August 7, 2015 by Robb Powell
So much to wrap up before going on hiatus. Is that how you say that? Does one go on a hiatus or is it rather something you’re in? Or perhaps it is more so a sabbatical. Just not a paid one, sadly. Nor one that signifies no work. Nor one where I’m venturing off on travels afar for adventure and enlightenment. However it is termed I’m taking a break from both blog and podcast imminently. Social media for the most part too. In the meantime and as a temporary stop-gap (what the heck even is one of them now?) there’s just far too much to be sharing. Let’s share. There should always be more sharing. Get sharey. Stay sharey! Share! I’ve finished the final 2 hour finale episode for series 3 of the podcasts, the playlist for which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Both this and show 45 are up at mixcloud:
Please do share the heck out of each, thankings. Older podcasts will be getting a replay weekly from 8PM on RadioKC until I get back to recording series 4. Enjoy them and lots more fabulous indie music at the radio website: http://rkc.noip.me/
Work has been a bit of a mission to get through of late. No matter how long I manage to keep my headphones in (or indeed sometimes even how unavoidably yet inadvisably loud I have the volume) there’s always some incredulous tripe of a tune bombarding my ears from the current office station of choice, CRAPital FM. Avoid at all costs is my only advice! Seriously! I find myself actually shocked that there can be any station worse than radio 1 for this but that is the one. Don’t even try it to confirm my findings. You owe yourself so much more than that, people. My mind radio has been well and truly invaded by such rubbish I feel the need for a deep clean come the end of each day. Nils Frahm’s Says on repeat for an hour or so does the trick. This song is now on my iPod too so I’m enjoying it at work. Sat there at my desk practically beaming from ear to ear as the song hits the incredible crescendo about 6:11 in after its beautifully delicate build up. WOW! Hit play below, I’ve had to include it here again for you. How could I not? It would have been a grievous crime not to have done so.
In terms of live music there’s now approximately two weeks to go until Beautiful Days 2015. Excited to the max! Recently added to the line-up for the as yet to be fully announced Bimble Inn are the super-busy uber-talented duo Tobias Ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater. They’re scheduled for pretty much right after the Levs open up The Big Top, I think, so I may be on the local Southwest news having collapsed somewhere amidst the main stage area as I sprint across the whole site to perch up for their set. At least at that bar there will be lovely Otter Ale flowing nicely. Not only this but you remember I have an October shaping up to be packed full of live music gigs? Well, I caught a post about Leveller Mark Chadwick performing at The Musician in Leicester on Thursday October 8th so there’s no way I can be missing that when he’s so relatively nearby is there? Even if I end up having to walk from Northampton to Leicester gathering painful blisters and holes in shoes, to boot (in fact, maybe I need some boots). That takes my October gig count up to 5. I really best try leaving it at that. Still, car is due its MOT in November so it’s not like I’ll likely be able to afford anything that following month. May as well enjoy October as much as possible then. I’ll drink to that. *pours glass of whiskey then drinks entire contents from bottle*
Back to this post. I seem to have amassed a number of YouTube videos I need to share with y’all. So that’s pretty much what this little stop-gap-post is about. One or two (or most likely more as they come at me) other things too. Enjoy, like, tweet, share, buy and feel and spread that love! Now, get sharey!
TOBIAS BEN JACOB & LUKAS DRINKWATER
So much amazing music from this pair, both as the dynamic duo (minus the spandex) and also as solos, other groupings and all manner of gatherings. As above, rather super extra and over-excited to be seeing them at Beautiful Days in just two little weeks.
MATT BERRY & THE MAYPOLES
Even though I have no money. Literally, no money. *violins please (the child’s toy kind, that’s all I can afford. Or play. Actually, are toy violins even a thing? I mean, you get the usual – guitars, pianos, drums and the like – but I don’t recall ever seeing a toy violin now I’m thinking about it. Maybe that could be my moneymaking thing? Hmmm.)* I have somehow managed to budget (yeah, right) to buy tickets to go see the insanely funny and superbly talented Matt Berry & The Maypoles in Birmingham in December. He will not be embodying the infectious almost lecherous but loveable character Beef from Vic And Bob’s House of Fools of course but will be treating audiences to a blend of folk music with the band he’s in. I cannot wait! I just have to try not to storm the stage like a stalker-crazed fan.
UNDER A BANNER
VICTORY TIME EP
A few months back Under a Banner released their Victory Time EP. This is another act I’ll be lucky enough to catch at Beautiful Days in a few weeks’ time. Ironic that a band from up near Wolves I’ve been following for about three years I will finally be seeing for the first time in Devon. Very excited!
I must apologise as I wanted to get a full review of this EP up here. It is a riproaring excitable collection of songs that I highly recommend you check out and buy! One thing I dearly love is how the lyrics often tend to cut through all the bullshit if you understand me? You listent to their songs and know precisely what is going on. What’s at the heart and soul of the message. Not that the more cryptic isn’t just as good, of course. It’s all about the different approaches. And that doesn’t mean Under A Banner don’t do crytpic either. It’s just that Under A Banner produce tunes that hit you, and they hit you hard. Leaving Here, for example. Just exquisite. The folk-tinged indie rock is a pure delight. They remind me at times very much of the Levellers.
ZURICH – ALONE
Following its recent release, this is the video Zurich made for new single Alone. I’ve been lucky enough to have heard the rest of the tracks on the EP and they are brilliant. There’s always been a depth of quality to the music these guys make. This new stuff goes even deeper. Small Wars will be out towards the end of September. Stay tuned!
KING OF KINGS
Feast your eyes and ears on this brand spanking new single from hard yet melodious rockers Lightfire. They really were on fire opening for Funeral For A Friend at the weekend! You should go grab the single from iTunes >>here<<.
THE SURVIVAL CODE
It has been far too long since I checked in on these boys and there’s a whole album to delve right into here. Have a looksy via their website for loads of info and links. There’s a free download of single Living A Lie and make sure you check out these three official videos while you’re here. http://www.thesurvivalcode.co.uk/
LIVING A LIE
NEVER LET GO
One of my personal favourite songs from this young band and one I remember so vividly when the band performed it live when I saw them in Brighton a few months ago. It seems only right to share the new video for the song here. Hope you’ve picked up the album by now. http://www.youngkato.com/
A delightful, beautiful and wondrous magical folk journey is Magic Folkgrass, the recent album from Bloch Eyot. I’ll admit I really did think Magic Folkgrass was a genre, sub-genre or some such and finding that it isn’t I think we should make it one. And the pinnacle to measure all future magic folkgrass against is this incredible album from Bloch. Have a listen and purchase a copy. At just £6 for a digital copy it is a bargain unlike any other. Although I do recommend the rather awesome, original and beautiful limited edition CD. http://blocheyot.com/
PAUSE AND EFFECT
An absolute stonker of a third outing for the Whitemoor gang sees Pause And Effect smash all previous records for exceptional musical artistry. Loving the album muchly and urge you to check it out at your earliest convenience. Check out the trailer above and here’s the video for lead single A Cage For The Animals below. http://www.whitemoor.co.uk/
So much quality coming from this young lad and it’s always refreshing to hear new and different styles from an artist. This recent EP needs your attention now please and Northampton folk stay tuned for news on an Oxjam gig being planned for October.
Even though it continues to happen, the synchronicity always leaves me stunned at times. Not only had I programmed in Young Kato’s Runaway for the playlist for podcast #45 for them then to release a video for it but for podcast #46 I scheduled to play Trenches by Angus Powell. Lo and behold, a stunning live video for the song was released recently which you simply MUST have in your life. Here it is…
THE DREAM THIEVES
I’d got this US band marked up to check out again and my ears are so glad I finally got round to it again. Check out this outstanding video of the song She Knows, it is a corker! That guitar playing puts me in a complete trance.
It is so good to get something new from Mr Nichols. This is divine!
PAWNS OR KINGS
THE BANJOLA SESSIONS
Back on the jet and across the pond for a revisit to Pawns or Kings and here’s the first of three sublime live videos from their Banjola Sessions…
(THE PENGUINS COVER)
SHADOW OF A MAN
CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
DID YOU GET VERY FAR
When a musician I’ve enjoyed as much as Nick Edward Harris points one in the direction of music, it is not to be ignored. Lewis McTie sounds like a dream in the heart of summer time lashed with rain that soothes the heat. Seriously outstanding lyrical poetry here. I need to delve in deeper.
WE THREW HIM FOR A LOOP
RUAIRI & THE OWLS
I did share this on a recent SoundCloud Sunday post but it warrants inclusion again here because it’s damn good!
THE SLOW READERS CLUB
THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
Always brilliant when an indie band one has been following for a number of years and who produce music of such epic quality get on the line up for a festival as big as the Isle of Wight. Check out this video of them live earlier this sumer.
NATE MAINGARD & THE LYRICAL NOMADS
A true troubadour. How I yearn to be thus. I don’t have these kinds of musicianship talents though but it is with great pleasure I’ve been enjoying the music and stories of the wandering Nate Maingard. Now relax for 10 minutes and watch this video. The positivity is infectious! Loving it!
JUST TOO MUCH TO SAY
It’s been way too long since I checked in on my friend Mr Logan from across the narrow sea so it was lovely coming across this video recently he uploaded to his Facebook page. Sounding awesome as always. More please squire!
And as there’s still so much to cram in, the rest will be 100% waffle-free. Enjoy the music. Make sure you share please.
THIS WILD LIFE
STAY UP LATE
THE KING’S PARADE
BUNCHED UP LETTERS
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
THE LUCKY ONES
MADISON & THE MOONSHINERS
And that’s your lot for the moment. Keep posted for more coming soon. I’ll no doubt be dipping in publishing posts from the good Mr James Kirby as/when they come in. I will also try hard to catch up blogging the podcasts and getting another SoundCloud Sunday together at some point. But for now, rest and peace, it’s time for that sabattical hiatus thingymejig! Namaste.