Monthly Archives: June 2014

New prized possession: Public Service Broadcasting Test Pressing

During RecordStoreDay2013 overnight queue-athon, I was introduced to a quite unique artist, who take samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material – and carefully lays them over tracks of guitars, banjos, drums, piano and other electronic instruments.

Now, if you are thinking (as I did that evening) that this does not sound like your kind of thing – trust me, it is literally the most imaginative and ingenious thing I have heard in years – and trust me, you will fall in love with them.

So on to the possession, a test pressing of this years RecordStoreDay2014 release of “Elfstedentocht parts 1 & 2” that was sent to me by the very kindly by the man himself, J. Willgoose Esq. (and I mean it when I say that he possible one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet)

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Picture: both the RSD official version and test pressing

The single itself contains 2 tracks (Part 1 and Part 2 – does what it says on the tin) which are both about the Elfstedentocht, or Eleven Cities Tour, the world’s biggest ice-skating marathon – and were specially-written tracks for Explore the North Festival in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands – and therefore do not appear on the debut album “Inform-Educate-Entertain”.

I urge everyone to take the time to listen to these guys – even if it is not for you, the time and care that they obviously put into their music demands your attention.

They don’t have the biggest back catalogue at the moment, 1×12″ EP, 1 LP and a handful of 7″s – so a good time to start collecting:

And to Mr J Willgoose Esq., if you ever see this post, thank you for this – it is a great addition to my PSB collection.

Link to Public Service Broadcasting on Discogs:
http://www.discogs.com/artist/2916285-Public-Service-Broadcasting

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May Catch-Up Post

May has been a busy month with gigs and record purchasing and I finally now have some time catch up and blog about some of the great things that I have acquired.

First up is the “Goodtime Boys”. A UK hardcore band currently signed to Bridge 9 that came to my attention via a strategically placed poster (right by my head) at a recent Boy Jumps Ship! gig. I cannot tell you how glad I am to have found this epic band, not just because they are quite frankly amazing, but because they are Bridge 9 – it means their vinyl releases look amazing and are always made up of numerous variants. So I bought the lot (nearly) and got it all signed at their ‘Rain’ release party at Brighton’s Bermuda Triangle.

Complete collection (post signing):

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New album ‘Rain’ on white and pink vinyl:

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Split EP with Self Defence Family on blue 7″:

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Things I Still Don’t Understand EP on white 7″:

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Every Landscape EP on clear green 7″:

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What’s Left To Let Go EP on Purple/ Pink/ Green merged 12″:

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Goodtime Boys live at the Bermuda Triangle (photo):

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At the aforementioned Goodtime Boys show, I also picked up the 12″ releases by both the support acts, “We Never Learned to Live” and “Grappler” – also now both fully signed.

We Never Learned to Live – We Never Learned to Live EP on single sided clear 12″ with black etching on the reverse:

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Grappler – Everything I Ever Feared on white/black split 12″:

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Also this month I popped down to see “The Wonder Years” play Brighton’s The Haunt and again purchased the support acts releases, this time “State Champs” and “A Loss For Words”.

State Champs – The Finer Things on multicoloured rainbow split/splatter 12″:

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A Loss For Words – The Kids Can’t Lose on cream/ blue/ red merged 12″:

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When not attending live shows, I have still been shopping hard online – picking a few other little gems, most of which have also come on coloured vinyl, including:

Cosmo – Cosmo EP on picture disc 10″:

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Cosmo is a band, led by Felix White (The Maccabees), that features guest vocals from Jack Penate, Florence Welch, Jessie Ware, Jamie N Commons, Johnny Bramwell and Adam Day. It also features Sam Doyle, Hugo White, Jack Birchwood and Chris Woolison.

Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind (all 3 sleeve variants) on Turquoise 10″:

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Next up is couple of “Tall Ships” releases that I was missing:

Tall Ships – T=0 single on white 7″:

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Tall Ships – Hit The Floor 7″:

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Following from their amazing set at this year’s Great Escape festival, I also picked the latest EP and Single by a four piece from Belgium called BRNS who weave together tunes that are mystical, moody and insatiably catchy.

BRNS – Wounded EP on 12″and Void Single on 7″:

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And finally, a handful of US only releases. First up is two RecordStoreDay 2014 releases by “Foals” and “Death Cab For Cutie” followed by the Adeline Records reissue of “Green Day” Minority single.

Foals – Live from the Royal Albert Hall EP on 12″:

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Death Cab for Cutie featuring the Magik*Magik Orchestra – Live 2012 LP on 2×12″:

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Green Day – Minority single on translucent red 7″

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And that concludes May’s vinyl acquisitions…. and already June is shaping up to be even better 😀