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Friday, September 30, 2005

Good god- please come back, Graham!

Blur reveals "change of direction." And Damon on Gorillaz success in the States, from NME. But who knows- on second thought, maybe it'll turn out to be somewhat like their self-titled album and I'll be a happy camper. It's early in the game now, so things could completely change...

Blur reveal new album plans
And there's a change of direction in store
Blur are to record their "basic" new album as a three piece after Graham Coxon decided to continue as a solo artist.

Singer Damon Albarn has revealed that with no sign of Coxon rejoining his old band, Blur will record the follow-up to 'Think Tank' without an additional guitarist. As a result, the sound will be completely different.

"There is a Blur record at the moment but it's very basic," explained Albarn of the album, which could be out next year. "The reason why it's so basic is we decided that if we're going to make another record it's just got to be the three of us and I've got to play guitar. And because I'm such a rudimentary guitarist it has to be really stupid and basic punk rock."

However Blur and Gorillaz are not Albarn's only projects as he confirmed he is currently working on his first solo album - and like his previous side project 'Mali Music' it will have a global element.

"I'm halfway through a record that I started in Nigeria last year," said the Blur frontman. "I suppose will end up being my first solo record, although I hate the term 'solo record'."

Speaking to Hong Kong radio station RTHK3 shortly after Gorillaz completed their War Child track in the city, Albarn added that although Gorillaz are about to reveal their human forms with their five night November residency in Manchester, becoming an animation was been a good career move.

"We wouldn't be as successful as we are in America if we weren't a cartoon band," he declared. "You can't be white and from London and produce hip hop - it's illegal actually, in America."



Oh yes, and here's Turin Brakes covering the Red Hot Chili Peppers...

Turin Brakes- Breaking The Girl

Thursday, September 29, 2005

I feel your closeness- like a shotgun.

Yes, that Milla. The model, the actress. But just because she's a pretty face doesn't mean her music's going to follow along the same path as other models turned musicians. Naomi Campbell? Good lord, no. Milla's debut was titled "The Divine Comedy," seemingly giving off lofty aspirations. And she actually drew a lot of comparisons to Kate Bush, and not entirely off mark. I particularly love the first single from the album, but the whole record is enjoyable from start to finish, showing off some of her background and influences in eastern Europe and otherwise. Check her out...

Milla- Gentlemen Who Fell

Mermaids and monkeys!

OK, I need to stop dissing the boys of Supergrass like that, as I'm quite a fan. But I still think they look mighty simian. And as usual, they don't disappoint with either their music or the accompanying video clips. It was directed by Garth Jennings of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy fame; perhaps there's a connection between the dolphins of the Guide and mermaids? Who knows, but you get to see Gaz and Co. scuttlebutting around underwater with mermaids. Need I say more?

Supergrass- Low C (Windows Media)

Thanks to Kate for the heads-up.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

I'll buy the drinks and we will slip into the night...


Gonna make this a quick one, rush job. First time I stumbled upon Gene's debut album Olympian I was impressed with their sound. Great jingle-jangly guitars and the voice of Martin Rossiter, which instantly brings to mind the croon and tone of Morrissey. Olympian is still their peak, but that doesn't mean they didn't produce some killer tunes otherwise. This one's from their 1999 release Revelations. Great little moody drinking tune; Gene gives up fey British indie-pop quite well...

Gene- Fill Her Up

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The rest are impaled by sense...

Back after an exhausting weekend, whew. Today I dug up a Select sampler from about five years back that I've enjoyed since I got it (save the Slipknot tune that closes it.) Nice bunch of tunes, some B-sides from Doves and Muse, some remixes of Timo Maas and what not. I decided to go with JJ72's appearance, which is the original demo version of their first single "Oxygen." No matter that the first time I heard the Irish trio I assumed that the lead singer was female. This song is sublime, uplifting, and all-around great. Simple chords, soaring voice, great melody- if you haven't heard JJ72 up 'til now, take note. Their latest single "Coming Home" is in stores now, and their third full-length is set to be released soon.

JJ72- Oxygen (original demo version)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Ashes to ashes...

Daniel Ash, that is. And David J. And a fire that burned their studio and work-in-progress album, resulting in the charred guitar on the cover. Most of the critical love for Love and Rockets is given to the albums Express and Earth, Sun, Moon, it seems- but I tend to believe that the 1996 release Sweet F.A. is an overlooked classic. Yeah, yeah- of course they're known for their 80s mega-hit "So Alive," and sure, it's a dynamite tune. But the psychedelic, fuzzy, sinister tone of the tunes on Sweet F.A. tend toward blissful. And throw in lines like "How many A&R men does it take to change a lightbulb? I'll get back to you on that" from "Shelf Life" or "Doesn't matter where you're going or where you're comin' from...or is your life just like a grain of sand... fuck all else" from the title track and you've got an album's worth of gems.

Love and Rockets- Sweet Lover Hangover

Love and Rockets- Shelf Life



And on a somewhat similar note, I played JAMC "Reverence" on the jukebox in a packed bar last night. Priceless...

Friday, September 23, 2005

Bumpin'... and Thumpin'...

So I'm in the mood for some upbeat tunes this morning- perk my ass up a bit. And here comes Fatboy Slim. I'm a big fan of the Skint label, lots of great electronic artists including Fatboy, Lo-Fidelity Allstars, Space Raiders, Midfield General, etc. I believe this tune was originally released as a B-side to Sir Cook's big hit "Praise You" but it's also come out on a compilation or two since then. Pretty simple tune, as most of Fatboy Slims Big Beat stuff is, but I still think it's damned catchy. And isn't that what a great dance tune should be? Sho Nuff.

Fatboy Slim- Sho Nuff


And speaking of upbeat, moving on to Jellyfish. Great band, and a damned shame they only lasted two albums. I first discovered them from their video on Alternative Nation, which my roommate Josh and I used to watch every night to actually see "alternative" videos on MTV (shock shock horror horror shock shock horror!) and of course, for Kennedy. These two live tracks (covering both Badfinger and McCartney) were originally released on a radio-only promo EP that I managed to luckily score during my internship at WTTS, then later also came out on their greatest hits compilation. If you like the Beatles, if you like Squeeze, chances are you'll dig Jellyfish. I'd highly recommend either of their two album releases, Bellybutton or Spilt Milk.

Jellyfish- No Matter What (live)

Jellyfish- Let Em In- That Is Why (live)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Crashing Out And Killing Time...

Damn what a lazy morning. Things are mighty slow... and I dug up an old 60 Ft. Dolls CD I had lying around for some reason. Whatever happened to these guys? They're Welsh- they got some comparisons to the Jam as far as sound/style is concerned, and the opening track kicks off mega-Supergrass-like. Hell, they've even got a freakish half man/half monkey drummer, a la the crew at Supergrass. The singer tends to spew forth like the late great Joe Strummer. But they seem to never have quite gotten off the ground, I suppose.

60 Ft. Dolls- Stay




More to come on the Prodigy's Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One... when I get around to it.

P.S. If anyone can introduce me ASAP to a leak of next month's Nellie McKay release, I'll deem you to be mighty boss.

A Completely Different Egg.

Apparently I should think things through more. Pardon the transferral. As seen elsewhere... and continued from here on out in this location...

How terribly exciting. I shall post musical finds here, which may or may not be rewarding to anyone who cares to investigate. I figured I check out 20+ damn blogs a day to find mp3s/new bands, why not add myself to the fray? So yeah.

I'm currently digging on the upcoming My Morning Jacket album- quite good on first listen. They seem to have changed it up a bit with this one, and don't sound quite as hmmm... homespun? Maybe not the right word, but I'm liking it more than their previous releases.

Ah yes, and the new Strokes tune. "Juicebox?" Who doesn't enjoy a juicebox? As long as that damn straw isn't too hard to poke in through that foil that's covering the hole. That always annoys me. And I hate when the straw bends when you're trying to get it in. What a pain in the ass.

But no, seriously- I think the new Strokes tune is decent.

Ah yes, and I also enjoyed the newish Sigur Ros video here. Great stuff. Goosebumps galore.


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