Sunday, 7 December 2014

Release Date - eagleowl

eagleowl's Christmas-ish single is the final release of wiaiwya-7777777 2014 - hope you've enjoyed all seven hits, and all the amazing artwork - if for any reason you don't have all the records, there's a link to get them just there on the right ==========>
so, eagleowl:

“a funereal shanty, bleakly captivating and rousing, and a reminder that the boys Yorkston and Roberts used to make records this good.” Did Not Chart

“glass-half-empty sensibility… lifted skywards by an unexpected melodic chorus and more lovely harmonies” SoundsXP

Formed in Edinburgh in 2005, eagleowl - all lower-case if you please - were initially a duo comprising Bartholomew Owl (guitar, vocals) and Malcolm Benzie (violin, guitar, vocals). With the addition of Clarissa Cheong (double bass, vocals), several years of activity as a trio followed. The band has since grown into a multi-instrumental six-piece also featuring Rob St. John (organ, harmonium, vocals), Hannah Shepherd (cello) and Owen Williams (drums). eagleowl’s sound - trembling strings, hushed harmonies and gauzy electric guitar, tracing a line somewhere between Low, Mogwai and the Dirty Three - has likewise expanded. But without sacrifice to a resolutely less-is-more song writing approach that eschews bombast in favour of restraint, promotes suspenseful builds over cathartic climaxes, and never rushes when it can take its own precious time. 

eagleowl’s debut long player (This Silent Year - released on Lost Map in June 2014) confirmed them as one of the gems and keystones of the Edinburgh and Scottish lo-fi independent music scene. Prior to that there were a string of critically-acclaimed, impossible to come by, limited-edition releases on Scottish micro labels Fife Kills and Kilter - 2008 EP ‘For The Thoughts You Never Had’ (“gorgeously quavering folk harmonies” -Word), 2010 EP ‘Into The Fold’ (“Wonderfully atmospheric” - Drowned In Sound) and 2009 7” single ‘Sleep The Winter’ (“monumentally affecting” - The Skinny).

When not performing together, all six members are highly active in other bands and collaborations, be it with Scottish alt-folk troubadour Withered Hand, Icelandic singer-songwriter Benni Hemm Hemm, their band mate Rob St. John (who also pursues a solo career), or Canadian indie-pop collective Woodpigeon. 
The single will be launched in Edinburgh at Pilrig St Paul's Church Hall on Friday 12th December, as part of the inaugural Irregular Owl Movements Christmas Panto.

The picture disc is illustrated by Frances Castle

Friday, 7 November 2014

wiaiwya-7777777 2015 - the lineup

yup - the wait is over... here's the lineup for next year's singles club, #viimmxv

wiaiwya-7777777 2015 (or wiaiwya vii mmxv) will be seven collaborations, some are one-offs, some a looking like they might become going concerns, but these records will be the first vinyl outing for each collaboration.
woodpigeon & norman blake
world of fox & amelia fletcher
the fairlight myth (pete astor & keith negus)
hannah botting (owl and mouse) & bill botting (allo darlin)
bel etage (pam berry & lupe nunez-fernandez)
pete weiss & friends (tbc!)

the release dates will be 7th April, 7th May, 7th June, 7th August, 7th October, 7th November and 7th December, and as usual there's be all sorts of presents for subscribers:

what are you waiting for?... make sure you don't miss out and sign up HERE (and if you subscribed in 2014 you can keep your membership number):

to subscribe to wiaiwya-7777777 2015 (seven 7" singles)
add 2014 membership number

you'll notice that the price has gone up a tiny bit for next year (sorry!) but the increased postage costs have meant it's just not possible to keep at 2012 prices any more - remember that as a subscriber you get 10% off everything in the wiaiwya shop too.

and finally, just as a reminder, wiaiwya-7777777 is a celebration of the format and all things seven... Each year subscribers (there are 7*30 of you) pay 7*£5 (plus postage) for seven exclusive singles, one released on each day of the week, always on the 7th of the month... 

release date - the Human Hearts

Evoking the spirit of both el and Postcard records, American indie icons Franklin Bruno and Jenny Toomey return to recording with the classiest 7” you’ll hear all year.

Billed as the Human Hearts, Toomey and Bruno swing, crackle and POP through two instant classics – the reflective Loyal Opposition, and the Motown meets Orange Juice stomp Distracted.

Bruno is an American singer-songwriter, academic, writer, and blogger originally from Upland, California. He has been a member of Nothing Painted Blue since its inception in 1986, has worked on two Mountain Goats albums, written a book on Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces and is a professor of philosophy.

Alongside Kristin Thomson, Toomey booked the first Riot Grrrl shows in DC and co-founded the prolific indie label Simple Machines in 1990. She played and sang in Tsunami, Liquorice, Geek, So Low, Choke, Grenadine, My New Boyfriend, Slack and her own Jenny Toomey band (with members of Calexico). After Simple Machines shut down, Toomey co-founded the Future of Music Coalition while on sabbatical from a copywriting job at the Washington Post. Now she splits her time between New York and D.C., doing important-sounding work at the Ford Foundation—and for the last decade or more, it seemed like she had put music on the far-back burner. But now, Toomey is back at it again.

For the first time since 2002’s Tempting, Jenny Toomey’s voice appears on a new record via English label Where It’s At Is Where You Are. Not only is it a collaboration with songwriter Franklin Bruno (her long-time pal and off/on creative partner), but violinist and vocalist Jean Cook, who has played with Pulp, The Mekons’ Jon Langford and D.C.’s Beauty Pill, among others also adds strings and ahhhs.

The picture disc is illustrated by Sarah Lippett

Saturday, 1 November 2014

sign up to wiaiwya-7777777 2015

the full lineup for next year's (the 4th!) wiaiwya-7777777 singles club is being announced on 7th Nov - AND WHAT A LINEUP IT IS! - but if you just can't wait you can sign up here and make sure you don't miss out.

i'm afraid with escalating postage costs the subscription prices have gone up a little, but remember that all subscribers get 10% off everything in the wiaiwya shop for the year.

2015 is going to be a VERY busy year, with brand new albums from Darran Hayman, Emma Kupa, Smile Down Upon Us and the Leaf Library already scheduled.

to subscribe to wiaiwya-7777777 2015 (seven 7" singles)
add 2014 membership number

Friday, 24 October 2014

Tom Humberstone and the British Comic Awards

thrilled to say that Tom Humberstone, who illustrated the Freschard (with the Wave Pictures) single earlier this year, is on the short list for Best Comic in the British Comic Awards - for In The Frame, his weekly comic in the New Statesman...

comic comic comic

great news Tom!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sourpatch - Let's Get Educated DVD

Sourpatch did an awesome single for the 2013 singles club, and here's half an hour of them being amazing!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

My Favorite review on Louder Than War

"Named with all the hubris of Napoleon III strutting back into his uncle’s old office, it takes a position in their oeuvre equivalent to that of Bowie’s Let’s Dance or Roxy’s Dance Away. It’s even about dancing, sort of, and there are lyrical nods to the Duke and Bryan too. It’s middle aged My Favorite, which is only right and proper. “Too old to die young, too young to die slow” would be a fine opening couplet in any context, but as a scene setter for this melancholic meditation on the possibility of rebirth on the dancefloor, it’s devastating"

read the whole review here