1. The album "Gin" is now available on transparent (gin coloured!) vinyl, digipack CD and digitally from Fika Recordings. shop.fikarecordings.com/album/gin

    Stanley Brinks is joined by The Wave Pictures for their third album together; their first since 2010's 'Another One Just Like That'.

    Recorded entirely live in the studio, without headphones or overdubs, and with a good deal of improvisation, 'Gin' is a modern-sounding, in a way avant-garde, old school recording of text-driven songs. The Wave Pictures didn't get a chance to learn the songs before the session, Stan having forgotten to put a stamp on the demo tape he'd sent them from Berlin.

    To anyone familiar with Stanley Brinks' huge discography - more than 100 albums - 'Gin' might sound considerably more raw and less sophisticated than some of his previous recordings. However this body of work remains rich in jazzy sounds and original structures, the songs looser and full of playfulness, the lyrics encapsulating their essence.

    It goes without saying that Gin - the drink - was the inspiration for the album; while writing, and while recording.

    'Gin' was recorded at Soup Studio, London, by Simon Trought and Giles Barrett, one sunny day in May 2013. A few months before, when Stan was at the studio playing guitar and sax on The Wave Pictures' 'City Forgiveness', they recorded one of his songs - 'Maybe I Will See You Again', now the B-side of the 'Orange Juice' 45 - just for fun. Giles Barrett, who was engineering, suggested a whole album, and he made it happen.

    Stanley Brinks began performing officially as André Herman Düne in 1999, sharing lead vocals, guitar playing and songwriting with his brother David in the band Herman Düne for a number of years. They released several albums and toured extensively in UK, gaining and owing a lot to great support from John Peel. He has used many monikers for various side-projects, but since leaving Herman Düne in 2006, he has been known solely as Stanley Brinks.
    Born in Paris, Stan has been living between New York, San Francisco, Malta and Berlin for about a decade, always on the move. He has recorded more than 100 albums, collaborated with the New York Antifolk scene on several occasions, recorded and toured with traditional Norwegian musicians, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures.

    The Wave Pictures are David Tattersall, Franic Rozycki and Jonny "Huddersfield" Helm. Formed in 1998 when Franic and David lived in a village called Wymeswold, the band played with several drummers until Jonny became a permanent member in 2003 replacing Hugh J Noble. In the beginning the band learned to play together by covering Jonathan Richman songs but soon David was writing lots of original material.
    They have since released five studio albums to critical acclaim and played numerous sessions on BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Xfm. The interest generated by these recordings has enabled The Wave Pictures to play shows all over the world with artists including Jeffrey Lewis, Darren Hayman, Stanley Brinks, Freschard and Herman Dune.

    From the dusky romantic feel of opener 'One Minute Of Darkness' to the love song, encompassing nautical metaphors, which is the last track 'Not To Kiss You', the album takes in the night, love & passion, Krishna, the modern way of life, exploration and moving on; all echoed brilliantly in the rich and varied musical interweave - by turns a jam, a calypso, some indie rock, a groovy mantra, a little voodoo rhythm and some good old regular country.

    All topped off with the Stanley Brinks endearing signature command of naïvely rhymed,
    overenunciated English. He touches the language in a way which really, no native speaker could get away with.
    'Gin' is quite simply a beautiful, though-provoking, uncomplicated album.

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  2. Making Marks release the second single from their forthcoming album In A Desert Of Consultancy ahead of a busy summer festival and touring circuit.
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    After the well-received debut single Ticket Machine, the hard working Norwegian quartet from Oslo return with Barcodes. A guaranteed summer pop hit, Barcodes combines the warmth and nearness of an indiepop dance floor classic, with all the coolness and distance you’d expect from upcoming stars of the Scandinavian music scene. Making Marks have toured heavily over the past year, playing across Europe with the likes of Allo Darlin and North America with Tigercats, culminating in a show stealing performance at New York Popfest.
    This summer sees them return to the UK for appearances at Secret Garden Party and Indietracks festivals before a short tour with NYC based The Ballet.

    The Barcodes 7” features an exclusive non-album mix of Barcodes, featuring Allo Darlin’s Paul Rains on lapsteel guitar, who also leant his hand to the Barcodes artwork illustrations. The flip side is a near-acoustic version of A Thousand Half-Truths, allowing Ola and Nina’s delicate vocal interchanges to flourish.
    Versions of both tracks appear on their upcoming debut album, where in particular A Thousand Half-Truths showcases Making Marks’ diversity - from the bare heartbreaking tenderness of this single version to the euphoric and reverb drenched guitar solos that comprise the dynamic album version of the song.

    Norwegian disco producer Erik Skanzte has provided a remix, infusing plenty of Italo (Scando-?) disco influences into Barcodes. It is available as a bonus track with the download accompanying the 7”.

    5th July: Cosy Den Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
    13th July: Varna Festivalen, Moss, Norway
    25th July: Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire, UK (Django Django, Soulwax, Regina Spektor...)
    28th July: Indietracks, Derbyshire, UK (The Pastels, Camera Obscura...)
    30th July: The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, UK (with The Ballet)
    31st July: The Maze, Nottingham, UK (with The Ballet)
    1st August: The Lexington, London, UK (with The Ballet)
    22nd August: Cafeteatret, Oslo, Norway

    “upbeat, lovely soulful indie pop. Think Belle & Sebastian sprinkled with Motown, jazz, and far more instruments, including the banjo, classical strings, brass and the glockenspiel. What keeps [them] an indie pop band as we know it is frontman Ola Innset’s serene, Paul Simon-esque voice” MTV Iggy
    “While the Oslo-based quartet’s melancholy instrumentals were lush, it was their secret weapon—cotton candy-spun male/female harmonies—that got the packed out bar moving” Under The Radar
    “It has elements of everything: Belle & Sebastian, Animal Collective, Kitchens Of Distinction, Allo Darlin’…” Everett True - Collapse Board

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  3. The Answer is the b-side to Cosines' debut 7" single, Hey Sailor Boy!

    The Answer shows the bands other, more motorik side, where noisy guitars duel with droning synths, topped with reverb laden vocals.  For fans of Veronica Falls, Stereolab, Electrelene.

    Cosines are a mathematical pop band from north London. Simon Nelson and Alice Hubley met on the London Underground after a Stereo Totale gig in 2009. Two days later Simon was round Alice's house unblocking her kitchen drain. Since then Simon has been round and put up two curtain rails, a blind and a shelf. 

    This unlikely meeting, got them talking and once the DIY was done they started making music together, fusing metronomic pop sensibilities, 60's grooves and krautrock noise. What you maybe would get if you mix Love, United States of America and Stereolab. As a band they are constantly trying to find the perfect meeting point between clean synths and fuzz guitars.

    The band's line up was completed by Alice's old Loves bandmates Daniel Chapman and Jonny Drums and A Smile and A Ribbon's Kajsa Tretow.

    The band played their first show in April 2012, and since then have played shows with Comet Gain, Shrag and Still Flyin' as well the Indietracks Festival. The band are currently working on a debut album and consequently doing less DIY.

    You may recognise Cosines from such other bands as Arthur and Martha, Vermont, The Loves, Brother Francisco, Pocketbooks, The Duloks and One Fathom Down.

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  4. ful {Swedish, adjective}
    hideous / unsightly / ugly

    häst {Swedish, noun}

    horse

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    The same old story: Boy meets girl and they fall in love. Six years pass. Girl leaves boy. Boy takes his Game Boy and guitar and makes a record. This is it.
    Fulhäst is Nik. He is feeling much better these days, thanks for asking.

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    About this record
    Fulhäst plays lo-fi Gameboy pop-punk about movies, heartbreak and stuff. All the songs on Broken are presented in the order they were written (and recorded). The songs on side A were written between July and November 2012 and the songs on side B in December 2012 and early January 2013. Six months of watching a long-term relationship go from alright, turn sour and eventually die.
    The album was recorded and mixed by Darren Hayman in Walthamstow over a nine hour period in January 2013

    Biography
    Up until recently Nik mainly wrote songs about weird movies. Then bad things happened and he needed to find an outlet for all the shit going on in his head. If you're into extremely obscure and virtually unheard-of indiepop bands, you might remember him as one half of Moustache Of Insanity, whose 'Album Of Death' was release on blood-red vinyl by Fika Recordings in the summer of 2011. The first Fulhäst effort, the EP Down The Deuce, was released in the summer of 2012. The extremely limited (100 copies) cassettes in handmade Gameboy-shaped cases sold out within weeks.

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  5. This is a drinking song, sung throughout the civil wars by royalists and for a long time afterward. In fact, the earliest reference to this song dates to 1580. It's a popular song subject, the tall tales of the drinking braggart.

    It also seems to chime with the 'world gone mad' them of many songs of the Stuart era.

    I've added some words of my own. You can tell which ones.
    [Darren Hayman]

    Video by Nik Vestberg.

    Martin said to his man,
    Martin said to his man,
    Martin said to his man,
    Fill the cup and I the can
    Now as well drunken and who's the fool now?

    I saw a maid milk a man,
    I saw a maid milk a man,
    I saw a maid milk a man,
    Lusty eyes, empty hands
    Now as well drunken and who's the fool now?

    I saw man in the moon,
    I saw man in the moon,
    I saw man in the moon,
    Dusting off the angels shoes
    Now as well drunken and who's the fool now?

    She don't know I'm drinking now,
    She don't know I let her down,
    She don't know I'm drinking now,
    Don't let my secret out
    Now as well drunken and who's the fool now?

    Darren Hayman has shortened his Long Parliament and returns with a new LP of seventeenth century folk songs called Bugbears, which is due out on Fika Recordings in July. Darren will be doing a monthly residency at Dalston's Vortex Jazz Club and will be devoting the evening of 11 July specifically to Bugbears and The Violence.

    Bugbears will be come encased in deluxe packaging and accompanied by a massive booklet of Darren's notes, lyrics along with artwork by various artists; the 13 songs are illustrated by 13 artists, including Ant Harding of Hefner, Jonny Helm of The Wave Pictures, Pam Berry of Black Tambourine, Dan Wilson of Withered Hand, Robert Rotifer, Sarah Lippett of Fever Dream, Louise Clark, Joe Besford, James Paterson and Matthew Sawyer.

    Following his critically acclaimed album The Violence, which concerned itself with the East Anglian witch trials during the English Civil Wars, Darren Hayman became fascinated with that period of English history. Not only did he release a follow-up EP Four Queens about songs about a quartet of English Queens (Elizabeth 1, Henrietta Maria, Lady Jane Gray and Eleanor Of Aquitaine), but he also embarked on a project unearthing folk songs of the seventeenth century and Stuart era.

    Two of the songs he found appear on The Violence album: 'When the King Enjoys His Own Again' and 'A Coffin for King Charles, A Crown for Cromwell and a Pit for the People'. He did not seek to achieve forensic detail when finding these songs but was keen to have a sense of the flavour of the music of the era. Whilst writing The Violence, he started to record and adapt some of the songs, which are collected here.

    Bugbears can be considered an accompanying volume to The Violence. Although Darren did a fair amount of research, these are not meant to be definitive or historical readings of the songs. He has revised, edited and even rewritten in places.

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