Monster Movie

After a lengthy absence, Monster Movie featuring Christian Savill from Slowdive release their fifth album in April called ‘Everyone is a Ghost.’ The Graveface label have uploaded a teaser track called ‘Bored Beyond Oblivion’ which you can download by clicking here.

Everyone Is A Ghost will be released on April 6th packaged in a Stoughton “Old Style” gatefold jacket for both the LP and CD. The CD is limited to 2,000 copies, and the first press of the LP is 500 copies

Everyone is a Ghost is comprised of 13 songs (10 for the CD, 2 bonus tracks for vinyl and 1 for download) written and recorded in six cities across the U.S. and U.K. Savill and Hewson were particularly excited by the collaborative process of making the album, which features guest appearances from Ryan Graveface (Dreamend, Black Moth Super Rainbow), Sophie Pittaway, Rachel Staggs (Experimental Aircraft) and artwork from Will Schaff, who’s set ink to paper for Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Okkervil River, Songs: Ohia, Kid Dakota and more.

The duo considers Everyone is a Ghost to be their most consistent album to date, having found that their songwriting styles have become more similar over the years. This release distills the expansive shoegazing bliss-wall of Slowdive into intensely catchy pop songs played out on guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, percussion and a range of synthesizers. Everyone is a Ghost brings to mind the experimental pop atmospherics of David Bowie’s Low, the male/female vocal harmonics of My Bloody Valentine and Grandaddy’s electronica-laced sunny pop nostalgia.

If you wish to hear more of Monster Movie their MySpace page can be found by clicking here.

You can pre-order the album from the rather good Graveface record label directly by clicking here.

I was looking through my vinyl this morning when I noticed a record I forgot I even owned, it is a test pressing of the debut EP from Ride. Scribbled on the label of the 12″ is the date 12th Dec 1989, exactly twenty years ago today!

Although the record wasn’t released until january 1990 I felt the need to share this utterly trivial fact with you. So here are both of the tracks from side 1 of that single. Enjoy! Continue reading

The Painted Word
The Painted Word

“The Painted Word takes POP! classics and twists them into something new and groovy. I love it”- Phil Wilson (The June Brides)

“Arash Torabi – a positive force of nature unto himself. He’s creating a brand new scene all over again”
- Ed Ball (Creation Records, The Times, Television Personalities)

The Painted Word is album by Arash Torabi which includes his interpretations of songs by Television Personalities, The Times, The Revolving Paint Dream, The Weather Prophets and Felt. Some of The Painted Word’s cover versions take the essence of the original song, adding new arrangements. ‘Godevil’ is one of three songs covered, which were originally recorded by The Times on Creation Records. The Painted Word version takes the basic structure of the original and adds drum & bass drum loops, a female singer and reworked lyrics. The Times’ main-man, Ed Ball (also worked for Creation Records and was a member of Television Personalities) has continued to encourage Arash from the start, expressing his approval of The Painted Word’s versions of his songs. Creation Records’ Alan McGee (who also performed with The Times and Biff Bang Pow!) also told Arash that he liked his version of ‘Godevil’.

Following a one-off live performance at Peel Fest in Düsseldorf, Germany in October 2009, on the same bill as David Gedge (The Wedding Present) and Darren Hayman (Hefner) The Painted Word has recently been released on Berlin’s Vollwert Records.

More details here

You can order a copy of the album by clicking here.

Pitchfork has announced details of Gruff Rhys’s new film:

Gruff Rhys

The new documentary film Separado!– starring, written, and soundtracked by Super Furry Animals leader Gruff Rhys– is quite possibly the craziest SFA-related project to date. (If you’re familiar with Super Furry Animals’ particularly outlandish brand of psychedelic zaniness, you know that calling something “quite possibly the craziest SFA-related project to date” really means something.)

According to a press release, Separado! follows Gruff’s journey through the Welsh community in Patagonia in search of a long-lost relative who happened to be a 1970s Argentine pop star (who sang in Welsh). In an insightful piece in the Guardian, we learn that in the film, Rhys plays music for a gathering of senior citizens while wearing a red Power Rangers-style helmet. According to the Guardian, there is also “a dance sequence on a Welsh beach” and “a color-saturated shot of Rhys jumping over a fence to escape an angry armadillo.”

The movie premieres November 19 at the Soundtrack Film Festival in Cardiff, Wales.

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