Alpaca Sports have released a free digital single ‘Just Like Them’, taken from their upcoming mini-LP ‘When You Need Me The Most’, which is out Friday 2nd October on Elefant Records where you can also download it using the code 02EBQKXDQ7AT
The band describes the mini album as a “truly international” record with Andreas Jonsson, Amanda Åkerman and Carl Jirestedt originating from Sweden, joined by Lisle Mitnik in Chicago (VERY TRULY YOURS, TINY FIREFLIES) on guitar, organ and strings.
The drums, bass and trumpets were recorded in New York by Gary Olson (LADYBUG TRANSISTOR). Musicians Julia Rydholm (THE ESSEX GREEN, LADYBUG TRANSISTOR) and Hampous Öhman-Frölund (percussion for JENS LEKMAN, TAKEN BY TREES) were also added later.
The album was ultimately recorded and produced by Ian Catt (TREMBLING BLUE STARS, SAINT ETIENNE) in London, and the artwork is straight from Japan by illustrator Ray Kimura. The first two videos were filmed in their native Gothenburg and Paris, and finally their label Elefant Records is Spanish.
Sat 24th Oct – PARIS, L’Espace B with The School
Sat 14th Nov – LONDON, Seabright Arms with Brideshead, The Haywains, Zipper
Can’t tell you how excited I got when I read the news about this……………
“Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule” is the complete Neko Case discography on vinyl. Remastered from the original analog tapes, many of these hard-to-find and out of print LPs are now available together for the first time. Includes an 80 page full-color photography book designed and curated by Neko (exclusive to this collection!) and a vinyl slipmat – all in a handy-dandy storage box. Albums include:
Furnace Room Lullaby
The Tigers Have Spoken
Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
The Worse Things Get, The More I Fight, The More I Fight, The More I Love You
Due on the 15th November the box-set is available to pre-order now UK/Euro / US
On the turntable today and sounding wonderful the new album from Owl & Mouse, the albums out now on Fika Recordings and the band have recorded a rather nice video for the title track Departures for your enjoyment which features the UK’s only water mobile record shop The Record Deck.
Owl & Mouse are led by Australian songwriter Hannah Botting, sister of Allo Darlin’ bassist Bill Botting. The boldly open hearted yet delicate songs come straight out of the same school of Australian songwriting as The Go-Betweens, Triffids and Courtney Barnett, with lyrics that draw on the familiar to talk about the universal difficulties of fond farewells, baggage carousels, and missed connections
Owl & Mouse began life as a sister act, with Hannah and Jen Botting, before expanding after recording their last EP, to include Tom Wade (We Aeronauts) and the prolific pairing of Emma Winston and Dan Mayfield (Enderby’s Room, Darren Hayman’s Long Parliament. Website / Twitter / Facebook
One of my top vinyl albums of 2015 sold out very quickly first time around, if you missed it now’s your chance to atone as the reprint is available for pre-order from Heavy Soul Records – don’t miss out!