The debut physical release from Manchester-based upstarts Loose Articles. Pressed by Dipped In Gold Recordings, Up The Disco brings those sweaty nights at your favourite indie disco, straight to your home. B-side is titled Buses.
For fans of harmonies and power pop, the debut album from Portable Radio is the natural heir to the Beach Boys when they had beards, The Zombies, Carole King, Bee Gees, Weyes Blood, Drugdealer, Hall & Oates and all that solid gold pop we love!
It's worth pointing out that our very own Mof is in the band, but we're not being biased, honest! Limited run, so don't hang about for this!
Just a year after picking up instruments and forming Sheffield band Potpourri release their debut album, First Dance. Potpourri formed in Summer 2019 to play a gig at the inaugural Bingo Fest, and have been cultivating their off-kilter brand of pop since - incorporating the Broadcast-esque electronic sounds, motorik rhythms and chanteuse-style vocal harmonies.
The hugely anticipated debut material from the outstanding Hayley Williams, known well as the fronter of the adored Paramore. With an already excellent career of powerhouse vocals, ruthless energy and pin-point lyricism, we just know this will be super special, unique and from the sounds of the singles; unexpected and experimental, we can't wait.
Jerskin Fendrix, the electronic singer-songwriter flipping the script on avant-garde pop music, releases his debut album, Winterreise, on 12” vinyl, accompanied by a full-size booklet of lyrics & exclusive artworks selected by Jerskin Fendrix, with a centrefold tear-out poster. The Shropshire-born artist spent two years nurturing his sound at and around the iconic Brixton venue The Windmill with the likes of Jockstrap, Black Country New Road, and black midi; collaborating with the latter on a 2018 Christmas single receiving praise and radio coverage from Iggy Pop on BBC Radio 1.
Jerskin’s album follows the release of three critically acclaimed singles, each paired with cutting-edge visuals, as has become the artist’s trademark since his very first online releases in 2018. Winterreise is the fruit of Jerskin Fendrix’s first 3 years as an artist. This debut album spans an improbable range of music, skimming UK Grime, Bruce Springsteen, Sibelius, Joanna Newsom, PC Music and ‘50s Doo-Wop without alighting. Jerskin’s Winterreise, named after Schubert’s Winterreise, conveys the same message: if you spend too long writing a breakup album, something weird will happen.
Since her debut album arrived in 1968, Joni Mitchell’s songs have been embraced across generations, inspired multitudes of artists around the world, and earned every conceivable accolade. She is now opening her vault for the first time to create the Joni Mitchell Archives, a new series of releases that will span the next several years, featuring deep dives in to unreleased content from different eras of her storied career. Mitchell has been intimately involved in producing the archive series, lending her vision and personal touch to every element of the project.
2020 features music from some of our favourite artists and closest friends on the new Manchester scene. The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a colossal strain on the music industry. 2020 has been assembled with a vision of providing financial support for Manchester artists, with all proceeds split 50/50.
Featuring hand-picked tracks, contributed by artists whose music spans neo-soul, jazz, afro-electronic and more, 2020 is an eclectic discovery of inspired and curated sounds; a shining light on the emerging stars of Manchester’s live music scene.
2020 is the first of a series of fundraiser compilations to be released on Band on the Wall’s new in-house imprint; Band on the Wall Recordings.
This physical edition includes the album on CD and a limited edition high quality pull-out commemorative poster.
By purchasing the physical CD version you directly support both a collective of emerging Manchester artists at a time of crisis, and help keep Band on the Wall alive.
TRACK LISTING 01 Honeyfeet x Werkha – You Go To My Head (rewerked) 02 Mali Hayes – Oceans ft LayFullstop 03 Secret Night Gang – Don’t Mess With My Heart 04 Agbeko – There is a Jungle (Live) 05 Porij – Closer 06 Lovescene – To The Side 07 Skeltr – Lojong 08 Contours – Northbound 09 Cervo – Reaching 10 Katbrownsugar ft Al Turnbull – Jungle 11 Yemi Bolatiwa – Troubled Living 12 Shunya – The Clay & The Sculpture 13 Lieko Quintet – Black Lake 14 MSC Big Band – Grown Ups (Live)
Super lounge Christmas cosiness featuring Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, ad a host of other smooth legends. Fix yourself a festive fancy, slip into a silk robe, and slink about the place like you're a '50s Modernist swinger. Lovely!
A combination of all things Punk, Metal and Thrash. Complex yet catchy, melodic, heavy and nothing short of a good time. Hailing from Edmonton Alberta they are ready to travel the world and connect through their music. Skeleton City [Recorded at Velveteen Audio by James Banks and mastered at West West Side Music by Alan Douches] is the first EP from this five-piece Canadian band. Full of fast riffs, it quickly grabs your attention and takes you for a ride. Opening for bands like: Protest The Hero, A Wilhelm Scream, Norma Jean, Belvedere, Skeletonwitch, and The Black Dahlia Murder they have learned from some of the best. Young and eager to play, Wolfrik hopes to end up in your city soon.
Manchester lyricist/producer Skittles - of LEVELZ infamy - has returned with his eclectic Poor on Purpose LP. As the follow-up to his (hugely underrated) 2012 offering Poor With £100 Trainers, Skittles' latest album is an all-encompassing journey through the artist's vast musical influences and styles.
With the track-list ranging from sombre soundscapes and poignant lyrics ('Paper Plates', 'Your Name' featuring DRS) to cheeky LEVELZ-esque bops ('Let The Bass Drop' featuring Truthos Mufasa, 'Bad Man Na Drink Milkshake Without Straw' featuring Fox), with room for a fierce dubstep moment ('I Am The Danger') as well as something that bears resemblance to a pop track, even without a hint of stylistic compromisation from the artist ('Init'), Poor on Purpose is the end result of what it would look like if you compiled the personalities of Manchester's music scene over the last seven years into one record. Which is, if inadvertently, exactly what Skittles has done.
PAPERCUTS #2 is a 196-page paperback book that features writing, artwork and photography from 50 musicians and fans.
Every penny of profit is going to the MUSIC VENUE TRUST, so you're supporting independent music venues with each purchase. #SaveOurVenues
In the absence of live music this year, we wanted to celebrate the special events that we’ve shared in years past. We asked contributors to tell us what live music means to them, and to share stories of tours, festivals and gigs that have stuck in their memories.
The collection runs the gamut of grotty tour vans, sweaty basement shows and festival antics, with trips as far afield as Los Angeles, Tokyo and Argentina. Every story is as relatable as it is unique: a celebration of the unusual moments that always seem to happen on the road, and the ubiquitous energy that unites us at every live show, no matter the genre or the location.
Were you at the Download Riots of 2006? Have you been strip-searched by border control? Have you broken your hand in a human pyramid? Have you ruined a dentist’s life? Perhaps not, but you’ll feel like you have after reading this.
PAPERCUTS #2 is available as a great value bundle with PAPERCUTS #1, our first book, which we've reprinted as it sold out so fest last year!
Featuring contributions from:
Mark Bartlett (Our Lives In Cinema) Bee Bentall Samantha Bevington Giles Bidder (Great Cynics) Carl Brewster (Lesser Known Character) Dani & Bobble (Faintest Idea) Jimmy Carroll (LITFO) Colin Clark (Colin's Punk Rock World) Andy Davies (TNS Records, Knife Club) Rob Day (Misgivings) Gab De La Vega Chris Fishlock Dave Forman (Shackleford) Kristian Garratt Mof Gimmers (Wilderness Records) Josh Goldman (The Raging Nathans, The Dopamines) Nat Gyll-Murray (F. Emasculata, Swansong) Amelia Hall Makky Hall Tom Houseman (Follow Your Dreams) Nick Josten (The Bloodstrings) Robin Leitch (Random Hand) Chris Lowry (Warrington Ska Punk) Lucias Malcolm (Call Me Malcolm) Jake McAllister (Sunliner) Katie MF Archie Moss (Incisions, Clayface) Paúl Rivera (La Armada) Iain 'Tree' Robinson (Manchester Punk Fest) Jason Small Paul Smith (Be Sharp) Chris Snelgrove (The Last Mile) Matt Speer (Ear Nutrition) James Taylor Adam Vallely Sarah Williams (Shout Louder) Mikey Wong Iain Wright (Snatch Game) Jaap Baard (Batwolf) Roberto Gasparro Cris Watkins (Punk In Focus) Dave Sloan Jim Taylor (Bruise Control) Mark Richards Josh Sumner (Fair Do's) Tim Bevington (TNSrecords) Gary Hough
Aftershock is a collaborative effort by violinist extraordinaire Mia Zabelka, Vienna and extreme metal bassist/guitarist Arun N, Bangalore which reflects their respective styles and playing, equal parts of soothing ambience, textures make way for improvised parts created predominantly from violin and bass guitar
Juxtaposed with a vibe of post-apocalyptic illegal but now legal gatherings, aftershock gently caresses never before heard hard ambient with free improvisation, techno and experimental electronic music all in a single wave packed into a solid 60 min set meant to be heard from beginning to end in a single sitting to grasp. Adding to this concoction is a special guest, trumpet veteran Joshua Trinidad from Denver
Recorded in the covid months of 2020 (August to October in Vienna, Austria and Bangalore, India). C60, J-card, postcard, presentation envelope.
As the pandemic fog begins to disappear, and the lurkers and vultures return to their murky origins… who will replace the sun and moon when we’ve sold it?
In our third volume we interview Manami, Punk photographer Jude Kendall, A selection of interviews with Manchester’s DJs/Promoters and learn about the history of dancing. Additionally, we have a range of photos provided by Tugalife, Hulmeloonies, Paul McCourt, and Girasolgoth
This issue’s poem is provided by Zachary Knowland.
'From Her To Eternity' was the debut record for Cave in his olden days as an ex-member of the post-punk meanies the Birthday Party and the founder of the Bad Seeds. Based around his own song-writing and contributions from co-founder Mick Harvey (who sadly didn't get his own nameplate), the record saw Cave focusing on lyricism and moments of musical reflection that weren't seen in the forthright and cruel punk attacks of the Birthday Party.
The classic sophomore LP from Eric B. & Rakim gets a nice double-vinyl reissue. Follow The Leader may not be quite as well known as the duo’s all-conquering debut Paid In Full, but this 1988 follow-up still has plenty to offer. Indeed, there’s a school of thought that says Follow The Leader is the better record. The manner in which Rakim’s bars dance over Eric B.’s endlessly listenable beats remains a joy all these years later. Golden-age boom-bap doesn’t get much better than this.
Talking Heads - There's More Songs About Buildings and Food
More Songs About Buildings And Food was the second Talking Heads album, originally released in 1978 and the first to feature Brian Eno in the production chair. Eno was a perfect fit for Talking Heads, teasing out of them a more dance and funk inspired sound with the rhythm section of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth taking a keener role behind David Byrne's trademark yelp.
After the messy and uninspired Humanz, The World’s Most Famous Virtual Group™ needed a shake-up. So Gorillaz have locked up their bassist and hellraiser-in-chief Murdoc and drafted in a new member, Ace, in his place. The Now Now features eleven new tunes from Damon Albarn and his Merry Men. Early signs are promising - first single ‘Humility’ features George Benson and sees them rediscover a little of the sunny charm of Plastic Beach.
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