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.
credits

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

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Nosferatu D2 retrospective on BBC/PRI's 'The World'


So because we are the best, myself and Ben Parker of Nosferatu D2 were summoned to the BBC to record interviews for a short Nosferatu D2 retrospective story to feature in the August 30th Edition of "The World" - which is a super awesome North American show which deals with things way more important than us and the records we release.

If you'd like to stream/download it then you can do so below:



You can hear the fear in my voice.

The album, as ever, is available for sale from Bandcamp or iTunes or Amazon or some shops or wherever.



I'm honestly so delighted that this happened, I never expected that one of our releases would get "remembered" like this...but for it to happen twice is unbelievable. So, thank you to Tom Robinson for featuring us on his show back in 2011 and thanks to Brendan Mattox and all at 'The World' for arranging this.

And thanks to the ND2 faithful!

Never Say DIY! (even though everything is horrible all the time)
Jamie - Audio Antihero: Specialists in Commercial Suicide
www.audioantihero.com

Thursday, 14 June 2012

USA! USA! USA! - Audio Antihero in America: Part.7


So, I'm back....have been for awhile now...I'm as worthless as all of you are again now...yes, I am British once more.

But here are the final days of my occupation (speaking of which, I need a job)...AUDIO ANTIHERO IN NEW YORK CITY!

(CAPTAIN AMERICA)

(LIZ F'N LEMON IN A BENJAMIN F'N SHAW SHIRT) 

(This zoo does not get my SEAL of approval. It does actually)

 (KHAAAAAAAAAANNNNN!!!! LET.THEM.DIE!!!!!!!!!!!)

(Sniff)

I'm back to trying to sign rock bands you won't listen to and writing witty comments that you won't retweet. Welcome home, Halliday. You're an army of none.

(I've since lost a fair bit of weight)

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

Saturday, 9 June 2012

AAH! Reel Monsters: Joerg Haeske



AAH! Reel Monsters returns! This time courtesy of photographer and part-time pen-pal Joerge Haeske.


He buys our records. Why don't you?

1. Benjamin Shaw : 'When I Fell Over In The City’



Man, that was a bitch to choose my favourite song from my what is still my favourite AAH  and Benjamin Shaw release (it’s the first records by an artist you love most most of the time, isn’t it). I virtually could’ve chosen any track on this EP, but I settled on this one as it was the first Benjamin Shaw song I heard over at Myspace in 2009 (see, it wasn’t all bad) and the fact it sounds like a speeded up British version of a collaboration between Jonathan Richman and what is in my opinion Australia’s (make that the world’s) most underappreciated Folk-Pop hero and wordsmith Darren Hanlon.

2. Jack Hayter : 'Jacquie I Won’t Mind’



Again, difficult to choose my favourite song, but as I assume‚ 'I Stole The Cutty Sark’ is the obvious selection of most people (it’s such a hit), I chose to go with this one – if only for it’s sheer folky loveliness and stripped down arrangement of an acoustic guitar, a harmonica and not much else. Plus it’s a top song, naturally.

3. Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences : 'Gomorrah'



This one was quite easy to choose, there’s a few more excellent tracks on the ‚The Wrong Life’-EP 'The Finest Cherry’ and 'Of Course I Stole The Train’ are pretty cool too (I love songs about trains, so perhaps I should have chosen the latter), but 'Gomorrah’ is by far the best track on the EP for me, as it 1. it reminds me of the Go-Betweens
2. has got some lovely faintly country-ish guitar work
3. sounds a tad melancholic  – all of which aren’t bad things in my book, so there you have it.

4. Fighting Kites : 'Fr..’



The Fighting Kites’ tracks on the split-EP with Broken Shoulder remind me of a time when I was much younger, living in London and listening to a lot of bands on Polyvinyl Records (none of which applies to my current life, although I probably should/be again), such as Joan Of Arc, Rainer Maria and Aloha, queer rhythms,  inventive guitar work and all the post-rocking rest.


5. Benjamin Shaw : 'Home’



Tough to decide between that one, and 'How To Test...’ from an album that sometimes veers a little bit too much into noisy territory for my tastes, so both songs are obviously my favourites as the’re rather straight. I decided on 'Home’ eventually as I adore its leisurely tempo and the slow build up of the arrangement into a tiny bit of noise which fades into a sweet guitar melody at the end. Plus, I’m always one for staying home myself. On the other hand, the line "And you shouldn’t blame it all on David Cameron even if he’s vile" was bound to tip the favour in 'How to Test...’, hell, I don’t know, I love  ’em both. Wait, maybe 'The Birds Chirp...’ is my favourite after all, aaagh, I can’t decide.

G’Day to you.

You might like to know that Joerg has set a number of his photos to the backing of Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences' "Gomorroah":



Gomorrah from building in landscape on Vimeo.

Thanks & Never Say DIY!

Buy our records.

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

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

USA! USA! USA! - Audio Antihero in Miami: Part.6


I'm still in America. Mere weeks to go...what have I been getting up to? Look at the below photo. What does that say to you? Complete Fucking Domination. Florida owned! Miami sold!
("We're Takin' Over")

American Birthday! 25 years young! 'Jamie Thanksgiving' they called it.
(The hat takes years off. I got a Tad album and a Twin Peaks t-shirt) 

PiƱata! You don't get these in Sydenham. Tories banned them.
(The Flava Flav clock was not battle tested, a huge hindrance to my swing)

FIRST...I returned to the swamp...
(KHAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!)
(I'm wearing this guy on my feet now)

THEN TO JURASSIC PARK!
 (BWO! BWO! BWO!)

THEN TO AMITY ISLAND!
(Looking thinner on top than ever...) 

Then I conquered the Universe.
 (and its studios)

 But I was bested by Cracker Barrel's strange not-golf game.
 (The newspapers sold outside were Southern and afraid of Obama and the internet)

 I'll miss this Dog.
(I'll miss Yanksville)

I'll miss this Fox.
(and still the Dog)

Soon I won't be sharing my glorified Holiday snaps with you. Soon I'll be taking releasing faux-folk records seriously again. Soon I'll be miserable again. Soon I'll be a Londoner again...but once, I was mighty.

Tomorrow? New York City!

Thanks & Never Say DIY!
Jamie - Audio Antihero: Specialists in Commercial Suicide and fleeting immigration

Friday, 4 May 2012

AAH! Reel Monsters: Neil Debnam (Fighting Kites/Broken Shoulder)


On the eve (more or less) of the release of the debut Fighting Kites LP, we called on our favourite instrumental antihero to talk us through his Top 5 favourite Audio Antihero 'jams'. I told him he could choose his own material, so he isn't completely to blame for doing so.

Neil is invaulable and a massive angelman. His work as Broken Shoulder and with Fighting Kites (not to mention the short-lived Benjamin Shaw Band) were invaluable and brought a new dimension to Audio Antihero's output and he's been the source of plenty of proud moments for me. He moved to Japan a couple of days ago and I'll miss him.


He recently wrote an article for This Is Fake DIY. Grudgingly I'll admit that they're more legit of a publication, so read that too - http://www.thisisfakediy.co.uk/articles/blogs/fighting-kites-five-reasons-you-dont-need-or-want-a-singer


Sitting in my new place with my record player and music collection in a shipping container somewhere on its way to Japan might not be the best time to write comments on my favourite AAH songs, I guess. So, please don't take this as my list of the 5 highest quality AAH recordings, although it could well be. Equally, the inclusion of some of my own stuff might bring a little twinge of irritation towards me, so don't hold that against me either please. Like I said, there are mitigating circumstances. Maybe I should say this is the top 5 AAH songs that I am able to write something about. Not quite as catchy though.

1. Benjamin Shaw - The Birds Chirp And The Sun Shines
Too many of his songs to choose from really, but have decided to go for this one. Benjamin Shaw, former colleague in two jobs, one warehouse and one hospital, future musical collaborator in our new noisy project that I can't remember the new name of, and most of all singer-songwriter extraordinaire. Although I realise the term singer-songwriter comes with some unpleasant baggage that he dispenses with. Live and recorded, two very different packages but both equally appealing. I don't need to tell you how good this song is, as you will almost certainly already know. So, let's move on to the next one. As long as you promise to buy his album if you haven't already done so. 


2. Wartgore Hellsnicker - Ten To Two 
My other warehouse colleague in fine form. Should also mention that Wartgore put on a cracking show in Watford that Fighting Kites played at. The pub landlord even made chilli. Sadly I am a veggie, but I still gorged myself on tortilla chips, and chips. One of the other bands said we were 'sick' that day. I am not sure what sense of the word they meant. Of course, the song is named after the time every day that we would discuss our future domination of the AAH roster and what will in the future be described as the AAH supergroup Tapegun. Unfortunately as no-one else from the warehouse has released on AAH yet, I will have to be more imaginative now.


3. Jack Hayter - I Stole The Cutty Sark
Jack Hayter is a lovely feller, and I have sneaky connections with this song. It was played at the start of the show when I did my first Resonance session. I was a bit worried they were going to find out how much I was winging it, but them playing this song gave me something to talk about in the interview. AAH takeover! Also, I couldn't help humming this as I set fire to the ship 'for a laugh' a few years ago. Check the dates, I might be lying about this. I do like the bit where he goes 'to Lee, to Lee, to Lee…'. but in the interests of full disclosure, I should say that I have never been to Lee.


4. Fighting Kites - Wojtek The Bear
This whole split EP was unexpectedly delightful. We had been working on some new stuff and they all just seemed to fit together. The title is down to our friend Wojtek, who told me the story of the cigarette smoking bear that was adopted by a Polish army regiment. I presume that he didn't smoke till he met them, so that says something for the health benefits of joining the army. At least he didn't hang around provincial town centres on a Saturday night looking to beat up people though. At my recent Broken Shoulder gig in Canterbury I was delighted to have someone sing the opening bit of this song at me. Shows they were interested in the music, rather than just booking Broken Shoulder for the massive crowd I bring. I also like the fact that this song has been used on a few youtube videos by various people for strange things. High praise!


5. Broken Shoulder - Chocolate One Room Disco
Once again, please indulge me. Feel like this was the song that came together first on the debut album and I really like how the structure just sort of evolved. The title is a particular favourite of mine too, and one that is spectacularly inappropriate given the song. I am a bit scared of playing this live, as if I mess up the first long loop it will all fall apart. Have done it twice though, and just about managed it. Have had to return my delay pedal to its rightful owner now though, so will need to buy a new one before I can play this again. One of the perils of emigration, I guess.



Thanks BroSho!

As I said, Neil's band Fighting Kites have a LP out on Variant Records on Monday which you should listen to and buy:


He also recently released a Broken Shoulder cassette with my friends at TapeYourMouth records...whch is really good too:



Sunday, 29 April 2012

USA! USA! USA! - Audio Antihero in Miami: Part.5


Here's a musical journey through my buying and living habits in Miami...it's not especially Spanglish though. I've bought a lot of music since I got here, possibly more than a return suitcase full...




You may also like to know that...

Jack Hayter - "The Shackleton" is taken from his new singles series on Audio Antihero: http://audioantihero.bandcamp.com

Fighting Kites - "Bowling Alone" is taken from the upcoming debut LP on Variant Records: http://fightingkites.bandcamp.com 

 Miami's Deaf Poets - "This Pain" is featured on Audio Antihero's FSID charity compilation: http://audioantihero.bandcamp.com


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

Thursday, 19 April 2012

USA! USA! USA! - Audio Antihero in Miami: Part.4


WRESTLING WEEK IS THE BEST WEEK.


(STEVIE-EEEEEEEEE!!!!!!)


Audio Antihero Records is run by me, a mentally damaged un-young man (quarter century and 16 days old!) who's pretty fanatical (by a hipster standard) about the gorgeous world of Professional Wrestling. My trip to Miami, Yanksville coincided with 'Wrestlemania Weekend' (quite by accident, I wouldn't claim an American girlfriend, quit my horrible job in music distribution and take a 90 day visa purely for that...right?)

So anyway, I took on three wrestling events on that week. I saw some truly horrible wrestlers that I used to watch as a kid, got an autograph and photo with my favourite of all time (the underrated Stevie Richards) and savaged my throat shouting 'CENA SUCKS' (because the oral habits of John Cena fascinate us macho wrestling men). My girlfriend is breaking up with me (I assume).

I know it's kind of lame. But so is most electronic music..."Indie Credit Won't Last Forever" - Nosferatu D2.

Show 1: NWA Ringwarriors, Ft Lauderdale.


These are my people. It looked like a school assembly hall. I had to face a flag and stand for the national anthem before the opening bell. Horrible.

(I felt pretty low at this moment)

Meeting my idol...Stevie Richards! I totally embarrassed myself though as I cannot speak to people I like. I'm always like 'I CAN'T TELL HIM HOW MUCH I LIKE THEM BECAUSE THEY'RE BORED OF HEARING THAT SO I'LL JUST STAND HERE AND SMIRK AND SWEAT WHILE THEY TRY VERY HARD TO ACCOMMODATE ME AND MY IDIOCY.' - I had a dream afterwards that I had more interesting things to say to him. I am pathetic.


(Richards fears Antihero)

Stevie was F'N boss. I was beginning to get over having to stand for the national anthem by his match. Sadly he was followed by a fake vampire and a man who calls himself Mr Ass.
(This move got reversed but you can't tell here)

I miss seeing The Original King of Swing, Dancin' Stevie Richards lose to lesser men on national television week after week...Wrestling is a cruel mistress.
(ECW! ECW! ECW!)

Show 2: RING OF HONOR: Showdown in the Sun, Ft Lauderdale.


Event of the week, hands down. These guys are crazy. If you don't like Wrestling...I'd still suggest seeing ROH...it's like watching muscle men running across tight ropes and doing acrobatics with chairs.

I got to see another of my teenhood favourites tonight (who I'd seen 12 years previously when I was but a boy)...LANCE STORM.

(Girlfriend 'forgot' her good camera)

This is a bit better. They didn't actually make out.
(I stole this picture from wikipedia, pretend not to notice)

Show 3: The big one...WRESTLEMANIA.


The estranged Mrs Antihero and I awaiting the action.

(I'm wearing my brandznew b.W.o t-shirt as signed by Big Stevie Cool, grown men wept when they saw it)

Miami is the most garish of the all cities.

(Apparently my opinion on palm trees makes me sound like Alan Partridge)

World Champion Daniel 'YES!' Bryan vs 'Celtic Warrior' Sheamus: The worst 18 second match I've ever seen. Gutted.

(I literally sulked for the next three boring ass matches)

Zack Ryder...'woo woo woo'

(you know it)

The Undertaker...Goths in the sun.
(Is 'phenom' a real word?)


HELL IN A CELL: For a match with two wrestlers I don't really care about, this was pretty exciting.
(It was a bit smaller than I expected.)

WWE Champion CM Punk: The least obnoxious straight edge-er since Daryl Palumbo.
(Big Pun?)

BEST IN THE WORLD.

(CM Punk vs Chris Jericho = I am awesome for being there)

The return of The Most Electricfying Man in Sports Entertainment...THE ROCK (star of 'Doom'...). I know the majority of people reading this (if any?) between the ages of 19-30 will feel this is a big deal.
(He went to same University as my girlfriend. She graduated Cum Laude in Smackdown)

Victorious. I squeaked. MIAMI PRIDE.

(Cena Sucks)

Thanks & Never Say DIY!
Jamie - Audio Antihero: Specialists in Commercial, Critical and Credibility Suicides

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

OUT SOON: Fighting Kites' debut LP


Hello friends,

I'm speaking to you in this important infomercial to let you know that the debut LP from our friends in Fighting Kites is out soon. You can buy it now on CD/DL and stream below:


The album is coming out through the fledgling Variant Records and I'm doing PR for it, because I'm the best.

It's a gorgeous and challenging album and prior to being 'hired', I'd literally bought three copies.



And if you're feeling especially fanciful then you can get their debut EP too, which came out courtesy of ME. And it is the best. Broken Shoulder is on it too.


Thanks & Never Say DIY!
Jamie - Audio Antihero: Specialists Commercial Suicide

Friday, 30 March 2012

USA! USA! USA! - Audio Antihero in Miami: Part.3


Hello,

I'm still in America. I haven't seen any bands since I got here as the only band I've wanted to see has been Bush (shhhh) and they were playing five hours away and opening for Nickelback...and Seether (or was it Saliva?).

But I have bought a lot of music and spent a lot of time in a Miami record shop called Sweat Records... It is probably my favourite record shop and I would like to take it back to London with me. But you wouldn't treat it right, you Limey fuckers.

LolShop:


LolTapes:


LolGinger:


Mmmmmmmmmmmusic:


The only shop in the world still trading in "Spawn" VHS:


Mr 1977 and Miami resident:


My best find...WITCHKILLER:


I ate this once. It's a tiny cold pizza that you create with your hands and feel no less hungry after eating:


This is better than fried chicken. It's Stephen Colbert ice cream. Smart American people like Colbert:


But yeah. I had hoped that I would have actually come across something worth blogging about in the USA other than me being happier than most people are right now...but I really have just bought records, swum and eaten badly.

Maybe next week will offer something more profound? Or maybe I'll be talking about meeting Stevie Richards and going to Wrestlemania.


Thanks & Never Say DIY!
Jamie - Audio Antihero: Specialists in Commercial Suicide