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19 June 2009 – The Dog House, Kennington

Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences
Pagan Wanderer Lu
Dig for Fire


That is all

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In the Dog House: Bearded/FFP gig afoot!

Fleeing from Pigeons are proud to present the first of a monthly series of sessions in The Dog House venue in Kennington, London.

On 19 June, the show will be dedicated entirely to Fleeing from Pigeons Records, with Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences, Pagan Wanderer Lu and Andy Price’s band Dig for Fire all on the bill.

To make it even better, the gig is FREE to all. You can ensure your place by emailing info @ fleeingfrompigeons.com – although this is not necessary (yet) to get into the show.

The Facebook page for the event can be found here.

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Right record, wrong format

Recently, I’ve spent way too much time and money buying records on vinyl that I previously owned on either MP3 or CD. The reasons for this are varied, but predominantly it’s because I simply don’t like CDs and I DJ mostly with vinyl.

Despite being the oldest popular format, the future of physical music – in my eyes – is vinyl. You get many records released with a free download code these days, and I can’t really see CDs being the predominant physical format in a decade’s time.

Unfortunately, pressing quality vinyl records is expensive, so the majority of small independent labels simply cannot afford to put out their fine releases on a format to suit. Recently, Tough Love Records got into a tricky situation when the company they’d tasked with pressing the 12″ copies of the new William record Slightly Delighted went into liquidation – costing the small independent label £1,200 – more than a small sum for a label born from a Coventry bedroom (you can buy the record in CD format to help them out here).

So the risks and costs of vinyl are high and, until it becomes a more popular format, they’re unlikely to fall. It means many records fall behind the wayside when it comes to a fan wanting a crisp pressing.

In no sort of order, here are my top three(ish) records that haven’t (to my knowledge) made their way to 12″.

Hanne Hukkelberg – Little Things / Rykestrasse 68 / Blood from a Stone

Hanne is a wonderful person, she produces records of utmost beauty that is only surpassed by their originality. Using sledges, typewriters, bicycle chains and a whole host of other weird and wonderful instrumentation, she creates what I begrudgingly call immense soundscapes. Created in a variety of locations, from remote Norwegian islands to the centre of Berlin, her three records are all wonderfully varied, but equally brilliant – it’s just a shame that The Leaf Label in the UK, and Nettwerk worldwide, haven’t been able to press these records to a standard befitting her music. Buy them in polycarbonate plastic format.

Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish – Inside a Whale’s Cock Vol.1

A phenomenal mix of music and cut-ups that mixes a blend of humour with cutting political commentary and satire. With the two lawyer dodgers Cassetteboy failing to clear samples for their usual cuts of irrelevance, DJ Rubbish’s useless rhymes and a host of guests falling into Streets parodies, hip-hop and R&B originals. There’s no way anyone would get the money together to put this out on vinyl, it’d be worth it to put this hidden gem in a special format though. Buy it in polycarbonate plastic format.

Tryo – Mamagubida

An enchanting release from the French four-piece. Nods to scathing political commentary and a love of the green herb pepper this French-language reggae release. The CD artwork is designed to look like a cardboard box, which is a reference to the band’s formation as homeless buskers on the streets of France. Recorded almost entirely live, this record started the band’s fierce popularity across the channel, and a deal with Sony watered down the political intensity of their future releases. Despite the disappointment, their debut still retains its charm and brilliance over a decade after its release. Buy it in polycarbonate plastic format

Other notable mentions
The Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir – Fighting and Onions
Antarctica Takes It – The Penguin League
Bearsuit – Cat Spectacular
Beestung Lips – Songs to and from an Iron Gut
The Beta Band – The Three EPs
Brakes – The Beatific Visions
Caroline Martin – I Had a Hundred Reasons to Stay by the Fire
Cass McCombs – PREfection
Ed Cox – Clowncore
Electric Soft Parade – No Need to be Downhearted
Friska Viljor – bravo!
Gable – 7 Guitars with a Cloud of Milk
Grandmaster Gareth – The Party Sounds of Grandmaster Gareth
Gruff Rhys – Candylion
Jackie Balfour – Chip Pan Fire
John Peel – Fabriclive.07
Misty’s Big Adventure – And Their Place in the Solar Hi-Fi System / The Black Hole
MIT – Coda
Pagan Wanderer Lu – Fight My Battles For Me
Ralfe Band – Swords
Ratface – On Ice / Down with Ratface / Enough Ratface
The Rudy Trouve Septet – Songs and Stuff Recorded Between 2003 and 2007 Part One

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PWL mass interview featuring Paul Hawkins and other great artists

A bit of a long-winded title that sums up the story pretty well. Our favourite one-man pop machine Pagan Wanderer Lu has conducted an interview with some of his peers where they talk about music and the creation of it rather than promoting a latest release. It’s rather refreshing, and is coming out in various parts.

Featured in the piece are Capitol K, Paul Hawkins, Ill Ease, Spencer McGarry, Hannah Miller (The Moulettes / Modernaire), Napoleon IIIrd, Mat Riviere, Jeremy Warmsley, Laura Wolf (Internet Forever).

You can read the blurb here.

Download The Misdiagnosis of Paul Hawkins FREE
Download Make Archive (2001-2005) FREE

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Pagan Wanderer Lu – Make Archive (2001-2005)

Artist: Pagan Wanderer Lu
Title: Make Archive (2001-2005)
Cat: FFP-R03
Run Time: 27:40

Originally given a digital release through the subscription service Beardaid, Make Archive (2001-2005) gets a full, free digital release thanks to Fleeing from Pigeons. The imperfect, charming and nonsensical nature of Pagan Wanderer Lu’s pop music comes across splendidly in this release – a collection of the omnichord-basher’s bedroom recorded pre-Brainlove Records tracks – which all originally found a small place in the world through DIY CDRs – and perfectly segues us towards Pagan Wanderer Lu’s first ‘proper’ full length Fight My Battles For Me, released through Brainlove next month.

1. My Victor 5. The Lord Geraint
2. Make a mediocre dinner 6. ”Headaches” Girl
3. Hypersanity (Kiss & Refrain) 7. J.L.B. Smith
4. Matthew/Mark 8. Brecon Beacons


Other formats are currently unavailable with this release. You can still donate to us though.

If you wish to support Pagan Wanderer Lu, please think about donating directly to him.

Releases by Pagan Wanderer Lu

Pagan Wanderer Lu – Fight My Battles For Me
Fight My Battles For Me is a distillation of PWL’s prolific output and a glimpse into what the future has to offer. Catchy pop songs meet experimental sonic flair and an intelligent lyrical sensibility to create a truly unique sound. His crowning achievement to date.
CD £10 (£1.50 P&P) – Buy from Pagan Wanderer Lu
Pagan Wanderer Lu – The Independent Scrutineer EP
Six wonderful songs from the seemingly neverending mine of tunes at PWL’s disposal. From the mournful echo and rousing refrain of ‘The Memorial Hall’ to the wiry guitar of ‘Our New Hospital Sucks’ and the twinkling omnichord sounds of closer ‘Knight > King 4’, this is an EP to remember form a brilliant emerging songwriter.
CD £5 (£1.50 P&P) – Buy from Pagan Wanderer Lu
Pagan Wanderer Lu – Perfection R.I.P.
Nine-track, second EP for Brainlove. Self-recorded at his home in various locations from 2006-07 and mixed and mastered by Oli Horton of Trademark. Released on CD in card sleeve. The first batch of CDs came with a photocopied explanatory booklet inside.
CD £5 (£1.50 P&P) – Buy from Pagan Wanderer Lu
Pagan Wanderer Lu – The Omega Point EP
Limited to 100 numbered copies on CDR. Kind of a companion EP to Fight My Battles For Me, it contains four songs which were recorded for the album but not included. Track 4 is a new version of the BLH(oe!) song featuring David and Laura from The Volunteers.
CD £4 (£1.50 P&P) – Buy from Pagan Wanderer Lu
Napoleon IIIrd / Pagan Wanderer Lu – Split EP
Napoleon IIIrd and Pagan Wanderer Lu are two of the brightest up-and-coming stars in the English underground music firmament. Paired together for Brainlove¹s first release of 2006, their split 7″ single release contains arguably their best songs to date – Napoleon’s ‘Hit Schmooze For Me’ is an anthem for anyone who’s ever dreamt of more than an unfulfilling dayjob; Pagan Wanderer Lu’s ‘Repetition 1’ is a subtle, affecting ode to the stresses of modern living.
7″ vinyl £3.99 (ex. P&P) – Buy from Norman Records

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In these early days for Fleeing from Pigeons, we have got something of a glut of new releases coming for you and hope to have a constant stream to keep you all entertained. Following our first two releases (FFP-R01 and FFP-R02) I can confirm our next two records coming over digitally.

Firstly, we have Pagan Wanderer Lu‘s release Make Archive (2001-2005) – a collection of the Cardiff-based Ominchord-basher’s pre-Brainlove Records tracks. Essentially a best of the DIY CDRs he’s been producing almost seamlessly for the period mentioned in the title. It’ll be available from Easter Monday – 13 April.

Secondly, I’m personally incredibly excited about giving Ratface a digital distribution channel. Anybody who has asked me ‘what music are you into at the moment?’ will have been tired by my constant answer of Ratface, and now – finally – those people can either get what I was talking about, or just think I have no taste at all. We’re starting with the digital release of his very first record – …On Ice! – that came out through At the Library Records in 2007. That’ll be out on 27 April, but there’s plenty more new and old Ratface to come.

There’s plenty more of everything to come…

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