It’s not something I’d normally think about recording but when asked by Martin & Huw to do a cover of a classic Christmas tune for their excellent radio show ‘Take Off Your Sunglasses’ I totally jumped at the chance.
So here now for your delight is my version of Shaky’s 80′s favorite ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’
You can grab a free download of the track from the Bandcamp link below.
Just for your interest here is some information about that legendary song
Written by Bob Heatlie and produced by Dave Edmunds, this was Shakin’ Stevens fourth, and most recent, number one on the UK Singles Chart. Originally it was to be released in 1984, but was postponed a year so it would not clash with Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas”.
It was finally released in early December 1985 and was the Christmas number one for that year. Ever since it has been included on many top-selling Christmas collections and received airplay every Christmas. In 2007, the song re-entered the UK top 30 and reached number 22 on the Christmas chart. This was because downloads now make up the UK Singles Chart; in past years this would have been impossible unless there was a physical re-release of the song. From 2007 to 2011, the song charted in the UK at peak positions 22, 36, 49, 47, and 42 respectively
The album ‘Writing the Wrongs’ has echoes of 60s folk-rock psychedelia with the addition of a bit of barn-storming punk grind. There is also a bit of spoken word stuff too.
If your in to quality lo-fi music, Super Furry Animals and Teenage Fanclub then I hope this album will be for you !!
The album was released on Nov 10th and there are a number of places where you can order a copy now !
Check below for links
These links and more info on the band can be found at the Poundstore Riot website
This post is something of an update for those of you that may be wondered whats happening with the new Pulco album. Innovation In The Trade has been revamped and is now complete. More details on it’s release to come in the next month or so but for now here is a little bit of info about the album.
It’s funny how songs come together
I’d started with an idea of recording a number of abstract live drum loops as a basis for each song after being inspired again by the awesome rhythms on Captain Beefhearts’ Trout Mask Replica.
I knew I’d end up with a set of gnarly off the wall guitar songs and I also made a decision not to use any acoustic guitar either.
I found myself exploring the idea of monologues and short stories and was determined to find a way to include some of these on the album.
During my summer holidays I bought a book of poetry by Adrian Henri in a small bookshop in Aberaeron. His words were perfect for the edgy verbal approach that I had in mind and I’ve actually used loads of his poems for lyrics on the album.
On a musical level a chance thought lead me back to listen again to a Fall CD that I’d never really taken much notice of before. My thoughts also drifted back to the cut & paste approach of Pavement. I think that the sounds of both bands had a big part in the making of Innovation In The Trade.
I terms of an overall direction for the album, the final bridge that I crossed was to immerse myself in a growing love of all things DADA. Part of the Dadaist manifesto says – ‘ Reject reason and logic. Prize nonsense, irrationality and intuition’. That makes perfect sense to me.
So now pass onward to Innovation In The Trade.
Recently I had had the pleasure of meeting up with and filming a session for the mighty Alun Jones ! We fought off the mountain rain to record a version of my current single ‘Hardships’ through Al’s 9 Volt PA. I was also supported by battery powered beat loops courtesy of my iPad.
Check out the video below!
The single can also be downloaded HERE for free
Alun’s first session with the excellent Mr Phormula is also up to veiw
In Jan 2012 I recorded a BBC Wales radio session for Bethan Elfyn in Cardiff. The producer Darren Broome and I stayed in touch and worked on a track together for the Pulco album (The Mapleson Cylinders) that I was beginning to make at the time. I was also in the process of putting together ‘The Man Of Lists’ for release that year so I sort of stopped working on the new album while I got that finished.
I was recording on a hand help Zoom H4 recorder at the time which I found difficult to work with so when I received iPad for my birthday I decided to put the Mapleson album on hold and start Clay Cutlery instead. The Mapleson songs just weren’t coming together either so I thought it best to leave them and do something else.
Having had a years or so away from the songs I decided to have a listen to them again recently and they didn’t actually sound that bad so my plan is to release them bit by bit as free singles over the coming months, the first of which is Hardships & Kings.
Click the link below to hear the tracks and get your free download
This week we are mourning the loss of the Welsh Music Foundation. As an organisation it provided support and industry advice to Welsh bands & musicians for over 14 years and is a huge blow for music in our country.
This week however also sees the release of a new book called ‘On Making Music’ by my friend and BBC broadcaster Adam Walton. The book is a wide-ranging guide for original music-makers, encouraging originality and covering many different aspects of being a musical artist in 2014: songwriting, recording, getting gigs, making money, DIY releases etc.
I firmly believe that some of the industry support and guidance lost due to the demise of the WMF will be regained through the knowledge and experience that has been put in to this book.
It took Adam a year to write and is 400 pages long. In his own words ‘It’s exhaustive but hopefully not exhausting’
The book features contributions from, and exclusive interviews with, a range of influential artists: Alan Holmes, Andrew Falkous, Angharad Trwbador, Badly Drawn Boy, Charlie Francis, Clive Langer, Colin Newman, David Gedge, David Wrench, Deke Leonard, Donal Whelan, E, Elliott Smith, Frank Black / Black Francis, Georgia Ruth, Gruff Rhys, Huw Stephens, Ian Brown, Jarvis Cocker, Jeremy Gluck, Jim Bob, Jimi Goodwin, Jo Riou, John Hywel Morris, John Rostron, Jon Langford, Julia Ruzicka – Prescriptions, Kim Fowley, Kristin Hersh, Liam Gallagher, Manda Rin, Marcus Warner, Mark Daman Thomas / Shape Records, Mark Foley, Martin Carr, Matt Robin, Matthew Evans, Mike Peters, Neil Innes, Owain Trwbador, Owen Powell, Paul Draper, Paul Gray, Polly Thomas, Ray Davies, Rhydian Dafydd, Richard Hawkins, Richard Parfitt, Ritzy Bryan, Stephen Moshi Moshi, Tjinder Singh, Tom Robinson, Turnstile Music, Van McCann…
The book can be downloaded HERE
Adam says that the intention for On Making Music is for it to be as accessible and affordable as possible so he is kindly making the guide available as a donation based download !!
I think that ‘On Making Music’ is set to become something of a standard resource for all of us who record and release music here in Wales and beyond and I recommend that you grab a copy NOW !!
Over a period of time we assembled a 29 minute piece entitled The Wires 2012. The album is a sound art collage created from Jude’s new poetry collection of the same name.
Jude works as an archivist on the Reuters collection and her book interprets selective international news stories of 2012 in a continuous stream.
I took Jude’s recordings of the work and collaged them with audio recordings of my day-to-day sounds and events including a ride on an open top London tour bus, preliminary completions for the Urdd National Eisteddfod and the Star Wars exhibition at LEGOLAND Windsor.
The album is out NOW Via Pethau Garw and can be ordered from the Bandcamp link below
For more information regarding Jude and her work please visit her website
In the 17 years since the first Derrero album was released a lot has changed in the way that way music is distributed and consumed. Back in 1997 the ‘Blue’ album came on Cd & Vinyl and that was your lot.
Once the band split that was pretty much the end of the story for those songs ! They became a distant memory in the minds of those that fondly remembered the band.
After Derrero played a short set together two years ago I proudly announced that I’d take responsibility for making our old albums available again in a digital format and then promptly forgot all about it until now !!
This week however marks the return of Derrero !!! or at least the return of our music.
If you are still of a mind to be interested in such things all of the 3 albums & 3 EP’s that Derrero released between 1997 – 2002 can be downloaded for free at the link below
If you do grab a copy of one of those releases please take a moment to give us a mention on the social network of your choice.
Get your Derrero HERE
Here is a FREE album for you album that I’ve been meaning to post for some time now.
The Crog Loft Music Club features a load of demos, field recordings and rarities that have been up on Soundcloud for ages.
It’s nice that Myfi’s Bags & Song For Nel are now available after all this time
Anyway, you can download them for free now at the Pulco Bandcamp site!! Enjoy
I’m working on a special print copy at the moment but you can get your hands on my words, so to speak, from the link below .
BUY MY LOVELY BOOK HERE
Here is one of the poems from the book so you can see how ace it is ;0)
A Gulf Of Understanding
In North Wales
We sit here
Safe within walls
Having lives, moments,
Existing in bubbles
Of self preservation
That blanket our
Barred window bodies
We heave with relief
When we survive another day
Making a deal
Out of the trivial
In domestic routine
Coloured and whites in the basket
Tomorrows football boots cleaned before school
But how weird is
this world of reasonable fortune
Which blinkered as we are
Forms the gulf of our understanding
When at that exact same moment
The cake bakes,
The kettle clicks as it boils
Or Eastenders starts
At that exact same moment
On the other side of the world
Or the opposite side of the road
Someone else dies