Thursday, 29 May 2014

Yeah Yeah Noh - First New Single Of The 21st Century!

Swirly leaf pulsations from the cosmic treehouse happening!
The boogie oogie oogie beat is back! Infused with the sounds of dolphin soul, fluttering butterfly hearts, swans sailing celestial skies on a stream of stars, the souls of dead dogs surfing sempiternal sunrays, the kids will be groovin' on down hand-clapping with elbows fully extended all summer long on the dance floors of Albion.

Or to cut a long story short, YYN's new download-only single, entitled She Pulls The Petal From The Flower, is now available to pre-order on Amazon. The digital ep is officially released Monday June 2 and will also include a remix of the title track, as well as a new recording of Another Side To Mrs. Quill. The original 7" version from 1985 was recently listed as one of the fifty greatest indie pop songs in Mojo magazine.

For the first time EVER in my life I've been forced into a position where I've actually got to BUY an MP3. It's an outrage, I tell you, an OUTRAGE!!!

Check out the video:

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Friday, 23 May 2014

Shonen Knife - The Hummingbird, Birmingham 27/11/1992

Earlier this month The Knife graced our ear drums with a new album, Overdrive, that was also given a limited vinyl release to keep the old stylus primed and ticking, so here's an excellent live set from the year that punk supposedly broke to compliment that.

This was the group's second trip to The Hummingbird, having been the opening act almost a year to the day for headliners Nirvana who were then, perhaps unknowingly, on the verge of global superstardom and that legendary appearance of Top Of The Pops. Shonen Knife's star was also rapidly ascending with regular features in the press and the release of their first UK album, Let's Knife, which contained 15 new recordings of songs that had previously appeared on Japanese-only albums.

After the release of Rock Animals in 1995, my interested in them waned: I felt they'd lost their punk pop sensibilities in favour of a hard, perhaps Nirvana-inspired, rockier approach. Fast forward to 2012 and a session for Marc Riley promoting Pop Tune and a by coincidence gig at Birmingham's Glee Club in October 2012 that I attended half-expecting to enjoy only the old songs, I became reconverted. Haven't managed to catch them on their current UK tour, alas, but hopefully they will return to these shores once more soonest.

Bear Up Bison
Flying Jelly Attack
Devil House
Riding On The Rocket
Cycling Is Fun
Animal Song
Brown Mushroom
Catnip Dream
Twist Barbie
Johnny Johnny Johnny
Space Christmas
Get The Wow
Cobra Vs Mongoose
Antonia Baka Guy