Tuesday, 13 September 2011


Ok, yesterday I read a bit in issue 3 and I just noticed quite a few mistakes (not only spelling and grammar) but other things, for exampel; John B McKenna haven´t been living in Glasgow for the past three days, but for the past three years. I guess that´s obvious! So for the next issue I think we need someone with good eyes for mistakes. Anyone? Of course you will get a free issue! x

Monday, 12 September 2011

3 x Glasgow

Gummy Stumps (featured in the latest issue of WIAL), just released a split vinyl with another Glasgow band. You can listen to the album here and as well, check out the Winning Sperm Party.

Three girls doing some kickass music! Just waiting for some recordings now. So for the moment, listen to this track

Golden Grrrls, a three piece band. 7" (pictured above) released on Night School Records (London). The drummer is amazing! Listen to them here (and don´t forget to buy the 7"!).

Saturday, 20 August 2011

WIAL issue 3

Working in a Legend issue 3 is dedicated to Glasgow and DIY. With a help from Colin Stewart, Rob Churm and Stereo café bar this issue was possible. Thank you guys, you rock!

This issue contain inteviews with Ghostbox, Vivian Girls, Gummy Stumps, Nightschool Records, Richie Wohlfiel and John B McKenna.

Artwork is by Rob Churm (cover and inside poster) and Colin Stewart (inside pictures).

You can pick up a copy for £1 at Monorail in Glasgow. And also they will be for sale in Paris France, Detroit US and Sweden. So if you are not able to pick one up in Glasgow, feel free to contact us; workinginalegend@googlemail.com and we can sort it out.

Thank you and keep up the good work! X

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Outtake by Mistake: Interview with Michael Kasparis (Nightschool Rec/Please/The Lowest Form)

Basically my mistake; I sent an old version of the interview to Diana who was in charge of the printing. See it as a complement/teaser to the print.


Do you think you will release some of your project (Please, The Lowest Form, your solo stuff) on your label or do you feel embarrassed by this kind of attitude?

Um, its a weird one. The Lowest Form probably not as we started our label to release stuff (LOW Recordings). One of my favourite things about doing a label is mouthing of about other people's music. It's the ultimate fandom. Even though I love my own music I can never tell anyone else how great it is. Please as a band are the worst self-promoters I've ever come across. So anything I'd write about a Please release is gonna sound really humble and it'll probably defeat the object. So I'll say "no" and probably release a please thing in a couple of months.


Over 10 years, I had the impression major labels (Warner, Universal, etc) signed/promoted less and less of rock-ish inspired act (even succeful act like Franz Ferdinand or Animal Collective) for more and more hip hop/R'nB group, leaving big indie labels acting as major (Mute, Rough Trade, Domino, 4AD) and label like yours or Upset The rhythm becoming the next indie.

Do you think it's a side-effect of 'illegal' downloading or because of rock scene is becoming a niche-market like jazz or classical can be?

Well firstly I don't really know what goes on in the charts really. I know that majors still sign rock acts and make money off them: kings of leon, glasvegas, vaccines etc. These acts still appeal to a demographic that buys things. The bigger indie labels act exactly in the same way as majors for the most part and it can be boiled down to trying to sell as many records as they can. UTR or NS aren't any different really, we're just releasing less popular music!! We'd all like to think that the indies care about the artists more than the "nasty majors" but who knows? I've met people who work for major labels that are lovely, enthusiastic people. I've met people who work for big indies or who run labels the size of night school who are absolute wankers. Personally I don't stigmatize anything because its on a major or whatever but I know people who do and that's totally understandable. To actually answer your question I think cd revenues are fucked because of downloads yes. This is a problem for the majors and big indies. I'm not going to be blowing any minds to suggest that the 'market' is splitting up like how you're suggesting. Majors will have to find new ways of making money because people just aren't consuming the most popular music the same way they were 15 years ago. The indie labels, like NS, are different because we produce things which a niche market desire and that shows no sign of stopping.

What are the chance of survival for small indie label in what becoming a collector market?

By their nature a lot of indie labels do small runs and if they're desirable then the price will go up, once you can't get them from the label. The collector's market is really volatile and not something indie labels themselves are particularly aggressive about, to my knowledge. I think as long as the industry exists in its current form there will always be collectors and ebayers picking at the remains. I'm not sure anyone will ever pay 1000s of pounds for an indie release from the last 10 years the way they do for 70s prog private presses or whatever. Maybe I'm wrong... If anyone buys the Outside single for a 1000 quid in 10 years I won't complain.

Do you have to turn to CDR (like Disaro or Phantasma Disques) and tape (like Night People) to be able to survive the cost and keep going?What is the financial strategy of Nightschool Records (the first release pay for the second, and etc)?

Its a balancing act. Certain things are more profitable for sure, like CDrs and tapes. It costs a lot money to release a 7" in relation to how much you can expect back. This is why the APPEAL comp will be a tape, to make the most money for charity. The "bottom line" for me and I'm sure a lot of other labels is that if you sell out you've recouped and you go towards paying for the next release. Personally I've stopped accounting for the first two releases as the initial costs were so numerous and large it just got depressing haha. I don't regret a bit of it tho. When I saw the finished 7"s and thought of the money and time and effort from me and Gina Baber, who helped with the screening and designed the Terror Bird sleeve, I realised it was all worth it a thousand times over. Sorry if that sounds cheese-ball!

Some years ago, I saw one of the first gig of Please before a Trans Am gig. By then, you were sounding like a cross between out-of-rhythm epic heavy metal (think Rhapsody rather than Iron Maiden) and crashing pop post punk (somewhat Fire Engines)

I always wander what was intentional in that and what was pure "luck"

Haha yeah, that was our third gig. When we started Keeby and I were into a lot of noise, underground metal and prog. Rowland was the sole voice preventing us from turning into Orthrelm or something. We weren't that confident in ourselves so we did stuff that was more, uh, numbskull or something. Instead of doing something interesting we'd just turn the guitars up and throw our hair about. We didn't have a real idea of what we wanted. I suppose we still don't but we've grown a balanced chemistry, if I can sound pretentious for a minute. We all like different things and now it feels what we do is a total convergence of what we all like. Personally I don't think there was anything 'intentional' about sounding like a cross between Rhapsody and Fire Engines (good god!) nor anything particularly 'lucky.' Unlucky maybe. My one thing I took from that show was that a member of a well-known noise-pop group really laid into us on a forum about the shirt I was wearing. I'd only lived in London for two years and that was the sort of attitude I had expected from the real trend-lord types. The guy said something like the music was like my shirt, gaudy and disgusting. I've never recovered from this and still judge all my dress and music decisions on what that one guy said on a forum in 2007.



Monday, 25 April 2011

Night School Records

You should all visit our friend Michael´s label, Night School, and buy a copy of the cassette compilation, Appeal.
You will not only support a small run indie label, but also all the profit will go to the Japan red cross. So hurry up!
And if you live in London or by any chance is there the May 1st, you should go for the cassette launch. It´s an all day event with live music, bbq and beers. All for free! You can find more info at the home page.


Saturday, 16 April 2011

Record store day 2011

For this years record store day I was lucky to get hold of the Talulah Gosh 7" and Vivian Girls 7".
And I must say that the b-side I won´t be long, from the Vivian Girls 7", is seriously one of the best songs I ever heard. It´s just so, so perfect. The singing, the drums, the melody. Yes, everything. 2.03 minutes of perfection.

And http://www.myspace.com/viviangirlsnyc for some good tunes.
And here you can find more info about the Talulah Gosh 7";

x Di

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Lots of news!

We finally put out our second issue! We have interviews with Amelia Fletcher (Talulah Gosh/Heavenly/Marine Research/Tender Trap), Jeffrey Lewis (well, Jeffrey Lewis but also The Bundles), Marit Bergman and french blogger Pol Dodu (aka the Creation legend JC Brouchard).
You can find copy at Monorail (myspace, twitter, and website) but also in Stereo (twitter, website)
You will also be able to get it directly from us, paying by Paypal. Will £2, including postage.


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Annika Norlin, Säkert! och Hello Saferide

Here´s an interview with Annika Norling aka Hello Saferide / Säkert! (her english project vs her swedish). Unfortunately this interview is only in swedish, but I think that an ambitious person have translate it, if you check the comments. Anyway, I think that Annika is one of the best musicians from Sweden and you all should listen to her music. Hopefully I can interview her for the zine one day.

Here is her blog for Sälert! and the Hello Saferide homepage


Hello Saferide, My Best Friend

Säkert! - Dansa, fastän

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Records we bought 2010


A christmas gift for you from Phil Spector

Searching for young sould rebel by Dexy's Midnight Runners

Love bites by Buzzcocks

Wild things by Bush Tetras

Electric mainline by Spiritualized

Songs for the sad eyed girl by Biff Bang Pow!

River deep, mountain high by Ike and Tina Turner

Music for 18 musicians by Steve Reich

Taking tiger mountain (by strategy) by Brian Eno

Relics by Pink Floyd

Behind the iron curtain, Soviet-era rock and pop, compiled by Calvin Johnson

The Monkees (a compilation)

Goo by Sonic Youth

Rank by The Smiths

Louder than bombs by The Smiths


Nina Hagen Band

Isvolt compilation

The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Mini Album

Movin' with Nancy by Nancy Sinatra

Songs to swim to by Monoganon

The best of Francoise Hardy by Francoise Hardy

Black Tambourine

Baby you´re just you by The Pastels

Save yourself by Make Up

Lazy Days by Marine Girls

Beach Party by Marine Girls

Sweep the desert by Swell Maps

A different kind of tension by Buzzcocks

Metro music by Martha and The Muffins

With The Beatles by The Beatles

Best of Beach Boys by Beach Boys

The Graduate OST by Simon & Garfunkel

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel

Throughout the Ages by TITS / The seven sistered sea-secret of shh shh shh by Leopard Leg

Miniatures compilation

The Rutles by The Rutles

Flex Your Head (compilation)

Will anything happen by Shop Assistants

Here it comes by Shop Assistants

Music to climb the apple tree by by Beat Happening

Jamboree (with flexi disc) by Beat Happening

All the stuff and more by The Vaslines

We are very happy you came by Shonen Knife

The peel Sessions June Brides

Barbed Wire Kisses (b-sides and more) by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Vivian Girls by Vivian Girls

Everything Goes Wrong by Vivian Girls

Typical girls by The Slits

Touts va sauter by Elli & Jacno


Sonf of Sam by Elliott Smith

On the radio by The Concretes

Please Please Please by Shout Out Louds

The Comeback by Shout Out Louds

Speed Trials by Elliott Smith

Sounds showcase 2

Fight the power by Public Enemy

Excursions into "oh, a-oh" by Stereolab

Impossible things by Loopers

Our Frank by Morrissey

All you need is me by Morrissey

Rip it up by Orange Juice

I can't help myself by Orange Juice

Krsna moja crna goro by Branca

Sad se vidi, sad se zna by Grupa CD

Pijem da je zaboravim by Hasim Kucuk Hoki

Uzmi sve sto ti by Gvozden

The tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Streets of your town by The Go-Betweens

Razorcuts/The Wolfhounds flexi from The Legend!

Bringing up baby by Talulah Gosh

Trance by Red Kross

600 000 bands by Felt Letters

New radio by Bikini Kill

Hedi's head by Kleenex

The last words by Animal World

Animal space by The Slits

Salad days by Minor Threat

Exhibit A by Pussycat Trash

How does it feel by Crass

Merry Crassmas by Crass

All systems go by Poison Girls

Bloody revolution by Crass / Persons unknown by Posion Girls

Reality asylum by Crass

Barbed wire halo by Annie Anxiety

Nagasaki nightmare by Crass

You win by Brilliant Colors / I lose by Girls Names

Familiar shapes and noises by Broadcast and The Focus Group

Town Topic Ep by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

One inch badge split series vol. 5

Theme From Shaft by Isaac Hayes

Like a rolling stone by Bob Dylan

Runaway by Del Shannon

Grands Boulevards by Yves Montand

A forest by The Cure

Spellbound by Siouxsie and the Banshees

Lovesick by Orange Juice

Striving for the lazy perfection by The Orchids

Walk into the world by Brilliant Colors

Where do you go to (my lovely)? by Peter Sarstedt

Toi, tu l'entends pas by Edith Piaf

Pourvu que ca dure by Sandie Shaw

Non, je ne regrette rien by Edith Piaf

(Just like) starting over by John Lennon

Je veux qu'il revienne by Francoise Hardy

C'est fab! by Francoise Hardy

Je t'aime...moi non plus by Serge Gainsbourg

Leader of the pack by The Shangri-Las

Poupée de cire poupée deson by France Gall

Itchycoo park by Small Faces

Beatles movie medley by The Beatles

Good vibrations by Beach Boys

The Model by Kraftwerk

Showroom dummies by Kraftwerk

Tour de France by Kraftwerk

The Passenger by Iggy Pop

Paranoid by Black Sabbath

You can call me Al by Paul Simon

Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners

Tryouts for the human race by Sparks

I feel love by Donna Summer

You think you're a man by Divine

A new England by Kirsty MacColl

Cassie by Melody Dog

You trip me up by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Some candy talking EP by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Room in your heart by The Rosehips

January 1989 by The Go Team

June 1989 by The Go Team

August 1989 by The Go Team

You trip me up (flexi) by The Shop Assistants

I'd rather be with you by The Shop Assistants

Mustard gas by Action Painting!

I don't wanna be friends with you by The Shop Assistants

My love will followme by Vivian Girls

Wild eyes by Vivian Girls

Mexican ghost (on a boat) hello? by La La Vasquez

Happy Hour by The Housemartins

California Girls by Beach Boys


Twinkle echo by Casiotone for the painfully alone

Singapore a-go-go (sublime frequencies compilation)

The solo recordings (the collection1 ) by Martha Argerich

Coals to Newcastle by Orange Juice

Everything and more by Dolly Mixture

After nature by Gülcher

Unboxed by Free Kitten

The enraged will inherit the earth (plus rarities) by McCarthy

Music for the amorphous body study centre by Stereolab

The very best of The Byrds by The Byrds

Et moi et moi et moi by Jacques Dutronc

The Rutles by The Rutles


Live by Black Flag

Thanks to Oxfam Music, Vinyl Hut (RIP), Monorail, Missing, Crocodisc, Monster Melodies, Gibert, Boulinier and various gigs