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SHACK: ‘TIME MACHINE’ – The best of.

Time Machine the best of Shack is out now on Sour Mash/Big Brother Recordings. The album contains songs from the albums Waterpistol, HMS Fable, Here’s Tom With The Weather and The Corner Of Miles And Gil (although nothing from The Magical World Of The Strands), plus two brand new tracks – .

Track listing:
1. I Know You Well
2. Comedy
3. Cup Of Tea
4. Al’s Vacation
5. Pull Together
6. Meant To Be
7. Butterfly
8. Sgt Major
9. On The Terrace
10. Undecided
11. Cornish Town
12. Miles Apart
13. Streets Of Kenny
14. Shelley Brown
15. Neighbours
16. Holiday Abroad
17. Wanda

To get you in the mood here’s a collection of some of the best YouTube footage of the band, ranging from official promo videos to tracks recorded by fans at gigs.

Shack – A House Is Not A Motel

Shack – Wanda

Shack – Something Like You

Shack – Miles Apart

Shack – I Know You Well

Shack – Butterfly

SHACK – Streets Of Kenny

Shack – Comedy

Shack-Cup Of Tea

Shack – Comedy

Shack – The Casa – Liverpool 2006


Shack -als vacation

Shack – Oscar

Shack – Electronic Press Kit 2007 (Part 1)

Shack – Electronic Press Kit 2007 (Part 2)

SHACK: ‘TIME MACHINE’ – The best of.

September 24th (Sour Mash/Big Brother Recordings) On 24th September 2007 Shack release ‘Time Machine’: a collection of their greatest songs. The album contains songs from their five acclaimed releases, as well as two brand new tracks. Track listing:

* I Know You Well
* Comedy
* Cup Of Tea
* Al’s Vacation
* Pull Together
* Meant To Be
* Butterfly
* Sgt. Major
* On the Terrace
* Undecided
* Cornish Town
* Miles Apart
* Streets of Kenny
* Shelley Brown
* Neighbours

* plus brand new tracks ‘Holiday Abroad’ and ‘Wanda’.

A live tour will accompany the release of ‘Time Machine’ with dates to be announced.

packshot of time machine album

‘Time Machine’ is an appropriate name for a ‘best of’ Shack: for a band whose music is time-less, grounded in nothing but a purity of spirit and melody. Since Shack formed in 1988 they have charmed bleary-eyed romantics, inspired critical praise at every turn and enthused a generation of contemporary heroes – Oasis, The Coral and The Zutons amongst them. Noel Gallagher loved them so much he now releases their records. Shack have always captured the sound of “truth and beauty”.

Shack’s tenure as auteurs of ‘truth and beauty’ has literally careered – often from one seeming disaster to fortuitous event and all points in between. Formed out of the remnants of 80s should-have-beens The Pale Fountains, the Scouse brothers Mick and John Head set out on a saga of near-biblical proportions infused with the spirit of melody and mysticism captured by fellow star sailors Love, Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, Sly & The Family Stone, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Harry Nilsson and The Beatles. Shack albums are equal parts psychedelia, honesty, storytelling, love lost, love found and light and shade. So it was that the master tapes for their embarrassingly staggering ‘Waterpistol’ album were lost, the record label went bust and the studio burnt down; but the world evidently needed this record and eventually this masterpiece of understatement came out in 1994. Waterpistol lends ‘Neighbours’, ‘Sgt Major’ and ‘Undecided’ to ‘Time Machine’.

A leisurely seven years later (during which time the band became the backing band for the late Arthur Lee’s Love for a while – true hero worship and kindred spirits joining forces) Shack re-emerged as The Strands. and introduced a small but feverish group of Head-heads to ‘their The Magical World.’ A veritable blink of an eye in Shack-time passed before ‘HMS Fable’ docked – an almost-mainstream vision of life from the narcotic fringes of what Mick calls “states of consciousness”. ‘Pull Together’, ‘Comedy’, ‘Streets Of Kenny’ and ‘Cornish Town’ are taken from ‘HMS Fable’

Two more memorable albums have followed: ‘Here’s Tom With the Weather’ (2003) and ‘.The Corner of Miles and Gil’ (2006). These additions to Shack’s peerless collection are full of funny and forlorn tales of love, friendship and the spectrum of human experience; Mick a life-long storytelling natural who grew up, as did John, on the hard-knock housing estate of Kensington (‘Kenny’) in Liverpool, with his head both lost in the clouds and buried among the pages of Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey and Wordsworth.

All the while, Shack have been making some of the most beautiful music ever created by soul men gifted in melody. Almost 20 years since their immaculate conception, Shack are still here, still intact and still in love with truth and beauty.

“The journey we’ve had together has been beautifully turbulent,” laughed John in 2003. “But there’s times when we glide and we’re gliding forward now.” His brother, typically understated, summed up the Shack experience. “The story is what it is. But so are the songs and so are the records. Because?we’re good.”

Better than good: With Shack’s ‘Time Machine’ you can discover for yourself.

The Good Heads – Podcast 2

September 24, 2007


The Good Heads PODCAST 2 Tracklisting

The Good Heads – Death Star Sitar (edit)
Arthur & Yu – Absurd Heroes Manifestos
The Monks Kitchen – Head For The Hills
Colourmusic – Circles
Daisy Martey – Do Right Woman
Midlake – Roscoe (beyond the wizards sleeve mix)
The Coolabahs – Another Reason
The Seal Cub Clubbing Club – Aurienteering
Mexican Institute Of Sound – Bienvenidos a Mi Disco
Chris Joss – You’ve Been Spiked
Gruff Rhys – Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru
The Bees – The Ocularist
The Troubadours – Gimme Love
Caribou – Melody Day (four tet remix)
Shack / Michael Head and The Strands – The Prize (flute demo)

So that was the second Podcast by The Good Heads. Do check out the videos below!

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To compliment the podcast here are some videos to help you put images to music. The videos here aren’t necessarily of songs included in the podcast. This is kind of the deluxe version of the previous post.

The Good Heads – Death Star Sitar (edit)
A video for a half finished instrumental. The list of guitarists that nearly played on this track reads like a who’s who of indie rock from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Step forward young pretender Ben from round our way – the ’10s will be yours! The full version, when it’s finished, will surface on our Myspace page to general indifference aside from love from some real heads.

Arthur and Yu – There Are Too Many Birds @ Live Easy Street Records
Smooth song from the recently released soundtrack to somebody’s summer ‘In Camera’. Happy Seattle folk Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott present to you in soft focus, sweet (but not sickly) retro harmonies…

The Monks Kitchen – Snake Charmer @ 12 Bar
First of two, from The Monk’s Kitchen, a moody little instrumental called Snake Charmer. Look out for the album ‘The Wind May Howl’ as it suggests these dudes could make sounds not heard since The Notorious Byrd Brothers. They’re gigging around at the moment so head over to their Myspace page for details of when and where. See them now before they are laying waste to stadiums.

The Monks Kitchen @ Down at the Redbricks @ The Black Gardenia 30/02/07

Colourmusic – Circles
A band from near Oklahoma City, which is home of the great Flaming Lips. I wonder what these badly dressed fellers will sound like over the course of an album? The stuff I’ve heard suggest it could be a cracker – kind of like a less pompous and populous Polyphonic Spree.

Colourmusic – Yes

Midlake – Roscoe (dir -sixyearsleft)
Maybe THE great song of 2006 presented here in the form of an alternative video that is perhaps more pertinent than the official promo which you can also watch below. You might of heard their sounds warped by Chemical Brothers on the album We Are the Night, contributing to the track “The Pills Won’t Help You Now”. The rarely heard version of Roscoe mixed by Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve can to heard in the podcast.

Midlake – Roscoe (official vid)

The Seal Cub Clubbing Club
The Wirral’s very own Krautrock pop puppies preview their super science fiction sounds. Check them out immediately.

Mexican Institute Of Sound
Retro futuristic underground Mexican lounge music? You’ve come to the right place…

Chris Joss – Discotheque Dancing

Retro futuristic underground discotheque boogie? You’ve come to the right place…

Gruff Rhys – Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru
Magnificent pop song from an unexpected treat of an album. Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru sees Gruff Rhys of the wonderful Super Furry Animals morph into Candylion as he goes driving. Candylion 2 please.

Gruff Rhys – Candylion

The Bees – The Ocularist (instrumental version 1)
The stand out track from Octopus, take a listen to the podcast for the full version with singing, vocal melodies and the like.

The Bees – The Ocularist (instrumental version 2)

The Troubadours – Gimme Love
Live version of the John Leckie produced single. Coming across like a pumped version of The La’s or a scally tribute to The Smiths these fellers are going places – and if they don’t they’ll leave us with a load of memories and cracking pop songs – so long as they don’t loose their sense of wonder.

Caribou – Melody Day
The podcast strips this song down to its bare essentials with the Four Tet remix.

Shack / Michael Head – Something Like You (live)
Time Machine, a collection of some of Shack’s best moments, is available any day now.

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