New releases in May

Hi folks

We are aware that many DJs/media types are now doing shows/stories from home and having to mail in pre-records/articles  a lot earlier than usual. With that in mind we are moving to a position where we are announcing  our new releases 20 days before release rather than the usual 10 days. Because of that we have more releases than usual to announce this week.

MOFF SKELLINGTON

May 15th will see the release of a brand new album from Moff Skellington called “Wading With The Help Donkeys” – this is the first in a new series from Moff for 2020 with four more to follow over the next few months. As usual Moff brings his unique style of music and performance to the fore with a collection of songs concerning weird and wonderful ideas and concepts including “Show Biz Potatoes” “Birds of Prey” “Slapstick” (a theme he will return in one of the forthcoming albums) “Pet Shops”  and the clothing habits of people from ancient times. Moff’s prolific output continues unabated with this new release which demonstrates the more playful and joyous aspects of his work.

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INFERIOR COMPLEX

On May 22nd Southampton’s masters of post-punk are back with a brand new instrumental single called Epic. With dance floor friendly pulsing beats and Ray Missons trademark bass sound this is truly a song whose name describes the music accurately. The trio are hard at work on new recordings including a partnership with label mate Dominic Carlton Jones with  further releases coming later in the year.
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BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS

Bouquet of Dead Crows return with the first half of their new album “Hemispheres” on May 22nd. Entitled “Celestial” the collection brings together six tracks from the new album – with Bandcamp purchasers getting an additional live track.

The third full length from Bouquet of Dead Crows welcomes new bassist Karen Gadd, which balances out the ying and yang within the quartet, and, which also brings a fresh and revitalised feel to the bands sound. The complete collection is called Hemispheres – the title of which describes an album of two parts. “Celestial” is released now as a prelude to what is to follow., the second part “Cerebral” follows later in the year.

This latest chapter in the Bouquet of Dead Crows story finds the quartet adopting a more progressive sound with their trademark riffs with big melodies approach being enhanced to incorporate more layered and nuanced elements, different time signatures, and more reflective and sometimes ambient sections. The duality of the album title is carried through to the music. Intense hard rocking sections contrast with quieter moments

The group are also releasing a weekly series of podcasts introducing the album and talking to other musical guVests from the Cambridge Area – the first one can be found below with two more to follow

The album is pre-released on our Bandcamp Page and can be ordered now

EIGHTH DAY MAGAZINE

We are continuing to feature in the excellent Eighth Day magazine – the May edition includes part 2 of our article on bands from Cambridge on the label as well as the Cambridge Calling charity compilations. The June edition will include a detailed article on Mark Corrin who has a number of releases with us this year.

THE TEENAGE PROPSHAFTS

After last weeks single “Me, My Dad, and The Fire Engines” the Propshafts are back with their signature tune “I Was A Teenage Propshaft”. It’s available now as Pay What You Want with all monies received going to the charity Mary’s Meals. With one chord, lots of guests and only slightly more lyrical content than Lulu’s “I’m A Tiger” this is the band at their proto-punk best.

WHAT’S NEXT?

We have have a packed calendar of new releases for you over the next few months including releases from the following:

The Junta
The Parasite
Mesmer Disciples
Crab Dance GI’s
Moongoose
West Coast Sick Line
Moff Skellington
Dominic Carlton Jones
Space Museum
Elastikbande
The Screaming Love Collective
Mark Corrin
Inferior Complex
Black Limousine
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The rallying call of The Teenage Propshaft!

The legendary cry “I Was A Teenage Propshaft” has been heard at Manchester/Salford gigs for many years now. This release celebrates that rallying call and invites you to join in and express your inner Propshaft.

“I was a teenage what? You guys from Manchester are crazy……….” Patti Smith
“I’m A Propshaft”  Kirk Douglas

We are offering this for free but if you do feel generous we will send what you spend to Mary’s Meals charity

Featuring the legendary line up of :

Stevie Propshaft – Lead Vocals
Monty Propshaft – Bass and Shabba
Doo Doo Propshaft – Guitar
Enrico Propshaft Jr – Drums

with the assistance of The Propshaft Choir

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German Shepherd to release two new EPs from Moongoose

June 5th 2020 will see the release of two brand new EPs from Moongoose in a new partnership with German Shepherd Records.  Distributed via AWAL the EPs will be available on all of the usual streaming and download sites, as well as the German Shepherd Bandcamp Page. German Shepherd Subscribers will also receive an additional two tracks not on the EPs but recorded as part of the same sessions. Limited Edition CDs of these releases will be available from the Moongoose Official Website.

Any monies accrued from downloads or streaming of these releases will be donated to Shelter charity for the homeless.

Entitled “Yellow” and “Black” the EPs each have four tracks of Moongoose’s trademark evocative instrumental music which is  reminiscent of movie soundtracks, highly appropriate given the subjects of the releases.

The YELLOW EP is a tribute to all of the magnificent directors and composers of the Italian Giallo films from the 1970’s. Films such as SUSPIRIA, LIZARD IN A WOMANS SKIN, YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, ETC. Directors such as Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Sergio Martini, ETC Composers such as Ennio Morricone, GOBLIN, Claudio Simonetti, ETC. The Giallo films were mysteries/thrillers/horror films that usually placed an innocent in danger from a knife-wielding assailant. Full of terror and suspense, they usually had groundbreaking visuals and stunning soundtracks.

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The BLACK EP is a tribute the wonderfully atmospheric and very bleak American Film Noir Movies of the 1940’s and 1950’s Films such as DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IN A LONELY PLACE, KISS OF DEATH, THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, SUNSET BOULEVARD, ETC. Directors such as ALFRED HITCHCOCK, ROBERT SIODMAK, FRITZ LANG, ORSON WELLES, ETC Composers such as BERNARD HERRMANN, MIKLOS ROSZA, MAX STEINER, ETC. The American Film Noir movies were mysteries/thrillers/spy films that usually dealt with corruption, double-dealing and murder. The movies main features are the striking lighting design and weird camera angles.

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Established in 1999 by YORKIE, former bassist and producer for platinum selling indie giants SPACE, and producer of Liverpool legends SHACK’s last album ‘…the corner of Miles & Gil’ (for Noel Gallagher’s SOURMASH label).

He has also produced many other bands, most notably SEVEN SEALS, IVAN CAMPO and WINDMILL. MOONGOOSE have released five singles, three ep’s and four albums to date. The main core of MOONGOOSE is:

  • YORKIE (THE DANCE PARTY, EGYPT FOR NOW, THE BALCONY, SPACE, WINDMILL)
  • PAUL CAVANAGH (THE BALCONY, THE ROOM, GLOSS, CABIN IN THE WOODS, THE ROOM IN THE WOOD)
  • MARK JORDAN (VIDEOS: DEREK JARMAN, THE ROOM IN THE WOOD, ATV)

Along their journey they have been joined by various special guests, such as:

  • ANDY DIAGRAM – THE DIAGRAM BROTHERS, JAMES, DAVID THOMAS & TWO PALE BOYS, SPACEHEADS.
  • PETE WYLIE – THE MIGHTY WAH!
  • IAIN TEMPLETON – SHACK
  • VICKY EDWARDS – THE AEROPLANES, THE JOHN HEAD BAND
  • CARL HUNTER & STEVE GRIMES – THE FARM
  • DOMENICO CIRILLO – OTHER VOICES

The band has also had the great fortune of working with a number of artists, photographers and writers to bring their projects to life, including:

  • FRANCESCO MELLINA – Photography for ‘SILHOUETTES AND SHADOWS’
  • DAVID Mc CLEISH – Photography for ‘FOOTPRINTS’
  • DAVE JACKSON (THE ROOM, BENNY PROFANE, THE CATHEDRAL MOUNTAINEERS, THE ROOM IN THE WOOD) – Sleeve notes for ‘ORGANIC TECHNOLOGY’
  • IAN PYPER – (CODEX OCULARIS) – Artwork for ‘MISSIVES FROM THE MEMORY MACHINE’
  • JEFF YOUNG (QUADROPHENIA – The theatre production) – Sleeve notes for ‘MISSIVES FROM THE MEMORY MACHINE’
  • HIRO MONSTERA – Photography for ‘SLEEP TO DISAPPEAR’, ‘BEDROOM CITY’ & ‘TOKYO GLOW’

On their last album, ‘TOKYO GLOW’, MOONGOOSE complete their sci-fi trilogy and ruminations on the encroachment and reliance of technology on modern life, with a look at Japan and its many wonders and pitfalls. As usual, it was totally instrumental and impressionistic, and blended modern recording techniques with traditional instruments and approaches to recording.

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New singles from Night Operations and The Teenage Propshafts

This week sees annoucements of two new singles

May 8th sees the release of a brand new single from Night Operations.

Entitled “Pull The Trigger” it’s a taster from the forthcoming third album.

Night Operations is the project of Mike Powell who has already released the albums Mantra and Advantage with German Shepherd Records as well as a number of singles and EPs.

The new single continues the success of Night Operations with a driving piece of electronic rock.

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Released TODAY is the debut single from The Teenage Propshafts.

This mysterious band, which is couched in legend, has only previously released a one off track – the title track of our Salford Streets compilation. They are back with an often recounted tale of a chance encounter in an amusement arcade in Manchester in the early 1980s called “Me, My Dad & The Fire Engines”. The tune/tale has been a staple of The Teenage Propshafts repertoire for many years and is now shared with the world in all its protean glory.

This is offered free/name your price but if listeners wish to donate something we will be giving any monies received to the charity Mary’s Meals.The single is available now on Bandcamp and comes with a dub version as a b-side


Plans for a follow up single are germinating ….watch this space!
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Mayday!! New Mark Corrin album

Here we are again with details of our latest release – a new album from Mark Corrin called “Washed Up” it releases on May 1st in digital format only via Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple,Google, Amazon etc

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Following on from last years critically acclaimed  “Pub Bin” it is a short, catchy pop album about bad weather –  meteorological, political or social.

It was recorded, solo, in Manchester UK in February 2020, the wettest one on record, in a time of great global uncertainty. Most of the songs here are wet, stormy and anxious but also warm and silly and not without hope. Some random musical influences for this release might include poetic funk (Gil Scott-Heron & Ian Dury especially), Momus, Luke Haines, some classic 80s pop (The Cure, Pet Shop Boys, Teardrop Explodes), There is  grime, punk, psychedelia, novelty records and hip hop in the mix

Mark Corrin’s early releases as “Shirokuma” were frequently broadcast on the John Peel Show on BBC Radio 1, and his more recent solo work has featured on BBC Late Junction with Nick Luscombe. He also presents his own weekly music radio show on Salford City Radio and has collaborated and performed with several notable artists from all over the world both live and on record. He has previously also been a member of groups including Una Baines’ (The Fall) band Poppycock, Rose & The Diamond Hand and is currently working with Elastikbande and La Capsula.

Mark released his last album “Pub Bin” with us on 19th April, 2019. It is described as a dark comedy concept album set mostly in the venues, shops, offices, pubs and bins of modern Manchester.

German Shepherd records Subscribers will also get an additional album on release day called “Mission Inaction” which is a compilation of additional tracks recorded at both the Pub Bin and Washed Up sessions.

MC