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Ruined Smile - new releases

added by Andy Malcolm on Friday November 21 2014 in New Releases

New Australian label Ruined Smile has new things. These two new releases from Moral Straightjacket and Ksilema are on short runs of tapes and follow on from the recent split between Lake Michigan and Hopelesstown. They will also shortly be co-releasing The Blue Period's 12inch with sncl, Wolf Town DIY and Good Post Day Records.



link: ruinedsmilerecords.bandcamp.com

Beezewax gigs

added by Alex Deller on Thursday November 20 2014 in Gigs

As if the recent Reiziger gigs weren't enough proof enough that you can't kill 90s indiemo, Norwegian mob Beezewax are doing a couple of gigs. Blimey. I saw them yonks ago at the Verge and they were dead good. Here's where and when they're getting their fuzzy emo pop on:

10/12 - The Montague Arms, London

11/12 - The Moon Club, Cardiff

12/12 - Maguires, Liverpool

13/12 - Out Of Spite festival, Leeds

link: www.beezewax.com

Don't Make A Scene - a DIY gig 'how to'

added by Andy Malcolm on Monday November 17 2014 in DIY

I have tried: doing a label, a distro, a website, and putting on gigs. The hardest? Putting on gigs. Someone has made a book about it, so that you don't have to find it as mind shatteringly tough as I did. Here is more info:

Putting on DIY gigs is rewarding, fun and often important in bringing communities of musicians, artists, writers, photographers and audiences together in spaces removed from the mainstream and in places largely absent from tour itineraries. However, without inspiration and information from others, it can seem daunting to try and get started.

Don’t Make a Scene responds to this need. A group of DIY promoters, musicians, label heads, tour managers, bookers, sound engineers and audience members from across the UK draw from their own experiences to offer advice and resources in the form of articles, interviews, illustrations and photographs. What results is a diverse, informative and easily digested how-to (and how-not-to) guide for the fledgling promoter.

The contributors to Don’t Make a Scene are largely drawn from people that the zine compilers Rob St. John and Bartholomew Owl (from Edinburgh band eagleowl) have worked with or been inspired by in their collaborative promoting and music making over the last decade.

Contributors include Chris Tipton (Upset the Rhythm, London: ‘Curate your event with imagination, honour and taste’), Sofia Hagberg (End of the Road / Sam and Sofia, Sheffield: ‘Advancing a show’), Emily Tracer Trails (Edinburgh and Glasgow: ‘A guide to not losing money on gigs’), Fielding Hope (Cry Parrot / Cafe Oto, Glasgow / London: ‘Applying for funding’), Andy Inglis (5000 / former manager of the Luminaire, London: ‘We’re good at taking things for free’), Matthew Young (Song, by Toad, Edinburgh: 'Bridging the promoter-musician gap'), Johnny Lynch (Lost Map, Isle of Eigg: ‘Some things I’ve learnt about putting on gigs’) and Andy Abbott (That Fucking Tank / Wharf Chambers, Leeds: ‘DIY bother? Reasons to keep doing it’) and many more.

Don’t Make a Scene contains new visual art, illustration and photography by Lizzy Stewart, Tommy Perman, Sarah Tanat-Jones (Synaesthete / Kit Records), Craig Coulthard, Neil Cammock, Matt Pattinson and Cammy Watt (Enfant Bastard).

The zine features an interview with Marie Tippex (from booking agent Julie Tippex), and articles on DIY sound engineering by Tim Matthew (regular engineer for Lau and James Yorkston); on all-ages gigs by eagleowl’s Clarissa Cheong, on setting up DJs and club nights by Malcolm Benzie (Papi Falso) and Lisa Brook (founder of Cafe Kino in Bristol and DJ Cupcake); and advice for prospective promoters from experienced touring musicians David Thomas Broughton, Mark Andrew Hamilton (Woodpigeon) and Dan Willson (Withered Hand).

The first edition of 300 copies will be released on 24th November 2014, reasonably priced at £4, and will be available for pre-order through dontmakeascene.co.uk. Don’t Make a Scene was riso printed by Footprint Workers Co-op in Leeds using soy inks on recycled paper.

link: dontmakeascene.co.uk

Interview with French grindcore act Miserable Failure

added by Alex Deller on Wednesday November 12 2014 in Interviews

An interview with bitter, brutal grinders Miserable Failure is up now on the C-blog. By our calculations, you will be able to listen to their entire back catalogue 378 times through before you finish reading it.

link: blog.collective-zine.co.uk/?p=162

S.H.I.T. - 'Feeding Time' 7"

added by Alex Deller on Tuesday November 11 2014 in New Releases

Static Shock have just released a new 7" from Toronto hc scummers S.H.I.T, which comes hot on the heels of releases for Lengua Armada and Iron Lung Recs. Cool.

link: staticshockrecords.limitedrun.com/products/536540-s-h-i-t-feeding-time-7

Godspeed You! Black Emperor European tour

added by Alex Deller on Tuesday November 11 2014 in General

Yep, GY!BE are playing some Euro dates in April 2015. Here ya go:

07.04 - Markthalle, Hamburg

08.04- Weststadt Halle, Essen

09.04 - Freiheiz, Munich

10.04 - Live Club, Milan

11.04 - Estragon, Bologna

12.04 - Les Docks, Lausanne

15.04 - Le Transbordeur, Lyon

16.04 - L’Aeronef, Lille

17.04 - Albert Hall, Manchester

18.04 - Vicar Street, Dublin

19.04 - ABC, Glasgow

20.04 - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

22.04 - Bataclan, Paris

23.04 - Bataclan, Paris

25.04 - Salzhaus, Winterthur

26.04 - Donau Festival, Krems

28.04 - La Laiterie, Strassbourg

30.04 - Paradiso, Amsterdam

link: http://cstrecords.com/gybe-tour-europe-april-2015/

Free Crucial Blast label sampler

added by Alex Deller on Tuesday November 11 2014 in New Releases

Crucial Blast Records release some great, horrible, often uncategorisable stuff drawing from - but not nailed to - genres like black metal, industrial, ambient and noise. They've just released a pay-what-you-like label sampler on Bandcamp which gives an overview of where the label is at and features a bunch of new/unreleased tracks. Bands include Gnaw Their tongues, Emit, Degenerate Slug, Theologian, T.O.M.B., Epistasis, Cloak Of Altering, Persistence In Mourning etc. Have a gander.

link: crucialblast.bandcamp.com/album/carrion-anthems-crucial-blast-autumn-2014-sampler

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