An Alternative 2016 Albums best of…

So Rob always has his top ten Brighton albums of the year and it’s always very good and there are usually one or two overlaps with Jon’s but they’re never the same, so in the spirit of diversity and a reflection of the excellent year 2016 has been for music, Jon thought he’d drop a few Rob failed to mention and which happen to be top of his list. Continue reading

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Brighton Source New Music night with Chris T-T, the Self Help Group and Sam Walker

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Last night was the final Source new Music night at the Dome Studio Theatre, and a fitting send off for this Brighton institution of the arts it was too with a dynamic, high quality and varied line-up of some of … Continue reading

Weekend Gig Picks

Things on the gig front in Brighton are still rather quiet, so this weekend’s gig post isn’t quite the usual bumper affair.

There are a couple of gigs which have caught our eye – Carnival Collective at the Blind Tiger on Friday Night, and Chris T-T at Bermuda Triangle on Saturday Night – but the one thing that we really really like the look of this weekend was Green Door Store’s Third Birthday. Has it really been three years? They’ve got five bands playing on Friday Night, two of which are local talent. Slum of Legs (on at 10pm) and Theo Verney (on at 12:15) join three London bands and a whole host of DJs who have hosted club nights there. The fun kicks off at 9pm, and it’s all free.

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New Music – The Space Agency, Spit Shake Sisters, Electric Soft Parade, Samuel Organ, Chris T-T, I am L, White Peaks

We’ve got more genres than you can shake a stick at  for this week’s selection of new music. There’s surf rock, psychedelia, post rock, mind bending electronica, indie and art rock.

Bombay Potatoes is the new single from The Space Agency. It’s surf rock, with an eastern flavour. It’s out on 26th August, and the launch party is at the Horse & Groom on Saturday 31st.

Spit Shake Sisters recently lost their keyboard player, so they’ve put out the last recordings they made with him for free. Overdope and Modern Drugs Make Aliens are on Bandcamp now for download:

Electric Soft Parade have also put a track up for free download. 1969, which isn’t on new album Idiots, features Matt Eaton from Pure Conjecture on backing vocals, and you can get hold of it by signing up to their mailing list

Samuel Organ is better known as one third of Brighton Prog Jazz titans Physics House Band. Not content with knocking our socks off with that, he’s put out a free three track EP called Y:

The Bear is the title track from the new Chris T-T and the Hoodrats album of the same name. The album’s not out until 7th October but if you pre order the album from Xtra Mile Recordings, you get a download of The Bear.

I am L is the stage name of Laura May Brophy. Lion Heart is a track that she’s recently put up on Soundcloud which recalls Brighton’s own Bat For Lashes:

Finally, White Peaks have made their Turbluence EP free for download. Of the two tracks of atmospheric rock we prefer the second, Omnipresence, with it’s big post-rock finish:

Media Roundup

There’s been quite a flurry of activity over the past couple of weeks where a lot of bands have obviously been waiting for the new year to unleash themselves onto the world. Here’s a couple of bits and pieces that have come to my attention, some by new artists, some by more established acts.

Fistly some videos, first of which is Moya, covering the Primal Scream track which got remixed to become Loaded. She’s playing at the Juice New Music Showcase next week if you like the sound of that. Then there’s Sebastian Blake, who’s currently working on recording his debut EP, but has put out this taster. There’s also a new track by Chris T-T, who put on last sunday’s Midwinter Picnic. Lastly, there’s a brand new solo release from Matthew from Fujiya & Miyagi, who is recording his own stuff as Ampersand (being neither Fujiya or Miyagi, obviously).

Moya – I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have

 

Sebastian Blake – Red Underwear

 

Chris T-T – Binker

 

Ampersand – 20 Seas 4 Oceans

 

There’s also some audio too – there’s the latest demo release from Munich, and a taster of Shrag‘s new material:

Munich – Hidden House

 

Shrag – Chasing Consummations