Distribution Problems

Unfortunately one of the companies we use to distribute our releases to streaming sites has decided with no notice, other than two weeks, to withdraw their services. This means that some of our releases will no longer be available on Spotify, Amazon, Google Play etc in around two weeks time. Also some releases that were planned for the next few weeks will unfortunately be delayed.

The good news is that the Bandcamp versions of all of the affected releases will still be available and you will still be able to access all of those releases direct from there. In fact we strongly recommend that you use Bandcamp instead of the major streaming sites.

With Bandcamp after a one off payment to purchase a release you have unlimited streaming via their App and also you can download the music in your favourite format – MP3, WAV, FLAC etc. The bonus for us is that we get immediate income from sales as opposed to the streaming sites where we get pitifully small amounts per stream three months later.

The following releases have been affected – we aim to get these back up on the streaming sites as soon as we can but it will take time as it is a very labour intensive process.

  • Loop-Aznavour – Les Idiots D’Electronique – in addition Loops new EP “In The Kitchen With Loop-Aznavour will be delayed
  • 2 Lost Souls – Liquorice Flavour
  • Mark Corrin – Washed Up
  • The Junta – Network and the Tech Noir (Single) – you can get Tech Noir the new album “J3” which is available via streaming sites
  • Crab Dance GIs – Stage Fright
  • The Parasite – Social Validation Feedback Loop
  • West Coast Sick Line – Colour Climax
  • Cosmic Panthers – Ball The Wall
  • Four Candles – Alternative Golf
  • Space Museum – I Have Seen Your Dreams
  • Elastikbande – Very Busy
  • The Screaming Love Collective – We Breathe Like This Now
  • Moss Skellington – The Lump
  • Matthew Hopkins – Love Don’t Do Logic
  • Space Museum – Histamine/Excruciate
  • The Right Side of Reason – Blue Sky – this was due next Friday but will be delayed unfortunately
  • Jed – Black Gold Texas Tea

Physical Merchandise Sales Suspended

We are suspending the sale of physical items during the current crisis.  This is mainly because we don’t have a warehouse full of items but a series of individual musicians with their own stock.

We will make CDs and Vinyl available again once the lockdown has been lifted.

All current live orders should be in the post in the next few days.

IF YOU HAVE NOT CLAIMED A REFUND FOR YOUR EASTER MELTDOWN/CRAVATS TICKET YET PLEASE DO SO – THERE ARE EIGHT OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT ASKED FOR A REFUND YET – PLEASE CONTACT US prestwichennui@gmail.com TO ORGANISE THIS

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Be A German Shepherd Subscriber

We will be launching a subscription option for our Bandcamp releases in the very near future.

With our subscription, you can get ALL of our new releases for just £40 a year (less than a pound a week!), while supporting our label and our roster of great artists directly. Given we release over 40 items a year this is a great value for money choice.

German Shepherd is owned, operated and funded by us, on a not for profit basis We pride ourselves on being grass-roots, DIY and artist-focused. We started in 2014 and have been slowly growing a fan base and getting the support of a selection of friendly DJs and bloggers who feature what we do.

However changes in the music industry, and price increases, have made it harder than ever for small labels like ours to stay in business in today’s climate. Your subscription will directly help us to continue releasing great music and in turn support some of the best underground artists out there.

When you subscribe you’ll get a load of great music and special offers

  • All our new releases will be automatically added to your Bandcamp account and available to download
  • A selection of 10 items from our back catalogue will be completely free when you sign up
  • There will be Special releases which are only available to subscribers – they will not be sold anywhere else
  • There will be special discounts for subscribers on gig tickets, merch and other material
  • There will be subscriber only blog updates from us, regular artist updates, exclusive demo material/live recordings and behind-the-scenes stuff

Watch out for the launch date!

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Hydra Expanded

The Junta’s dance floor thumping classic EP “Hydra” goes to wider digital distribution on March 31st when we combine the original EP with   a selection of remixes of the track Agent Coulson to create a mini-album of classic techno tuneage.

Inspired by The Junta’s love of all things sci-fi and specifically classic show Agents of Shield this is electronica at its best….

The album will be available on Spotify, I-Tunes and Amazon and other digital outlets

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Introducing bozchestra

German Shepherd Records and Bert Weill Productions are pleased to announce a new partnership to promote the music of Boz Hayward.

Boz Hayward is a Manchester based musician who, with his unique bozchestra, creates stunning cinematic music and, as a singer-songwriter, catchy, quirky, acoustic pop.  

 German Shepherd Records will promote Boz’s work and he will release the music himself.  

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 Soon after punk happened, Boz formed his first band in November 1978. As with all musicians his music developed in the intervening years to a body of work which translates his observations on life and people gathered from his travels around the country and the world.  The music contains many soundtracks to accompany that journey.  It is a visual music that maps his life.

 His first instrumental release ‘Shortscores’ (2013) gained fulsome praise for its cinematic, narrative writing style, coupled with the quaint and idiosyncratic delivery of bozchestra – with Boz often on acoustic guitar, and, depending on the song, backed by slide guitar, guitaron, violin, trumpet, keyboards/piano and percussion. Boz’s musical style is perfect for film scores. ‘Shortscores’ came about through Boz’s work with an experimental film and sound event called Video Jam in 2012. Boz was sent a short film to score. bozchestra perfomed the score live to the screening at the inaugural event and such was its success that Boz was invited back repeatedly. That body of accumulated work became Shortscores. For this, Boz was keen for his music to reflect the particular mood and emotional charge that each film evokes, as opposed to providing a detached musical commentary. 

 The latest collection of bozchestra music is to be released on September 9th and is entitled ‘Films in Music’. 

 This time, a collection of soundtracks to films which exist only in the imagination of the listener, ‘Films in Music’ is a set of stand-alone pieces. In other words, listeners are invited to make up their own imagined films or dreamscapes to the music. The collection facilitates this by delivering a selection of atmospheric, cinematic, instrumental pieces replete with ideas and emotions. There’s a brooding intensity to a lot of the music. It evokes images of a post-war Berlin or Vienna with Harry Lime skulking in some back alleyway, or a spaghetti western with grizzled protagonists in a stand-off outside a cantina, but there’s also a pastoral feel to some of the tracks producing a gentler more introspective atmosphere. Reflecting a gentle Tex-Mex vibe, coupled with 70s spy dramas, and tasteful melodies, Hayward combines instruments in unique and pleasurable ways to deliver perfect vignettes. Bill Frisell, Ennio Morricone, John Barry and Anton Karas are all called to mind but Boz also adds a subtle flavour of Manc post-punk melancholia  to the mix. There’s the occasional sonic surprise which keeps the music interesting and vital. This is quality music which is varied and bears repeated listening.

 The album will be released through Bert Weill Productions and distributed worldwide by AWAL.

  

PREVIOUS RELEASES ARE AVAILABLE FROM: iTunes, Amazon and other popular download sites.

These include the albums ‘Featuring Ruby and Eric Next Door’ (2010), ‘ReCaffeinated’ (2011), ‘Edward Edwardly and the Marquis of Flixton’ (2012), ‘Shortscores’ (2013) and ‘Light and Dark’ (2014). 

 A visual five minute tour of the album please look away if you want to imagine your own scenes, places, wherever the music takes you!

Press enquiries, requests for interview direct to Boz at : bertweillproductions@gmail.com

 FORTHCOMING GIGS:

 A tour to promote the album is being planned for the autumn.

Latest news on bozhayward.com or facebook.com/bozhaywardmusic