Pick of the Week #13

SPECIAL EDITION #1 Music for Mutual Aid (available now on Bandcamp)

  1. Hundreds Thousands (NYC)

Hundreds Thousands is the solo project of Zach Britt and also one half of the duo Supertaste.

Growing up in the Piedmont and mountain regions of North Carolina Britt’s Musical background stems from the rich textures of folk music and bluegrass, and has since been heavily influenced by the broad landscape of electronic music.

2. Check Masses ( Edinburgh)

3. Love Philtre (Tokyo)

A Rock’n’Roll experimental Band from Tokyo, Japan influenced by Psychedelic Rock, Punk and Garage Rock is one of my best musical discoveries of 2020 for Teenfreaks Music.

Album of the Week: Music for Mutual Aid

Teenfreaks Music presents: Music for Mutual Aid.

[a Compilation for Charity)

It’s cold these days and the current economic situation has seen a lot of people struggling.

(Clearly, we’re not in this together, but also, we are)

As musicians, we’re also going through tough times but we keep hope, if anything. At Teenfreaks Music we wanted to do something to help our Glaswegian neighbours. We don’t have much money but we all have tunes. So we teamed up with an array of artists we like to assemble this collection of tunes in an effort to fundraise money for one of our local charities: Glasgow Mutual Aid , and give a platform to musicians to promote their music. All profits of the compilation will go to Mutual Aid. When times get tough, the way to work is together so we can all support each other. COVID has isolated most of us and it’s been a tough, solitary time for many.

Glasgow Mutual Aid supports People in need of help. We must keep up our sense of community, and most of all, hope that we’ll get through this together. We donated our tunes, to bring a little joy, and hope this in turn will help our neighbours in need.

Hope you enjoy the music! Stay safe, stay hopeful, this too shall pass.

Q&A with Charlie Clark

Charlie Clark is a Scottish indie folk musician based in the Western Isles of Scotland.

His new single ” Don’t Have a Cow Man” is out now on It’s Creation Baby label, founded by the legendary Alan McGee.

Tell us more about your song, what’s behind the lyrics?

The song is about reaching a crossroads in my own life when it was spiralling out of control and ultimately reaching a point of laughing instead of crying and saying “fuck it!” .

I knew a lot of work was needed to get out of that cycle of addiction. I was in and how dark and heavy a place that can be but I was lucky I knew I could change. It’s not my first rodeo, and I’ve had incredible long term sobriety in the past so it was either that, jail or death.

Charlie Clark

When did you record this song and who are your collaborators?

It’s nearly a year now since we started recording the album. It was recorded in 8 days in UIG in the Western Isles and produced by Jason Shaw who features heavily on it too as a player. The studio is owned by Calum Buchanan from The Sea Atlas and he owned all the right equipment we needed to make this record. My brother plays drums in a great metal band called The Broken Ravens so he played also, we’ve played together forever and Kev packs the punch it needed.

Willie from Astrid sang harmonies and that was all who appeared on the whole album.
Mark Gardener from RIDE mastered the album.

Tell us more about you and your music.

I’m a solo guy who loves to play in a band if that makes sense. I love collaboration, not for every project but definitely the more interesting ones. Astrid has always been a great outlet to write together or separately with Willie. When I do my solo stuff I definitely like to get more experimental and meloncholic with it all. At the moment I’m happy with playing in Astrid and The Sea Atlas as well as my solo stuff.

Astrid

What’s your plans for 2021?

I’m still no clearer on what is happening on the live side of things so until that opens up again.
I’m going to keep promoting my album, hopefully do some ASTRID recording and depending on restrictions record my second solo album. It’s written and demoed already!

Charlie Clark



Pick of the Week #12

Curated by Vanntin Hoeurn

LIPS!! – THIRSTY

Punk Rock Unit from Jakarta City, Indonesia. Sounds of 1970’s Punk accompanied by angry broken hearts mobs, cheap wine, and fake animal prints attires. In style of X-Ray Spex, Buzzcocks, and The Clash.

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Muro – Pacificar

http://beachimpedimentrecords.blogspot.com/

“It’s been a few years, countless miles of international touring that has exhibited their energetic live show to those lucky enough to witness it, and an incalculable amount of hours spent in rehearsal perfecting a breed of auditory frenzy that is all their own… and at long last we, the hardcore punk faithful, are rewarded with the great MURO delivering to us their latest LP titled “Pacificar.” Many would have fathomed a follow up to 2017’s “Ataque Hardcore Punk” to be quite the unthinkable feat, but these 11 tracks prove that MURO are far from a flash in the pan like so many others in this day and age and that they don’t take the creation of their contributions to the greater punk canon lightly. As a testament to their unwavering work ethic and approach to presenting their art how they see fit, all print material was made by the band and friends at their Casa Rat Trap Collective in Bogota, Colombia and features a series of alternate versions of cover art a la The Execute’s 1983 self titled EP compliments of the band’s own Carlos Velásquez and Wilson Melo. It’s a privilege to kick off yet another decade of hardcore punk with a release of this caliber. “

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ZYANOSE – TOTAL END OF EXISTENCE

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SarcoughagusINVOKING PARANOIA

Stoner Death Metal from Cleveland

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Lowering – Struggling With The Dark

Lowering is a one man project from New York, USA and dabbles in dark atmospheric post-rock/metal melodies cloaked by soulful darkjazz/doomjazz soundscapes. The 2020 album, Struggling With The Dark, showcases an exotic fusion of slow core, post-rock, darkjazz and otherworldly atmospheres.

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THE PASSING – The Passing EP

THE PASSING is a Los Angeles based quartet formed before the world took a shit, that would be right between Fall / Winter of 2018. Influenced by all types of hardcore, punk, Scandinavian bands, d beat, underground metal and more and with a lyrical content that focuses on ‘death’, ‘the world being shit‘, and ‘the fact that religions suck ass’, THE PASSING have crafted a raging hardcore recording for the year 2020.”

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Gas Rag – Human Rights EP

D-Beat Rock/Punk from Chicago, Illinois

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SYNKKYYS – HELLISH VIEW

HardCore Punk from Malaysia

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Destruct – Echoes of Life

Destruct deliver an absolute crusher of a debut LP following a couple recent, well-regarded demos. The sound is one that you know and are familiar with; Stoke-on-Trent, Scandinavia, and Japan, but it has been executed to its absolute maximum and captured with a clear and powerful recording. Huge, catchy riffs. Exacting rhythm. Howls of defeat, agony and pain.Taking a time-honored formula, they have lent their hand to making an album that has again breathed new life into the genre. “Echoes of Life” is a testament to the power of paying respects to a classic sound while simultaneously pushing it forward to today. It’s the sound of an enormous door closing in the depths of hell. Ten-million tons of TNT dropped on your head.”

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Torture Rack – Malefic Humiliation

The Pacific Northwest continues to be a stronghold for relevant new Death Metal in 2018 with Portland’s Torture Rack among the few that are leading the pack. Torture Rack’s second album ‘Malefic Humiliation’ captures the savagery for which their live shows have become the stuff of legend; subtlety bludgeoned, beaten and hacked to nothing but a red mess of leftovers. 

With a lineup that includes members of label mates Witch Vomit, Torture Rack carves out their mark in the festering corpse of the Northwest on ‘Malefic Humiliation’ bashing through 9 tracks in just under 30 minutes. “Mace Face”, “Corpse Revenge” and “Destined For Dogmeat” ain’t for the faint and the vile cover art by Sebastian Mazuera makes real the sole intention for Torture Rack, barbarism. 

Having appeared throughout the Northwest and in 2017 made their East Coast debut at Maryland Deathfest, the band is set to crush in 2018 with their first ever Europe appearances including the massively anticipated return of Killtown Deathfest.

Pick of the Week #11

Special Edition: Metroline Limited “Label of the Week”

Metroline Limited is a record label launched in 2007. Label’s operations are run between London and Rome.

“We release underground club music, house and techno mainly. We tend to stay away from commercial and accessible electronic music as well as trends and to release quirky and quality club tracks.”

“We’ve always been fans of the minimalistic approach in both techno and house even though we never choose to get stuck in a particular genre. If we like it and if we’d play it out, then it’s good enough for us! Over the years we released music from the likes of East End Dubs, Doubtingthomas, Rio Padice, Clio, Dhaze and many more.”

https://ml-limited.bandcamp.com/

Doubtingthomas & Wiro
Phiorio
Dhaze
Giash

Pick of the Week #10

Chelou – Halfway to Nowhere

The Kundalini Genie – Take you away


Nadine Shah – Trad

Los Mundos – Circulo de Aves

Spectres – The Boats

Prerna – Rise and Shine (Live at Metahouse, Phnom Penh)

Umberto Palazzo e il Santo Niente – E’ Aria

Kalosisha – Luka Mari

Helicon – Sound of Confession

Grateful Dead – China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider

Captain Beefheart – Her Eyes are a Blue Million Miles

Squid – Houseplants

Dead Pony – Sharp Tongues

Pick of the Week #9

Curated by Charlie Clark

This is a selection of bands I worked with when I was booking at Harvard & Stone in Los Angeles and bands that I’ve met whilst on tour with Astrid or from my neck of the woods in the Highlands.

Jumping over the pond we have Clarke and the himselfs. Without question my most played artist of the last year. Clarke opened for The Warlocks at H&S a couple of years back and I’ve been addicted ever since.

Clarke and the Himselfs – Compound Thought

http://www.clarkeandthehimselfs.com

Scott C. Park released one of my favourite EPs last year (he also plays in Astrid) and The Sea Atlas makes some of the most interesting and atmospheric soundscapes. Calum Buchanan aka Sea Atlas also owns the studio I recorded my latest album in.

Scott C. Park – Lead

Astrid – Poison Reaction (The Quay Sessions BBC SCOTLAND)

https://astridband.bandcamp.com

The Sea Atlas – The Travelling Kind

https://theseaatlas.bandcamp.com

Veronica Bianqui is an incredible musician, she sometimes plays with The Blank Tapes but the residency I did with her at H&S was one of the best I booked in 7 years. 

Veronica Bianqui – Victim (Live at Jam in the Van)

https://veronicabianqui.bandcamp.com

Trevor Jimenez Beld is probably one of my favourite songwriters. His music will always remind me of living in California and he shares my love of harmonies and meloncholic melodies.

Trevor Beld Jimenez – Moment

https://curation-records.bandcamp.com/album/i-like-it-here

Auld Spells is currently living in Edinburgh I believe but we first met in LA.

Some great new psyche rock coming from them!

Auld Spells – I Hope

https://auldspells.bandcamp.com

Sugarplum Fairies, Son of the Velvet Rat and Gold Star are all my Austrian pals who live on the West Coast. They all share a more pure, traditional style of songwriting.

Sugarplum Fairies – Moment of Fame (ft.Charlie Clark)

Gold Star – Uppers & Downers

https://goldstarlovesu.bandcamp.com

Son of the Velvet Rat – Blood Red Shoes

https://sonofthevelvetrat.bandcamp.com

Finally L.A. Girlfriend was an artist I came across just searching local bands in LA: Moody, beautiful electronica.

L.A. Girlfriend – Is Freedom

I should also recommend some bands from my label too but Alan McGee curated a great playlist on Spotify with the best of the releases on Creation 23 which is just about to be rebranded ….It’s Creation Baby !

Pick of the Week #8

Pieces of Love – Red Eyed Rabbit





ButtMachine 3 – That 1 Guy

Energetic – Port Royal

Hardmachine – Frankie Teardrop Dead

Alchemist – Geography of the Moon

Pouring Rain – Jared Bibler

La Macchia Mongolica – Massimo Zamboni

Violet – Hole

Don’t Ask Why – Quietly Into The Night (My Bloody Valentine Cover)

Cellar Door – Heavy Velvet

Love Blindly – Dan Henneberry

Snakes – Santa Pazienza

Cariñito – Quarantunes

Yallah! – Theo Mizu’ & Banda

Your Eyes – Mungo Parker

Luna – Verdena

Pleng – Valerian Swing

Regyptian Strut – Frank Zappa

Wish I’d Known – Matthew Gibb

Live at Wers – Vapors of Morphine

Barely There – Gia Margaret

People’s Faces – Kate Tempest

Playground Love – Air

KUIPER BELTERS N.36 – KAMPOT RADIO Teenfreaks Special

Pick of the Week #7

“A New Hope” Special Edition curated by Francesco Barbana

https://www.mixcloud.com/frenishere/

Wildfires · SAULT

Panamericana · Paula Tape

In The Dark (Original Mix) · The Secret Soul Society

Roe Deers – Oh!

Lavender Fields · Jody Barr

Ursula in Regression (Bent Crooked 1) · Mzylkypop

c.e.r.e.m.o.n.y. (Velvet Season & The Hearts of Gold Remix) · Mind Fair

Virtual Roots – Sonar

My Bloody Valentine Glider EP Remixes (Andrew Weatherall)

Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Andrew Weatherall Mix