POP MUTATIONS 2021

Artwork by Raissa Pardini

Pop Mutations are dusting down and getting back in the ring for 2021! On Saturday 20th March 2021 we are going virtual again, hosting an eclectic mix of local and international artists, bands and DJs as well as talks, art, food and yoga.

@popmutations are excited to unveil exclusive performance streams from… Al White,​ ​Apostille, Bobby Kakouris, Cabbage Arts, Cassandra Jenkins, Chizu Nnnamdi, Constant Bop, Count Florida, Edwin Stevens, Fast Muzik, Fiona Moonchild, Fuse (feat. Dija, Kleft, Plantainchipps & Vaj.Power), Gavin Thomson, GLARC, Glove, Holiday Ghosts, Jolan Lewis, Junglehussi, Lilith Ai, Michal Turtle, Miss Grit, Nightshift, Pearl Charles, Pleasure Pool, Poisonous Relationship, Rachel Lena, Bonner (Shoot Yr Shot), Spang Sisters, Third Ear, The Orielles DJ Set, The Pink Pound, The Space Lady, Trasho Biblio, U.S. Highball, Vivarium Sounds, WomenSaid, 16 Years: Gigs In Scotland 1974-1990 Q&A w/ Chris Brickley & Fiona Shepard.

This event will only be accessible with a ticket. Tickets are £8 (+bf) and available now from popmutations.com. Pop Mutations operates as a not for profit, with all ticket sales going directly to the artists. The event will only broadcast via popmutations.com

GLAM, BAM, THANK YOU MA’AM!

‘Let’s Jet’/’Futz’ by Josephine & Hershguy

“Mother and Daughter with Ice Cream” by Yuri Krasny

From the glammy, powerpop, rock n’ roll world of DIG! Records come Josephine & Hershguy. The pair are known for their involvement in NYC DIY groups; Brower, Dirty Fences and Velveteen Rabbit (add Kansas City’s The Whiffs and Chicago’s The Rubs and we’ve got our dream gig. How about a Union Pool Covid comeback gig 2022?!). ‘Let’s Jet’ is the first track to drop from the forthcoming album ‘Stocky Tunes’, and it’s a socially distanced, good time stomper. It’s two and a half minutes of strutting Milk ‘n’ Cookies glam pop, with riffing guitars and sugar candy camp vocals. The other available track to stream ahead of the album release is ‘Futz’, a miniature lo-fi opus à la The Quick doing nursery rhyme Ramones. The album promises “a celebratory rock’n’roll smorgasbord of far-reaching sounds and sonic bedlam”, which sounds like a helluva lot of fun and we’re ready!

Check out ‘Let’s Jet’ and ‘Futz’ below and preorder from Bandcamp

ALSO, Check out the pop gems that is Josephine’s album ‘Music Is Easy‘ and Hershguy’s ‘Poprocks‘ EP both released in 2020. These will kill you with classic brill building to Beach Boys pop, vintage sounding 60’s and 70’s AOR FM/AM hits, snappy, lo-fi drum machines, pop hooks and nonsense fun, and that’s what you need even if you don’t know it!

SUNDAY’S SPIRITUAL FANTASY No.8

Clyde Built, Sunday 7th February 2021

El Rancho’s Clyde Built Radio show airs this Sunday 7th Feb at 11am. Get up in the morning for a soothing mix of melancholic sounds of yesterday. Recently discovered while surfing the the pages of Bandcamp on Friday is this lovely record by Jimmer Glynn & Alan Rackin (posted above). I love a undiscovered oddity, thanks to Anthology for dusting this one off.

Check the track list below.

Paul Adolphus – Good Morning
Linda Perhacs – Hey, Who Really Cares
Elton John – Hourglass
Joan Armatrading – Willow
Bruce Sherman – Slow R & B
Bob Siebert – Rain
Prefab Sprout – Wild Horses
Bill LaBounty – Livin’ It Up
William Stuckey – The First Time
Moonlight – Am I Really Here
Jimmer Glynn & Alan Rackin – Until Tomorrow
Wendy And Bonnie – You Keep Hanging Up On My Mind
HE 6 – 초원의 빛
The Riot Squad – Waiting for My Man Ft David Bowie
Sibylle Baier – The End

Listen back here: https://soundcloud.com/clydebuiltradio

STEP ON…

‘Gum’ by THE CUSP

Artwork by Hugo Bernier

Discovering a new track that instantly bonds you to a band is a magical thing, it’s more powerful than religion (to me). That’s what happened on a Saturday morning in 2016 when I first heard ‘No More Cryin’ by The Molochs, and for a good few years, I played them A LOT! I managed to see the band in Barcelona (Primavera Sound 2017) and Austin (SXSW 2018) and two shows in Glasgow’s Nice n’ Sleazy put on by Freakender of course. Their Innovative Leisure albums ‘America’s Velvet Glory‘ (2017) and ‘Flowers in the Spring‘ (2018) covered 60’s infused R&B and psych to UK baggy era indie with Flying Nun-esque charm.

Fast forward to 2020: a world upside down and creative confusion permeating the veins of artists of every ilk. What I’m I doing? Why I’m I doing this? What do I really I want to do? Where I’m I going? This existential crisis hit us all, but some of us dealt with it better than others. For The Molochs Lucas Fitzsimons, the realisation that his band weren’t cutting it for him anymore was tough, and with and feeling of being trapped in their style, he dissolved the group to grasp his vision and sound. THE CUSP is that vision.

‘Gum’ is the debut single from THE CUSP and it’s a street walking groove you can roam around the hood listening to on repeat. The track kicks off with crunky, acid house, P Funk, post punk and off kilter DIY noodling before Lucas’s druggy drawl arrives with a beatnik-mantra-esque chorus “We don’t like to function, we’re all young and able, we’re all but forgotten like the gum under the table”. All the classic 808 drum machine functions are cued up on point, bringing a fresh take on the hedonistic baggy sound of the Hacienda. Step on to THE CUSP and get your vibe back!

Out on Feb 2nd 2021 via Day End, “Gum” is THE CUSP’s debut release. Check it out below and support the artist if you can.

What led Lucas down this road? Chew on the Gum in this Spotify playlist…

RANCHO RADIO

Subcity, Wednesday 20th January 2021

Art by Musheto Fernández & NIGHTSHIFT

This weeks El Rancho show is a trip through art pop, AOR funk, spacey jams, Turkish psych, cosmic Americana, country pop and tender heartbreak. Please let me know if I’ve missed anything!

Today’s show opens with ‘Power Cut’ by Nightshift. The track is taken from the album ‘Zoe‘ out on February 26th 2021 via Trouble In Mind. Founded and based in Glasgow the band are made up of various members of the DIY scene and they have touched on something special in their hypnotic sound. Coming out of the underground and into semi isolation with Covid 19 means the group have only played a few shows. The album was written and recorded remotely in lockdown and I can’t wait to hear it! You can stream the lead tracks and pre order via Bandcamp below.

On today’s show…

Nightshift – Power Cut (Trouble In Mind)
Goat Girl – A-Men (Rough Trade)
Ian Sweet – Sword (Polyvinyl)
Fly Golden Eagle – Spinnin (Blacktooth)
Constant Bop – Arrow Through Me (Paul McCartney Cover) (Radio Milk)
Altin Gün -Yüce Dağ Başında (Glitterbeat)
The CUSP – Gum (Day End)
Farmer Dave and the Wizards Of The West – Babe Got Plans For Me (Curation)
Izaak Opatz – A Better Man (Mama Bird)
Beachwood Sparks – Surfing Saints (Curation)
Vagabon ft. Courtney Barnett – Reason To Believe (Tim Hardin Cover) (Nonesuch)
Esther Rose – Keeps Me Running (Father/Daughter)
Widowspeak – The One I Love (REM Cover) (Captured Tracks)

Fortnightly Wednesday’s 12pm-1pm

https://www.subcity.org/shows/elrancho/2c7aa