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Saturday, 8 October 2011

God Is In The Pod 6

Presenting The sixth God Is In The TV Zine podcast. www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk
Featuring artists that have featured on our pages over the past few months, alongside some interesting, innovative tracks you may never have heard before.


1. Bix Sixes - The Devil Makes Work For Idle Hands To Do
“I’m devoted to being hopeless but you barely noticed/You hands are like knives and your eyes are like locusts” twitches Big Sixes’ singer over a frenetic tropical beat, that bursts forth into an addictive chorus. It brings to mind everyone from Vampire Weekend to the early work of the Libertines whilst retaining a introspective edge of authenticity. This FREE DOWNLOAD ‘The Devi Makes Work For Idle Tongues’(below) is a cracking introduction to this mysterious Bedfordshire three piece.

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2. The Love Language - Pedals

Following recent shows supporting Arcade Fire in the US, The Love The Language just played their debut European shows. The one taster they’ve allowed to seap out to the public is the free download ‘Pedals’ below, a sweepingly tune that bares swooning choral hallmarks are brave and tender. Swelling through delicately arranged orchestration and collapsing into gloriously melodic cresendos not too dissimilar to the the early work of Arcade Fire or The Decemberists!

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3. And And And - Buy You

And And And makes driving, gritty, energetic indie rock songs infused with a classic DIY punk ethos and a penchant for experimental instrumentation. These recordings embody the emotional mess that is an And And And live show.

4. Kindest Lines - Destructive Paths To Live Happily

Initially it appears obvious Louisiana’s Kindest Lines delicious reverb heavy lo-fi sound is inhabited with the ghosts of early Joy Division and The Cure. But somewhere on their debut long player Covered in Dust they settle on a feminine draped sound that’s somewhat more individual. Somehow reassembling the dark post punk era and flecks it with hints at disco sound of the next decade.

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5. Brontide - Matador

Sprawlingly magnificent post rock instrumentalists from Brighton Brontide released their debut album ‘Sans Souci’ on the 30th of May on Holy Roar Records. To celebrate they are gave away the track ‘Matador.’

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6. Knesset - Steady Hands
KNESSET are a shoegaze American band, based in and between Phoenix and Los Angeles. Producing shattering waves of cinematic walls of noise, and impressively lingering, epic lyrical narratives that reach inside your ribcage and grab you by the heart….

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7. An Axe - Love, My Evil
One minute and twenty six seconds. I can barely make a cup of tea in that time. That in that space of time Bristolian dramatists An Axehave produced a mini melodrama is testament to the quality of their work. “Love, My Evil” – and its instrumental counterpart “Let Law Be Upheld” – is a stellar single.

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8. Little Arrow - Aeroplane
West Wales outfit Little Arrow are that rare thing, a genuinely heartwarming group informed by an ancient folk tradition but not consumed by it. An act seemingly completely oblivious to the prevailing trends, making music for the sake of expression and in an attempt to affect the listener.Their fine album ‘Music, Masks & Poems’released earlier this year on the quality Cardiff inprint Bubblewrap is the product of a genuinely communal effort(made up of friends and family members, including Margret Hughes his mother who provides a comforting female tone in the ether throughout).

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9. Plant Plants - Hands That Sleep
New duo, Plant Plants release their new self titled debut EP on the 20th of June. It’s produced by Jas Shaw(one half of SMD’s production team) and released on This Is Music new imprint, Less Music. It’s four tracks exhibit their skillful creativity for blending glorious harmonies with electronic rhythms and organic hip hop samples.

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10. papercranes - Sea Red

Anchored by lead singer and songwriter, Rain Phoenix, and flanked by her revolving cast of collaborators, papercranes, released their second album in the UK on the 11th July via Manimal Vinyl(Bat For Lashes, Warpaint, Sister Crayon). Download the seething rhythms and raw vocal power of ‘Sea Red’ below, it’s awesome!

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11. AutoKratz - A -Train
autoKratz have second album SELF HELP FOR BEGINNERS is an innovative journey through dark electronic pop, hands-in-the-air garage techno and carefully nurtured moments of beauty featuring guests Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order), Andrew Innes (Primal Scream) and Jagz Kooner. Download the album track ‘A-Train’ below.

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12. Super Man Revenge Squad - The Summer We Finally Cut Our Hair

Ben Parker(Superman revenge Squad,Nosferatu D2 ) has sent us a track-by-track guide through their cult classic album ‘We’re Gonna Walk Around This City With Our Headphones On To Block Out The Noise’ (which was later released on Audio antihero). It was loosely written as an anniversary to their formation and split(both in June). Enjoy:

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13. Andy Petr - Drinking Milk From His Hands

Electronic boy genius Andy Petr, is a 19-year old bedroom producer. Prolific beyond his years, Milwaukee native Andy Petr recently signed with Brooklyn-based Mixpak records and released his debut album Rapper Turned Singer EP on May 10th. Andy’s profuse output of intricate chops doesn’t stop there.

He is also delivering a spate of free EPs which APD004 being the first. The trilogy of EPs will feature original material as well as heavy reworkings of some of his favorite rap songs. Sample one of his innovative tracks below.

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14. Oax - Love And Crashing
After four years of heavy touring schedules with Bishop Allen and The Rosebuds, it was time to leave New York and head back South to his home of Houston, TX. Not the hippest city in the country, but that was sort of the point. What started as a open-ended hiatus from music and a venture into graduate school in architecture at Rice University, it didn’t take too long before Giorgio Angelini started writing music again. Oh, and there was a break-up, of course. What record worth it’s weight in wax hasn’t been seeded by a good ol’ fashioned heart ripping? Distance is, indeed, a killer.Oax is the result. The name coming from the seemingly endless canopy of live oak trees that covers Houston like a carpet. Not native to Houston, the trees were planted by early settlers as a way to provide shelter from the punishing Texas sun. And lucky enough, they managed to thrive like weeds in the swampy bayou soup of Houston soil.

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15. Laura Stevenson & The Cans - Master Of Art

As some of the finest musicians Brooklyn has to offer, it’s hard to believe Laura Stevenson & The Canshaven’t achieved the epic fame their music demands.

They can jump from subtle folk, to bluegrass, to rock, to punk and back again within the bat of an eyelid. Stevenson can manipulate her voice to sound kitsch and rabid at any one time; she can put out stars and light them back up again. I’d be unsurprised if she spends most of her time walking on her hands. One minute you’re listening to a leftfield take on acoustic music; the next you’re basked in a fervour that borders shouty, punchy hysteria. And it always works; there are never any flaws.

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16. Jonnie Common - Hand- Hand

Red Deer Club present their first album on vinyl “Master Of None’ from Glasgwegian Jonnie Common it gets a release on the 1st of August. Jonnie previously worked under the monniker Tiny Steps releasing records through the Fence Collective. A summerous collection of wondrously understated pop oddities, coming in at just over thirty minutes, at moments it understated charm reminds one of the quieter more modest moments of the National’s work.At others his twinkling instrumentals and quick fire, playful vocal ticks are wonderfully redolant of The Beta Band. Stream the entire album below.

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17. Inca Gold - Dark Moves

After a well received debut EP, Inca Gold I in February, London four piece Inca Gold released the second in a triptych for 2011, Inca Gold II on 8th June on Color and Vision Records.

Ethereal vocals? Check? Keyboard bleeps? Swirling Psychedelia? Yep Cinematic atmosphere!? Yes sirrreee…. The equation for Inca Gold‘s wide screen soundscapes could appear in a book about ‘how to surf the zeitgeist in 2011′s all too cluttered music scene.’ But wait their formula doesn’t contain pretension of MGMT, the blandness of the xx, or the sheer annoyance of The Naked or the Famous! Inca’s modest lilting, dreamy refrains ghost their way into your brain like half remembered dreams of the past.

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18. Grant K Fennell -Three O'Clock

Starting out on the live circuit aged just 13, Grant K. Fennell has meticulously climbed his way up the musical ladder, fusing with psych, ska, garage and folk troupes along his way.

This isn’t because Fennell doesn’t want to shackle himself down to the restrictions of a singular genre – it is simply because he can’t. With tastes and influences as extensive as his (Flaming Lips, Nick Drake, Mastodon, Frank Zappa, Animal Collective, Van Morrison, Coheed and Cambria, Kate Bush, Queens of the Stone Age), Grant’s music is a sedimentary of sounds, with layers of prog, folk rock, hardcore, desert rock, country, even blaxploitation, forming the musical force that he is.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

God Is In The Pod: 5

The fifth podcast from God Is In The TV Zine http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk

Cashier No. 9- Goldstar
Bos Angeles -Beach Slalom
Tiger Tape - Is It Me or is it anyone else?
PRIS - Blue-Tak Baby (Thom Yorke version)
Snorkel - Stop Machine
The Vichy Government - How to Become a Cult Figure
Kontakte - Hope...
Hhymn - Light of the Mooon
Drive - No Feel
Flask Fiktion - Capsules OF Sun(DID Remix)
Three on a Match - All About Eve
Mary Epworth & The Jubilee band - Black Doe
The Scottish Enlightenment - Earth Angel
Evi Vine - The Colours of the Night

Godisinthepod5 by godisinthetvzine.co.uk

Monday, 16 May 2011

Win tickets for: Britpop special, Dot to Dot Fest, Beach Break, Blues Kitchen

To Celebrate GIITTV's 90s week. Win Britpop Special tickets!

With the reformations of Pulp, Suede and Blur and shows from Primal Scream alongside a run of revisionistic films about the 1990s, including the Creation Records story. In early July we’re set to take over GIITTV with a series of features and ‘I was there’ articles all about the 1990s. It won’t just be about Britpop you understand, but those under apreciated acts and albums from the era that inspired most of us to get into guitar music in the first place. If you have any contributions send them to bill@godisinthetvzine.co.uk

To celeberate the kind people at F Presents… have given us FIVE TICKETS to give away to their 10 hour BRITPOP SPECIAL at the Vibe Bar, London on Friday May 27th. Featuring sets from The Bluetones, a newly reformed Northern Uproar, members of Echobelly, Shaun Ryder on the wheels of steel and a very special yet to be announced headliner. To be in with a chance of winning simply send your name and email to bill@godisinthetvzine.co.uk by the 21st of May when five winners will be selected at random from our inbox. Good luck!


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Sunday, 17 April 2011

God Is In The Pod 4

A new year, a better mic, and some samples from movies. What more can you ask?From the people that brought you http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk
God is in the Pod is back for its fourth episode! Enjoy!

Intro/ Theme Tune 1984- God Is In The TV

Our Mountain - Wooden Hearts
(Free download track lifted from their forthcoming debut album)

Love Parry IIIrd- Toy Box
(Taken from their race for the poison chalice EP out now)

Hold Kiss Kill-Our Last Waltz

(Released as a flexi disc through artrocker magazine and HLP19)

Dead Red Sun- Facility

(A free download from Dead Red Sun)

Chailo Sim- Calm

(Features on their album 'Replete')

Eleventh Dream Day- Satelite

(Taken from their album Riot Now!)

Gideon Conn- Wildfire

(Taken from his album New Bop Sounds released last year)

Alcoholic Faith Mission- Running With Insanity

(Read our SXSW tour diary with Alcoholic Faith Mission)

CYMBALS- Good Luck(dream cop remix)

(CYMBALS release their new single 'Summer Escaping' on Tough Love this Saturday)

Withered Hand- Love in the Time of Ecstacy
(Taken from his debut album 'Good News' out now)

Admiral Fallow- Delivered

(Taken from their debut album 'Boots Met My Face')

Serafina- Night before Mutiny

(Taken from her EP released on Stolen Recordings last year)
(Blade runner ending)


Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Bill's Tip Tape for 2011

Tipping new acts is a inexact science isn't it? For every success story there's rotting NME cover from the 1990s in your attic, hopefully proclaiming Terris the 'best new band in the country.' Then there's the BBC sound of list, a industry love in that seems to further grease the wheels between mainstream media and mainstream acts, PRs and labels. And when the winner is announced(the unfortunate Little Boots et al), the BBC will obviously spend the next six months trying to convince you 'how right they were!' by instantly play listing their chosen new darlings. Then there's the music media constantly and veraciously searching for that 'next big thing' when in reality its the music that matters whether that's from a act on album one or album four.

With all of that in mind, I present to you my Tip Tape for 2011, you see we write about unsigned, small label acts all year round so these are my recommendations rather than my props to bash you round the head with or attempts to tell you how 'you heard it here first' they are just a collection of relatively new acts I like. Some of them are completely new, some under appreciated and some bubbling under the surface, all of whom I believe and I know will be producing music that is worthy of your attention in the next twelve months. And that's all there is too it ok no ulterior motive?! Ok then, with the spiel over I hope you enjoy my Tip Tape for 2011!

There's been a preponderance fuzzy art rocking types crawling from basements, blinking into the light in the past few years. From the bittersweet C86 dipped indie pop of Brooklyn's Pains of Being Pure at Heart to the nu-gaze might of A Place to Bury Strangers, and this year's noise popping tips for the tops London dwellers Yuck. Well boy/girl four piece Hold Kiss Kill just might be the most intruding new addition, displaying the instantly sneering fuzz rock rhythms of Jesus and Mary Chain and the fuzz box atmospherics of latter day My Bloody Valentine and threaded with deliciously ice cold harmonies comparable to the duelling feminine vs masculine tones of Ladytron. Neon Girls(below) a forthcoming bside is the sound of swirling static down dark tube tunnels, whilst intertwine male /female vox are in entagled in a whispering embrace through the whistling winds of the train lines. Hold Kiss Kill release their debut single 'Our Last Waltz' through the helen llewelyn product nineteen label.


Juddering, catchy and intelligent, Cardiff based/Monmouth born electro-experimentalists VVOLVES(two v’s, not one w) are the meeting point between the anthemic electro of Toykyo Police Club and the unhinged intellect of LCD Soundsystem. When I checked out local bands to witness at last year's SWN festival in October, the title track lifted from VVOLVES’ 'Birds In Berlin EP’ instantly sparked my interest, its a addictive, charmingly scruffy electro anthem that burns through town on the wings of a swirling synths and a skittering vocal line, whilst members of VVOLVES hold onto its twisty turning flux capacitor rhythms for dear life! When the stream of consciousness burns its way into your skull amid tales of the carnage of the night before, in the monologue of this final minute you're reminded of the Super Furry's classic 'Herman Loves Pauline!' Their new EP 'Vogue' has better production values and now the sonics are less vocally driven, a succession of blinking beeps and beats rise and fall like the unexpectedly pleasant sound of a man repeatedly kicking a 80s arcade game. The future possibilities are endless for VVOLVES, keep your eyes on them! VVOLVES debut EP proper will be released on a 10” gatefold vinyl and as download on February 7th.

VVolves - Birds in Berlin by Somethingfortheweekend

Kent's Tom Williams and the Boat have been gathering momentum as a musical force for three or four years, this Feb see's the release of their debut album, if you were being simplistic you could call Tom Williams & The Boat 'The English answer to Bruce Springsteen and the E street band.' But that would be too lazy, sure their blues, folk, country tinged rock sound is as vermantly muscular and densely intricate taking in rocous strings, lusty blasts of harmonica, and joyous horns. But its inbued with band leader Tom Williams' urgent cinematic lyrical journeys across his past and the sprawling roads of the country, that really propel the act toward that rarely uttered word: unique. Get Older(below) is one such example of their debut album's power, its twitching rhythm section releasing waves of cascading violins, violent strummings and stabbing drum fills, sprinkled with Tom's sneering blues tinged tale of deceit and mortality going up in flames that's redolant of the narratives of a Nick Cave and Bob Dylan. The tales of travel and the "struggle of a man in his early 20s confronting a modern world that doesn’t make sense" that make up his band's debut album are apparently built upon fictional fragments, if that's the case they're bloody convincing and outstandingly affecting! Tom Williams & The Boat release their debut album on Feb the 21st through their own Wire Boat recordings label.

Tom Williams & The Boat- Get Older by godisinthetvzine.co.uk

Camden four piece Tribes came to me in a email message a few months back, fuzzy ramshackle lo fi pop recordings of their demos that show enormous potential, the song "We were Children"(below) is deceptively brilliant built on a clawing mangling guitar strings that clambers into your ears and won't let go of your brain, but its the sardonically delivered sherbet lemon drop of a chorus line.('oh no stranger your just like me these things happen we were children in the mid nineties’)That will hit a chord with many music fans of a certain vintage(one of whom is writing these very words), and will literally and metaphorically conjure up memories of the crumpled up bar chords and slacker melodies of The Lemonheads, Pavement, Husker Du and the Pixies!

Tribes- We Were Children by godisinthetvzine.co.uk

Women in music, its the in trend, and with Jessie J's (perplexing?) selection by the BBC as winner of its annually flawed self perpetuating industry inbred Sound of poll, that trend looks set to continue. Often you feel there's a contrived industry bandwagon that is being filled by the labels each new female act fulfilling a new need in the market from Duffy to Florence and back again there has been a tendency in the mainstream at least to often overlook the real talent below the surface(see Caitlin Rose, Emmy the Great ect).

One such act that could have the potential to break out of this mould is The Good Natured aka teenager Sarah McIntosh her affecting first single from last year 'Your Body is a Machine' might initially carry a hint of Mockney Kate Nashism in tone, but she's more like the thinking person's answer to the band wagonism of La Roux, amongst an undergrowth of hazy synths and thudding beats 'Your Body is A Machine' alluringly reveals a intelligent rifle through the inner thoughts of a girl who has had enough of her own dumbed down, passed out Skins generation and even couches it in an astoudingly perceptive philosophical ideology(‘Narcissism overwhelming/vanity is quite exhausting/Self indulgent hedonistic blame it all on your upbringing’), but most of all this is a onomatopoeic dark nugget of melodramatic pop and exactly the kind of tune that could easily sit on a Radio one playlist, if only they were listening!

The Good Natured released her second single 'Be My Animal' on KIDS in November and plans an album later in 2011.Here's what Sarah says about her plans for 2011: "I don't want to rush the album as I am really happy with the way it's all building and at the moment it is great just getting the songs together! We are releasing an EP in March then we plan for the album to be released in 2011. I am working with loads of talented writers and producers in London and I flew out to Stockholm to write at the end of November! I am taking some time to lock myself away in my bedroom and write on my own - like I did when I wrote Your Body Is A Machine (our previous single). I can't wait for you to hear everything I have been working on!'

Your Body Is A Machine by The Good Natured

North London outfit smallgang wowe'd the massive audience at last year’s World International John Peel Day in London, they have since been much in demand in London. Comprising of Anglo-Japanese brothers Simon and Toshi Kobayashi on vocals and guitars, and Matt and Ruth Atkins on drums and bass respectively. Simon, Ruth and Matt worked together at the now defunct Border's bookstore on Charing Cross Road and the band formed out of their friendship. Smallgang's expansive post punk is the sound of expression crushing up against emotion, and is given life by the brothers Kobayshi's double barrelled vocal assaults, dark screeches of guitar noise redolent of everyone from Slint to Shellac shifting precisely above shifting time signatures. If their first single the crowd pleasing 'Cockpit' got people talking then their forthcoming single 'Trespasses' could potentially sear itself onto the heart's of many, possessing an authenticity and first person quality not often seen in mainstream contemporaries, from the cart wheeling percussion and menacing dark alley guitars, to the twitching, disaffected baritone vocals that instantly put you in the minds eye of both brothers in turn. Somehow familiar yet resigned they're equal parts the sound of Bill Callahan and singer/bassist Mark Burgess of The Chameleons, indeed there's even a touch of the work of the early National about these two deceptively revealing lyrical vignettes that open up a window on emotion and indecision. "Evoking Mike Leigh's eye for detail and human drama and Bresson's transgress pathos' its these voices that give a throbbing heart to smallgang's impressively powerful sound. ‘Tresspasses’ is lifted from smallgang's first studio album also entitled 'Tresspasses' and released on Damnably in May 2011.

smallgang- Tresspasses by godisinthetvzine.co.uk

Edinburgh based Electro wizards Ben Butler & Mousepad is Joe Gay vs You/Germlin's new project and they are a late entry wild card onto my list of 'one's to watch' if you check the press release apparently they create 'a soundtrack to a bad mother of a party with Rocky Balboa, Bootsy Collins and Triumvirat headlining.' Maybe but what makes them really stand out from the over populated electro pop herd is their ability to surprise, because they sound like the frankly schizoid, and the lead track from their new EP 'Infinite Capacity feat The Niallist" is the sound of Gary Numan playing with some new pro tools programmes with all the gleefulness of a 16 year old after their first taste of redbull and coke!

'Infinite Capacity’(below) stomps through a sea break beats and glitches, scattered with a electro prog- pop melody that constantly comes at you from different angles, reminding one of everyone from Devo to LCD Soundsystem and beyond. The rest of the EP shows the outfits’ diversity and grounding in the modern dance community retaining a playful zip for experimenting with funky beats, squelching synths and cut up samples that makes us eager to see where they go next. Ben Butler & Mousepad is currently working on the finishing touches of his debut album ‘Formed for Fantasy’ due out on LOAF in 2011.Ben Butler & Mousepad have been invited by Deerhoof to support them in their US tour.

Ben Butler & Mousepad Infinite Capacity (For Love) Feat by godisinthetvzine.co.uk

There are problem three of four new names for you to sample on this list (and that was partly the aim) but I've also included some acts that whilst not new, deserve more attention in the coming year. One such is gloriously minimal Newcastle dream pop act Lanterns on the Lake, we've long since championed their subtle achingly gorgeous sighing pop that touches on the works of Low and <>Mazzy Star that stretches across two outstanding self-record and self-released EPs: “The Starlight EP” and “Misfortunes & Minor Victories”. Well we're pleased to inform you that they've now been snapped up by ace indie imprint Bella Union one can only hope that 2011, is the year that Lanterns on the Lake really emerge from the depths of the underground scene into the warm bosom of the wider alternative public, because they bloody deserve it! Their single from last year the heart beats of 'Lungs Quicken' (below) is but just one example of their wondrous ability to shift and move the listener with subtle cadences of instrumentation and piercingly gorgeous harmonies.

Lanterns on the Lake- Lungs quicken by godisinthetvzine.co.uk

Another who has already been well covered on this site is startling Norwegian talent Pål Moddi Knutsen or Moddi for short, his Rubbles EP last year earned him rave reviews on GIITTV, and shone a light on his future movements, including the release of his debut album 'Floriography' in this country in April.

The title track from his EP 'Rubbles'(below) is an outstanding piece of melodramatic composition, written at the dead of night its undulating percussion that traces the vast
landscapes of his homeland. Moddi's utterly unique voice drawing into you his spindling web through intriguing couplets and sudden bursts of accordion and a sea-blue guitar but it's his spellbinding vocals that are the key to understanding the majesty of his song writing switching effortlessly from tenderly enigmatic to skyscrapingly dramatic in the space of a few verses. Moddi has been compared favourably to everyone from Bjork to Scott Walker and Patrick Wolf but is an utterly unique talent. Moving ahead, Moddi is preparing for the international release of “Floriography” (on Propeller records in April 2011), and will be touring extensively with his band throughout Europe in conjunction with the release.

Moddi- Rubbles by godisinthetvzine.co.uk

Sure, new Heavenly signings Sea of Bees have been widely touted elsewhere but I just couldn't resist including the work of Sea of Bees small-town Sacremento's very own Julie Ann Baenziger (known as Jules to her friends) her cowering voice is entrancing and 'off-kilter-folk' song writing irresistibly enigmatic, if you’re looking for short hands you can mention the southern twang of Kristin Hersh or the elegance of the work of Cat Power, but essentially multi instrumentalist Sea of Bees is an beguiling incomparable new talent and her forthcoming ‘Songs For the Ravens’ album is delightful and: "influenced by rebels, nomads and the beloved people in Jules’ life. Short stories, films, even colours and shapes help richly weave ‘Songs For The Ravens’ into the epically beautiful and deeply personal piece of work it is. It is full of songs Jules wrote when she was emerging from her chrysalis, the work of someone who wanted to put her entire life on record. As she made it, she even learned to play the marimba, the glockenspiel and the slide guitar."

Take the her forthcoming single the utterly spellbinding country tinged strum of 'Wizbot' (below), possesses an irresistibly coquettish vocals that sigh and twinge they are the magical sound of being enveloped in the pools of that special someone's eyes and yet being left with only unrequited feelings, a perfectly encapsulated lament told through vivid imagery and references to the book Huckleberry Finn. Jules aka Sea of Bees' forthcoming album 'Songs for the Ravens' is a utterly glorious record and gets its released on Heavenly Recordings on 7 February.

Sea of Bees - "Wizbot" from Aaron Rosenbloom on Vimeo.

Scotland has something of a track record of late, when it comes to being the birthplace of emotionally scorched indie rock groups of late, and the encouraging thing is they are all so different! Whether its been the insistent melodic throb of Frightened Rabbit's emotionally torn streams of consciousness' or the scorched almost post rock cadences of There Will Be Fireworks or the emotive primal scream of Muersault producers one of 2010’s sleeper albums of the year.

Glaswegian Sextet Admiral Fallow exist somewhere between the gaps of all of these aforementioned acts, but yet are utterly unique, delicate folky instrumentation reveals itself like a flower in spring, each carefully executed line built layer by layer each player or flute, guitar, shivering percussive cymbals and strings that arch and release. Each player ushering in a new motif and removing themselves delightfully to give the song space to breath. But its singer/lyricist Louis Abbott, a proud Scot whose accent is familiar and comforting yet filled with a melancholia (contrasted with the Northumbrian tones of Sarah Hayes) that sows these songs with hard worn tales of growing up as a under achiever and being pushed away at every turn, a theme that is both personal and yet universal and sung in intricate poetic detail, moving from the minute tiny details of the everyday, toward utterly wide screen rushes of emotional reward.

Admiral Fallow's album 'Boots met my face' got a low key release last year, but now gets its full UK release on March the 21st! Preceded by their new single 'These Barren Years' on January 31st. The album track ‘Delivered’ (below) is one such fine example of their expert song writing and the redemptive power of their music, that skirts the edges of folk pop revival and ushers in a tenderness, sense of place and hope through struggle, that is life affirming and heart warming.

Admiral Fallow- Delivered (Alt Version) by godisinthetvzine.co.uk

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Breton, White Noise Sound, Joan as Policewoman, British Sea Power, Esben and the Witch, The Joy Formidable, Iron & Wine, James Endeacott, Admiral Fallow

Hello there! Happy new year! I present to you with the first highlights package of GIITV's year! Enjoy!



Smog stained derelict buildings, cavernous warehouses and dingy, odious subways. This is the London Breton inhabit, the London they reflect in their eerie, urban atmospherics. It’s a sound that couldn’t be from anywhere but the capital, one that betrays the city-as-lifeblood in the same way early dubstep did.


White Noise Sound

Cardiff/Swasea based shoegaze/kraut rising stars White Noise Sound release their debut album this week. The album was recorded by Cian from Super Furry Animals and Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) of Spaceman 3 and they've gigged with some of the biggest names in the scene- Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, The Warlocks plus many more. Their self titled debut album takes its cues from the crunching sounds, sneering blues beat meets fuzz box bite of the Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine on tracks like 'Sunset' and 'Blood.' Sitting them alongside more psychedelic moments of reflective sonic adventurism like the eastern vibe of 'Don't Wait for Me' and 'There Is No Tomorrow' that takes in haunted vocals, shimmering guitar motifs, and rippling horn sections. White Noise Sounds debut album is a testament to their craft and a towering achievement. We caught up with White Noise Sound on the eve of its release to get the low-down on their album, working with the legend that is Sonic Boom and Super Furry Cian, the Welsh gaze/psych scene and their plans for the future!


TIPS FOR 2011: The first two pieces in our inevitable series of reccomended acts for the new year are now on site!

Bill's Tip Tape for 2011

Hold Kiss Kill, Tom Williams & The Boat, Tribes, The Good natured, smallgang, Ben Butler & Mousepad, Moddi, Admiral Fallow, Sea of Bees

Tipping new acts is a inexact science isn't it? For every success story there's rotting NME cover from the 1990s in your attic, hopefully proclaiming Terris the 'best new band in the country.' Then there's the BBC sound of list, a industry love in that seems to further grease the wheels between mainstream media and mainstream acts, PRs and labels. And when the winner is announced(the unfortunate Little Boots et al), the BBC will obviously spend the next six months trying to convince you 'how right they were!' by instantly play listing their chosen new darlings. Then there's the music media constantly and veraciously searching for that 'next big thing' when in reality its the music that matters whether that's from a act on album one or album four.

With all of that in mind, I present to you my Tip Tape for 2011, you see we write about unsigned, small label acts all year round so these are my recommendations rather than my props to bash you round the head with or attempts to tell you how 'you heard it here first' they are just a collection of relatively new acts I like. Some of them are completely new, some under appreciated and some bubbling under the surface, all of whom I believe and I know will be producing music that is worthy of your attention in the next twelve months. And that's all there is too it ok no ulterior motive?! Ok then, with the spiel over I hope you enjoy my Tip Tape for 2011!


Tips for 2011: Reality Stars Vs Reality

Gregory & The Hawk, Daughter, She Makes War, Tristen, Napoleon IIIrd

There are similar tales of press and media manipulation throughout the history of The X Factor. No doubt many of you dismissed the show as a fix from the start, and many watching are aware that the public are not and will never be in control… What a lot of people do not appreciate is the subtle brainwashing The X Factor promotes. It’s the idea of the alternative, struggling, self-righteous pop star that does the real damage; not the façade of talent, not the threat to the charts. If you watch the show with a critical eye, mindful that this is fundamentally a program documenting the antics of the mainstream, it can provide a useful insight into something we’re trying to work against. It doesn’t matter that 1.9 million people choose in earnest to eat their tea in front of the television; it matters that a proportion of those people fail to analyze and properly comprehend what they see. The X Factor is not the route of all evil – our own ignorance is.

Hopefully my following tips for 2011 will shed a little light on the real “misfits” out there.


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Gin In Teacups: Where The Truth Begins: James Endeacott

As if that wasn't enough they've got James "Golden God" Endeacott talking about his time at Rough Trade, seeing the Libertines for the first time, and the wave that surrounded first Strokes album!


Highlighted Reviews:

The Joy Formidable- The Big Roar

In essence The Big Roar has been almost half a decade in the making since the trio formed in 2007. It features some sensible selections from the band’s first EP A Balloon Called Moaning peppered amongst a promising collection of eight brand new tracks. It’s read more


Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

Sam Beam’s fourth album as Iron & Wine continues the expansion of sonic exploration that began on 2007’s excellent LP The Shepherd’s Dog. That album saw Beam add elements of reggae and psychedelia to his understated, pastoral melodies. This new record throws more influences into read more


British Sea Power- Valhalla Dance Hall

British Sea Power are one of those bands who feel like they should've been around for ages. With an unshakable following of die-hard fans who cling to every nuance of every release like ivy, you'd be forgiven for thinking these guys were some of indie-rock's read more


Esben and the Witch - Violet Cries

Having been touted as a promising new prospect for a good while now, it seems that the release of a new record and the turn into a new year have seen the indie press decide that Esben and the Witch are due for a big read more


Thirteen Senses - Crystal Sounds

When their first album, 'The Invitation', entered the UK top forty chart, there was perhaps only one direction that the once Cornish band Thirteen Senses could go with their somewhat typical Coldplay or Keane-lite mainstream indie sound and that was down. With its follow up, read more


Deerhoof- Deerhoof Vs. Evil

San Francisco avant-rockers Deerhoof celebrated their sixteen year anniversary towards the end of 2010, and in the tradition of every angst-ridden adolescent looking to make their own distinct mark on the world they have provided us with an album that sounds unlike anything they have read more


White Lies - Ritual

White Lies' debut album, 2009's To Lose My Life... was a widely revered release both critically and commercially, shooting to the number one top spot on the week of its release. A batch of ten almost perfectly crafted songs, it found its success in its read more


Tahiti 80- The Past, The Present and the Possible

Rising from the avante garde boutiques, the artisan coffee shops and the quaint galleries is a French band that ironically is not Phoenix. Where Phoenix showers you overwhelmingly with their eclectic palette of synth filled pop, there is a band that does it in a read more


Thirty Pounds of Bone- Method

There's a track on Method, the second album from multi instrumentalist Johnny Lamb aka Thirty Pounds of Bone, called 'How We Applaud The Unhappiness of the Songwriter'. This sentiment about sums up Lamb's take on the often trite and cliché ridden niche of the downtrodden read more


Alcoholic Faith Mission- Running With Insanity

Faith being repaid. A simple recursive fractal theme that comes through twice, three times in one song. The song in question is imminent new single 'Running With Insanity' by Danish band Alcoholic Faith Mission. The faith involved is when this particular band has already produced read more


Mums Of Death- Singles Round-Up 17/01/11

Hello everyone in GIITV-land! It’s been a while since a round-up which I can only apologise for – you can blame pesky real-life for that unfortunately. January is just crap, isn’t it? It’s still freezing and we don’t even have the plaything that is Christmas read more


Belle and Sebastian- I Want The World To Stop

Belle and Sebastian are such an institution they need little introduction, and their output is often a surprise. With new single 'I Want The World To Stop', the second single from current album 'Write About Love', they keep a slight ambience of twee but read more


Is / Is- This Happening EP

Is / Is have a confident slow lope about them, built on bass-lines played right up front alongside the guitar, the lead vocal of Sarah Rose sounding at times like she's shouting into a box. Given that it's three girls from the mid-west, it was read more


Lunaire- S/T EP

Lunaire have existed for a little while now, representing the darkened undercurrent of the 'real' Norwich scene, shadowed only by all the smooth edged jumped up synth-pop inexplicably given airplay and exposure in the city. It probably hasn't helped that their MySpace page (that in read more


The Human League, (We Are) Performance - HMV Picture House 15/12/2010

On the morning of the day I was set to go see The Human League, I mentioned the fact that I was going to a few friends. I was flabbergasted to be given the response ‘Who are The Human League?’ Who are The Human League?! read more


Richard Herring, Christ On A Bike: The Second Coming - Leicester Square Theatre 20/12/2010

Christ On A Bike: The Second Coming Of all the shows that Herring could ressurect this one was most definitely the most apt, and a fitting counterpoint to his recent highly publicised show Hitler Moustache; Herring referencing his journey from Nazis to Christianity is very similar read more


Does It Offend You Yeah- XOYO 10/01/2011

Fresh off the back of supporting Linkin Park in Madison Square Gardens, Does It Offend You Yeah return home for a one off night at XOYO in London. A miserable, dank January Monday night it has to be said, with no support act and only read more


The Coral, Delta Maid - Manchester Ruby Lounge 16/01/2011

They’re the band that you’ve heard and seen everywhere else. Like iRobot, you’ll see them everywhere you look. Essentially they’re the McDonald’s of the music world, regurgitating the same generic look, flooding your eyes and ears with the most painful and annoying sight, like Paris read more


Metronomy, Connan Mockasin - Manchester, Deaf Institute 19/01/2011

Let it be said right here and right now, there is no excuse at all under any circumstances for bands to be dull onstage. Case in point, three years ago Metronomy played the Roadhouse, essentially an underground pub with good taste in music, before the read more


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Thursday, 4 November 2010

God Is In The Pod 3

So I've only gone and produced another podcast, this time using my creative zen mic, as it seemed somehow better than my desktop microphone. It's still not perfect, full of crackles and my my aim is to get a good microphone whithin time for the next podcast. Anyhows God Is In The Pod 3, is my attempt to reflect some of the acts that have graced our pages or will be featured on our pages over the last three months, I hope you enjoy the music. I intentionally picked mostly up and coming and emerging acts in order to give them a greater platform.

Cheers for listening!

God Is In The Pod 3 Playlist

1.Kutosis - the man is a ghost

2. Shrag- Tights in August
Their new album "Life!Death!Prizes" is out now

3. The Strange Death of Liberal England- Rising Sea

4. Captain Polaroid- Gather Everything

5. Parenthetical Girls- Young Throats

6. Ace Bushy Striptease- It's a Race

7. Thee Single Spy- Ok Coral

8. Drum Eyes- 50/50

9. Union Sound Set- Hiding Places

10. Milk- Oubliette

11.Meursault- Crank Resolutions

12. Alessi's Ark- Woman

13. Vanity Fair- Drawings of Paris


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