There is something antique in you and your ways…

Dunno if anyone remembers, but I got myself rather caught out a few months ago over a release by Additional Moog, one of my favourite discoveries and the first band ever to feature on these pages.

Additional Moog

Without warning, an album called Lost Engines turned up on Emusic, and I remember berating myself furiously for not knowing it was coming up. Anyway I snagged it and although I liked it I couldn’t say it enjoyed an extended run on the old iRiver. Well, I’ve just received a copy of what I think is the official Additional Moog debut, Thirty Three and a Third, on Fight This Generation Records, which amounts to the UK release. Or something.

Actually, the press release that came with it, says that the Lost Engines album was cobbled together from early demos by Lost Cat Records in the US. And I can see it, this version has a fair few songs I already knew from the Lost Cat record, and from downloads, but it’s noticeably more polished, and for my money all the better for it.

There are some excellent songs here; including the one I think I picked out last time, a song called “Alaska” which has a great melody, some sad, sad lyrics and the sort of fragile and soulful solo on some sort of electronic gadget (moog?) that belies their reputation as being unplugged, Americana types. I’m posting it here alongside the Lost Cat version, which is still good but not a patch on the newer version. I’m also posting a song called Four Track Soul which I did post originally but which has gone dead since then, and deserves another outing I feel.

Alaska (Thirty Three and a Third version)
Alaska (Lost Engines version)
Four Track Soul

Additional Moog are playing a few dates around the country (see their Myspace page) and then a mini tour of the States, and I’d’ve thought they’d go down well there.

All the best, fellers.

Thump, bump, bumpedy (pause) bump.

That’s the sound of my blogging reputation taking an ignominious tumble down a long flight of stairs, and ending up sprawled face down among the burger wrappings and old newspapers.

You remember I was feeling somewhat pleased with myself (not to say a little smug) about getting somewhere with this Blog? I was even beginning to privately entertain thoughts of a Kid Jensen-esque reputation amongst the Bloggers Who Know.

Additional Moog

Well, anyway, it’s official. I’m rubbish.

One of the bands, I … erm… “championed” in the very early days of PP, Birmingham’s Additional Moog, have released their first album, in fact it’s been out for over two months. Somehow, it’s completely skipped under my (clearly faulty) radar, and now I’ve been made aware of it by Lost Cat Records, I’ve a feeling the band themselves did let me know about it at the time. Even more embarrassing for me, is that it’s on Emusic, and I’ve somehow missed the release there too.

Anyway, first impressions are that it’s going to be pretty listenable, with a softer, better produced sound than the independent tracks available on their site. There’s still a real country tinge to their sound which I wouldn’t want them to lose, and some interesting choices of instrumentation which keep you on your toes. Stand out tracks at the moment would be “Soul Star” and the really beautiful “Alaska”

There’s also a single out, “The Bit War”, that has apparently just about sold out, but is also available as a free download from here.

New Wave of British Country anyone? [Copyright, Sounds c1980]

The Bit War

A few bits and pieces, links etc today.

(Some new music in the next few days.)

I’ve been meaning to put up a link to Acoustica for a while now, should’ve done it a while ago really. Acoustica is a monthly evening dedicated to “acoustic and semi-acoustic music” at Gloucester’s Guild Hall. It can be a bit hit and miss, but I look forward to it every month with a certain desperation, as it’s often the only live music I get to hear for a good few months. Last night’s affair was probably more miss than hit, with none of the acts being really my cup of tea (though I did buy David Francis’ CD), so I won’t post any mp3s. I do, however, have enormous admiration for anyone who can and does get up on a stage, so here are the websites of the three acts that appeared last night:

Kat Flynt
David Francis
Jane Taylor

Also wanted to post a link to another Blog – Uprock Narratives and Unknown Pleasures – which I’m enjoying reading regularly, partly because Martin is a regular at Kingsholm, the home of club rugby (as am I), but also because it’s kind of nice to hear someone else writing about and referring events to in my home town.

Lastly, I’ve heard from Additional Moog who have a couple of new songs available on their website, which sound pretty good at first hearing. I’m posting a link to “California Stars”, but get along to their website where there are three others.

California Stars

They’re also playing in Newport on 1st May, I wonder if I can get along?

Nothin’ But B-Sides In This World


Additional Moog

So …

Here’s the first band I’d like to plug – Additional Moog from, I think, Birmingham (ah, here we go, first band, first paragraph, first mistake!). Their first gig was apparently supporting KT Tunstall; they also seem to have some link with Pavement and a slightly unsettling obsession with ELO (best not to go there…)

On their Myspace page they say they are influenced by Wilco, Pavement and The Band, though I reckon I hear the Velvet Underground in there too. I really like their rootsy kind of sound, especially the drumming which sounds to my ears like someone just having some fun. I could try to go on, but I’d probably embarrass myself, and you wouldn’t read it anyway… I’ve chosen “Fault Lines and B-Sides” to link to, but they have another track available from their website.

So, give it a listen, I like it.

Fault Lines and B-Sides

Here’s the link to their own page, which, amongst other things, has this rather neat idea of telling people to bring their i-pods along to gigs and get an exclusive download direct there and then. Having been just been there, I notice that next week (20th Feb) is the release of their new single “Holy Jukebox”, which is a beautiful Byrd-sy pop song, that you’ll soon be able to download from i-Tunes and can hear on Download.com. I’d love to be able to say that I’d tied all this in neatly to coincide with their first release, but alas, it was just damn fool luck.

But hey, that’s a good sign for my first entry, isn’t it?