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  • Fighting With Wire #1, This Ain't No Picnic 2008, STA on Radio 1!

    4. Jun. 2008, 14:30

    1. SMALLTOWN AMERICA'S FIRST EVER #1

    Who or what can possibly stop the Fighting With Wire juggernaut? As many of you have probably already seen and heard, the video for Everyone Needs A Nemesis is the new #1 most requested video on the MTV2 / Myspace chart! Thank you all so much for pointing and clicking the lads to the top of the chart.

    Of course, we want to keep FWW at the top of the tree for as long as possible - so keep clicking away at the Myspace chart!

    Staying with everyone's favourite Derry three-piece, the physical release for ...Nemesis will be on June 16th. If you have already pre-ordered it, thanks very much. If you haven't already laid your mitts on a copy, get it at the STA store right now.

    2. THIS AIN'T NO PICNIC 2008

    We're proud to announce the initial lineup for This Ain't No Picnic 2008! Most of you would have seen our mailout from earlier this week, but we're just so proud, that we have to mention it all over again! We were gutted to miss out on the traditional All-Dayer last year, so to make up for it, we're rocking this one out over two days. This is sure to be a cracking end to the festival season!

    Headliner's for the Saturday night are the awesome Future of the Left. Their debut LP Joining them (so far!) are Chris T-T, Cats In Paris, Copy Haho, Jam on Bread, The Deirdres and, from STA's own stable, Alan MX and The Young Playthings!

    Cheap "earlybird" weekend tickets for this DIY extravaganza are currently onsale over at We Got Tickets. Remember, you'll save a full five quid on entry to the event by buying early. Full price tickets go onsale from Friday 27th June, so you've plenty of time to take full advantage of this offer.

    Keep up to date with all the latest details for this wonderful event by checking out our new festival website.

    3. SMALLTOWN AMERICA - BBC RADIO 1 - DIY RECORD LABEL OF THE WEEK

    Alan MX and Fighting With Wire recently recorded fantastic sessions at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios for the Huw Stephens Introducing Show. These were aired last week and packaged with a feature all about STA. Indeed, we have been bestowed the honour of 'DIY Record Label Of The Week'.

    Listen again to the session via the BBC iPlayer.
  • Last FM Stats - 2007

    2. Jan. 2008, 21:40

    This covers about 99% of what I listened between May 2007 and January 2008. As this has been my first year using Last FM, this accounts for both my year end list and my total tracks last.

    Total plays: 23627
    Total artists: 368

    1 Bright Eyes 1,016
    2 Okkervil River 758
    3 Ryan Adams 750
    4 Elliott Smith 587
    5 Modest Mouse 552
    6 The Replacements 531
    7 of Montreal 504
    8 The Hold Steady 410
    8 Sonic Youth 410
    10 Stars 351
    11 Broken Social Scene 350
    12 Scout Niblett 315
    13 Cursive 312
    14 Wilco 308
    15 Dinosaur Jr. 303
    16 Liars 271
    17 Sunset Rubdown 248
    18 Be Your Own Pet 247
    19 The Blood Brothers 240
    20 Jetplane Landing 224
    21 The Decemberists 221
    22 Whiskeytown 219
    22 Future Of The Left 219
    24 Neil Young 196
    25 Adam Gnade 191
    26 The Wedding Present 185
    27 Dntel 184
    28 Two Gallants 183
    29 The Thermals 169
    30 The Cure 168
    31 Animal Collective 166
    31 Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew 166
    33 Death Cab for Cutie 162
    34 The Postal Service 158
    35 Parts & Labor 150
    36 Wolf Parade 145
    37 Pulp 144
    37 Oneida 144
    39 Ryan Adams & The Cardinals 143
    39 Alan MX 143
    39 LCD Soundsystem 143
    42 The Young Playthings 142
    43 The Blow 134
    44 Eels 132
    45 The New Pornographers 129
    46 The Smashing Pumpkins 127
    46 Los Campesinos! 127
    48 M83 126
    48 Tokyo Police Club 126
    50 Radiohead 123
    50 Grandaddy 123
    52 My Bloody Valentine 120
    52 Mclusky 120
    54 The Lemonheads 118
    55 The White Stripes 117
    56 Asobi Seksu 115
    57 Japanther 114
    57 Weezer 114
    59 Handsome Furs 112
    60 Blur 111
    61 Devastations 110
    62 Galaxie 500 109
    62 Seafood 109
    64 The Mathletes 108
    65 Black Flag 105
    65 The Jesus and Mary Chain 105
    67 The Shins 101
    67 Oppenheimer 101
    69 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 100
    70 Battles 99
    70 The Knife 99
    72 Black Box Recorder 98
    73 Arcade Fire 96
    74 ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead 91
    74 The Unicorns 91
    76 Colin Clary 89
    76 Big Black 89
    78 Buck 65 86
    78 Chris T-T 86
    78 Four Tet 86
    81 Cheese on Bread 85
    82 Desaparecidos 83
    83 Uncle Tupelo 82
    84 Gang Gang Dance 80
    85 Matt And Kim 79
    86 alaska in winter 78
    86 The Fiery Furnaces 78
    88 Casiotone for the Painfully Alone 77
    88 Neutral Milk Hotel 77
    90 Billy Bragg & Wilco 75
    91 At the Drive-In 72
    92 A Sunny Day In Glasgow 70
    93 Grizzly Bear 67
    94 Celebration 66
    94 Nirvana 66
    96 Tilly and the Wall 65
    97 Les Georges Leningrad 64
    97 Rilo Kiley 64
    97 Holy Fuck 64
    100 Adam Gnade & Youthmovies 62
    101 Idlewild 61
    102 The Dawn Parade 58
    102 Ninja High School 58
    104 Daft Punk 57
    104 múm 57
    106 Wire 56
    106 Optimist Club 56
    108 TV on the Radio 55
    109 Johnny Cash 54
    109 Guillemots 54
    109 Magik Markers 54
    112 The Radio Dept. 52
    112 Low 52
    112 Soul Position 52
    115 Maxïmo Park 51
    115 Pixies 51
    117 Smog 50
    117 Islands 50
    117 !!! 50
    120 The Rakes 49
    121 Her Space Holiday 48
    121 Shellac 48
    123 Turbo Fruits 45
    123 Clone Quartet 45
    123 An Emergency 45
    126 Spoon 44
    126 Fugazi 44
    126 Shearwater 44
    126 Jeff Buckley 44
    126 Ben Kweller 44
    131 Dirty Projectors 41
    131 R.E.M. 41
    133 Erase Errata 39
    133 Music Video 39
    133 The National 39
    133 Feist 39
    137 Fickle Public 38
    137 Beck 38
    139 Mice Parade 37
    139 The Album Leaf 37
    141 volcano! 36
    141 Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins 36
    141 Thurston Moore 36
    141 Ikara Colt 36
    145 Justice 35
    145 Ciccone Youth 35
    147 Girls Against Boys 34
    148 Grinderman 33
    148 Elliott the Letter Ostrich 33
    148 Nine Inch Nails 33
    148 The Black Keys 33
    148 Pony Up! 33
    148 Efterklang 33
    148 E 33
    148 Sons and Daughters 33
    148 ¡All-Time Quarterback! 33
    157 Elastica 32
    157 The Field Mice 32
    159 The Boyish Charms 30
    159 Blanket 30
    159 Hüsker Dü 30
    162 Mudhoney 29
    162 Joy Division 29
    164 Spiritualized 28
    164 10lec6 28
    164 Ladytron 28
    164 Ponies in the Surf 28
    164 The Mountain Goats 28
    169 Pagan Wanderer Lu 27
    169 Thom Yorke 27
    169 Beat Happening 27
    169 Do Make Say Think 27
    169 Le Loup 27
    174 Rival Schools 26
    174 Fionn Regan 26
    174 Manic Street Preachers 26
    174 The Birthday Party 26
    174 +/- 26
    174 Guided by Voices 26
    180 Final Fantasy 25
    180 Cinerama 25
    180 Pavement 25
    183 Atari Teenage Riot 24
    183 The Besnard Lakes 24
    183 Bearsuit 24
    183 Annie 24
    183 Fake Shark-Real Zombie! 24
    183 M.I.A. 24
    183 Sparklehorse 24
    183 The Auteurs 24
    183 Destroyer 24
    183 Tiger Force 24
    183 Jamie T 24
    183 Die Monitr Batss 24
    183 Mystery Jets 24
    183 Eugene McGuinness 24
    183 Bob Dylan 24
    183 British Sea Power 24
    183 Neko Case 24
    183 AIDS Wolf 24
    183 Glass Candy 24
    183 The Besties 24
    203 Elbow 23
    203 Woody Guthrie 23
    203 Sebadoh 23
    206 Rage Against the Machine 22
    206 Help She Can't Swim 22
    206 Maria Taylor 22
    206 Beirut 22
    206 Butthole Surfers 22
    206 Panda Bear 22
    206 St. Vincent 22
    206 Art Brut 22
    206 The Rapture 22
    215 My Morning Jacket 20
    215 Laura Cantrell 20
    215 The Capstan Shafts 20
    215 Joan of Arc 20
    215 Cocteau Twins 20
    215 Helen Love 20
    215 Sufjan Stevens 20
    215 Fonda 500 20
    215 The Arcade Fire 20
    215 Shelby Sifers 20
    215 Arab Strap 20
    215 Forget Cassettes 20
    227 Meat Puppets 19
    228 Buffalo Tom 18
    229 少年ナイフ 17
    230 Jóhann Jóhannsson 16
    230 The Raveonettes 16
    230 Bloc Party 16
    230 Charlottefield 16
    230 Hooker's Green No. 1 16
    235 Milky Wimpshake 15
    235 Nina Nastasia 15
    235 The Microphones 15
    235 My Vitriol 15
    239 Charalambides 14
    239 Super Furry Animals 14
    239 Biffy Clyro 14
    239 Billy Mahonie 14
    239 65daysofstatic 14
    239 Sinkcharmer 14
    239 Hot Chip 14
    239 Jesse Malin 14
    239 The Pipettes 14
    239 Adam Gnade & Argumentix 14
    239 Working For A Nuclear Free City 14
    250 Add N to (X) 13
    250 Jeniferever 13
    250 Jimmy Eat World 13
    250 Vampire Weekend 13
    250 Radio 4 13
    250 Plus/Minus 13
    250 Yo La Tengo 13
    257 Margot & the Nuclear So and So's 12
    257 Laura Veirs 12
    257 Adem 12
    257 Gruff Rhys 12
    257 The Once Over Twice 12
    257 Jolie Holland 12
    257 The Sequins 12
    257 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 12
    257 Willy Mason 12
    257 Jeffrey Lewis 12
    257 Camera Obscura 12
    257 Cats on fire 12
    257 Desert City Soundtrack 12
    257 Slowride 12
    257 Les Savy Fav 12
    257 3hostwomexicansandatinofspanners 12
    257 Smashing Orange 12
    257 Graham Coxon 12
    257 Fighting With Wire 12
    257 Azure Ray 12
    257 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan 12
    257 Nada Surf 12
    257 Sambassadeur 12
    280 Distophia 11
    280 Ride 11
    280 Miss Black America 11
    280 Tomahawk 11
    280 Art in Manila 11
    280 Mercury Rev 11
    280 Jeremy Warmsley 11
    280 Pants Yell! 11
    280 Tapes 'n Tapes 11
    280 Portishead 11
    280 Minotaur Shock 11
    280 Bellatrix 11
    280 Sunny Day Real Estate 11
    280 The Retro Spankees 11
    280 Björk 11
    280 Trespassers William 11
    280 iLiKETRAiNS 11
    280 Calvin Johnson & the Sons of the Soil 11
    280 Wooden Wand 11
    280 Interpol 11
    280 Econoline 11
    280 Statistics 11
    280 Calexico 11
    280 Jarvis Cocker 11
    280 Peaches 11
    280 Deftones 11
    280 This Bank Holiday 11
    280 Faith No More 11
    280 Q and Not U 11
    280 Refused 11
    310 Mew 10
    310 Metric 10
    310 Reigns 10
    310 The Epstein 10
    310 Loney, Dear 10
    310 Mojave 3 10
    310 Deerhoof 10
    310 (X) Is Greater Than (Y) 10
    310 Aereogramme 10
    310 Peter Bjorn & John 10
    310 Amusement Parks on Fire 10
    310 Silver Jews 10
    310 The Delgados 10
    310 Simian Mobile Disco 10
    310 Hefner 10
    310 PJ Harvey 10
    310 The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster 10
    310 Meanwhile, Back in Communist Russia... 10
    328 Blonde Redhead 9
    328 Saul Williams 9
    328 Cat Power 9
    328 Subtitle 9
    332 The Good Life 8
    332 Foxes! 8
    332 Mono 8
    332 Gorky's Zygotic Mynci 8
    332 The Most Serene Republic 8
    337 Ohian 7
    337 Breakneck Static 7
    337 Jackie-O Motherfucker 7
    340 We Will Be Pilots 6
    340 Numbers 6
    340 Drive Til Morning 6
    340 Yeah Yeah Yeahs 6
    340 Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice 6
    340 Kaito 6
    340 Damn Arms 6
    347 Therapy? 5
    347 Land Of Talk 5
    347 Rolo Tomassi 5
    347 [unknown] 5
    347 Johnny Foreigner 5
    347 Blood Red Shoes 5
    347 The Moist Toweletttes 5
    354 Horse Feathers 4
    354 Load. Click. Shoot! 4
    354 Parenthetical Girls 4
    354 A Silver Mt. Zion 4
    358 Deer Tick 3
    359 Ryan Adams & the Pinkhearts 2
    359 Love Ends Disaster! 2
    359 Canon Blue 2
    359 Winterpark 2
    359 Pocketbooks 2
    364 Diskettes 1
    364 Cuckoo Canoe 1
    364 Adam Gnade & Ohian 1
    364 Ice, Sea, Dead People 1
    364 Michael Wookey 1
  • Free 'Best Of STA 2007' Christmas Download

    26. Dez. 2007, 18:05

    What a wonderful year it has been at Smalltown America, our busiest and best to date. To say thank you for all your valued purchases over the last twelve months and as a 'book end' to the year, we have put together a free sampler of our 2007 releases, along with an exclusive sneak preview of Fighting With Wire's Man Vs Monster long player, which is going to be our first release of 2008.

    It goes without saying that we couldn't exist without your interest, patience and passion for new, exciting music. Keep in touch and let's get some more out there.

    Tracklist Me Up:

    (01) Oppenheimer - This Is A Test
    (02) Oppenheimer - My Son, The Astronaut
    (03) Oppenheimer - Saturday Looks Bad To Me
    (04) The Young Playthings - Kimberley Renee
    (05) The Young Playthings - Just A Fool
    (06) The Young Playthings - Tune
    (07) Jetplane Landing - White Music
    (08) Jetplane Landing - Climbing Up The Face Of Miles Davis
    (09) Jetplane Landing - Song For Sonia Sanchez
    (10) Clone Quartet - Twenty Five (Kane Was A Curse)
    (11) Clone Quartet - Cold To The Core
    (12) Clone Quartet - Need Your Love
    **BONUS TRACK* Fighting With Wire - Make A Fist

    *1-3 taken from the Oppenheimer (UK Reissue) album.
    *4-6 taken from the Who Invented Love? album.
    *7-9 taken from the Backlash Cop album.
    *10-12 taken from the Well Oiled Machine album.
    *13 taken from the forthcoming Man Vs Monster album.

    The download will be available for a limited period from this this link. Don't forget that you can stream the entire STA Catalogue via the monkey jukebox on our website and on our Last FM label page.

    *New Label Blog* | Label Myspace | Watch: 'Into The Ground' - Fighting With Wire (Live at the BBC)
  • Watch! New Clone Quartet Video

    21. Dez. 2007, 8:22

    Clone Quartet have dished up a festive treat with their new promo for album track 'Need Your Love' - remixed by Steven H and directed by Steven Q. Check it out:



    Clone Quartet's debut album Well Oiled Machine is out now, distributed by Cargo Records and available in all good record shops nationwide.

    Clone Quartet Myspace | Buy Well Oiled Machine
  • Catching Up With Alan MX

    20. Dez. 2007, 13:34

    We don't like to think of ourselves as ones to rest on our laurels, and even though 2007 still has two weeks to go, we're already hard at work on what STA is going to bring to the world in 2008. We're aiming to make it our biggest year yet, and so we have a lot of exciting plans in the pipeline.

    In the spirit of this, we'd very proud to announce a new addition to our roster, in the shape of bedroom electro-pop-wonderkid Alan MX. We first came across Alan via Myspace last year, and were instantly taken with his tunes. If you're one of the many who've bought Public Service Broadcast 9 (and thanks if you have!), you'll already have heard his contribution, the Timberlake-meets-Yorke electrocrunk of "Love Is A Terrible Thing". Next year will see us unleashing Warpsichord, his debut album, and we're very excited about it indeed!

    Those of you with long memories may remember that we did a brief interview with Alan at the start of the year, in which he discussed what he hoped he would get out of 2007. So, in the spirit of New Year's and the reflective behavior it brings on in us, we decided to bother him again to find out what he did achieve...

    ~~~~~


    Hello Alan! The last time we interviewed you was at the start of the year. How has 2007 worked out for you?

    2007 has been interesting. Yes. Quite a lot has happened. Mostly in bite size chunks where loads happens in a week followed by long periods of nothing. But when you put it down on paper i’m really pleased with the developments. I wrote lots of songs and feel i have broken down some things in writing and recording. It’s a good thing. I got played on some radio shows and Radio One which was awesome and weird, did some shows and finished an idea that had been in my head festering for a long time.

    Good, good year; 2007.

    You've been working on a new record, which we're going to be releasing next year. We're super excited to be putting it out, so why don't you tell us a bit about it?

    I’m super excited you’re releasing it too. The album is going to be called Warpsichord. I had a mission statement that i was only going to use samples of orchestral instruments and try and limit the amount of synthy electro noises to little or none. But i wanted the instruments to sound warped, to be used in ways which they normally wouldn’t be and be used out of context. It’s basically intended to be oxymoronic and i had the words ‘beautifully ugly’ banging around while i wrote it. It’s still taking shape and is still rough around the edges, but i’m getting there.

    I also wanted the lyrical content of this one to be more personal. There’s a bunch of metaphors that may only make sense to me and i’ve hidden under a cloak of pretend fiction for the most part, but I’m breaking my heart on some of these.

    It’s been a good experience to write in character this way because singing in metaphors allows you to say the things you would never expect yourself to say. So while i’m pretending to be Frankenstein's Monster and crying about the pain of existence, there’s a very true personal story running underneath.

    My new mission statement is ‘Intimate Exhibitionism’.



    You finally took the plunge and started playing live this year. How was that? You told us you'd have to get incredibly drunk beforehand, did that come to pass?

    It was actually immensely exciting. I think i have found the ultimate drug for me there. But i didn’t get drunk, no. Completely wide-eyed sober and feeling every bit of anxiety available.

    I’ve done two shows so far this year, both in Bristol for a company called Art Scare Records and they were hot. The first one, i was very shy of and it took all i had just to get through it, but by the second one i had a taste for it.

    Playing live still scares me so much, but its amazing and a brilliant oppurtunity to fantasize and show off. During the second show i felt like a superhero, so excited all the way through and i definitely felt more comfortable being in front of people. It’s good as well to have brokens the seal, because now i write with live performance in mind, knowing that i don’t have to get it write for one take in recording. I’m making songs that i know are gonna be fun to sing live and with that i have a bit more knowledge about what i can do with my voice when i’m not singing apologetically in my room.

    More next year, and i actually can’t wait.

    As far as we at STA is concerned, it's been a bumper year in music for great records. What's refused to leave your stereo this year?

    I’ve had a few standouts this year. The few that have been on repeat this year are Bjork’s Volta, PJ Harvey’s White Chalk, Kala by M.I.A., tons of tigerbeat stuff.... i can’t remember what else i got this year!

    But mainly i’ve been discovering things that have been around for ages. I got completely hooked on Lycanthropy by Patrick Wolf this year and also that Justice album. I may marry Uffie, but i’ll have to wait and see what she says, and FrankMusic is excellent i have found.

    Finally finally, as we have New Year celebrations coming up, and all that it entails: what are you looking forward to about 2008?

    2008 is gonna be good. Album comes out, first London shows, possibly first video, ah its gonna be brilliant.
    I’m working on a couple of collaborations which i think are really going to take shape in 2008. In particular a guy called Edward J Hicks, i’m really excited about us working together at some point. He’s a genius and i am jealous of that fact.

    Also i’m hoping to be doing some more remix work, which is brilliant and i love doing it.

    Obviously most exciting is the album being released. It’s something i never really allowed myself to imagine would happen and i keep getting stunned in the middle of the day when i remember. I’ve been hosting this album for a while now and it’ll be good to finish it for a purpose because i can feel the next one impatiently scratching beneath the surface. Shows will be good and i hope to debut some new stuff there and really get into character properly this time.

    Look for me. SUPER!

    ~~~~~


    STA can't disagree with that amount of enthusiasm.

    Alan MX @ Myspace | Artist Profile | Buy Public Service Broadcast 9
  • Adam Gnade Interview

    9. Okt. 2007, 20:39

    I recently interviewed Adam Gnade via email about his collaborative work with Youthmovies (Adam Gnade & Youthmovies - Honey Slides, out now via Try Harder Records) and other new projects he has in the pipeline for my mp3 blog.

    You can check it out here!