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Archive for July, 2013

Lets get this shit going then…

Just for some warm up, the warm up: Pat Dam Smyth.

Bit blury (blame the lighting, like I said – bats, only bats…). Audio’s good. Upload’s good. 720p (remember to change it up). A few edits for the saturation, wait for YouTube to do it’s thing. Otherwise it’s all good. Now jump back a few hours:

Testing, testing…

And you’ll have to wait until Sunday for any more. I have more than I thought to sort though. Oh woe is I… :)

Other’s Pics and Vid

Really, you should just see this as a small taster of what I have instore, but as I’m off to Aberystwyth (where it all began) tomorrow, I’m a bit busy like. So unless a miracle and a 5GB upload happens in the next couple hours, you’ll have to make do with this lot for now. And apologies for the lax credits, there’s a heck of a lot of random-o-person individual shots everywhere rightnow.

Here’s Davey, by Ste Whiley.
Another from the side, by Alan Stafford.
An angle you’ll come to see much more of shortly, from the top, by Andrew Dyke.
A few tagged in Davey’s own album, including the finale of Lottery Winners On Acid (anything with bubbles in).
A load more by Claire Stannard.
Taken from Owen’s FB page – the final bow, originally by Alex Wayne (@squeegy).
And if you don’t know who this guy is, gtfo (tip: he deffinately did went. and deffinately did sign my/his CD :D ).

Like I say, just see this as a taster, just a taster… thanks tansytudor, at least you’re quicker than me ;)

Ohhh yeah baby…

Anyone who couldn’t get to the gig, start thanking me now ;) It may take a few days (bit of editing to do), but for once I even outdid my own l337 recording skillzorz, just had a quick watch and it is sweeeet :D .

Live Blog – Jazz Cafe

Live blog up. Hit more for the rest. Currently listening to: Echobelly – Bulldog Baby. Classic :)

Update: Sorry there wasnt much last night – was busy getting it all on film instead :) Entire show coming to youtube asap, maybe tonight, maybe sunday. Quality may be dubious, but itll be there. In the meantime keep an eye on facebook, flickr and youtube for everyone else’s best efforts.

Now to get the classic after show album spinning – Murry The Hump’s Songs Of Ignorance. Just like the good old days :(

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HMV Sales

So there’s 3 2 copies of Square Moon in the HMV Leeds store!

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More Album Reviews

So you only have a few hours left until you need to be at Jazz Cafe london. Even Tim Wheeler’s asking you to go – which can only mean one thing. Ash Fans. Ohhhhh Noooooeees! (No srsly, everyone’s welcome, even the ash fans :) ).

13509_largeMeanwhile, HMV of all places is now stocking the album – yes an actual physical store – and the Official Charts Company list it as a new release.

As for reviews, Shout4Music have a small one up, giving it another 7 out of 10.

Alcopop post at Believe Blog with details of the album and gig.

And The Album Wall have a large tribute post up to an understandably influential band.

So that’s it. Bar any late minute dramas, off to the final gig in a few hours. Any guesses who else will be there? There’s no end of celebrity fans, high flying family siblings or ex band members to turn up, but so long as Davey, Andy, Owen and Joe make it – it’s all good. I’ll try and liveblog a few things here but for most of the gig it’ll be quite. Just hope to god someone brings along a decent video recorder else you’ll be stuck with my iPhone 3GS’ blury mess again :|

EDIT: Let’s make this a bit easier – who’s not coming: Charlotte Hatherly. Whoever Alice Potter is. Wow. That’s one angry lady. And Lucifer – will get pics for you all. However, El Spoonio are going! At least pagey is. Must dig out the old EP to get signed…

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Rocksound Magazine Review

177300longGuitar player’s favourite, RockSound magainze, has a small review in of the new album, giving it a very respectable seven out of ten. Just one thing, Mr Oliver Pelling – he’s FECKING IRISH! Still, all is forgiven, you’re not the first to make the mistake – it’s been mentioned a few places before. Still, no one reads the NME anymore, do they? :) Anyway, pick up the latest copy now (Issue 117, Summer 13) or just hit more cos us up north don’t get anything until a month later (still waiting for the latest Q :( ). Thanks Joe for the heads up and scan :) .

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Mailing List

Mailing ListSquare Moon released today, Jazz Cafe tomorrow!
A new album out, another gig impending, alas for the last time. And who could those special guests be? ;) No not me, I mean J

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Clash Music stream Square Moon

clash-logoApparently an exclusive (despite it being up on Spotify for a few days now… :P ) – and to celebrate today’s official release – online music mag Clash has the entire Square Moon album up to stream, via Alcopop’s SoundCloud account. Every one of the 22 tracks is there, but if that’s not enough, come back here later today for some more ;)

Album Reviews and Gig Preview

Is it out yet, is it out yet? To be honest, I dunno, I guess, maybe, everyone has their copy anyways, so err… whatever. One thing’s for sure – come back later today and I deffinately totally 100% will be releasing a special outing for the album in a way only ImmortalSoon can do ;) Update: It is out yet! Or so says Davey n co.

13509_largeThe official release is still getting high praise from the press though, as IndieLondon proove – 4 / 5 with a long writeup and tracklisting, just incase you forget.

Tumblr blog the Whiteboard Project also feature a plug, giving Square Moon their Album Of The Week prize.

Music blog Deezer feature a quick plug for the album in their Discovery Monday section.

And just incase you needed an excuse to go, Never Enough Notes have a preview up of tomorrow’s Jazz Cafe gig finale. Now I must go, some of us have work to do….

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Associated Biographies

tara-egan-langley-150x205The Crimea’s current (and final) backing vocalist, Tara Egan-Langley (aka Tara Blaise) has a bio up at Castaway acting agency, which includes this wonderful little pice of voiceover artistry along with various acting credits – apparently she was in BBC’s The Fall recently, which I actually watched, though didn’t notice her at all. Gutted. Anyway, if you’re interested in more, you can always check out her Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Square Moon producer and mixer, Tom Mcfall, has a bio up at Audio Authority Management, and unsurprisingly includes the Crimea’s album prominently in his achievements.

More Album Reviews

Square Moon’s getting a grilling left n right this week – luckily Culture Fly gave it top marks in their review, saying it was “beautiful, contemplative and elegant”.

Q Magazine Cover Sept 2013The latest issue of Q Magazine (September 2013) also has them in, where they get an almost perfect 4/5. You can thank @B_England for getting a photo of it up too – click more to see it if you must.

Last months version of The Fly magazine also had a nice pic of the band in an add for their “curtain call” show at the Jazz Cafe on, erm… Tuesday. Le sigh. Hopefully we’ll have more reviews by then though, I’ll have actually unsealed an album, and have bought at least 5 felt-tip pens to sign it with. One for each of the robbing fu

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Davey Macmanus Interview

framework_logoCamden Review have a long and revealing interview with Crimea frontman Davey Macmanus up, and they’ve clearly done their research. To read, or re-read, exactly what makes Davey want to give up the music biz and dissapear halfway across the world, check it out right here. Or, if you’re reading this in a few years time, hit more, cos it’ll still be there ;) . Proper charity will come ASAP.

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Square Moon Release & Reviews

Square MoonWell looky what just turned up in the post :) The twitterverse also suggests many others have them too, so if you’ve pre-oredered Square Moon it should be with you very soon if not already. If you haven’t, buy it now at the Alcopop Store.

Whilst you await delivery, it’s up on Spotify in full for your listening pleasure. You’ll need a Facebook account or something, and you’ll get ads inbetween every couple songs, but hell it’s easier than trying to find a vinyl record player to play the damn thing (what, you want me to unseal the CDs? pah…). Actually, it’s up on iTunes right now too, and many other online outlets, so you’ve got no excuse.

Anyway, the few people that did find a turntable managed to get some reviews up – as always, hit more to read if they dissapear:
drowned_in_soundMusic OMH get in to detail with the tracks and some of Davey’s most recent activities.
Drowned in Sound meanwhile go back in history to give a much deeper background writeup on the band, and Davey’s, history. In Davey’s own words – “the guy at drowned in sound remembers the late 90s better than I do“.

Not the current release, but the previous limited Square Moon vinyl (the one with extra thank you notes and whatnot) has it’s details listed up at Discogs.com, and there’s quite a bit to read through.

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2000 Trees Photos

2000 Trees There’s not many, but Dominic Meason and Photomattic.co.uk both have a few shots of the band at 2000 Trees festival a couple weeks ago If you find any more though, let me know.

Dominic’s are here and here.
Photomatic’s are here, here and here.