Thursday, 1 September 2016

We've moved.

Since I switched the Audio Antihero website to wordpress, it seems silly to have a blog side-kick to a blogwebsite.

CATCH UP WITH US AT:
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Also, I absolutely hate this blog and 99% of what I've written on it. I've deleted most of it now but some of it I felt bad taking down.

Here's some of the stuff we've been doing since I stopped updating this:

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Benjamin Shaw puts together a video for Uncle Rico's "Room"


Just a wee note to let you know that my man Benjamin Shaw has put together a nice video for this gorgeous new song by Uncle Rico, taken from the upcoming album "The Father, The Son & The Broken Dream" - which you can pre-order on Bandcamp here.

Like all Uncle Rico's previous work (Me and the Horse I Rode In On / Early To Bed), it's a pretty special album, which I think you'll enjoy.



Sunday, 19 October 2014

Five Long Years of Audio Antihero (Free Compilation) / Halloween Spectacular

Hello!

Firstly. Audio Antihero is five years old, thank you for everything. Download a free compilation by the name of "Five Long Years" and get some lovely discounts on the back catalogue and new releases using the code "fuckthisshit" - www.audioantihero.bandcamp.com



Secondly, it's October. Halloween is nearly here - so I made this. I think it's pretty good. Stream and download within.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

AAH! Reel Monsters: Lee Adcock (Goldflakepaint/Soundscape Memoirs)


Haha. Nobody likes us. Nobody but Lee. This is another revived 'regular' (lol) feature on Audio Antihero's Online Antihero blog, where our millions (AND MILLIONS!) of fans are given the exciting opportunity to name their favourite five AAH catalogue superhits. Lee is cool, she buys our records and she writes for GoldFlakePaint and Soundscape Memoirs. She's also the cruiserweight champion of Peru.


Hello, everyone! Looks like it’s time once again for me to save another neglected feature on Online Antihero. Now, as I’ve mentioned before, I came late to the happy AAH family – just last October, to be precise. But I’ve accrued many, many records since then…and though I haven’t personally met any of these artists, they have been my companions and confidants in my loneliest hours. Choosing five tracks from such a wealth of material seemed a daunting task, but these came to me almost in an instant. Weird. Anywho, here they are, and in no particular order:


1. Jack Hayter – Charlotte Badger
I regret SO MUCH that I only caught on to Jack Hayter’s subscription series at the tail end of its run. By the time I had subscribed, eight singles were already out, leaving only four more to await. Still, what wondrous months they were. Now, choosing a favorite out of the 24 tracks in the series is no easy feat – but I do adore this single. So much. I want to sail away on that good ship Venus with ‘em whenever I hear it. Beautiful cover, too.



2. Broken Shoulder - Shark Island
Imagine that you’re driving at night. It’s raining. The street shines from the glare of passing headlights and lighted buildings. You’ve never been comfortable with nocturnal driving, and the slippery roads aren’t much comfort. But you have your tiny iPod with you, and Broken Shoulder’s “Shark Island” is coaxing your ears. Somehow, Neil has truly crafted a private hideaway in this track, as distant from your life as the coast of Java, yet closer than you’d ever realize. And so, beatified by “Shark Island”, you swim through the stormy night, serene and above your petty scruples.

OK – substitute all the “you”s for “I”s and “me”s. That’s why I picked this one.



3. Paul Hawkins & The(e) Awkward Silences – Johnny
“I want my liver back, Johnny…I’m at the first step, Johnny…”

This one was my favorite off the Wrong Life EP. Delicious, glorious B-movie horror, replete with harrowing suspense and unpleasant ending. As only Paul could render it, of course. Ahh…that man is truly a cult idol.



4. Wartgore Hellsnicker – The Bear
No offense to any of the other artists on that Some.Alternate.Universe compilation, but…this is the BEST THING. I fall into fits of ecstasy every time I spin this one. I mean, you’ve got gobs of noise, that “I’LL RIP YOUR FUCKING HEAD OFF!” chorus, and those mighty clarinet solos…what’s not to love? This is not to disregard the Moderate Rock EP, mind you – indeed, “Karl vs. Groucho” converted me into a raving fan instantly – but I just can’t exaggerate how awesome this track is.



5. Benjamin Shaw – The Birds Chirp And The Sun Shines
Ben, you make me cry. Yes, you do. On this track, in particular. This is, I’ll admit, also the very first Shaw song I’d ever heard, off that very dear Wrong Rock Show episode from December when Jamie had his own guest spot. And – I don’t know, man. Whenever I hear that line – “And from now on I want every day the same” – I still have to choke a sob. Is every day going to be the same somewhere in the future? Are we all doomed to some wholly contained, mundane existence? Ahh! It’s almost worse than death to think about. But you know what? Very, very few songs these days have that sort of power over me. Except for this one. Kudos, Ben.



Apologies are due to Nosferatu D2, who unfortunately aren’t on this list. If I could’ve had six choices, you’d be RIGHT THERE under Shaw, dear Parkers. But, alas.

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Thanks Lee!

Want more Lee action? She's started a Soundscape Memoirs Mixcloud Show, the first episode of which is up now for streaming and features some serious Jack Hayter action:



Over and out! Read more AAH! Reel Monsters entries here.

Jamie - Audio Antihero: Specialists in Commercial Suicide
www.audioantihero.bandcamp.com

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Audio Antihero presents: "REGAL VS STEAMBOAT" - a charity compilation for Rape Crisis


Hello. We've put together a 31 track charity compilation to raise money for Rape Crisis England & Wales and Rape Crisis Scotland - you can buy it HERE. It costs a minimum donation of £3.99, so hopefully everyone can afford it - if your pockets are deeper then please consider donating more. This compilation features Jeffrey Lewis, Darren Hayman, Ace Bushy Striptease, Bored Nothing, Internet Forever, a feast of Audio Antihero artists and even some alumni like The Jonbarr Hinge (featuring Ben Parker of Nosferatu D2/Superman Revenge Squad). There's even a totally obvious 'hint' at our next signing - go find it. Alternatively, e-mail me a receipt that shows you made a donation direct to the charity and I'll send you a download link. BUY/STREAM.



Despite the seriousness of the charity, as always (this is our third annual charity compilation?!) this comp is designed to be fun. Some songs may sound a little out of place given the context of the compilation but that's fine, the release itself isn't meant to be the message...it's just a (hopefully) entertaining means of providing a wonderful charity with some well deserved finances. Eagled eyed trivia fans may have noticed a Pro Wrestling theme in the compilation (and indeed, my entire life) - well done! What's more is that every artist has been assigned a somewhat tenuous "Wrestling equivalent" which you can find by clicking on each individual track. For example...who on earth could Benjamin Shaw be?! I had fun making them up on the train anyway.

Full Line-Up:
Ace Bushy Striptease
Benjamin Shaw
Bored Nothing
Broken Shoulder
Burnt Palms
Chalk
Cloud
Darren Hayman
David Cronenberg's Wife
Diane Cluck
Fighting Kites
Grand Pocket Orchestra
Hangin Freud
Helena Dukic
Internet Forever
Jack Hayter 
Jeffrey Lewis
Love Among The Mannequins
Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love
The Lunchtime Sardine Club
Marblemouth
Palmz
Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences
PRINCESS
Salvage My Dream
Stagecoach
The Count Of Chateau Noir
The Jonbarr Hinge
The Society Of Poor Academics
United Fruit
Wartgore Hellsnicker

Thank you.
Jamie - Audio Antihero: Specialists in Commercial Suicide
www.audioantihero.bandcamp.com

Saturday, 11 May 2013

LOOK AT ME, I OWN RECORDS! #15 - Lee Adcock (Soundscape Memoirs)



RETURN OF THE MAC.

That's right, Jack. The long lost and much adored (lol) "LOOK AT ME, I OWN RECORDS!" feature is back! Join us as we trawl through the record collections of the handful of people stupid enough to buy titles from the Audio Antihero catalogue. The schmuck this time? Why it's The Scream Queen of Georgia blogging, Miss Lee Adcock of Soundscape Memoirs/GoldFlakePaint. Keep up with her exploits over on Twitter.

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‘Ello, everyone!  Perhaps you know me, but I’m sure you don’t. I’m Lee, the writer/editor/creator behind a lil’ hype machine known as Soundscape Memoirs. The concept’s simple: I find obscure artists that strike my fancy or steal my heart, and introduce them to the world with a review and all the links I can muster. It’s a happenin’ place.

Oh, yeah – and I’m also a 23-year old chick from Georgia. Y’know, in the US. That state with a beer belly that’s above Florida.

But, anywho - how did I become a self-proclaimed arbiter of aural taste? Great question, really. Story time, kids…and I warn you, I’m awfully verbose…

First record that I plucked off the shelf: Pokémon: The First Movie Soundtrack.

Erm…yes. This was back when I was twelve or so, and still ensconced in oldies radio stations and my parents’ record collections. I had NO concept whatsoever of what was new, hip, or tasteful; in truth, the mere prospect of an actual full-length Pokémon movie was the only reason I bought this at all (and probably also because Mew was on the cover). Don’t ask where; I honestly don’t remember. At any rate, this soundtrack is just what you’d expect from a kid’s anime film: sunny and bland pop, sung mostly in Japanese. Oh, I loved it at the time – danced around, bounced on my bed with it, and so forth - but I’ll never forget the time my dad came into my room and advised me to listen to real music…

First (and probably only) album that I memorized the lyrics to:  The Police – Every Breath You Take

Admittedly, I didn’t buy this one; my mother slipped this into my Easter basket as a surprise. And – well, I could’ve also titled this section “Best. Easter. Gift. EVERRR.” Sure, it’s not a “real” album, but it did its job – I was inextricably hooked to the Police. Around the time I received Every Breath, I should have been reading this book and designing a panorama for my English class; instead, I spun that CD over and over again in my stereo, lyric booklet firmly in hand.

Game Changer: It wasn’t until college, really, that I experienced major paradigm shifts in my musical taste. Now, the first album that smacked me in the face was Radiohead’s Hail to the Thief, which to me seems unfairly overshadowed by the rest of their discography – but I snagged that from a friend’s copy, and so thus doesn’t actually count in this history of discs. No, the album I bought that turned my world on a dime was…  Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

I KNOW, RIGHT?! Yes…this was the tail end of my junior year, and I had recently plugged in to this Pandora radio station that was CHANGING MY LIFE. Or at least, re-charting the realm of music I thought I knew so well. And I heard Joy Division, man…and I knew, like a gut feeling, that I needed this album. And, my God, so I did. Twas the first CD I bought in my 20s, really! But not the last – oh, no, not by a long shot…

Most Lovely Gatefold: Yes – Close To The Edge
 


Gatefolds like this make listening a real experience. Imagine opening up the sleeve to this fantastical landscape, and hearing the lush, exotic ambience that opens the title track…it’s amazing. Mind, that first track encompasses the entire A-side – but, hey, this is early Yes. They were actually quite good at 18-minute tracks back in their heyday! Besides, how could you NOT be moved by that celestial organ solo in the middle of the song?
 

Most Intriguing Gatefold: Emerson, Lake, and Palmer – Tarkus

Here’s another gatefold that enhances the listening experience…but in a more bizarre way! Y’see, the whole A-side of this album is one huge odyssey of sound, divided into six movements. So the cartoon inside the gatefold depicts each movement as a scene in the life of this tank/armadillo fiend. Curious, eh? Now, whenever I look at this, I wonder why these various creatures must always duel to the bloody end every time they run into each other, or why our protagonist (?) needed to drive himself into the ocean. And while we’re at it, is he/she/it committing suicide, or just embarking on a new submarine crusade?

First CD Bought Overseas: Editors – In The Back Room
Interpol fans, you can Turn On The Bright Lights all you want – this means so much more to me. I bought this the first time I strolled through HMV, partially because I’d heard a bit of it before, but also because of that big red sticker in the corner. What a steal. I confided all too often in this album when I was tucked away in my room, alone and bummed; back home I’ve carried it with me in car rides and on cycling runs. Editors craft a thick gloom, but a vibrant and pulsing one. There is hope and beauty alongside the bleak darkness. “She fell from grace / but she fell with such grace.”

(By the by, this was certainly not the last CD I bought. In fact, I think I bought at least 40% of the CDs I now own in Wales!)

Most Expensive/Most Distinctive Packaging/Most Serendipitous Album: PiL – Metal Box

Phew. Well, this album marked a pivotal evening during my visit at Swansea. And acquiring it was, indeed, serendipitous. Y’see, I was riding a bus from the City Center to nowhere in particular (as I often did while I stayed in Swansea), when we passed by the local record store…and a camera crew was setting up just outside the door! And I thought, “Oh, man, maybe I could be on TV buying records!” So I mashed the red button by the seat, dashed out the door, and bolted into the store. This tin must’ve cost at least £16 or more – I pondered over it for at least 10 minutes – but I snagged it in the end. As I paid for the album over the counter, the clerk casually asked, “You know there’s a PiL gig coming up in Cardiff, don’t you?” And that led to another story in itself…but, at any rate, this was a monumental album. A fast favorite, too. Bass lines from this would fill my head for weeks.


Or was THIS the most expensive Album?: The Chameleons – Script of the Bridge

Come to think of it, this may have cost even more, since I imported it from the UK. It deserves its own section anyway, because the Chameleons are BRILLIANT. Plus, I love the booklet in this deluxe edition – for every song on the LP, Mark Burgess explains how he cooked up his enigmatic lyrics.
 
The Rarest Thing I Own: David J. and Ego Plum – The Chartreuse and the Devil’s Muse; Temple of the Id/Indelible Blue 7”

I earned this glorious bundle of goodies after contributing to David J’s production of The Chartreuse and the Devil’s Muse on Kickstarter. In addition to his latest LP (which, by the way, has my name in the booklet), I received two CDs of music from the play, this wicked single, and a little packet containing multiple miniatures of David J performing. Only 100 copies were printed for each of these items, soooo…yeah. Rare. Quality, too.


Also Rare: Cactus World News – Background Details Change


Well, probably not AS rare as the package above, but this album deserves a mention anyway. Cactus World News were a seriously solid alt rock outfit in the mid-80s, whom I discovered whilst digging through 120 Minutes’ video archives. And then, out of the blue, someone on last.fm asked me if I wanted to buy his copy of this outtakes album for CWN. Of course I agreed! And it’s been on heavy rotation in my car ever since. Someone on BBC6 recently dismissed them as U2 knock-offs – but they sound better to me!

The Feel-Good/Yes, I Still Care About the Beatles album: The Beatles – Rubber Soul

Is it just me, or has everyone else forgotten about this era in the Fab Four’s career? They were maturing a tad above their crazy chick fan base (which, ironically, is what many new Beatles fans still cling to), and yet still not in their drug-addled experimental phase (which the critics praise endlessly). I adore Rubber Soul, even when Ringo dares to sing on “What Goes On”.  It’s more accessible than St. Peppers or Abbey Road, and frankly more earnest too. Not implying that it’s “better”, of course – just dearer to me.



First Audio Antihero EPs: Jack Hayter – Sucky Tart; Paul Hawkins & The(e?) Awkward Silences – The Wrong Life
  

I came late to the Audio Antihero party. Mark Whitby of Dandelion Radio was raving over and over again on his shows last year about Jack Hayter’s subscription series, and laying out one intriguing track after another…and at some point, I realized that this Hayter fellow was the very same Hayter that had stolen my heart (and the cutty sark, of course) on Dandelion’s “Five Years – Vol. 1” compilation. Subscribing was a monumental decision – but in the end, the promise of lovely tunes and extra swag (Sucky Tart, a bonus EP, and one badge) compelled me. Granted, as an American buyer, I waited over two weeks for those goodies…but imagine my unbridled joy when I finally tore open the slim little package and found, among all the promised prizes, a handwritten note from Jamie (which I still have, by the way). I was completely enamored.

The Rest of the Audio Antihero Catalogue. 


Yes…ALL OF IT. Granted, ‘twas a gradual process. But a seminal moment arose when I heard Wartgore Hellsnicker and Benjamin Shaw (and, though I didn’t realize it at the time, Jamie himself) briefly on The Wrong Rock Show – and another one when I discovered the two for-charity Christmas singles and cherished them both while cloistered away in the laundry room. And THEN Jamie proffered that generous sale in January…which is when I snapped up those two glorious LPs there at the top. These are all special, personal albums, music I could claim for my own. I’m proud to include my Broken Shoulder compendium in that spread– I’m completely addicted to his contemplative racket!


The Obscure Artist/Album That I Won’t Stop Raving About: Extradition Order – Since the Bomb Dropped

If you’re not awash with joy in the first five seconds of this album, then we can’t be friends. (All right, not likely. But you will be judged.) This is the album that inspired me to start writing blurbs on the music I loved, and it’s probably the one that I return to the most. Mark Whitby (yes, I look up to this dude often) declared that this was “one of the best bands out there” last year, and I stand behind that statement. (Editor's shameful note: listen to this lovely song they gave our 2011 "Bob Hope would." compilation - BOOM)

The Album I Can’t Stop Drumming To: The Police – Outlandos d’Amour

Steve Copeland is a master of drums. And the Police’s debut is a prime showcase of his awesome power. “Hole In My Life”, “So Lonely”, “Masoko Tanga”…but “Peanuts”, without a doubt, was my JAM. Never could nail that blistering solo – but I spent hours trying!


Most Disappointing Album: The Moody Blues – Long Distance Voyager 

Don’t get me wrong – I’m enamored with the Moody Blues. That’s precisely why this album was so disappointing. It’s not…moody. Many of the tracks sound woefully ELO-esque – which, y’know, works for Jeff Byrne and the crew. But not for a band whose strengths are mystique and grandeur! The drums sound too bland, the tunes too bright and jerky. Before Long Distance Voyager, the Moody Blues could transcend time and space…but this LP is so grounded in the 80s that it’s pathetic. To be fair, though, this was the best vinyl I could find amongst the cruddy selection in the antique shop.

(Delayed) Teenage Angst Album: Nirvana – In Utero

Delayed, because I didn’t actually pick this up until I was in Wales, i.e when I was 20 (going on 21). Might as well be, though, because I wasn’t even that angsty as a teenager. Seems I’ve had more steam to blow off as an adult! Had more than a few frustrating days abroad – In Utero was the soundtrack for my frustration. ESPECIALY “Very Ape”.


One Completed Discography: Bauhaus – In The Flat Field, Mask, The Sky’s Gone Out, Burning From The Inside


Boom. Very certain that this is the only discography I’ve managed to complete…although I’m so, so close from collecting all the Police albums…but, I digress. Love these suckers to death. When I first heard In The Flat Field and Mask back-to-back, I had to play them both again to soak in all the awesomeness.


THE Local album: Tunabunny – Genius Fatigue


Yeah, bro. Weird name, awesome music. Two chicks from Athens that know how to rock and rock well. I picked this up just last Record Store Day at the legendary Wuxtry Records downtown. Very inventive, very fresh. If I ever kick off my DJing debut, I’ll have to spin a sample for ya!

And tons others, besides…in case you’re curious, here’s a whole box of CDs I burned from all the MP3s I’ve bought and/or downloaded. Haven’t filled it yet – but vacancies ARE limited! A discussion of ITS contents would be yet another full-length article…


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Thanks Lee. Thanks for saving this husk of a 'regular' feature.

Again, keep up with Lee's exploits through the following avenues:
Soundscape Memoirs
GoldFlakePaint
Twitter
Bandcamp

Go back and read all the other LOOK AT ME, I OWN RECORDS! features: HERE.

Monday, 10 September 2012

FREE DOWNLOAD: Nosferatu D2 - Live At The Spitz


Today we are very glad to present you fine folks with a free remastered 're-issue' of Nosferatu D2 "Live At The Spitz". Grab it below, it's pretty good.



On March 5th, 2007, Nosferatu D2 stepped on stage for the final  time as the opener for Los Campesinos! and Sky Larkin. We didn't know it was to be their final show (and neither did they), but by luck someone was there to capture it on tape in DIY fashion. 

Nosferatu D2's debut LP was released by Audio Antihero in 2009. Though it has been long since their dissolution, "We're Gonna Walk Around This City with Our Headphones On To Block Out The Noise" has continued to pick up fans and acclaim, even becoming a story for a couple of BBC radio features. The enduring response this album has enjoyed is something we could never have seen coming despite all our faith in their music. 

Though not a professionally recorded release, these songs have been remastered by Audio Antihero artist Benjamin Shaw, who has brought the mix to life. Most of us never got the chance to see the duo live and now never will; with that in mind, the missed notes, awkward crowd response and crackling audio are just footnotes in this welcome document of their last stand.
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There's been a couple of nice reviews in from the Clicky Clicky and Hospital Drama blogs. Their long-running support is very much appreciated.





Thanks & Never Say DIY!
Jamie - Audio Antihero: Specialists in Commercial Suicide
http://www.audioantihero.com