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Awesome February News Deluge

"This is the hottest record in the world right now... "Everyone Needs A Nemesis" - the most pitch perfect example of a modern rock record you're likely to hear this year." Zane Lowe on FWW

Alan MX - Live in London this Friday!

Music Is My Boyfriend New STA signee Alan MX is playing a headline show in London this week! He'll be appearing at The Good Ship in Kilburn this Friday night, alongside Brighton noise-rockers Epideme and Metro Boulot Disco, we don't know but whose name we like. Following the music, there'll be DJs on until 4am. The night organised by Music Is My Boyfriend, whose monthly night at this very venue comes highly recommend by STA. To get there, take the Jubilee Line to Kilburn station, the London Overground to Brondesbury, or one of the many buses that go up Kilburn High Road, and entry is £5.

Fighting With Wire - Slay Radio 1, Take to the road!


We're nearly there: Fighting With Wire's debut album, 'Man Vs Monster', will be unleashed unto the world on March 10th. It's already been gaining fans, including a certain Mr Zane Lowe. He's been spinning album cut "Everyone Needs A Nemesis" on his Radio 1 show, and had the following to say:

"This is the hottest record in the world right now... "Everyone Needs A Nemesis" - the most pitch perfect example of a modern rock record you're likely to hear this year."

Wow!

The band follow up the release of the album by hitting the road for another UK tour, bringing their powerpoprock gospel to the following towns & cities:

Fighting With Wire And Their Lawnmower

Sun 4th May 08 Aberdeen Kef
Mon 5th May 08 Edinburgh The Ark
Tue 6th May 08 Glasgow Barfly
Wed 7th May 08 Manchester Ruby Lounge
Thu 8th May 08 Sheffield Corporation
Fri 9th May 08 Liverpool Barfly
Sat 10th May 08 York Fibbers
Sun 11th May 08 Birmingham Barfly
Mon 12th May 08 Cambridge Portland Arms
Tue 13th May 08 Cardiff Barfly
Thu 15th May 08 Southampton Unit 22
Fri 16th May 08 Plymouth Hub
Sat 17th May 08 Yeovil Orange Box
Sun 18th May 08 Brighton Freebutt
Mon 19th May 08 Oxford Jericho Tavern
Tue 20th May 08 London Barfly

More dates will likely be added to fill in the gaps. For more info or to speak to / book the band, hit up their myspace page. These dates are also all on Last FM, so why not add them to your events calendar?
 

Oppenheimer's never ending tour machine rolls onwards!

Do they ever stop? Oppenheimer kick off their latest set of dates this week, this time taking to the roads and regions of Ireland. They're then off to the United States for more dates with They Might Be Giants, before heading back to the UK to support indie folk hero Frank Turner on several dates in March & April. Irish and UK dates are as follows:

Wed 7th February 08 Dundalk The Spirit Centre
Thu 8th February 08 Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre
Fri 9th February 08 Draperstown The Cellar Bar
Sat 10th February 08 Belfast Spring & Airbrake
Tue 13th February 08 Derry Sandinos
Wed 14th February 08 Dublin Crawdaddy
Fri 16th February 08 Mullingar Stables
Sat 17th February 08 Limerick Baker Place
Mon 19th February 08 Cork Cyprus Avenue (Free Show!)
Wed 21st February 08 London Water Rats
Mon 31st March 08 Leeds The Brundenell Social (with Frank Turner)
Tue 1st April 08 York Fibbers (with Frank Turner)
Wed 2nd April 08 Newcastle The Cluny (with Frank Turner)
Thu 3rd April 08 Sheffield The Corporation (with Frank Turner)
Fri 4th April 08 Stoke The Sugarmill (with Frank Turner)
Sat 5th April 08 The Kasbah (with Frank Turner)

April will also see the band head away from STA Towers towards pastures new, as wonderfully-titled second album Take The Whole Mid-Range And Boost It comes out via the wonderful Fantasic Plastic Records (Help She Can't Swim, Guillemots, Bearsuit et al) that month. STA assumes the band will embark on - yep - more touring after it comes out.

Clone Quartet Radio 1 session!

Clone Quartet furthered their brand of well-oiled electro pop recently by recording a session for Rory McConnell's Radio 1 show over in Northern Ireland. One track aired last week, so keep an eye on the band's myspace for clues as to when more will pop up! Why not also check out some photos from the session over at the band's Flickr?

Public Service Broadcast strikes back!

A big THANK YOU to everyone that came down to our inaugural Public Service Broadcast Club show at the Notting Hill Arts Club last month - we appreciate your support. We'd also like to thank Alan MX, Pocketbooks and Q Without U for playing great sets and entertaining the general public quite so well!

We've also confirmed two future Public Service Broadcast Club shows! The first comes on April 19th, and the second on June 14th. Lineups will be announced in future, but your best bet is to check out On Fire's myspace, as they are our promoting partners for these shows.

New to the store!

As mentioned in the last mailout, we've started adding non-STA items to our online store - releases from friends and PSBers, DIY curios we come across, whatever really takes our fancy!. This month, we bring for your entertainment:

An Emergency - 'We Are The Octagonists'
Released back in 2005, this is the second release from Exeter's finest exponants of skittering dance punk. Nine tracks, twenty one minutes and about two opportunities to pause for breathe. Keep an eye out for a new split 7" and their debut full-length album, both coming later on this year!

Farewell, Appalachia! - 'Farewell, Appalachia!'
Farewell, Appalachia! - "Farewell, Appalachia!
" As seen on Public Service Broadcast 9! This is the debut EP from the Exeter post-rock/lo-fi foursome (featuring members of An Emergency and The Light Sleepers), and was released back in 2006. It pushes the same buttons as the likes of Do Make Say Think, Rachel's and Ariel Pink's various projects. This release is limited to just 100 copies, and comes on a vinyl-effect CD and in a hand-made sleeve - simply put, it looks as wonderful as it sounds.

Skiptracer - 'Protect Our Secret Handshake'
As seen on Public Service Broadcas 7! 8-track CD album from now-defunct Exetercore heroes, limited to 200 copies and comes on a vinyl-effect CDR. Three members of Skiptracer now play in Super Tennis, who will be appearing on Public Service Broadcast 10 as well as at a future Public Service Broadcast Club date!

YouMeTheSwitch - 'YouMeTheSwitch' 7"
Four slabs of chunky, twiddling post-rock, pressed lovingly onto a thick slab of vinyl and wrapped in a beautiful sleeve designed by the Fake French crew! Recommended for fans of Youthmovies, Cats & Cats & Cats and their noisy, esoteric ilk. Play loud!

STA blog keeps on truckin'!

Last month we introduced you to the Official STA Blog, and we're pleased to report that it's still going strong a whole month later! Recent topics have included coo-ing over pretty handmade indie pop CDRs, The Underground Party Broadcast and how Robert Pollard's insane release schedule may ultimately drown the human race under melted polar ice. Check it out, and if you're looking for an RSS Reader we heartily recommend Google Reader - it's so simple, even we can use it!