Villagers - Session +

Though when I first caught them on ‘Later’ I thought they were a bit fey, I have been well into Villagers since receiving first LP ‘Becoming A Jackal’, pre-ordered on the strength of reviews a couple of years back. 2nd album {Awayland} has just been announced, coming out on Jan 14th 2013 & lead single ‘Waves’ gets a physical release on October 22nd. In the last week they’ve been on both Annie Mac and Cerys Matthews BBC radio shows. Here are the performances from those broadcasts with an earlier Dermot O’Leary broadcast Janelle MonĂ¡e cover version and a couple of tracks from some low key compilation albums. Also a self shot video of 1st LP title track ‘Becoming a Jackal’ from Colchester Arts Centre last summer.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - B-Sides & Rarities

If you’ve never really listened to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, then you should. This 3CD set, recently reissued is as good a place as any to start. It might be b-sides and rarities but the quality never abates, in fact discs two and three are about as good as anything ever released by Cave. Buy it.

As a taster here’s a BBC radio session of ‘O’Malley’s Bar’, originally found on ‘Murder Ballads’. A 17 minute song about a bloody murder spree as a crazed regular loses the plot and murders a dozen or so of his fellow drinkers/neighbours. Quality stuff.

Postcard from Aztec Camera

They may have been active for 15 years but they only released 6 albums during their lifetime. All of Aztec Camera’s albums have now been re-issued by current re-issue kings Edsel and main man Roddy Frame has only had a handful of (quality) releases in the 17 years that have followed since, but nowhere have I been able to find the bands two early singles on the legendary Glasgow indie label Postcard Records collected in one place and given the polish up they deserve. So here, unpolished, direct from YouTube, are the four sides of those singles with a couple of bonus tracks, ‘Hot Club of Christ’ from 1982’s Belgian label Le Disques Du Crepuscule Xmas release, “Ghosts of Christmas Past” and a 1984 live version of Postcard track ‘Mattress Of Wire’. Also from you tube, the NME C81 version of we could send letters.