German Shepherd Newsletter 55

Another fun packed week for kennel followers out there….

FOUR CANDLES

30th August sees the release of a new single from Manchester post-punk trouble causers Four Candles. Recorded live by Big Clive the band deliver “Volcano Burning Blue” from the Nettle Rash album plus a brand new track “Loose Lips” – the release is FREE and is only available from the German Shepherd Records Bandcamp Page. German Shepherd Records Bandcamp subscribers will get the entire set (including the two single tracks) as part of their subscription package. This lively set includes a selection of songs from across the bands’ three releases to date including the memorable “Strange Things Are Happening” set closer where the audience joined the band on stage. Recorded at YERRRR bar in Manchester this is Four Candles at their best – Live and Loud!

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The recent Record Collector review of the bands latest album Nettle Rash by Mick Middles is rather fulsome in it’s praise although we should point out that the band are not from Salford.

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If you have not grabbed it yet the Nettle Rash album is still available digitally and we have a limited number of CDs available also

The band play the alternative part of the Colne Blues Festival on Sunday August 25th

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THE HARVEYS

Formerly known as Harveys Rabbit the Peel favourites are back with a debut single under a new name The Harveys. “Skeleton Dance/Laugh At The Stars” pre-releases on September 3rd with the option to purchase a CD single of the release. The single releases proper on 13th September and is launched at The Peer Hat, Manchester on 20th September where the band are supported by Matthew Hopkins and Manchester legends Dislocation Dance. Often described as the English Go-Betweens the band have a unique melodic pop sound with elements of klezmer and other european folk oriented genres folding into the mix.

An up to date biography of the band can be found here.

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BLACK LIMOUSINE

Three piece Alternative Rockers Black Limousine release their debut single “Dressed In Black” on 6th September – with lots of media interest already generated we expect Rock and Metal stations to pick up on this excellent track. Lead by Four Candles guitarist Mark Taylor ably supported by bassist John Pew and drummer Damien Hughes (Peter Hook, Monaco, Hamsters) the band played a stunning headline set at The Peer Hat on 16th August launching the new single. They were supported by Sam and Tim from The Parish Church who delivered a great set which was also much appreciated by the lively crowd.

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FORTHCOMING RELEASES

Other than the above we have packed programme of releases in the Autumn/Winter with new material from

  • m.t. scott
  • Ember Rev
  • sycloner
  • Moff Skellington
  • Elastikbande
  • Ian and Keith Moss
  • Angry!
  • The Parasite
  • The Parish Church Fire
  • Bouquet of Dead Crows
  • The Get
  • The Harveys
  • Auster Boys
  • Weimar

We are also aiming to release the fourth in our series of Cambridge Calling compilations curated by the inestimable Dave Hammond.

WEBSITE MAKEOVER

Our website has had a refresh with a new layout….as you can see on the left hand side of the page a wealth of information about what we do and the bands/artists on the label, in the middle the latest news, and on the right our forthcoming release and gig schedule. Please remember to check the schedule regularly for new events.

CHEESE!

And taking of events we are pleased to announce the launch of a new (and first) book by label co-owner Ian Moss. October 23rd at The Peer Hat (we’re never out of the place) sees a fun-packed mixed media event to support the release. Here is the bill of fayre….bring your own cheese!

  • Ian has his book Cheese ( 100 unhip albums to love) published by Empire publishers in October to mark the event you are invited to this evening
    • 7-30 -8-30 Disco , Ian will spin discs from his collection released between 1970 and 1980 , the sounds that warped his mind and formulated his taste
    • 8-30 -9-00 Nick Alexander will interpret songs discussed in the book in his own inimitable style , this is seriously not to be missed
    • 9-00 – 9-30 – Poet, Journalist and erudite speaker Emily Oldfield will join in conversation with the author about his aims , motivation and passion ,
    • 9-30 10-00 Books available to be signed etc
    • 10-00 – 11-00  more Disco

 

 

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German Shepherd Records Newsletter #22 – Night Operations, Bouquet of Dead Crows, Southampton Punks, Subscriptions, and Gigs

Hello and welcome to the German Shepherd Newsletter for this week. We have had a busy few weeks so this edition is slightly longer than normal.

This week

– A new EP from Night Operations
– Bouquet of Dead Crows release the first video from Motus Octo
– Inferior Complex feature in compilation album
– Subscriber Option and first subscriber special
– Gigs

AREA 51

Night Operations, aka Mike Powell, returns with a five track EP including the stand-out track from the Advantage album – Area 51. The release includes radio and album edits of the track as well as three remixes of another track from the album “Forbidden Fruit”. Radical reworkings of Forbidden Fruit are by The Screaming Love Collective, Issac Navaro and The Auster Boys. Pristine modern electronica with pop smarts.

FACEBOOK – @nightoperations

INCESSANT DESIRE

Bouquet of Dead Crows are trailing their new album Motus Octo with the rifftastic “Incessant Desire”. Shot in one take the video is a trip around the bands’ rehearsal space with clever placement of song lyrics:

The band are gigging to support the album.

25th of October – The Samuel Pepys Diary Rooms, Huntingdon (Acoustic Gig)
1st of November – Dublin Castle Pub, London
15th of November – Bedford Esquires
24th of November – The Blue Moon, Cambridge – ALBUM LAUNCH
29th of November – Gringos Mexican Tequila Bar,Norwich
1st of December – The Smokehouse, Ipswich
6th of December – Mama Liz’s, Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
8th of December – The Horn at The Half Moon, Bishops Stortford

We will reveal more about the album in future weeks. The limited edition album bundles are now sold out but fans can still pre-order the album on CD and Vinyl, as well as grab tickets for the album launch at their site

FACEBOOK @deadcrows

SOUTHAMPTON PUNKS

Inferior Complex have donated a track, “Southampton Punks” to a new limited edition CD only charity release called “Taking Liberties”. In a review of the CD for Louder Than War Ged Babey’s says

“….. Their contribution here is a historical artefact in itself. Entitled ‘Southampton Punks’ its a recited list of 70 odd people who were there in 1976-1979. ( Obviously there will be some omissions but…) it’s an attempt at documenting the history as they see it, respectfully including the deceased, the living and contemporaries from Stratejacket, Catch 22 and the Men They Couldn’t Hang. Musically it’s a great piece of distinctive, moody slow-build post-punk. Guest narrator Paul Beazley does a sterling job. It’s an emotional centrepiece to a very enjoyable compilation.”

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FACEBOOK @arp2011

SUBSCRIBE TO GERMAN SHEPHERD RECORDS

As trailed last week we have now launched our new Subscription Option via Bandcamp. With our subscription, fans 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.

If fans would like to pay more for the subscription they can. The more generous they are the more we can do!

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. A subscription directly helps us to continue releasing great music and in turn support some of the best underground artists out there.

The result a load of great music and special offers

– All new releases automatically added to your Bandcamp account and available to download
– A selection of items from our back catalogue completely free when you first sign up
– A 10% discount on merch items including CDs, T-Shirts and Gig Tickets
– Special releases which are only available to subscribers – they will not be sold anywhere else
– Regular blog updates from us on what we are up to

All income, after admin fees from Bandcamp, goes direct to the bands, or to the nominated charity we are supporting on specific releases.

Our first Special Release will be a new Spoken Word collection from Ian Moss featuring ten new pieces.

SIGN UP HERE 

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GIGS

FORTHCOMING GIGS FEATURING GERMAN SHEPHERD ARTISTS

October
11th – An Evening with Moff Skellington at The Peer Hat, Manchester
13th – Poppycock playing a Fates set at Yes, Manchester supporting Virginia Wing
14th – Positronik and The Strays are at Fab Cafe, Portland Street, Manchester
17th – The Strays play West Street Live, Sheffield
19th – The Strays play A.M.P. Music Bar, Buxton
19th – Inferior Complex play The Hobbit, Southampton
24th – Umbrella Assassins play Pim Jam Festival Fundraiser at the Haverhill Arts Centre
25th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Pepys, Huntingdon – acoustic gig
25th – Ian Moss appears at El Manisero, Innside, Manchester
November
1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Dublin Castle, London
15th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Esquires, Bedford
17th – Drink and Drive and Four Candles play The Railway, Greenfield
22nd – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
24th – Bouquet of Dead Crows launch new album Motus Octo at The Blue Moon, Cambridge
29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Gringos, Norwich
29th – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
December
1st – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows and Umbrella Assassins play Smokehouse, Ipswich
6th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
6th – The Scissors (plus Ember Rev and Goddammit Jeremiah) at Cambridge Cornerhouse.
8th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
8th – Boz Hayward and Keltrix with Misharlo play The Peer Hat, Manchester
8th – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek
8th – Øre will be playing their debut gig at the TA in Dumfries
22nd – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club
28th – Drink and Drive play Whittles, Oldham

German Shepherd Newsletter #19 – The Parasite, Dominic Carlton Jones, Ian Moss goes Cabaret, Moff Skellington Hits Manchester, Bob gets All About Jazz slot

Hello and welcome to the weekly newsletter from German Shepherd Records.

This week

– The new album from The Parasite
– Dominic Carlton Jones debut album
– Ian Moss plays first outing of new Cabaret event
– Moff Skellington Hits Manchester
– Bob O gets slot on prestigious All About Jazz Website
— Gig Highlights

THE PARASITE : NEW ALBUM

The duo of Osborne and Moss – aka The Parasite – are back with a new eight track album entitled “Dilemma”. With the usual blend of alternative electronica and heartfelt spoken word/vocals the pair have delivered yet another fascinating collection. Released on 28th September in download version only the music takes an altogether more funky direction on a couple of tracks. Said Osborne “I wanted to shake things up a bit on this one with more variation in style and direction.” Moss covers his usual range of seemingly inward looking self examination which in reality is a blistering attack on culture, media, and politics.

 DOMINIC CARLTON JONES – DEBUT ALBUM

Salford singer-songwriter Dominic Carlton Jones releases his debut album on October 5th. Titled “Salford Punk Poetry Sadness Death New Life” the nine track release combines spoken word, instrumentals, deeply personal songs and some ambient pieces to create a truly eclectic listening experience. Commenting on the album and his experience with German Shepherd Dominic said:

” 8 months from being welcomed by German Shepherd I’m pleased to say I’m enjoying life on the label.Getting to know the music of the artists. Meeting those concerned and still feeling a genuine thrill to be a part of this movement and scene.

In that time space my EP was well received and achieved some comparative success in terms of sales and genuine appreciation from those connected. I went on to contribute the song “Cats front door “ to the 200 compilation album and The music for “like a poet dies “with Ian Moss and once again genuinely thrilled to be involved here.

My new music is the album:’Salford Punk Poetry Sadness Death New Life” ,which hinges around my fathers death from bowel cancer in January of this year and goes on to explore themes of belonging,spirituality loss,.geographical connection and life after death.It’s a challenging and thought provoking album bringing together an eclectic style of musical forms which I’ve always striven to as an ethic.”

More details on this excellent album will be released next week.

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COME TO THE CABARET

Ian Moss has announced his involvement in the new Manchester Legends series starting on October 25th with “El Manisero” at the Innside in Manchester. Ian will be “invoking the great beast” with assistance from the talented musical hands of Mark Corrin. With what looks to be an eclectic evening of entertainment including Carmel and Hewan Clarke we wait with bated breath to hear what Ian has concocted for this occasion.

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MOFF HITS MANCHESTER

Master of eddodi, music and art Moff Skellington is travelling over from Leeds on 11th October for an evening of music and art. Songs, poems, and a lantern show will be part of what promises to be a fascinating of evening of humour, surreal imagery and avant garde music. The venue is the Peer Hat and the event is priced at £3.50 commencing at 7:30pm.

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BOB AND JAZZ

German Shepherd co-owner Bob Osborne has secured a slot on the prestigious All About Jazz website in their radio section. His weekly show on Analogue Trash Radio will now be a regular feature on the site.

Bob said “World of Jazz is a weekly two hour radio show dedicated to covering the best in new releases from around the world, together with dips into my rather large collection of jazz music collected over the last 45 years. There is usually a focus on one newly released album as well as a detailed look at one specific jazz artist in each show. There are no genre barriers to what gets featured on the show although I do tend to lean towards more ground-breaking artists. The show is broadcast live on Analogue Trash Radio at 8pm (UK Time) every Sunday.”

More details at All About Jazz Radio

GIG NEWS

We have a healthy set of gigs coming up for the rest of the month

  • 21st – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 21st – Drink and Drive play The Old Pint Pot, Salford
  • 25th – Inferior Complex play The Joiners, Southampton
  • 27th – Inferior Complex play Ferndown RBL
  • 27th – Electric Cheese support Tom Hingley at Preston Guildhall
  • 28th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
  • 28th – The Strays play Park Hotel, Wigan – Musicians Against Homelessness gig
  • 29th – Four Candles play Salford Music Festival at The Gilda Brook Social Club, Weliington Road, Monton, Eccles
  • 29th – The Strays play The Jolly Collier, Heanor
  • 29th – Boz Hayward plays Levenshulme Market, Manchester (afternoon gig)
  • 29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows Play Deepdale Festival, Norwich
  • 30th – Keltrix play Camboaters River Festival, Jesus Green, Cambridge, 6pm

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Words and Music

German Shepherd co-owner Ian Moss is set to release two volumes of new material. The first “Words and Music” will be released on 22nd September, the second “Music and Words” a fortnight later.

Of this new body of work Moss says

“For a period during 2017 I had been unable to sing due to the pneumonia. Whilst I was recovering from I instigated a series of collaborations with a cast of musician friends with the starting point being a spoken word piece I provided them. What they have done has far exceeded my expectations and the fruits of their labours are provided via two albums of material.

All proceeds from the sales of these album will be donated to UNICEF.

I know what each of us regards as good or bad music is purely subjective but I think this is very good indeed and hope a lot of people will agree.

I need to thank everyone who has helped not least Bob Osborne and doff my cap towards JD Meatyard, CP Lee and Mike Kerins who have all encouraged me to proceed in this direction.”

From the first volume please find below Ian’s collaboration with Mark Corrin (Salford City Radio DJ and musician with Rose & The Diamond Hand, and his own solo projects). It’s called “Ali Baba” and is an indication of the strength of the material across the 39 song project.

The Bandcamp version of the album will also include a PDF booklet with background notes and images to view alongside listening to the tracks. The album will be released digitally only via all the usual platforms.

Collaborators on this first volume are

m.t. scott
Johann Kloos
Neil Moss
Guy Nolan
Space Museum
Andy T
Aidan Cross
The Screaming Love Collective
Steve of the North
Toska Wilde
Dave Thompson
Moff Skellington
Carl Lingard
Keltrix
Dominic Carlton Jones
The Scissors
The Junta
Steve Strode
and the aforementioned Mark Corrin

Ian can be found on Faceboook at : : https://www.facebook.com/ian.moss.146

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