29 May 2010

TOW on 6 Music Introducing - Ann Scott and Lianne Hall

Every week TOW is lucky enough to pick two songs for Tom Robinson's brilliant BBC 6 Music show, the spot goes out every Monday morning at around 2:30am.

Pick 1 - Ann Scott - Candy
Unfortunately Irish singer-songwriter Ann Scott hasn't posted anything from her new album on her myspace, at the time of writing this. Her new album, her third, Flo is out in June and TOW can't get enough of this eerily psychedelic folk offering. Anyway, we found this video on youtube from her last album and we like it too.  Ann describes her latest album as about 'being lost and how to get there' and with the lyrics delivered by her husky, warm vocals you'll wanna get there too.

Pick 2 - Lianne Hall - Learning Curves


Lianne Hall is someone who I feel immensely embarrassed about. How could I not have come across her before? John Peel was a huge fan and she performed a ton of sessions for his Radio 1 show with Pico. Lianne is one of those artists who makes TOW feel very good about what we do. She should by rights, be huge! But as with all women who make music like Lianne, outside of the manstream, outside of a particular marketing box, they will forever be outsiders. However, with the ground swell of bloggers and websites supporting not only women artists but all the great specialist music makers out there - there is hope! With the demise of any radio (Save 6 Music!) or TV platforms for them we just have to hope for the best. The interent will prevail! Right, rant over. Lianne has a fantastic voice (Brighton's own Nina Nastasia at times, and described by Peel as 'one of the great English voices') and writes frankly awesome tunes. Her new album Crossing Wires is out on Malinki Records soon - BUY IT.

TOW on 6 Music Introducing - Jane Weaver and Thick Shakes

Every week TOW is lucky enough to pick two songs for Tom Robinson's brilliant BBC 6 Music show, the spot goes out every Monday morning at around 2:30am.


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!


11 May 2010

TOW on 6 Music Introducing - Tifa and Picastro


Every week TOW is lucky enough to pick two songs for Tom Robinson's brilliant BBC 6 Music show, the spot goes out every Monday morning at around 2:30am. Here are our picks for the this week: 

Pick 1 - Tifa - Rock Me So (Fyah Wyah Riddim 2010)

Tifa hails from Kingston, Jamaica and is part of the ever-expanding, ever-impressive Ward 21 crew. They are a label and collective of musicians, producers and general hip 'n happening dancehall types who are most definitely in charge. Influenced by all the right kinds of artists including Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin - Tifa now spits, sings, huffs and puffs and TOW loves the way she pants her way through the 'fyah, fyah, fyah' riff in this tune. All power to Tifa, the latest in a long list of dancehall talent, see our earlier entry about Timberlee.

Pick 2 - Picastro - Twilight Parting

Picastro call themselves a 'sleep rock' band, whatever that is we love it. They're from Toronto and have been around for over ten years now. The perfect antithesis to loud, abrassive rock music - this band, led by vocalist Liz Hysen, have released a gorgeous album in 2010, Become Secret, and we can't get enough of it. Mr Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, himself has been a previous member of the band - but it all hangs together around Liz's sad, sad vocals. Not to make it sound too depressing or anything, but a great record for a red wine-soaked rainy afternoon of navel-gazing.

8 May 2010

TOW on 6 Music Introducing - Warpaint and Kellarissa

Every week TOW is lucky enough to pick two songs for Tom Robinson's brilliant BBC 6 Music show, the spot goes out every Monday morning at around 2:30am. Here are our picks for the this week: 


Pick 1 - Warpaint - Billie Holliday  



TOW loves a band that spells out words in songs, especially when the word is 'Billie Holliday', who the band call the most 'bad ass singer who ever existed'. Warpaint are four girls who make experimental art rock - the Los Angeles natives call it psychedelic, mellow dramatic, popular song and oddly - ghettotech. But actually yes we agree! Jenny, Emily, Theresa and Stella have got some celeb friends too, like Heath Ledger (RIP), Billy Zane (what a legend!), Josh Klinghoffer (new RHCP's guitarist) and John Frusciante (former RHCP guitarist). Frusciante also mixed their fantastic Exquisite Corpse EP for Manimal Vinyl. They're signed to Rough Trade now and play the Great Escape Festival in Brighton next weekend, get to it! 


Pick 2 - Kellarissa - Tiny things



Ok so you can't SEE much in this video but you get the jist of Kellarissa's rather smashingly unique sound and gorgeous voice. Head to her myspace and listen to Tiny Things, that's our favourite. You may remember we blogged about Fanshaw a few weeks back, well Kellarissa is from the same stable - Mint Records in Vancouver. Larissa Loyva does everything herself usually using a synthesiser and vocal loops, LOTS of reverb and says she 'asks eternal questions' disguised as pop songs. If only this stuff would make it to the charts! It would boggle their tiny minds (evil cackle...) Flamingo is Kellarissa's debut album, head to Mint Records to buy it.                                                                           

2 May 2010

TOW on 6 Music Introducing - Akiko Kiyama and Drunk Granny

Every week TOW is lucky enough to pick two songs for Tom Robinson's brilliant BBC 6 Music show, the spot goes out every Monday morning at around 2:30am. Here are our picks for the this week: 


Pick 1 - Akiko Kiyama - Flesh Got Spirit




Akiko Kiyama is from Japan, and although she makes fantastic minimalist techno she was classically educated as a young girl. At the age of 14 she discovered drum 'n bass and the rest is history. She now lives in Berlin, as you'd expect - and sent me new tracks recently, one of which I played for Tom. Richie Hawtin is a fan of her spacey techno and it's the details you have to listen out for. Click on her link above to listen to tracks on her myspace page.

Pick 2 - Drunk Granny - Our Song of the Lady Sasquatch

We love Drunk Granny on TOW! Debi and Sam are two rockers who make short, punchy, queer punk songs and they just get better. They've recently worked with Annie Gardiner from The Hysterical Injury (another awesome Bristol band fronted by another fabulous singer) and that will be out later in the year. This track is inspired by a Canadian artist Allysen Mitchell who makes the most incredible Sasquatch puppets! More here