Hand Of Glory Presents – Christmas Joy In Full Measure

  Available to pre-order now at Norman Records, Piccadilly Records, Rough Trade, iTunes and Amazon Hand Of Glory records asked twelve artists for an original Christmas song. Here are twelve tracks that sum up the many experiences of Christmas, from lush widescreen pop (Webb Brothers), to sparkly Saturnalian disco (Mary Epworth) to dystopian Fall-esque horror (Extradition Order). […]

The Guardian – New Band Of The Day – Kiran Leonard

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/may/28/kiran-leonard-new-band “Kiran Leonard (No 1,520) He’s 17 and supremely, eclectically gifted – meet the Manc mutha of invention” Hometown: Dobcross, Oldham. The lineup: Kiran Leonard (vocals, instruments). The background: Kiran Leonard is a singer-songwriter from near Manchester, but another kid busker with a soulful voice he ain’t. Record companies searching for the next Ed Sheeran can probably […]

Kiran Leonard – Dear Lincoln on Pitchfork

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/15455-kiran-leonard-dear-lincoln/ “In the Bandcamp introduction to “Dear Lincoln”, Kiran Leonard lays out some caveats for prospective listeners: “I was 14 and uneducated, hence my mispronunciation (and pretentious namedropping) of friedrich NEECHsher. i also fucked up lEETmotif. but as far as anyone is concerned, the mistakes are obviously ironic.” His insistence upon irony is the only faintly juvenile thing about […]

Mary Epworth at SXSW

Hand Of Glory are off to Austin TX tomorrow, with Mary Epworth, for SXSW. Mary’s show timings are below:  

BeeeeeeeeGeeeeeeeees…….

This amazing video was suggested to me by MoxyMoron on Last.fm, as he saw that I was listening to “Bee Gees 1st” on repeat. He said “Dim the lights”, and I will also add “Turn the volume up”.

Jobriath

I’m a rather big fan of Jobriath, AKA Jobriath Boone, born Bruce Wayne Campbell. A couple of times I’ve mentioned this to people who share 99% of the same taste in music as me, who are happy to evangelise about most pop music, glam, folk, psych, whatever, only to find that they think I am […]

Banana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM62hpSopsM

I wanted to write a post about music I had particularly got into over the last year, and I couldn’t really remember what I’d listened to when. I turned to the expert, my last.fm page.The stats there revealed the totally unsurprising truth that The Beach Boys are still my god and that The Association are my financial system (no, I’m not sure where I’m going with this metaphor either) but also helped show things which sprang from nowhere to the top of my chart.So I turn my attention to number 3 in my stats for 2010, the wonderful eccentric genius that is mr Kevin Ayers.