Tapes volume 3 ‘bsides’ now available by ash
June 7, 2009, 11:21 am
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The ‘bsides’ from fran rodgers, cameron steward, franz nicolay, neil ward and tubelord are now available to hear on our myspace: www.myspace.com/tapesonline


Cam’s May Ears by twoducksdisco
June 5, 2009, 3:24 pm
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A while back (we’re talking a couple of years) someone introduced me to Gregory and the Hawk and I was suitably impressed. From my reaction this someone said they’d do me a copy of their ‘Boats and Birds’ EP. Sadly this never came about and I consequently forgot about them. Then due to MySpace featuring them in their featured artist praise page they returned to my radar and my girlfriend’s, for whom I bought their album ‘Moenie and Kitchi’ for Christmas (ain’t I lovely). Well not that lovely, I borrowed the album in January and have held on to it since because it’s just beautiful. It creeps (in the sense that it’s a grower) and the subtle songs that are written are produced in such a way to make you think that it’s not just one insanely talented girl but a full-on delightful folk troupe. The songs meander through lo-fi folk and Americana settings through to more post-rockery and shoegazery territory. Kind of as if Rilo Kiley were making love to My Bloody Valentine but better than that sounds on paper.

And I’m going to feature a second band this month, mainly because they’re ace and their keyboardist came round to my house as part of Tapes volume 3. It is of course, The Hold Steady. Everyone knows who they are but does everyone own one of their albums? For a while I was just happy going on YouTube and listening to South Town Girls but after finally biting the bullet I ordered ‘Stay Positive’. Now, THS are one of those bands who just rock. They don’t do anything fancy or frilly, they just play rock music and sometimes that’s all you need in a band. This album is utterly essential if you like just that sort of thing as it’s a relentless stream of Springsteen-tinted, fists in the air, stadium crushing anthems that will simply make you smile. They even do that mega-rock band thing of cutting out all the music and filling the air with accapella chorus and hand claps… awesome. So if you don’t own an album I can strongly suggest that you right that wrong.

Tapes volume 3 available to download by ash

In all its slightly-late but slight-awesome glory, Tv3 has arrived.
Go here to put it in your eyes and ears: http://www.tapes-online.co.uk