NEW BUMS – Lucky 7
Jan19

NEW BUMS – Lucky 7

LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own… today it’s the turn of New Bums – a cheekily named multiple meaning-ed duo on cult label Drag City, whose music drips with emotion and harmoniously soars skyward. Like The Everly Brothers playing the music of Elliott Smith, their second album is called “Last Time I Saw Grace” (out 19 March) and as...

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NATALIE RIBBONS of TELE NOVELLA – Song For Ewe
Jan15

NATALIE RIBBONS of TELE NOVELLA – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. In this their 30th year of existence, the ever awesome Olympia punk label Kill Rock Stars (home of Elliott Smith, Bikini Kill, Decemberists et al) have been busy. Today’s guest is half of the newly signed band Tele Novella who are the kindred spirits of Allan-a-Dale of Sherwood Forest,...

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THE SHAKAMOTO INVESTIGATION – Lucky 7
Jan15

THE SHAKAMOTO INVESTIGATION – Lucky 7

LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own… today it’s a band on the ace Eeasy Records label run by noise scamp Charlie Wyatt of Thee MVPs, who like me originally came from Gravesend on the Thames Estuary, but who has headed North to find punk rock Valhalla. Things haven’t been easy for a man whose aim was to start a Leeds based label to rival his...

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CHRIS BROKAW – Song For Ewe
Jan14

CHRIS BROKAW – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the indie musician’s musician, a tireless soul, not so much a worker ant but a hybridised worker bullet ant, toiling away at music that has a real lasting intense sting to it. From Cambridge, Massachusetts, I first knew of Chris Brokaw as part of the songwriting...

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VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW Episode One – THE NEON HOSPICE
Jan13

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW Episode One – THE NEON HOSPICE

It was an absolute honour to launch the new Velvet Sheep radio show on www.theneonhospice.com yesterday, a brilliant home to all kinds of musical mavericks and miscreants, a community of sonic souls including our long term mate Johny Brown of Band of Holy Joy whose show Default Lines is on Sunday afternoons at 4pm and who introduced me to the Neon Hospice’s chief the ace Jonny Mugwump. Launching on 12.1.21 (a soundcheck of a...

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TAMAR APHEK – Song For Ewe
Jan08

TAMAR APHEK – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a new signing to the peerless Olympia punk label Kill Rock Stars, who I’ve been a fan of since first writing VS as a paper zine back in the 90s when memorably I got to meet and interview Slim Moon and chat to Mary Lou Lord round at Gary Walker from Wiiija’s...

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