Archive for July, 2007

Familiar Looking

It could’ve been made for em, eh? Not quite so good as Joe’s T’s but hey, we can’t all be graphic design geniuses. Thanks to BoingBoing for the link and Slouching Towards Bethlehem for the original post.

Zeppelin vs Pterodactyls

Notice Anything Missing?

If you spot any errors or suchlike in the website, esp. the blog, then please leave a comment (hopefully they work again) and lemme know. Moving hosting provides is sooo much fun :P . But hopefully ’tis finished now, so on with the news…
Update: Hit more for a current buglist, they’ll be fixed asap.

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Music Recommendations

Don't DriveSorry for the prolonged absense. New menu bar? Meh… Here’s some new music out and about that you must rush down to your local almost-in-administration record store and pick up for a discount price. Like two copies of Nintendo Fallacy for £2 each :D

The new 7″ vinyl only single from Midasuno, “Don’t Drive Faster Than Your Angel Can Fly”, is out now and available from HMV in a limited edition signed version. Someone cocked up though and it DOES NOT feature The Crimea’s very own Davey MacManus as planned. I’m assured he will be making an appearance on the soon to be released Songs In The Key Of Fuck album.

My DisguiseThis next one is the greatest record I’ve heard in a couple years. My Disguise is a mini album released by Welsh indie band Halflight. Yes they did feature Owen Hopkin on their first release. What… you wanna hear it? Oh hear you go then: Halflight – Where The Pins Drop. Bear in mind that the new album blows it to hell. If “When We Danced” is not the greatest song I hear all year I’ve been playing far too much Ash.

Aberystwyth favourites The Hot Puppies have plenty of new stuff out, including a collection of old singles and a brand new one too. A browse around their site should tell you more than I can.

Here’s a vid of stuff by my second favourite Austrailian artist Lecia. I’m told the drummer only learnt the songs the night before and apparently the stuff sucks. I’d hate to think what that says about my musical taste cos only Julz is better than this. New album out soon too. Maybe I should just go back to the Club and Tim Wheeler.Disco Siberia

Ahh I knew there was something I were missing… Crimea chums, gig support, and the only band I’ve ever seen get a 0 / 10 review (and that takes bloody effort, they’re no Hadouken but give em a break eh?), Swound! have just released their new single Disco Siberia. No sign of Crimea favourite If A Shark Stops Swimming but there’s plenty more to listen to on MySpace. And they have better t-shirts than you.

Now please excuse me while I switch hosting / servers. No updates / comments while we move please…

Site Updates

Please excuse the look and on rare ocasions functionality of the site over the next month. I’m updating the graphics as you may have noticed and trying to reposition everything correctly. Then I’ll be changing the menu bar from a frame layout to single page layout, and finally moving the site’s hosting provider. So err… if anything breaks, I’m probably fixing it while you browse, but if anything is majorly messed up for more than a couple days then do let me know at the usual address.
Update: Yes, this means ignore the temporary dual menu bar going on at the moment ;)

Competition Winners

I drew the winner of the huge Crimea competition this morning. Results in a sec but first, the answer… “What is the title of the second track from The Crimea’s first official CD release?” actually caught a few of you out. The first official release, and note I said it could be either album or single, was the band’s first single in 2002. John Peel played it enough so you should’ve known it… Lottery Winners On Acid. The second track? Title of the band’s first album, and a great song in it’s own right…

The correct answer was: Tragedy Rocks.

So without further ado, the winner of the competition was a one Mr Iain Russel. Multiple Crimea goodies on their way to you just in time for the next Royal Mail strike.

But that’s not all. As I was feeling in a good mood I also drew four runners up to whom I shall send a DVD of Crimea demos, rarities and live recordings. The four lucky extras are Darren Ellis, Daniel Runciman, Steve Smith and Phil Riley. E-mail your postal addresses to or the original competition address and I’ll post the DVDs asap.

The Crimea In Q

Yes yes you can stop emailing me about it now, I know you’re ruddy Q…. apparently “this month’s” which could mean anything in the world of print, but the last copy I saw had a title of “The Loud Issue”. I”ll try pick one up at the weekend and add it to the rest of the scans, Joe says there’s got a review and a couple recommendations in there so it’s not to be missed.
Update: Large whole-page article on freeness, 4/5 recommended album review and 31st recommended download, all available in the August 2007 “Loud Issue”.

Comp Ends Midnight Tonight!

Competition PrizeUpdate: It’s over. Winner (and answer) announced within a couple days.

As the title says, you have until to midnight tonight (Thursday 5th July) to win all you see to the left. Hopefully by then my main PC will be rid of the eleventybillion trojans it just managed to infect itself with. Damn you Windows…

If you wanna make yourself much happier than I am right now, find all the entry details in the original competition post.

So while I come to terms with Windows’ faults, spare your own time by checking out a Linux distro. I recommend Ubuntu, it’s a lot easier to get in to than many other Linux versions.

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Album Release Day… Again

So, today’s the day the album gets a full proper record store ‘n everything release. While forum member and Virgin employee phreaxboy spends the morning scouring the latest deliveries for any sign of Secrets Of The Witching Hour, here’s where you can get the thing much quicker and easier online:

Townsend RecordsLong time Crimea supporters (they were the only place you could buy the first album release outside of Crimea gigs) Townsend Records have the album up for £9.99 (+ £1.50 shipping). Pick up some older releases while you’re there too.

The official Crimea store at Corporation Records still has it in for £10.00 inc p&p along with a few t-shirts left. If you can’t get to a gig to buy stuff, check em out.

Chepeast but not necessarily fairest are HMV. If you support their attacks on free music (way to go, Prince) then get it from their online store for £6.99 inc p&p. I say leave em to their 75% drop in profits, they’re clearly happy enough with it.

Not known
to say particually nice things about the band (though that “crock of shite” line is possibly one of the most poetic I’ve read), Norman Records seem a little more relaxed with the new album. £8.59 + £1.00 p&p gets you more lines like “unspectacular yet foot tappingly catchy” (re. WRG).

Best of the rest: Chartacular Amazon have it for £8.99 + £too.much p&p, teletastic will ship it free once you hand over £9.99, and the world’s best supermarket Asda will do the same thing for only £7.97 and a months wait.

More Mag ‘views

Browsing the contents of WHSmith last week I missed the very small review of Secrets Of The Witching Hour in Rock Sound (issue 8, June 07), tucked away in the corner of page 90. Good job those on the forum have better eyes as RS give the album the best rating I’ve seen in a mag so far; 8 / 10 describing the band as “eccentric, charming, poetic and imaginative”.

Notion MagazineBiggest print article so far goes to Notion mag. I picked up the last copy of issue 28 / July 07 in York’s Smiths and it doesn’t dissapoint, no rating but a good writeup saying Davey & Co “have a consistency of intent that could defeat other equally ambitious outfits”. Thanks, once again, to Lee at Velocity PR for spotting that one.

Not sure where it comes from (looks like the Metro), but this Brighton Barfly gig review was clearly written by a very old skool fan of the group, still using Owen’s old band-name. Not surprising since it was posted and quite likely written by a member of one of Davey’s favourite bands The Fish Brothers.

Update: All recent mag articles now available to view in this Webshots album.