Next week we'll be back to our regular schedule (which includes a few newcomers) but we couldn't keep this stowed away for any longer. We've teamed up with Ben from Lazy Acre Records to bring you a weekly records club/article. Instead of rambling on about it, we'll leave it up to Ben to explain. So a very happy new year to you all - I trust that as I type this article (indeed the first in this new weekly slot that The 405 have very kindly given us!) that I'm not the only person who has already begun breaking new years resolutions (Although I'm not going to share with you here which of my terrible personal habits are already back.) See I'm not normally one for making too many rash new year promises; actually I quite like the occasional menthol roll up and no, I'm not going to cut back my Greggs intake either; but this year I did make two firm plans among the whimsy. The first; to be more organised (which saw me constructing the mother of all spreadsheets on Christmas afternoon) and the second; to buy more music. Now that sounds like a strange one I realise, but to be honest, for me it is something of an alien concept. See between running my little record label (Lazy Acre) and writing for various outlets (like this one, Drowned in Sound and Clash for three) I have managed to go something like four years without needing to buy a record. There are a number of reasons for this: 1) The steady supply of new music coming through the door for review alone means that my stereo always has a lengthy queue of new noises to get through. 2) the remainder of my listening time is taken up listening to my own bands and new demos and new bands all hawking their wares too. This leaves me with not a huge amount of time to actually go and explore as much new music as I would like. So this year I am planning on buying at least two new records a month from other indie labels around the UK and further afield. My complete disconnection from the process of buying music actually presents something of a karmic, and indeed a practical quandary for me - how can I best know how to sell records to other people when I never actually buy any records from anyone else?
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Its a tricky one. So call it research or indeed, call it paying it forward, but I kicked off this week by picking up the new Mimas album, the new Alcopop vs BSM sampler and a subscription to BSM's new single, which I am very much looking forward to having arrive through the door any day now (come on Kev!) How is it then that these records end up being the first new arrivals on the shelf? Honestly? Packaging. Among the ones and zeroes of internet land, the lure of something a little different was too much to resist. I used to have a game whereby I went into my local second hand record shop and going through the shelves full of promos and oddities would allocate a fiver a trip to just records that I liked the look of. This musical roulette is nothing new to many and presented me with a few gems (Hello Dot Allison and Laptop) among the tripe (I’m going to resist the childish urge to name and shame here.... ok not I'm not - ZWAN - honestly Billy what were you thinking?!) but the absence of such a record shop near my current abode in Northampton means I have to hit my old friend Big Cartel to help me through the minefield. And so it was that the new "Rip open - every one a prize" BSM / Pop sampler ended up on my credit card with nary a care to the (actually very low) cost. Packaging. I had no idea I was so shallow! Anyway, in itself this new attitude to the whole process of buying and selling independent records is already starting to pay dividends. This week saw inspiration strike and in a flurry of excitable emails, I booked a release for Valentines Day in the shape of Cold Mailman's debut UK single Pull Yourself Together and Fall in Love With Me. Perfect for Valentines day right? Oh yeah. What’s that? Its a limited edition CD single in one of 50 bespoke unique valentines card ready to melt the heart of the scando-indie-geek in your life? Fucking brilliant. Exactly fucking brilliant.
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And so it is then, that with a shuddering change of gears we get to the subject of this week's 405 Records Club - coming as it does from the aforementioned COLD MAILMAN (Did you see what I did there? Clever huh?!) These guys are a six piece Oslo band whose hushed blend of Erland Oye, The Shins, The Postal Service and a large bag of medicinal relaxants have been eating up a lot of my stereo time of late. This track is a lovely little acoustic teaser for the bands album (hey - and valentines day single) and I think a perfect introduction to this new weekly records club / rambling little column. To get hold of the track all you need to do is click here and tweet a message about it to you Facebook friends or Facebook followers. Upon doing so the track is yours - no more questions asked. For the time being though why not check out the track with this clever little stream click here and don’t forget to check back next Friday when we will be featuring one of Barcelona’s noisiest exports for a while. For now, Much Love, The Lazy Boy x