The Pastels

The First Worldwide Cassette Store Day: 7 September 2013

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Last year Glasgow’s own Volcanic Tongue, specialists in the most underground music going, run by The Wire contributor David Keenan and experimental musician Heather Leigh Murray. This year, it’s gone global, albeit without consultation with the original proponents. Original or not, as Blasted readers will no doubt agree, anything that gets people into real record shops and buying music that you can – kinda, sorta – actually touch is definitely a good thing.

So, the first worldwide Cassette Store Day is happening tomorrow in shops across the UK, Europe, the USA and even at one phonographic emporium in Argentina. There are releases by such Blasted favourites as The Proper Ornaments, Molly Nilsson, Efterklang, and many others. A particular highlight is bound to be The Pastels’ Summer Rain retrospective of “Some of [their] favourite music [they’ve] made for Domino, starting around 1995 with Mobile Safari and ending with songs from the Slow Summits sessions”, the title track can be heard below.

Review: 'Slow Summits' - The Pastels

The Pastels - 'Check My Heart'

We've been a little bit slow to post this so no doubt many of you have heard it already, but we couldn't risk this wonderful slice of sun-infused hard pop escaping anyone's attention. The Pastels are one of Blasted's favourite bands and we can barely contain our excitement at the prospect of hearing new album Slow Summits, due out on Domino Records on 27 May. There's a taster in the form of the audio for first single, Check My Heart, below. Maybe the summer's on its way after all.

Freitags #6

Freitags #6. Every Friday we post links to news, articles, media, events and other assorted sources of distraction that we've unearthed through the week. This week features The Filmhouse, Roman Polanski, The Pastels, Domino Records, Foxygen, Jagjaguwar, Flying Nun Records, Captured Tracks, The National Galleries of Scotland and James Joyce's Ulysses.

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Listism: Best of 2012

Our love of lists borders on compulsion, so a 'best of 2012' was inevitable. Please note these are by no means exhaustive/comprehensive, and in no particular order:

Andrew R. Hill:

  • VIC.ism
  • The Pastels @ Neu! Reekie! (Summerhall)
  • Cry Parrot vs Green Door @ Nice N Sleazy
  • Eastern Promise @ Platform
  • Savages @ The Führer Bunker
  • Grouper (part of Counterflows) @ St Andrew’s in the Square
  • Leo Condie @ The Voodoo Rooms
  • Veronica Falls, Palms @ Stereo
  • Bish Bosch – Scott Walker
  • Electric Cables – Lightships
  • Lawrence of Belgravia - Paul Kelly
  • Holy Motors - Leos Carax
  • Berberian Sound Studio - Peter Strickland
  • Hitchcock season @ The Filmhouse
  • David Lynch retrospective @ The Filmhouse

Erika Sella:

  • The Monochrome Set/Wake The President @ The Vodoo Rooms
  • VIC.ism
  • Muscles of Joy @ Summerhall (part of Art Late South)
  • Tabu - Miguel Gomes
  • Berberian Sound Studio - Peter Strickland
  • Holy Motors - Leos Carax
  • Lawrence of Belgravia - Paul Kelly
  • Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock  (Thank you, Sight and Sound)
  • Picasso & Modern British Art @ The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Flying to Berlin/Husbands - Savages
  • North - Casual Sex
  • Lemondale - Bill Wells

Freitags #4

Freitags #4. Every Friday we post links to news, articles, media, events and other assorted sources of distraction that we've unearthed through the week. This week features the third Scottish Independent Music Fair, Kraftwerk, My Bloody Valentine, Last Shop Standing Jean-Luc Godard, Vic Godard and a preview of upcoming articles on the site.

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Freitags #2

Freitag #2. Every Friday we post links to news, articles, media, events and other assorted sources of distraction that we've unearthed through the week. This week features: the BBFC, Lawrence of Arabia, Edinburgh's Catalan FIlm Festival, The Blue Nile, Alasdair Gray, The Pastels, Neu! Reekie!, TeenCanteen,  Eugene Kelly, Summerhall, Vic Godard, Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le Fou, The Sexual Objects and James Kirk.

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