Sunday, November 16, 2014

Public Service Broadcasting, live @ Six D.O.G.S (Athens, November 15, 2014)


Public Service Broadcasting are gearing up for "The Race For Space" (their second album, scheduled for February 2015), but before their space program begins, the eccentric London electrorock duo of J Willgoose Esq. and Wriggleswort brought to Athens for the very first time their very informative and certainly entertaining show.


The 60-minute broadcast, which was preceded by the electronic beats of local duo ice_eyes, began with images of Second World War London as the band started their set with "London Can Take It" off "The War Room", their 2012 EP that first brought them to our attention.


More educative war stories from the same EP came later on in the show with storming renditions of "If War Should Come" and my personal favorite PSB track, "Spitfire", which also appeared on their debut full-length "Inform - Educate - Entertain", the album with which the band made its mission statement known (and landed in our Top 20 list of 2013).


Most of this album's tracks were present in the duo's set list with the krautrockin' "Signal 30", "The Now Generation", "Theme From PSB", "ROYGBIV" and the excellent set-closer "Everest" being among the highlights of the show.

No tracks from the new album were revealed as it seems PSB are guarding closely the secrets that can win them the coming space race. We did get a song in Dutch, though, about ice skating, their Record Store Day single "Elfstendentocht, Part 2". I guess we'll have to wait until their next visit for some space age edutainment. Looking forward to it!


Check out below "Spitfire" from Public Service Broadcasting's first ever Athens gig:

 Public Service Broadcasting - Spitfire (live in Athens)

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Jams Run Free: The first 100

After almost three years of publicly declaring our love for certain songs on This Is My Jam, picking one favorite track (old or new, but mostly new) each week, we have finally reached the milestone of 100 jams! The first selection, back in December of 2011, was "Nate Will Not Return" from The Fall's latest LP at the time, "Ersatz GB", while the 100th is "Waterfall", one of the standout tracks from the album "Rips", the excellent debut LP by Mary Timony's new band Ex Hex.

 To celebrate the occasion, we have compiled for you a Spotify playlist with 50 of these special jams, containing one song per artist/band and focusing on new music selections. To check out the complete list of all our 100 jams, you can visit our page on This Is My Jam here.

Let the jams run free:


The title of this playlist is, of course, borrowed from this Sonic Youth track (which I should be jamming in the near future):

Sonic Youth - Jams Run Free

Monday, November 03, 2014

New Releases: October 2014

Round-up of the most interesting albums and singles released in October 2014:

Albums

THURSTON MOORE - The Best Day
MARK LANEGAN BAND - Phantom Radio
EX HEX - Rips
ICEAGE - Plowing Into The Field Of Love
FOXYGEN - ...And Star Power
ALLO DARLIN' - We Come From The Same Place
PEAKING LIGHTS - Cosmic Logic
CARIBOU - Our Love
FLYING LOTUS - You're Dead!
RUN THE JEWELS - Run the Jewels 2
ZOLA JESUS - Taiga
JULIAN CASABLANCAS AND THE VOIDZ - Tyranny
…AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD - IX
ULTIMATE PAINTING - Ultimate Painting
KEVIN MORBY - Still Life
JOHNNY MARR - Playland
THE CHILLS - Stand By
LOLA COLT - Away From The Water
PHARMAKON - Bestial Burden
MEATBODIES - Meatbodies
THE TWILIGHT SAD - Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE - Mended With Gold
BASS DRUM OF DEATH - Rip This
MELVINS - Hold it in
WEEZER - Everything Will Be Alright in the End
CHICKS ON SPEED - Artstravaganza
MECHANIMAL - Secret Science
LEE RANALDO AND THE DUST - Acoustic Dust
THE CORAL - The Curse of Love
THE FALL - Live - Uurop Viii-Xii Places in Sun and Winter, Son

Singles & EPs

SPEEDY ORTIZ / CHRIS WEISMAN - LAMC #14 

ALLO DARLIN - Bright Eyes
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART - Abandonment Issue EP
INSTITUTE - Salt EP
SLEAFORD MODS - Fizzy
DANNY BROWN - Smokin and Drinkin
VINCE STAPLES - Hell Can Wait EP
EAST INDIA YOUTH - Hinterland
KING CHAMPION SOUND - Songs for the Golden Hour EP
THEPARADE - Connector
THE POPGUNS - Lovejunky
JOHNNY MARR - Easy Money
THE CHARLATANS - Talking in Tones
PETER BUCK - Opium Drivel
CHUCK PROPHET - Tell Me Anything (Turn to Gold)
THE WYTCHES - Burn Out the Bruise
DRESSMAKER - Glass EP
ADVENTURES / PITY SEX - Split
KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE - Killing Season EP
RED SNAPPER - Card Trick EP

Thurston Moore - Speak To The Wild
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