Merry Crimbo!

Crimbo Pengies - 03

Hello! Even though I’m a bit of a bahhumbug when it comes to Crimbo, I thought I’d give you all a little pressie this year. Ladies and gentlemen, I present the present of the Mental At 5am EP!

Did you read this rambling post? Read it now? Good!

Well, the night I talk about there, the night that Mattias Cosy Den stayed over is when I recorded this live, acoustic EP. We stayed up very late and I chose one of my own songs plus a couple of covers that I love. Here’s what’s on the EP:

1. Death In Kettering
This is one of mine, taken off the last album, ‘Don’t Mention The War.’ I love doing this song acoustically, I don’t know why. It’s just one of the purest songs I’ve written. Whenever you write a song, you have the idea of it in your head and then, after a while, you have the finished thing. Mostly, the reality will diverge from the idea. But ‘Death In Kettering’ is probably the closest I’ve got to the idea yet.

2. Mellow Doubt
Probably my favourite Teenage Fanclub song. It’s such fun to play and sing. I first worked it out when I was on a promo tour of Germany in 1997. I was on my own in a hotel room, missing my wife terribly and feeling totally isolated. All I had was my guitar and this song on my CD walkman (yep, it was that long ago!).

3. It Doesn’t Matter Two
Like every true Depechie, my favourite album is ‘Black Celebration.’ And this sublime love song is off that classic. I think it’s prime Martin Gore: sex, death, lust, nihilism, existentialism all wrapped up in catchy melodies and sharp lyrics. And it sounds a bit Russian too, for some reason.

4. Mattias
This is Mattias signing off the night in Swedish. I do hope he’s not being rude!

If you’d like to have this EP, just click here and I’ll be yours in a jiffy.

I hope you enjoy it, have a lovely festive season and a wonderful 2010!
love and kisses,
Jyoti

December 24, 2009. posted by Jyoti. Music.

Death In Kettering (Acoustic Version)

Death In Kettering

Hello!

This evening, I was feeling a bit woolly and reflective, remembering how much fun it was to play in Stockholm last week. So I recorded an acoustic version of ‘Death In Kettering’ and I thought I’d share it with you lovely peeps. It’s the sound of me around 8.30pm!

You can hear it and also download the mp3 for free by clicking here.

The track was recorded straight to stereo, no overdubs or studio magix, all I’ve done is EQ it a bit. So it’s a bit rough but quite representative of what I sound like live with just a guitar (ie, a bit rough).

Hope you like it!
love and kisses,
Jyoti

PS – And the original electronic version is available to listen for free or buy here.

December 14, 2007. posted by Jyoti. Music.

‘A New Surprise’ on iTunes

'A New Surprise' on iTunes

Yep, as a taster for my forthcoming album, the lovely Ninthwave Records have issued ‘A New Surprise’ on iTunes. For the amazingly tiny sum of 79p, you can buy the single track. Or wait a bit and you can buy the whole album.

Click here for the iTunes store link to ‘A New Surprise.’

‘A New Surprise’ is also the lead track for the 7″ coming out soon on Heavenly Pop Hits, but that EP also has three other tracks on it not previously released or on the new album. Yes, I’ve been slightly prolific lately. 🙂

Oooh, it’s lovely having new music to announce! 😀

August 11, 2006. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

The Ghost Of White Town Past

Here’s a Crimbo pressie for you lovely peeps: it’s the first record White Town ever released.

Fifteen years ago, when White Town wasn’t just me and a bunch of synths, we released our debut 7″ on my own little label, Satya Records. And now, thanks to the miracle of the cyberwent, you can download that single in all its no-fi glory. The mp3s are transfers from my ageing vinyl, I haven’t got any of the mastertapes, so they’re hissy, noisy and quite, quite glorious. Here are the songs:

White Town
Whisper Away
The Strange Waltz

It’s strange listening to myself singing from so long ago. I think I was singing too deeply for myself, as all young men do, to try and sound older. Now that I’m actually old I’m too busy fighting ear hair growth to worry about how manly I am. Ahhh… youth!

Here’s the front cover:

Front Cover

I didn’t have a computer so that’s some typing off my Dad’s mechanical typewriter, blown up on a photocopier. You can download the hi-res version by clicking here.

Here’s the back:

Back Cover

Sean Phillips isn’t actually on the record. He was in the band though, as were many guitarists. I think I went through around eight guitarists, three drummers and two bassists before taking the hint and just doing everything myself. It’s a lot quicker but much lonelier. Anna, Nick’s sister, played the lovely mournful cello bits on ‘White Town,’ which was very kind of her as I don’t think we paid her owt. You can download the hi-res version of the back cover by clicking here.

And, for historical completeness, here’s the rambling insert I did for the single:

Insert

Hi-res version here. I remember typing that when I was feeling very paranoid and depressed. White Town was then, as it is now, a very un-trendy band in Derby terms. All the other Derby bands had fans / good looks / record deals / great hair. I thought, fuckit, even though no-one likes my songs, I like them. So I stuck a 7″ out. Then I photocopied four of the inserts on to a sheet of A4, photocopied that 250 times and then cut out all 1000 inserts myself by hand. It was DIY or do nothing.

Listening back to the single now, I still like the songs. It’s strange for me to hear that my songwriting and vocals haven’t really changed that much in fifteen years. I’m a bit better at producing, occasionally better at pitching but I’m still obsessed by women, sex, death, politics and women. Hey – what else is there?

Please download any/all of the above, put on your Santa hat, have a mince pie and then indie-shimmy around to the ghost of White Town past…

Happy Christmas!
love and kisses,
Jyoti

December 24, 2005. posted by Jyoti. Music.

Happy Christmas From Jyoti!

Hello! Observant WT fans may know I’m not a big fan of Christmas generally. Let’s just say I have certain issues with the season of drunken thuggery and ill-will to random strangers.

However, this year I’m trying to be a little less Scroogey and humbuggy. So, as a little pressie from me, please accept, for a strictly limited time, a free mp3. It’s a track called ‘Merry Fucking Christmas’ and it was originally on the 2000 Parasol Records Christmas comp, Christmas Singles.

White Town – Merry Fucking Christmas (Too late! It’s gone!)

Right/cntrl-click above to download the track! (It’s only 1.7 meg so it shouldn’t take too long.) It works best played extremely loudly with your head between the speakers.

Hope you all have a great festive season and don’t eat too many sweeties!
love and kisses,
Jyoti

December 22, 2004. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

December

Download December (30 second mp3)

Featured on Stuck in a Chimney, available to buy online through Parasol

June 28, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Music.

Make the World Go Away

[cover of Sweet Sixteen Volume 4]

Download Make the World Go Away (30 second mp3)

Featured on Sweet Sixteen Volume 4, available to buy online through Parasol

June 28, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Music.

Peek & Poke – Album

[cover]

These tracks are 30 second samples from the album.

  1. Another Lover
  2. Why I Hate Drugs
  3. Duplicate
  4. Every Second Counts
  5. Anyway
  6. In My Head
  7. Bunny Boiler
  8. She Left for Paris
  9. Theme For Alan Mathison Turing
  10. I’m Alone
  11. The Story of My Life
  12. Excerpts From An Essay

Available to buy online through Parasol, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, 101cd.com, CD Zone

June 28, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Music.

Another Lover – Single

[cover]

These tracks are 30 second samples from the single

  1. Another Lover
  2. Theme For Leaving Derby
  3. Theme For A Violent Videogame
  4. I Ain’t Commercial

Available to buy online through Parasol, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, 101cd.com, CD Zone

June 28, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Music.

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