Pok: Freight Train (Pains)

Posted by Wudmaster on 27/04/17

Freight Train (Pains) by Pok the Bard is the latest song to be added to his forthcoming Anthology album. It is one of Pok‘s very oldest songs and was mined from his book Golden Temple and the Laughing Sun during a recent outbreak of song-related archaeology.

Despite it’s age in years, Freight Train (Pains) is very fresh. The whole thing was recorded, mixed, mastered and released in just the one session. It is the first time we have managed to produce a whole song from nothing since The Lecher, also on Pok‘s forthcoming Anthology album.

The freight train in Freight Train (Pains) is the very same train as the one described in another of Pok’s songs, Cunning and Tricks, which is also on the Anthology album.

When Pok arrived for a day in our studios, he brought with him original copies of two of the books he wrote back in the 80s, Boris and Golden Temple and the Laughing Sun. Both are veritable goldmines of material! We had originally planned to develop other songs instead, but this one took a hold and turned out rather well.

Pok had even taken his rather splendid Tanglewood acoustic guitar away to where he has been staying, so he used George’s studio Yamaha with its tiny electric strings. Pok also plays Betty the Bastard, his rather old and wonderful Tokai electric. Bass was provided by our in-house bass player Maxx Damage and Pok added all of the vocals as well. Virtually everything was recorded in one continuous take and the whole song has a fresh, natural, intimate atmosphere.

We have set the price for Freight Train (Pains), as indeed we have for the whole of the Anthology album, to ‘pay what you want’, so you can choose what value to give this piece of music. By all means download it for free, although of course any contributions towards keeping our lights burning and flags flying are greatly appreciated.

We are very hopeful of being able to release some more old classics by Pok to his Anthology album in the coming days. His next visit is slated for Monday and we have a few tracks nearing completion. We shall let all of Pok‘s fans know of any developments in our News Service and on Twitter.

If you would like to hear or download Freight Train (Pains) by Pok the Bard on Bandcamp, please click here.

To listen to or download the whole of the Anthology album by Pok as it stands right now, please click here instead.

Wud Records: Musical Discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 19/04/17

Following a variety of requests, the time has come to collect up all of the Musical Discoveries playlists and put them all together in one place for easy access.

Lots of people love to hear great new music, but finding it can be a lot of work. With our Musical Discoveries playlists, we’ve already done all of that work for you! Everything we’ve included is a track we liked or found interesting in some way.

All of the bands and tracks still remain completely independent from Wud Records and its associates. These are effectively just links to where you can hear some great new independent music on SoundCloud.

By now we have compiled several months of playlists and this means many hours of awesomeness. If you need some music whilst you are working or just relaxing, simply open one of these and press ‘play’. No need to do anything for quite a while afterwards.

All of the playlists are extremely eclectic and were ordered by the number of plays at the time of publishing, starting with the track that had the fewest. This means sometimes quite similar tracks might be together, and sometimes completely different ones will be. If the track you are hearing isn’t quite doing it for you, skip forward to the next and it may well be more pleasing.

We will be adding further playlists of great music every month. New Musical Discoveries collections are usually published within the first few days of the month. When we publish a new compilation, we inform everybody whose music is on it, then announce it in our News service and on Twitter. Why not bookmark or favourite these pages so you can always hear the latest sonic grooviness?

We tend to keep the latest Musical Discoveries playlist as our pinned tweet on Twitter in the hope that it will help these musicians and composers reach a few more listeners.

If you find something you like, please give the track and the artist a shoutout on social media. Helping to spread the word is great for the artists involved and you can be sure they will appreciate your recommendation. You can see for yourself just how many – or how few – plays each track has had. It is a great shame that more people are not hearing this fabulous music.

To check out the collated, compiled and utterly wonderful Musical Discoveries playlists, simply click here and choose a month in the list to the left.

The Bastard Sons of Dennis: Pieces of Me

Posted by Wudmaster on 15/04/17

Pieces of Me is the newest release from The Bastard Sons of Dennis. It was recorded at 432Hz instead of 440Hz. It has been added to their Cherry Smoke Empire album, which is a collection of original songs by the duo. It is a gentle, wistful, melodic piece in the key of C major.

Pieces of Me is a song that was composed by Q.Wim on Sunday 24th October 1993. It was first played by The Bastard Sons of Dennis on Exmouth beach in the early summer of 1994. It has never been performed live by our gruesome twosome as it has a slow tempo and a sensitive feel, which would be incongruous in one of their high-energy live performances.

This song has a long history and we all felt it deserved to be included on this album. It was performed at the spontaneous gathering of The Bastard Sons of Dennis in May 1998, which we have uploaded to the pages of The Bastard Sons of Dennis here at Wud Records. For a complete change, it features Yuri on bass rather than guitar. This is as an echo of the 1998 jam session.

With just one track left to upload, the Cherry Smoke Empire album by The Bastard Sons of Dennis is almost complete! We hope to finish and upload the final track in the coming days. Of course, we shall keep all fans of the band updated in our News Service and on Twitter.

As with the rest of the Cherry Smoke Empire album, we have set the price for Pieces of Me to pay-what-you-want. This means you can choose what value any of the songs or indeed the whole album has for you when downloading, including for free! Contributions to keeping the lights burning and the wheels turning are all gratefully accepted. :)

If you would like to download or listen to Pieces of Me at Bandcamp, please click here.

If you prefer to listen to the whole Cherry Smoke Empire album here at Wud Records, please click here instead.

Watershed: photo gallery created

Posted by Wudmaster on 14/04/17

A new gallery of old photos of the band Watershed has been created. These photos were apparently taken by George during the long cold late winter period of 1991. At that time he was living at the shared hoouse in Elm Road, Mannamead, Plymouth, which was the band’s headquarters.

Describing the new page as a gallery is perhaps overstating the case a little. There are only four photos, but that is considerably better than none. We felt that fans of the band would love to have the opportunity to see them.

Here at Wud Records we live in hope that some day there will be more fabulous Watershed music uploaded to the internet somewhere, whether it is by ourselves (assuming we can source some more from somewhere), members of the band, or their many fans. If anything changes, we shall update you in our News service and on Twitter.

If you would like to listen to the Life, Times and Dreams EP by Watershed, please click here.

To listen to Watershed Live at the Cooperage, Plymouth on Christmas Eve 1990, please click here.

To have a look at the new photo gallery of Plymouth’s finest reggae band, please click here.

Wud Records: online marketing advice and strategy guide

Posted by Wudmaster on 09/04/17

Here at Wud Records we don’t normally go in for offering marketing advice, especially unrequested marketing advice. We tend to feel that other people who find us are likely to be grown-ups who know what they are about, and if there is something they want to understand a bit better, the chances are likely that somebody on the internet has already explained it better than we ever could.

However, we’ve decided to make an exception. There’s a story behind this as well, so if you’re sitting comfortably…

During a recent team discussion, we were reminded of something. At the very beginning of the ‘new’ Wud Records website in 2008, it was something we hoped to achieve one day. What we hoped for was somebody to listen to one of our tracks every hour. We have been exceeding this for quite some time now. On average, between four and five people listen every hour, 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. This figure is growing all the time. It’s simply amazing.

Several months ago, we began to use a brand new marketing strategy to try to increase our fanbase on SoundCloud and our followers on Twitter in a wholesome, organic way, one which didn’t involve paid services that would result in useless phoney likes and follows.

This led to the creation of our Discoveries playlists, which are compilations of the favourite music our team agree on from everything that we hear at SoundCloud during any given month. Some of those wonderful acts that we’ve discovered are barely being heard at all, which seems a terrible shame considering what fabulous music they are involved in creating.

Some of the ones who we have given free publicity and shoutouts to have asked us how they might reach more supporters and new fans. After typing our strategy a few times in emails and private messages, we decided to put the little knowledge we have and tips that seem to have worked for us into one page at our website so everyone can see it if they want to.

Some marketing companies will charge you a fortune for this very same information. It’s no secret, and the more people use this method, the better for everyone.

If you would like to read our ‘How-To’ marketing advice guide, “Be Discovered on Social Media Platforms!”, please click here.

Good luck!

The Bastard Sons of Dennis: Horsemon

Posted by Wudmaster on 08/04/17

Horsemon is the name of a brand new track added to the album Cherry Smoke Empire by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. It is quite unlike any of the other tracks on the album in that it is an electronic dance music piece. In a sense it is not particularly new either, as it is the earliest recording of The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Horsemon dates right back to the summer of 1992!

Because Horsemon is so different to the rest of the Cherry Smoke Empire album, it is in a sense a bonus track and has been placed as the penultimate offering. The final track on the album, the epilogue to The Furniture, is most definitely in the style of a bonus track.

Horsemon is a highly unusual piece of EDM in that it is completely improvised. It was recorded in the old Silent Running Studios. Q.Wim played around on Nicodemus and Yuri operated the machines.

The whole thing was a simple loop on the Atari 1040. The Yamaha TG33 is panned centre to right and the Kawai K4r is panned centre to left. The E-mu Pro-Cussion is panned wide left to right and the Akai S900 plays the bassline straight down the middle. As the piece develops, you can hear new parts being added to the sequencer. The rather blorty keyboard theme on the TG33 was recorded into the sequencer, quantised and left be, without the wrong notes being removed.

Despite this piece being rather messy, we felt that it had enough artistic merit to be included on the Cherry Smoke Empire album as a bonus track. Some of the musical ideas and the main guitar theme that Q.Wim plays are fantastic. The sound isn’t as great as it might be, but if you consider it was salvaged from a 25-year-old cassette, it’s not so bad.

There is something of a tale behind this curiously-named piece. We always thought the name sounded like a Jamaican word, meaning ‘postman’. However, when Q.Wim and Yuri were searching for a name to call themselves (a perennial dilemma for most bands), they started out by putting together their two Chinese astrological signs, a horse and a monkey. This was the name that appeared on the posters of their first live performances and pre-dates the entire notion of Dennis. When saving the file on the old studio Atari, the filename would only permit up to eight characters. And so it was that ‘HorseMonkey’ became truncated to ‘Horsemon’, and that was the name that always stuck.

If you would like to listen to Horsemon from the Cherry Smoke Empire album among the pages for The Bastard Sons of Dennis here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

If you prefer to listen to Horsemon at Bandcamp, where you can also download it for free or for whatever value you choose, please click here instead.

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