GERMAN SHEPHERD RECORDS NEWS – Dominic Carlton Jones, 2 Lost Souls, Longsight, A Raffle, Charitable Work

Hello

We hope you are all well and coping in these strange times.

Firstly, many thanks to those DJs, Bloggers and websites  who have featured us recently. We really appreciate the support and time you are giving to the label and its artists.

This news is for releases on June 26th plus details of a new signing to the label and progress on some of our fundraising activities….

DOMINIC CARLTON JONES

Eccles based singer, songwriter, and troubadour Dominic Carlton Jones returns with a new double A side – Reach Out To Your Far Horizon/German Bombers

Dominic Carlton Jones  won the Salford Star Best Band/Act 2018 Award for his debut album Salford Punk Poetry Sadness Death New Life, which judges hailed as “inspired and original”. and his work has been rightly praised. The new single sees the seven minute plus “Reach Out To Your Far Horizon” exploring ambient soundscapes with an evocative and emotional spoken word delivery from Dominic. The guitar focused “German Bombers” provides another side of Dominic’s work with layers of picking and riffs building to create an atmospheric bed for more spoken word developing an epic soundscape where vocals kick in with a heartfelt song.

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2 LOST SOULS

The ever productive 2 Lost Souls duo of Ian Moss and Paul Rosenfeld are back with another charity focused single. The harrowing “Don’t You Call It Love”, which Ian premiered at his virtual Stonehenge festival performance, is a direct attack on child sex abuse and the evil people who perpetrate it. All proceeds from the sale of this single will be donated to Childline.

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LONGSIGHT

We are pleased to announce we will be working with Stockport, GreaterManchester band Longsight starting with a single.

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Longsight are a new indie guitar band from Stockport, North West England. Started in August 2019 their first few gigs have caught the imagination of their peers and music journalists alike.

Si Wolstencroft (The Fall/ Ian Brown’s band) “Absolutely love Longsight. They sound like a cross between The Buzzcocks and New Order”.
The Big issue: “Beg, borrow or steal the entrance fee. Longsight are about to go stellar”.
Cassie Delta KBYD radio California: “The songs have a hurting, haunting, heart-breaking echo to them.”
Manchester Evening News, “No wonder current music sounds banal, Longsight have taken all the best songs”.
Chester Chronicle: “Top new band. Every track sounds like a hit single.”
Glasgow Herald. “Beautifully crafted songs delivered in an unnerving style”.

The band comprises of:

  • Keo (Guitar/vox) formerly in Jez Kerr from A Certain Ratio’s solo band, The Family Bizarre and The Treatment Organisation.
  • Adam Halford (Drums/vox) formerly in The Trainset.
  • Johnny Stringer (Bass/vox) Formerly in The Stipe band.

Longsight’s first single ‘These Chains’ is out now on limited edition 7″ vinyl through Discogs. Produced by Jez Kerr from A Certain Ratio. Their first album is due out early next year through German Shepherd Records pending that a new single is coming soon.

Here’s the band live:

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A RAFFLE

Moff Skellington has made available the original artwork for three of his albums plus the poster designed for his gig at The Peer Hat, Manchester. There are four prizes so four chances to win. All punters need to do is purchase one or more tickets for the chance to enter the prize draw. Entrants get a free copy of Moff’s EP Uncle Roy’s Utopian Vision #1
The closing date for the raffle is Monday 22nd June and winners will be notified by e-mail by Friday 26th June when arrangements will be made for Moff to mail the artwork to the winners.

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All proceeds will be donate to The Peer Hat Fundraiser. Tickets can be purchased from this link.

….AND MORE FUNDRAISING

Our recent releases from Four Candles, 2 Lost Souls and Crab Dance GIs are all dedicated to raising money to support The Peer Hat, Manchester a much loved place by everyone at the label and where we hold our annual Meltdown events. We have already raised £265 through these releases but more would help if you are able to support us.

Our recent releases by Moongoose also have a charitable aim with homelessness charity Shelter being the recipient on any income from sales of the EPs.

 

Fee Free Friday and Support to Worthy Causes

Hi Folks, no doubt you will have been bombarded by messages via Bandcamp today, we know, as we have woken up to an in-box full of them, so we will keep this message short and sweet.

It’s a busy day for German Shepherd Records with lots of new releases most of which are for charity and community causes so, if you are able to do so, we would love your support on the following:

2 Lost Souls – Rules : all income from this release is being used to support the Peer Hat in Manchester. The Peer Hat is a vital part of the the gig/music community in the Greater Manchester conurbation and needs some bridging finance to allow them to survive the lock down. It is the venue we mostly use for German Shepherd events and the team there offer a risk free, value for money space to support grass roots music.

Four Candles – Alternative Golf : also supporting The Peer Hat

Moongoose – The Yellow and Black EPs : all proceeds from the sales of these two great EPs will be directed to homelessness charity Shelter.

and finally,

We are running a raffle with a chance to win exclusive artwork by the very talented Moff Skellington – for a ticket and a free download of a Moff EP please go to our Merchandise page on Bandcamp – again proceeds from this draw will be directed towards The Peer Hat.

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The added bonus today is that Bandcamp are waving their usual 10% fees so we can maximise income for these worthy causes.

Thanks to those of you who have already generously supported the above causes – we are blown away by your kindness.

Have a great day.

Bob and Ian
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Moongoose curate Podcast to support the release of the Yellow and Black EPs

To mark the release of two EPs from Moongoose on German Shepherd Records on 5th June we present  a podcast curated by David “Yorkie” Palmer. “Yorkie” introduces it as follows:

“Ever since I can remember, I have had a very deep love and appreciation for movie soundtracks. I even used to buy albums for films I was too young to have ever seen. My elder brother thought that I was weird. Early Bond Films, Spaghetti Western themes. Horror soundtracks. I bought them all. The music was so evocative, It didn’t matter that I hadn’t seen the real movie…I just made my own up in my head. This is at the very core of Moongoose. Soundtracks for the imagination. With only a title as a jumping off point.
Collected here are some of my very favourite pieces of music from over the years. Join me and take your imagination for a walk.”

The giants of movie soundtracks are all here with memorable sounds…….in between some earlier Moongoose releases….

The playlist is….

1. The Dome/The City – Logan’s Run – Jerry Goldsmith
2. …And From My Window I Look Down On Skyscrapers – Organic
Technology – Moongoose
3. Main Title – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – John Barry
4. Prelude – Psycho – Bernard Herrmann
5. Coming To LA – They Live – John Carpenter
6. Main Title – Suspiria – Goblin
7. The Sound Of Trees – Missives From The Memory Machine – Moongoose
8. Main Title – Taxi Driver- Bernard Herrmann
9. Main Title – Planet Of The Apes – Jerry Goldsmith
10. Hore, Der Du Wagst – Nosferatu – Popol Vuh
11. Deep Blue Day – For All Mankind – Brian Eno
12. End Titles – Blade Runner – Vangelis
13. Mid Beat Theme – Losy – Andrzej Korzynski
14. Main Theme – The Ipcress File – John Barry
15. Prelude & Rooftop – Vertigo – Bernard Herrmann
16. Capsule In Space – You Only Live Twice – John Barry
17. Those Pictures – The Forbidden Pictures Of A Society Lady -Ennio
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18. Bedroom City – Tokyo Glow – Moongoose

All proceeds from the sales of the Yellow and Black EPs will be donated to Shelter.

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New Moff Album Due and a busy week….

July 19th sees a new album from Moff Skellington called “Chummy Warder’s Blackspot Honeymoon”.

It’s a busy time for Moff with a further three albums on the way over the next three months. The latest offering returns to Moff’s more experimental side with a host of characters and places which would not be out of place the worlds of Lewis Carroll, Flann O’Brien or Spike Milligan.

With exploding bicycles, gaslit moonjelly, wishing eggs and other alternative aural gifts this is Moff at his most Eddodi.

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THIS WEEK

We have an incredibly busy Friday coming up with releases from

  • Crab Dance GIs – single
  • Four Candles – EP
  • Cosmic Panthers – EP with cassette version available from the Fuzzy Warbles Bandcamp Page
  • and
  • Moongoose – two EPs

The Moongoose releases will be supported by a podcast from Yorkie which will be released on Thursday on Mixcloud – videos supporting this release will be available from Wednesday on You Tube. All proceeds from the sale of these EPs go towards supporting the work of Shelter.

This months Eighth Day magazine which is out soon features an article about Mark Corrin – please check it out.

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June 5th releases from Moongoose and Crab Dance GIs plus new videos from Bouquet of Dead Crows

Hello, here are the details of our releases for June 5th plus some video news.

MOONGOOSE

We are very pleased to be working with Moongoose for the release of two EPs.

Any income generated from the sales of these releases will be donated to the homelessness charity Shelter.

The two EPs entitled “Yellow” and Black” are respectful homages to cinema and its soundtracks.

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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Each EP comprises four tracks. To tie in with the release German Shepherd Records Subscribers will receive an additional pair of tracks from the Yellow and Black sessions – ‘Raven Circles’ and ‘Bitter Consequences .

A series of ten videos will be released to tie in with the two EPs. Watch this space for details!

Some limited edition CDs of both EPs will be available from the Moongoose website.

David “Yorkie” Palmer has also put together a podcast to promote the two releases which includes tracks from older Moongoose releases plus a selection of his favourite film scores. This will be available from the German Shepherd Mixcloud page from June 3rd.

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)

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CRAB DANCE GIs

Manchester’s pop subversives Crab Dance GIs, featuring Danny Cusick (Kit B), Craig Bodell (The Hidden Gem) and Paul Smith (The Hidden Gem) are back with a brand new single called “Stage Fright” their fourth release with German Shepherd.  Pizzicato strings and a moving synth bass create a bed for a special pop song.A sultry summer vibe runs through this hook packed tune which sees the Crabbies taking a more soulful route. If this one doesn’t grab your ears and give them a good shaking then nothing will.

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DEAD CROWS LAUNCH VIDEOS

To tie in with the release of “Hemispheres Part One :Celestial”  Bouquet of Dead Crows have been hard at work producing videos to support the albums tracks. Here’s the video for Left To Rot.

A You Tube playlist of the videos featuring the whole album will be available soon.

Pre-order the album now:

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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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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