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Kevin Robertson interviewed me for his documentary. Here’s the trailer. I’ve seen the full doc and it’s really interesting, even if it does feature me stating the bleeding obvious over and over.

Some good new music on Bandcamp

I love Bandcamp. Every week I get an email with new music that people I follow have bought. I’ve been listening to loads of new stuff the last couple of days. Here are some good bits and pieces you might like.

Sleeves Received Twitter

The Wire run a Tumblr blog called Sleeves Received which features some of the lovely, weird and wonderful packaging from releases they’re sent. As a label owner, record nerd, and designer, this is pretty much the best Tumblr for me. Since I’ve given up RSS and moved to following sites on Twitter if I absolutely need to follow, Sleeves Received has been missing from my life. So I used IFTTT to pipe the RSS feed from the site to a Twitter account, so it tweets new posts. Follow if you’re interested.

Disclaimer: This is totally unofficial.

The Wire’s Sleeves Received on Twitter

My favourite records of 2013

The top 10

With an attempt at ordering them.

  1. Indians – Somewhere Else
  2. Hookworms – Pearl Mystic
  3. Swearin’ – Surfing Strange
  4. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  5. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  6. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  7. Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse
  8. Low – The Invisible Way
  9. The Pastels – Slow Summits
  10. Deafheaven – Sunbather

Spotify playlist


In alphabetical order because I can’t possibly order them.

  • Advance Base – The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP
  • Daniel Avery – Drone Logic
  • Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
  • Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
  • Baths – Obsidian
  • Braids – Flourish//Perish
  • Bibio – Silver Wilkinson
  • Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
  • The Casket Girls – The Casket Girls EP
  • Daughter – If You Leave
  • Diana – Perpetual Summer
  • John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
  • Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
  • Manic Street Preachers – Rewind the Film
  • Monoganon – F A M I L Y
  • Shinies – Tangle EP
  • Son Lux – Lanterns
  • Sparrow and the Workshop – Murderopolis
  • These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  • When Saints Go Machine – Infinity Pool


Records that would all have made the top list, had they not been made by people I know. Sorry to the ones I’ve forgotten.

  • Adam Stafford – Imaginary Walls Collapse
  • Rick Redbeard – No Selfish Heart
  • Conquering Animal Sound – On Floating Bodies
  • eagleowl – this silent year
  • RM Hubbert – Breaks and Bone
  • The Yawns – The Yawns
  • Burnt Ones – You’ll Never Walk Alone
  • Over the Wall – This Is How We Did it EP

New to me in 2013

Records that I discovered this year that would definitely make my top list if they’d been released in 2013.

  • Nils Frahm – Screws
  • The Casket Girls – Sleepwalking
  • King’s Daughters and Sons – If Then Not When
  • Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming

Bands I liked at SXSW 2013

Just found in a text note on my phone: the bands I saw that were good at SXSW 2013.

  • Y Niwl
  • Japandroids
  • Paws
  • Allah-Las
  • Shout Out Louds
  • The Stooges
  • Blue Hawaii
  • The Holydrug Couple
  • Eagulls
  • Ghostface Killah
  • Indians
  • Guards
  • Josh Ritter
  • Youth Lagoon
  • Braids
  • Stagnant Pools
  • Seams
  • Mikal Cronin
  • Houses
  • Besnard Lakes
  • Wampire
  • Generationals
  • Suuns
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • Ra Ra Riot
  • Mac Demarco
  • Cheatahs
  • Bleached
  • Balmorhea
  • Metz
  • The Thermals
  • Baths
  • Jonathan Boulet
  • Micah P Hinson
  • Widowspeak
  • His Clancyness
  • Austra

Record Store Day 2013 video from Voxbox

In April I helped my friend Darren at his record shop, Voxbox, on Record Store Day. I finally cut together a short video of the day.

Record Store Day 2013 band ‘portraits’

Shot with the Box Brownie and medium format black and white film. The focus distance turned out to be longer than I thought, but they came out okay I suppose.

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Record Store Day 2013 at Voxbox and The Last Word

We helped out at Voxbox on Record Store Day this year.

Instant portraits of the bands

Private-public screening of the Ghost of Piramida

Paddy and I are hosting a private-public screening of The Ghost Of Piramida on Saturday 2nd March 2013 in the cinema room of the Banshee Labyrinth in Edinburgh.

In The Ghost Of Piramida director Andreas Koefoed follows Efterklang on their 9 day audio expedition to the ghost town Piramida on Spitsbergen, located just a thousand kilometers from the North Pole and home to more polar bears than people.

Accompanied by their taciturn and not visibly impressed Russian polar bear guard, the group goes on a treasure hunt in the empty buildings of the ghost town, while the narrator, the former Piramida-citizen Alexander, takes us back to a bygone era, when Piramida flourished and the immigrant Russian miners and their families lived in a Soviet parallel society far from the brutal reality of their homeland.

Efterklang collected over a thousand sound recordings for the album ‘Piramida’ they later wrote and recorded in Berlin.

The music in the film incorporates some of the early sketches, as well as finished songs from the album.

Screening info: Saturday 2nd March 2013 in the cinema room of the Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh at 7.30pm. The screening is free but we have limited space so to reserve a space please email me. I will reply to confirm you’re in.

Nonimage Mixtapes Vol. 5

These are 5 records I bought on Record Store Day 2012 that are still getting plays.

As always, if you like any of the songs, go and buy them.

  1. of Montreal – Feminine Effects
  2. Fair Ohs – Waiting For Somebody (The Replacements cover)
  3. Craft Spells – Talk About The Past
  4. The White Stripes – Hand Springs
  5. Francois and the Atlas Mountains – Gold Mountain

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