981. Don Preston’s collection covers equally interesting exploratory ground from 1967 to 1993.

All of these Crossfire releases will be available at retail and through dozens of paid download services.

For more Information: http://www.crossfirepublications.com

THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL 2007

Betweenplanets was lucky enough to send Ryan, our roving reporter, to cover this years Great Escape Festival, here is what he found out for you….

THURSDAY 17TH MAY AT THE AUDIO

FEAR OF FLYING

Fear Of Flying are a three piece from London. They are made up of three young upstarts. They were playing downstairs at Brightons Audio. I was a bit sceptical about these young lads, although as soon as they entered the stage they proper got into it. They were just banging through their top classy tunes that were amazingly catchy. I was surprised that they were unsigned – they should be! They completely nailed their set – Got the crowd jumping to proper alternative new wave pop. These lads were well worth seeing they deserve their chance.

THE KISSAWAY TRAIL

Well this Danish band are a 5 piece and a 5 piece too many. Trying to imitate Arcade Fire but going severely wrong somewhere! It was always going to be hard to follow such an amazing set after Fear Of Flying but this was truly shocking. The crowd were split 50/50 but the severe heckling from some of the audience must have had an affect on their performance. Altogether it was a poor set and largely disappointing.

THE 1990S

Cookies A fantastic three piece from Glasgow. I had heard a lot of good stuff about this band and Im pleased I stayed to watch them – they were awesome! For me the best tune they played was the brand new single see you at the lights. They had the crowd singing back their tunes and any new band that can make that happen deserves total respect. Well worth seeing and I would encourage anyone to go get their album Cookies released on Rough Trade.

THURSDAY 17TH MAY AT THE PAVILLION THEATRE

THE ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT

So bad you barely noticed they were playing. Didnt seem to get much appreciation from the crowd. They had no stage presence or crowd interaction. The only thing that stood out from this band was a beast of a hairy beard on the singer.

THURSDAY 17TH MAY AT KOMEDIA UPSTAIRS (1 AM GIG)

GALLOWS

I had been hearing good things about Gallows and after seeing the massive queue outside I knew they would live up to my expectations. Not the best of starts for the band as Frank Carters brother Steph split his head open after getting smashed round the head with his guitar during the first song. Steph disappeared to get his head sorted and for the next five minutes the band barracked with the crowd – highly amusing! Once Steph returned the band completely kicked arse – this gig was going to be intense. The highlight was the single abandon ship. To me this was an immense brutal gig. Gallows went down a storm.

FRIDAY THE 18TH MAY ON THE PIER (SECRET GIG)

FOALS

This was a secret gig in a pub on the pier. I had heard one song by Foals and loved it. The sound was a bit on the dodgy side but considering the venue I think you can let that issue go. They certainly got a crowd through the door. The likes of Preston from the Ordinary Boys and the Maccabees were hanging out watching the band. Poor ole Preston thought he was going to get a fair bit of attention instead of Foals ¦¦but no one cared about his presence, people were fixated on this banging live set from Foals.

FRIDAY 18TH MAY AT THE CORN EXCHANGE

THE HEIGHTS

From Wales via London. If you like you classic 1990s Indie bands, such as Embrace, then these are pretty good. However, boring to watch and slightly tame for me. They just didnt really stand out enough. The crowd seemed to like them ¦.just not for me.

ART BRUT
Bang Bang Rock & Roll
THE best gig I have ever been to!! It was Bang Bang Rock & Roll. Young Eddy Argos came on stage in a very retro 70s shirt, trousers and socks. A band that begin every song by saying, Art Brut¦ GO and just oozing confidence. They played loads of songs – old and new. He jumped into the crowd who all worshipped this icon. This was not just a gig¦.. this was a lesson in life! Absolute amazing !! Makes you want to form a band¦¦ Art Brut did just that.

SATURDAY 18TH MAY AT THE BEACH

REVERAND AND THE MAKERS

Really catchy little tunes. The beach crowd were loving The Reverend. He came across as slightly arrogant and I was unsure if this was part of the act! Respect though, he was meeting people after and giving them the time of day, unlike one other solo artist playing at this venue a bit later that evening!

THE NOISETTES

Whats The Time Mr WolfThe LOUDEST band I have ever seen – I thought my eardrums were going to bleed. Starting out at the very front I quickly retreated to the back of the venue where I could then fully appreciate these awesome performers – sporting amazing haircuts and dishing out catchy heavy tunes. People go on about Beth from the Gossips powerful voice¦.. but sorry, Shingai Shoniwa voice is a truly powerful voice with soul AND body. An ace gig.

JACK PENATE

This Young shy bloke from London left me disappointed. His sound is possibly more radio friendly but as a live performer he appeared lifeless! His repertoire for me was far too weak and all sounded the same. Hit or miss¦..miss!

Win with the Stereophonics!

On 28th May 2007, Stereophonics release “Bank Holiday Monday”, the teaser track from their forthcoming album “Pull The Pin” and we’d like to offer you something really special !

Once you have bought the digital download of “Bank Holiday Monday”, if you send your internet ‘delivery’ note to us, you could be one of 5 lucky people who wins 1 night’s accommodation and travel (from within the UK) to a show of your choice on the Stereophonics UK November Tour!!! The winner will be selected randomly from all the receipts received by 15th June.

So, all importantly, the address to send your receipt/ delivery note to is :

Stereophonics ­ “Bank Holiday Monday” Competition.
V2 Records
Unit 24 Farm Lane Trading Estate
101 Farm Lane
Fulham
London
SW6 1QJ

Please write your name and address clearly, and attach your receipt.

Thanks and good luck!
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