Friday, 29 October 2010

A Skate Escalation

Old news to some, but amazing to all...and I know nothing about skating beyond Dog Town & Z Boys...

Also worthy of posting for the ace song by Patrick Watson that soundtracks these immense feats!


No, not a description of the amount of good feedback we've had about our blog, but a reminder of Frat Dad member James Benson's great movie Nothing Yet. You may recall we bigged it up after receiving a preview copy from the man himself over a bottle of Blue Moon in a North London boozer, well Pitchfork, whilst a little late to the party, have been screening the vid as part of their 'For One Week Only' feature.

one love

Monday, 2 August 2010

Tally Ho Interview - Patrick Flegel of Women

With their second LP due for release in t-minus 21 days, Tally Ho thought it was as good a time as any to hassle Patrick Flegel, guitarist and main vocalist with Canada's premier art rockers Women.

Anyone who has heard leaked track Eyesore knows that Women aren't simply going through alt rock motions. They've added more layers, further exploring the sometimes uncomfortable industrial sounds they channeled on their debut, as well as creating some dust covered chamber pop with truly thrilling and unexpected moments of blissful escape, a rare find in an increasingly commercialised alternative scene.

Sibling rivalry, Chad Van Gaalen's nether regions and a monster's penis, its all here...

Can you introduce yourself for Tally Ho readers…

My name is Patrick Flegel.

Can you pinpoint any significant event that inspired you to start playing music?

Possibly listening to the Supremes and later Beck, on the radio.

You’ve mentioned in previous interviews you all played in a number ofdifferent bands together before you recorded the Women album, do anyof you still play in other bands and if not, is it something you’d be open to?

Our friend Eric Hamelin plays in a lovely jazz outfit called 'No More Shapes' who just put a record out called 'Creesus Crisis'. Chris and I have have a group with him called 'Lanyard Skynyrd' or 'No Homo'. Chris records beautiful ambient music under his name 'Chris Reimer'.
Chris and Matt back our friend Jamie Cullen (not to be confused with diminuitive jazz botherer Jamie Cullum) up in a band called 'Church Of The Very Bright Lights'. Matt played electric bass guitar on the upcoming Marnie Stern record 'Marnie Stern' and Michael plays guitar and sings in a band called 'Friendo'.

How did the recording process for Public Strain compare to that of your debut?

It was similar to the first record. Haphazard. . . . Half of them sorted the day we tracked them, including half the lyrics. Chad got this Tascam 388 specifically to track Shaking Hand on the last record and we used that for pretty much every song on this one. Different people playing different instruments on different songs. Solaris was on most of the time with the sound off. His set-up is in a two-story garage behind his house. The basement is all cavernous and concrete so we tracked some down there. I was working the graveyard shift which was nearly a detriment.

It says a lot about Chad that we finished the record, he's a ray of sunshine who will show you psychedelic animation and fill your heart with joy. A chinese harp above the door and a chandelier. When he makes an elimination he finger bangs his asshole and tweaks the pitch.

What was Chad VanGaalen's involvement this time around?

He engineered and mixed the whole thing, played some drums,tambourine, cello, theremin, synthesizer and sang back-ups. His asshole is on there somewhere too.

From previous interviews, it seems the four of you all got involved inthe writing process for the first record, is this still the case or has one member emerged as the 'main' songwriter?

Similar to the first record, I typically have a skeleton but the songs change drastically when everyone else is involved. Lyrics and music. There are some songs that were written by the other folks.

The brilliant track Eyesore from Public Strain is currently available online; do you plan to release a single from Public Strain, with a video and the whole promo shabang?

That was actually an accident, the single selection! I think we'll release the other one later. I feel for the most part that videos are promo trash, but I did like that Health video that Eric Wareheim did.This child cuts a monster's penis off in the rain and is left alone screaming ( in the rain ) with blood all over it's face.

You seem happy to play around with your songs live, for instance Group Transport Hall from the s/t LP was almost unrecognisable when I saw you guys live, it was slowed down to a throbbing, hypnotic pace which I thought worked really well. Is that simply about stretching out a relatively short song to elongate your set, or are your songs constantly evolving?

Thanks. We just wanted to 'Chairs Missing' that track. Since we rely heavily on production we change songs around to make them work live. For the first record we just played them like a rock band with a few tapes in the mix. This time around we're going to manipulate the live sound more, possibly even bringing a sound 'guy' into the fold.

How much of your live set is improvised?

There are a few bits where no one really knows what's happening.

Would you ever allow Women’s music to be used in an advertisement?

I just want something for free, for the rest of my life.

You must have played with a fair few bands now at home and abroad, whohave been your favourite supports/tour partners so far?

Azeda Booth, Manchild, No More Shapes, Church Of The Very Bright Lights, Morgan Greenwood, Topless Mongos, Memory Screen, Sharp Ends, Faux Fur, His Clancyness, Deerhunter, Boundary Jim, DD/MM/YYYY, Metz, Freak Heat Waves, Nu Sensae, Shearing Pinx, Mutators.

Bit of a tabloid question but how is it being in a band with your brother? And going back a little, do you think it helped evolve your music taste having someone around that was into similar, esotericmusic?

Matt and I are actually feuding right now. Matt didn't wear shoes for a while and got me into 'Nam music. I started looking into different eras when I was 18.

You’ve mentioned your love of New York groups previously, particularly the No Wave scene; give us your ultimate NY band line-up…

Chris Frantz ( drum solo )

The Static

Teenage Jesus And The Jerks

Red Transistor


Neon Boys

And finally can you give me one musical and one non-musical influence?

Diana Ross / Jackie Chan
-Women are on tour in the UK in August

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Big Troubles - Bite Yr Tongue

Anyone who was wise enough to pick up a copy of Heavy Medicine, Tally Ho's first foray into the world of releasing comps, will be familiar with the woozy stylings of New Jersey's Big Troubles.

Well as a little teaser for their forthcoming LP on Olde English Spelling Bee (i know, they're all over this blog at the mo!) they've put out a vid for new track Bite Yr Tongue which features a lot of Happy Days style Super-8 clowning, a lot of hear disease inviting fast food, and, well you'll just have to watch the vid...

Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Sunday Brunch: Ducktails from Ray Concepcion on Vimeo.

Co Co Ri Co

Athens, Georgia has proved a veritable gold mine for us in the last few weeks..... First there was the psychadelic nob twiddling of Sunspots then the pop lanscaping of Qurius and now Co Co Ri Co.
The band consists of Andrew McFarland(drums), William Kennedy(keys, glockenspiel), Parks Miller(bass), and Addison Adams(vocals, guitar) are influenced by anything from African traditional music to American hardcore.
Live they like to rearrange their songs, changing speeds and parts culminating in one epic coherrent piece. Much like an episdoe of Lost that had a meaning.

Popsicle - Co Co Ri Co

Popsicle by Tallyho

Monday, 26 July 2010

Black Mountain - Old Fangs

Here's the trippy new vid from Canada's Black Mountain.

More than a hint of a Electra Glide in Blue, Easy Rider going on here and with some Kenneth Anger style occult love action thrown in for good measure...not that there is anything wrong with that!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Pigeons - Wrong Man

If you ever find yourself wishing the music on the Wicker Man soundtrack was by a real band, and that that band would follow you round minstrel like, single file through your life forever sound-tracking your trials and tribulations, Pigeons debut album Si Faustine could satisfy your dirty pagan urges.

Sultry Olde English lady vocals lead the charge as all around them archaic instrumentation pounds and pomps its way through some pretty impressive psych folk.

The album is out now on Brooklyn based Olde English Spelling Bee and here's a track for your aural pleasure (and download) courtesy of those fine folks.

RIP Charlie & The Moonhearts -- Long Live Moonhearts

West Coast Beach Beat group Charlie & The Moonhearts have now become simply Moonhearts, and they'll be releasing a great LP on indie label Tic Tac Totally come 9th August.

Anyone who dug on their Tally Ho endorsed single Real Hot Breakers will not be disappointed by the sounds to come. They come on like Sunset Strip era Love with both shoes firmly on, harmonies crash in and out as wild drum fills colour the quiet corners of songs such as I Said, whilst Eat My Shorts is, despite the dumb title, a pretty tight little DC Hardcore/Garage rock hybrid for all the fake Black Flag fans out there to dribble over...

Here's a stream of I Said for a taster...Just when you think you're done with Garage rock, Moonhearts come along and make you wonder why you'd ever need anything else...

The Sandwitches - Baby Mine

The Sandwitches - "Baby Mine" from Empty Cellar on Vimeo.

All Summer - Kid Cudi + Best Coast + Rostam Batmanglij

The best of intentions......maybe

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Sunspots - Special Secrets

Sunspots is the brand new real world incarnation of Georgian Will Weber's bedroom recording project.

Influenced in it's tiered complexities by anything from the Flaming Lips, The Who and Dr. Dog to more recent envied experimentalists Animal Collective and Oberhofer. This track Special Secrets is so good, we'd like to keep it as just that. Locked up in the Tally Ho vault for our own listening.

But with Will describing the music thus...' The feeling of the songs is very grounded in a love for a nice psychedelic romp outside with your best friends', it's probably best we let this one out, I mean i love a psychedelic romp as much as the next man

Special Secrets 1 by Sunspots

Monday, 19 July 2010


New track from the inimitable Panda Bear its on Itunes tomorrow, but Tally Ho today!

Is it me, or is the b-side Slow Motion much more interesting?!

Panda Bear - Tomboy Single by Panda Bear


As good a line up as any you'll see this side of the Women & Walkmen dates coming up soon, clear your diary...


Centaurs, Harpys, Mermaids, Minotaurs.....now Eagulls! Zeus doesn't half have some tricks up his tunic

Eagulls - Council Flat Blues

Plains - Innovator

Innovator from Michael McGinnis on Vimeo.

Collage Party

Collagé Party - It Feels Alright Mp3

Friday, 16 July 2010


I love the forest, the solitude, the quiet, the earth under foot, nature in it's ardent splendour.
I love the forest most, because knowone can see what i'm doing........

Edmonton, AB by Beings

Thursday, 15 July 2010

ANR - Endless Field of Mercury

ANR - "The Endless Field of Mercury" from Jamie Harley on Vimeo.

If only Jamie harley could provide some kind of woozy video reel for my everyday life, it would probably be alot more interesting and i might have more friends....
Anyway, anyone who was at the recent Memoryhouse, How to Dress Well, Visons of Tree's and Prizes show at the Social that the genius Parisian (sometime Londener) provided visuals for will testify to his talent in turning the mundane into the sublime.
His new video for ANR's 'Endless Field of Mercury' captures for me that moment when laughter can turn to tears at any moment. Much like tuning into a channel Five documentary called ' The Whale with No Mouth' and realising it's for real

Shotgun Vision

Hre's Nick 'Diamonds' Thornburn in a very low-key premier of new Islands song Shotgun Vision for Radio Happy Hour in New York

Beige - In Kind Mp3

Outdoor Miners - Friends With No Money Mp3

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Nothing Yet - Trailer


We were look enough to get a sneak viewing of this one while James Benson (Frat Dad) was over studying in the UK a few months ago. The comedy short focuses on a young punk rock band from New Jersey who by coincidence happen to play Frat Dad songs and also features Real Estate, Liam The Younger and Julian Lynch among others on the soundtrack.

Check out Frat Dad's awesome song Radiation Rush on our cassette tape Heavy Medicine.

Tear Jerks - Nature Scene

Tear Jerks are the fruits of young Galswegian one man noise wall Kevin. This track is taken from an EP due out on Nature Scene in late September.

Easter Island - Tear Jerks by scdtallyho

Monday, 12 July 2010

Ariel Pink - She Dont Know What To Do With Herself'

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti covering R Stevie Moore's 'She Don't Know What To Do With Herself' for the brand new Sick of the Radio tribute album called Copy Me, Treat Me in honour of our low-fi grandad.

Shedontknowariel by abacusscd

Mystery Claws / Sleeping Bags Split 7"

Phony Checks - Mystery Claws from Easter Everywhere on Vimeo.

It seems the trappings of Princeton popularity aren't quite enough for the Kivel family. After the success of 'Calypso Gold' the debut release on the great new London based singles label Jodie & Victor comes a split 7” featuring Matt Kivel's (Pinceton Bass and vocals) new band Mystery Claws and Long Beach based Sleeping Bags.

Following on from much acclaim for the other half of Princeton Jesse Kivel's project Kisses, Matt looks to not be outshadowed with his folky pop gem 'Phony Checks' featuring a bum-budget produced video paying reference to the opening of teen dreamer flick 'Almost Famous'.

The split's other half Sleeping Bags 'Canteloupe', gives nods to shoegazers My Bloody Valentine or Ride and in its furthest reaches Kraut rockers Neu. But there's still an inkling of that California summer landscaping and commerical intention that has served Princeton so well. You wouldn't even be surprised to find the Kivels hidden in the corner of the recording studio to lay claim to another new blog hit on this one.

For any burdgeoning family bands working away, heed the call. One band just ain't gonna cut it.

Note: Jones Brothers need not apply.

CANTALOUPE by scdtallyho

Is released August 16th on Jodie & Victor records
You can pre-order here from Rough Trade

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Civil Civic

Civil Civic are a duo not concerned with following the well-trodden path of indie rock cliche. Their new 7" Run Overdrive b/w Fuck Youth is a squalling mix of Sonic Youth's wildly tuned anthemic fuzz guitar, and New Order style drums programmed to beat surrender out of all comers.

You can download the single for whatever you fancy contributing (but bear in mind they are but poor musicians) over at their Bandcamp site here

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

women - european dates announced

Tally Ho faves Women have scheduled a fair few live dates across Europe and UK this summer/autumn in support of their forthcoming sophomore LP release Public Strain.

Tally Ho caught them at White Heat @ Madam JoJo's a while back and they were incredible, a review of that night was posted on these very pages and you can read it here. They'll be bringing their unique brand of post psych, new wave to the following venues

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

morning benders - rough trade instore 30th June

Acclaimed west-coast softies Morning Benders are playing an instore at Rough Trade East tomorrow night...

You can get your wristband by buying the LP during the day tomorrow or try your luck queuing in the no doubt searing heat at 6pm but if you do that you're a doyle.

Here's the Morning Benders performing album highlight Excuses with a host of SF friends, courtesy of Yours Truly

new sounds - green gerry

One of the cool things about running a blog is the amount of talented people willing to share their music with you. LA-by-way-of-Atlanta based Gerry Green, psych genius behind the flip monikered Green Gerry, has given us a sneak peak at some of the songs that make up his self released debut Odd Tymes.

Careering between Syd Barrett-like vocals that fly too close to the sun and downbeat folk lullabies, Gerry has crafted a delicate but self-assured record filled with the wonder of summer and the haunting harmonies of the sky at night.

You can check out and download the full album at his Bandcamp site and check out our favourite cut BBBButtons below

Monday, 21 June 2010

Young & Lost Club - Single Collection

London's Young & Lost Club will celebrate their five year anniversary by releasing a singles collection this summer.

Despite being to blame for Noah & The Whale, Nadia and Sara, the girls who run London's premier singles label, have also been at the forefront of the city's alternative music scene since their first foray into putting out records with Vincent Vincent & The Villains 'Blue Boy'.

The collection, which comprises of 34 tracks from the likes of Vincent Vincent, Noah & The Whale, Johnny Flynn, Lord Auch and Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, is released on August 16th.

You can pre-order it here

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Say No To Love

Pigeons - Fade Away


Pao Pao (ft Prizes) - Liberia

Via Delicious Scopitone

Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss (Canyons Remix)

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Walkmen - Lisbon

The Walkmen's 2008 album You & Me was, for me, like re-discovering a vague acquintance as a soulmate. I'd always been aware of them and The Rat had blown my mind, but i didn't really give Bows & Arrows much time to sink in, in hindsight, i can see that is something essential to the listening process with a band as deep and layered as The Walkmen.

You & Me has soundtracked so many night bus journeys around London over the last two years its a 'go to' for me whenever i find myself alone in the city seeking a quick and safe passage back to my flat. I really hope that with the announcement of a new album Lisbon, due in September this year, i'll have even more late night fodder.

Check back for more updates on the new album but for now...

Ariel Pink Live

Scala, Kings Cross - 15/06/10

Anyone who has followed the music press coverage and myth making surrounding Ariel Pink would be forgiven for imagining him living in a bedroom haze, surrounded by redundant, dust gathering games consoles, worn out VHS tapes and a shit load of vintage equipment. I picture him only surfacing to open his bedroom door and snatch the toasted cheese sandwiches his mother dutifully leaves out for him.

But tonight’s Ariel Pink is a fully formed performer, brimming with an alternative-universe-stage-school confidence that betrays his reputation as a lone traveller through music’s forgotten cosmos. At times he conjures the ‘drunk grandma in her best heels’ vibe of vintage David Johansson, the hair lashing intensity of eighties Ozzy Ozbourne and strangest of all, the troll like physical comedy of Bill Bailey.

He is funny, intoxicating (and obviously intoxicated) and whilst he is clearly daft as a brush, it’s easy to be swept along by the energy he and the band expend on behalf of having a good time. Throughout tonight’s set, the group mine just about every left of centre genre you can imagine, creating a disorientating, schizo feeling in the room, as if someone keeps turning the dial on the radio (or flicking the channel, considering AP’s clear love for forgotten TV show themes) streaming thirty second blasts of wild rock n roll, 80’s funk, sugary 60’s sunshine pop and pompous 70’s glam into the room, and that’s just the first song.

The man’s voice is pretty special too, when you listen to the record and hear all the strange vocal snippets that sound like samples, they’re actually all sang live by Ariel and the group, who bust harmonies like some kind of ‘Galaxy High’ version of Fleet Foxes. One minute he’s scaling the heights of his range on the prom night smooth Fright Night (Nevermore), the next conjuring Iggy with equal abandon on Little Wig, all the while never dissolving the music in parody or his persona into pastiche.

Two encores later the crowd have been treated to some choice cuts from new record Before Today (alas no Can’t Hear My Eyes or Beverly Kills) and plenty of fleshed out early recordings, the highlight of which, Kate I Wait, with its awkward time signatures tackled nobly by the group, proves the perfectly odd end to a memorable evening.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Women - Public Strain

Calgary art-punk troupe Women have FINALLY announced details of their second album, pitchfork reports.

It'll be released on August 23rd over here in the UK and September 28th in the US, unlucky.

Here's the sweet artwork, very reminiscent of Magazine and PIL and i know the band are big fans of UK post punk so here's hoping the aesthetic of the music follows suit...

That's pretty much all we know at the moment but we'll keep you updated as and when new tracks start to trickle through the cracks in the web and here's a link to a recent radio session the band did debuting new tracks on CBC.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

New sounds - Wet Illustrated

Not much is known about these cats, they've recorded a single 'Born Stoked' with Fresh & Only's Tim Cohen producing and it's available for purchase on their rather rudimentary but lovely, Myspace.

We've got a stream of it below. I'll let you add your own superlatives but after listening to it a few times all i could think about was a water fight, not those horrid facebook organised mass events, that will no doubt soon be sponsored by Evian, but a good old fashioned, impromptu water bombing followed by the introduction of a hose and a few buckets and a lot of wet t shirts. That sort of thing.
Anyway...enjoy, and thanks to Raven Sings The Blues for the tip.

Vaselines announce new album

Following a recent compilation ' Enter the Vaselines', Kurt Cobain's favourite band The Vaselines (lazy i know) are all set to release their second LP after a 20 year wait.

The band formed in Glasgow in the late 80's, lasting two impressive years before splitting on the eve of their full length being released.

Released on home-of-the-great-and-good Sub Pop, 'Sex With An X' is released on Sept 14th this year and they're offering a little taster for free download right here.

The free download is called I Hate The 80's and is a funny little slice of sing a long alt pop, a great little taster of what i hope is to come.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

1234 Shoreditch Festival

Just over a month until this year's 1234 festival in Shoreditch Park so we thought we'd post a little reminder about the line up.

It really is great this year, ok, so the festival is no longer free, but its still a total steal when you consider the quality of the bands that Sean McClusky and co are now able to book.

Established US groups such as Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls and Wavves line up beside lesser known, up and coming UK talent such as Grave With No Name, S.C.U.M and art rock pioneers such as Vic Godard & Subway Sect.

The cheaper early bird tickets are sadly all gone but its still only £20 for a day ticket, miles cheaper than Reading et al and a miles better line up in Tally Ho's humble opinion!

For more info on the festival, which takes place on 24th July in Shoreditch Park, East London, check out this link

Sonny & The Sunsets - The Hypnotist b/w Stranded 7"

Tally Ho favourites Sonny & The Sunsets follow up their awesome debut LP with a four song 7" on new label Future Stress Recordings.

With the same honest, rootsy song-writing that shone on Tomorrow Is Alright at its base, the new 7" somehow feels more intimate than previous Sonny releases. Girl on the Street and The Hypnotist both rely on folkie guitar flourishes and flute backing, creating truly psychedelic music devoid of fancy effects pedals or touched up vocals... as if we're being allowed a few brief flashes of the man behind the songs.

Highlight for this fan is Stranded. A cut from the aforementioned full length, its lingering, sinister guitar intro perfectly compliments the downtrodden, helpless tone of Sonny's lyrics.

You can pick up this latest set at Future Stress Recordings website here and as a teaser here's Stranded...

Monday, 31 May 2010

new sounds: tumbleweed stampede

Ben from Tumbleweed Stampede an alt-folkie troupe from Athens Georgia sent us over a new track of theirs, Snowmelt. Tally Ho! love garage stompers and blistering lo-fi but sometimes its good to sit back, take stock and listen to something a bit more chill. Snowmelt is the perfect soundtrack to the post gig blues, or hangover heartache, creaking along with Music from the Big Pink style homespun melodies and haunting vocals.

Check out Snowmelt below, and their myspace for more info/tracks.


Since signing to Sub Pop in December '09, Milwaukee's JAILL have been mighty busy.

After their debut There's No Sky (Oh My My) caught the ears of the ever-attentive folk at Sub Pop, Jaill duly signed and have been working on its follow up ever since.

That's How We Burn will be released in late July and the first fruit of this latest set is Everyone's Hip. A sprightly number that coasts along on the kind of schizophrenic southern rock riffs that recall early KOL in their pre-stadium jubilation.

Take a listen below

Everyones Hip by JAILL