'It sounds like fucking Genesis'
Full disclosure: the first person to turn me onto Bear In Heaven's new album, I Love You, It's Cool (Hometapes, 2012) was my friend Maria, who is a partner of their management company. “You have to hear it,” she said, as we were squirreled away in a booth sipping giant margaritas at the Commodore. “It sounds like fucking Genesis.” I have never had a more immediate reaction to a musical recommendation in my entire life. Genesis? (More ...)
'75 percent of cruise ships crash'
In 1993, my older sister came back for the summer from University and I heard her playing a tape she’d copied off her housemate as she sulked in her room. As soon as she went downstairs, I went in there and stole it. It was called Suede (Nude Records, 1993). It was the best thing I’d ever heard. I never gave it back. (More ...)
Cosmic Kids' two hour ambient mix celebrates the most epic day ever
We had an idea to do Earth in the desert at sunset with some of our favorite contemporary acts. A DAY IN THE DESERT is the first in a series of intimate live music experiences where ’SUP invites artists to play in a setting that matches their music. On Saturday, October 27, the mostly all instrumental bands played against a backdrop of mountains, boulder formations, desert plains and turquoise skies, interspersed with cacti and swooning music fans. (More ...)
'SUP PHOTOGRAPHER DAN WILTON'S TOUR ZINE WITH THE BOTS
Over the summer London-based 'SUP photographer Dan Wilton got into The Bots tour van and documented their insane tour around Europe. Made up of teenage Californian brothers Mikaiah Lei (vocals, guitar), Anaiah Lei (drums, vocals), the two-piece, punk rock band's heady trip has been documented in Dan's 'zine STOB EHT. If you're in London on 25th Oct, head to the Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery, 30A Redchruch St, E2 7DP for the launch party of it. It'll feature discount zines, which come in bespoke tie-dye cases, prints to buy, free beers and DJ sets from The Bots themselves and Raisa K from Micachu & The Shapes. We'll be there.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN GUITARIST SKYPES WITH 'SUP
Stevie Jackson has a record out, his first solo effort, cheekily entitled I Can't Get No Stevie Jackson, which is the perfect title for someone who a) is a monumental fan of '60s pop music and b) exhibits that enthusiasm daily by being the lead guitarist in indie-pop legends Belle & Sebastian. (More ...)
Our 'SUP 25 cover stars and buddies in Lemonade made us a mix. Special thanks to Alex Pasternak for the righteous tunes. Stream it or download it. 1. Peter Gabriel - Excellent Birds (What If edit) 2. Beautiful Swimmers - O Yea 3. Tomas Barfod - Came To Party (Salva remix) 4. The Grid - Floatation (Subsonic Grid Mix) 5. Antarctica - Return To Omma Dawn 6. Ghosts On Tape - Nature's Law 7. Kenlou - The Bounce 8. Bernard's Amazing Disco Band - I Want Some Trade (Jamie Principle's "Set Me Free" Dub) 9. Jacques Greene - Tell Me (Kingdom Edit) 10. J. Phlip - Bootyberg 11. Funkystepz - Mondo Bizzaro 12. Maribou State - Bricks 13. Prefab Sprout - Bonny 14. Fat Joe ft. Chris Brown - Another Round (Instrumental)
SPEAKING ABOUT THEIR HEAVENLY SIGNING
Some bands launch with a wall of sound. With TOY, it's more like a wall of hair. It's inescapable to stare up at the band on stage and not be confronted with the amount of locks flowing from the five-piece. There's just loads of it and it's a beautiful, hirsute thing. Thankfully, once they launch into their moody rumblings, all attention is on the soundscape the band builds up. Part Joy Division meets krautrock, the low, gauzy vocals layer over the pacey bass and droning synths are driven to a gloriously hypnotic crescendo. (More ...)
The secretive duo's first ever interview
Until a couple of weeks ago, the majority of London’s dance scene were under the impression that Waze & Odyssey were a new US garage duo making whisper-worthy tracks out of their basement in deepest Detroit. In fact they are Serge Santiago and Firas Waez, two UK industry stalwarts who have been found making regular appearances on Dalston dancefloors as punters, promoters and solo producers for the last 10 years. The local boys found a new creative freedom with their under-the-radar aliases, whilst inadvertently making a statement about musical preconceptions. ’SUP met them in an East London beer garden to find out the secret to this year’s most dancefloor-focused, booty shaking, soulful house music made by two skinny British white guys. (More ...)
Last December Bad Guys got put on with Oxes at a show in Brixton, London ahead of their appearance at ATP with Les Savy Fav. I guess 'SUP thought we shared common ground in playing rock music and mucking about so they asked us to interview them. A lot of mates seemed to get pretty excited that Oxes were gonna play, which started to get me pretty excited, even though I’d not really heard of them because I mostly listen to choral music. I went to my local library to research their history and dig up some facts, but found nothing. I went home and turned on the internet, but even usually reliable sources like Ask Jeeves threw up fairly scant information. (More ...)