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PEPA KNIGHT: DOUBLE A-SIDE CASSINGLE! “RAHH!” & “CLAMS” OUT JULY 16TH


“Rahh!” is the best song I have heard in 2014. I think that’s a good place to start this. We are halfway through the year and I’ve already heard my song of the summer, nay, the year and it’s all kinds of gorgeous. PEPA KNIGHT, he of Jinja Safari, hails from Sydney, Australia but sounds like he is from another planet, deciding to visit us here on the shiny bluey-greeny thing to bestow the intergalactic gift of POP.

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It’s difficult to explain how much I love this song without hearing it first. Click on that link above the article and within seconds you’ll know what I’m talking about. See? I listen to music most of my waking day (not to mention the dream hours I put in) and go all out to try to find the best songs for my radio show and I can firmly say that, this beats all of them. If I was that way inclined, I’d make this my ringtone, and send texts to everyone in my contacts saying “call now, I’m in trouble, they’ve got my….” JUST to hear “Rahh” once again (and also to test my friends and family – which is an ongoing experiment and the results are inconclusive).

 

So you’ve made friends with your ears, how about giving your eyes a chance?

and you can listen to “CLAMS” here too. It sounds like the euphoric moment before your childhood spaceship crashes into the Okavango Delta and spills out all the harmonies in the world into the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. It’s currently on rotation on Australia’s Triple J so if you are anywhere else in the world, this is for you!

POST/POP is releasing “Rahh” and “Clams” as a double A-side cassingle on July 16th, which is not only the day that Elvis died, but also an ex-girlfriend’s birthday so I am trying to replace bad memories with good ones. Here is the artwork and its every shade of lovely.

 

PRE-ORDER BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK RIGHT HERE

Find out more about PEPA KNIGHT in these places:

https://www.facebook.com/pepaknight

https://soundcloud.com/pepaknight

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and if you like the cassette, (or its sold out) check out PEPA KNIGHT’s ITUNES where you can buy and listen to them in a futuristic format!

LTD EDITION (OF 100) CASSETTE DOUBLE A SIDE SINGLES – OUT ON JULY 16TH.

 

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THE NEW MENSWE@R SINGLE “CRASH” OUT NOW!

FINALLY. A single, 18 years in the making. It’s “CRASH“, it’s MENSWE@R and its BRILL ON STILTS. Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “Jed, is there any chance you could just be a little bit biased, because, y’ know… it’s on your label?” and I would answer “Shut Up Injured Fox, stop bringing me down!*”

* see the ABOUT section.

You can order the Ltd Edition Cassette and Vinyl by clicking on this link: RIGHT HERE!

or click on Hettie‘s face over on the right!

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From tomorrow you will also be able to get it on Itunes through Nuisance Recordings, but if you want to hold it in your hand and or use it as a prop for “Selfies” (“Casselfies” if its just with the cassette!)

You can also buy it in Rough Trade on vinyl and cassette and if you are in Tokyo, Japan, you can go to Vinyl Junkies and buy it there too. Follow Menswe@r on twitter @menswearband to find out where they are playing on tour and for a possible SECRET gig very very soon! There will be some records and tapes at the gigs, but to avoid disappointment, order now!

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VERY EXCITED!

 

Jed

 

Start your POST/POP Records Collection now.

First Press Photos for New Look MENSWE@R

(photos courtesy of Hannah Goodwin)

So in about a month, POST/POP are releasing the new single “CRASH” from MENSWE@R. I wrote about it here: http://postpoprecords.com/2014/04/04/menswear/. You can preorder the Ltd Edition Vinyl and Cassette from Rough Trade or from the POST/POP SHOP (click on that photo of HETTIE on the right). In the meantime, the band have had a photo shoot and here are a couple of press shots you are welcome to share around social media, post on your blogs, or zoom in really closely to the Swearettes in MSPAINT because you’re awkward and pervy like that. If you are reading this and you need any info, just hit me up me on twitter @jedshepherd and I can either answer or put you in touch with someone who knows better than me (Steve Horry).

Here is the first one! Now if this isn’t the line-up for EXPENDABLES 3, then I’ll be disappointed.

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new menswe@r line-up!

click on the photo to make it bigger (you’ll want to)

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Johnny Dean.

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johnny dean summoning his inner beetlejuice/shining

 

 

more goodies soon, keep checking back!

 

Jed

POST/POP to release new MENSWE@R single “CRASH” on May 26th – PREORDER NOW!

PREORDER NOW – http://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/crash

 

You know that situation? That situation when you are idly walking along the dusty rails of a long-forgotten Ghost Train ride, and you find a hastily ripped up love-letter that has the faint odour of Christmas Crackers, and as you read the tale of unrequited love between a girl and the concept of Love itself, you decide that from this moment, you will make it your life mission to find this girl and show her via MS Paint that she was right all along, that LOVE really does exist… and that’s when you realise; it’s you. You are the girl. You wrote this letter on a train to Hastings, to distract yourself from the job you hate and the friends that nod and the gentleman sitting next to you who is filling Sudoku squares with co-ordinates to who-knows-where, and now you are here. In the Ghost Train. Alone, but laughing in a Ghost Train. But you are happy and you know you can never leave the ghost train now, but why would you want to because all of your friends have just shown up and they are calling your name, and the guy from the train to Hastings is also here and then at last, the personification of the concept of LOVE turns up and it knows your name and when you go to give it a hug, it smells like Summer AND Cherry Coke. You know that situation? I do. That’s how I feel about releasing “CRASH” the brand new single from Menswe@r and their first for 18 years.

 

I will be writing a lot more about it in the next couple of months, but just wanted to give you all a heads up of that fact it is happening! The new single is released on multiple formats on May 26th and you will be able to pre-order the Ltd Edition vinyl and cassette tape on POST/POP (and Rough Trade) very very soon.

 

On March 26th I went to their sold out gig at The Bush Hall in London and was met with lots of posters with the POST/POP logo on (I like this. I want this to happen more often) and here it is…

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There’s going to be lots of noise on the Menswe@r “comeback” and that’s fair enough. I am incredibly happy that they are releasing new music, and the new material previewed at Bush Hall is possibly the best stuff Mr Johnny Dean has ever written in my opinion. I won’t bore everyone with BRITPOP 101 save to say that Menswe@r are one of the first bands you think about when you hear that word. If you need to know anything else then use these links!

 

http://www.menswearband.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menswear_(band)

 

I have a feeling I’m going to be writing about Menswe@r a lot, so know that you’ll see a music video and some more gigs announced soon.

 

 

So that date again, MAY 26TH – THE NEW SINGLE “CRASH” FROM MENSWEAR. PREORDER NOW: http://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/crash

 

 

Jed

KIITES RELEASE EP ON POST/POP IN MAY

I have at least 4 releases in May 2014 on POST/POP and the first one I can reveal is a limited edition tape EP from KIITES!

 

So who are they? Well they are from Southend, Essex and have been championed by the likes of BBC Introducing, Eddy Temple Morris and.. ME! Here’s another look at them. Handsome bunch, the lot of them!

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In a Guardians of the Galaxy line-up stylee, this is what you know:

Sophiejo Penn – vocals, cats, harry potter

Benjamin Bowen – lead guitar, glasses, ribs

Harry Kaye – bass, tattoos, left handed

Sean Paterson – rhythm guitar, hats, vests

Mikey Glenister – drums/wrestling/beards

 

Me and Mikey and his twin brother Rob go WAY back, so I am incredibly happy to be releasing this EP for them. You can hear one of the songs off the EP right here and right now…

 

Brilliant right? Want to see the music video? of course you do!

I will be putting up a pre-order with artwork and more info on the band in the next week or so, but until then, click on any or all of the links below to find out more!

LIMITED EDITION EP OUT ON MAY 10TH 2014
PREORDER HERE: http://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/kiites-ep
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SPOTLIGHT: HETTIE’s Tape SOLD OUT – Here’s what you missed…

So PXP001 aka the Just They Way tape from Hettie is all sold out (original tape post here!). I made 50 baby-pink tapes and they are all gone (save for a few at Rough Trade NYC and 1 forever held at The British Library. The lucky few of you are currently in possession of this hopefully soon to be legendary tape, and I’m sure by now you want to know a little more about Hettie. Well she is 16 from Littlehampton and she goes to BIMM which is that music college in Brighton that basically creates pop stars. In this post I am going to give you all the info I can and by the time Hettie releases her next record, you will presumably be able to relate more to her lyrics. as you’ll know her!

Okay so let’s start with how I know her. Hettie came on my radio show on Phoenix 98FM (www.phoenixfm.com) in September 2013. She wasn’t meant to be on my show, but another presenter had left the station and she was scheduled to be on his show… so she ended up on mine. FATE! Usually I am a little cautious when this sorta thing happens as I like to pick the bands that appear on my show, myself, that way there is some quality control, but I sometimes it all just works out. Hettie came in and we made a horrible tasting smoothie, on the previous presenter’s show as she needed 2 volunteers. That was a good introduction to just how bad Hettie is at making smoothies. I now know to never to accept a drink from Hettie as it will taste like pond water 🙂 My show was up next and below you can hear the audio and see some videos from it! The audio is 2 hours long so listen to this in the bath or something 🙂

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great huh? So that was my intro to Hettie and her music. She obviously has something special, so I got my friend Kenny Lee – who has been in approx 1 million bands – to remix the original version of Just The Way and that’s what you hear on the single!

We then decided to film more videos as the ones above came out really well so I went to Brighton (btw Brighton, your arcades have gone downhill in the last decade, sort that out please) and filmed the videos you see below:


this is “bad blood” and this particular video got 250k+ views on Vube.com. We filmed it in one take!


an acoustic version of “just the way”. I persuaded the nervous looking carny guy to let us jump into his booth and film. His boss walked past so thats why you can see him biting his nail as he was about to get sacked.


this one is called “cut me off” and its quite a sad little song, but Hettie isn’t always so emo!

We did a few more but I am making that into a little documentary at some point. Oh we took tons of photos too. Hettie is modelling the amazing sunglasses/3D glasses from Ingri:Dahl in alot of these photos. If you want them too, go to http://www.ingridahl.com as they are amazing supporters of Hettie’s music and just lovely people to boot!

Not too shabby with a camera if I do say so myself! You are welcome to use any of  the photos above for any articles or to just generally show to people! So what happened next? Well Hettie came on my show again in December 2013. This is a XMAS themed video! By now, I was very much into getting a cool looking vid, even from a live recording….


I absolutely love this song.  It’s called No Guarantee but you ARE guaranteed to enjoy it.

I first heard No Guarantee when in bed, half asleep I got a text from Hettie syaing “I made a little song, dont know if it’s any good, I’ll send it to you if you want…’ So through hazy dreams, I replied “okay” and drifted back into Nod. The phone in my hand buzzed to wake me up and I had a text with an attachment. I pressed play and closed my eyes again. I listened and then when it had finished I listened again. I was now wide awake. “Hettie you do realise this is the best song ever right?” I text back. She didn’t realise and she still doesn’t, but it really is some kind of wonderful. A few days after she appeared on my show for the second time, I got her into the studio, Resident Studios to be exact, where they film bits of X-Factor when prospect-pop-stars get cut down for not giving “110%”.

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Hettie wanted the songs she did to sound like CHVRCHES mixed with Phantogram mixed with a few other amazing bands and somehow the engineer/producer – brilliantly named Caradog – did it. We came out with 2 fully formed songs; uptempo, current pop/electro songs with a hint of folk that will hopefully amaze everyone. If you listen to Phoenix FM you will have heard both songs on my show, but all the other DJs also play No Guarantee frequently.

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Here’s what American fashion company Ingri:Dahl had to say about Hettie and her music

And here is what Resident Studios had to say about Hettie.

So I think it was the natural evolution of our collabs so far that I release something for her but it had to be special. I’ve wanted to start a tape label for a while as I have always loved the format and like Hettie, I am obsessed with all things 80s (I am going to do an even longer article on why I started this label – featuring another appearance from Injured Fox!) so it felt right that Hettie would be the first release. I don’t think Hettie will mind TOO much if I tell you that she told me she cried when she first heard her music on  cassette tape (in a good way!) because it’s a physical object that holds meaning. You can touch it, feel it, throw it across the room, but its there. It exists. It makes the music REAL instead of the song-skipping culture that exists now, as with tape you kinda have to listen to everything in one big go. Look there she is with her tapes!

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And what most people don’t know is if you put a bunch of the tapes together you get a big photo of Hettie! Idea thanks to Neil Buchanan of ART ATTACK!

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Now you know why the label on your tape looks like the corner of someone’s face. Thanks for supporting HETTIE and POST/POP in these early days and as you can see, I have alot of stuff happening in a very short space of time, so keep your eye on this site and especially on Hettie’s career.

If you are reading this and want her to play your gig somewhere or guest on your track or if you just want to proclaim your undying love, then hit her up on twitter!

check out more of her stuff at:

http://www.hettiesteinmore.com – website

https://twitter.com/hettietheyeti – twitter

http://t.co/2dnGKuv9Rq – soundcloud

http://instagram.com/hettietheyeti – instagram

thanks for reading!

Jed
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SPOTLIGHT: Emily Capell – Why you should buy her tape released on Valentines Day!

There are many reasons why you should get emily’s tape that is released in a couple of days time.

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1: Its Valentines Day and it would be a great present for a loved one, even if they didn’t have a tape player. It’s the thought that counts right?

2: “Plastic” and its b-side “From the Bombs to the Beatles” are 2 brilliant ways to step into Emily’s world which is all at once a throwback to 60s glamour, mixed with 80s politics and finally sprinkled with 21st century vitriol.

3: This short film I made with her about Emily being the last person left on earth. It’s called Emily Ever After and it’s only a couple if minutes long but fits in a beautiful friendship with a robot, making mixtapes for the dead AND the search for Bill Cosby. http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/4276/emily-ever-after

I know right? You want that Robot too? Well you can’t have him!

Like Hettie, Emily came on my radio show and sang a few songs, originally in December 2012 I believe and followed that up with another appearance on my brand new Sunday show (4-6pm on 98FM). LISTEN TO THIS SHOW RIGHT NOW HERE

Ouiji boards on a radio show you ask? Yes. Because a new music show doesnt have to just be a presenter reading a band bio off wikipedia, it can also be fun. It SHOULD always be fun.

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Something else that is fun is the video the song that first introduced me to Emily:


Louis Matthews!! Absolutely love this video, but then Clowns are my wheelhouse.

Next video is “My Dad’s a Smith’s Fan” and it sorta influenced the artwork for Em’s single with POST/POP, which you will see in a moment…

So due to our mutual appreciation of The Smiths, I modelled the artwork of her single “Plastic” on POST/POP on The Queen is Dead (which coincidentally is the best album ever).

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Emily’s single is out on POST/POP on Valentines Day (Feb 14th!) and you can buy it now by clicking on this sentence!

Find out more about Emily below:

http://www.emilycapell.com – website

https://twitter.com/emily_capell – twitter

https://soundcloud.com/emilycapell-1 – soundcloud

 

thanks and hope you all enjoy the tapes!

 

Jed