Sunday, 24 August 2014

keeping the weekend free

just in case you haven't already heard it, here's Jenny Toomey singing a Franklin Bruno song back in 1995


Friday, 22 August 2014

77 days is too long - the Human Hearts (feat Franklin Bruno and Jenny Toomey)

The penultimate single of wiaiwya-7777777 of 2014 (released November 7th) is by the Human Hearts - the latest band fronted by Franklin Bruno (the chap from Nothing Painted Blue, and author of the 33 1/3 book on Elvis Costello's Armed Forces) with guest vocals from Geek, Tsunami, Grenadine and Liquorice front woman Jenny Toomey. As you know Jenny also co-founded the Simple Machines label.

Not only were Simple Machines (along with Grand Royal and Sarah) one of the main reasons for starting a label, but their Working Holiday 1993 singles club (along with the Wedding Present's Hit Parade and OddBox's 100 club) was a huge inspiration for doing wiaiwya-7777777.

Releasing a record with both the incredible songwriting talents of Franklin Bruno, and Jenny Toomey's gorgeous vocals has been one of my ambitions for wiaiwya - thank you Franklin for making it happen!

so, without further ado - you can pre-order Franklin's first recordings since 2012's Flag Pin, and Jenny's first recordings since 2002's Tempting (an album of Franklin Bruno covers) here, and I URGE you to do so!:

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Thursday, 7 August 2014

release date - the School

the fourth element of this year's 7777777 singles club is out TODAY!


 THE SCHOOL are a pop band from Cardiff. Their debut album 'Loveless Unbeliever' was released in 2010 on legendary label Elefant Records, produced by Ian Catt (Saint Etienne, The Field Mice).

The album appeared in over 70 'Best of 2010' lists, 6Music's Album of the Day, Rough Trade's Album of the Week and Radio Nowhere's Album of the Year. Adam Walton declared it his "favourite Welsh pop album of all time". Molly Ringwald is also a fan. 

In 2011 the band were nominated for 'Best International Artist' at the Spanish Independent Music Awards, and they performed a live TV concert for 'Los Conciertos De Radio 3' (TVE).

Second album 'Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything' was released in May 2012, produced by David Wrench (Euros Childs, Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes). Dave Rowntree from Blur said he bought it. 

Everett True asked “could this be the best pop song of 2012?” of single ‘Never Thought I’d See The Day’ and declared ‘Reading Too Much..’ his 2nd favourite album of the year, only behind Dexys. 

The band will release their 3rd album on Elefant Records in 2014

" some of the Phil Spector lushness of Lucky Soul, the Belle & Sebastian-style modesty of Camera Obscura, and the airy, girl-group vocals of both" - Pitchfork

The picture disc is illustrated by Andy Hart

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

77 days is too long - My Favorite

oh, yes, you've been waiting 9 years, so what's another 77 days?

the brand new record from My Favorite is released on 7th October, and you can pre order it here, there are just 77 copies, so get in sharpish (it's already been compared to a moonlit Domino Dancing):

Sunday, 20 July 2014

the masters have been sent!

the masters for the last 3 singles of wiaiwya-7777777 2014 were sent off this morning

that's three killer singles from My Favorite, the Human Hearts (with Franklin Bruno and Jenny Toomey) and eagleowl

and, of course, it's not too late to subscribe, and get all seven remarkable picture discs before they sell out:

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