Things We Love This Week: Mothers, Deerhoof, Underworld & Iggy Pop

Happy Friday one and all. For those of you who are new to the class, this blog is a lovely list that features cool new musical things that happened this week – all of which will be far more relevant than the announcement of an eighth studio album from the Plain White T’s.

Mothers – Blame Kit

Fancy something to catch you off guard? Listen to this. Blame Kit starts off with fast guitar patterns and complex rhythms that, although they sound all over the place for the first few seconds, fall into place quite neatly. A perfectionist’s dream.

Just over a minute in – right when you’re getting the hang of it – the song drops to ¾ time and has a completely different, more serene feel. Maybe I’m reading to much into it, but it’s wacky and pretty awesome in a psycho-genius kind of way.

They’ve also got an album on the way: ‘Render Another Ugly Method’ is due on September 7.

Deerhoof – Ay That’s Me

More indie-pop for you! Just what you always wanted. Deerhoof have shared a video for one of the tracks from their latest album, ‘Mountain Moves’, which dropped last year. They have been described as “sugary” and that’s the perfect word to tag this song, which is buoyant and fun. Additionally, I chose this track because of its fantastic title. Ay!

The animated video runs a bit like one of those flip books you’d draw as a kid, with landscapes, mushrooms and dancing people. Was I the only one who drew tiny stick men on skateboards? This, though, is far better than any of my school book corners. Have a watch.

Underworld & Iggy Pop – I’ll See Big

Having worked together on the soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting, Underworld and Iggy Pop had some leftovers that didn’t quite make the final cut, which they’ll release as a four track EP titled ‘Teatime Dub Encounters’. The first track, Bells and Circles, is hilarious and random and awesome. All Rick Smith, Karl Hyde and Iggy want to do is smoke cigarettes on an aeroplane. The new one, out today, is far more ambient, sounding a little like the soundtrack you’d have while travelling through space.

Iggy recounts how his dysfunctional  friends “saved him from a lifetime of bad decisions”, inspired by a conversation he had with Danny Boyle about friendship. So wholesome. So lovely. The full EP is due for release on July 27.

Till next time, music lover. FYI, ‘Parallel Universe’ by The Plain White T’s will arrive on August 24 through Fearless Records.

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Things We Love This Week: Patti Smith, The War On Drugs, Courtney Barnett

Photo: Raquel Garcia

Hello! It’s me. Did you miss me? Here’s your weekly helping of music news, with a side order of mini live review. Grab a spoon and dig in.

Patti Smith at Cardiff’s Festival Of Voice

On Monday, more than half of the Stereoboard office went to see the legendary Patti Smith. Performing poetry and acoustic songs in the intimate setting of a small church just outside Cardiff, this truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As well as still having a fantastically strong voice at the age of 71, reading us snippets of poetry and performing classics Because The Night, she also came across as the loveliest human being – letting the audience in on an old crush she once had on a baseball player, informing us of a little bubble she gets in her throat sometimes while singing, and the heartfelt, particularly poignant statement about her late husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith: “He was my boyfriend, and he will always be my boyfriend”. She managed to bring a tear to everyone’s eye and I desperately want Patti to be my best friend forever.

Photo: Matt Wright

The War On Drugs at The O2

Adam Granduciel and co are doing pretty well at fighting this war. Formed back in 2005 as a collaboration with Kurt Vile, they’ve released a bunch of albums, each a conquest, including last year’s acclaimed ‘A Deeper Understanding’. Every album is another step forward in the battle, striking down contemporaries with melodic synth lines and striking guitar chords.

So where will the band’s next crusade take them, aside from a handful of massive festival performances this summer? They’re only heading to the O2 Arena in December!

With a capacity of 20,000, they’ll be treading the boards of a stage already graced by giant artists such as Queen, Britney Spears, 50 Cent and Demi Lovato.

The War is still going strong. Good for you lads.

Tickets go on sale next Friday at 10am. Get ’em here.

Courtney Barnett Tour

Honesty alert: I was fully prepared to attend Barnett’s Bristol show last week, but totally forgot about it and missed it. *Facepalm* How do I really feel? Gutted, Courtney. If, like me (but hopefully for a more viable reason) you didn’t get to go to any of her recent May/June tour, you’re in luck!

‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ is getting a whole new batch of tour dates, especially for you!

The Aussie songstress will head to Dublin, London, Oxford, Brighton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle between November 12 and 21. Yay!

See you lot next time for another striking rendition of Things We Love This Week.

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Things We Love This Week: PEOPLE, Public Service Broadcasting, Idles, Interpol

Oh, hi there. I see you’re looking for some great new music? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

PEOPLE

Seemingly coming out of nowhere on Wednesday, there is now an entirely new streaming platform in the world.

PEOPLE is based around a collection of artists, including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, members of the National, Kate Stables from This Is The Kit, Lisa Hannigan, Phoebe Bridgers, Sufjan Stevens and loads more (you can check out the full list of people involved here), all working collaboratively “for the benefit and development of the artists involved and just as importantly, for those who would like to access and enjoy the output.” Put simply, an enviable group of people who you’d love to be friends with. Wouldn’t it be great to nip to the pub for a cheeky pint with Justin?

It also boats zero commercial interest or sponsorship, which is great. Independent artists making music for making music’s sake. *Sighs dreamily*

One of the featured projects on the site comes from Vernon and Aaron Dessner from the National, Big Red Machine. The only trouble is, I want to be able to download or have physical copies of this four track EP because it is brilliant. With the guitar expertise of Dessner and the iconic vocals of Vernon, both of their creative minds work in harmony to make perfect rainy-day music. Listen hereThere so much music to get your ears around. Good job I have zero weekend plans…

Public Service Broadcasting

J Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth, plus full band, have announced they’ll finish touring their latest album, ‘Every Valley’ with a string of intimate Welsh shows.

Based on the coalfields of south Wales, the record follows the story of the rise, progress, fall, and strikes of the industry, from the perspective of workers, women, and politicians. It’s such an interesting idea. There’s no place better for such a tour than in the valleys themselves, but they’ll culminate with a huge show at the Royal Albert Hall in November. You can check for dates here.

Idles – Danny Nedelko

We’ve got the second cut from the Bristol post-punks’ new album! Danny Nedelko is fun, fast and perhaps too catchy, with a singalong chorus that goes “yadda yadda yadda yadda ay ay ay ay” – something you might not expect from a band who are used to pissing in the kitchen sink. But it’s great fun. I’ve just listened to it four times in a row and would advise you to do the same.

Idles have confirmed details of their sophomore LP, ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’, out on August 31 through Partisan Records.

Interpol – The Rover

I’M SO GLAD INTERPOL ARE BACK. After missing their ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ 15th anniversary shows last year, this news gives me hope that I will one day be able to cross off seeing Paul Banks and co. from my bucket list. They’ve announced a new album, and have shared the first cut. ‘Marauder’ is due for release on on August 24 via Matatdor Records, prior to a world tour – which includes a stop at the Royal Albert Hall.

The frontman has stated:

“’Marauder is a facet of myself. That’s the guy that fucks up friendships and does crazy shit. He taught me a lot, but it’s representative of a persona that’s best left in song. In a way, this album is like giving him a name and putting him to bed. This record is where I feel touching on real things that have happened to me are exciting and evocative to write about… I think in the past, I always felt autobiography was too small a thing for me to reference. I feel like now, I’m able to romanticise parts of my own life.”

Over and out. 👋

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Things We Love This Week – Mac Demarco, Weezer, Friendly Fires, Green Man Rising

After a wild All Points East last weekend, Monday’s bank holiday/nap day was much needed. But now I’m gearing up for the second half of the festival, and am all about the fun fun fun in this week’s column.

Mac Demarco Dancing to Michael Jackson’s Rock With You

Pardon? Yep. You heard right. This might just be the only thing you need to see this week. Tuesday was memorial day in America, a specific holiday to remember those who died fighting for their country. Yes, important. But it’s also a day off, and Mac Demarco wanted to have fun. So he did. Be like Mac. Mac is fun.

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He’s also announced some UK dates for October, which you can check out here.

Weezer – Africa

MORE FUN THINGS HAVE OCCURRED. A die-hard Weezer fan under the twitter handle @weezerafrica has, for months, been trying to persuade the band to cover Toto’s hit single with a hashtag campaign. Finally, they have blessed the rains down in social media land.

Initially trolling the world by sharing a cover of Rosanna, the wrong Toto song, Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson and co eventually gave up the goods and shared a pretty awesome version of the track that everybody wanted to hear. It’s just one of those songs that makes you want to listen again and again. Triumphant, poignant, excellent. Excuse me for four minutes…

Friendly Fires – Love Like Waves Video

This is the first track in over four years from a indie-synth-pop band that I loved when I was about 15. Their last album was 2011’s ‘Pala’, and I didn’t know how much I had missed them until seeing one of their first comeback shows at All Points East last weekend. Frontman Ed Macfarlane’s vocals didn’t waver throughout, despite jumping and gyrating so hard his shirt soaked through. It was magical. All in a day’s work, eh?

The video for their comeback track was released this week, and its features Ed and the gang basically letting loose at a party, sunbathing in the day, splashing around in (and thankfully, jumping in) a pool, driving around a hot sunny holiday destination, and generally pissing around having fun. Can I join you?

Green Man Rising Final

Every year the good folks of Green Man Festival run a competition for unsigned artists on their way up. In true Battle of the Bands style, six groups play London’s Lexington on June 5 (a free show, if you’re in the area), and the winner will open the main stage of the festival in August.

Six finalists were announced on Wednesday, and they include Adults, Bitw, The Hungry Ghosts, Perfect Body, Park Motive and URF. Haven’t heard of them? Not to worry, that’s the point. One of them is a festival headliner of the future. Exciting, right!?

They’re all pretty different. Adults sound like Badly Drawn Boy’s indie road trip playlist, with twanging guitars, unusual chord progressions and casual vocals, whereas Welsh language Bitw have more of an alt-pop inclination. There’s the silky beats of Park Motive, more guitar rock with Perfect Body, the slightly worldly-psych-y vibes with URF, and the totally different Hungry Ghosts, who tag themselves under “slaughterhouse blues and trash country”.

Check out Green Man’s playlist of the finalists to decide your favourite.

Green Man is now sold out for 2018. Gutted if you haven’t got a ticket (it’ll be super fun).

I hope you had fun today! I certainly did.

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Things We Love This Week: Bjork, The National, Ms Lauryn Hill

It’s been one hell of a week. I managed to get in to Snail Mail’s sold-out (nay, sweaty) Bristol show on Monday, sort out attendance to All Points East, and bribed my friends with cake to let me stay with them in London all weekend. While you read this, I’ll probably be sipping an overpriced cider and chilling out in the sun (update: potential thunderstorms) watching some awesome indie-electro band at the festival. So, to cleanse the FOMO, here’s some other cool stuff that went on.

Bjork on Jools Holland

A few episodes in to the 52nd series of Later With… Jools Holland, BBC viewers were treated to a rare performance from the legendary Björk. In her first television appearance in eight years, the Icelandic singer, artist, and all round hero definitely gave us something to talk about (as all of her performances do). Surrounded by a jungle of green plants and leaves framing the set, a masked Björk and her army of flautists played dressed in all kinds of surreal outfits. It’s so wacky, and so magical, and so awesome. Watch her play Courtship, from last year’s ‘Utopia’, and The Anchor Song from the 1993 album ‘Debut’ at either end of the programme.

Like what you see? Of course you do. She’s the coolest lady in the world. You can catch her play a bunch of shows across Europe over the summer, the Eden Project in Cornwall in July, or headlining All Points East festival this weekend. I’ll be at the front – say hi (-perballad).

The National – ‘Boxer Live In Brussels’

If you’re not a vinyl type, Record Store Day must’ve been a total bummer. This live recording of the National’s 2007 album was pressed on limited edition clear vinyl for the event, but luckily your favourite boys have come through.

The album is set for both CD and digital release on July 13 through 4AD. To celebrate, they’ve given us a sneak preview of the opener, Fake Empire. Check out that brass section. Phwoar.

The National will play an All Points East Presents show next week before heading to Dublin for two nights at Donnybrook Stadium.

Ms Lauryn Hill – 20th anniversary of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

Everyone in the office was making fun of me because I’m too young to remember this album. I listened to it, and it is pretty great (and I did actually know some of the songs, so there!).

Ms Lauryn Hill will embark on arena shows around the UK, Ireland and Europe in December to celebrate two decades since the album’s release. Two decades! Where does the time go?!

Ms Lauryn Hill isn’t playing All Points East this weekend, which is a shame because it would have rounded off the whole column quite nicely.

I may have accidentally mentioned All Points East a little too much in this week’s episode of your favourite blog. But c’est la vie. I’m excited.

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Things We Love This Week: Snail Mail, Mourn, Tunng, Bully

It feels like summer. I bought new sunglasses and wore shorts for the first time all year this week. My jeans aren’t making another appearance until September. Feel just as summery as me with some great, shiny new tracks.

Snail Mail – Let’s Find An Out

This is the second time Snail Mail has featured in an edition of this column, and are we surprised? Not at all. Lindsey Jordan, the 18-year-old (!) singer-songwriter-fabulous-guitarist has released the third cut from her upcoming album, ‘Lush’. And it’s the best so far.

This track reels you in straight off with a brilliant guitar pattern that you’ll immediately want to learn to play yourself (how do you think I’m spending the weekend?). Although it’s pretty short, this song has an unusual structure, with no chorus as such, and more of a rolling verse carried on top of that mesmerising picking. It ends with an imperfect cadence, which is a little technique that I’ve always loved. Makes you wanna hear more, right? Right.

‘Lush’ is due on June 8 via Matador, and Snail Mail tours the UK next week. See you at the Bristol show, fans.

Mourn – Fun at the Geysers

Aren’t you glad we caught this single in the press inbox! Despite June seeing the release of their third LP, the Catalan punk band Mourn aren’t a band I’ve come across before.

Their new single, Fun at the Geysers, is about having fun, surprisingly, at the geysers – hot springs that intermittently spout water, like a more benign, tiny volcano. It all started with their trip to Reykjavík to play at the Iceland Airwaves festival in 2015, and the that which stopped them from touring for over a year and a half.

Having spent about 11 hours without eating, the band stated:

“The people from the label that came with us [to Reykjavik] were telling us that through the years we’d learn how to endure being hungry. They didn’t really care about us at that point. We arrived to the city, ate something and went to sleep right away. The next day we woke up and found ourselves alone in Reykjavík without money or food. The people from the record label had taken a taxi to visit the geysers without telling us. We found out because one of them posted a photo on Instagram. They payed for their excursion with the money the festival was paying us, as usual, counting it as ‘expenses’.”

Brutal! So, taking suitably punk revenge, Mourn went off on a day trip to play in the hot springs. They documented an awesome record of their experiences in the form of the song’s accompanying video. Super fun and a great track.

Tunng – ABOP

Honesty alert: I actually only heard of this band because of the recent LUMP project, created by Tunng’s co-founder and producer Mike Lindsay and the ineffable Laura Marling. Colour me intrigued. A quick Internet scroll reveals they’ve had loads of albums, are relatively big, and began back in 2003. Now I feel a fool – but I was eight at the time of their formation. What’s your excuse?

Not my usual approach when discovering new music, but I decided to start with their brand new single. ABOP begins with an electro-pop feel, and a simple vocal sample “Oh, it felt so marvellous!”, which is pretty much on the money with this track.

It’s refreshing to hear an English accent, having spent much of today listening to American singers, furthered when Lindsay’s vocals creep in. It’s neat, precise, and addictive. The only thing that annoys me is that I can’t find out what ABOP stands for.

Their sixth album, ‘Songs You Make At Night’ is due for release on the August 24.

Bully

We saw Bully on their current UK tour on Sunday. They were ACE, despite us having to lug around bellies full to the brim of pre-gig cocktails and Caribbean food. Alicia Bognanno, frontwoman, took over with her searing, raspy vocals as they stormed through songs from ‘Losing’ and ‘Feels Like’, including highlights Kills To Be Resistant and I Remember.

Tune in next time for more waffling from me.

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Things We Love This Week: Jungle, LUMP, Pip Blom

Instead of mentioning the new Arctic Monkeys album, which at this point on release day seems inescapable, here are some opinions about good music, and topics that matter just a little bit more.

Enjoy!

Jungle – Happy Man & House In LA

Neo-soul is back, and I’d quite like it to stay, if that’s alright with you. There’s been very little from Jungle since 2014’s self titled release, but this week they hit back by dropping two new tracks.Happy Man is classic Jungle (#YouDoYou) with smooth, soulful, effects-laden vocals and a simple yet undoubtedly catchy bassline. “Buy yourself a car, and a house to live in,” Tom McFarland, the vocalist, tells us. I truly would if only I could, Tom.

The second track is far more laid back, perhaps an unexpected move from the band. It could be a really interesting watch as an organic live performance from the seven-piece backing band. Take a listen. There’s just one date left on their UK tour – but if you live in Birmingham you should definitely try and go.

Lump: Late To The Flight

I’m SO excited for the new LUMP album to be released (June 1). You should do anything you can to get your hands on tickets to their upcoming live shows. I’m not authorising breaking into a ticket office, hacking a website or becoming a 21st century Artful Dodger in pick-pocketing tickets from other fans, but sometimes needs must.

Late to the Flight is the second track from the duo – Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay – and it takes a really different direction from Curse of the Contemporary. It’s long. Coming in at just over an atmospheric six minutes, it could easily have started at the 3.50 mark for those more radio friendly vibes. However, I kind of love that it doesn’t. The song explores the ideas of lucid dreaming and the hyper reality of being trapped in a public persona. So interesting, and the layering of the vocal harmonies is extraordinary. What a singer. Check it out.

Pip Blom: Pussycat

I’ve been waiting for a new single by this band for a little while. Aside from members having the best first name collection of any band ever (Pip, Tender, Casper and Gini), they also make some really cool, lo-fi alt-rock jams. Following on from School and Babies Are A Lie (one of my faves from 2017), they’ve finally got a new track. Pussycat features all the scraping guitar riffs and repeated catchy melodies that you’d expect from Pip and the gang. It’s good.

They’re supporting The Breeders on their upcoming UK and EU dates, and head to Brighton for the Great Escape Festival this month.

In a new addition to the blog for one week only is a temporary segment that we’ll call…

Things That Suck This Week

This comes about from heartbreaking news that Scott Hutchison, the lead singer from the indie band Frightened Rabbit, has died. It is tragic news, and has draped the week in a dark, dark cloud. Frightened Rabbit’s music, and specifically Scott’s lyrics, brought so much hope and comfort to people who needed it, helping a huge number of fans through dark times. He was a well-loved man by thousands and will be truly missed.

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Things We Love This Week: Big Thief, Bodega, Melanie Faye ft. Mac Demarco, Drahla

Last night I had a dream that Matt Berninger from the National invited me on stage to play the guitar solo for Turtleneck with them. Matt went to the loo mid-set, and then I stole a t-shirt from the merch stand. It was the best dream ever. In other news, here are some releases from this week that you might actually care about…

Big Thief – ‘Wide Winged Bird’

With their influences cited as “riverboats, late night train rumbling, Alanis Morisette, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday”, Big Thief are an indie-rock band tinged with that flavour of vulnerable dark folk that seems to be going around at the moment. Following the release of their sophomore LP, ‘Capacity’, in June last year, they have now released an experimental EP – a collage of tour field recordings, unreleased songs, poetry and more.

For the first two minutes, all the listener hears is animal noises. I can make out a pig, a goat, and some birds. The snuffles and snorts somehow mesh into synths, and a story is born out of the menagerie of farmyard creatures: a soothing deep voice melding into a duo of younger voices narrating a poem. This certainly is experimental – and that’s only the first track.

Listen to the rest and decide for yourself.

Just 200 physical copies of ‘Wide Winged Bird’ will be available at Big Thief’s US shows with the National in the coming days.

Bodega – Jack in Titanic

Here in the Stereoboard office, we love Bodega’s debut single, How Did This Happen, and sing it all the time. So what better to include in Things We Love This Week than a new single by them? A lot less raucous than its predecessor, Jack in Titanic has a more aesthetic quality to it, with a pleasant chord progression and a rolling, walking-pace rhythm section the whole way through.

It’s about the unspoken internal values and nostalgia for learned male behaviour, and what it means to “be a man”, according to the band’s Ben Hoize. I haven’t quite decided where my feminism stands on this yet. Will let you know in due course. Catchy song though.

Melanie Faye ft. Mac Demarco – Eternally 12

Imagine you’re hosting a dinner party. The attendees are cool, intellectual artsy types, who will most probably have the vegan option, please. What do you play as background music to such an occasion? This.

Within the first few bars you get the entirety of the song – and while there isn’t much variety going on within its four minutes, Eternally 12 is as groovy as fuck, and makes for those swanky-and-slightly-pretentious dinner party vibes. It’s so smooth, you could probably play it on repeat for an hour or so and no one would notice.

Drahla

Drahla are a post-punk band based in Wakefield and this week they signed to Captured Tracks! Their debut EP ‘Third Article’ came out in November, which features the awesome song Form of Luxury. To celebrate the signing, they’ve also announced a headline tour of the UK, with stops around the country (but nowhere near Cardiff, unfortunately). Check out the tour dates here.

Have a fabulous bank holiday (three day weekend, woohoo!). Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an excellent dream to get back to…

Photo taken from the National’s Facebook page at their recent Homecoming concert in Cincinnati. It perfectly encapsulates my dream. *fan-girl sigh*

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Things We Love This Week: Gengahr, Snail Mail, Kele Okereke

Good afternoon, music lovers. Happy almost-weekend to you! Fancy some new things to love? Me too. Let’s jump right in.

Gengahr – ‘I’ll Be Waiting’

I love it when bands do things by surprise. After the release of their second LP ‘Where Wildness Grows’ last month, we weren’t expecting much from Gengahr for a while. Surprise! Merry Christmas! Here’s an acoustic EP, especially for your lovely ears.

As a band already pretty cutesy in their production – impossibly high pitched ghostly vocals and matching soft, catchy guitar riffs – the indie band manage to go one step further and have created even more adorable versions of four tracks taken from their recent release. Take a listen.

As a side note, I always love Gengahr’s artwork. Painted by bassist Hugh Schulte, he has a certain style that suits the records perfectly with similar palette hues and bold brush strokes. ‘’I’ll Be Waiting’ is no different.

They’re on tour at the moment, too. Be sure to check out the upcoming dates here.

Snail Mail – Heat Wave

This song is beautiful. Immediately, we’re met with a trilling guitar pattern and the delicate vocals of Lindsey Jordan, until she surprises you with a richer full band dynamic that completes the verse, before heading into a Phoebe Bridgers-esque melodic chorus. It’s vibrant while still maintaining some form of melancholy.

As far as the video for Heat Wave goes – how does she manage to play an electric guitar in the middle of an ice hockey rink? She must have a really long lead.

Snail Mail tours the UK next month, and her debut album, ‘Lush’, is out on June 8 via Matador. I will listen to it.

Kele Okereke – ‘Fatherland’ Tour

After the release of his third solo record, Kele Okereke is touring ‘Fatherland’ in the UK this week, up until Sunday. Last night, I headed to Clwb Ifor Bach to watch him play an intimate acoustic set.

Wearing a startling all-white outfit and wielding the shiniest Fender in existence, Okereke graced us with his humorous presence. In between perfect renditions of his new songs, based around the realities of newfound parenthood, he giggled at bum notes, restarted a couple of songs, got distracted by crowd members nipping to the loo and generally made a comfortable and familiar atmosphere for the seated crowd of about 30 people, making us feel like we were witnessing something pretty special.

You can listen to my review of ‘Fatherland’, which dropped back in October, here. Upon seeing him play it live, I stand by not fathoming the cabaret-style Capers and the lacklustre lyrical content, but I was pleasantly surprised and taken aback at how well Yamaya, Road to Ibidan, Versions of Us and The New Year Party came across in such an intimate (and lovely) setting.

Highlights: A slowed-down, re-worked cover of that old-school garage track Flowers by Sweet Female Attitude, followed by “a song by a well known British rock band”… a hair-raising, breath-taking, silence-inducing version of This Modern Love.

Enjoy the rainy weekend!

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Things We Love This Week: Big Scary Monsters Pop-Up, Nervus, Father John Misty

Following the fun of our Work Day Out on Sunday, it’s been a fairly quiet week here at Stereoboard…we have listened to a lot of things and have eaten a lot of cake. Head below to check out a few cool things that arrived in our inbox this week. Or don’t. It’s up to you.

Big Scary Monsters Pop-Up Event

Laura, Huw and I headed down to Cardiff’s Duke Street Arcade on Sunday to catch a pop-up event run by the indie-punk label Big Scary Monsters. It was awesome.

We caught Lauren playing Worriers songs first, before they hot-footed it off to Bristol to support Tigers Jaw on their UK tour. Then, on came Em from Nervus, who filled the room with renditions of our favourite pop-punk songs from their latest album. Despite the nerves of playing in such an intimate fashion to a crowd of perhaps 20, both musicians built up nicely for Slaughter Beach, Dog (ex-Modern Baseball co-frontman Jake Ewald), whose quiet, heartfelt performance of narrative lyrics and finger-picked guitar we watched sat cross-legged on the wooden floor. Magical.

Nervus – Fall Apart

To continue in a similar vein, Nervus have also shared a new video. Fresh off last month’s bleakly-titled sophomore album ‘Everything Dies’, the video for Fall Apart dropped on Wednesday, created by the film company Theatre on Wax.

The video narrates the Flight Of Icarus tale in stop-motion light-box form. The DIY style gives it a humble and endearing quality as we follow the little cut-out fellow on his endeavours. The director of the company, Mark Crane, said of Theatre on Wax’s work: ”Desire, dereliction and a sense of just being outside, on the fringe of something beautiful or dark that echoes in our lives… Sometimes we peek through the crack, and sometimes we dive in”

There’s something alluring about this sentiment that really strikes a chord within the video.

Father John Misty’s Self-Deprecating Meme

First of all, a disclaimer: I don’t think I could ever enjoy the music of a man who describes his genre as a “post-modern self-reflexive semi-ironic renunciation of originality”. Father John Misty announced a new album, ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ on Wednesday morning, which was previewed by two brand new tracks and an accidental album leak by Apple Music. The whole record was briefly available to stream by fans until being removed by the proper authorities. The sardonic singer-songwriter responded by changing his Facebook profile picture to a meme. Lol.

‘God’s Favorite Customer’ is actually due for release on  June 1 through Sub Pop/Bella Union.

Morrissey’s Cat

I could flesh this out with some context about the controversial Morrissey interview that exploded onto our interweb earlier this week, but I won’t bore you with him. Instead, here’s a lovely image of his cat. What a cutie.

As always, thanks for the attention of your eyes and ears. See ya next week.

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