Monday, 18 April 2011


What a couple of weeks its been! This time 14 days ago I was in midair, en route to New York. From there things really became a blur encompassing 3 nights and 12 meetings in the city, one new band signed, some very exciting possible deals discussed, brief excursions to Philly and Boston, the greatest converted warehouse I've ever seen, my first ever Long Island show, a never-ending hunger for steak, one sleepless one and one sleepy flight. I came crashing back into Oxford one week ago and almost immediately left again for London where this happened:

One of my favourite gigs in a very long time as Tall Ships packed out (twice over) The Social where everyone from T4's Steve Jones to radio hero Steve Lamacq and our favourite DJ/promoter, Huw Stephens, were spotted. The next two days were written off with flu before another London trip for Record Store Day, the Pink Mist launch party, the release (and all but selling out of) our debut 12" compilation, and more of the above from Tall Ships, Hymns, Rosa Valle and Teej. A truly wonderful day.

Today my US email catchup begins and hopefully ends. Tomorrow the US mailorder catchup begins and must definitely end. Wednesday is the next installment from Surf Wax America, this time headlined by Olympians doing a set of Weezer covers, and then Thursday promises another sleepless night as we leave Oxford early evening bound for a 2am ferry to Belgium for Groezrock. By the time I write on here again, I will have seen 'Full Collapse' played live in full.

Here's the new Shapes video:

Friday, 1 April 2011

April Fools!

On a morning like this when us poor, gullible folk are forced into hiding until midday, living in fear of constant pranks and obvious lies, I bring you these three simple reasons to stare at your screen and waste away a few more valuable minutes until it's safe to once against roam the internet and open your desk drawers.

1. Tall Ships - Plate Tectonics. Released on Monday as a digital single (with the first 50 purchasers via the bands Big Cartel receiving a free, hand-numbered screen print) and backed with 2 exclusive remixes, this video was put together by the band and friend, Todd Atticus.

2. Bear vs Shark - Part of a live set from Anaheim in 2004, we've gone Bear vs Shark crazy (even more so than usual) this week with the announcement of the re-released 'Right Now You're In The Best Of Hands', available on coloured 12" vinyl via our webstore. Limited to just 250 hand-numbered copies, over half the stock went in the first couple of days and it's great to see so many new people discovering this incredible band!

3. Windyman beatdown - I'm going to the US on Tuesday for a week of meetings, meetings, friendly catchups, more meetings, good food, a couple more meetings and Kevin Devine at Webster Hall. With quick trips to Philly and Boston also on the agenda (meetings, of course) it promises to be a pretty intense week. Here's a stupid video I made during my last trip when things weren't quite so "meety".