Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Other Lives. Folk, americana sounding band from Oklahoma, America, we have just been listening to their lovely live session on Hear Ya and it is extremely good, please go listen to it. There is also a free download available from their own website which you can find here.

Plus they have a previous DayTrotter session from last year, which you can find here.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

The December Mix-tape is up with tracks from the likes of Cloud Nothings, White Fence, The Mynabirds and Braids. Download for free here.

Also InSound’s free mp3 this week comes from the wonderfully drony, pysched out Beaches, whose new album Eternal Spheres is being released via Mexican Summer.

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Music.

Severin says… Buy.

Big Scary Monsters and Alcopop! have teamed up to make this awesome compilation/sampler, We Ruined His Birthday With An Invisible Balloon, with tracks from bands including Talons, Tall Ships and Ute, the line up is pretty good.

Thats not all though the cd is only £2 with any other purchase or you can pay what you like for a digital version, the best bit though is that each one comes with a PRIZE!

See here:

1 x Phone call on your birthday from your BSM or Alcopop band of choice
1 x Copy of every BSM and Alcopop release in 2011
1 x date with Gareth Amwell Jones from My First Tooth
1 x Catalogue Number (ALCOPOP039) dedicated to you
1 x Your face on a future Alcopop digital sampler
1 x Your face on the BSM website masthead
1 x Inclusion in My First Tooth promo photo
1 x Sight-seeing trip round Aarhus with Mimas
1 x Piss-taking trip to Hereford to mock Joe Idle Hands (includes Jarvis cocktails with Talons at Manhattans)
1 x Cup of Tea with Men
1 x photo of Tall Ships dressed as women at Halloween
1 x Matt Emery (Stagecoach) set in your house
3 x Digital copy of every BSM and Alcopop release in 2010
5 x Free postage on all purchases from BSM and Alcopop webstores for the year
5 x Sets of assorted BSM and Alcopop posters
5 x Pulled Apart By Horses comics (from the sold out Meat Balloon 7” single)
10 x One back catalogue BSM or Alcopop CD of choice
10 x Free tickets to any BSM or Alcopop band show
10 x BSM100 DVD/CD compilation
10 x Choice of any one BSM or Alcopop release, digitally
10 x £5 credit from BSM or Alcopop webstore
10 x Random gift packs
10 x BSM and Alcopop t-shirts/hats
100 x 10% off vouchers from BSM and Alcopop webstores

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Duo 505. Just Like Christmas. Free to download on Morr Music’s mailing list.

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Art.

Severin says… Enter.

Foam Magazine Talent Call now open, if you are selected you get and EIGHT page portfolio in the magazine and an interview with an ‘esteemed writer’.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.


White Lung are a punk, post-punk female fronted band from Canada. Ever cautious of rock bands with girls in, (as we’re girls we’re allowed to say this), we actually rather like them. They have managed what Rolo Tomassi have managed, to be a female fronted band but not have the tendency to be pretentious and annoying.

Their latest release ‘It’s The Evil’ is available from Deranged Records, they also previous releases available from Hockey Dad Records. You can also find a free mp3 to download from the Hockey Dad Records artists page, and one on the blog Built On A Weak Spot.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Currently listening to indie band Woolworm, they sound a bit like Wonderswan.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Black Wizard, a great psych, metal band. If you like Graveyard, Gentlemans Pistols, Witch and bands of that persuasion then you sure to like these guys. Their self titled album was released earlier in the year and is available at CDBaby and iTunes.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Black Shape Of Nexus have released their recent live tape ‘Live In Mannheim’ as a free download, as they say ‘sharing is caring’. For the uninitiated  they are a German drone metal band, great if you like bands such as Buried At Sea and Humanfly.

The cassette is still available at Denovali Records.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

American rock band, Volcanoes Make Islands have recently released their new EP, Sick City, it’s a bit jazz with influences of The Police running through. It’s up for free download via their bandcamp here.

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Art.

Severin says… Look.

Young artist Jamie Dean Avis has created a one off piece of art, it took four days, 10 black gel pens and a lot of concentration. You can see the rest of his work on his blog.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

The Swayback Gents are a soulful, Americana type duo, different from The Duke & The King, but if you like them, you might like these.

Their début EP, This, is available for free download via their Noise Trade page.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Clay Hughes, an amazing folk hip hop man, his acoustic songs are reminiscent of Timber Timbre.

His debut album, Burn, is available via iTunes, CDbaby and DigStation, which are all accessible via his website. Check out his Myspace to stream some of his songs.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Ha Ha Tonka a good, wholesome Americana band, have a free unreleased mp3 to give away while signing up to their mailing list. Also worth noting they have two Hear Ya sessions under their belts (Session 8 and Session 50) and a Daytrotter session.

They have had two previous albums and a sold out 7″ sinlge (still available via digital download) on Bloodshot Records.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Introducing That Ghost. For lack of a better set of adjectives, it’s sort of lo fi chill, wave type music. He’s been going a fair while though, three full self released albums by the time he was 17! Recently Fader have premiered two of nis new songs, The Red Bow and To Like You, which you can download for free.

Previously he has had a track featured on RCRDLBL, and you can buy some of his releases which are still in print from TwoSyllable Records.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

The Cave Singers, described by some as ‘folk rock’, thier new album is soon to be released and they have graced us with a free track, Swim Club, which is available to download from Jagjaguwar Records.

Privous albums have been released on a variety of labels including Matador, they have also recorded a Black Cab Session which can be viewed here.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Airwaves are Insounds free mp3 of this week, acoustic, female vocals with a really great song writing style. You can buy her releases from Insound aswell, new album Dungen Dots is available to pre-order now.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Wonder Bear. Hazy, lo fi, glitchy vocals. Free eps from bandcamp.

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Art.

Flyer design, by Amelia ‘Sme’ Mitchell.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Hailing from none other than Bradford, Lou Diamond Phillips creates instumental, progressive songs that sound moving and heavy. If you have liked any of the other tape music, pysch, instumental stuff we have brought to your attention before then be sure to check this guy out. Plus he’s a local lad.

No releases as yet apart from a download only EP available from his bandcamp.

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Art.

Severin says… Look.

The Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester are holding an Art Book Sale on Monday 6th December, which is this Monday coming up. Beginning at 11am it is free to enter and promises a large range of books at discounted prices, great for picking up reference material or buying gifts for art minded friends. Full information here.

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Film/Art.

Severin says… Watch.

Olsen are holding a special showing of artists films at The Hyde Park Picture House on Sunday, there will be six films shown and refreshments available. The whole event is free, although a small donation is asked for refreshments. Starts at 12.30pm, full line up and information here.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

HymnsHonesty.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Ute, hailing from Oxford, have just signed to Alcopop! Records, it took us a couple of listens to get into them but get better each time, reminding us of bands like The Miserable Rich and Fanfarlo with less members.

Alcopop have given everyone a chance to test them out with a free track download of Innocent Tailor available here. The ep will be out in a few days in the meantime all they have to offer is a t-shirt.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Wichita Records are holding a Christmas Sale, as of now, albums as little as £5 and singles going for around £1.99, great for yourself and for chirstmas presents. They’ve has some great albums out this year too, including Cloud Nothings, Best Coast and Peggy Sue, full information and availability on the website.

Also here is this weeks competition to enter.

“This week we are giving you the opportunity to win copies of Cloud Nothings’ Turning On LP + Hey Cool Kid 7″. For your chance to win, answer the following question…

Q: What is the title of Cloud Nothings’ debut album to be released in the new year?

Good Luck!”

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Song By Toad Records have just released the new single from The Savings and Loan, Swallows is a lovely slow building song, vocals similar to those of Bill Callahan, a bitter sweet song just right for these cold winter days. It is free to download from the labels Soundcloud.

You can still download the previous free single by Yusuf Azak, The Savings and Loan’s album is available for only £8 from Song by Toads online shop, plus you can pick up Yusuf Azak’s album for only £8 aswell. Go to it.

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Music/Art.

Severin says… Grieve.

All mourn the passing of Echo Curio, another great music and cultural venue disappears.

Echo Curio is one of the most important venues out there today, holding gigs nearly every night, artists workshops and exhibitions the place will be sorely missed, especially as it was one of the places Holmes and I wanted to visit when we made it to America.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Sacred Harp creates beautifull, instrumental, guitar music, he has previously released a tape on Mirror Universe and now has a full length album which is both available to download for free here and very limited (300) from the man himself, danlbachman@gmail.com.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

La Sera is Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls creating her own style of dreamy, 50’s infused pop music. She is currently Insound’s free mp3 of the week with her track Never Come Round, which is also released on limited 7″ through Hardly Art.

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Music.

Severin says… Listen.

Awesome, hard rockin’ cool band Turbowolf (for fans of Pulled Apart By Horses and Winnebago Deal) have released their latest ep The Big Cut for free via Relentless and Bandcamp.

The ep is also available on cd for the price of £3 from their bigcartel, well worth supporting this band, check out the amzing t-shirts too!

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