Something For The Weekend w/e 22/10/2010


This week , Johnny Cola and the A Grades, The Gay Blades, Projectionists, Doctors & Dealers, The Chapman Family And Billy Bragg.


Jonny Cola and the A Grades-“In Debt”

Johnny Cola And The A Grades
Photo by A Secret Picnic

“The Party’s Over” By Johnny Cola and the A Grades.

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Johnny Cola and the A Grades debut album “In Debt” certainly owes a debt to the slightly androgynous glam rockers of yore, ranging from Queen Bitch era Bowie  to the hip swinging ‘Animal Nitrate strut of Suede.  In successfully taking these points of reference they have produced an album laced with great pop tunes and served with a side order of sarcasm.  “The Party’s Over” for example could be Jarvis Cocker and Brett Anderson drowning their sorrows in response to Osborne, Clegg and Cameron’s dismantling of large chunks of society.  “Fireworks/Gunshots” is possibly their most sophisticated emotive track to date whilst other stand out tracks such as “Marlborough Road” “ Greenhouse” and “Out Of Focus” show that Johnny and the gang are more than simply cheeky chancers with a charming take on Brit pop,  they are in fact a band of  ‘glamshackle’ romantics who can produce music full of fire, passion and heart. In these unrelentingly grim times you could well feel “indebted” to JC and the A Grades for providing sanctuary and adding a splash of colourful rebellion to this apathetic, monochrome age of conformity. Wake up suckers!  -AVP.


Album will be available From Corporate Records


The Gay Blades-New Single and Album

The Gay Blades

“Burns & Shakes” By The Gay Blades

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NYC duo have been sealed in a studio with The Hold Steady’s working on their second album ‘Savages’, The first single from the new record is the exceptionally fierce BURNS & SHAKES and it’s getting airplay on Xfm, Radio1 and 6Music, and here’s a little album trailer/teaser.

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Featuring our old chum Becki ( formerly of The Pipettes), Projectionsts have already released a debut  EP, ( here’s a track below) . They play their first London gig on Wednesday 27th October @ Hoxton Square Bar, Shoreditch -7.30pm.

‘I Never Wanted Anything’ By Projectionists

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Doctors & Dealers-‘Trouble’

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“What happens if you combine star producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) and Sparrow, the one-woman driving force behind Doctors & Dealers, in a studio and close the door for a month?  You get the Trouble EP and the upcoming album, Every Sinner Has A Future.

Gordon Raphael, who had been following the career of Doctors & Dealers with great interest since the release of her earlier albums, Confessions of a Drunken Mind and Lost Friends and Newfound Habits, was quick to take Sparrow under his wing when the time came to record album number three. The only outline that they had throughout their recording sessions was to make an album that sounded like Chicago, if it were directed by Tim Burton — and they accomplished the goal with fervour.”


The Chapman Family

New Single “All Fall”

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Retro Track Of The Week

“Which Side Are You On” By Billy Bragg.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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