Sunday, 10 July 2016

MILO SCAGLIONI - A SIMPLE PRESENT | ALBUM OUT AUGUST 2016


MILO SCAGLIONI - A SIMPLE PRESENT
Debut album released August 05th 2016 on aA Recordings and Crytmo Records
Buy it from here

Over ten years since first embarking upon a musical pilgrimage to Manchester, Milo Scaglioni’s musical journey has been a varied one. You may recognise him as bass player in The Beep Seals and playing with fellow pop procrastinator Jim Noir, he later become a member of Italian psych band Jennifer Gentle who were signed to Sub Pop, currently plays with Roma based droners Sonic Jesus and also regularly backs one of Italy’s biggest musicians, Dellera. 

Listen to single 'October':


Having moved back home to Italy a few years ago, Milo started shaping his own music before enlisting some of the country's finest musicians; Roberto Dellera (Bass), PJ Harvey collaborator Enrico Gabrielli (Piano, Organ, Rhodes, Sax, Vocals), Lino Gitto (Drums, Percussion, Organ), Gianluca De Rubertis (Piano, Wurtlizer), and Simone Prudenzano (Drums) to recorded the album in southern Italy’s Lecce, in Edac Studio, situated on the banks of Lake Como, under the watchful ear of renowned producer Davide Lasala. Certainly beats Chorlton Waterpark for scenic value...



Over his time in Manchester, Milo became a good friend to aA and we kept in touch, with members of the aA crew making numerous trips to Italy to see how our old pal was getting on and his own music was developing. Including one particularly productive A&R meet in Venice with Softpriest and some suitably decadent night outs in Rome.




Whilst 'A Simple Present' simmers with the romance and splendour of the Italian cities he has called home in Milan and Rome, the latter is where Milo resides now, it still brims with a personal, village green mentality only fitting of his second home; “Manchester influenced my way of seeing things and consequently, my approach to music and song writing. There’s an honesty in Manchester, a keep your chin up ethos and poetry."

Sticking two fingers up at the recent Brexit decision, the album is fittingly a joint release with Crytmo Records a division of the Rome based Misty Lane Records.

and look out some very limited vinyl numbers in the country soon. 
Just got to get Milo to smuggle them over the border now..

Live video 'Stone Cold Sober':








Friday, 10 June 2016

THIS IS THE ONE | THE LONGCUT | RUBY LOUNGE - FRIDAY JUNE 17TH

THIS IS THE ONE. 

The only legendary Manchester band playing town next week you need to worry about.


For those of you have followed aA over the years you will know how important THE LONGCUT are to our story. Sound tracking many a hedonistic night from Back Piccadilly, Oak Road, Rampant Lion, a hazy Amsterdam trip & of course a particular memorable bus outing to the capital for their first London show (captured in their contribution to the aA Beyond Entertainment comp), the bond was tight.

We're not ones to look back longingly at the 'good old days', life moves on, embrace the new. But next Friday's (17th June) celebration of their debut album will be a blast and there will be many familiar (smiling) faces down at the Ruby Lounge. Knowing the band, sure there will be new material on show too.

We'll be playing a few records and the K-X-P are supporting. Anyone in attendance at the aA at the Soup Kitchen a couple of years back know these guys are exceptional. The drone-jazz-metal-disco Kings. 
 

 

All we wanted was A Quiet Life. 

Did we heck.

Facebook event is here:
Tickets available from here.













Friday, 20 May 2016

aA Vs EIGHTY SIX | BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY MAY 29TH | THE BEAGLE CHORLTON


So we've been kindly invited to link up with Eighty Six and do a joint party at The Beagle, as part of Chorlton Arts Festival 2016 next Sunday May 29th.

Performing live are Laurie Hulme (Songs For Walter) and Nick Ellis (The Blue Soul) plus DJs from Eighty Six and aA.




It'll all start around 5pm and is free entry. We'll post stage times nearer the day.
Facebook page thing here too.


It should be a low key Sunday. But it's also the closing party for Chorlton Arts Festival so there will be quite a few people out - make sure you get there early if you want in. 



The Beagle has some ace new artwork by Hammo - looking fine! 















Tuesday, 10 May 2016

THIS SATURDAY - PLANK LIVE AT MANCHESTER PSYCH FEST IV | NIGHT & DAY & AATMA


PLANK make their live return at Manchester Psych Fest, this Saturday. Taking place at Night & Day and the former-Kraak-now-Aatma there's loads on across the day.
We're not sure of set times at yet but keep an eye on @MancPsychFest for updates.
Info on the Facebook page here too.

Tickets available from here.








Wednesday, 20 January 2016

THIS FRIDAY : SONGS FOR WALTER ALBUM LAUNCH AT SOUP KITCHEN | MANCHESTER


This Friday - Songs For Walter celebrate the launch of their eponymous debut album on Akoustik Anarkhy at one of favourite haunts, Soup Kitchen.

Early show this one with super strict stage times

Doors 7.30pm
Fully Mared on stage 8.00pm
Songs For Walter on stage 9.00pm

We'll have copies of the album on CD and LP for sale on the night.

Tickets £5 from here 
Facebook event page here

Album available now via Bandcamp:

 
  




Tuesday, 15 December 2015

SONGS FOR WALTER | DEBUT ALBUM OUT ON aA | JANUARY 2016


They say youth is wasted on the young. It’s something Walter, the late grandfather of guitar-wielding and song- writing troubadour of Manchester based Laurie Hulme, would probably have agreed with. As nom-de-plume Songs For Walter, Laurie’s eponymous debut album is a record that’s as much a brutally honest tribute to the legacy of Walter, as it is a stirring portrayal of Songs For Walter himself.


The album is an astute melodic recounting of his grandfather’s wildly curious tales. Whether telling of Walter’s dabbling with communism in the 1930s on first single ‘Useless’, his hatred of space travel (‘Moon/Two Out Of Ten’) or his love story from first date (‘Meet Me At The Empire’) to being painted head to toe in iodine on his wedding day (‘Purple Blue’), brought together through Songs For Walter’s divergent take on alternative folk through placing dreamy lo-fi meanderings and indie rock punch.



Songs For Walter will be available on gatefold 12" clear vinyl, CD and Digital Download; each version with a slightly different tracklisting, but all lovingly created with artwork featuring photographs from Laurie’s family album.


You can pre-order the album via here.

There's also a launch party on January 22nd at Manchester's Soup Kitchen - you can book tickets here & we'll be posting more details very soon...


 

 

It's good to be back - we'll have details of further releases in 2016 very soon...

Thursday, 24 September 2015

THIS WEEKEND >>> #PZYK #PZYK #PZYK #PZYK #PZYK #PZYK #PZYK @LPOOLPSYCHFEST


So it's that time of the year again, the annual Liverpool Psych Fest returns to Camp and Furnace for it's fourth congregation of all things #PZYK. A hugely exciting collection of ground breaking modern psychedelic music in all it's forms, it easily ranks as one of the best festivals out there.  We've been every year & it just gets better & better....

The line up for this year is as follows:



 Too, too much good stuff all weekend.
If you've not got a ticket yet then we're not really sure what to say other get yourself sorted now & head down...

We're hyped to be asked to DJ outside on the Friday - keep an eye on Twitter for full details. 

Full DJ line up below...


& to get you in the mood, here's a nice PZYKMIX from Black Devil Disco Club...


 
A visual guide...