Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Leadbelly 'Take this Hammer'

Having a bit of a Leadbelly phase at the moment - this one always reminds me of schooldays when we used to spend the bus money and walk home instead (about 8 miles) singing this song to pass the time...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Heads will Roll'

How did they know? Excellent video this - won't tell you about it as it'll spoil it but have a watch - alright?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Seeds 'Mr Farmer'

A great performance from one of the true greats, Sky Saxon.

The Seeds 'The Wind Blows Your Hair'

We're up the sidewalk runnin down the street

Showin our love to the world we meet

Your days comin sunshine’s begun

Big machines are starting to hum

And the wind blows your hair

Two little children come walking by

looking just like you and I

Colored by some beautiful people

Flowers growin round the church house steeple

And the wind blows your hair

I've a feelin we've been here before

Angels singing as we pass through the door

Hand in hand we walk down the aisle

See their faces their starting to smile

their starting to smile

in my eyes I’m starting to cry

this is not a dream of you and I

I’ve never been this happy before

Hand in hand we walk out the door

And the wind blows your hair

Rice is falling on us everywhere

The scent of flowers uh fill the air

Children laughing out in the street

Everyone’s happy that we meet

And the wind blows your hair

And the wind blows your hair

And the wind blows your hair… hair …hair ….hair… hair.

Sky Saxon passes on

THE SEEDS' SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON DIED TODAY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS 06/25/09 OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE-- --- Austin, Texas -SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON of the psychedelic garage rock legends THE SEEDS passed away this morning at 9:10am, June 25th, 2009 at St. David's South Austin Hospital in Austin, Texas. Sky died of heart & kidney failure, due to an undiagnosed infection of his internal organs. He passed peacefully with his wife Sabrina Smith Saxon & spiritual brother in YaHoWha Joshua Aquarian by his side. He died, in Sky's words, at the age of "eternal".SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON fell ill as early as last Thursday in his new home of Austin, Texas. Despite feeling under the weather Saturday, he performed a short set of SEEDS classics at the local legendary night club Antone's with his local collective WORLD SPIRITS, his favorite Austin band SHAPES HAVE FANGS. Sky & his wife Sabrina recently moved to Austin, following his exciting headlining performance at the Austin Psych Fest #2 in March. Several tours were scheduled, including the East Coast/Mid-West tour in August with the California '66 Revue, with members of LOVE & THE ELECTRIC PRUNES. The tour will still continue despite his absence.Arrangements are being made for a local tribute & a memorial gathering. Sabrina Saxon will be making a pilgrimage to the Hawaiian Islands in the coming months to spread her husband's ashes. Please look for further announcements on how fans worldwide may honor Sky's memory in lieu of flowers. Fans & friends are encouraged to leave memories & visual tokens of love & memoriam at these following websites:
Sky had many projects in the works that will undoubtedly still be completed & released in the coming months. One of which is a documentary about his legendary band THE SEEDS to be released next year in 2010. The documentary chronicles the band's activities with exclusive interviews with all original members, & rare never-before-seen footage of the band live & in session.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Susan is a big fan of the Heinz single 'Just Like Eddie' so I imagine she would enjoy this biopic (and we all love/hate biopics don't we?) of British record producer Joe Meek...I can also imagine the Bad Detectives will go en masse to see this as they were on a Meek tribute album a couple of years ago and are fans. Official site

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Napoleon Strickland

This is brilliant of course. And not just cos he's called Napoleon either. This guy can make better music with a piece of wire and a glass than most people could make with a whole band. Strickland wiki

Animals and Men summer gigs

To celebrate the release of our new 12 inch ep we are doing a few special shows. First up on the 13th August we are playing the Fleece and Firkin, Bristol, (tickets from here) followed by a special French show at Grrrnd Zero, Lyon on the 19th September. Hope to see you all there. More details - supports and so forth to come.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Gossip 'Heavy Cross'

Been enjoying the new Gossip album over the weekend - this is the single off it - I'm sure you've heard it by now.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Bossa Nova Baby

So how do we feel after reading Mick Mercer's review of our ep? Maybe this clip of Elvis playing Lieber and Stoller's tune captures the feeling.

Animals and Men ep reviewed!

First review for our new vinyl 12 inch by Mick Mercer. Read it here.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Animals and Men ep out Friday

We're pretty excited. Our 12 inch ep is available for sale this Friday. Get it from Academy (Annex)Records Brooklyn or order it from
Tracks are:
John of the Sword
Dreaming of Babylon
It's Hip
Driving Stupid
Hope you all rush out and buy it!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Charley Patton

What will you be playing on the 21st December 2012? Time to make up your end of the world playlist. Got to have some Charley Patton in there.

2012 - bring it on...

Are you ready for the end of the world? Pretty heavy tag-line for a movie but I believe it - but then we are gloomy people. When have the Mayans been wrong? We already wrote a song with 21st December 2012 as its chorus for Mike Ology and the Funguys. This movie by the Emmerich's - out in November will make people aware of this date - maybe we should enjoy what little time we have left. 2012 in fiction
More here at http://thisistheend.com/

Woolly Bully 'Sam the Sham'

Friday, June 05, 2009

dragonfly crop circle

This amazing image has appeared in Wiltshire over the last couple of days. Also a Jellyfish in Oxford. What's next? More here
The bizarre revival of crop circles

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

New look Animals and Men

No not us - the band - the magazine - journal of the Centre for Cryptozoology has a new look and new format. Worth subscribing to if you like strange animals.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Fanny 'Charity Ball'

Another thing I saw on tv last night was an old OGWT episode that featured all girl rock band Fanny. I must admit I wasn't aware of their work but I did enjoy it a lot - they seem like they were the inspiration behind Meyer's Carrie Nations but who knows?

The Truth 'Hey Gyp'

A song to celebrate the collapse of General Motors to. Actually I only heard this song for the first time yesterday - it is on the John Lennon Jukebox collection and Susan and I had one of those 'where have you been all my life' moments. Track down the Donovan version if you like funky harmonica.

Mamas and the Papas 'Monday Monday'

Having nothing better to do I watched a documentary on this band last night on the tragic lantern. It's hard to know how I feel about this folkrock entity that sits somewhere between Sonny and Cher and the Beach Boys - I kind of like them but also kind of don't. They sort of bring back memories of seaside holidays as a child - holidays I generally hated - listening to the car radio was one of the pleasures. For some reason nowadays they remind me of Yo La Tengo.