August Top Ten

1) There’s one standout winner in August’s top ten. They’ve just released the best selling Rock Debut in since Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and had the first number one album for a Brighton band since, erm, Conor Maynard. This is Figure It Out by Royal Blood

2) David Harks latest offering Open Arms has been getting a lot of plays around these parts, keeping the summer alive when the sun deserted us for most of August:

3) We first wrote about Believe in Nothing by The New Union back at the beginning of July, but it didn’t get released until 4th August. The band will be back on the Brighton stage on 16th September supporting Coasts at the Komedia.

4) Hushabye was originally the b-side to Jennifer Left‘s 2012 single Black Dog. This month the album of the same name got released:

5) The Night is the double a-side to to Twin, which is Oslo Park‘s debut single which came out on 25th August:

6) Curxes new single Valkyrie was also out this month, continuing their track record of packing a great tune into a full on aural assault:

7) The Wytches album Annabel Dream Weaver was also one of this months highlights, and it was preceded by the single Burn Out The Bruise

8) We’ve been enjoying the fragile folk of Lutine‘s single Sallow Tree. Noted music have just added up another track from the band’s forthcoming album to their website today.

9) Dark Horses made a return this month with Hail Lucid State, their second album produced by Richard Fearless. Saturn Returns was the single, not to be confused with Goldie’s 1998 album

10) Duly Noted Record’s Black Honey remain just as elusive for the release of their second single Teenager, with no information about the band forthcoming other than a phone number to contact them on…

 

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Jennifer Left / Hushabye

In a recent interview with The Argus, Jennifer Left said that she was rubbish at self promotion; and so it is that you might not have realised that she released her debut album this week. Hushabye was funded via a pledgemusic campaign which reached it’s goal in only six days when it launched back in January. Seven months later, the album is out and is available for those who missed out on the pedge campaign to buy over on bandcamp.

 

New music – Calico, Man Ray Sky, Eagles for Hands, Mitch Wade Cole, and Jennifer Left

We’ve got five new releases for you this week – four you can listen to here, and one that you’ll have to click through to download

Calico have put up the first track from their forthcoming EP Nightowl up for download. It’s a cool slice of jazzy cinematic funk, and it’s free:

Man Ray Sky‘s new Coreless EP is now up for sale on Bandcamp. There are six tracks for three pounds, including two remixes of lead track Luma:

We’re still listening to Eagles for Hands Lisbon EP which came out last month. Since then, they’ve snuck out another track Peaches, which is up for download now.

Mitch Wade Cole‘s new release is out now on Shimmy Records. the producer’s latest instrumental is entitled Full Body and is available for download from the Shimmy Records Soundcloud page.

Finally, we haven’t got anything we can embed for the new Jennifer Left track Rebel, but it’s available as a free download from her Pledge Music page. Jennifer Left’s album is due to be released in March next year and will be funded by a Pledge music campaign between now and then, so keep your eyes peeled for updates between now and then.

 

Weekend Gig Picks

It’s that time of week where we steer you towards the gigs we like the look of over the weekend. The weather forecast is looking fantastic this weekend so we’ve made sure that there’s some outdoor fun to be had.

wildflowersTonight Wildflowers headline Brighton Finest’s gig at the Hope, which comes with support from Nick Williams and The Victorian Hunter. Friday night is Trading Places night at the Green Door Store and this time around they’re focussing on Iggy Pop and the Stooges with a bill that features a host of DJs and bands headlined by Spit Shake Sisters.

On Saturday night Becky Becky are playing a free gig at the Green Door Store previewing their upcoming album. Meanwhile down at the Blind Tiger there’s another free gig with Spacenoid and AK/DK lined up to play.

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Also on Saturday and Sunday there’s the Paddle Round The Pier festival taking place on Hove Lawns. As well as the opportunity the opportunity to try a whole host of water sports and watch the races from pier to pier culminating in the amusing Paddle Something Unusual race, there will be music on all day. Some of the highlights we spotted were Jennifer Left on at 2.45pm on Saturday, The Move Ons on at 5.45pm on Saturday, and Carnival Collective closing the music stages at 5pm on Sunday.

Weekend Gig Picks

It’s that time of week again where wish dish out our recommendations for the best Brighton bands playing around town this weekend. You might not be at Glastonbury, but that’s no reason to miss out on live music.

LesEnfantsOur picks for Friday night are the Les Enfants Terribles and Brighton Rocks nights. Les Enfants Terribles is at the Blind Tiger, and has Kill moon, Phantom Runners and The Semper Teens on the bill. Brighton Rocks is at Sticky Mikes and sees The Repeat Prescriptions, Midnight Wire, Karlek and Victims Athletic playing.

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BigSurfThere’s loads of good stuff on Saturday too, starting in the afternoon. There’s a twelve hour surf rock all dayer on at the Green Door store, kicking off at 4pm and going on until 4am, with The Space Agency playing at some point, as well as loads of DJs and a few other bands from out of town. It’s also The Open House Pub’s Cider Festival, which has Jennifer Left and Jacko Hooper playing live. Finally Champione have their EP launch at a late night gig at Sticky Mike’s from 11pm.

Weekend Gig Picks

Here’s our gig picks for this weekend coming up. We’ll keep things short and sweet this week since this isn’t the only post we’ll be putting up tonight.

Mr BThursday night’s pick is Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, who’s playing at the Prince Albert, supported by Jennifer Left. Meanwhile, at the Pav Tav Luo and Marvin Molina provide support for Sheffield’s Kimmy Yeah.

On Friday night The Resonators headline the Blind Tiger. If dub isn’t your thing then Flash Bang Band are playing for free at Northern Lights. There’s also a Brighton Rocks night at Sticky Mikes, with The Victorian Hunter, The Evil Son and the Frank Melena Band.

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MBSaturday night sees Milk & Biscuits playing a Glastonbury warm up gig at the West Hill Community Centre alongside Traams and Speak Galactic with lighting from Innerstrings Light Show. Unusually, it’s not a BYOB gig and there’ll be a bar. Meanwhile all weekend at The Gladstone it’s their Gladstonebury festival 

Great Escape Gallery

What a weekend – I saw over thirty bands over the weekend, many of which were local. Here’s a gallery of them all. We’ve got: Jennifer Left, Justin Saltmeris, Curxes, Kinnie The Explorer, Us Baby Bear Bones, Anushka, Fear of Men, Martin Rossiter, The Bobby McGees, IYES, Jacko Hooper, Kins and The Beautiful Word. As usual, click on the image to view large: