New Album!

White Town - Don't Mention The War

Yep, after six years of moving house, going barmy, moving house again, etc., the new album is finally here! It’s called ‘Don’t Mention The War’ and here’s the tracklisting:

1. Make The World Go Away
2. A New Surprise
3. Somewhere Blue
4. I Was Trotsky’s Nun
5. These Are The MPs
6. Hold It In
7. Death In Kettering
8. Fanfare For Emma Goldman
9. Whenever I Say Hello
10. Theme For A BBC Natural History Series Presented By Richard Dawkins
11. The Straight-Edge Atheists’ Hymn
12. Sabrina, Won’t You Help Us Out?

There you go, twelve songs about love, lust, war, peace and teenage witches. I’ll be putting up clips of the songs soon so you can have a preview.

This album is about as DIY as you can get: I wrote the songs, performed every part (no guest musicians this time), recorded and produced it, mastered it (not fun!), took the pics for the graphics, did all the graphics and now I’m sticking it out on my own label.

Yep, ‘Don’t Mention The War’ will be Bzangy Records first release. The album was meant to come out on Ninthwave Records but they’ve sadly had to shut down for the forseeable future. My thanks to Dave for putting out my music and generally being very supportive and involved for the last few years. It’s a tough job running an indie label – I know as Bzangy Records will be my third!

I’ve signed up with CD Baby, so ‘Don’t Mention The War’ will be easily available in physical form in the US (and as an import elsewhere) and will also be on iTunes around the world. Give it a while though, I only sent off the first copies to them on Wednesday. :-)

As I’m sitting typing this, I’ve got one of the 1000 pressed albums sitting to my right. It looks brilliant! I’m soooo excited to be releasing this record. Of course, every artist thinks their new record is the best yet and I’m no different. But I can honestly say, some of the best songs I’ve ever written are encoded on this small piece of shiny plastic.

From my heart, straight to yours!

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October 13, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

White Town Live Vid

Yep, yep! Thanks to the “miracle of the cyberwent” (TM), even if you weren’t at the gig I did last Friday in Gothenburg, you can now hear my rather tremulous rendition of the first White Town song. Which was… White Town. (You can download the original 7″ version for free from here.)

Note my two lovely assistants, Ville from Cats on Fire and Stefan from Agent Simple. They both played much better than I did, the swine.

Thanks to the Cosy Den posse for posting up the vid on You Tube! Check out their other vids, there’s some real gems on there.

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September 21, 2006. posted by Jyoti. Videos.

New 7″ Vinyl!

A New Surprise

Another thing I brought back from Sweden, nestled next to a deep sense of well-being, was a little box containing 7″ singles. Yep, you heard right, shiny, shiny vinyl records. I can’t remember the last time I released a vinyl record, I suspect it was around ’93 or ’94. A bloody long time ago, anyway.

When I got home yesterday, I plopped the record on my deck, turned up the amp and listened, amazed, as sound poured out of the teeny grooves. And it sounded good. I’m not going all Neil Young on you but this is a lovely-sounding record. Whoever cut it did a grand job.

Now, I can hear you asking, “Where, oh where can we buy this slice of lovely?”

Well, popkids, if you live in Derby, amble along to Reveal Records and buy one from there as I dropped in a few this morning.

If you aren’t from Derby, I think you should head to the Heavenly Pop Hits website and bug them for a copy as they released it. They’re lovely people, very clean and I’m sure they’ll be able to help you out. Do send them actual money though, don’t just email them begging for free stuff.

The EP is four tracks:

A1 A New Surprise
A2 Melissa Joan Hart

B1 Make A Right At Jordfallsmotet (cover version of the classic Agent Simple song)
B2 Theme For A Post-Watershed Cop Show Set In Wellingborough

I’m very proud of it as I think it’s a great little EP. Of course, I would say that, wouldn’t I? But I genuinely think it’s poppy and punchy and if you make a tiny bit of room in your heart, it might crawl in there and curl up for a kip.

Lovely gigs! Shiny records! God, I love being a musician! ๐Ÿ˜€

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September 20, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

More Gigging!

Gothenburg - 47

No, I’ve not been slacking – I’ve been away for the last fortnight playing some gigs in Scandinavia, more specifically in Finland and Sweden. Note that I say “playing some gigs” rather than “touring” as that implies rock’n’roll excess. I only played four gigs which is much too leisurely to be rock. Still did a hell of a lot of travelling, though.

Back In Turku - 1

I only managed to do the shows because Gaz travelled with me as roadie, guitar tech and soundman. He basically did everything strenuous while I swanned around, fainting at the very mention of heavy lifting. Amazingly, even in a whole fortnight we didn’t have a proper argument, although things got slightly heated when I tried to sell him the Carter Leslie Doomsday Argument.

Helsinki + Train Journey - 11

The gigs were all lovely, in different ways and we met some of the most charming people. I know musicians always say that but it’s true. If you’re in a band and you want attentive, caring audiences, go and play in Sweden and Finland.

I played with Goodnight Monsters at Dynamo in Turku, Erik Hallden in Stockholm and Cats On Fire + Agent Simple in Gothenburg. All the bands I played with do pop music so it was a dream set of gigs. No dull experimentalism, no “challenging” chin-rubbing excesses, real songs about real life. Such a breath of fresh air after the moribund British music scene.

Stefan from Agent Simple played on a couple of my songs at the Gothenburg Cosy Den gig and Ville from Cats on Fire was also kind enough to help me out at that gig and the two in Finland. They were worried about learning my songs but when I pointed out they were mostly two / three-chord wonders, they relaxed a lot. :-)

Kvibergs Tramstop - 1

The sheer beauty of the countries was, at times, overpowering. And a little intimidating because, let’s face it, the average Scandinavian is far more gorgeous than the average Brit. That’s no myth. Sadly, I was a bit rubbish at taking pictures as I was concentrating on not putting my back out like I did last year. But if you click some of the pics above, you’ll end up at galleries of the few pics I did capture.

Playing those four gigs was very special for me. If you came to any of them, thank you for being such a good listener and making me a very happy performer! :-)

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September 20, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

‘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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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

Your Woman

Your Woman

Some little tinker has uplaoded the video for ‘Your Woman’ onto YouTube. Have a butchers’ by clicking here!

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May 16, 2006. posted by Jyoti. Videos.

New Album Finished!

Yep, you read that right!

After a gap of six years which I’ve spent moving house, going mad, getting a bit less mad, eating cakes and crying at the wonders of Sweden, I’ve finally finished my new album. I sent off the master CD to Ninthwave Records today and, presuming Dave Ninthwave doesn’t totally hate it, it should be out soon.

More details soon, pop kids! ๐Ÿ˜€

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April 18, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

New 7″ EP Recorded!

Heavenly Pop Hits Records

Last night, I finished the final track for a 7″ EP soon to be released on the Swedish indie label, Heavenly Pop Hits.

I’ve been writing and recording like mad lately, often doing a song a weekend. This is partly the sprouting of the seeds laid by my gigs in Sweden last year and partly that I’ve changed a lot of my old working practices.

The main difference now is that I’ve stopped using non-dedicated computers to record music. I’m now using a Yamaha AW2400 which is, of course, a computer but it’s one dedicated to recording, equipped with all the lovely buttons and flying faders any modern musician needs. It’s amazingly fast and intuitive to use and never gets in the way of my creative process.

I won’t go over old ground covered in a previous rant but suffice it to say that I wrote and recorded an entire instrumental last night and mastered it this morning. The one time I tried to use Logic Pro 7.2 last night, it took nine minutes to open a song. And even then, it didn’t find any of the old EXS instruments I used on the track. All the while, the AW was sitting next to my Mac, laughing at it’s crapness and un-musicality.

You know, I love making music! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ll keep you updated as to when the EP is coming out and how to get hold of a copy.

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March 14, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

Goodbye MurdochSpace, Hello Friendster!

Arsehole Murdoch
Murdoch – buying everything good and making it evil

I’ve just posted the below on my MySpace pages (personal and White Town):

Hello!

Since MySpace is now owned by international arsehole Rupert Murdoch, I have decided to bugger-off to Friendster. You can find me at:

http://www.friendster.com/profiles/jyotimishra

My MySpace page will stay up, purely to display this message. But Iโ€™m fucked if Iโ€™m going to funnel money (via ad revenue) to Darth Murdoch. Friendster isnโ€™t that great but at least it isnโ€™t evil (so far).

Adios!

It’s a shame as MySpace seems to be exploding in usage beyond irritating teenage emo kids. But what the fuck – as if I’m going to support any of Murdoch’s businesses!

Click here for a few examples of why I hate this walking tumour.

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February 15, 2006. posted by Jyoti. 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

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December 24, 2005. posted by Jyoti. Music.

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