Pick 1 - Jane Weaver - The Fallen By Watch Bird
If like TOW you spent the nineties living in another country on the other side of the world, you'll often feel excluded from those nostalgic 'Where were you when... in Brit Pop' conversations. Sigh. Anyway we've tried our best to catch up so we sound like we know what's going on BUT even so the lovely Jane Weaver is brand new to us. Hailing from Liverpool Jane used to be in Brit Poppers Kill Laura, she's also played with Misty Dixon - but we're most interested in her latest solo material. Jane is keeping it real by running her own record label too, Bird Records, an offshoot of Twisted Nerve Records. Jane is a woman after our own heart as she specialises in contemporary female folk artists - huzzah! Keep an eye out for the compilation album Bearded Ladies - released jointly with the brilliant Finders Keepers label.
Pick 2 - Thick Shakes - Underwear
TOW received an email recently which read: "We've got a thing for you, if you like lo-fi garage/punk things. We're Lindsay, Tim and Matt: Thick Shakes, from Boston, MA, cranking out snarling, fuzzy, catchy pop tunes." Ok, you got us! We read on and discovered that there is a debut EP out called Ooh Mommy, released on cassette (so retro) on Austin-based Snugglehound Records (best record label name ever). Head to thickshakes.net for freebies. Thanks for the email Thickshakes, we love it!