Friday, April 23, 2010



So the MILK cassette releases have been flying off the shelves, and by shelves i mean my bedside table drawers.

The latest comes from the Glasgow based powerhouses ULTIMATE THRUSH and DIVORCE.
these are two of the most killer live acts in the world right now. you have to see them play. either. BOTH. luckily they tend to play on the same bill quite a lot. I looked on youtube for some footage, but don't even bother, just go and see them if you ever get the chance. Yeah and BUY THIS TAPE!

Ultimate Thrush have this power-insanity thing, where it can seem out of control and like a... volcano... but then you catch the sound of riff and look over and Ollie's just groovin like he's in Lonnie Donnegan's skiffle group. My God, they just get better the more you see them, by now i can only assume they're like... fucking... reaaaally good!

And Divorce slay. They slay like Buffy. they kill it. they kill your preconceived notions of punk... of noise, which now you realize were just ludicrous. no. the dial doesn't stop at 10. it stops at DIVORCE.

So now you totally want to buy the tape? well I sold out of them days ago. You can't get one from me, but you can get it from -------->

DIVORCE'S big cartel


or if you happen to be in Japan - ESCALATOR records

Or like i've been shoving down your throats you could GO AND SEE THEM PLAY AND BUY A TAPE FROM THEIR SWEATY POST SHOW HANDS!


Thursday, April 1, 2010


i only want to talk about my favourite bands all the time to the exclusion of all else... except star trek... and i have very little to say about any other subject so perhaps that's for the best.

P E E P H O L E S are fantastic and have managed to release a 12" of powerful echo drenched synth-mechano-pop! It's available now and is fantastic. Side A is 3 of the catchiest noises you're likely to hear this year,; 'Ladder', ''Lair' and 'Chika'. Expect to be humming the latter to yourself for months to come. I can't get the chorus out of my head, despite it being virtually unintelligible (I doubt even Uhura could understand what Kat Peepholes is saying). Side B offers a remix of 'Chika' from Chicago's EYES which illuminates Peepholes' lyrics but also seems to verge on becoming some kind of lost penguin nonsense. There's also an it's-summer-on-Vulcan style rework of 'Lair' by E*ROCK which is really very, very nice indeed.

I prefer the Peepholes side to the remix side, which is exactly as it should be.

I should also mention the cover artwork. awesome. Nick Peepholes takes on the role of mysterious figure draped in curtain on a giant rock. What's a nice touch is that the few rocks clearly used to hold the curtains edges flat haven't been photoshopped out but left for all to see, and then on the reverse of the cover a second shot is used minus mysterious figure, but the necessary hold-down-curtain rocks have ben repositioned into the exact same places, as if the phantom guy de-materialised. Perhaps someone beamed him up?

'Lair' EP is out now on Hungry For Power label out of Brighton. You can buy it by following that link but you could also buy the great value meal deal of Peepholes' 'Lair' / Cold Pumas' 'Jela' saving you £3!! It's well worth it as that Cold Pumas 12" is pretty great too!

Expect really interesting releases from Hungry For Power. I think I'm right in saying a regular bloggo/ musical artisan associated with the legendary 20 Jazz Funk Greats is behind this endeavour.

Here's the ever so dramatic promo vid for the 12"

SO GOOD! Captain Janeway would be proud.