Thursday, 7 January 2016

i'll write you a letter tomorrow, tonight i can't hold a pen

Just a quick update that's been coming for a while; I've decided to shake up the MIAT format. Rather than a weekly Thing, I'm going to start featuring albums a little more sporadically.

Towards the end of last year I felt like I was phoning it in a bit too much. Instead of featuring Things I quite like every week, I'll now only be featuring Things I love whenever I find them. Less but better content.

I'd also like to spend more time making music in front of my PC instead of just writing about it.

So yeah. Not going anywhere, just getting choosy. I regularly share music I discover (as well as talk about video games and my thrilling everyday life) on my personal Twitter account (@stu_hig) for those that can't quite get enough.

See you soon and hopefully often.


Friday, 1 January 2016

Friday Thing: Not Tonight & The Headaches - If You Were Real You'd Do Your Own Stunts

Happy new yeah! 

2016 is ushered in by Grimsby's Not Tonight & The Headaches and If You Were Real You'd Do Your Own Stunts, their album from last September.


One of my most enduringly favourite Things I've featured is this single and I'm so glad to finally be talking about the album. The songs don't falter from the high standard set by Reasons To Smile, and I'm sure these tracks are going to catch up to the high play count I've racked up on the single since November 2014. 

I'm in love with it all – an incredibly tight-knit pop punk band, with the best sort of bittersweetness oozing through the skilfully written songs – but among my highlights is penultimate track Apologies; after hearing the acoustic b-side version so many times, it's so affirming to hear the whole band behind the song in the album cut.

I'll be spinning this one for a while. If you're anything like me, you'll be wanting the CD and downloads, which are available on bandcamp.

IYOLTOS: Dislocated

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Friday, 27 November 2015

a temporary lull

Make It A Thing will be on hiatus in December, so I can put my energy into typing other Things. I'll be back in 2016 with more quality #content.

Happy holidays punks.

mwah

Friday Thing: Patsy's Rats - S/T EP

Here's Patsy's Rats from Portland, Oregon, with their self-titled EP released last Friday.



There's a very subtle running theme of sugar-coated pop with loud guitars being featured on MIAT; Patsy's Rats fit the bill and fit it well. A heavy retro powerpop vibe, both in arrangement and production, perfectly compliments the songs and the band have captured an infectious energy on tape. 

Get it for five measly dollars on bandcamp.

IYOLTOS: Nowhere Close

Friday, 20 November 2015

Friday Thing: Sebadoh - Smash Your Head On The Punk Rock

Whereas last week's Thing was brand new and polished to perfection, this week's is 23-years-old and ugly as sin. Smash Your Head On The Punk Rock is Sebadoh's 1992 compilation, with tracks taken from previously released EPs Rocking the Forest and Sebadoh vs Helmet.



Guess I've been digging some weirdness lately, and have fallen a bit in love with the nasty-beautiful sound these guys put on tape.

I discovered Sebadoh in a way that made me so grateful for the internet: buried among record reviews in these scans of old Sonic Youth fanzines. Doing stuff for posterity is always worthwhile.

IYOLTOS: Brand New Love

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Friday, 13 November 2015

Friday Thing: The Maureens - Bang The Drum

Turning down the gain knob this week with The Maureens from the Netherlands. Their second album, Bang The Drum, was released in September.



A bunch of wonderfully crafted pop songs that take their influences from the best; Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, and The Beach Boys are all there and they make a great cocktail. Along with more-than-competent performances and airtight harmony arrangements, it's a record that's hard to fault.

Downloads and physical copies are all available on bandcamp.

IYOLTOS: Heartbreak

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Friday Thing: Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

Here's Beach Slang, probably my favourite Thing right now, with their highly anticipated first album.



Those familiar with the band's first two EPs aren't going to be surprised by anything on The Things We Do..., but I'd have been disappointed if the airtight formula was changed at all. I've used all the adjectives before; if you get it, you've probably already bought it.

Grab the download on bandcamp and you too can feel ten feet tall everywhere you go.

IYOLTOS: Throwaways

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Friday Thing: Blessed State - Slipstream EP

Here's Blessed State from Northampton, MA, with their latest EP Slipstream, released a few weeks back. 



I have a real weakness for aggressive punk that seamlessly intertwines itself with pretty melodies, and Blessed State have this down to a fine art. The performances are organic and energetic, translating well to tape while still giving the impression these guys would be a brilliant live band. 

Not sure if it's the changing weather, but I'm really feeling this sound this week. Grab the download or the tape on bandcamp. 

IYOLTOS: Borrowed Tune

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Friday Thing: Beach Slang - Here, I Made This For You (Mixtape Vol. 1)

You should get used to everything Beach Slang release making an appearance on MIAT.



While they haven't departed from the originals in any drastic way, James Alex and co manage to retain, and add to, the timeless cool these songs ooze. So, so gorgeous.

And I thought I was the only one left who played Senseless Things covers.

IYOLTOS: Too Much Kissing

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Friday, 16 October 2015

Friday Thing: Best Kissers in the World - Been There

Here's a Thing from way back in 1993 by Seattle's Best Kissers in the World. Been There was their first of two full-length studio albums.



I first became aware of these guys only a week or so back when their name caught my eye on the tracklist of Beach Slang's upcoming covers EP (out on 17/10) and after hearing a few songs on YouTube I needed more. Been There is, happily, a purely distilled product of its time. Full of glorious hooky pop punctuated with tight riffs, there's nothing that disappoints. 

Given that this album is impossible to find online, I've been very naughty and uploaded it here. If anyone gives a shit about this please let me know. Regardless, it's really cheap on eBay and I'd encourage you to add it to your collection.

IYOLTOS: Goddamn

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