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It was announced last year that Scotland’s Belle and Sebastian would be providing the score for the indie film Days of the Bagnold Summer. Last week the band shared its first single, “Sister Buddha,” . The soundtrack to Days of the Bagnold Summeris due out September 13th via Matador.

The film is the directorial debut of Simon Bird, an actor and comedian known for his role as Will McKenzie in The InbetweenersTV and movie series. The movie is based on a 2012 graphic novel of the same name by Joff Winterhart and is due out in 2020.

A press release describes the plot of Days of the Bagnold Summer as such: “It’s a tender, touching and acutely observed coming-of-age story, which tells of a heavy-metal-loving teenager’s holiday plans falling through at the last minute, leading to him having to spend the summer with the person who annoys him most in the world: his mum.”

Nick Cave’s teenage son, Earl Cave stars as the teenager in the film. Monica Dolan (Eye in the Sky) plays the mum (who’s a librarian) and the film also stars Rob Brydon (The Trip), Tamsin Greig (Second Best Marigold Hotel), Alice Lowe (Prevenge), and Elliot Speller-Gillot (Uncle).

In a press release Murdoch admits that he wasn’t aware of the original graphic novel before Bird approached the band to soundtrack the movie version. “But its style and its atmosphere set me off straight away,” he says. “I read it on a Friday, and by Monday I pretty much had all my ideas lined up. What was great was that Simon hadn’t shot anything then. You want to get in early, because that way you can start having late night conversations with the director about The Graduate, or whatever. We all have fantasies about those great movies of the ’60s and the ’70s. If you going to get involved with a project like this, you want to do it right.”

The soundtrack features re-recorded versions of two previous Belle and Sebastian songs: “Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying” (from 1996’s sophomore album If You’re Feeling Sinister) and “I Know Where The Summer Goes” (from the 1998 EP This is Just a Modern Rock Song). “Simon was adamant he wanted to use it. He’s a proper fan of the group,” says Murdoch about “Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying.”

The origins of one of the tracks, “Safety Valve,” date back even further. “That one’s ancient,” says Murdoch. “It predates the band; it’s maybe 25 years old. The only time I can remember ever playing it was in a coffee shop with a friend of mine, and people scratching their heads. There was only a verse and a chorus, so I went back to it, and revised the words. It’s a simple song about being over-reliant on a particular person – probably my girlfriend at the time. But it seems to work okay here, too.”

In terms of releasing a soundtrack vs. a regular album, Murdoch comments: “Everything we do that becomes an album is a big deal for us. We’re quietly pleased with how the collaboration went, but the truth is that you don’t know what’s going to happen when it goes out into the world, and people hear it.”

The band’s Sarah Martin adds: “It’s more consistent, probably, than most of our albums. Soundtracks are a deeper cut. They’re not a big pop statement.”

In late 2017 and early 2018 Belle and Sebastian released three interconnected EPs via Matador, all titledHow to Solve Your Human Problems. How to Solve Your Human Problems Part 1 came out in December 2017, Part 2 came out in January 2018, and Part 3 came out in February 2018. Then all three EPs were collected in a vinyl box set and CD compilation that also came out in February 2018. Then in May 2018 the band announced The Boaty Weekender, a floating festival to set sale from Barcelona to Sardinia and back again on August 8th-12th, 2019. Its initial lineup was announced in September 2018 and includes Camera Obscura, Tracyanne & Danny, Mogwai, Honeyblood, and Django Django. Also setting sail are Alvvays, The Buzzcocks, Japanese Breakfast, HINDS, Kelly Lee Owens, Nilüfer Yanya, and Whyte Horses.

Harkening back to their 1997 release of three consecutive EPs (‘Dog On Wheels’, ‘Lazy Line Painter Jane’, and ‘3.. 6.. 9 Seconds Of Light’)Belle and Sebastian will release three new EPs under the umbrella title ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’, with the first EP coming out on December 8th, the second on January 19th, and the third on February 16th  (vinyl and digital only).  The EP trilogy will culminate with a compilation CD and a limited vinyl box set containing all three EPs, with the option of a box just for EP3 for those who have already purchased 1 and 2.

Belle and Sebastian has revealed a new song titled “I’ll Be Your Pilot”, which can be found on EP2.  The single takes as its subject Stuart Murdoch’s young son: “Having your first kid is a huge event, so I wrapped a lot of things I felt about Denny into the song. Being a dad made me feel a little like the pilot in The Little Prince, hence all the references to the Sahara!”

Just as those three early EPs are a crucial part of the Belle and Sebastian canon, these three new releases aren’t merely a detour between albums, but as definitive releases in their own right. ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’ is both an era of its own, and part of a long, rich history. ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’ is, if you like, Belle and Sebastian Redux.

When Belle and Sebastian felt new music percolating, they decided to break from the working methods of the recent years and instead stay at home, record the tracks as and when, often producing themselves, working with friends and collaborators to see what emerged. Working in Glasgow gave them the freedom to work without the constraints that making an album can impose: they could take their time honing and experimenting.

One thing that has defined Belle and Sebastian has been their relationship with fans, and that’s apparent in the new EPs. For the three sleeves, the group issued a call to fans to come to be photographed by Murdoch at a studio in Belsize Park in North London. Fifty were selected, and all those photographed were also recorded answering the question: “How do you solve your human problems?”

The Jeepster Singles Collection’ is available to purchase from not only the Jeepster store but from your local record store too. Monorail in King Street who have a limited supply of signed prints to offer with their quota of box sets, or at least they will have if the singer and drummer turn up to sign them this morning!

The limited edition 12” vinyl anthology features all seven of the band’s Jeepster singles and EPs, remastered and pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and presented in a numbered hardcover slipcase. ‘Legal Man’ will include a brand new extended mix of ‘Judy Is A Dick Slap.’

Dog On Wheels
Side One
1. Dog On Wheels
2. The State I Am In
Side Two
1. String Bean Jean
2. Belle & Sebastian

Lazy Line Painter Jane
Side One
1. Lazy Line Painter Jane
Side Two
1. You Made Me Forget My Dreams
2. Photo Jenny
3. A Century Of Elvis

3..6..9 Second Of Light
Side One
1. A Century Of Fakers
2. Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie
Side Two
1. Beautiful
2. Put The Book Back On The Shelf

This Is Just A Modern Rock Song
Side One
1. This Is Just A Modern Rock Song
Side Two
1. I Know Where The Summer Goes
2. The Gate
3. Slow Graffiti

Legal Man
Side One
1. Legal Man
Side Two
1. Judy Is A Dick Slap – New Extended Version

Jonathan David
Side One
1. Jonathan David
Side Two
1. Take Your Carriage Clock And Shove It
2. The Loneliness Of A Middle Distance Runner

I’m Waking Up To Us
Side One
1. I’m Waking Up To Us
Side Two
1. I Love My Car
2. Marx And Engels

The Jeepster Video Collection
Dog On Wheels
Lazy Line Painter Jane
A Century Of Fakers
Is It Wicked Not To Care?
This Is Just A Modern Rock Song
Dirty Dream #2
Legal Man
The Wrong Girl
Jonathan David – 60s Version
Jonathan David – 70s Version
Jonathan David

Up Our Own Arses – A Documentary

An Interview With Richard


Arguably the summer’s nicest and prettiest sited festival, its closest rival is End of the Road, in Dorset in September. The Green Man offers a stunning location in the Brecon Beacons of Wales, There is plenty to do that isn’t music, including talks, films and activities, and a list of artists who bathe in acclaim: Belle & Sebastian, James Blake, Julia Holter, Jason Isbell, White Denim, Floating Points and many more. Do take waterproofs though: Green Man has a reputation for wetness.
Set in the lovely Brecon Beacons, Green Man returns for its 14th year on Thursday 18th August. Headlining this year’s edition are a plethora of British acts Belle and Sebastian, are celebrating their 20th anniversary, James Blake and Laura Marling, with the Wild Beasts kicking things off on the Thursday night.
If that sounds worryingly light to you, then don’t worry chaotic merchants Fat White Family will be there, as will Aussie psychedelics Jagwar Ma and lo-fi rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra. And, err, Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon.
But if you’re here then you’ve probably already heard of the above headliners . What you’re here for is some newer music, which is just as well because Green Man features a number of artists who you need to check out and also includes the excellent Rising Stage for new and upcoming artists .
Gengahr have been one of my favourites for this last year to see , a hardworking band that has emerged over the last two years with strong songs and a great live presence they have, of course, gone on to vindicate their number 2 spot in the Top of the Tips 2014, with their superb debut album “A Dream Outside” receiving rave reviews last year. The Londoners will be worth catching on the main Mountain Stage on Sunday afternoon if you’re into dreamy guitar  driven sounds.

If you head over to the Far Out Stage early on the Saturday you’ll be able to catch Belfast band Sea Pinks, who we described as ‘merging indie stars. Stick around a bit longer and on the same stage you can also see groovers Formation, They are London twins tipped back in January 2015. Also on on the Saturday worth checking in the Walled Garden is Ardyn, who we labelled ‘dark indie pop’ and likened to Austra and Charlotte OC.
The Green Man Rising competition was this year won by Tony Njoku, who opens the Mountain Stage on Friday and is described by the festival as making ‘strikingly evocative soundscapes’. One of the competition runners-up who’ll be playing the Rising Stage on the Saturday is self-described ‘jangle pop’ duo Her’s; we loved their dreamy debut ‘Dorothy’ back in April. You can also hear the exciting new project from Sarah Howells from Paper Aeroplanes, Bryde at the Rising Stage on Saturday, and on Sunday you might want to catch Matt Maltese who we bracketed in with Tom Odell last year.

So to everyone that’s off to Green Man Festival this weekend ,eat well, take your water proofs and enjoy yourselves. Here’s our big list of recommendations:
Flamingods, Trevor Sensor, Floating Points, Ryley Walker, White Denim , Dungen , Beak , Oh Sister, SUUNS, Mothers, Happy Meal Ltd., FEWS. and of course you should not miss King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard. and try if you can to check out Baba Naga and Lush’s return. 

Songhoy Blues The quartet are set to play the Mountain Stage on Sunday 21st August, and hopefully their fusion of traditional West African guitar riffs and deep rooted bluesy yet totally danceable beats will match the weather. Hailing from Mali, Songhoy Blues have seen success here of late, having played at The Great Escape Festival in May and several other European festivals this summer after the release of their latest album ‘Music In Exhile’.

Whitney The band from Chicago have been growing in notoriety as of late, with their brooding brand of indie-rock making waves this side of the pond. They’re ones to watch, and will be fantastically unique to see them perform in such an idyllic setting.

Margaret Glaspy could be a suprise highlight, The Californian’s debut record is raw at times, always honest and chock full of wry observations and personal disclosures. Production values of Emotions and Math are intentionally subtle, always placing Margaret Glaspy’s bluesy voice and her coarse guitar front and centre. This should make for a thrilling Sunday afternoon on the Mountain Stage.

Julia Holter is definitely appreciated in this country. A tour in the spring saw her successfully support the release of Have You in My Wilderness and she’ll be returning for another extended stay in November. What’s the appeal? Well, we can be an eccentric bunch over here in the UK and this record is full of gloriously idiosyncratic musical moments along with her incredible vocals that just click in the most agreeable way. The Mountain Stage will be the perfect place to meet up with this warm-hearted Californian.

Bryde is a new project from Sarah Howells’ who is known to many as one half of Welsh duo Paper Aeroplanes but she arrives in the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons as Bryde this year. She began the solo project in 2015 and the Rising tent should be an amazing way to experience Howell’s compellingly fragile compositions which hint at something much darker, lurking in the shadows.

Tindersticks Formed twenty-five years ago in Nottingham, the alt-rockers are set to play the Mountain Stage on the Saturday, just before the rollicking rhythms of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and headliner Laura Marling. Their elegant and heart-warming brand of alt-rock will certainly have us a) contemplating life and everything in between, and b) dancing in a field to our hearts content.

Check out The Cinedrome

We will most likely be paying more attention to the bands playing across the weekend, but the festival organisers have drummed up some must-see films for this years ‘At The Cinedrome’, including movies Purple Rain and Labyrinth (clearly in homage to the late David Bowie and Prince), as well as The Jungle Book, Inside Out, High Rise and sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis with a live piano player.

we’ve add nine new fantastic flicks to the already bumper packed Cinedrome.
We’re very pleased to be showing the UK premier of one of the funniest and most delightful films of the year Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film, written and directed by Taika Waititi.

We also welcome a very special BAFTA Cymru screening of Gary Numan: Android In La La Land, the brand new Gary Numan documentary which explores life for Gary and his Numanoid family as they set up home in California and as Gary records his 2013 album ‘Splinter’.
Our day of David Bowie themed activities begins with an anniversary screening of Jim Henson’s ’80s cult hit Labyrinth Movie. On Sunday we remember another tragically fallen idol with a presentation of Prince’s Purple Rain.
On Sunday morning, we’ll be showing Disney’s new version of classic The Jungle Book, which will keep Little Folks (and their parents) mesmerised for a few hours.. Plus we have – Midnight Special Movie,Starman, Everybody Wants Some Movie, Couple In a Hole. Not only will you be able to feast your eyes upon family favourites and cult classics galore, you can also enjoy the sounds of Cate le Bon’s drummer Droor and dance the blues at Green Man’s latest (and very hush hush) venture, the Late Night David Bowie Disco; you’ll have to see it for yourselves

Giggle along with Green Man 2016 as we take a first look at this year’s comedy line-up. Chuckling along to some of the UK’s best up-and-coming comics has become a quintessential part of the Green Man experience, and this year’s laugh-a-minute line-up promises to be pretty special.
If you can’t choose between music and comedy, you need The Horne Section in your life. Comedian Alex Horne and his talented troubadours combine spontaneous stand-up with improvised tunes, resulting in a hilarious hybrid. John Shuttleworth is responsible for some ingeniously funny songs; don’t miss the old school entertainer singing about school dinners and Curly Wurly wrappers.

The belly-laugh-inducing brilliance of David Trent promises to have you guffawing into your Growlers. Also the fantastically delusional one-man-band antics of Rob Deering Comedian returns for GM16 (along with Beat This!) and the skilful self-deprecation of Angela Barnes.

As our rolling Welsh hills are warmed up by the past week’s wonderful weather, it’s not long now ‘til we descend on the glorious Brecon Beacons for reclining in the rays and imbibing inspirational music from this year’s guests!

We’ve kept you waiting, but we think she’s worth the wait.. We’re over the moon to reveal our fourth and final headliner, in the majestical form of Laura Marling, the enchanting folk goddess returns for her third performance at GM. Her legendary performances have always gone down a storm at Green Man and we’re already feeling awestruck imagining her playing new material in her Saturday night set on the Mountain Stage in 2016.

We are very happy to announce that Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will be joining us at the fourteenth Green Man. With new album ‘PersonA’ imminent – and a stage-hogging 10 members in tow – their big band, beach-licked grooves will be a glorious addition to the (already glorious) Brecon Beacons.

Making a very welcome return are Nottinghamshire veterans Tindersticks (official), whose atmospheric introspections – now 25 years in the game – still sound uniquely their own. Sister act The Unthanks return, too, with kind offerings of soft-lit folk. After rocking the Green Man Boat Party, Slow Club are sure to turn a few heads with their indie pop.

Glitch-rockers SUUNS are booked in to deliver a lesson in head-nodding intensity, with Portishead descended Beak> specialising in intense drone-fuelled thuddery. KEVIN MORBY, with a new album due any minute, will have feet tapping to the beat of his woozy indie, perfect when supping an ale from the Courtyard.

PS – We’ve refreshed the GM16 Spotify playlist with a whole host of new treasures. Go get your ears round it here –


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Tindersticks, The Unthanks, Slow Club, SUUNS, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Beak>, KEVIN MORBY,Cigarettes After Sex, The Pictish Trail, Sam Lee, Clare Maguire, BC Camplight, The Oh Hellos, All Them Witches, Wesley Gonzalez, Trevor Sensor, Flamingods, I SEE RIVERS, Baba Naga, LastigBand.

Warpaint, Grandaddy, Kamasi Washington, Dungen, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Dungen, Yorkston, Thorne & Khan, Julianna Barwick,Gengahr, The Moonlandingz, Ryley Walker, Kiran Leonard, Awesome Tapes From Africa, The Weather Station, Emma Pollock, Whitney, Gun Outfit, The Magnetic North, The Membranes, FEWS, Amber Arcades,Steven James Adams, Oliver Coates.

We are thrilled to finally welcome the wonderful Warpaint to Green Man, who are set to dazzle the Mountain Stage with their brightly daubed dream pop. Next up are the legendary Grandaddy(!!) Who will also be bringing brand new music to the party, as they continue to affirm their mastery of wonderfully weird indie rock.

Keep your eyes peeled, ‘cause we still have heaps more talent to announce along with our final headliner. Tickets are on sale now and are flying out fast – more info and tickets here –!

Don’t forget to subscribe to the GM16 playlist here –

the Green Man Festival  2016 Adds Warpaint, Grandaddy And More To The Mix

favourites Kamasi Washington, Dungen and Emma Pollock also on the bill for the Brecon Beacons bash.

New additions in full:
Warpaint, Grandaddy, Kamasi Washington, Dungen, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Dungen, Yorkston, Thorne & Khan, Julianna Barwick,Gengahr, The Moonlandingz, Ryley Walker, Kiran Leonard, Awesome Tapes From Africa, The Weather Station, Emma Pollock, Whitney, Gun Outfit, The Magnetic North, The Membranes, FEWS, Amber Arcades, Steven James Adams, Oliver Coates.

We are thrilled to finally welcome the wonderful Warpaint to Green Man, who are set to dazzle the Mountain Stage with their brightly daubed dream pop. Next up are the legendary Grandaddy(!!) Who will also be bringing brand new music to the party, as they continue to affirm their mastery of wonderfully weird indie rock.

Spiritual jazz Wizard Kamasi Washington, along with his cosmic turbo powered eight-piece band, will be taking anyone who’s had a Guzzler or two, to another planet. You’ll probably need a lie down after frenetic King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s bracing blend of breezy surf rock with eyes-wide psychedelia.

Keep your eyes peeled, ‘cause we still have heaps more talent to announce along with our final headliner.

When you see the phrase “side project”, think not “less essential” but more like someone in a group who had their own separate artistic vision they needed to express. Looper’s been described as a side project of Belle & Sebastian since their inception, though Stuart David left the group 15 years ago. Looper’s been relatively dormant, at least album-wise, since just a couple years after that. Their fourth album Offgrid:Offline came at the same time as a brilliant retrospective boxed set, one that took the unconventional approach of grouping the songs by invented genre names.Offgrid:Online includes songs in all of those genres, while feeling different than the duo’s past work. The album title represents the life path Stuart & Karn David took, moving to the countryside.

Oh, Skinny Legs is taken from the new Looper album Offgrid:Offline and also features on the career spanning 5 CD box set ‘These Things’. These Things limited edition box set of 200

New video made by Looper’s Karn David from photographs sent in for the Lomography x Looper competition.

Offgrid:Offline has a more organic feeling representing that choice, and the songs dwell—in gorgeous, poetic ways—on the properties of cities versus the country and on the life choices we all make. There’s a minimalist, natural side to their style of synth-pop in 2015 that is incomparable and, perhaps not surprisingly, going more unnoticed than it should. But that’s part of the fabric of the album: slipping into the darkness and feeling satisfied with that choice.

‘Farfisa Song’ from the new Looper album ‘Offgrid:Offline’ and is included in the 5 CD box set ‘These Things’.
Pre-Order limited edition:

‘These Things’ Includes 58 tracks plus a 20 page booklet with sleeves notes by The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, plus a digital copy of the new album – Offgrid:Offline.
Looper emerged from Belle & Sebastian in 1997, when Stuart David (co-founder and bass player of B&S) and his wife Karn (an artist who directed the early B&S videos) collaborated for a show at Glasgow School of Art.

A limited edition of 200 signed box sets is available from the official Looper store with the following extras:
Live cassette of the 1999 Troubadour show in America, Lyric book ‘Looper, Mute Songs’, Looper badge & download of new album – Offgrid:Offline.