Releases for 9th July – Cosmic Panthers and Lizard Brain

Two new releases for today….

Several years back the band Kill Pretty went into a recording studio in Liverpool to lay down their third album tentatively titled “Bubblegum Now” . A double albums worth of material was recorded and progress was being made for a release, however with the departure of firstly the bands manager and then the lead singer the momentum was lost and that material was shelved never to see the light of day. It has long been an ambition for at least the lyrical content of that album to be used in some form, it was that strong.

German Shepherd co-owner Ian Moss was that lead singer. His partnership with Ben Mancell of the New York based Fuzzy Warbles label to release Hamsters material and subsequently new material with Cosmic Panthers lead to the flowering of the germ of an idea. Enter stage left legendary Mekons and Three Johns member Jon Langford, an old friend and associate of Ian Moss, and the trio of Ian Moss , Ben and Jon with months of work has created the vehicle/vessel for those songs in a new set of clothes.

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The new material is light years away from the original versions, structurally and melodically different with only the words and vocal delivery being retained. This is an altogether more impulsive, aggressive and relentless collection. The core anger at the heart of the songs is amplified and honed into a more directive attack. No mercy is allowed with a series of targets which are genuinely deserving of the venom applied to them. There are also personal reflections on teenage angst, and, an homage to the City of Manchester which evokes and explains the inherent dichotomy of the place. Legendary Fall guitarist Craig Scanlon also contributed the song Something Better.

With a number of the original songs not included on this release including the sprawling experimental piece Propshaft the collection now fits perfectly into a single album.

A joint release with Fuzzy Warbles the album was recorded July 2020 – May 2021 in Brooklyn NY, Chicago IL, Los Angeles CA, and Manchester UK. Special guests include Josh Mancell on drums and Julia Nelson on Vocals. Ian’s vocals recorded by Simon “Ding” Archer at 6dB studios in Salford.

The release is available in cassette and digital download format from the Fuzzy Warbles Bandcamp Page and also can be streamed from all major platforms.

The exceptional album “Confection” by Lizard Brain yields a further single “If Our Eyes Were Blue” featuring Tony Jenkins. “If Our Eyes Were Blue” was inspired by the work of US-based educationalist, Jane Elliott. Since shortly after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Jane has used role play to teach her pupils about racism, by asking them to segregate their class, and to discriminate, based solely on eye colour. This results in everyone in the class experiencing discrimination from both sides – becoming aware of what it feels like to be discriminated against.

Lizard Brain release Two Singles

Cambridge based band Lizard Brain release two new singles on October 16th.

Othering which features David and Richard is a timely tune with the American Presidential Elections so close. Othering is the division of people into “us” and “them”. Othering increasingly seems to be a political strategy used to create fear and distract from the most pressing issues facing humanity. We need to unite to create a mandate to deal with the huge issues of inequality and the climate crisis.

Round and Round is one of Mark’s and features former Lizard Brain Member Tony Jenkins.

Kids often dance to music by just spinning around and losing their inhibitions. Mark really wanted to see a whole room full of people doing that – arms out, head back, laughing and spinning. So that’s the vision that started the music. Tony’s dark lyric hints at a dysfunctional relationship, perhaps with our political representatives….?

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Lizard Brain launch podcast to celebrate launch of new single

In anticipation of new single “Featureless Zone” the band have put together an eclectic mix …..

THE DEAD KENNEDYS – We’ve Got A Bigger Problem Now
MARVIN GAYE – What’s Going On?
RICHARD THOMPSON – Bank Vault In Heaven
LIZARD BRAIN – Put Some Love In Your Heart
GONJASUFI – Sheep
ROBYN + KLEERUP – With Every Heartbeat
SUPERTRAMP – Just A Normal Day
LIZARD BRAIN – Featureless Zone
FOUR CANDLES – Basketcase
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS – It Is Nothing
THE SPECIALS – Ghost Town
ELVIS COSTELLO – So Like Candy
LIZARD BRAIN – Bring The Curtain Down

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News – brand new Mark Corrin album plus more releases in the pipeline

The latest news from The Kennel….

Our next new  release is on July 17th and is from the highly prolific Mark Corrin who has delivered another solo album. This one is  called Fabled Shore.

Featuring a selection of songs written over a number of years Mark brings us another  exciting and eclectic mix of music. Following the recent Elastikbande EP and his other solo album “Washed Up” and the La Capsula EP it has certainly been a busy year for Mark – he has also been profiled in the Eighth Day magazine.

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German Shepherd Records Bandcamp subscribers will also receive an exclusive  special release from Mark.

Further news…..

Cambridge band Lizard Brain are guests on Dave Hammond’s Smelly Flowerpot Show on Monday 29th June. In addition the band have prepared another podcast – their fifth – which will be released on our Mixcloud page on July 1st. Their new single “Featureless Zone” is already receiving a lot of radio airplay and is released on July 3rd

Julia from Matthew Hopkins is also a talented actress and appeared on Coronation Street last week. The band will be featured in the August edition of Eighth Day magazine and two new singles are due in the next couple of months.

We have received the new single from Black Limousine which will be released at the end of July. It is the first release with new drummer Neil Mykowski (The Ascension, The Sombre Watcher, Neural Dance).

New singles from Filed Fangs, and Inferior Complex, a new EP from sycloner, and a remix EP and album from The Junta are on the way also!

If you would like to subscribe to our label visit our Bandcamp page – for £40 a year you get everything we release plus 100s of back catalogue items, 10% off merch, and monthly subscriber exclusives. 

Forthcoming releases and new videos

Coming on July 3rd

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Coming on July 10th

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All proceeds from the sale of the new Screaming Love Collective album will be donated to the Scottish Association for Mental Health

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New videos …..

Bouquet of Dead Crows with a new version of  “Caged”

and sycloner with a video from the last release

 

New Lizard Brain Podcast

To mark the release of the new single “32 Years” Richard and David from Lizard Brain have put together a new podcast packed with an eclectic mix of music, featuring

Everything Everything
Hoosiers
Harold Budd and Brian Eno
Glen Campbell
Ty Dolla $ign & Future
Richard Thompson
Tori Amos
Anthony Phillips
Positronik
Pink Floyd
Bonzo Dog Doodah Band
Jan Garbarek

As well as the above there’s a track from the second Lizard Brain album plus the new single.

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A new single from Lizard Brain

We have just one release for April 24th from Cambridge pop-meisters Lizard Brain

Entitled “32 Years” it’s a brand new single recorded  in early 2020 and featuring band members Richard Jones on Vocals/Keyboards and David Carter on Guitar /Bass.

A melodic pop song with a rock/electro base this proves to be a joyful but tongue in cheek  celebration of a long standing  relationship. It’s already received airplay from Cambridge DJ Dave Hammond on his Smelly Flowerpot Show.

This release follows on from previous single the remix of “Put Some Love In Your Heart”

The guys have also done a podcast which will be available from our Mixcloud channel from April 22nd.

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If you haven’t already then check out their excellent album from last year “Stray”

 

New releases from Loop-aznavour, Umbrella Assassins and Lizard Brain plus reissues

Here are the details of our releases on April 10th plus news of some reissues and an additional single release on April 3rd

Loop-aznavour

Adventures of Salvador front man and theremin wizard Loop-aznavour resumes his solo career with a brand new album  Les Idiots de L’Electronique.

Loop takes us through ten great new songs involving a wide selection of bizarre and wonderful characters. Applying his unique and dead-pan humour to the everyday idiosyncrasies of life this collection will certainly lighten the mood in these trying times.

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Umbrella Assassins

Haverhill’s finest proponents of Shed Punk are back with a full length which includes revisited versions of tracks from the previous EPs and Singles released by German Shepherd.

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Entitled Humanity it’s a concept album dealing with the adventures of  Dodo Freak (Freakum Dodois) the last of his kind. Losing faith in humanity he escapes to a new planet. As years go by he wonders what has become of his old home, so he decides to look. Hurtling through the countryside in his spaceship he meets a girl, falls in love and starts a family. Through new found friends he assembles a band of humans, those lucky few. The pioneers of the twelve by ten. The creators of Shed Punk.

Mixing raw shed punk with some lighter pop tunes and experimental pieces this is Steve, Garry and Bunge with their best offering yet.

The band have put together an entertaining podcast to support the release of the album which will be available around the time of release from Bob’s Mixcloud Page.

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Re-releases

Following a change in our distributors we are pleased to announce that the following are available once more from all the digital streaming and download sites…..

plus a host of reissues of Moff Skellington albums:

Plough Monday, On Flanders Moon, Golfer In Disgrace, Bargains Are A Hollow Syrup, Fetch, Uncle Roy’s Utopian Vision Parts 1 and 2, The Corduroy Bridge, Thorny Conduits

Eighth Day Magazine

We are continuing to write a monthly column for the excellent Eighth Day Magazine. March’s edition included a piece on Moff Skellington and an introduction to The English Disease. April’s edition which is due out at the weekend includes the first of a two part article on our work with Cambridge Bands – check out the magazine here

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Lizard Brain

The Lizard Brain team have produced an excellent remix of the track Put Some Love In Your Heart from their That Has A Nice Ring To It album.

Again we felt that this tune offered some hope and love during the current lockdown. This track is a taster for their new single 32 Years which will follow on April 24th.

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Stay safe!

New Lizard Brain Podcast

The latest in our series of artist curated podcasts is now available on Mixcloud Select.

Curated by Mark and David from Lizard Brain it features three tracks from the band, one from Ember Rev and an eclectic selection of music from across a variety of genres.

To access this show sign up to Mixcloud Select for £2.99 a month and get exclusive access to a range of shows made by artists on the German Shepherd Records label.

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Lizards On The Radio

Lizard Brain have secured two radio appearances in the run up to the release of their 3rd album “Stray” on Friday 18th January.

The band will be featured on the CAM FM Breakthrough show on Sunday 13th January between 19:00-21:00 with a session to follow in the near future.

This will be followed by an appearance on Dave Hammond’s Smelly Flowerpot Show on Cambridge 105FM between 21:00 and 23:00

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Lizard Brain release third album “Stray” with German Shepherd Records

Cambridge based band Lizard Brain join German Shepherd Records for their third album “Stray” . Released digitally on 18th January, 2019 the 12 track collection finds the band delivering a heady cocktail of beautifully crafted and diverse songs

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Lizard Brain are:

Richard Jones: songs, keys, bass, vox, arrangements, production
Mark Fleet: songs, keys, arrangements, production
David Carter: songs, guitars, vox, bass, flute, sax, arrangements, production
Tony Jenkins: songs, vox, guitars, arrangements

“Stray” was recorded in the purpose-built Lizard Lounge studio in Lode, Cambridge from late 2016 to late 2018. Album production was led by Richard and supported by Mark and David. Following on from their earlier self-released albums Hold The Mind (2012) and That Has A Nice Ring To It (2016), the songs on the new collection emerged from a series of writing sessions using different combinations of band members whose wide musical influences resulted an album rich with variety.

The album kicks off with the Moroder drenched alt-disco groove of “Lost In Sound”, switches to the impassioned rock of “Gannets” and then swerves into Jamaican grooves with “Am I Just A Name Now”. In these three opening tracks the group evidence their skill and competence in delivering lyrically strong, well produced, quality material. What follows is a varied menu of twangy psych pop, driving rock, Northern Soul, elegiac balladry, and an epic anthemic closer “Freedom”. Throughout there are strong melodies and hooks that will leave you going back for repeated listens.

Here as a taster is an early pre-release version of the albums’s opening track “Lost In Sound”

 

Lost In Sound achieved the maximum possible 20 weeks in East Anglia’s New Music Generator listener chart in 2018, against stiff opposition from the best bands in the Eastern region. It became the second Lizard Brain track in the NMG Hall Of Fame, alongside Sweet Blessed Miracle. This was a real tribute to the depth of Lizard Brain’s support as people voted consistently for both tracks over all 20 weeks.

The album will be available in digital format on Bandcamp, Spotify, I Tunes, Amazon, Google, Apple Music and loads more download sites.

ABOUT LIZARD BRAIN

Mark and Richard started working together as Lizard Brain in 2008. Richard had already been in various successful musical projects, including as founder member of Transoceanic, regularly topping charts and for some years the most successful UK-based artist on MP3.COM, at the time the most important global music web platform. You can find three Transoceanic albums on all major current music platforms – ambient electronica at its very best.

Mark was a fan of Transoceanic before realising Richard was the founder member. Mark hadn’t been in any bands before, but he was a passionate and knowledgeable consumer of a wide variety of musical styles, and quickly mastered powerful DAW and synth software and began to create highly original soundscapes. They began to consider releasing an album, later to be called Hold The Mind, in 2010. Tony joined midway through this period as a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, and helped bring the first album to completion during 2012.

David, a talented multi-instrumentalist who spans classical and most pop styles, and teaches guitar, joined midway through the second album, That Has A Nice Ring To It. Richard and Dave had written and performed a live theatre soundtrack of alt-rock songs several years previously.

It was only on releasing this second album in 2016 that Lizard Brain began actively to promote their music, reaching out initially to Dave Hammond at Cambridge 105FM, who introduced them to other DJs and became an active supporter and champion of the band. The hugely positive reaction Lizard Brain received from that point on, led to their investment in the Lizard Lounge studio late in 2016.

OF THE NEW ALBUM THE BAND SAY……

Richard: “Several times we thought that we were ready to master the album, but ‘Good Enough’ doesn’t cut it round here. So, nuances were changed, possibilities tried out and reference tracks compared to our mixes. It’s been so painstakingly mixed and mastered that we could give you a dozen different mixes of all the songs. But now I can really hear the difference. There’s nothing that I hear and think: “Ah – we missed that detail”. It’s as close to perfect as we could make it, and I love that. Worth every moment spent in the studio. It’s a very exciting achievement for us, no doubt about it.”

David: “Yeah, well the album really hangs together in a way I kind of expected, but was still surprised by, if that makes any sense. Four different writers, but all coming back to that central theme. What are we doing here? How are we supposed to be? With each other? With ourselves? Songs of hope, failure, reflection… escape even. Should I stay or should I go? How can I be happy? And what does it mean to be a human being? How do I work this thing? How did I get here? What do I do now? I had a joke, you know, that it was only musical differences keeping us together. You can pretty much hear that on the album, there’s a whole range of different styles. But it turns out deep down we are all pretty much the same. Who would have thought it? “

Mark: “Stray is what happens when you take a rocker, a hippy, an ambient geek and a mod, and you shake – vigorously.”

Respected Cambridge 105 DJ Dave Hammond who has featured the band from the outset on his Smelly Flowerpot show had this to say about the new album:

Sometimes when you listen to an album, you can’t help but come up with reference points, whether they are bands, genres or a general feel. But what happens when you reach sensory overload on the references? You can only come to the conclusion that said album is its own beast, better than the sum of its parts and a perfect summary in 40 odd minutes of all that has been great in pop music the last 50 or so years.

Let’s get those references out of the way- Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, Python Lee Jackson, Moody Blues, The Police, Gary Numan, Talking Heads, Duane Eddy, Nile Rodgers, Gil Scott Heron, 10cc, Dexys Midnight Runners, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen etc- and celebrate the third album by Lizard Brain. Similarly to the great Teenage Fanclub, these four Cambridgeshire based guys share song writing and singing duties which may partially explain the dizzying array of styles, not to mention instrumentation (Japanese flute, crows crowing anyone?), on show.

Aside from the music there’s plenty to intrigue lyrically, from the unsettling to the upbeat with many stops in between, and plenty open to interpretation. It’s a rare delight in today’s polished, soundbite world to hear words and music unafraid to run the gamut from hedonistic, toe tapping delight to gut wrenching emotion. The album, which is meticulously and beautifully self-produced, has undoubtedly been worth its lengthy gestation period.

I’ve just recently sorted and broadcast my top 20 albums for 2018 , but I already have a contender for 2019 following a private preview listen to Stray 

Other comments about the band…..

“I heard it for the first time this morning. Catchy and well produced. You guys never fail to impress.”  Neil Whiteside, Cambridge 105 DJ of lead track “Lost In Sound”

“I’m reminded of 10cc at their best, a truly impressive collection of songs” Aural Delights Blog

“Great songs.” Phil Crowder, The End of the Week Show Sheppey FM

Stray is available on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp and all major global outlets.

CONTACT LINKS

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German Shepherd Records Newsletter #24 – Matthew Hopkins, Mistletoe, Sam Smith, Lizard Brain, Bouquet of Dead Crows, m.t.scott subscriber offer and gigs!

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the German Shepherd Newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Matthew Hopkins release first single – with a special deal for subscribers
  • Ian Moss teams up with Mark Corrin for a new Mistletoe Release
  • Sam Smith launches new single on Sunday
  • Cambridge band Lizard Brain join German Shepherd for their new album
  • Bouquet Dead release a new video from forthcoming album
  • Special subscriber offer for new m.t.scott single
  • Some new gig announcements!

MATTHEW HOPKINS

As trailed last week North West Trio of Julia Nelson and Anne & Max Calderbank release their first single on German Shepherd Records on November 2nd. General distribution via the usual digital outlets will be provided for lead track “Something” – two additional tracks “Hey Joe” and “Lachrymose” will be subscriber only releases via Bandcamp.

MISTLETOE RELEASE NEW EP

Ian Moss is back with a brand new EP called “Made To Break” this time in partnership with famed Manchester area musician and DJ Mark Corrin. Ian says “Accidents will happen and plans go awry , a Moss/Corrin live summit had been bubbling and then evaporated but from the plume of steam signifying the end of that project the idea of a recorded project was trapped in a bottle and given a shake.
Unscrew the top carefully and see what is released back into the air”.

Corrin backing tracks and Moss vocals were glued together by the Auster Boys to produce three pieces where Moss’s intriguing spoken word is coupled with atmospheric sounds.

The EP is released on November 2nd.

Moss and Corrin’s previous collaboration “Ali Baba” was a bit special….

SAM SMITH LAUNCHES NEW SINGLE ON SUNDAY

The much trailed new single from Sam Smith – formerly of the Parish Church Fire and alter ego of Franco Bandini – gets released on Sunday 29th October complete with video. A special newsletter will be released on the day to celebrate this event.

LIZARD BRAIN JOIN GERMAN SHEPHERD

Increasing our Cambridge band count to five we are pleased to announce we will be releasing the new album from Lizard Brain in the new year. The melodic quartet have had two album releases to date  and are recognised as one of the most exciting bands coming out of Cambridge. The band appeared on Cambridge Calling Volume 1.

Watch this space for more news.

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DEAD CROWS LAUNCH ANOTHER VIDEO

In preparation for the release of new album “Motus Octo” Bouquet of Dead Crows have launched another video from the album with track 2  “The Devil’s in the Detail” – also featuring guest miming from Stewart of The Scissors and Garry from Umbrella Assassins it’s a strong indicator of the quality of the forthcoming album.

SUBSCRIBER SPECIAL

The new single “Don’t Mention The War” from m.t. scott is released on 9th November. In a one-off special gift our first ten subscribers will receive a unique signed print of one of ten images created by Michael. With subscription places going fast signing up to the service is strongly recommended if fans want to claim their free gift. Here is an example of one of the prints.

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GIGS

A number of new gigs have been announced since our last newsletter and these are highlighted in bold in the list below

2018

October
24th – Umbrella Assassins play Pim Jam Festival Fundraiser at the Haverhill Arts Centre
25th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Pepys, Huntingdon – acoustic gig
27th – Pearl Divers play Red Wall, New Victoria Mills, Bury

November
1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Dublin Castle, London
2nd – The Strays play Zombie Shack, Manchester
5th – Weimar are playing The Peer Hat supporting Madmoizel.
14th – The Junta is invading Lock 91, Deansgate Locks, Manchester
15th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Esquires, Bedford
17th – Drink and Drive and Four Candles play The Railway, Greenfield
17th – The Mindsweepers play The Riverside, Dumfries
18th – Four Candles and Matthew Hopkins play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
24th – Bouquet of Dead Crows launch new album Motus Octo at The Blue Moon, Cambridge
24th- Keltrix play The Crown & Pipes, Fenstanton.
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
1st – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Bar 39 in Darwen.
2nd – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Sound, Liverpool
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

2019

March
2nd – Four Candles play the Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts

 

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