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.

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Sweaty Palms – Hollywood Wax

Sweaty Palms are a Scottish band from Glasgow. ‘Hollywood Wax’ is a 4  song cassette EP and it has been released on the newly discovered (and so far excellent) Scottish imprint Fuzzkill Records.

Sweaty Palms deal in surf guitar meets lo-fi pop kinda like a dirtier and nastier cousin to 2000’s Sons and Daughters. I think I found this release via the excellent Ski Pie Rage blog. The EP ends with the sprawling ‘Mutton Dressed As Lamb’ which unravels like a twisted funeral march. Or something.

Apparently the tape is now sold out. So grab the download.

Earth Rod – Scuttling Around EP

I picked up this cassette by Earth Rod a few weeks back. The band recorded  a couple of the songs on the EP at the ever reliable Sound Savers (with Mark Jasper at the controls) and the result is a suitably scuzzy DIY lo-fi pop racket. They don’t seem to play out very often so I am not sure how I came across them – probably from trawling my bandcamp feed. The tape doesn’t throw up much in the way of clues to who the band are (edit, facebook does).

Across the 7 songs on the EP guitars are set to fuzz, the vocals remain gleefully buried.  On ‘Yay Or Nay’ the band channel some kinda rockabilly spirit. This is music for dark basements and boozy evenings. Maybe the band have heard the likes of The Cramps before. They also remind me of slightly less psychotic take on Middlesbrough’s Year Of Birds. The louder you turn the volume dial, the better the reward.

Not Sorry

Not Sorry are a new band from London. Featuring members of Joey Fourr and Ravioli Me Away amongst their ranks. And the band have just uploaded 3 new songs to soundcloud (streaming above). These songs will feature on a split tape with Holysix who the band are about to embark on European tour with. The tape will be released by Good Job / SixSixSixties Records.

The three songs blend woozy guitars, busy rhythms and some kick arse synth action. This is very good.

King of Cats – Microwave Oven

Max Levy is ostensibly King Of Cats. He has a cast of ‘helpers’. On this record Roxy Brennan of Two White Cranes came over and sang a song or two and these songs give the LP a balance. Live the band can also include Owen Williams (Joanna Gruesome, Grubs), Camille Reardon (Towel, Hallie & The Annies) and Laurie Foster (Playlounge).

‘Microwave Oven’ is the 2nd King of Cats full length. The first came out on the cool as you want it to be imprint Art Is Hard Records. On vinyl. Microwave Oven is seeing the light of day on CD, Cassette and Download. I’ve snapped up a cassette. Max’s singing voice always divides opinion. He has a scratchy voice and it’s easy to hear what the haters might hate. Personally I find his voice cathartic. This is a singer that wears his heart on his sleeve and you can feel the raw emotion coming through. Max also happens to write some of the best songs you’re likely to hear on any DIY lo-fi record this or on any year.

From gentle guitar strums, to proto-type electronics ‘Microwave Oven’ gives a good account of itself on the variation stakes. If you can come to terms with Max’s voice you are in for a treat. If you can’t that’s your loss. You are also wrong.

Peach Kelli Pop and The Pats Pats

This split release surfaced when Peach Kelli Pop (aka Allie Hanlon and friends) were on tour in Japan. The band hail from Ottawa in Canada and they make lo-fi bubblegum power pop. These tapes seemed to appear online and sell out within hours. I was lucky enough to nab one. The release is split with Japanese act, The Pats Pats and that’s about all I know about them. Google translate helps a little. But not much. They appear to be a duo – but some photos show 3 people – so who knows! After listening to the tape it’s fairly clear the band are from a similar mould to PKP.

This tape is fun. Hearing The Pats Pats for the first time is a bonus and their three songs are all pretty neat – stand out being ‘(It’s) My Melody’ . The songs on the Peach Kelli Pop side feature (what I think is) a beautiful Daniel Johnston cover of ‘True Love Will Find You In The End’ and some more standard bubblegum pop which recalls a more saccharine NoBunny. It’s Peach Kelli Pop, what’s not to love?

I can’t find The Pats Pats side for streaming on line. But there is the fab live recording from earlier this year. Enjoy.