OREN AMBARCHI – Song For Ewe

“I was fortunate to meet Annette Peacock a few times and I mentioned how much I loved “Real and Defined Androgens”. She replied, “Yeah, two chords, simple yet very effective. That one was really big in the gay s&m clubs!”.”

GARRET “JACKNIFE” LEE of Telefís – Song For Ewe

“Her vocal sounds effortless here, she’s just letting it happen without any force. In a time when you can find pretty much everything online it’s kind of exciting that this little moment of perfection isn’t very accessible.”

GER EATON – Song For Ewe

“Onto the turntable went Tír na nÓg’s self titled debut from 1971. And what a beautifully pure piece of progressive folk awaited me. Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly’s wonderfully crafted songs shine, with them both playing such instruments as tablas, dulcimer and Moroccan pottery drums!”

CALEB NICHOLS – 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. You don't get someone who's penned a rock opera very often, not least one based on re-telling the back story of Mean Mr....

TANSY McNALLY of BLUE ORCHIDS – Song For Ewe

“I used to listen obsessively to The Kinks as an art school student and spent hours in my bedroom teaching myself their songs on ukulele. I soon became very determined to learn how to play the lead interludes in “Milk Cow Blues”, mainly because I loved the raw energy of it and taught myself by ear.”

CATHAL COUGHLAN (RIP) – Song For Ewe

“On the song “Caucasian Bird Riffles”, Julie Tippetts stands centre-stage. She’s in on the first bar, to minimal piano and Hammond organ accompaniment, singing with little vibrato or inflexion, but with a dominating, glacial presence, as the descending melody line accompanies the opening salvo from Haines”

BELVY of THE CATATONICS – Song For Ewe

“I remember people called it mod punk when it came out even ‘tho they don’t sound anything like The Jam. I think it was probably more because of their fashion and graphics style. But what it is, is an absolute banger of a GREAT record. It’s full of super catchy songs, loud as fuck guitar, great pic slides and really great snotty vocals. It’s also got a bit of an early Dischord sound and attitude”

CYNTHIA PLASTERCASTER (RIP) – Song For Ewe

“The steamy image it conjures up sends sends major goosebumps up and down my spine. I can’t put on mascara and listen to this at the same time.”

ERASERS – Song For Ewe

“This is a stunning record of New Age/Ambient music, that perfectly reflects the personality of the person that made it. Alex has always had a strong and admirable connection to natural world, we remember them talking excitedly about plans to make a documentary about Magpies and their various calls and songs.”

WENDY ATKINSON of HORDE OF TWO – Song For Ewe

“As a bass player, I love hearing bass combined with different types of instruments, in this case the Irani santur, a 72-string instrument dating from approximately 500 BCE. I love the combination of urgency and melancholy I hear in this song.”

SLY & THE FAMILY DRONE – Lucky 7

“Some of my favourite performances recently have been unaccompanied vocal folk singing. I stumbled across Shovel Dance Collective performing in the courtyard at Supersonic and again at midnight around the (digital) campfire at Supernormal. Their presentation of authentic, trad working class songs of struggle and hopefulness are so beautiful and have been absolutely joyful in these awful times.”

QUATERMASS III – Lucky 7

“If we weren’t all worried enough about imminent nuclear annihilation in 1980, Pete Wylie had to introduce us to the horrors of the doomsday clock. What then sounded like a rallying call from the bunker now sounds more like borderline power-pop if not for Wylie’s spirited shouty vocal. Ominously the clock is now set at 1 minute 40 seconds to midnight. Bugger.”

SILENT-K – Lucky 7

SILENT-K - 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… SILENT–K are a ferocious four piece with unique and infectious melodies and electrifying hip-hop infused rock n roll, that has...

THE UNDERCOVER HIPPY – LUCKY 7

THE UNDERCOVER HIPPY - LUCKY 7 Drum n Bass MC turned singer songwriter Billy Rowan aka THE UNDERCOVER HIPPY is on a mission to make people think, laugh and dance simultaneously. Described by Tom Robinson as "beautifully produced agitprop reggae flavoured rap", his...

JAPANESE TELEVISION – Lucky 7

“The thing I really love about the Durutti Column and this song in particular is the simplicity and space. When you’re making instrumental music it can be tempting to fill in all the gaps, but Vini Reilly can take two or three melodic lines and really make the most of them. I can’t think of anything you could add or take away from this to make it any better.”

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGED “CHOPPERS OVER NEGRIL” – V.S. JOINT SONG OF THE YEAR 2021 & NEW LUCKY 7

“The most prolific gang in town. Impeccable output. Killer production. This album bowled me over when I listened to it. Each track is a thrill and sails unchartered waters.”

SWANSEA SOUND – V.S. JOINT ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2021 & NEW “LUCKY 7”

It's that time of year when all those best of lists come abounding, pressing you to buy product in time for Christmas, but it's also a way of tipping your hat, cocking your snook etc to albums that you absolutely love, and spreading the love to those people who truly...

BIG IMAGE – Lucky 7

BIG IMAGE – LUCKY 7 Staking their claim to be one of the next big things in the UK, Birmingham four-piece BIG IMAGE boast smart, world-weary lyricism and transformative pop for the masses. Having already built a considerable live following, the members of BIG IMAGE...

FOXX BODIES – Lucky 7

“Taking emotional responsibility for my actions often feels impossible because of the abuse I have experienced and the mood and personality disorders I have. In a fight, flight, or freeze situation, I will flee every single time.”

CAPTAIN ACCIDENT – LUCKY 7

CAPTAIN ACCIDENT – 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… CAPTAIN ACCIDENT creates a unique blend of roots reggae, ska and rocksteady. A sound that is transformed to the live...

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW EPISODE FORTY THREE – REPEATER RADIO

This week’s weirdo rippers include “songs for ewe” by: The Shend (The Cravats/Anzahlung), Grey Hairs, Bob Nastanovich (Pavement), Spike (Z Block Records). Plus new songs from The Suncharms, Rob Moss & Skin-Tight Skin, Bent Arcana, Built To Spill & Bingo Harry…

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW EPISODE FORTY TWO – REPEATER RADIO

On the Velvet Sheep radio show, I play top tunes picked as part of the fanzine’s “song for ewe” feature where favourite artistes old and new choose an obscure-ish song they’ve enjoyed lately. With no rules on genre or era, the songs range from psychobilly freakouts to...

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW EPISODE FORTY ONE – REPEATER RADIO

On the Velvet Sheep radio show, I play top tunes picked as part of the fanzine’s “song for ewe” feature where favourite artistes old and new choose an obscure-ish song they’ve enjoyed lately. With no rules on genre or era, the songs range from psychobilly freakouts to...

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW EPISODE FORTY – REPEATER RADIO

On the Velvet Sheep radio show, I play top tunes picked as part of the fanzine’s “song for ewe” feature where favourite artistes old and new choose an obscure-ish song they’ve enjoyed lately. With no rules on genre or era, the songs range from psychobilly freakouts to...

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW EPISODE THIRTY NINE – REPEATER RADIO

On the Velvet Sheep radio show, I play top tunes picked as part of the fanzine’s “song for ewe” feature where favourite artistes old and new choose an obscure-ish song they’ve enjoyed lately. With no rules on genre or era, the songs range from psychobilly freakouts to...

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW EPISODE THIRTY TWO – REPEATER RADIO

This week’s optimal characters with “songs for ewe” are: Alex Edkins (METZ/Weird Nightmares), Mark Shippy (US Maple), David Lester (Horde of Two) and Japanese Television. Plus new songs from Rubber Oh, USA Nails, Anne Garner, Drumm Chimp, Telefis and more…

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW Episode Thirteen – REPEATER RADIO

Here's a Mixcloud link to the latest toppermost Velvet Sheep radio show - unlucky for some, episode 13. It featured “songs for ewe” from the following left-fielders and anti-heroes: Orville Neeley (OBNIII's, Orvy) Tim Presley (White Fence, The Fall) Kira Skov Holly...

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW Episode Five – THE NEON HOSPICE

Here’s a link to last night’s fifth episode of Velvet Sheep radio – a show that’s broadcast fortnightly on www.theneonhospice.com A show which a hero Chris Broderick of the Singing Loins has called "beautifully eclectic" and full of "oddball gems"! We'll take that...

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW Episode Three – THE NEON HOSPICE

Here’s a link to last night’s third episode of Velvet Sheep radio - a show that's broadcast fortnightly on www.theneonhospice.com It included “song for ewe” choices from the following: Ben Ayres (Cornershop) Gary Walker (Wiiija Records) Vern Rumsey (Unwound) Tamar...

SWAMPMEAT FAMILY BAND – brand new track **WORLD EXCLUSIVE**

It’s a World premiere and Velvet Sheep exclusive – brand new track by VS favs Swampmeat Family Band “Baby’s Made Her Plans” from the upcoming second album on Stockholm’s PNKSLM Records…