Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Another blog post lacking title inspiration. This is getting serious. Speaking of title inspiration and a disappointing lack of it, I've been wrestling with a few possible ideas for our forthcoming 100th release compilation moniker. When I tell you that 'Don't Worry, BSM Happy' is my current second favourite, it probably tells you a lot about the overall quality of my shortlist.

Not cool.

Anyway, it's a new week which of course means, a new Shoes And Socks Off video. Hurrah! This one is track 5 of 10, entitled 'CYF'. Many of you will already be familiar with the song as its a long-time live favourite. Toby put the video together using some old footage he found on The Prelinger Archives and I think it acts as a good road safety advert for us all. Well, maybe.

The master CD for 'Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have-Not', the new album all of these new songs are taken from, should be dropping through my door Friday. We've managed to squeeze all 10 of the videos onto the CD - along with a few little bonuses - and conveniently, they're already in MP4 format so you can slip them straight onto your iPod. God bless this digital age of ours.

The artwork for the album looks great too. It's the first Shoes And Socks Off record to get a full, 'proper' release, instead of the made-to-order, no distro, no press efforts of before. In an almost symbolic move, the black and white images have been replaced by some lovely full colour work and I'm excited to get the finished product back here and selling. 2 new t-shirt designs are also in the works and the September tour dates will soon be announced. There's a lot of them so I don't want to hear any excuses.

Think it's time to call it a night. I'm not cut out for these sweaty evenings. When did it get so hot around here?! Planning a bit of an impromptu holiday for July and just can't stop daydreaming about sitting next to a pool somewhere. Anywhere. With cocktails. And the World Cup final.

Friday, 25 June 2010


Feeling very low on blog title inspiration this morning. I've been writing press releases since 8am and feel I've exhausted my vocabulary twice over. So, to save my weary head, let's keep this simple. It's a crazy live video of Adebisi Shank, who are recording their new album right now, ready for a very quick release. More soon. Too many words already


Thursday, 17 June 2010

Lots of little things

Brace yourselves, here's a whole load of rambled nonsense for you. It's a massive update, BSM style.

The World Cup has started, but you probably know that. After a disappointing first week the tournament exploded with excitement yesterday, most notably for me as I sat surrounded by literally every South African in Oxford (vuvu's and all) trying not to show my pleasure as Diego Forlan scored his second of the game for Uruguay. My speculative 180/1 bet on him to be the competitions top scorer suddenly didn't look quite so ridiculous as his odds crashed to 13/1 by the end of the night. And just before I let the football subject go, I just need to mention that Team BSM took part in The Fly magazine's own World Cup last weekend and despite losing our first two games (even with Sam Get Cape Wear Cape Fly hitting the woodwork approximately 2893 times) we clubbed together and beat The Kaiser Chiefs in the final group stage match. Oh my God, they couldn't believe it. 1-0.

Grown Ups are now back in the US. It feels as though they were here for years (5 weeks, in reality) and from all accounts the European dates were just as well attended and fun as those here in the UK. Massive thanks to everyone who went out to see them play, bought a record and had a chat with the guys. It was the first time any of them had left the States - bless em - and it meant the world to them all. We have a few tour exclusive t-shirts left, so I'll stick those online next week.

On a similarly American, and very brief, note... Plans are slowly coming together to get both Kevin Devine and Walter Schreifels back here (separately) in the not too distant future. There may also be another US signing or two yet. Nothing concrete, but balls are in the air (is that the correct expression for this situation? Who knows). Kevin is currently in the middle of a massive 6 week US tour with Thrice and will be hitting Germany next month in support of the wonderful Nada Surf.

Tall Ships and Men have just finished up the 2nd BSM free tour of the year. Brighton, London, Southampton, Cardiff and Birmingham, you were awesome. NME rated the London date their number one must-see gig of the week (and right they were) and you'll be hearing lots more from both bands soon as they each put the finishing touches to their new EP's.

Each week leading up to the new Shoes And Socks Off album release in early August there'll be a new video posted. The total budget for the 10 pieces of work is £4, all of which was spent on the 7th installment, in part on Twix's (is that the plural for Twix? Twii?). Drowned In Sound got the ball rolling for us with the beautifully animated Spit/Shake, Bearded followed up with the appropriately hairy Smithereens, and now The 405 are in on the act with Psychological Tinnitus, which is pieced together by a few hundred photographs and a number of random props! The first ever full band SASO tour dates have also just been announced. Check the news page at for those. More info on the new album, 'Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have-Not', will be coming soon, and online orders for the new 3 CD set, 'Don't Blame Yourself, It's In Your Blood', are on their way out.

New band alert: We've done it again. Another awesome band has joined the stable (geddit? You will). Please welcome... Hold Your Horse Is! (You get it now, right?). A lot of you will already be well aware of this bunch as they've played numerous gigs with many of our bands over the past year, as well as appearing in the recent 5-a-side football tournament - They're the half-naked ones below. Their new EP, 'Rammin' It Home', will be released in August with a stupid amount of tour dates to support it. Get a head start and check them out now at

Last week I went to the middle-of-bloody-nowhere in Wales to visit Talons in their studio with Tom Woodhead, he of Forward Russia fame. The boys were going slowly crazy having spent the previous few days there working on their debut album (which sounds absolutely incredible!), playing copious amounts of Fifa and wading through the stream to get to the nearest shop. Seriously. Look out for a whole load of new tour dates and release news coming soon. This album is going to break your heart, then rip it out of your chest and stomp it to death, just to be sure. I've never used the word 'tragic' in a positive context before, but this is it.

In other new album news, Mimas' 2nd record will be released this autumn. It's called 'Lifejackets' and it's absolutely brilliant. We're just working out the details with a few very nice labels around the world, as well as making tour and festival plans for the boys in ol' Blighty. Meanwhile, Shapes are halfway through writing their own little masterpiece (most likely for an early 2011 release), and have a remix EP planned to see the light of day sometime before the end of this year.

What else, what else? Oh yes, Pulled Apart By Horses brilliant debut album is out very soon on Transgressive Records. They're playing a few shows at the moment and have been added to the Radio One playlist, which is pretty exciting! Definitely pick that album up when it hits the shelves. Remember where it all started? We still have some very cool charcoal and pink t-shirts hidden away in our webstore if anyone wants them?

Talking American again for a moment, This Town Needs Guns have just spent two weeks touring over there with Native, and it sounds like everything went perfectly well. I bumped into bassist Jamie in Tesco last night where he was filling his basket with as much healthy food as he could lay his hands on to try and get the blood pumping through his clogged up veins once again. Us Brits are delicate flowers.

Early next week I'll show you all the BSM 5-a-side 2010 video. I've seen the full, unedited, 25 minute version and it's awesome! A bit of action, a number of tired bodies, quite a lot of booze. The usual story. A shorter version will be up on the Rock Sound website soon, but we're going to find a home for the full one in a couple of months in a more physical way (oi oiii). More on that soon. The brilliant Maryam has posted all of her photos from the big day on Flickr. Here are a couple of my favourites to finish this long yet devastatingly exciting blog post. Spot the dickheads in the glitter. Byeeeeee...

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

A Lovely Tuesday Afternoon In June

Through the lovely weather of the last week I'd been excitedly awaiting Tuesday afternoon so I could gleefully post this link and talk about how appropriate it is. Typically, I was woken this morning by the sound of rain thumping against the window. Still, it's one of my favourite songs right now so here it is anyway...

Sunbears - A Lovely Tuesday Afternoon In June (MP3 stream link)

Fans of The Flamin' Lips and Death Cab For Cutie are gonna enjoy this. I hope.

(BSM 5-a-side info, photos and videos coming soon. I haven't forgotten)


Like beards? You might enjoy this, the 2nd new video from Shoes And Socks Off forthcoming album. 8 more to come over the next 2 months.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Sticker update

A 13 year old me would've lost his mind this week. With reckless abandon and a small dent in my wallet I'm now only 130 away from completing the Panini World Cup sticker album 2010. Here's a list of my swaps for my equally regressed friends...

000, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 25, 30, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48, 51, 59, 63, 73, 78, 79, 81, 83, 96, 98, 103, 109, 112, 116, 126, 128, 132, 134, 141, 149, 153, 156, 162, 163, 178, 179, 183, 187, 188, 189, 204, 220, 231, 235, 241, 242, 243, 244, 252, 256, 284, 311, 316, 318, 319, 320, 325, 327, 337, 338, 345, 349, 358, 365, 369, 370, 372, 378, 381, 383, 388, 390, 391, 392, 396, 415, 433, 446, 447, 450, 465, 466, 467, 468, 472, 474, 476, 479, 480, 483, 485, 486, 488, 491, 496, 498, 503, 510, 513, 518, 519, 523, 531, 536, 536, 546, 551, 552, 565, 566, 570, 571, 578, 581, 590, 591, 592, 595, 602, 610, 621, 625, 634, 635

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Videos videos videos

A few weeks back now Toby Shoes And Socks Off and I sat down and discussed the possibility of self-producing 10 videos; one for each track on his forthcoming new album, the confusingly titled 'Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have-Not'. An ambitious idea, for sure, but with a little help from a few friends, a mobile phone, a kite and numerous other props, maybe we could pull it off. Well today it begins. Week one, video one, and it's thanks to more than a little help this time, as Toby's friend Danielle has worked her socks off (no pun intended) to produce this beautiful little animation for the album opener, 'Spit/Shake'...

All 10 videos will be given to different magazines to run as exclusives, with our friends at Drowned In Sound handling the responsibility here.

Next week: A very hairy little number. Look out!

I'll post more news and info on the album itself over the coming weeks, as well as many, many new tour dates, a few festival appearances and lots of other lovely news. It's an exciting time and I hope you all enjoy the new music as much as I am. It's my favourite SASO record to date and I'm confident a lot of you will agree.