Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Tall Ships in NME

Always a big day for a band, today Tall Ships receive their first small feature in NME. Congratulations guys, here's to many more.

Check it out and download the MP3 here. The band are currently out on tour with Tubelord. The self-titled debut EP is due out on 15th March... If there are any copies left by then!

Open Letter To The Scene

Walter Schreifels recently stopped in to record a live version of 'Open Letter To The Scene' for our friends over at Enjoy.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Easy like Monday morning

Monday's are gradually working their way into a little routine for me. Wake up, fall asleep, wake up, get angry because it's later than it should be, check my email on the phone until I see something important enough to convince my tired brain I definitely need to get up, shower, sit at the computer, pause for a moment to think over my to-do list, update the '10 Collection. Every week starts in exactlty the same way. I'm not normally one for routines but I think I like this one. I enjoy the moment after pressing send and imagining people downloading the new musical installment as I excitedly await reaction.

Last week was certainly no exception as we unveiled the first new Tellison track in over a year, something which it seemed many people out there were very pleased to hear. This week we've followed it up with a band called Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea, who are one of my favourite new UK acts. I came across them back in December, during the BSM xmas tour when, wonderfully, two separate people recommended them on the same day. Whenever that happens it gives you a tiny little glimour of excitement and the suggestion of something special. Thankfully, both of these people were dead right.

Last week I was pointed in the direction of this blog which is very kindly reviewing all 52 tracks from the series. So far the writer seems to be enjoying what he's been sent, which is pretty cool. I wonder what he'll make of CMCS? I guess we'll find out soon. Time to press send...

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Dear UK gigs

I really like you, don't get me wrong, but if you could be just a little more like this, I'd really like it

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

R.I.P. Blakfish

Unfortunately, as of late last week, Blakfish are no more. I don't think I was alone in believing this band would be touring until the end of time, but unfortunately Sam (vocals and guitar) has decided to leave. During a European tour with Biffy Clyro certainly isn't the worst way to bow out, but it's an unfortunate and very unexpected demise, all the same. It goes without saying that they'll be sorely missed and we hope to bring you news of future musical projects as soon as they begin to surface.

Something which has bothered me a little over the past few days, since the announcement was made on Saturday evening, is the number of fans appearing from nowhere. Obviously that in itself hasn't bothered me, I love it that people enjoyed the bands music, it's just a shame that some have stayed so quiet until now.

The same thing seems to happen everytime. Whenever a band splits up, everyone suddenly declares their love for the music, but whilst they're together, plugging away 200 nights a year touring in cold vans, peddling their wares trying to make ends meet, it seems a somewhat different story. We've seen it with Meet Me In St Louis, Jairus, Secondsmile and countless others here, whilst more recently, away from the label, These Arms Are Snakes seemed to suffer a pretty similar fate.

I don't want this to turn into a preachy rant, demanding people spend all of their time and money, devoting their lives to the bands they enjoy, I completely understand and respect that life is about a hell of a lot more than that, but what I'm saying is that sometimes - just, every now and again - maybe take a moment out to appreciate what you've got. It's a bit of an old cliche to say "you don't know what you've got til it's gone" but that's not to say it isn't true. I'm as guilty of it as the next man and much like a near death experience shaking you into action to sort out your life, I'm going to try and make more of an effort to get out and enjoy the bands I love, whilst they're still in need of my support.

Going to gigs, buying CDs and even sending quick emails to let someone know you appreciate what they do isn't a big commitment, but you never know, at the end of the day it could make all the difference.

Rant over. As you were, people.

Drowned In Scary Monsters #7

My first of the year. This one talks about some of the stuff we have coming up, as well as a little bit of insight into the Andrew W.K. single. Enjoy.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Thank you, love from AWK

As you may have heard, the first 100 copies of Andrew W.K.'s square 7" single, 'I'm A Vagabond', comes with a hand-written thank you note. All 100 are different. Here are just a few of my favourites. Enjoy...

Talons in Heaven

Just watched this video back and remembered how amazing this show was. On this occasion, Talons supported Manchester Orchestra, but one day they'll be back to headline and it'll be the best thing you've ever seen or heard. Believe.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Free Tupolev

The Tupolev Ghost unfortunately decided to call it a day towards the end of last year, after playing one final show at The Fest in Florida. Not a bad way for a band to bow out, but a massive shame nonetheless.

If You Make It is an awesome Brooklyn based website which features acoustic sessions with Kevin Devine and many others, hosts free album downloads from some incredible bands. They recently posted the Grown Ups EP and have now (with our full permission, of course) followed it with The Tupolev Ghost's self-titled mini-album from last year.

Download it from here.

You're welcome.

Here's the video to 'Diagrams', one of my favourite songs of 2009.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Another day, another W.K.

Gloriously weird

'10 Collection update

Just wanted to post a little update on where we're upto with the BSM '10 Collection. We're now 6 weeks in and things from this side are going swimmingly, I hope everyone who has subscribed thus far is enjoying it just as much. We've had music from Tangled Hair, Walter Schreifels, Ice Sea Dead People, Ute, Hold Your Horse Is and Tall Ships (in that order), the lovely t-shirts are printed and being posted out over the next week, and we're now running our first monthly competition, exclusively for subscribers, offering everyone a chance to win an Andrew W.K. square 7" and a copy of the new Tall Ships CDEP. Exciting times.

If you haven't signed up but fancy a piece of the above action, it costs just £17 and you'll receive everything already mentioned, along with another 46 MP3s through the course of the year, numerous more competition chances and no doubt a bunch of other nice things. is where you want to be.


Friday, 5 February 2010

You square

Big day of deliveries today, kicking off with a few hundred Andrew W.K. square 7"s just like this one...

Isn't she lovely? Isn't she won-der-fuuuul?

Thursday, 4 February 2010


It's all got a bit "worky" around here lately, hasn't it? So how about we take 5 minutes out and get serious?

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Blakfish Clyro

I'm sorry, you must be getting bored of these endlessly happy blog posts about more and more good news. Well, I don't want to be rude, but I'm certainly not getting bored. So deal with it.

As recapped below, this year's already off to a flyer with a multitude of exciting things going on, and now we have another one to add to the list: Blakfish have been confirmed to support Biffy Clyro on their European tour, this week! Germany, I've translated the key words for you. Learn these, sing and repeat until delerious at the end of the set...

Es könnte schlimmer sein,
könnte man tot sein,
ich weiß nicht wie wir alle überlebt,
aber ich weiß ist,
wir haben

(if this is wrong, blame Google translate. And my E in GCSE German)

I'm wrote this (although I forgot to post it!) on the laptop in bed. Its become a little bit of a 2010 tradition already. The very welcome addition of a heated blanket in the BSM "office" has lead to way too many mornings giving in to temptation and choosing warmth and a dodgy wireless connection over the cold, yet reliable PC, outside of my comfortable, soft shell. This time is slightly different, however, as it's 11pm on a Friday night, a good 12 hours later than my usual bed shift. Last night I, along with Eva of Rolo Tomassi fame, DJ'd at a club night up in Manchester called Crack Yr Skull. I can honestly say I've never been to a place like it before. Saves The Day: nothing. Limp Bizkit: pretty decent reaction. Renegade Master: moderate. Coolio: arms up. Meet Me In St Louis, Algernon Cadwallader and Owls: out of this world. People were requesting obscure math rock songs and complaining about Jay-Z. Some sort of alternative universe, surely. Being packed out until the early hours left everyone buzzing and eventually resulted in me trundling off to bed sometime after the sun came up. Something which is perhaps justifiable in the peak of summer, but January is a little too far for this 26 year old wouldbe old man. When I tell you my total sleep for the night was around the one hour mark it should come as no surprise that today was pretty much a write-off. A difficult train trip home, with my head rolling around on my shoulders like that of a broken wooden toy. I certainly didn't feel like a real boy today.

Warning: This week will likely boast yet more good news. Walter Schreifels tour dates are now confirmed and ready to be announced, and there's a lot of them! If you can't make it to one of these shows, you're simply not trying hard enough. There'll also be a new release announced sometime over the next forthnight, and two of my very favourite new bands coming up in the '10 Collection.

Have a good night. Keep it in your pants.