Odd Box Podcast #14. June 2016.

I forgot to post the last few Podcasts on the blog. But the June podcast is here. A little late. 22 crackers this month including new Odd Box goodness from Flemmings, Giant Burger and Rainbow Reservoir.

Will be back at this site properly in the Autumn – currently sans proper broadband so not much to post.

Full track list is:

01 Wireheads – Isabella Says
02 Palomica – Honeydew
03 The Bellamys – Do You Rly Luv Me
04 Droves – The Daily Driver
05 Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Nothing Came To Me
06 The Burning Hell – Fuck The Government, I Love You
07 Bad Vibes – Konbini Boys
08 Ale Mania – Vomit Pig
09 Megaflora – Anxious
10 Evans The Death – Suitcase Jimmy
11 Helen Love – Spaceboy
12 The Native Cats – Little Me Belongs To Little You
13 El Rego et Ses Commandos – Djobime
14 Rainbow Reservoir – Just Say Yes
15 Giant Burger – Kim Chemtrails
16 Nancy Sin – Room For Rent
17 Simmer – Faze
18 Flemmings – The Keep
19 G.L.O.S.S. – Give Violence A Chance
20 Orchestre Laye Thiam – Kokorico
21 Dog Chocolate – Roundabout
22 Chance The Rapper – In My Place

Odd Box Podcast #11 – March 2016

Another month rolls around. Another podcast. This is filled with new stuff. Enjoy!

01 Half Japanese – Listen To Your Heart
02 Autumns – FedByDominance
03 Movie Brain – Lift
04 I Love Your Lifestyle – My Yard
05 Pink Mexico – Cigarette Spit
06 Death Valley Girls – Death Valley Boogie
07 Mr Bones – Do You Wanna Feel Alright?
08 Sepehr – No More Soul!
09 Vulva Culture – Hydromorphone
10 Candy – Stay The Same
11 Self Portraits – Stuck In Our Dreams
12 Mope Grooves – Brain
13 The Goon Sax – Boyfriend
14 The Missing Souls – Got To Have Your Lovin’
15 Marlovers – The Long Ride
16 Slowcoaches – Ex Head
17 Witching Waves – Seeing Double
18 Mumbles – We Are The Rockstars
19 Fever Dream – Fragile #2
20 Matt Wilson’s Flying Circus – [A Picture of the TARDIS]
21 Woozy – Venom

Slowcoaches – Ex Head

First up, an excuse: I am in the middle of selling up our flat in London and relocating to Cardiff. This hasn’t left much time for music of late, but I have still been listening and discovering good new stuff. There will be a new podcast in a few days.

For now though I’d like to bring your attention to the new single (and video) by Slowcoaches. ‘Ex Head’ is pretty damn perfect fuzzy guitar pop. Slowcoaches are one of my current favourites but they’re a long way from being a ‘new’ band and I have some vague recollection of seeing them at the YES WAY fest back in 2011(?) just off the Old Kent Road in some former car dealership. They seemed to re-emerge last year with a slightly changed line up and I was lucky enough to get them booked in for the final Odd Box Weekender and they were a treat. Live they were something else. Probably the loudest band of the whole weekend (and that is saying something). I look forward to receiving this 7″ so I can flip it and here the B side ‘Sucker’.


Odd Box Podcast #10 February 2016

18 Songs that I’ve been listening to the past month including new stuff from City Yelps, T-Shirt Weather and Nervous Twitch from Odd Box releases. And other new stuff from Maybe Don’t, The Brainstems, The Pooches, Tricky, Susan, The Shifters, HANNAH, Witching Waves, Jaded Juice Riders, Castlebeat, The Cherry Ices.

Older songs from Nun, Vic Chesnutt, Snake Of June and T.O.Y.S.

Full track list:
1. Nearly Almost Ready – Maybe Don’t
2. Simple Joys – The Brainstems
3. We Like The Hours – City Yelps
4. Heart Attack – The Pooches
5. Boy – Tricky
6. Terrormaze – Nun
7. Down The Drain – Susan
8. Spaghetti Western (Year 11 Prom Version) – T-Shirt Weather
9. Creggan Shops – The Shifters
10. Fall Out – HANNAH
11. Twister – Witching Waves
12. Face Paint – Jaded Juice Riders
13. Witch Craft – Castlebeat
14. Dysphoria – The Cherry Ices
15. Splendid – Vic Chesnutt
16. Something Wrong With Me – Nervous Twitch
17. Mirror – T.O.Y.S
18. Last Kiss – Snake Of June

Maybe Don’t – Maps/Traps

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Maybe Don’t have just released their first free download EP ‘Maps/Traps’ over on Bandcamp. The band hail from Birmingham and if you listen closely you can probably work out that some of them have ‘form’.

The EP is an infectious burst of pop meets punk at an indie disco. There is something vital and life affirming in these 4 songs. Maybe it’s the space the band give their songs. Maybe it’s the I want to shout along to these songs at high volume vibe I get from it. Maybe it’s just the most fun I’ve heard in a while in simple pop songs.

Maybe Don’t sing that they ‘Don’t Care if anybody sees’ – I think they should give a hoot as this EP deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.

Listen for yourself. Then download it. Then play it. Over and over and over and over.

Sofa So Good – the best of Ski Pie Rage

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Ski Pie Rage is a music blog. It’s run by a chap called David. He’s based in Scotland. It’s been a good source of hearing about what’s going on in Glasgow and beyond over the past few months.

Ski Pie Rage is now also  a cassette label and they have just released this 19 song ‘best of’ – featuring bands that have appeared on their blog. Kinda like the ‘best of’ I used to make my mates when I was teenager – all these have been hand dubbed by David. Admirable.

I’ve only got the digital files at the moment. But I am sure it’s going to sound terrific hissing out of my old boom box. The music comes from the likes of Seconds, Joya, Breakfast Muff, Crumbs, Martha and Holy Motors to name just a few. It makes for a nice snap shot of some of the DIY goings on that are currently making waves. There are some real corkers on this compilation and plenty of acts that I’d not heard before – which is always a bonus.

It’s all streaming now on their bandcamp page (go give it a listen) and all profits will be donated to  Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity – based in the UK. Admirable again.

So go and buy this cassette. Get yourself a feast of guitar goodness. Be quick, as there are only 30 of these cassettes being hand dubbed.

Kaminari -Nineteen Japanese Garage Monsters

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This record confuses me. It sounds like it’s 19 long lost 60s nuggets of Japanese garage rock/pop. But from the quickest glance around the internet it seems all of the bands on this compilation are NOW bands. I.E. currently active and new. For this it’s a strange listen. Because it’s unashamedly looking backwards to an old sound but it’s done with such vim and vigor that you can’t help be swept up in the stompy garage goodness.

Unless it really is a collection of long lost 60s gems. Which I don’t think it is. Either way I really like it. Indeed the presence of Theee Bat suggests current bands as I saw them in London a few years ago.

This LP came out on Groovie Records  of Portugal at the tail end of December 2015.