17th December – Bill Botting and Tigercats

Another debut from one of my Secondary Modernists. Bill Botting steps aside from his day jobs in Moustache of Insanity, The Secondary Modern AND Allo Darlin to give us not one but two slices of Australian Christmas cake.

Bill has been in my band the Secondary Modern for a few years now. It must be frustrating because Bill just wants to play bass like McCartney and I keep saying, don’t play bass like McCartney. However I play bass in Rotifer and Robert keep saying to me, Play it more like McCartney. Here’s Bill’s first song.

Bill Botting – Mulled Wine

Bill has this to say…
“I haven’t written anything absolutely on my own for a few years. I think because I’m lucky enough to play with some of the best songwriters around I excuse a lack of confidence by telling myself I just don’t have enough time. But, if you make the effort the time is there. So I made time to write two Christmas songs. I really hope they stand up (or at least sit up straight) next to the frankly astounding Tigercats. I’m letting Darren decide if you get both or just one.

I love Christmas. Always have. I really do start listening to carols about August (only in secret though – I don’t play them out loud till November. I do tend to make things difficult for the people closest to me though, and I worry that at some point I’m going to fuck up Christmas and we won’t get it back. I think that’s the feeling I’ve had while writing. Trying not to ruin something you love, or hurt your loved ones.

Okay, thanks for indulging me – Merry Christmas!” – Bill Botting

Here’s Bill’s second Christmas Song

Bill Botting – Acting Without Acting

Bill Botting appears to be in a race to see who can be involved with the most Christmas Advent tracks but Ian Button has pipped him by recording his fourth (?) track by producing Tigercats.

Here they come those fearless and ferociously funky Tigercats. Here’s Giles Tigercat to explain…

“This is a song by the Sonics, which some Sonics fans don’t seem to like but I can’t understand why. We covered it quite faithfully last year in a suitably ragged style, but Duncan doesn’t let us get away with that kind of shit any more, so we mixed it up a bit an now it’s kind of like a Tigercats song. Laura played one of Darren’s synths on it once he’d told us how to take the lock off. Ian Button recorded it in his magic mobile studio and it was definitely the most fun I’ve ever had recording anything.” – Giles Barrett

Tigercats – Santa Claus

Tom Fika Recordings here.
I think I’m allowed to briefly jump into Darren’s post, mention my love for both Bill and Tigercats, and make a bit of an annoucement…
***drum roll please****
Tigercats have an album coming out! And the vinyl will be on Fika Recordings!
Isle Of Dogs should be out on March 26th 2012. We’ll be doing the LP, while Acuarela Discos handle the CD version. There’ll be new versions of tracks from their first couple of EPs and a handful of new songs too.
If you’ve not seen Tigercats live, please do, they’ve become one of my favourite live bands this year. They’ve got some shows coming up, so no excuses:
Jan 13 – George Tavern, Stepney
Jan 19 – MAP at the Silver Bullet, Finsbury Park
Jan 20 – Portland Arms (with Standard Fare)
Then they’ll be playing London Popfest on the 25th of February with Allo Darlin’, before doing a few dates with them on tour (Feb 26 Leeds Brudenell Social Club / Feb 27 Leicester The Musician / Mar 2 Norwich Arts Centre). Phew!

13th December – Moustache of Insanity and Ardie Collins

The were a few acts that both me and Tom Fika wanted on our advent calendar so much so that we had to fight it out as to who ‘presented’ them. A swift kick to the shins and Moustache were mine.

Moustache of Insanity are funny. Not ‘smirk’ funny but smacking-the-floor-with-your-fist-in-pain funny. Here is Nick to tell you all about their song. – Darren

“Here’s our song. Hope you like it. It was recorded professionally, by professionals, using nothing but professional tools in a very professional manner.

Moustache of Insanity…raising the bar!

oh sweet mama.

Mary Eksmess!”

Woah! Tom Fika Recordings here. Before I limp away to nurse my bruised shins (hm, cheers Darren) and you download the Christmas joy that is Jingle Moustache, let me put in my 2ps worth on Moustache Of Insanity. They were one of the bands involved in the first batch of Fika cassettes back in February (which sold out super quickly – luckily you can download it from their website). There’s something about MOI that never fails to make me smile; their live shows always get me dancing and giggling like a fool. That, for me, makes them awesome.
In August I was lucky enough to put out their Album Of Death on blood red 12″, which you can buy from here (and I really think you should, its one of my favourites of the year). Good times were had finger painting bloody messages of doom/terror/hiliarity stolen from all our favourite horror movies, dragging Bill and Nik out to old railways lines for photoshoots and the blood soaked album launch party in Brixton. I love the Moustache.
Tom

Moustache Of Insanity – Jingle Moustache

www.moustacheofinsanity.com/

Back in January I tried to write a song for every day of the month. You can find out about that here januarysongs.tumblr.com/ At the end of the project I was made aware of Ardie Collins who is writing a song for every day of this year.

Think about that a little, he will have written 365 songs this year. At least some of them must be bad right? This one isn’t though. Ardie will play with me at my two special January Songs shows in January that coincide with the physical release of January Songs and please support Ardie. I like stupid ideas that involve hard work.

Ardie Collins – Happy Christmas, I Suppose

Here’s Ardie.

I’m a novelist and singery-songwritery type person from Cardiff who has been undertaking a project since the 1st of January 2011 to release one original song every day for a year. It’s called The Cooper365 Project and I’m still on top of it as it moves towards its completion. The nature of the project has meant having to put out an entire year of things I’ve created, whether they’re good or bad or average, and it’s something I would highly recommend doing. This will undoubtedly be the thing I’m most proud of having done, and it’s mainly the prospect of being able to look back with a big, stupid grin on my face that has kept me going.

 

ardiecollins.com
cooper365.tumblr.com