Showing posts with label wiaiwya-7777777. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wiaiwya-7777777. Show all posts

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

77 days is too long - the School

yup, just 77 days til the new School picture disc is OUT, and you can pre order it here:

THE SCHOOL are a pop band from Cardiff. Their debut album 'Loveless Unbeliever' was released in 2010 on legendary label Elefant Records, produced by Ian Catt (Saint Etienne, The Field Mice).

The album appeared in over 70 'Best of 2010' lists, 6Music's Album of the Day, Rough Trade's Album of the Week and Radio Nowhere's Album of the Year. Adam Walton declared it his "favourite Welsh pop album of all time". Molly Ringwald is also a fan. 

In 2011 the band were nominated for 'Best International Artist' at the Spanish Independent Music Awards, and they performed a live TV concert for 'Los Conciertos De Radio 3' (TVE).

Second album 'Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything' was released in May 2012, produced by David Wrench (Euros Childs, Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes). Dave Rowntree from Blur said he bought it. 

Everett True asked “could this be the best pop song of 2012?” of single ‘Never Thought I’d See The Day’ and declared ‘Reading Too Much..’ his 2nd favourite album of the year, only behind Dexys. 

The band will release their 3rd album on Elefant Records in 2014

" some of the Phil Spector lushness of Lucky Soul, the Belle & Sebastian-style modesty of Camera Obscura, and the airy, girl-group vocals of both" - Pitchfork

The picture disc is illustrated by Andy Hart

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

artwork for the Leaf Library single

here's Tanya Meditzky's artwork for the Leaf Library single, out on 7th June

Friday, 9 May 2014

Part 2: Record The Songs

so here we go with part two of our seven step guide to releasing your own records... for those of you following along at home, Fortuna POP! mogul Sean Price told us where to Find The Bands last month

this month recording star, performer, producer, singer and songwriter (basically Walthamstow's answer to Prince) Darren Hayman gives us a guide to recording your songs:

Recording the songs:

Don't get weighed down by the myth of recording technology and studios. Studios are great but so are you. Studios are just as likely to dull your ideas as they are to make them shiny.

If you own a tablet, laptop or phone then you already own more music technology then the Beatles did for Sgt Pepper or Brian Wilson did for Pet Sounds.

If you are going to prioritise spending money then buy a decent £200 condenser microphone and a sound interface for your computer. This will cost less than two days in a studio and will give you years of recoding time.

Garageband is perfect for a beginner and Logic gets cheaper and cheaper and has more inside it then you will need in a lifetime.

If you can't afford this, then just use your phone. Jafar Panahi is an Iranian film director who's Government has banned him from making films for life. Two years ago he made a movie on an iPhone and smuggled it out of the country on a memory card in a cake. He risked jail to make a movie on his iPhone because he needed to do it.

You have no excuses.

Think of your priorities as a long chain running from the source to the listener. The most important thing is the song and the performer, followed by instrument, microphone, room, recording device, mastering, medium, listening device. It's all gone to shit if you don't have a song.

There are million tips on how to make your recording sound 'good' but what is 'good'? You have imagination, press record and start. Capture everything. There is no 'wrong'. 

Try not to think about recording THE version of the song. Think about recording A version of the song. The biggest mistake I see in people new to recording is endless, slavish attempts to make something definitive. No-one cares about your vision. Perfection bores everybody. Record buyers want to hear unrepeatable moments, mistakes. You find this magic by recording everything, all the time and then editing hard.

I'm not advocating punk rock. You can make beautiful, pretty intricate things in this manner too, but we still want to hear the accidental.

Don't be scared of the red light. It’s just a light.

Here's the hardest thing though, finish it. Everyone starts things. Few finish. Houses everywhere are full of uncompleted songs, novels, poems and movies. Starting is easy, finishing is trickier.

In fact don't finish it. Just abandon it and give it to the world. If you did it with enthusiasm and bravery then it will be fine.

Let us hear it.

You have no excuses.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

release date - Trick Mammoth

7th May sees the release of the second installment of 2014's wiaiwya-7777777 7" picture disc singles club - Doll/Candy Darling by Trick Mammoth

Formed in early 2013, Trick Mammoth are a flower cult pop band from Dunedin, New Zealand. Fragile, lucid, but rough around the edges, their songs are sincere and bashfully honest, performed with open arms and a soft indifference. Drawing mostly on film, literature and poetry, their music has a shy pretension buried under layers of simplicity. With comparisons ranging from Black Tambourine to The Carpenters, this youthful trio of Adrian, Millie & Sam luxuriate in melancholy sweetness - gorgeous dream-pop from the margins. Recorded with Tex Houston (the Clean, the 3Ds), Adrian Ng and Millie Lovelock play guitars and sing, Sam Valentine plays drums, they all too turns to play bass.
 The picture disc is illustrated by Daniel Novakovic

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Sunday, 6 April 2014

release date - Freschard (with the Wave Pictures)

Fresh from the success of her latest album (Boom Biddy Boom, out now on wiaiwya) Freschard releases her first picture disc!

Recorded in an afternoon at Soup Studios with the Wave Pictures, it features a re-recording of one of the album’s many highlights – And The Rain

Freschard grew up in a farm in French Burgundy. She started organizing shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. Aged 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Dune wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. “Neon Orange”. Homeless in Paris, she saved up just enough money to get herself a ticket to New York. There she found an old electric guitar and started writing her own songs. She recorded her second e.p., "Shower Gel", with Mike Gomez on lapsteel guitar. In 2004 she moved to Berlin, where she recorded her first LP, "Alien Duck". Her second album, "Click Click", recorded in 2006, features a drummer (Leo Bear Creek), and electric guitar by Stanley Brinks. On her third album, “Moonstone”, she plays the drums herself. On her fourth “Shh...” she also plays the flute.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

77 days is too long - Trick Mammoth

yup... just 77 days until the second single of wiaiwya-7777777 2014 is released!...

and you can pre order these two new (and exclusive) tracks from New Zealand's finest - Trick Mammoth - here... remember there are just 77 copies available individually (the rest go to subscribers)!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

artwork for the Freschard single

as you know, we have a different artist illustrating each picture disc in this year's series of sevens... the first is Tom Humberstone, and here's what he's done:

Monday, 6 January 2014

no more Secret History

i'm sorry to let you know that the Secret History will no longer be able to do a single for this year's wiaiwya-7777777... 

BUT in their place we have the first new recordings from MY FAVORITE in 9 years!!!

MY FAVORITE were true New York cult heroes, elusive and enigmatic stars of a secret history.They crawled from the suburbs of Long Island to the battered boroughs of New York City, all the while managing to belong nowhere. They created pop songs that feel like films, casting as heroes the misfits, hipsters and monsters of modern life. Beneath shimmering walls of guitars, synthesizers, and melodicas, beat the burning heart of a new wave dream gone wrong. They proposed that our age is worth remembering. They redeemed us by caring. 

let's just remind ourselves why we love(d) them so much:

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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Trick Mammoth are recording

Trick Mammoth are in the studio... they READ and RECORD simultaneously... my WORD!

oh, and if you haven't heard their debut long player you are missing out:

Thursday, 2 January 2014

the Leaf Library hard at work in the studio

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

wiaiwya-7777777 2014 - the illustrators: Daniel Novakovic

Daniel Novakovic is an artist based in Sweden who started out by writing and drawing comic zines about his crap relationships and then found himself getting work writing and drawing about his crap relationships. He's very amazed that he gets away with it.

He also runs the So Tough! So Cute! club night. Nowadays mostly in Sweden, but this December in London, UK. He's the kinda DJ that plays Crass right after the Supremes and Beat Happening so you should definitely go.

SO TOUGH! SO CUTE! - Indiepop, Soul, Pop Punk & Girl-Groups
Friday, 20 December 2013
The Waiting Room (downstairs of the Three Crowns)
175 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LH, London, UK
Door: £4
facebook event

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

wiaiwya-7777777 2014 - the illustrators: Andy Hart

Andy Hart writes A Fog Of Ideas blog/fanzine. Is one half of the Come Again DJ duo and one third of the Nottingham POP Alldayer organising committee.  Andy has provided artwork (sleeve art, fliers, posters, t-shirt designs) for HHBTM, Odd Box, A Layer of Chips, The Spook School, amongst others.  Most recently he produced the artwork/lettering for the Joanna Gruesome 'Weird Sister' LP (Slumberland/Fortuna POP!) and art for the two Fireworks singles (Shelflife).  

2014 should see Andy's first attempt at comics and, perhaps, a website...

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Monday, 11 November 2013

wiaiwya-7777777 2014 - the illustrators: Frances Castle

each picture disc from wiaiwya-7777777 2013 will be illustrated by an amazing artist, this week we'll be introducing you to each of them:

Frances Castle is an illustrator who runs Clay Pipe Music, a small label that releases exquisitely packaged CDs and vinyl.

Clay Pipe specialises in atmospheric music that has a strong theme or sense of ‘place’. Previous releases include Darren Hayman’s Lido, Plinth’s Music for Smalls Light House and new release; Jetsam and Gareth E Rees’ ‘A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes’. 


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Sunday, 10 November 2013

wiaiwya-7777777 2014 - the illustrators: Tanya Meditzky

Tanya creates comics, illustrated books and art stuff. She produced her own comic 'milkkitten' for some years and currently enjoys collaborating with other illustrators. She recently organised an exhibition of work by 14 artists along the length of Lambs Conduit Street in London as part of the Alternative Press Fair. 

Some examples of her work are here:

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

wiaiwya-7777777 2014 - the illustrators: Sarah Lippett

Sarah Lippett is the bass player from Fever Dream as well as an illustrator extraordinaire... buzzin' that she's managed to squeeze in an illustration for 2014's singles club... BUZZIN'

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Friday, 8 November 2013

wiaiwya-7777777 2014 - the illustrators: Tom Humberstone

each picture disc from wiaiwya-7777777 2013 will be illustrated by an amazing artist, this week we'll be introducing you to each of them:

Tom Humberstone is an award-winning comic artist and illustrator based in London.

He is the regular comic artist for the New Statesman, producing his 'In The Frame' comic for the magazine on a weekly basis. In addition to also publishing his own comics, he edits and publishes the critically acclaimed UK comics anthology 'Solipsistic Pop'.

for more information;
Solipsistic pop:

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

wiaiwya-7777777 2014 - the illustrators: Jeff Mellin

each picture disc from wiaiwya-7777777 2013 will be illustrated by an amazing artist, this week we'll be introducing you to each of them:

JEFF MELLIN is a multidisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and award-winning art/creative director. He’s illustrated and designed for magazines, arts non-profits, literary presses, food manufactures and high-tech companies. 
While immersed in the 90s Boston music scene he got a reputation as a go-to guy for album packaging and poster design. Since then he's worked with countless bands and record labels looking for his vintage-inspired aesthetic and musically informed sensibility.
He reviews student portfolios for the Art Institute of Philadelphia, has been invited to speak to college and high school students about artist branding, judged the Connecticut Art Director's Club Awards, and has appeared as a guest panelist at the Chrysler Museum of Art with Sub-Pop/Nirvana photographer Charles Peterson to speak about album cover photography.
He’s also collaborated on multi-media performance installations in NYC, Boston and Philadelphia, and his video collaborations with photographer John Soares (as Soamel Pictures) have been selected for the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, the New York City Indie Film Festival, and the Arlington International Film Festival. His most recent semi-abstract films and photographs ("abstralographs") discover and disconnect geometry from reality, flattening 3-dimensions and inverting perception of negative space while balancing organic, inorganic, and atmospheric forms and textures.
As a songwriter and musician, he’s been releasing recordings since the 90s, including recent singles for London’s WIAIWYA Records featuring memebers of SHRAG, Jenny Dee and Doug Yule of the Velvet Underground, and a concept album with Delicatessen’s Neil Carlill. Oakland-based poetry press Kolourmeim Press has published a collection of his lyrics.
With his brother, the NYC-based composer Joel Mellin, he’s helped to promote the creativity of others with both Stereorrific Recordings, a small underground pop label, and Waxfruit Arts Media, Inc., a not-for-profit organization he co-founded to support and create projects connecting indie music with other media arts and the community at large.
Now based in Philadelphia, he continues to work and collaborate with creative people from all over.
For more about Jeff visit

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