Digital By Birth’s Xmas Message

Digital BY Birth’s Xmas Message

 So what’s Xmas all about? Santa, Jesus, “goodwill to all men” or just expanded Black Friday deals???

 I love Christmas – at the moment at least – you trek around town with a bag in the near dark of winter, lit up by strings of lights and glowing Christmas trees and there’s frost and magic in the air. You breathe out vapor as you trudge around with you canvas carry all getting presents and food. And everyone seems so nice and friendly.


 Xmas also means to me the 16th annual meeting of all my friends for drinks, a shared curry and then a “piss up” up town-  in that order. We’ve been doing it for a long time now and it’s a chance to see people you used to go out 5 nights a week with drinking BUT now with children, workloads and various BS you only get to see once a year, drink make merry with and have a bloody good catch up.!

It wasn’t always this way.  . .

 When I was an angry anti-capitalist I saw it just as ritualized behavior teaching children the method of consumerism and the need to buy things in order to be happy!!! The cancer of consumerism, further sucking dry our planet’s limited resources and our hard earned money.

 As I’ve said here before, when I was a lot younger and Christmas rolled in and I was asked what I wanted, in truth I didn’t want anything. I was totally content at that time and felt there was something wrong with me for not needing anything. So I got an overly expensive “Action Force” Army Hover Craft and then spent a great many years blindly collecting the tanks, planes, and figures.

 As I said I should have felt ashamed, and thought that I wasn’t normal, and just said I was fine, without any gifts.

 Now I’ve changed somewhat. BUT I only but gifts if I really think of or see something I know my friends or family will really appreciate and if I do get a present for my self, I only ask for something I needed or would have got for my self at some point anyhow.

 For instance, Kain Larsen got me the new “Beck” album “Colours”, which in time I would have bought anyway.

 So where’s that leave us?

 Is Xmas ritualized Capitalist programming masquerading as a religious holiday, an excuse to get very drunk, or a special time when friends and families come together??? Strangely it’s probably all three. . .

 Like most things, it’s all just a matter of perception.

 Merry Xmas People X


‘Here To Be Heard : The Story Of The Slits’ / DVD release via Pledge Music campaign


‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’

Pledge Music campaign for DVD release of film in spring 2018  

Film trailer :

Pledge campaign :

‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’ is a new documentary film about the first all-girl Punk group, The Slits. Directed by William E Badgley (‘Kill All Redneck Pricks’), it received its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in mid-October. 

Contemporaries of The Clash and Sex Pistols and the godmothers of the musical movement known as ‘Punky Reggae’, the film tells the story of the young women pioneers of the mid-70’s Punk era from a  female point of view and runs from the inception of the group in 1976 to its end in 2010 (coinciding with the death of lead vocalist, Ari Up).

It includes interviews with Don Letts (former group manager and punk documentarian), Viv Albertine (guitarist), Ari Up (vocalist), Palmolive (founder/first drummer), Tessa Pollitt (bassist), Bruce Smith  (second drummer), Hollie Cook (vocalist/keyboards/percussion), Vivien Goldman (NYU Punk professor), Dennis Bovell (producer of debut album ‘Cut’), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Adrian Sherwood (producer and long-term friend and collaborator) and many more, as well as previously unseen footage and band recordings.

‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’ is produced by Badgley via his company Molasses Manifesto and Mark Vennis of Moviehouse Entertainment, while Pledge Music are working with the duo to bring a DVD release of the film direct to the band’s loyal and, in many cases, long-time followers. It is the first film project that Pledge have been involved with.

Badgley says: “It has been an honour to be a part of the telling of this crucially important and untold story about The Slits, and I was proud that we were able to begin our journey in sharing it with the world at the 2017 London Film Festival.”

Adds Vennis: “Bill came to me with the project and I jumped at the chance to work with him on a film about some of the most ground-breaking musicians from the Punk era. We were thrilled that it premiered in the group’s home city and we will shortly be announcing further screenings ahead of its DVD release.”


Tim Holehouse & Kaleb Stewart (As Friends Rust) split album

Tim Holehouse is a true road warrior. Playing around 200 gigs per year – in pretty much any country you can think of – Holehouse is never lacking for inspiration; resulting in him being the most prolific artist on the Aaahh!!! Real Records roster by a large margin. 2017 alone has seen Kill, the collaborative full-length alongside Berlin’s Tourette Boys, as well as the self-released album Hail and the collaboration with Bulgarian duo Leaver.

Countless touring has seen Tim find a healthy number of collaboration and split release partners, with the latest being Gainesville based Kaleb Stewart.

Kaleb Stewart, of As Friends Rust and Cro(w)s, grew up in Talkeetna, Alaska and found his home in Gainesville in 1995 after living in Cochabamba, Bolivia as well as Los Angeles and Tampa.

In 2002, during As Friends Rust’s hiatus, he formed Grey Goose, taking the name from a song by iconic blues artist Lead Belly. Joined by his brother Levi and James Parker of Discount, Grey Goose would go on to include various veterans of Gainesville’s thriving scene, including Bill Clower of Radon. Kaleb has since begun performing and recording as a solo act, where he periodically performs with friends.

His songs – while drenched in gravelly vocals and bearing many hallmarks of Gainesville’s distinct, swampy brand of punk – differentiate themselves through a vocal delivery that is at once sultry and sombre, and lyrics that are painfully, cynically and daringly introspective.

In addition to their own tracks, both Tim and Kaleb contribute a cover to represent their respective nations; with Tim covering The Clash‘s Guns of Brixton, and Kaleb taking on Ball and Chain by Social Distortion.

Artist: Tim Holehouse / Kaleb Stewart
Title: Split
Catalogue Number: KRUMM088
Format: CD, digital
Release Date: Friday 1st December 2017

Tim Holehouse:

1. Gainesville City Limits
2. Melly
3. Just Say It
4. Times Gone By
5. Guns of Brixton (The Clash)

Kaleb Stewart:

6. Everything’s Separated
7. Slips My Mind
8. I Keep Trying
9. Ball and Chain (Social Distortion)


Pre order here

{Seegulls} “…a mouthpiece for those who who are disenfranchised”

“…a mouthpiece for those who who are disenfranchised” ~ The Culture Journal.
We are {Seegulls}, an indie band based in Chester and the North West.
If you want punk music in the style of Japandroids with the added grease stains of early Springsteen records and the attitude of pre-shit Strokes grabbing you by the shirt and screaming in your face one second and reducing you to tears with your arms held embarrassingly aloft the next harnessing the emotional power of The National and The Gaslight Anthem, you’re gonna want to come to a Seegulls show.
Aside from our primary American influences, we retain a very British style to our music with our other influences including The Smiths, The Libertines and Bombay Bicycle Club. In the past two years, alongside studying Popular Music Performance, we have been gigging across the country and building contacts around the UK.
Our ultimate desire is to take the music world by storm.
We fuse catchy guitar lines, passionately sung lyrics and an unrivalled energy to our music and do everything in our power to get people up and dancing. We offer something fresh to the decaying genre of indie rock.
You can listen to our songs here:
We also have gigs coming up for the rest of the year! Catch us at Studio 2, Liverpool 23/11/17; The Yorkshire House, Lancaster 1/12/17 and CH1 Bar, Chester 2/12/17.
“As soon as you see five lads all clad in what appears to be the current trend, you immediately think you’re about to watch a newer version of The Strokes. When three of the five lads pick up guitars you start to wonder, could this be The Maccabees. But when Seegulls start playing, you’re aware that it’s them, it could only ever be them.” ~ The Pentatonic

Gaffa Tape Sandy headline last Washing Machine of 2017!

Following swiftly on from last Saturday’s fundraiser for Bury St Edmunds Women’s Refuge (starring local bands Janet Street Slaughter, playing their last ever gig, plus Goldblume, Sam Eagle & The Lemon Lizards, Lemondaze, All We Know and Inbetween Normalities) – which raised £500.67 for the cause – we’re excited to announce that the last Washing Machine of 2017 will be headlined by about-to-go-supernova Bury power trio GAFFA TAPE SANDY!
Gaffa Tape Sandy have had an incredible year; their debut EP, ‘Spring Killing’, and follow-up single ‘Beehive’ received universal acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 6music and Radio One; they’ve zipped furiously around the UK playing rapturously-received gigs all over the UK; in June they were handpicked by BBC Introducing to play a prestigious slot at Glastonbury Festival; and their recent, 7″ vinyl single ‘Pink Neck/Train Wreck’ completely sold-out on pre-order.  They are THE must-see band of RIGHT NOW, and we are thrilled to bits to have them back!

Saturday 2nd December 2017
The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
6-11pm, 14+ (under-14s welcome with parent/carer)
£5 on the door 
For the very last Washing Machine of 2017 (and the closest we get to having a Chr*stm*s P*rty) we’re beyond excited to welcome back two of the finest white hot rock ‘n’ roll bands ever to hit the Hunter Club stage: Bury’s own Glastonbury-storming, BBC 6music/Radio One-approved garage rock trio GAFFA TAPE SANDY and Norwich’s hard-testifying gospel-punk fivesome THE THINKING MEN. Support comes from Aldeburgh indie boys FICK AS FIEVES, Stowmarket new-wave artrocker SOPHIE MAHON and hard-touring Haverhill pop-rock duo THE CURIOUS INCIDENT.

BurySOUND 20th Anniversary line-up announced!

Following an avalanche of applications from all over East Anglia, we’re hugely excited to announce the full line-up for the BurySOUND Music Competition, which returns for its 20th Anniversary in 2018.
Originally launched in 1998 by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Jackie Smith and local promoter Paul Johnson in the hope that it would instigate a DIY, grass roots contemporary music scene in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area, BurySOUND is now one of East Anglia’s best-known and longest-running band competitions, endeavouring each year to discover, nurture and promote up and coming musical talent.   The original 1998 competition featured 16 bands over three heats; this year saw a record number of applications, with 45 artists applying for the 25 slots available.  The fact that our region’s music scene is so strong is a testament to Jackie and Paul’s original vision, and underlines how vital a platform BurySOUND is for local grassroots artists.
In addition to Heats at The Hunter Club and Final at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, this year sees the addition of a Heat held at Haverhill’s beautiful Arts Centre.  Haverhill is part of St Edmundsbury and our long-term hope is to inspire an amazing and vibrant grass roots, DIY music scene in the town; no less an authority than Radio One’s John Peel once declared Bury St Edmunds “the new Seattle” on the strength of its music scene, so why not Haverhill too?
The full line-up for this year’s BurySOUND is:
Heat One – Friday 26th January at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
plus special guest headliner BESSIE TURNER
Heat Two – Friday 2nd February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
plus special guest headliner AMETHYSTS
Heat Three – Friday 9th February at Haverhill Arts Centre
plus special guest headliner STRETCH SOUL GANG
Heat Four – Friday 16th February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
plus special guest headliner WAR WAVES
Heat Five – Friday 23rd February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
plus special guest headliner A HORSE CALLED WAR
GRAND FINAL – Friday 9th March at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
One winning band from each heat
plus special guest headliner, BurySOUND 2017 winners TUNDRA
All events:
Doors 6pm
All ages welcome (under-14s must be accompanied by a parent or carer)
Over the years, BurySOUND has showcased more than 200 local artists.  Previous winners and entrants include HUNTAR (aka Lewis Mokler, currently enjoying huge success with The 1975 and Biffy Clyro’s label Good Soldier Songs), Laura Kidd aka SHE MAKES WAR (groundbreaking cult DIY multi-media artist and session musician), celebrated record producer and musician TOM PETERS, internationally successful garage-rock quartet THEE VICARS, members of current local success stories GAFFA TAPE SANDY (who’ve received BBC 6music and Radio One airplay and played this year’s Glastonbury Festival), and a slew of bands who were snapped up for sessions by legendary Radio One DJ John Peel including MISS BLACK AMERICA, THE EXILES, THE SECRET HAIRDRESSER and THE DAWN PARADE, in some cases leading to international recognition.   For more info on the competition (including a comprehensive history and full list of winners), visit the official website at
Bands are judged by a panel of music industry experts; however, the competition aspect is secondary to the thrill of discovering incredible new music in a positive and supportive atmosphere.

Debut solo album from Van Gaugh

Van Gaugh is a 17 year old hip hop artist from the UK. Following his extended stay of seven years in America, Van Gaugh has released his first full length studio album.

While the album only took a short time of 3 months to come together, it has had a very successful opening weekend with 1000+ listens on each track. He is hoping to develop his skills through obtaining gigs from the album now on soundcloud and reach a larger following. Living a YNS lifestyle, this is only the beginning for him.

DJEVARA message fans about new acoustic album

Hi there wonderful people,
Hope this missive finds you well… or at least strong enough to take on whatever the world’s throwing at you.  Here it’s all about the last preparations for the release of the new acoustic (Redux) album “Tribe Of One”.   For me personally, while the main band has taken a back seat amidst  members’ new babies and various other significant life changes, it’s been the culmination of a play-hard, work-hard year which has seen immense changes and challenges, and I’m excited but also anxious about finally being able to release this.  I really need to say that everyone who came to the “Reduced To This” tourdates in May very much helped form the record (and during most of it was tracked live), and if that was you then I need to express my deepest gratitude.  It meant so much – and those shows are still some of the most special I have had the privilege of performing since I started playing music in public.  To everyone who gave such wonderful encouragement and warm feedback, it’s very much your record, and I truly hope we did it justice.  We definitely tried our best and gave it our all under the circumstances, and while Jeff Buckley won’t be losing any (forever)sleep,  I think we captured something of what was there… in any case, it’s certainly as raw and live as you’d expect.  I’ve recorded a short video message about it for fans which you can see here:

The album will (hopefully!) be released on 16.11.17, with a release show in Berlin at Rotbart on the same night, followed by a private show with some very special friends in Cologne on the next day.

You can pre-order it here:

… and there’s more info about this all here:

And, finally, here’s the full list of currently tourdates as they currently stand:

17.11 – COLOGNE (GERMANY) @ private house show
21.11 – COLOGNE (GERMANY) @ AZ Köln
22.11 – AACHEN (GERMANY) @ The Wild Rover
24.11 – GREVENMACHER (LUXEMBOURG) @ Kulturhuef
25.11 – tbc (possibly LINZ (AUSTRIA) )
26.11 – DAVOS (SWITZERLAND) @ Box Davos
27.11 – LJUBLJANA (SLOVENIA) @ Bar Prulček
28.11 – tbc
29.11 – tbc
30.11 – BRNO (CZECH REPUBLIC) @ Vegalité
02.12 – OLOMOUC (CZECH REPUBLIC) @ Blues Bar Garch
04.12 – VIENNA (AUSTRIA) @ Arena Beisl
28.12 – LONDON (UK) @ The Bird’s Nest

As usual there’s updates and more info via the website and FaceBook pages, or feel free to get in touch directly if you want to ask anything.

So, with that all said… looking forward to sharing some moments with you all soon…


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Fresh from the success of the recent ‘The Healing Brexit Towns Experiment Tour’, their third headline tour of 2017, Cabbage have today announced a brand new UK tour for January & February 2018. Support on all dates comes from The Rhythm Method.

“Hello to those fond of Brassica interest,” say Cabbage. “The results of the Brexit Experiment tour were terrifying and Europe gave us great insight into the affect it has had not only in our back garden but to the public of other European powerhouses. Due to this it’s with great excitement we shall return to our fair cities spreading our message of liberation and fury. Nihilism and glamour shall be our theme, with that comes a product that has exceeded our expectations. Expect nothing, expect everything. Hope lies in music and its therapy we all need thanks to a political decision that feels we’ve lost our identity. Support comes from the stupendous The Rhythm Method. Second support to be announced soon. Until then await new music, educate yourself and for the love of Satan, indulge Cabbage. Over n out x.”

January 2018
Weds 31st       Hull The Welly Club
February 2018
Thurs 1st        Nottingham The Bodega
Fri 2nd               Stoke-on-Trent The Sugarmill
Sat 3rd               Sheffield Plug
Weds 7th        Southampton The Loft
Fri 9th               Bristol Fiddlers
Sat 10th        Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wed 14th        Newcastle Think Tank
Thurs 15th        Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Fri 16th        Liverpool The Magnet
Sat 17th        Birmingham Castle & Falcon

Tickets on sale 10am Friday 10th November from / /

Produced by James Skelly & Rich Turvey (Blossoms, She Drew The Gun) at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, the Manchester five-piece’s current single ‘Kevin’ is available now on Infectious Music. Co-starring cult Manchester busking band The Piccadilly Rats, the song’s video was shot last month in Piccadilly Gardens and directed by Dom Foster.

Say Cabbage of the video: “THE BROTHERHOOD HAS EVOLVED! We took to the streets of Manchester to promote the new Kevin (Skeleton Key mix). It’s uncomfortable handing over the first born to the laboratory of Parr Street. But the Kevin that came out was truly wonderful, and now we’ve taken it to greater heights. Many thanks to Gaz, Ray, Tommy and the rest of the rats for giving us a helping hand. Street theatre shall never die. LONG LIVE THE PICCADILLY RATS!”

Cabbage’s new label Infectious Music (Alt-J, Drenge, DMA’s) have re-pressed ‘Young, Dumb And Full Of…’, Cabbage’s debut long-player. Originally released for Record Store Day – and selling out immediately – Young, Dumb And Full Of…” compiles the Manchester band’s three four-track EP’s released in late 2016: ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade’ (whose title track was playlisted by BBC 6Music), ‘Necroflat In The Palace’ and ‘Terrorist Synthesizer’. Listen/order here

New album exclusive & exciting rewards – a message from She Makes War

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Pre-order my new album from midday tomorrow!

I’m thrilled to say my new album will be available to pre-order from midday tomorrow (UK time), and as promised all the rewards on offer are below for you to have an early browse. Bundles galore!

Visit tomorrow any time after midday to get your rewards and don’t forget to at 8pm for my Facebook Live Q&A and mini-gig.

Thanks so much for supporting my music!

Laura xo

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