Well, it’s been a busy weekend, recording Vukovar‘s third album, “Puritan” and releasing their second “Voyeurism“, entering into discussions with the fantastic Reptilians from Andromeda to release more stuff by them as well as working on getting this out – albeit two days late – for which we have to say “sorry” to the Guys (and Girl!).
Lovebomb are Lisa Bouvier, Matt and Frankie. FOTB will recognise Matt as our very own Matt Bouvier, purveyor of a brand of Nordic widescreen pop we describe as “ecstatic misery” – showcased in the marvellous “Death and Love” – and from his regular appearances on our SBR Christmas compilations. He’s always been a bit of a rocker at heart and so, Lovebomb.
Fans of classic Indie and regular visitors to Indietracks might recognise Lisa’s name from her involvement with bands like Lost Summer Kitten, The Flatmates, The Proctors and Stars in Coma among others. She’s kinda like an Indie Emmylou…
And so here we are.
Ladies and gennulmen… Lovebomb!
A year or so ago, three guys came to SBR Towers to record their second album. After a year, here it is, and it’s every bit what we’d hoped it would be. Ladies and Gentlemen…we give you Voyeurism by Vukovar
In February 2012, a wee album by Phil Reynolds and the Dearly Departed was released by a new label called Small Bear Records (them – up there at the top of the page. The ones with the balloons). We had no idea where we were going with this (still don’t), but for those of you who would prefer the tr;dl version, we’ve just reached our 50th release.
Yep. 50. We’ve worked with people from all around the world (and Wigan), many of whom have become firm friends. It’s been a ride. And we’re not finished yet. We’ve got some corkers coming up this year…
But back to our 50th: We’ve known Matt Kelly since he was about 12. In that time, he’s become a truly amazing guitarist and mandolininininist, working mainly instrumentally in folky circles (playing both on the Isle of Man and at Interceltic festivals all over the Celtic world). Recently, though, he started writing and singing songs; warm-hearted slice-of-life vignettes about the places he’s been and people he’s observed. We’re so chuffed that, of all the people we know, it’s Matt’s debut album as a songwriter which has become this landmark release for us (the lovely artwork was done by the rather smashing Alice Quayle, in case you were asking, which you very much should have been). There’s a live video for “Ralph Lauren Loves Karen Millen“, the album’s opener on our Youtube channel, here, recorded in the living room at Small Bear House.
So, here it is – available, as per, in The Bearshop…The Matt Kelly Half Hour
…nowt to do wi’ releases, but it does. The perils of middle-age. Anyhoo. If my Darling Clementine’s miner was a 49′er, then this is our equivalent (what the hell are you blathering on about – ed).
Let me explain…
we get – even as a tiny label – a lot of A&R submissions. Some are awful, some need a bigger label and some just aren’t right for us. But we check ‘em all out. Because if we didn’t we’d miss things like this. A couple of months ago, an email dropped into our inbox from Istanbul. ”Crikey”, we thought. ”That’s a proper foreign land – Holy Roman Empire and all that. Wonder what it’s all about?”
Turned out to be from a husband-and-wife team going by the name Reptilians From Andromeda. And we loved it. So here – for the TL;DR types amongst you - is our 49th release. Available from the Bearshop, as per, laydeez an’ gennulmen, we give you our 49th release…
Sonic Rabbit Hole by Reptilians From Andromeda
We’ve (well, I have – Phil) been stupidly and unforgivably slow in updating this site. Whgich means it’s only now I’m telling you about this gem; the first fruits of the sessions for Vukovar’s sophomore album, “Voyeurism” it’s called “The Blood Garden” and is a slice of swoonsome, Ballardian post-gaze. There’s a video, shot by the band’s own Rick Antonsson, and the single, together with two exclusive b-side tracks is available, as per, at the Bearshop.
Yep. We’re finishing this year in the same way we started it – by releasing an ep by Sweden’s ridiculously prolific This Heel (Martin from DPS, fact fans). More wonky, skronky, Scando-goodness – all recorded on an iPhone…That makes three in 2015 alone. Flip knows how many he’ll be coming up with next year!
Available as per…
Ho Ho Ho!
Tis the season to be silly, and with that in mind we’re thrilled to tell you about our fourth (count ‘em!) festive compilation. This year we’ve got artists from Wellington to Wigan. As per, we’re giving it to you for free, but if you insist on paying for it, we’ll be passing the cash on to Save The Children. Also as per, the title’s shocking…
Smells Like Christmas Spirit
Yep. We’ve done it. It’s here. Kassette. A(nother) split release by Schizo Fun Addict and The Bordellos, this time in conjunction with the wonderful Fruits de Mer records. Run over to THE BEARSHOP and find out all about it – but be quick – this one’s seriously limited. When it’s gone, it’s gone!
On 24th November, we’re releasing one of our most ambitious projects yet. A limited-edition split cassette from New Jersey’s Schizo Fun Addict and St Helens’ Bordellos – hand-stamped, numbered and hand-decorated by Jet and Sister Jayne from SFA and featuring as part of the artwork sections of a numbered John Squire lithograph. We’re also hooking up with the amazing psychedelic gurus at Fruits De Mer Records who are providing a strictly one-time-only CD version of their festive split from Ex Norwegian/Permanent Clear Light. The only other way of getting this is as a lathe-cut 7″, only available to FDM Members’ Club members. Rarer than rare, is what I’m saying.
The package also includes SBR releases from Phil Reynolds & The Dearly Departed, Postcode and Clara Barker.
Why all the goodies, you ask?
Well, I’ll tell ya…
It’s Christmas, and all proceeds (apart from postage costs) are going to Save The Children. Once the 100 cassette/CD packages are sold out, every penny made on digital downloads will be going to STC for ever.
Keep yr eyes open. We’ll have full details available from the start of next week!
At the end of 2011, we released our very first record. A CD by Phil Reynolds and the Dearly Departed. We didn’t know then where it would take us. As it happened, it took us pretty much all around the world and our journey continues. 43 releases involving people from tens of countries and counting.
This, then, is our 43rd release, and our second from the guy whose wee LP started it all off. Spacious, noisy, angry and hopeful. It’s not a neat record in the way of his debut- it’s got edges and angles – but it is (he tells us) a record about belief and hypocrisy and about hope and about fuzz pedals and, as per, it’s available in the Bearshop.
Phil Reynolds and the Indigo Children – The End of Affection