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The Jazz Butcher

"Pat Fish/The Jazz Butcher is one of the most brilliant incisive pop writers that Britain has produced since the glory days of Ray Davies and Pete Townshend." (Alan McGee, Creation Records)

"Even an average cut of Butcher beats the prime of lesser mortals." (Trouser Press Record Guide)

The Jazz Butcher and his unflappable guitarist Max Eider first surfaced in 1983 with the album Bath Of Bacon on the London independent label Glass Records. Melody Maker recommended the album to "Anyone looking for something really wild," while The Scotsman deemed it, "Quite good fun, if you don't mind being used in someone else's experiment."

In 1984 he second album, A Scandal In Bohemia, attracted much more attention, and over the next year Pat and Max together with the rhythm section of David J. and Owen Jones toured the UK and Europe in support of the album, which figured for weeks on the independent charts. Sounds called the following album, Sex And Travel, "The best pop record in the world. Seriously."

In 1986 a compilation of the Butcher's early recordings, Bloody Nonsense, was released in America, where it made No. 2 on the Gavin and CMJ charts and a successful North American tour followed. After releasing a fourth album, Distressed Gentlefolk, and undertaking another European tour, the Butcher and Max parted ways. Max went on to release his solo album The Best Kisser In The World in 1987, while the Butcher continued his career by signing with Creation Records.

The Butcher's 1988 album, Fishcotheque, was praised in Rolling Stone as establishing the Butcher as "King of his own particular musical domain," and a sold-out summer tour of North America helped to make the album the Butcher's biggest seller to date. 1989 saw the release of Big Planet, Scary Planet, which topped MTV's alternative chart. Endless touring followed, with only a brief break to record Cult Of The Basement. Described by CMJ as "A peerless piece of Britpop" on its release in 1990, Basement featured the radio hit She's On Drugs and the single Girl Go. Melody Maker found it to be "as languid and graceful a slice of slush as you could dare to dream." Reviewing the same release, Sounds wondered why the Butcher was not "As big as George Michael."

The Butcher recorded Condition Blue in 1991. West Coast DJ Deirdre O'Donoghue called it "The work of his lifetime." The album spawned radio hits like She's A Yo Yo and Shirley Maclaine. Waiting for Waiting For The Love Bus, released in 1993, was described by the Trouser Press Record Guide as "Fish at his most seductive and romantic, and it makes for his greatest achievement all, the perfect Jazz Butcher recording, one that would be hard to top for sheer entertainment value." In October 1993 the Butcher was privileged to open for John Cale at London's Forum. Illuminate, the tenth Jazz Butcher album, which David J. produced, was released in 1995.

The Jazz Butcher ceased trading at the end of 1995, with Fish going on to record the Sumosonic album This Is Sumo for Creation in 1998. But unexpectedly, the Butcher and Max Eider began to perform together once again at occasional live events.

Over the next few years demand began to boil over. Fans world-wide were excited by the prospect of a Jazz Butcher Conspiracy that featured both Pat and Max. So it was decided that a US tour was in order, and in September 1999 Pat and Max played sold-out shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and New York, where they were accompanied by other old-school Jazz Butcher musicians Owen Jones, and David J. and Kevin Haskins.

There was a burst of activity at the turn of the millennium, involving tours of America and Europe and a first trip to Japan, all culminating in the middle of the World Cup of 2002 with the singer and the bassist seizing control of a digital projector in the lovely main square of a Belgian town to project the message "Has anybody got any POT?"

Apart from a brief visit to Los Angeles in 2009, activity since then has been limited to a few UK club appearances. Max has made two fantastic solo records on his own Tundra Ducks label. Pat played for eight years with his band Wilson, whose DVD No Known Predators was released in September 2012. He also plays solo gigs where and whenever he can.

Keen to play some shows to celebrate the band's 30th Anniversary, Fish and Eider began to think about making another record. Their experiment with "fan-funding" worked, producer Richard Formby was engaged...and so it is that the Jazz Butcher's 12th album, Last of the Gentleman Adventurers, was released in the December 2012.

Texas Bob & Mike Stone (from Television Personalities)

The TV Personalities are what you might call a "cult band". They have played shows all over the world yet fame and fortune has eluded them. Fronted and formed by Daniel Treacy, they have been touring and releasing beautiful music since early 1978 up until modern day.
Dan Treacy has had backing from such illuminaries as Jowe Head, Edward Ball, Jeffrey Bloom, Lenny Helsing, Mark Flunder, Sexton Ming, David Musker, Mark Empire Sheppard, Joe Foster, Liam Watson, and other great musicians during the TVP reign.
The TVPs are most famous in Europe where they are regarded as a sort of music god, and to a lesser sense in their home of England, but not many people know that they also visited the USA in the early 1990's and did a couple of amazing tours.

Gold Bears

What does it sound like to be in love?
Gold-Bears formed in 2010 when Jeremy Underwood recruited a few friends to play songs he'd stockpiled since the demise of his former band, Plastic Mastery (555 Recordings/Magic Marker Records). The band quickly released a smashing 7" on Magic Marker Records, recalling the immediacy and urgency of Boyracer or The Wedding Present melding with the pop sensibilities of Slumberland contemporaries like Summer Cats and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. They expanded their sound a bit on their next release (a 4-song 7" on Miami-based indie pop imprint Cloudberry Records) by stripping away some of the fuzz on one song and adding drone elements a la the Microphones to another while still maintaining their indie punk roots.
After hibernating in their home studio for the winter, Gold-Bears emerge with Are You Falling In Love?, an even further expansion of the band's sound. This 11-song collection of frenzied crash pop, strummy ballads, and syncopated pop dirges is one of the most dynamic indie pop records of recent vintage. In just over 33 minutes Gold-Bears funnels jangly noise pop soundscapes through the energy of Titus Andronicus' punk anthems, and even manage to give us a few breathers for slower tunes that showcase Underwood's more sincere vocals.
The album kicks off with "Record Store," a song so full of infectious spirit that it seems like the rhythm section can hardly keep up. "Record Store" segues seamlessly into "All Those Years," one of the catchiest, poppiest songs in their repertoire. From the initial "ba ba bas" to the sugary sweet harmonies provided by Kristine Capua (Very Truly Yours) you instantly know that this song will never leave your head. Smack dab in the middle of the album is the shoegazey "Are You Falling in Love?," which bowls you over with a thumping bass line, calculated drumming, guitars that sound like airplanes and bees and lush violins. Toward the end of the album we hear "Xmas Song," a song about the insecurities of love set to the tune of a crash pop classic, rife with feedback and fuzz that'll fit nicely on your mixtape following This Poison! or Neutral Milk Hotel, depending on who you are trying to impress.
The 11 songs on this album are brimming with gentle majesty and fervent energy. Whether you follow the stories in the lyrics of the songs or bop around your room to the jangly guitars, this album will surely remain on your turntable for months. Because after all, you have, indeed, fallen in love… with Gold-Bears.

Small Reactions

Small Reactions play nerve pop. Their music has tinges of new wave and post punk; it's often angular or noisy, sometimes surfy, and generally quick.

They've played in the vicinity of 181 shows. With an average of 40 minutes per show, they have amassed roughly 7, 240 minutes of playing music to an audience. In other words, this bio has to be updated with a calculator.

Their shows are more akin to movements than a simple collection of songs. Songs, in turn, maintain a sense of careful spontaneity. They strive for perpetual motion, but their concerts do wrap up in a timely and orderly fashion.

They live in East Atlanta Village in a stone house with their cats Toby, Walter and Beep. The house was hand built in 1940 and has a bomb shelter which was added in the 1950s.

To date, they've completed 2 East Coast tours and played with bands such as Jay Reatard, DIIV, Washed Out, Frankie Rose, Art Brut, Miniature Tigers, and The Features.

Dr Maz (DJing all night)



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