Bad bloggers by ash
December 23, 2009, 2:53 pm
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Right, it has not gone unnoticed that we have been pretty crap at blogging, hopefully 2010 will bring a change to this sorry state of affairs.

Until then, we wish you all a very merry christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

p.s. Tv6 out late-Jan 2010.

Ash’s Autumn ears by ash
November 5, 2009, 2:47 pm
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As it would appear i haven’t had an opinion on music since the summer i thought i’d start doing this more seasonally (as i think that affects what i listen to more than anything).

I’ve been listening quite a lot to Meursault who’re a bunch of folksy loveliness from Edinburgh. I like it because it’s a little bit abrasive, not in an obvious way, but there seems to be a bit of a sonic roughness mixed in with some lovely melody.

I also dug out my copy of the milk eyed mender by Joanna Newsom the other day because it reminds me of cold mornings and it getting dark before teatime.

and for once i posted before Cam!

After many months…tapes volume 5! by ash

Tapes 5 is finally ready, the podcast is available here http://www.jellycast.com/directory/index.php?page=jellycast&id=1985 and the zine will be online this evening.

the podcast features tracks from; sam airey, michael rossiter, sleepingdog, tiny vipers and her name is calla

thanks for bearing with us

New timings for tapes by ash
September 18, 2009, 12:47 pm
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Tapes volume 5 will be out in October. This will be the last of the ‘old style’ monthly tapes.

From then on tapes will become a quarterly release, in a similar format to how it is released at the moment (i.e. podcast/e-zine), just…less often.

Full details to follow as soon as we’ve decided them!

I know this may seem like a bit of a cop out but we’re both so busy with other things we couldn’t give tapes the attention it deserves on a monthly basis. Hopefully this slightly less frequent output will mean we can continue to keep things awesome.

Ash’s July ears by ash
August 12, 2009, 9:39 pm
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Right, i’m back on the music wagon.

This month I have mainly been listening to Adem and Lisa Hannigan.

Adem (Ilhan) is also 1/3 of Fridge (who Cam loves) although his solo stuff is fairly removed from Fridge-stylings. I was passed his latest album (Takes) last summer, it’s a collection of covers and there are one or two absolutely excellent moments – his cover of aphex twin’s ‘to cure a weakling child/boy girl song’ is beautiful and an inspired reworking of the original in my opinion. The whole concept of this album is fairly self-indulgent (covers of songs that Adem likes) and it does veer into pet project territory at times. However his first album (Homesongs) seems a far better representation of Adem’s “nu-folk” style, I’m particularly digging ‘these are your friends’, ‘ringing in my ear’ and ‘statued’ the slightly groove-y and looped feel of things feels similar to some other things i like (mum springs to mind – the icelanders, not my mother), although i hasten to add this isn’t to say the two sound particularly similar, there just seems to be a similar(ish) approach to structure and texture and…things.

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Hannigan ever since I first heard Damien Rice’s first album about 7 years ago, although she was always billed as ‘backing vocals’ i think she had a big part in making that album what it was (not everyone’s cup of tea i know but i like it). ever since she left Rice’s band (was she pushed? did she jump? do we care?) she has been quietly working away on her own stuff, i first got my hands on her debut album, ‘Sea Sew’ last year when it went on limited release in Ireland and have been singing her praises ever since. The album is a gorgeous, warm, slightly diy slice of folk-pop with quirky instrumentation beautifully complementing Miss Hannigan’s undoubted vocal skillz. Cam and I went to see her a month or so ago, Cam is now a fan. She is ace.

Also, this video is lovely.

Cam’s July Ears by twoducksdisco
August 7, 2009, 4:34 pm
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I can’t remember if the point of these ‘ears’ blogs is to say what new music I’m listening to or just what music I like. My first choice for this month is a rather old favourite coming in the shape of Mike Kinsella’s most bare-boned project; Owen. Lyrically his work borders on diary book emo territory, added to the fact that it’s delivered with such finesse it can generally swing people’s decisions before they’ve discovered the complexity in which Mike’s music is based upon, as therein lies the uniqueness of his solo material. Guitar’s flutter, harmonic’s tingle and piano’s shimmer amongst various other instrumentation creating rich, warm compositions that sound like the soundtrack to hazy summer evenings. The music’s complexity derives somewhat from his American Football days, which accounts for the strong melodies that crop up throughout his solo albums, resulting in these characterful indie-pop delights.

Keeping things in the past lets skip back some 30-odd years to shine a light on potentially one of the finest pop albums ever written. When I first got into Fleetwood Mac it was after listening to the most bizarre cut and paste remix by UNKLE on radio 1 back in 2002. It used that killer bass line at the end of ‘The Chain’, which reminded me of Formula One Sundays and so I was prompted to go out and buy their classic album ‘Rumours’ on vinyl. Upon arriving home and discovering that the album is littered with pop gems including ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Songbird’, not to mention lesser known classics such as ‘Never Going Back Again’, ‘Second Hand News’ and ‘I Don’t Want To Know’, I felt that this must have been the best £5 I’d spent in a long time. All of those songs pretty much cement this album as being a piece of work that will remain timeless and illustrate as to why it’s the 10th best selling album of all time.

long summer days by ash
August 7, 2009, 1:38 pm
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oops, almost a month since the last blog post (sorry).

Tv5 will be out on September 1st, at some point before then we will also make the b-sides from Tv4 available.

Last night we recorded the first session in the ‘new’ basement with Michael Rossiter which was a delight.

The Art of Tapes vol. 4 by twoducksdisco
July 9, 2009, 5:04 pm
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G’day. So its seems that the artwork from Volume 4 seems to have been lesser documented, ie. we didn’t bloody document it!

Well lets presume that you’ve all seen it, if not you can go to the website soon and it’ll be up there. We’ll probably link it again anyways, its just THAT good!

Here are the links to everyone involved in making Tapes vol. 4 the best to date:

Yonderboy / Fran Rodgers
Ora Cogan / William Edmonds
This Town Needs Guns
/ Mr Gauky
fortywatts / Sarah Reid
Peasman / Ash Mann

And if you want to stream the podcast go here!
If you want to download the podcast go here!

Cam’s June Ears by twoducksdisco
July 3, 2009, 5:24 pm
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As mentioned in a previous entry about my ears (or essentially what I’d be listening to during a certain month), I name-dropped Helios with reference to a mix-CD that my brother supplied me with. Slowly but surely I’ve found myself becoming more and more reliant on a daily basis to listen to the sounds of this Portland (USA) based ambient guitar virtuoso. Now I can’t confess to knowing a lot about Helios (or Keith, as he’s known to his parents) but he makes slow creeping guitar-based music, which sound like excerpts from a gorgeous cinematic experience involving mountains, rolling fields, hazy mornings and outbursts of snow, cascading through a luscious yellow-tinted valley. The ‘Eingya’ LP comes highly recommended.

Now the name of this band initially put me off but if anything, this proves that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Well, there was no pun intended there but I purposefully wasn’t bothered by a band named The Books when I first came across them some years back. Images of some cack new-wave / indie-dance troupe popped into my head but in fact, I couldn’t have been further away from the truth. The Books are more akin to Fridge and Do Make Say Think maybe even UNKLE, in terms of forward-thinking electronic-rock music. A combination of samples, found objects and guitars are all spliced together to make something beautiful as well as constantly interesting and evolving.

Tapes volume 4 available now! by ash
July 2, 2009, 2:20 pm
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After a variety of fussing about and breaking things Tv4 is available to listen to/download from here http://www.tapes-online.co.uk and here http://www.jellycast.com/directory/index.php?page=jellycast&id=1985