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FatCat art!

Our new friend Jake at Impulsive Illustration sent us these two great FatCat images. We love them. Thanks Jake!!


The Twilight Sad post new Spotify playlist

Competing with our own Catified playlists, The Twilight Sad have been creating their own for their Twitter page.

The most recent, the sixth, can be found here.

The tracklisting goes like this:
1. The Beach Boys - 'Til I Die (alternate mix)
2. The Silver Apples - Lovefingers
3. Arab Strap - Love Detective
4. Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin - 69 Année Erotique
5. The United States of America - The Garden of Earthly Delights
6. Amon Duul II - Burning Sister
7. The Fall - Overture from 'I Am Curious, Orange'
8. Siouxsie And The Banshees - Red Over White (live)
9. Aidan Baker and Tim Hecker - Dream of the Nightmare
10. Tom Verlaine - Postcard from Waterloo
11. Shonen Knife - Explosion!
12. Loscil - Union Dusk
13. The Stooges - Dirt
14. Steve Reich - Come Out



Frightened Rabbit Instore

Frightened Rabbit have just announced an instore gig at Bristol's Rise Record Store (70 Queens Rd, Clifton, BS8 1QU) on the 8th March 2010 as part of their short March UK tour.

Head on down for around 6pm to catch them playing some of their new and old ditties.

Meanwhile, if you are Australia bound then they are playing a few gigs over there at the moment;

28 Jan @ John Curtin Hotel, 29 Lygon St Carlton (City End) HEADLINE SHOW - Melbourne
29 Jan @ Laneway Festival - Melbourne
31 Jan @ Laneway Festival - Sydney
2 Feb @ Metro Theatre (w/ Echo & The Bunnymen) - Sydney
3 Feb - The Filth @ Beach Road Hotel (Free Entry) HEADLINE SHOW - Sydney
4 Feb @ The Palais (w/ Echo & The Bunnymen) - Melbourne

Photo by W83


Catified #4

In celebration of the wintry white surrounding our office building, and in lament of the broken server delaying the things we need to get done as a record label, we have put together this fourth Spotify playlist in the Catified series. Songs of the moment, totally timeless pieces of music and the entirety of Terry Riley's incredible 'In C'.

1. American Analog Set - Punk as F**k
2. Phil Elverum and Nick Krgovich - Whatcha Doin'?
3. The Pastels - Speeding Motorcycle
4. Songs of Green Pheasant - Nightfall (for Boris P.)
5. DD/MM/YYYY - Infinity Skull Cube
6. Early Day Miners - Sans Revival
7. mewithoutYou - Nice and Blue (pt. 2)
8. METZ - Dry Up
9. Frank Stokes - I Got Mine
10. The Raincoats - Oh Oh La La La
11. France Gall - Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son
12. cLOUDDEAD - Two Dogs Dead (Boards of Canada remix)
13. Billy Mahonie - Dusseldorf
14. Rex - Jet
15. Electrelane - Gone Under The Sea
16. Arthur Russell - Hiding Your Present From You
17. Unwed Sailor - Gila
18. Os Mutantes - A Minha Menina
19. Kraftwerk - Autobahn
20. Cylob - Spider Report
21. Schneider TM - The Light 3000
22. To Rococo Rot - Miss You
23. Terry Riley - In C

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For previous Catified playlists, see:

Catified #3
Catified #2
(Catified #1 is lost)


Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad Featured in 'Best of 2009' on

Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad have been interviewed by 'Noize' as part of their 'Best of 2009' feature. In it they answer 9 questions about 2009, the decade as a whole, and the future. It is a nice insight into what the bands have been listening to over the last year and is definitely worth a look.

The Frightened Rabbit interview: Click Here

The Twilight Sad interview: Click Here

We Were Promised Jetpacks at Hinterland on RockFeedback TV.

We Were Promised Jetpacks were filmed and interviewed at Hinterland Festival by Click Here For the Link.


The Twilight Sad NY-LON

The Twilight Sad played the Fontana's bar in New York, and gave Noisevox's John Norris an interview last week...

Go to this link to view more footage of The Twilight Sad at Fontana's: Fontana's New York

And here's their footage from the Scala gig in October performing "Reflection Of The Television"....

Go to this link and find loads more videos of their Scala show: London Scala

We Were Promised Jetpacks At Borderline 17.11.2009

Here are the Jetpacks playing "Conductor" off their debut album "These Four Walls" at Borderline in London last week...

Check out some more videos taken from their Borderline gig here
courtesy of babz54321


We Were Promised Jetpacks Interviewed By Noisevox

We Were Promised Jetpacks give John Norris of Noisevox a 5-part interview before their gig at Fontana's & Aposs Bar in NYC.


The Twilight Sad Tour Diaries on The Skinny

photo: The Skinny

Twilight Sad frontman James Graham has been comprising a detailed insight into their shenanigans on tour in the US with We Were Promised Jetpacks and Frightened Rabbit for The Skinny Blog.

With some rather questionable photos alongside Graham's minute-by-minute anecdotal account, it's definitely worth a look....


Tom Brosseau With Shelley Short

Here's a lovely video of Tom Brosseau performing with Shelley Short, who will be accompanying him on a few of his UK/Europe tour dates...

Catch them at these places...

23rd Oct - SWN Festival The Gate, Cardiff
24th Oct - Tin Angel, Coventry
26th Oct - Point Ephemere, Paris
30th Oct - La Paquena Bety, Madrid


Catified #3

We've spent another afternoon not getting on with much work to make this, Catified #3 - the third line in an ongoing conversation between us, popular music and Spotify.

We removed Elton John and Boston to make way for Xinlisupreme and Les Savy Fav. There are two Eno-related tracks, there is German jazz, there are three tracks by artists beginning with an 'X'

Tracklisting goes something like this:

1. Xploding Plastix - Comatose Luck
2. Roxy Music - Ladytron
3. Stereolab - Wow and Flutter
4. Les Savy Fav - The Sweat Descends
5. The Stooges - Search and Destroy
6. The Flaming Lips - The Gash
7. TV On The Radio - The Wrong Way
8. Beirut - Postcards From Italy
9. The Black Dog - Vanttool
10. Brian Eno - I'll Come Running
11. Alarm Will Sound - 4
12. Can - Mushroom
13. Fred Lonberg-Holm - East of Uz
14. David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
15. Grandaddy - Now It's On
16. Junior Murvin - Police and Thieves
17. Ned Rothenberg - Drei Stufen Auf Einmal
18. Herbie Hancock - Raindance
19. X-Ray Spex - I'm A Cliche
20. Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods
21. The Velvet Underground - Sister Ray
22. Xinlisupreme - Goodbye For All
23. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
24. Van Dyke Parkes - Clang Of The Yankee Reaper
25. Bonobo - Nightlite
26. The National - About Today (live)



Great Weatherall DJ Mix On Fact Website

Great Weatherall DJ mix on Fact website


Circlesquare - Hey You Guys

Whitey - It Was Made of Night

Dum, Dum, Dum - Dum, Dum, Dum

White Williams - Route to Palm

The Ole Miss Downbeats - Geraldine

Bert Weedon - Ginchy

Johnny Knight - Rock'n'Roll Guitars

Wayne Walker - All I Can Do Is Cry

The Monks - I Hate You

The National - Apartment Story

Stockholm Monsters - Life's Two Faces

Wasted Youth - Things...

Mogwai - The Sun Smells Too Loud

Durutti Column - Sketch for Summer

Dennis Wilson - Farewell my Friends

The Mighty Wah! - Talkin' the Blues


Get Back Guinozzi Live in Dublin

caught live at Whelans in Dublin, Ireland 18/09/09,

This was a very good show with them doing TWO encores! how good is that!
roll on tonight! at the freebutt, brighton


US tour success for FatCat's Scottish bands

The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Brakes (aka Brakesbrakesbrakes) and Frightened Rabbit are 6 days into their US FatCat tour and what a success they are proving to be. All shows are going brilliantly with great turnouts. Heres an interview from Red Rock's Monolith Festival with Scott of Frightened Rabbit…enjoy….

Band morale is high on the bus and the forthcoming shows promise to be as fresh as those that started the tour. Here's a list of whats left:

19 Sept - Voodoo Lounge, San Jose CA
20 Sept - Knitting Factory, Los Angeles CA
22 Sept - Plush, Tucson AZ
24 Sept - The Mohawk, Austin TX
26 Sept - Bottletree, Birmingham AL
27 Sept - The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
28 Sept - Club Downunder, Tallahassee FL
29 Sept - The Social, Orlando FL

1 Oct - Local 506, Chapel Hill NC
2 Oct - Southpaw, Brooklyn NY
3 Oct - North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA
5 Oct - Black Cat Backstage, Washington DC
6 Oct - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
7 Oct - Great Scott, Allston MA
9 Oct - La Sala Rossa, Montreal Quebec
10 Oct - El Mocambo, Toronto Ontario
11 Oct - Blind Pig, Ann Arbor MI
12 Oct - Empty Bottle, Chicago IL


Two New Pre-Orders!

Max Richter's "Memoryhouse" is now available for Pre-Order on CD/MP3/LP!

It's out on the 26th October in the UK. It's a gorgeous collection of Classically-inclined original pieces by composer Max Richter. Wonderful.

Get Back Guinozzi!
's "Carpet Madness" is now available for Pre-Order on CD/MP3!

It's out on the 26th October in the UK and it's definitely a must-have record to get you prancing around so either pre-order on our website's webstore or wait patiently.

Off The Beaten Tracks

We Were Promised Jetpacks play an acoustic session for The Skinny & Off The Beaten Tracks in a lovely secret tea rooms/tent at T in the Park...check it out here


Frightened Rabbit @ Monolith Festival, Colorado

Check out their backdrop!


The Big Chill - In Words And Photos

A few of us went to The Big Chill festival the other month. We had Tom Brosseau playing there on the main stage, so we drove him and his manager Mary up. Here's my review of the festival:

The Big Chill. It's slightly embarrassing to tell people you're going to The Big Chill. Just because of that name - The Big Chill. I'd better not get to chilled - I don’t want to down a camomile and fall into a chill-hole. Or, maybe I'd trip over a spliff and break my karma.

But the festival itself is actually pretty good. It's a nice size, so walking from one end to the other, or from stage to stage, isn't a pain. The food stalls are of course well over priced, but we found some decent stuff; pies, those big yorkshire puddings with mash and sausages in, proper pizza. The bars weren't over-crowded and the toilets were pretty clean. Fine.

Musically there were some things that were definitely worth seeing. Here's a list of the bands/artists we rated:

David Byrne
Chris Cunningham
Amadou & Mariam
Wildbirds & PEACEDRUMS
The Ex
Tom Brosseau

The festival review is brief, I'll admit.

Above are some photos of us all. I'm (Tom Fatcat) the one with the shaved hair and Alex Fatcat is the one who looks a bit like Hitler (sans tash but w/ tattoos). Tom Brosseau is the attractive guy. Dionne is the attractive girl. Our friend Nic at took the B&W photos (I took the colour ones), he's the one holding a camera. Dave H Fatcat is the one with a cute child. Norm has a beard/glasses and his two friends (I forgot their names on day one and I left it too late to ask again) are sitting at the table in the lovely group pic.


ALOG Video

ALOG - Beklager, Nicholas from jacob gronbech on Vimeo.

ALOG have done one side for the forthcoming Fatcat Split Series 12" no.20.

Twilight Sad Video From T in The Park

T In The Park 2009 #3.3: James Graham - The Wrong Car from The Skinny on Vimeo.

Rabbit In N.Y. Video

Frightened Rabbit_Lost In NYC from Sam Winter on Vimeo.


Domino Vs FatCat Match Report

So they got lucky with Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, but it was some sort of fucked up miracle which prevented them getting a smashing at the 1st (away) leg of the Domino Vs FatCat football fixture.

FatCat dominated in the first half, which saw Alex Knight blast a 60 yarder past the terrible Domino keeper. FatCat's goalie Tom 'Everywhere' Allen broke his arm just before kick off but kept weak shots from drawing the game level until the wind took a turn against us and literally blew the ball past the line when we were busy helping a herd of ill kittens cross the road. Typical!

Half time was tough. The Domino players managed to open their oranges just in time to scoff them and run back on, whilst the FatCat team did 10 minutes each on the Samaritans line.

The whistle blew again and FatCat's dominance seemed to slip slightly. Domino scored (with a handball but we let them have it) to take the lead! Not at all shaken by the sudden turn around, Dave Thomas took the ball past everyone and levelled the game two a piece. Things looked bad for FatCat towards the end as 'Everywhere' Allen somehow snapped all of his fingers and smashed some ribs, but like a true champ he stood tall and flicked away some more petty attempts from the London label.

FULL TIME! 2-2. Next leg is in Brighton. News of a location and date will be on here soon.

Catified #2

Music, hand-picked and argued over by FatCat staff.

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Jetpacks in Wonderland

Video set to "This Is Our House, This Is Our Home" by We Were Promised Jetpacks. Video courtesy of VanishingIvory. See their Youtube page:


Jetpack into Germany

We Were Promised Jetpacks have just completed an immensely successful European tour - hitting The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Check out this brilliant video from Cologne, Germany:

Jim Sanders' 'Made In Brighton' Collection

Guess the covers...



Here is Catified01 - the first of many playlists which are full of songs that we are currently listening to and loving...



The Twilight Sad - I Became A Prostitute - New 7'' released today in UK/Europe

"The first single from Scottish quartet's new album is a wonderfully dark indicator of things to come." - NME

"If it's OK to talk about something doing funny things to your insides, without sounding like a perv, then I'm saying that about this song it's heartwarming and unnerving all at once" -

"...they let their bilious aggression out of it's cage to roam free...brilliant and still very much untamed" -
The Skinny

"Forget The Night Ahead material is even more harrowing than predecessor
Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters – so if you think lines like “the kids are on fire in the bedroom” were dark, prepare to be scared sh*tless." - The Line of Best Fit

"A riveting exercise in articulating powerful emotions through sound." -
Clash Magazine

"Unflinchingly massive, unflinchingly gritty. Ace." -
The Fly

The Twilight Sad, the most singular of a new breed of British noise bands, move up a gear towards the release of their sophomore album Forget The Night Ahead (out 5/10/2009) with the release of a brand new single I Became A Prostitute.

The band have been busy previewing new songs on both sides of the Atlantic with recent US dates with Mogwai, and a UK headline tour in May which included heart-stoppingly intense performances at three Stag & Dagger events and two sets at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. In September they are set to head back over to the US this time accompanied by
Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks to begin an extensive US tour.

I Became A Prostitute falls at the more melodic end of the The Twilight Sad scale, a siren-like guitar line drags the ear in immediately; tremolo’d and unflinchingly dark. Graham’s vocals soar with an inimitable despair and desperation over a deceptively simple instrumentation of Joy Division-like depth and impact: each drum beat measured and thunderous, each squalling guitar riff at once apocalyptically discordant and beautifully harmonious. The song’s chorus is gripping, the band’s emotional input palpable.

In lyrical terms, the new album is possibly a darker set even than its hallowed predecessor
Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters. Singer James Graham’s portentous knack for forcefully delivering unsettling lines remains very much intact. Musically too, the forthcoming record is no less tumultuous, its broad cacophony stretching to produce the band’s most simultaneously melodic and abrasive moments yet.

To watch the accompanying video to this single click


FatCat Mix up on Arctic Circle now...

Brought to you by Arctic Circle Radio, the Circle is a new weekly pod-cast that takes you on a one-hour journey based on the most simple and significant of shapes. Every Circle is unique; formed from a guest curator’s musical landscape and they all share the same revolutionary quality: each one ends at the point where it began.
Edition 10 – FatCat Records mix by staff man Dave Howell:

There’s no grand concept or narrative guiding the choices – it’s all stuff from the FatCat vaults, a mixture of some classic older tracks with a few overlooked gems that deserve to be heard again. I just started out with a track from Black Dice’s ‘Beaches & Canyon’s’, which I think works as a great opener, and from there, just basically picked things that I felt fit alongside one another and kept.

Black Dice – Things Will Never Be The Same
Grain - Untitled (A3 from ‘grain Ep3′)
Mum – Don’t Be Afraid, You Have Got Your Eyes Closed
Aoki Takamasa + Tujiko Noriko – Vinyl Words
Janek Schaefer – Light Over Las Vegas
Set Fire To Flames – Your Guts Are Like Mine
Hauschka – Eisblume
Bjork Mit Funkstorung – All Is Full Of Love (In Love With Funkstorung Mix)
Dorine_Muraille – Dopees
Animal Collective – Banshee Beat
Crescent – Mica
Black Dice – Night Flight
Ensemble – Disown, Delete
Max Richter – When The northern
Silje Nes – Bright Night Morning
The Twilight Sad – That Summer At Home, I Had Become The Invisible Boy (Ensemble remix)
Max Richter – In Louisville At 7
Songs Of Green Pheasant – West Coast Profiling
Black Dice – Things Will Never Be The Same

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The Twilight Sad announce US tour with Brakesbrakesbrakes + We Were Promised Jetpacks

You’ve already heard about The Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacksjoining Frightened Rabbit for an epic journey throughout the US west coast and south.

As if that weren’t enough fantastic tour news for one season, The Twilight Sad have announced that they’ll continue across the continent, this time joined by labelmates Brakesbrakesbrakes, withWe Were Promised Jetpacks staying the course.

The Twilight Sad will be continue to tour in support of their upcoming album ‘Forget The Night Ahead’, which will be released 22 Septemberin the US and Canada. Brakesbrakesbrakes will be making their first US jaunt in support of April’s phenomenal ‘Touchdown’, and We Were Promised Jetpacks will similarly be making their first full US run since the 7 July release of debut album ‘These Four Walls’.

Full run of dates follows. Stay tuned for additional Brakesbrakesbrakes shows to be announced soon.

3 Sept - Monolith Festival, Morrison CO (The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks)

14 Sept - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
15 Sept - Neurolux, Boise ID
16 Sept - Neumo’s, Seattle, WA
17 Sept -MusicFest NW, Portland, OR
18 Sept - The Independent, San Francisco CA
20 Sept - Knitting Factory, Los Angeles CA
22 Sept - Plush, Tucson AZ
24 Sept - The Mohawk, Austin TX
26 Sept - Bottletree, Birmingham AL
27 Sept - The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
28 Sept - Club Downunder, Tallahassee FL
29 Sept - The Social, Orlando FL

1 Oct - Local 506, Chapel Hill NC
3 Oct - North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA
5 Oct - Black Cat Backstage, Washington DC
6 Oct - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
7 Oct - Great Scott, Allston MA
9 Oct - La Sala Rossa, Montreal Quebec
10 Oct - El Mocambo, Toronto Ontario
11 Oct - Blind Pig, Ann Arbor MI
12 Oct - Empty Bottle, Chicago IL

Photo from Flickr : justinsvs’ photostream



Photograph by Nic Shonfeld