Music News w/e 20th March 2009

Slow Down Tallahassee, Gomez, Glasvegas, The Answering Machine, Black Box Revelation, Liverpool SoundCity

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Slow Down Tallahassee New Single

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Trick By Slow Down Tallahassee

Slow Down Tallahassee follow up their highly acclaimed debut album “The Beautiful Light” with new single “Angel Of Death”/”Trick”. These two new songs continue to display their knack for perfectly fuzzy pop and the darker side of life.

Joining them on this release are the latest band to join Thee SPC roster, Standard Fare. They’re a three piece fronted by Emma, who’s soaring vocals are a mix of Isobel Campbell and Debbie Harry.

Slow Down Tallahasse on Myspace

Standard Fare on Myspace


Glasvegas predictably take the stadium Rock route

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After saying “B’ Jeezus that song, ‘It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry’ is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard in all me days so it is “ in the NME last month, Mrs Doubtfire look alike Bono, and his roadies U2, have specially invited Glasvegas to support them on a number of their UK stadium shows this summer, including the following dates:

Friday 24th July – Dublin Croke Park

Tuesday 18th August – Glasgow Hampden Park

Saturday 22nd August – Cardiff Millennium Stadium.

One wonders if the venues will be big enough to accommodate both Bongo and Mr Allan’s  gargantuan ego’s?



Gomez 2 Apr 09



On their new album Gomez mark a return to their freewheeling and experimental roots. With those distinctive voices, breezy harmonies, ceaselessly evolving rhythms and a melodic restlessness that sees vocals shared and verses cut in two, A New Tide is released on Eat Sleep Records on APRIL 6th.

Gomez have stood apart from the very beginning, earning critical praise and an ardent fanbase for their eclectic and ambitious musical tack. In October 2008, Gomez celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Mercury Music Prize-winning debut BRING IT ON, with a string of live dates showcasing the classic album.

A NEW TIDE also sees Gomez accompanied by a number of illustrious guest musicians, including vocalist Amy Milan (Stars/Broken Social Scene), bassist Josh Abrams (The Roots /Godspeed You Black Emperor!), cellist Oliver Krauss (Paul Weller / Beth Orton), and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie of Brooklyn’s world renowned Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.

As ever, a wide range of styles is incorporated into Gomez’s matchless musical brew.  Flavours of Delta blues, psychedelia, and Krautrock all come into play, resulting in a musically mischievous and remarkably forward-thinking collection.  In short, A NEW TIDE is Gomez at their inimitable, incomparable best.

Gomez will tour the UK this spring


The Answering Machine

(Hit or Heist Records)  Free Mp3 of ‘Another City, Another Sorry’Here (right click save as)

Single ‘Cliffer’ out now

Official site:


The Black Box Revelation

The Black Box Revelation are are 19-year-old Jan Paternoster (guitar/vocals) and 17-year-old Dries Von Dijck (drums).
BBR are the dirty, sleazy, blues offspring’s of Jack White, Mick Jagger and Jimmy Page, a flaming hybrid of rock ‘n’ roll guitar excess.
The Black Box Revelation were born in Brussels, Belgium in 2006 out of the ashes of  4-piece The Mighty Generators, when two friends formed a unholy union, to use up the spare time of the studio they’d already paid for. There they recorded demos for the aforementioned contest, from which ‘Love In Your Head’ still survives to this day.

Since then BBR has built a solid fan base in their native land with several number one singles and a formidable reputation for their ferocious live shows and the news is starting to spread further afield.

Having already toured America, Europe with The Eagles Of Death Metal and now showcasing at SXSW, BBR will release their debut album “Set Your Head on Fire” on 20th April.

The album will be followed a week later by single “Love, Love Is On My Mind” on 27th April.

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Liverpool SoundCity 2009 Launch Party  26th March 2009    O2 Academy Liverpool

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Having already secured the esteemed services of chart-topping White Lies, sonnet starlet Little Boots, as well as Jon McClure and co. from new super group Mongrel for the festival – the Liverpool SoundCity Launch Party on Thursday 26th March will get things going with a bang.

In the underground, innovative and free-spirited style of SoundCity, the headline acts for the launch party – presented by Liverpool-based promoters Evol and Meshuggy – are representative of what the festival is all about.

Animal Collective and Dent May are two names synonymous with creativity and, with both having released albums celebrated for their startling originality in recent weeks, they will take to Liverpool’s O2 Academy on Thursday 26th March for the official festival Launch Party

SoundCity: Wednesday 20th – Saturday 23rd May

In total, more than 400 acts from around the world will play to 25,000 people across 30 of Liverpool’s most prestigious venues for four days. Early Bird tickets cost £35, with regular tickets £60 in advance and £80 on the door. Festival and conference passes are priced at £99 for Early Bird and at £120 for regular tickets.

SoundCity champions up and coming talent and captured the zeitgeist of 2008 with highlights that included: Santogold, Hercules and Love Affair, Glasvegas, Hadouken, Reverend and the Makers, Laura Marling, The Whip, Iglu & Hartly, Crystal Castles, Ladyhawke and The Wombats.

Liverpool SoundCity

Wednesday 20th May – Saturday 23rd May 2009 / [email protected]

Festival Pass – entry (capacity permitting) to all live events and showcases at SoundCity:

Advance: £60

Walk up: £80

Festival and Conference Pass:

Early Bird: £99

Standard: £120

Tickets are available online at: /


Retro Song Of  The Week

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“Crash” by The Primitives

The Primitives were a British alternative pop band from Coventry formed in 1985 by Keiron McDermott (vocals), PJ Court (born Paul Jonathan Court) (vocals, guitar), Steve Dullaghan (bass) and Pete Tweedie (drums). Keiron was soon replaced by Tracy Tracy (born Tracy Cattell in Australia).

After a successful first album, which presented them with their UK Top 5 hit single “Crash” in late-1987 (and made the Top 3 in the U.S. Modern Rock Charts), their career began to fade in the early-1990s. They split in 1992 following the commercial failure of their final album, 1991’s Galore. Their major rivals within the ‘blonde pop’ scene were Transvision Vamp and The Darling Buds, both of whom bore a similar look and sound.

The Primitives emerged from the independent scene of the mid-Eighties that begat, amongst others, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, the Soup Dragons and the Wedding Present. They shared a love of melody, the Sixties, fast Ramones-influenced guitars and the pop sensibility of the Buzzcocks and Orange Juice.

Dullaghan died in Coventry on 4 February 2009

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