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

Friday, 21 May 2010

Robyn Hitchcock & The Soft Boys

Robyn Hitchcock is one of a handful of my heroes that are still alive (rip Syd, Arthur and Alex). I love the man and for a young 'un i'm not shy of his later solo work as well as the awesome post punk power pop of his flagship band The Soft Boys.

Their debut Underwater Moonlight is an incredible blast through early Pink Floyd, pub rock, post punk and dodgy XTC-esque 80's psychedelia. It never stops. The harmonies, the jagged little guitar riffs and the obscurer than thou lyrics make the album purely a must have, needless to say, countless bands we've featured on this here blog wouldn't exist if it wasn't for old Robyn and his merry men.

You should check out Hitchcock's solo stuff too...Madonna of the Wasps is the new wave love song its stupid not to like!

Have a look and listen to Tonight, Tally Ho's favourite cut from The Soft Boys' Underwater Moonlight LP below

pains of being pure at heart - say no to love

New Yorkers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have announced the release of new stand alone single Say No to Love on June 7th.

It's a perfect summer jam and may even replace Dodgy's Staying Out for the Summer as a radio staple come the first signs of sun on a precious, over-precipitated island.
Oh and here's some shows the band will be playing in the UK and Europe throughout July


SUN 18 July – Latitude Festival, UK http://www.latitudefestival.co.uk/tickets/index.aspx

FRI 23 July – Contempopranea Festival, Spain http://www.contempopranea.com/

SAT 24 July – San Sebastian Festival, Spain http://www.heinekenjazzaldia.com/?language=en

SUN 25 July – Indietracks Festival, UK http://www.indietracks.co.uk/tickets.html

WED 28 July – Brighton Concorde 2, UK http://www.seetickets.com/see/price.asp?code=463700

THU 29 July – Heaven, London http://www.wegottickets.com/event/78452

SAT 31 July - U18s Festival, Stirling, Scotland

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Atlas sound - Shelia

This is ace!

Woodsist - Welcome Home/Diggin' The Universe

For those of you who were perturbed by Woodsist's relatively quiet few months (by their standards atleast) then fear not, an awesome new cassette compilation is on its way.

Welcome Home/Diggin' The Universe features just about every buzz band from the last 12 months and makes us weep with jealousy (yes we still love you Heavy Medicine).



1. WOODS- "Im Not Gone"

2. RUN DMT- "Richard"

3. WHITE FENCE- "The Love Between" (from their s/t CD/LP)

4. THE FRESH & ONLYS- "Heel.Toe."

5. THE MANTLES- "Bad Movies"


7. ALEX BLEEKER- "Gettin By"


8. MOON DUO- "A Little Way Different"

9. CITY CENTER- "Box of Rain"

10. CAUSE CO MOTION- "Over You"

11. ART MUSEUMS- "Darling Are You Out Of Your League Again"

12. NODZZZ- "Old Clothes"

13. DUCKTAILS- "Sun Out My Window"

Yes, awesome i know. You can order it here

Sunday, 16 May 2010

new sounds: Young Michelin

C'est Twee!

Young Michelin hail from France and you'll always find them in the kitchen at parties. Influenced by Tallulah Gosh and The Pastels, as well as more mainstream 80's rockers such as The Cure and The Smiths, they've just released their debut EP and whilst I've not got a clue how you can find the thing, i'd recommend trying.

Have a listen to the haunting elle m'oubliera below

If that's got you tingling with intrigue, then head over to Holiday Records to claim a free download and then check out stand out track Obscene at their myspace.

Fergus & Geronimo

Denton, Texas, home of the dew soaked sounds of Midlake, but also the fertile punk grounds that nurtured crazed 60's soul/beat heads Fergus & Geronimo.

Their Harder Than It's Ever Been 7" released on Woodsist last year was an all too brief blast of unashamedly upbeat power pop with a garage bent and one of Tally Ho's favourite releases of 2009.

Well they're cutting the apron strings for a brief stint of shows here in Europe, with three shows lined up in London as well as a show at the Midi Festival in the French Riviera (23rd July 2001). Slick!

Only one of the London shows has been confirmed so far, White Heat at Madam JoJo's on 20th July but check their Myspace for updates.

Meanwhile you can download a copy of the aforementioned 7" here (for sampling purposes only - buy it if you dig it, and if you can find it!)

Saturday, 15 May 2010

New Mantles!

San Francisco's finest, The Mantles have two new tracks streaming on their Myspace.

The tracks scream from the same primal rock n roll depths as their debut LP but this time there seems an added urgency, as if committing these songs to tape is their final act!

Cascades blisters any speakers that come within a five metre radius and Situations rolls with the same sinister end of the night vibes that propelled much of their long player.

No official word on when we'll see a physical release of this stuff but the anticipation starts now!

Check out Cascades and Situations here

Thursday, 13 May 2010

new sounds: boy or bison

Boy or Bison hail from Manchester, England and are making waves with the bedroom beauty of their recent demos.

Make Me Go sounds like a load of pasty English goths went to the beach and got their milk bottle legs out and went for a splash about...its cool and you can download it here exclusively.

To check out more Boy or Bison, including info on their show tomorrow night in their native Manchester go to their myspace

Avi Buffalo - Rough Trade Instore

Things are happening quick for latest Sub Pop hopefuls Avi Buffalo, you'll be hard pressed to find a more perfect example of the all-conquering influence of a Pitchfork Best New Music shout out.

Their debut is a breezy blast of summer optimism, youthful folly and alt rock guitar genius well worth the praise heaped upon it.

They're hitting our shores very soon, as well as a couple of headline shows they'll be performing a free in-store show at Rough Trade East on Tuesday 25th May.

Avi Buffalo rough trade instore details are here

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Gauntlet Hair

GAUNTLET HAIR // I was thinking... from caitlin mcnichols on Vimeo.

I was thinking we could call it Gauntlet hair....Isn't it nice to finally have a perfect moniker to berate the coiffured styles of Mark Kermode and Ellie Jackson with

Suicide Dream 2

suicide dream 2 – how to dress well from How to Dress Well on Vimeo.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Revel Hidden Worlds

The lovely lovely Liam The Younger has made his album Revel Hidden Worlds available for Free dowload here. But please go line his pockets by picking up a copy in cassette or vinyl form at Brave Men Run or Wild Animal Kingdon records.

A Dog, a Cat and a Rat...or London Gigs


Here's a brief run down of the upcoming shows that have got us all a flutter over at Tally Ho! HQ.

12th May - Pavement @ Brixton Academy

13th May - Dum Dum Girls @ Luminaire, Kilburn

18th May - Built To Spill @ Shepherds Bush Empire
18th May - Ganglians/Real Estate @ Cargo, Shoreditch

20th May - Real Estate @ 93 Feet East, Brick Lane

26th May - Tanlines @ Camp Basement, City Road, Shoreditch

27th May - Male Bonding @ Camp Basement, City Road, Shoreditch

5th June - Thee Oh Sees @ Luminaire, Kilburn

14th June - Smith Westerns @ Camp Basement, City Road, Shoreditch

15th June - Ariel Pink @ Cargo, Shoreditch

So yeah, not a bad month for you if awesome American imports are your thing, and yeah, Camp Basement seems to be involved in a massive, audacious throw down to all other venues in the capital lately but who cares when we can win win win like this!

Check out their website here.

Super Star Destroyer

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Effi Briest - Rhizomes

The Sacred Bones label is never too far from the pages of this blog. But I never imagined they'd team up with Brooklynites Effi Briest, not sure why it just didn't seem a fit.

That was until I had my first listen to their new LP Rhizomes, released on Sacred Bones 24th May. A while coming, the LP takes tracks recorded last year and throws in a couple of oldies originally released on Loog Records for good measure.

From the intense title track to the chanting, hypnotic and circular sounds of Mirror Rim, its clear the girls of Effi Briest have found the perfect outlet for their sounds.

Check out Mirror Rim at their Myspace here.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Tape me!

Continuing the cassette theme, here's one that our friends at Sexbeat have concocted over the last few weeks. An unusual collection of covers recorded with Rory Bratwell by the Screaming Tea Party girls last summer.....

Material Girl (Madonna)
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Carole King)
Bokunatchi Non Shippai (Doji Morita)
Moon River (Andy Williams)
I Believe I Can Fly (R Kelly)

Find out more about the upcoming tape here

Whatever happened to my...Trail of Dead

Oh boys, don't get me wrong, i love you, but how do you go from this...

To this!


After stumbling upon Beings courtesy of Jacuzzi Boys' Myspace page, we had to learn more, and fast.

Well, they were kind enough to allow us a brief chat as well as giving us their awesome jam LKLL (see below for download). With its richter scale bass rumble and moody vocals, its so 'now' it hurts. If feedback, sunglasses indoors and distorted lyrics are your thing, i can't recommend Beings enough.

Here's what bass player Michael Alén had to say about their sound, their friends and their plans for the future.

Tally Ho: Can you introduce the band?

Michael Alén: Sure, Ivan Marchena on guitar and Vocals. Beatriz Monteavaro on drums and I play bass.

TH: Where do you call home and do you think it has affected, influenced your sound?

MA: We're scattered through Miami. The location itself doesn't affect the sound, but getting Beings together happened through connections between friends and bands that originated here.

TH: Do any of you moonlight in other groups?

MA: I also write and record under the name Foreign Bodies and Beatriz just played some reunion shows with Floor (influential Florida stoner rock band-TH) but we're mostly focusing on beings right now.

TH: We found you guys through the Jacuzzi Boys Myspace, how has interest in them and the rep of Florida's Dying Records affected the local scene? (even though Florida is bigger than the UK!)

MA: I haven't had the opportunity to check out what Florida's Dying are up to, and we're a little out of it. There are a lot of kids coming out to shows and starting bands and labels. It's hard to keep up with everything but the Jacuzzi Boys are real nice dudes and we've played out with them quite a few times already. They're fun magnets and the atmosphere is always great when we play a show together. They're really supportive of us and we love them.

TH: Do you have any plans to release your stuff?

MA: Rick Smith of Torche has a new label called Amnesian and he's behind our first release which will be an eight-song 12". If all goes as planned, we should have that out by late July. Shortly after we're planning on following up with a single. We're trying to write a lot inbetween shows.

Cheers to Mike and Beatriz for being (put intended) so cool.

Download the great LKLL here

For more info on Beings check out their myspace.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


A lovely little aside from Shane of Tacoma, Washington band 'Makeup Monsters.
Listen to Slushy on their myspace here

Shine On

Teen Daze - Shine On, You Crazy White Cap from zeeeeej on Vimeo.

It was an endless winter. It's now May. It's not hot. But i'll be resoloutely wearing nothing more than a t-shirt till October. And i'll be listening to this.......

Monday, 3 May 2010

Order now

The Tally Ho store is now fully operational, click here or go to our SHOP section to order a FREE copy of our Cassette compilation Heavy Medicine while stocks last........

Currently Listening to...

Here's some stuff that's been rocking Tally Ho HQ at Tinnitus provoking volumes recently...

Sonny & The Sunsets

We first heard Sonny & The Sunsets on the ace Secret Seven Records comp, In A Cloud: New Sounds from San Francisco. Their track Heart of Sadness is the premier track both chronologically and musically.

Their full length Tomorrow is Alright is a great record. Transcending lo-fi beginnings to pour flourishes of loveliness as well as tough snarl garage poseurs into your living room. Veering dangerously close to melody, the record is just as happy contemplating summer through the window glare as it is soundtracking a wild, never-ending night out.

Sonny & The Sunsets are the brainchild of Sonny Smith, a mistrel-like figure whose re-appearance in San Francisco after years as a professional blues sideman in places as diverse as Denver and Costa Rica, led to him teaming up with a cast of San Fran musicians including Fresh & Only's mainstays Shayde Sartin & Tim Cohen.

Check out highlights Death Cream and Too Young to Burn on their myspace here and this cool vid of them performing the latter below

How I Quit Crack

Run, Run, Run

Wild Nothing - Chinatown from Jack Tatum on Vimeo.

Balducci's 1969 short 'Clown' set against the terraces of Montmarte puts a seemingly cuddly boy and dog story to Jack Tatum's hazy vocals in this new video for album track 'Chinatown' by Wild Nothing soon to be released on Captured tracks