Monthly Archives: September 2010

Mimas, tweet for a track

I’ve recently become a HUGE fan of Denmark’s Mimas after hearing their 2008 release The Worries, and I am pained to know I had been missing out on such a fantastic disc for the past two years. The band is giving away a new track via Twitter, so I implore all those who dabble in the various tweet to spend an extra 10 seconds to help the band plaster their good name and good tunes across the internet.  Tweet for a track by clicking this link.  Additionally, you can download the song below – let’s call in the honor system.  Heads up for anyone in London…the band is playing the Luminaire on October 26. I’ll be there with bells.

Mimas – Application

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The Scottish Enlightenment, “Little Sleep” EP

“…and everything seems to make sense.”

I’ve been spinning my wheels trying to come up with an accurate way to describe just how much I love this band.  My words usually fall short when describing Aberdeen’s criminally underrated Scottish Enlightenment and the few releases I’ve been known to get animated over.  I’m hoping my new UK address will allow me to catch a show within the next year, assuming the band makes it down to London.  Find the Pascal EP and listen to “All Homemade Things” over and over. And over again. The newest disc, Little Sleep, comes by way of Glasgow indie Armellodie Records and hits digital shelves next week on September 27th.  It’s equally fantastic.

The Scottish Enlightenment – San Germain is Thick Tonight

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Young Rebel Set

“If I was a rich man I would pay to make you stay.”

Stockton on Tees, welcome to the map of England. I’ve only just stumbled across the seven strong Young Rebel Set a week ago, but it was one of the best stumbles in the past month. Nu-folk with wonderfully scrappy vocals and some Petty-esque  Americana pop leanings.   The band is booked solid from the end of September through the entirety of October.  They make a few stops in Germany, including Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival this week, before heading back to the UK.  I’m hoping to attend the 20/10 show at the Borderline here in London, drop me a comment if you plan on attending.

Young Rebel Set – If I Was

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The Xcerts release “Scatterbrain”

“Prove to me you’re telling the truth.”

Too many great, beaming, fantastic things to say about this band.  And I’ve said them before a few times in more than a few words.  The Xcerts (read more here, here, and here) released one of my favorite albums back in 2009, and their newest, “Scatterbrain”, is an equally brilliant – if not altogether relatively different – 11 tracks.  The band flew to the states earlier this year to work with producer Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday), and is back in their native UK to tour in support of the new disc, which drops October 4th, with Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.  I’m planning on catching the band this Thursday at London’s Borderline – thrilled to see them play live.  Check their myspace for additional dates.

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Papa Vs. Pretty, “Heavy Harm”

“I don’t know what these people want.”

They’re a band of babies.  Almost literally. Papa Vs Pretty started with 15 year old Thomas Rawle a few years back, who writes and records beautifully lush and ahead-of-his-time tracks in addition to studying for his year twelve exams back in Australia. I’m not sure if the grades have suffered, but the music sure hasn’t.  I’m really fond of the band’s debut self-titled. So, if you’ll allow me to speak in cliches, the newly released Heavy Harm had some sizable shoes to fill.  They’ve been filled, and I’m happy to pass along a track from both old and new…

Papa Vs Pretty – Heavy Harm
Papa Vs Pretty – Sleep (Again)

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London

Sorry about the mini-hiatus.  I just moved out to London this past Monday in order to start my graduate programme at King’s College.  Real posts to follow…soonish…tomorrowish…morningish.

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Kurran and the Wolfnotes, “Your Four Limbs”

“I turn to dust in the blink of an eye.”

If you’re nice and patient enough to read this blog on occasion, you’ll know that I’m a big Kurran and the Wolfnotes fan.  Try here, here, and here for some previous CPMU posts on the band.  The new single, “Your Four Limbs”, will be released by Chess Club Records on September 13th.  The video above is a live in-studio performance, similar to the “Whatabitch” video I posted awhile back. I’m hoping to catch the band this week in Kingston as I will finally be back in London.  If you’re in London and have neither seen nor heard of the band, make them a priority – they’re worth getting to know.

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