Weekly POPcast #63, Showing Some LabelLove

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 16/08/2011 by Outerbeat

The crowd at the ball game
is moved uniformly
by a spirit of uselessness
which delights them—
all the exciting detail
of the chase
and the escape, the error
(William Carlos Williams, “The Crowd at the Ball Game”)

Nearly a week has gone by since the England riots. Living in a third-world country where authority often amounts to a joke, we have many a time had our own casual brush with mob mentality and mindless chaos. And it’s never pretty; it’s opportunistic and selfish, with no pretense of nobility. Our thoughts go to everyone affected in any way by the riots – stay safe and wish you all the best for the recovery.

PIAS warehouse up in flame

The PIAS distribution warehouse in London, which housed countless copies of CDs and vinyls from more than 120 independent labels, was burned down to the ground in the riots – leaving these labels with massive financial loss. For some of the smaller labels, this might even mean closing down.

Still, not all hope is lost. Only a few hours after the news spread, support started pouring in – from the media, bloggers, music fans and musicians of all genres – all of whom were moved by these labels’ plight and tried to help out in any way they could.

Outerbeat’s August 10th edition was dedicated to showing some love to the affected labels. We played artists released by five amongst the hundreds of PIAS-distributed labels, namely 4AD, Rough Trade, Sub Pop, Matador, and One Little Indian.

Below are links to the podcast of the show as well as some related links. If you like what you hear (which you will ;D),  consider heading to the labels’ websites and purchasing the digital download. Even if you don’t (which makes no sense, as you are reading this blog), give the other labels a try. Scoot!

POPcast #LabelLove by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

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Weekly POPcast #40, New Releases

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 02/03/2011 by Outerbeat

A brand new month means two things: (1) getting one month older and (2) a “new release” edition on Outerbeat. As usual, every first week of the month we play the finest new releases from all over the globe.

From the North American region we’ve got Dum Dum Girls (a band with Vaseline-inspired moniker who just released He Gets Me High on Subpop), Young Prisms (who just released the surf-tinged album Friends for Now on Kanine), the husband-and-wife duo Tennis, and three bands from the Big Apple in particular: Vivian Girls (whose album Share the Joy –named after an obscure 60s movie soundtrack– can be pre-ordered at Polyvinyl’s website), Dream Diary (just released You Are the Beat on Kanine), and Beach Fossils (to release What a Pleasure EP soon this month).

From Europe we’ve got The Raveonettes (to release their fifth album Raven in the Grave), My Little Pony — now known as Mylittlepony, which is way easier to Google ;D — who just released Making Marks on Spoon Train, and finally the world’s beloved Labradorian Acid House Kings with a track off their latest album Music Sounds Better with You.

From Asia, meanwhile, we’ve got Pagi Mentari, a new 90s pop revival band from Bandung, Indonesia and Texas Pandaa, the Japanese shoegaze pop act who will come to Yogyakarta, Indonesia this year (wink, nudge).


Weekly POPcast #36, Late 2010 / Early 2011 Releases

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on 03/02/2011 by Outerbeat

Slow Down Tallahassee

There goes my blood
Funny how it leaves me
And quickly slides away…

Hello everyone. January’s gone already! Seems that time flies, so why not check out some of the new (and somewhat new) releases of the past few months?

In this episode we played, in no particular order: Those Dancing Days, who will release their second full album Daydreams and Nightmares in March; Patterns, who just released the New Noise EP (currently a free download) on the zine-cum-netlabel Pull Yourself Together; Sometimes Always, a Jakarta, Indonesia-based one-man project whose warm, fuzzy single was just released on Eardrumspop; Yuck and Bearsuit, whose tracks were included in the Dandelion Radio’s 2010 Festive Fifty.

Above is the picture of Slow Down Tallahassee, whose song “Knees as Sweet as These” was played in this episode and could also be found in their upcoming posthumous album Curly Cuh. We are definitely saddened by the band’s decision to split up, but if it’s any consolation, Claire from Slow Down Tallahassee has revealed that she is now in a band called the Nature Set and they’re about to release a single on Elefant singles club.

We also played tracks from the supergroup Cinema Red and Blue (with members from Comet Gain, The Ladybug Transistor, the Set Aislers, etc, etc), Indonesian shoegazers Sarin, Jens Lekman, and The Darling Buds (not so recent – this one’s from a Peel session about 24 years ago ;D).

Take care and see you next Wednesday. 🙂

Popcast #36 | Slow Down Tallahassee, Yuck, Bearsuit Etc by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #35, Answer Sheet live session

Posted in Live Band Session with tags , , , , , , on 26/01/2011 by Outerbeat

Answer Sheet live Outerbeat session

Answer Sheet on Outerbeat

“Aloha” is Hawaiian for “hello”. And ukuleles are nifty 4-stringed instruments from Hawaii. We haven’t managed to get hold of any Hawaiian pop band as yet, but we did get hold of Yogyakarta’s new uke-toting wonder Answer Sheet in the studio for the regular fourth-week live performance session.

The group consists of two high school seniors, Wafiq Giotama and Mas Gilang Karebet, who both share vocal duties and play the uke. They have released a digital single on the SEA Indie net label which is available as a free download. In fact, it was Tan from SEA Indie, all the way from Thailand, who first told us about these guys! That’s the cyberspace for you, mates.

Their self-titled single had 4 songs, which were recorded in different rooms at their home (one song was recorded in the living room and had the sound of Rebet’s brother washing the dishes). We also discussed some of their musical influence as well as other bands that have incorporated the ukulele into their songs, such as Beirut, Jens Lekman, Allo Darlin, and Billie the Vision and the Dancers. The interview was one of the liveliest, on account of the tweets and text messages pouring in from their friends (they seem to have a considerable fanbase already).

The guys played 2 of their songs live, which had a pleasantly soothing tropical air to them. We all enjoyed the performance thoroughly – and you should, too. We have put up the podcast for you to download. Mahalo!

Popcast #35 > Answer Sheet Live Session by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #33, a Labrador Records special

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on 13/01/2011 by Outerbeat

Both from Sweden

To most of us over here, Sweden means IKEA furniture, Jönköping matches, and quality pop music. We were talking about the last on tonight’s Outerbeat.

We went all woof as the show was dedicated to Labrador Records, “Sweden’s and the world’s finest purveyor of pop music” in their own words. Founded in 1997 by Bengt Rahm and merged with Johan Angergård’s Summersound Records a couple of years later, the label has been tirelessly sniffing out good Swedish music and bring it in to us all over the globe.

In homage to the label, we chose 10 Labrador artists and played a song from each artist (trust me, it was hard to pick just ten). We even had requests sent in hours before the show started. We played both old and new artists, ranging from Tribeca‘s synth-tinged pop to Pelle Carlberg‘s amusing parody of… you know who (or you will, when you listen to the podcast). Oh, and Acid House Kings and Club 8 as well, naturally. 😉


Popcast #33 > Labrador Records Special by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #32, New Year’s Giveaway and Heartbreaks Abound

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 05/01/2011 by Outerbeat

Allo Darlin'

What better way to start a brand new year than with a number of good pop songs (and two “heartbreak” songs in a row)? In this episode we had Allo Darlin’ pleading to spend New Year with them, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (“Heart In Your Heartbreak”) and Brilliant at Breakfast (“Nobody Ever Died of a Broken Heart [but I Don’t Want To Be the First]”). To celebrate the new year, we also gave away a copy of Brilliant at Breakfast’s debut full album, which is to be launched on the 11th,to a lucky listener!

We also had Frente, Horowitz, Asobi Seksu, Wild Nothing, Oláfachada, and an emerging ukulele duo from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Answer Sheet. Closing the show on a lighter note was This Many Boyfriends with their amusing song “I Don’t Like You (‘Cos You Don’t Like The Pastels)”. Also requests of Club 8, The Drums and Acid House Kings.

Happy New Year.. and enjoy!

Popcast #32 > Brilliant At Breakfast, Horowitz, Answer Sheet by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #30, a Bubblegum Lemonade special!

Posted in Mixtapes with tags , , , , , , , on 22/12/2010 by Outerbeat

Bubblegum Lemonade

Caroline lives for the radio / Caroline lives for the midnight show
Lying in her bed, a sister to her head / Oh Caroline knows…

This was a very special show because Matinee Recording‘s Glasgow-based one-man act Bubblegum Lemonade has kindly recorded the acoustic version of three of his songs exclusively for Outerbeat! Not only that, but Laz — the fellow behind Bubblegum Lemonade — also picked some of his favourite tracks with female vocals (Astrud Gilberto, Club 8, Po, The Cardigans, The Gentle Waves and Annemarie) and one with male vocals (The Sea Urchins) for tonight’s playlist.

All of which were, in the band’s own Orwellian speech, Doubleplusgood. 😉

Hence, definitely a mixtape-worthy show. Instead of the usual podcast, you can download a mixtape containing the songs played in tonight’s show.

Bubblegum Lemonade’s Outerbeat session track listing:

  1. Caroline’s Radio
  2. Cuts Like A Dream
  3. Maybe Someday
  4. You’re Still Beautiful (When You’re Sad)


Weekly POPcast #28, Postcard Records

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , on 10/12/2010 by Outerbeat

Orange Juice

Avoid eye contact at all costs
What can I do to see your fine teeth smiling at me

It has been said that beautiful things never last and boy, are they right. Postcard Records was everything beautiful in the realm of pop underground. It was a one-man stunt founded in Glasgow, Scotland (about 600 kilometers and a lifetime away from London, then the centre of the music industry), operating from a small apartment, signing young lads barely out of their teens given to wit and lackadaisical abandon, and publishing zines to go with the releases — nearly a decade before Sarah. And it only lasted 2 years and 15 singles.

This week’s Outerbeat was dedicated as a homage to Postcard Records. We played Postcard bands Aztec Camera, Orange Juice, Josef K, The Go-Betweens, as well as a local band with hints of Aztec Camera influence Me and the Dirty Girl, and a fresh indiepop outfit by the name of Pop at Summer.

Popcast #28 > Postcard Records Special by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #27, DJ Japra’s Comeback

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 04/12/2010 by Outerbeat

A piece of apology AND a piece of good news from popland, fellas. The apology: Due to technical problems, we regret to say we lost the recording of last week’s show and thus could not put up the POPcast, which was a bit unfortunate because we’re sure you would have enjoyed songs from such artists as Asobi Seksu, Moving Pictures, the Cat’s Miaow, Baffin Island, and Indonesian indie legend Rumahsakit.

Now the good news: Our original DJ Japra is back from his break, rendering him available to serenade listeners of this week’s episode with his enchanting voice — with another batch of enchanting songs, that is. This week we’ve got the former June Brides’ very own Phil Wilson, Seapony, a sugary act featuring members of the Transmittens, as well as The Cavemen Go and Insect Guide, who have both recently released a single on netlabels February Records and Eardrumspop respectively. We also played Dum Dum Girl, Tiny Fireflies, The Divine Comedy, Tamankota, Prince Prassetyo, The Lucksmiths and Apple Orchard.

Speaking of whom, Apple Orchard along with a number of other Southeast Asian and European bands will each do a cover of Trembling Blue Stars song in Sacred Music, a Trembling Blue Stars tribute album which is to be released on London-based Dufflecoat Records early next year (alright then, we lied — that’s two pieces of good news instead of one!). Keep your eyes peeled for it, and until then, watch out for the next Outerbeat show and/or popcast!

Popcast #27 > Lucksmiths, Phil Wilson, Apple Orchard Etc by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #25, Random Songs

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on 19/11/2010 by Outerbeat
Sheggi of the Fat Tulips

Sheggi of the Fat Tulips

Yet another assortment of pop tunes from all over the world, this time featuring The Raveonettes (who just played a show in Indonesia recently), Fat Tulips, Bunny Grunt, The Legends, 800 Cherries, Rocketship, Clover and Felt Tips. Our friends from Ansaphone have been very nice to send us an exclusive single off their upcoming album, which will be released early next year.

We also played Smiths’ “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side” as a birthday surprise for our friend and mentor at Outerbeat, Dimas Widiarto. As our very own DJ Japra was still away at his hometown, stand-in DJ Ellie took over in the most amateurish and substandard way possible. Hope that won’t spoil your listening pleasure, though – so here’s the podcast for you guys to listen!

Popcast #25 > Raveonettes, Smiths, 800 Cherries, Felt Tips by Outerbeat on Mixcloud