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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!



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.



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.



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

lovely.



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



Tapes Vol. 3 details by twoducksdisco

Hello, so TVIII will be featuring the talents of…

Music by Fran Rodgers / Art by Chris White
Music by Neil Ward / Art by Jamie Cooper
Music by Franz Nicolay / Photo by Liam Henry
Music by Tubelord / Art by Alex Steward
Music by Cameron Steward / Photo by Emily Reid

And that drops on the 1st. Way mad sick!