Monkey Swallows the Universe…again!

You asked for it. TWO more MSTU shows, this time marking the 10th anniversary of our second album, The Casket Letters, which was released on Loose Records in 2007.

We’ll be playing The Casket Letters in full on Friday 28th July at Sheffield City Hall Ballroom. Tickets will be on sale for this one from Friday 10th March.

We’ll also be playing a set of our favourites at Indietracks Festival on Sunday 30th July. Tickets are on sale NOW.

Pic above by Chris Saunders, taken on the Bole Hills in Sheffield.

EM ESS TEE YOU

*UPDATE – the Sheffield gig has been moved to Queens Social Club – more tickets released*

TEN YEARS. It’s been ten years since the release of the first Monkey Swallows the Universe album, The Bright Carvings.

So.

The five of us are going to be reborn from an egg on a mountaintop in a little one off gig at the Greystones in Sheffield on the day of resurrection: Easter Sunday, 27 March. We’ll be playing all the songs from that first album. Tickets here.

We’re also going to be releasing a digital single, featuring new versions of Sheffield Shanty and The Secret Word is Groucho (the secret track of Kev’s at the end of the album). That’ll be out sometime in Feb.

Please indulge us.

 

 

 

Today’s listening

This week I’ve been listening to Joanna Newsom a lot, getting excited for her new album.

I hope this means she’ll be touring, I haven’t seen her play for ages (I’ll take this opportunity to show off again about the time she gave me a hug backstage at Green Man). I also found a great 70s playlist from the woman herself over here.

When Emily and those meteorites haven’t been circling in my head today, this one has been popping in, which I hadn’t listened to for years…

and that one reminded me of this…

This weekend I’m making a video to go with the lead track on the Lonesome Lake EP, and I’m seeing the Wave Pictures and Alvvays (not on the same bill, though that would be pretty great). Have a good Bank Hol!

Don’t Worry Baby

I’m hoping to catch the new Brian Wilson film, Love and Mercy, at some point this weekend. It’s reminded me of our (Figureheads) Beach Boys cover…


It was the B-side to Wonderful Emergency on Damaged Goods, which was Gideon Coe’s ‘label of love’ on BBC 6 Music earlier this week (which meant a spin for another of our singles, Wasted!) Gid also repeated a 2007 Monkey Swallows the Universe session this week that you can listen back to as well. Thanks, Gid!