This week – Polly Mackey And The Pleasure Principle, The Jessie Rose Trip , Performance, Standard Fare, Club Smith, Peggy Sue, Paramore, The ABC Club, Gorillaz, Shane MacGowan And Friends and The Au-Pairs
Polly MacKey And The Pleasure Principle –Début EP
Polly McKey & The Pleasure Principle-‘The Wall’
To coincide with the band appearing at SXSW in Texas again this year Polly and the boys have recently released their eagerly anticipated début E.P. Produced by Danny Woodward at Liverpool’s Whitewood recording studios, the E.P. contains the tracks ‘The Wall’, (streamed above) ‘I Don’t Mind‘, ‘Silent Film’ and the anthemic ‘Leave Me Out‘. The Ep can be purchased here
Releases a new single “You Won’t Forget Me Boy” on 22nd March 2010, you can pre-order it here. So go on then…
Performance –‘ The Living’
Possibly the only Mancunian pop trio to be fronted by an internationally published novelist, Performance end a three year hiatus with their storming new single ‘The Living,’ released 26th April.‘ Singer Joe Stretch has written two acclaimed novels, ‘Friction’ (2007) and ‘Wildlife’ (2008), published by Vintage/Random House. Joe Cross (Synth, Bass, and Programming) and Laura Marsden (guitar) formed the electro-pop duo Kiss in Cities, and Cross has also been working as a producer/songwriter, helping to develop, among others, hotly-tipped new bands Hurts and The Sound Of Arrows.
Standard Fare– “Fifteen”
Club Smith release , The Loss EP on March 8th
Club Smith-‘Courtyard’ (*free download provided by I Like Press PR)
Photo: Craig Good
And here’s the video to ‘Lament’
Peggy Sue–‘February Snow’ ( From the ‘Communion’ compilation album)
Communion, the London-based musician/fan collective responsible for some of the most talked about club nights in London, Leeds and Brighton, are to spread their wings in early 2010 with the release of a unique compilation featuring a host of previously unrecorded songs and exclusive one-off collaborations.
‘Communion: The Compilation’ was released this week, on the 1st March 2010 and features unheard tracks from the likes of Johnny Flynn, Mumford & Sons, Peggy Sue, Alessi’s Ark, Jeremy Warmsley, Alan Pownall, Matthew & The Atlas and many more.
Paramore– release a new single -‘Only Exception’ on April 5th
The ABC Club–‘Thieving Magpie’
Leeds-based 5-piece The ABC Club exist in the space between The Smiths and The Strokes, the understated vocal of Zandra Klievens offset by the taught energy of circling guitars and snapping rhythms. Their double A-side, ‘Theiving Magpie’/’Friend Of Mine’, on a limited 500 vinyl run has just been released’ ______________________________________________________________________________________________
Gorillaz “Stylo” Video
Shane MacGowan and Friends ‘I Put A Spell On You’ (in aid of Concern Worldwide’s work in Haiti)
So moved by the plight of the people of Haiti, Shane and his long term girlfriend, writer Victoria Clarke made calls to friends and associates from which began the process of recording a track from which ALL proceeds go to Concern, a charity who have provided assistance to some of the poorest countries in the world including Haiti, even before the earthquake struck. Some of the stars on the record include – Nick Cave / Bobby Gillespie / Glen Matlock / Johnny Depp / Chrissie Hynde / Paloma Faith / Eliza Doolittle. Released on March 8th 2010.
Please pre-order the single by clicking HERE (UK residents) or here – http://bit.ly/ahKs8l (Eire residents). Or text SPELL – all in capitals – to 78789 (UK only). The text costs £1.50. Please join the Facebook Group to ‘Make Shane MacGowan and Friends number 1’ here – http://bit.ly/9ZMxWA
Retro Track Of The Week
The Au Pairs–“It’s Obvious”