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SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 16 Sep 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 16/9/2019

Featuring members of the excellent Camp Cope

On tour with Witching Waves from 16 - 29 Sep!

THOMO - Martha 'Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart' LP (Fortuna Pop, 2016)

"It's a perfect pop record, isn't it. I'd like Jimmy to continue considering me as his fav member of Camp Cope, so..."



KELLY - Proper 'I Spent The Winter Writing Songs About Getting Better' LP (Big Scary Monsters, 2019)

"Proper have embodied all your favourite emo bands from the past 30 years. For people who are sad lonely and horny. It's really cool."



ANDREW - Pijn & Conjurer 'Curse These Metal Hands' LP (Holy Roar, 2019)

"Great collaborative record. Reminds me of early Baroness."



ERICA - Mere Women 'Big Skies' LP (Poison City Records, 2017)

"Post-punk, goth from the Sydney, Australia DIY scene. Driving rhythm section, tactful synth, catchy haunting vocals. V Souixsie & The Banshees. Plus beautiful cover art."





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SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 09 Sep 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 9/9/2019

Featuring Culinary Wizard from the Exchange Kitchen, Eadie McCarthy!

EADIE - Uranium Club 'Human Exploration' LP (Static Shock Records , 2015)

"I heard Uranium Club playing in the shop and had to turn it on in the kitchen. It's fast and shouty, dancy and jump around-y, motivational music."



ERICA - She Shreds Magazine

"I like She Shreds for many reasons. The print mag is reminiscent of mainstream magazines I cherished as a teen like Rolling Stone, Sassy, Seventeen and I love how this medium has evolved to be more clever and conscientious of it's cultural reach; even as print has become threatened by lack of demand and the rise of digital media. I especially appreciate She Shreds for carving out room within guitar-culture for other, more diverse ways of being. They're doing great work."


ANDREW - Kitty Kat Fan Club 'Dreamy Little You' LP (Asian Man Records, 2019)

"Sweet, poppy, indie punk from Mike Park and folks from Hard Girls / Just Friends!"



KAY - Parsnip 'When The Tree Bears Fruit' LP (Trouble In Mind Records, 2019)

"A toyshop of sweet sounds, whimsical indie pop unlike anything I've heard not on a 50s Disney Soundtrack."



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NEW SINGLE Posted 06 Sep 2019

GARDEN CENTRE SHARE NEW SINGLE NAKED APE

Another taste of the brilliant new album 'A Moon For Digging' from Brighton indie punks out 1st Nov on Specialist Subject Records (UK) and Kanine Records (US)


Written over the last three years, this is the first Garden Centre album to be recorded with a full band (with songwriter Max Levy backed up by members of Porridge Radio). While there’s plenty of pop hooks and tender lyricism, the structures show that Garden Centre can be both sparse and sporadic. It’s this unexpected, modest attitude that highlight the ethos of the band – making songs for the sake of art, making art so you can make sense of the world and making that art with your friends, so you can make sense of the world, together.

"Naked Ape was written immediately after hearing my flat-mate fall over in the middle of the night. Hearing the thump of their body hit the wood of the loft floor I awoke but did not investigate further. Instead I planned on how I might curry favor with their relatives whilst attending their funeral. The more I thought about it, the more guilty I felt. Would my inaction be the cause of their death? Was my life an ascending spiral of events caused by my failure to act, culminating in the death of my housemate? Would I deserve a space in the earth when I died, which might only fully accept the blameless and good?

He was fine, by the way. I saw him making a cup of tea the next afternoon.

Naked Ape is a song about the realization that inaction can be damning. Placidly taking the scenic route around a problem or a fear typically leads somewhere strange; a dark and guilt ridden place devoid of petrol stations or snack joints. It is important to do the right thing." - Max Levy of Garden Centre


UPCOMING SHOWS
10th Oct London - Sister Midnight
Watch for their November UK Tour!!

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NEW SINGLE Posted 05 Sep 2019

NEW SINGLE + VIDEO FROM HOVVDY

'Ruin (my ride)' will make you feel good.

From 'Heavy Lifter' out 18 Oct 2019 on Specialist Subject (UK) and Double Double Whammy (US).


Ruin (my ride)," the latest from their new album, Heavy Lifter. Of the song, the band says "'Ruin (my ride)' explores the often complicated nature of social and professional rejection, and aims to celebrate the power in genuine connection."

Last month the band announced Heavy Lifter with its lead single "Cathedral," which The FADER hailed as "a sleepy anthem for late-summer nostalgia" that "perfectly demonstrates that shift in the way they play and sound on Heavy Lifter," and Stereogum said "sharpens their familiar fuzz, finding a crisp warmth."

TOUR DATES:

10/18 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda ^

10/19 - Dallas, TX @ Ruins +

10/23 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa ^ #

10/25 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle (Back Room) ^ #

10/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church ^ #

10/27 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^ #

10/29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade ^ #

10/30 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd ^ #

10/31 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel ^ #

11/1 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor ^ #

11/2 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^ #

11/3 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe ^ #
11/14 - San Diego, CA @ SPACE ^ ~

11/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge ^ ~

11/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord ^ ~

11/18 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza ^ ~

11/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Ballroom ^ ~

11/21 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^ ~

11/23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^ ~

11/24 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^ ~

^ w/ Caroline Says

+ w/ Christelle Bofale

# w/ Kevin Krauter

~ w/ Nick Dorian

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SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 02 Sep 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 2/9/19

STEVE - Tony Molina 'Dissed & Dismissed' LP (Slumberland, 2014)

"Poppy, catchy, so many riffs! Weezer-esque. 12 songs in 12 minutes."



KAY - Sheer Mag 'A Distant Call' LP (Wilsuns Recording Company, 2019)

"A few people have said they're not into this new album as much as their early stuff but I love it! Yeah it doesn't have the raw anger & hardcore edge of the 7"s, but it's a great record in its own right- so many nods to 80s hair metal it could soundtrack GLOW! "



ANDREW - Murderer 'I Did It All For You' LP (Toxic State, 2018)

"Just got this back in stock from Toxic State. Brilliantly weird punk with folks from Hank Wood and the Hammerheads."



ERICA - boygenius 'is Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus' 12" (Matador 2018)

"Six good, satisfying songs that showcase the individual strengths of these rad songmakers. I love to hear the collaborative alchemy between musicians I respect separately. Very inspiring."




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NEW RELEASE Posted 21 Aug 2019

SOOT SPRITE ANNOUNCE NEW 12" EP SHARP TONGUE

Exeter's shoegaze / bedroom pop trio announce their debut full band release! Out 11th Oct on Specialist Subject Records!

Pre-Order available now!

Soot Sprite's last recording 'Comfort In Concrete' (2018) was a home recorded EP that left a lot of us wanting more of songwriter Elise Cook's personal and powerful songwriting. The wait is over! Having joined with Ross Becker (bass) & Matthew Tiller (drums), Soot Sprite is now fuller, deeper and just as vulnerable. We are so excited to be involved in the release of 'Sharp Tongue'!

This EP is comprised of five songs that confront issue of self-esteem, insecurity and difficult social dynamics. "When going through times of heightened anxiety," Cook says, "it's sometimes difficult to recognise that you're your own worst enemy, and I wrote this through feelings of urgency to write and constantly work on music in one way or another whilst comparing myself to my peers and what felt like the impossibly fast world moving around me.

For The Rabbits premiered the first single 'Bleed', "One of the most impressive new tracks we’ve heard all year, wherever the world has been hiding Soot Sprite, they’re not going to stay out of site for long."

You can pre-order 'Sharp Tongue' now, alone or bundled with a tote, for delivery ahead of the 11th October release date. As with all our pre-orders this year, you'll receive free shipping globally! Thanks for your support!


UPCOMING DATES:

23/8 Bridgwater - Cobblestones
25/8 Bristol - Specialist Subject Records All Dayer (Tickets Here)
14/9 Bristol - Breakfest (Tickets Here)

FIND SOOT SPRITE HERE:

https://sootsprite.bandcamp.com/ | https://www.instagram.com/soootsprite/

https://www.facebook.com/sootspritemusic/ | https://twitter.com/soootsprite

SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 19 Aug 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 19/8/2019

ANDREW - Radiator Hospital 'Music For Daydreaming' LP (Salinas, 2019)

"Latest Radiator Hospital, showing off their softer side. Also, Erica is playing a show with Swanning, Cynthia from RH's solo project, on 8th Sept in Manchester." DETAILS HERE



RORY - Booji Boys 'Tube Reducer' LP (Drunker Sailor Records, 2019)

"As well as being one of my favourite current bands, I love telling people they're saying the band name wrong; they're fulfilling my dream of being a real record shop asshole. Plus I love saying Nova Scotia."


ERICA - Press Club 'Wasted Energy' LP (Hassle Records, 2019)

"I'm really feeling this hard hitting Garage Punk from Australia. getting a strong Gits resonance, which is very welcome. On tour in the UK at the end of the month."





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SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 12 Aug 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 12/8/19

Featuring friends from the Exchange Cafe!

ERICA - The Smudjas 'What We Have Is Today' (Legno / Adagio830, 2017)

“Rad punk from Milan. Sick riffs curtesy of Ivana. Pamela’s vocals are satisfying and gruff, on the perfect edge of loose. Great band with loads of energy both live and on record.”


RORY - Powerplant 'People In The Sun' (Dreamland Syndicate / Erste Theke Tonträger, 2019)

“Awesome new-wavey punk from London. Recommended for fans of Institute, Negative Gears, etc.”


CALLUM MCALLISTER (of Toodles & The Hectic Pity) - Mitski ' Bury Me At Make Out Creek' (Dead Oceans, 2014)

“Dead sad and the title is a Simpsons reference”



CHRIS FISHLOCK (of Pokemon Liberation Army) - The Winter Passing 'Double Exposure' (Big Scary Monsters, 2017)

“Beautiful Irish music made by beautiful Irish people.”





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NEW RELEASE Posted 08 Aug 2019

HOVVDY ANNOUNCE

'HEAVY LIFTER' LP

Dreamy, downtempo rock duo from Austin, Texas join with Spesh Sub for their 3rd LP - out 18th Oct!

Watch the lyric video for their first single 'Cathedral'.

We're well pleased to announce our latest release, Hovvdy from Austin, Texas! Hovvdy is a collaboration between drummers / bedroom recording musicians Charlie Martin & Will Tayler. Fuzzy, compelling and lovely, their songwriting styles merge seamlessly into a singular worn-in sound.

'Heavy Lifter' is a split release with Double Double Whammy (US)! Pre-order now and watch / listen to their single 'Cathedral' ... plus catch them out on the wind in the USA over the next months!

The record is available to pre-order now with more info HERE

This is a co-release with the excellent Double Double Whammy from Brooklyn, NY. If you're outside Europe please pick it up from them.

TOUR DATES:

8/23 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR *

8/24 - Columbus, OH - Big Room Bar *

8/25 - Milwaukee, WI - The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee *

8/26 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *

8/27 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *

8/29 - Omaha, NE - Reverb Lounge *

8/30 - Columbia, MO - Cafe Berlin *

8/31 - Norman, OK @ Opolis *

9/1 - Denton, TX - Andy's Bar *

10/18 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda ^

10/19 - Dallas, TX @ Ruins +

10/23 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa ^ #

10/25 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle (Back Room) ^ #

10/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church ^ #

10/27 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^ #

10/29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade ^ #

10/30 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd ^ #

10/31 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel ^ #

11/1 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor ^ #

11/2 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^ #

11/3 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe ^ #

11/14 - San Diego, CA @ SPACE ^ ~

11/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge ^ ~

11/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord ^ ~

11/18 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza ^ ~

11/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Ballroom ^ ~

11/21 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^ ~

11/23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^ ~

11/24 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^ ~

* w/ Lomelda

^ w/ Caroline Says

+ w/ Christelle Bofale

# w/ Kevin Krauter

~ w/ Nick Dorian

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Twitter @hovvdy2000 | Instagram @hovvdy

Photo by Santiago Dietche

SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 05 Aug 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 5/8/19

ANDREW - Mal Blum 'Pity Boy' LP (Don Giovanni Records, 2019)

"Loving this new Mal Blum album. Reminds me of Jesus and his Judgmental Father who I dearly miss!”



KAY - Gurr 'In My Head' LP (Duchess Box Records, 2016)

"Always find myself going back to this album- especially in the summer! So many pop bangers, and they're fun and full of energy live!"



RORY - V/A 'Flex Your Head' (Dischord Records, 1981)

"Classic compilation of early DC hardcore. My favourite band on this album changes every day. Essential"


ERICA - Rays 'You Can Get There From Here' LP (Trouble In Mind Records, 2018)

"Rays played the Stag a few weeks back on tour from the Bay Area. They've got a real feel good, throw back, jangly, Sonic Youth-esque sound. Really nice folks."





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NEW RELEASE Posted 01 Aug 2019

GARDEN CENTRE ANNOUNCE

'A MOON FOR DIGGING' LP

Brilliant, Brighton, indie pop collective reveal third album with new video for single 'Wide Sea'! 1st November release date, pre-order available now!

Garden Centre are a band that encompass the childish wonder of our every day. On their self titled debut they deconstructed the thoughts and feelings of a friendship group forged in the fires of forgotten spaces. In 2018's followup 'Monster Energy' they tackled energy drink consumption and semi rural exploration. Now, on their new album ‘A Moon For Digging’, they’ve reaffirmed their ability to look at the world a little differently. Conveying simple, starry-eyed narratives with a tentative sense of optimism, Garden Centre’s sweet, playground melodies will urge you to look up from your phone and notice the little things; the hidden things.

The record is available to pre-order now with more info HERE! Like with all of our releases this year, pre-orders get free shipping!

This is a co-release with the fine folks at Kanine Records in New York, if you're outside Europe please pick it up from them.



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SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 29 Jul 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 29/7/2019

ERICA - Petrol Girls 'Cut & Stitch' LP (Hassle Records, 2019)

"I chose Petrol Girls this week thinking about how good it feels to hear people making hard, passionate music and speaking up for truth and justice. I appreciate them."



KAY - Martha 'Courting Strong' Cassette (Dead Broke Rekerds Reissue, 2014)

"The first and my favourite Martha record... in physical format for the price of a download!"



RORY - Failed Flowers S/T Mini LP (25 Diamonds, 2016)

"One of my very favourite LPs of recent years. C86 style indie from Fred Thomas and Anna Burch's short-lived band."



ANDREW - Pedro The Lion 'Control' LP (Jade Tree, 2002)

"Listened to this record for the first time in ages while I was away with Slingshot Dakota & Fresh. It’s so good, every song’s a banger!"




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