wiaiwya1001 - Living High On The Dirty Business Of Dreams
wiaiwya070 - Various - Christmastime, Approximately
Just Like Xmas (In Cottonopolis) - The Social Interaction Foundation (AKA Help Stamp Out Loneliness)
I've Got A Great Big Christmas Tree - The Werewandas
Jon’s Christmas Makeup - Betty and the Werewolves
Teenage Christmas - Eux Autres
Every Year - Jeff Mellin
Midnight Mass - The Understudies
Winter - Gregory Webster
There In Bristol After Christmas - Howard Hughes & David Tattersall
Christmas Isthmus - World Of Fox
Spirit of the Season - The Hillfields
Sool Yule Medley - Sool
Hey Santa - The Birthday Girl vs Alexander's Festival Hall
Stay Another Day - The Ei8ht
Vinden Susar i Advent - Action Biker
I Want An Alien For Christmas - Hillary and the Democrats
Jingle Bells - Weisstronauts
2000 Miles (Meek Mix) - DJ Downfall
See That Day - Hexicon
Christmas Island - The Vatican Cellars
Walking in the Air - Hong Kong In The 60s
also available on CD from 13th December 2010
wiaiwya069 - Eux Autres - Go Dancing (session version)
a little late, but well worth the wait, the FREE November download is a session version of the soon-to-be-classic "GO DANCING" by EUX AUTRES
it's a great lo-fi version of the song that seems to be taking the blog world by storm, and is taken from the band's third lp BROKEN BOW, available now for pre order from the releases page... nice
"the stripped-down indie pop with a French twist, those lovable lyrics by Heather and Nicholas Larimer." - Fensepost
"doing what Best Coast are, just with more substance in their songwriting" - We All Want Something To Shout For
“White Stripes for the vintage 60’s French Film sect. It’s a sweet lo-fi, and shimmers with jagged simplicity.” – Three Imaginary Girls
wiaiwya068 - Jeff Mellin -Smile Like A Lemon Peel, Kiss Like A Papercut
oh, yes... it's the first of the month, and we ALL know that (as well as pinching and punching) that means a NEW free wiaiwya single release...
Jeff's Mellin's SMILE LIKE A LEMON PEEL, KISS LIKE A PAPERCUT has the best record title of the year, bar none FULL STOP... PERIOD...
if that wasn't enough, it's a classic US feisty Powerpop bounce-along... when Jeff gets to headline Madison Square Gardens THIS will be the tune the 19,522 punters scream for throughout the set... THIS will be the tune WINONA RYDER, PHOEBE CATES and MOLLY RINGWALD ressurect JOHN HUGHES for to retrospectively make the best US college flick EVER, solely to have it played over the closing credits... oh, and also features DOUG YULE and Helen and Steph from SHRAG, and as such is the past, the present and the future handily compressed into 2 minutes 56 seconds of MAXIMUM POP JOY... GRIN, SPIN, WIN... oh yes..
backed with BRILLIANT DISGUISE lifted from last year's SPRINGSTEEN covers album, you know, because it's nearly hallowe'en, and it's ACE
and there's a video, in both 2 and 3D... thoroughly MODERN
all free for you NOW...
wiaiwya067 - the Vatican Cellars - Bitter Plans & Runnin' With The Devil
for September you lucky lucky people can download the first single from the VATICAN CELLARS' debut album - THE SAME CROOKED WORM (out in November on wiaiwya)
BITTER PLANS will appeal to fans of TIM HARDIN, the LILAC TIME and NICK DRAKE; a georgeous lament to loss and its accompanying guilt. It's an English gent's soul music, an angry acoustic guitar politely strummed, and a cello part to break you heart... Utterly Beautiful...
it's coupled with a cover of VAN HALEN's RUNNIN' WITH THE DEVIL... it's cockrockchamberpop... oh, yes...
advance copies of the album are available for £11 (including UK postage), just send it to the paypal address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
wiaiwya066 - Hexicon - Narissa I Won't
your FREE download single for August is the magnificent NARISSA I WON'T from HEXICON
it's as if, on the way to the cribs, johnny marr had bypassed modest mouse, and instead had made a beeline for the boo radleys, who in turn had decided that the postal service album should serve as a template for their new direction... they'd then locked themselves into a garage listening to blueboy, super furry animals and the zombies, and emerged three months later with "Narissa I Won't", a solid gold indiepop classic-in-waiting...
HEXICON's debut long player THE BLOSSOM SIGHS is also available: http://haircutrecords.co.uk/site/shop/hexicon-the-blossom-sighs-cd-album/
wiaiwya065 - Town Bike - Bastard Heart
for July we have two brand new tunes from Liverpool's TOWN BIKE... equal parts Runaways, Ramones and Ronettes (the REAL three R's that should be taught in school), TOWN BIKE are FUN! POWER! PUNK! POP! POP! POP!...
the sweet girl group intro to BASTARD HEART (yes, with THAT drum beat) paves the way for 1 piss, 2 shits, 6 bastards and 8 fucks, in less than two minutes... think SHAMPOO's "Bouffant Headbutt" or LOVE BITES' "You Broke My Heart"... think about them a LOT... i know i do...
and then CRAZY NIGHTS too?... really... we're spoiling you...
TOWN BIKE's album GO! FIGHT! WIN! is still available from the bands myspace... go on... GET IT
wiaiwya064 - Clemence Freschard - Me+Depth=2
Freschard grew up in a farm in French Burgundy. She started organizing shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. Aged 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Dune wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. “Neon Orange”. Homeless in Paris, she saved up just enough money to get herself a ticket to New York. There she found an old electric guitar and started writing her own material.
She now lives in Berlin where she records her music and sometimes produces other people's music, including David Tattersall's "Happy For A While"
These two songs appear on "Click Click" (Conky Records) which also features a drummer (Leo Bear Creek), and electric guitars by Stanley Brinks.
It's available on www.byrecords.com
wiaiwya063 - Two Step Horror - King Bee
From April's ash clouds emerges May's free download single, by Reyjakavik's TWO STEP HORROR.
Þórður Grímsson & Anna Margrét Björnsson touch on Suicide, add a shot of Spaceman 3 and a splash of Sparklehorse on "KING BEE", a kind of mogadon fuelled skiffle ache, straight outta twin peaks, like an 8 minute hypnotic bullet... a bullet of quietly bewitching, creepy lovelines... Or lovely creepiness
there's also a mesmerising video:
wiaiwya062 - Hillary and the Democrats - EP de Paris
For our FREE April Release (the 12th - that's a year's worth of excellent FREE POP, you lucky lucky people) we have HILLARY AND THE DEMOCRATS, who did Thunder Road on the Springsteen compilation...
the Liverpool four piece come over all classic Hefner on "I WISH THAT I'D TAKEN MORE PHOTOGRAPHS", full of bah bah bahs, jangles, fun and regret... smashing indie POP of the highest order...
and you fans of Hollyoaks will of course remember seeing HatD playing an early version of "DISTRACTED IN THE BIBLIOTEQUE" back in June last year...
STOP PRESS... they've only gone and made a video:
wiaiwya061 - Meow Meow! - I Wonder What Went Wrong
The free wiaiwya download single for March 2010 is “I Wonder What Went Wrong” by MEOW MEOW!... the Liverpool based three piece take the power pop route to Heavenly, the All Girl Summer Fun Band and Tiger Trap, and by jiminy they do it well…
It’s coupled here with their cover of GO SAILOR’s “Ray of Sunshine” (which was on the soundtrack for “But I’m A Cheerleader”)
Mark is also in thrash combo Short Sharp Shock (earache) and punk ensemble the Down and Outs, fact fans
Find out more here:
and download it here:
wiaiwya060 - Help Stamp Out Loneliness - Pacific Trash Vortex Remixes
To celebrate the physical release in SHOPS of the fantastic second single from HELP STAMP OUT LONELINESS, the february release from the FREE wiaiwya download singles club is the PACIFIC TRASH VORTEX remix ep... it's available on the downloads page... feel free to tell all your friends, feature on your blogs, you know... all that stuff...
the first is a dub take by wiaiwya's own DJ DOWNFALL, who has been keeping himself busy albumming a new album, mixing mixes for the PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, the PIPETTES and 'ALLO, DARLIN', and of course guitarring for TENDER TRAP... nice...
the second mix comes from the enigmatic TALL WHITE GUY, a remix producer based in Manchester, UK. He "loves all music including Finnish Heavy Metal. Recently recovered from a near suicidal tendency towards Post-Punk, Death Disco and EBM, now getting major kicks from Twee Pop, Nuggets Psychedelia and Electro Disco. Looking for friendship, remixing and maybe more."
the 7" is available from rough trade, here:
wiaiwya059 - David Tattersall - Happy For A While
WE'RE MAKING HISTORY WITH THE VERY FIRST RELEASE OF THE NEW DECADE*
the FREE January download release is the debut solo single by DAVID TATTERSALL (lead singer of the Wave Pictures)
"HAPPY FOR A WHILE" is the title track from his forthcoming album (due in april on wiaiwya), co-written and featuring Stanley Brinks (AKA Andre Herman Dune)
it's backed up with the WAVE PICTURES cover of the Springsteen classic "PONY BOY"
hope you like it, and if you were able to help promote it in any way it would be amazing...
*oh, and if anyone's worried that i'm a year premature with my decades - a decade is any ten years, and that can be from January 23, 1995 to January 22, 2005. The "10s," however, is that decade every century during which the numeral "1" appears next-to-last in the year number...
wiaiwya058 - Various Artists - Happy Christmas 2009
the December release from the FREE wiaiwya monthly singles club is a 4 track ep of Christmas songs, natch, two covers and two originals
first up is HONG KONG IN THE 60S with their take on the Beach Boys WINTER SYMPHONY, all droney and broadcasty and morriconey and utterly lovely
then the LAST DINOSAUR go all melancholy for THE WORST CHRISTMAS WE EVER HAD, and acoustic departure from their epic debut long player "Hooray! for Happiness"
OH, ATOMS reinterpret Wham's LAST CHRISTMAS as a folky boy/ girl duet
and finally GREGORY WEBSTER gets out his trusty 12 string, and invites PAM BERRY round to re-record the classic, WINTER from his first solo record
wiaiwya057 - Thewintersleep - leaf
excitingly, November's FREE download release is two new recordings from the original Thewintersleep... like a sucession of tiny heartbreaks surrounded by a moat of melancholia, strummed on a tiny guitar... perfect for Autumnal listening...
wiaiwya056 - Various Artists - Play more Pool
Released on Springsteen's 60th birthday, this is yet another installment in the ongoing wiaiwya tribute to the Boss
first up is TOWNBIKE with RADIO NOWHERE - power POP with more Power... and more POP for that matter... townbike could knock an s club party into a cocked hat
followed by THATFUCKINGTANK and BRUCE STONEHENGE - hard riffing DIY rockage from their latest longplayer Tankology (Gringo)
third is THE BLACK LODGE'S STATE TROOPER - a glam rock suicide take on the Nebraska classic
and ringing last orders is PAUL GUIDED MISSILE vs PAULL PLANET MAGNETIC - BORN SUPREMACY is a unique homage to both Born to Run and Born in the USA... SUPREME indeed
wiaiwya055 - the last dinosaur - home
to welcome an early autumn in the UK we are over the moon to welcome back Jamie from the mighty SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, and his new combo, the LAST DINOSAUR... HOME is an unhurried epic, like a naive and suburban sigur ros, with whispered vocals, and gently plucked guitars, building up to a swirling climax... a bit cocteau twins, a bit radiohead, a lot BRILLIANT...
"This house will always be home to me, regardless of where i lay my feet.. it's home.. it's home"
coupled with their basement pop tribute to Michael Jackson, bring on the rain, the soundtrack is waiting...
"i really LOVE what you are doing! i would love to hear as much stuff as you have to hear." - Simon Raymonde, Bella Union
"Keep your eyes well and truly peeled for these guys. It seems something very, very special is afoot." - Rich Thane, The Line Of Best Fit
"This is your lucky day, if you haven't had the pleasure of hearing this song yet..." - Sixeyes Blog
STOP PRESS - all those downloads have gone, so we've reuploaded it...
wiaiwya054 - the mor paranoids - things that make you go paranoid
three tracks of insanely catchy garage punk fall from the enigmatic MOR PARANOIDS
wiaiwya053 - Sourpatch - Fun ep
four tracks of blistering girl pop indie punk, for fans of tiger trap, velocity girl and heavenly... unmissable... album to follow on happy happy birthday to me...
wiaiwya052 - Various Artists - Skip More School
wiaiwya051 - Fox - Fruit ep
wiaiwya050 - Eagleowl - For The Thoughts You Never Had