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Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloweeeeener!



In keeping with the holiday...

The ZOMBIES- Whenever You're Ready

Battle- DEMONS (if you haven't heard this one yet, it's great)

The BOO Radleys- Wish I Was Skinny

Radiohead- BONES (live at the Forum)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

You're just a human, a victim of the insane...


My favourite two Lennon solo albums were always John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (his first) and Double Fantasy (his last.) OK, maybe not saying a lot- seeing how there wasn't really a lot of solo input in between (unless you count the many loaves of home-made bread.) Anyway- that's not the point, really. This is one of my all-time favourite solo John songs, partly because it seems to show him at his most honest and vulnerable. One of the most popular and well-known men of his generation, he felt isolated and alone. And it's quite starkly illustrated in many of the songs on his first album. But here Maximo Park take the song and reinterpret it in a different style- sounding robotic, sounding Devo, sounding Magazine. And although I don't think it quite conveys the same feelings that are at the core of the original, I think it comes across as a quite enjoyable rendering... and all of it in barely over a minute.

Maximo Park- Isolation

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

RIP Peelie (1939-2004)



"I just want to hear something I've never heard before." - Mr. John Peel


I'm not nearly qualified to say enough about Mr. Peel. Arguably the greatest radio DJ ever, and one with massive influence. I was never lucky enough to listen to him live on the radio when he'd break out his latest greatest favourite on the masses. But if it hadn't been for him, there's a good chance I'd never have heard the Fall, Jesus & Mary Chain, Hefner, Joy Division, and of course, Teenage Kicks.

“It's possible that John can form some kind of nightmarish career out of his enthusiasm for unlistenable records and his delight in writing long and facetious essays..." - One of John's teachers.


Radio One's Peel Page

The Fall- Blindness (2004 session)

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Our soul hero in the SOUL MOBILE!!!


What is it I like so much about bands that can transform, that can build, that can develop? The Beatles did it, as did Manic Street Preachers. But even moreso, and perhaps more dramatically- I give you Primal Scream. Few more heavenly moments have been noted in my life than when I twisted and turned my way up to the front row against the stage at the Metro in Chicago directly in front of none other than Mani (and Kevin Shields, no less.) Mani gave me a look which I wasn't sure was an evil grin or a scowl whilst playing the bassline for Kowalski, which has come to be one of my favourite Scream songs. They started out a bit hippy-dippy, then went psychedelic dance, into their Southern rock phase (which I still think is underrated) promptly switching again to, well... what have they become the last three albums? Agit-electro-rock? I don't know, but the new album's on the way in early 2006. And I'm jazzed.

Primal Scream- Velocity Girl

Primal Scream- Kowalski

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Oh!


I don't know anything about this. But I like it quite a lot. It's the sound of a heart jumping a beat, musically. Cheesy, naive- yeah, that's me.

Casper & the Cookies- Oh!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Don't let me be misdiagnosed...


How to describe the music of Miighty Flashlight? These songs stagger. These songs are clumsy. These songs remind me of some dude with a scraggly beard playing a beat-up guitar on the front porch of a broken down log cabin, and it's all pretty charming. Miighty Flashlight aka Mike Fellows was formerly a member of Rites of Spring and has released two solo albums since then. Obscure photos make up the CD booklet, along with puzzling notes which leaves me with no clue what part of it is true and what isn't. The short blurb on Jade Tree says "armed with acoustic guitar and Powerbook, Mike has recorded songs that are hard to describe, but evoke images of him hovering 9 feet in the air holding a copy of Neil Young's "On The Beach" in one hand and Chris+Cosey's "Trance" in the other. And I have no clue what that means. But the tunes are quite endearing and somewhat haphazard, which somehow ends up being an interesting and enjoyable combination.

Miighty Flashlight- Hala Hanan Di Halida

Miighty Flashlight- Ballet Skool

Friday, October 14, 2005

Monsters getting married having babies...


I'm pretty sure I discovered this band from another mp3 blog a fair while back but I'll be damned if I can remember which one. A British duo with one album under their belt, as far as I know. I actually listed "Monsters" as one of my top five favourite songs of this year and although it might be just a bit of an exaggeration, it's definitely one of my favourite songs of 2005. I was almost put off by their website, what with its whimsical children's drawing type fare, but somehow the songs are both childlike and dark in the same breath. Lyrics like "Sleeping With A Gun Under A Pillow" and "I don't think I'll ever be happy unless I'm unhappy and hugging my grudge" are just intriguing enough to grab me as they fly by, and the alluringly offbeat instrumentation and vocals fit quite nicely alongside.

the boy least likely to Official Website

the boy least likely to- Monsters

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Someone's gonna make you pay your fare.


Hey there Death Cab For Cutie fans. Know where the name Death Cab came from? I used to love the movie Magical Mystery Tour as a kid and even now, despite its questionable artistic merit. As Paul said in Anthology, where else can you see John performing "I Am The Walrus" live? And where too can you check out the Bonzo Dog Band performing their song "Death Cab For Cutie" along with a scantily clad dancer in front of the Beatles in a burlesque club? The Bonzo Dog Band (there was also a Doo-Dah thrown in the band's name at one point) mixed jazz, vaudeville, and rock elements and had connections with not only the Beatles, but also Monty Python (Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band also was a Python collaborator, and co-creater of the Rutles.) Macca went on to produce their Top 5 British hit "I'm The Urban Spaceman" in 1968.

The Bonzo Dog Band- Death Cab For Cutie

Monday, October 10, 2005

As a plan-hatcher, a soul-snatcher...


So this is my introduction to the Auteurs. After a good number of recommendations, I stumbled upon this live show. Yes, I seem to do a lot of stumbling on the internet. I'm a big fan of Black Box Recorder, so it's only right that I investigate Luke Haines and the Auteurs as well, eh? I'm sure I'm long overdue.

No Dialogue with Cunts: The Auteurs Live at the LSE '99

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Imagine.

Friday, October 07, 2005

I am a lazy blogger today... but wait!

Is it still cool to like the Pumpkins? Well here's a bunch of live goodness. And when I say a bunch, I mean CRAPLOADS. Demos, archives, and more...

Smashing Pumpkins Audio Archive


Thursday, October 06, 2005

Hang her out to dry!


Let's keep this about the tunes- they're from Glasgow and their Scottish accents are clearly evident in the singing, which is a good thing in my book. Two male, two female- with both contingents joining in on vocals. At times a bit folk-rockish, sometimes clearly Celtic, they've got a great groove that does my Scottish roots good... check these tunes out. Both are from their second full-length LP on Domino, The Repulsion Box.



Sons and Daughers- Medicine

Sons and Daughers- Rama Lama


Official Website

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Coffee, tea, or me? The Cardigans return!


I never quite caught Long Gone Before Daylight, although I heard from a few sources that it was a decent album. But along comes the Cardigan's latest- Super Extra Gravity, with first single "I Need Some Fine Wine, and You, You Need To Be Nicer." Damned lengthy for a song title, but I think I like it. Definitely not the kitschy pop sound they had on their first three albums or more, but a decent tune that I'm enjoying more upon repeated listens. Bodes well for the forthcoming album, which is due for release October 25th in all parts not American. And oh yeah, did I mention Nina's blonde again? Score. And the video's worth a look, too...

The Cardigans- Super Extra Gravity (official website)

The Cardigans & Tom Jones- Burning Down The House

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Predicting the Mystics...


Looks like the Lips are finishing up on the follow-up to Yoshimi (entitled 'At War With The Mystics) - so sayeth NME...

The Flaming Lips are on the verge of completing their new album.




The follow-up to 2002's 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' , titled 'At War With The Mystics' , is expected in early 2006.

And frontman Wayne Coyne has revealed the band are on schedule to get finished by the end of 2005.

He told XFM : "I think we have one more session that we're going to try to do in November and probably do a couple more songs and see how it's all fitting together."

He added: "But we've had a couple of good runs last couple of times we've been up at Dave 's [Fridmann - (the band's longtime producer) studio. We've stumbled upon some nice production ideas and got lucky with a couple of songs and it seems like something's shaping out. We even forget how we made a song or why we made and it's like 'Oh that's a good song, how did that happen?'

"With all of our records, I think we've made 12 or 13 of them now, I'm not really sure because we do so many singles and EPs and all these sorts of things, you kinda see as you go. You don't really know when the good stuff is going to happen, you just kind of have to be doing stuff and hope it turns out good and little by little. We kind of let some of it get out there and let people listen to it and we like getting some feedback. As ridiculous as that seems to go against the idea of an uncompromising artistic approach, you need some objective ideas need to be thrown your way once in a while because you get so caught up in your own world."

The band release a career-spanning video compilation DVD called 'VOID: 1992-2005' today (October 3).

Monday, October 03, 2005

Skeletons get weak in the knees...


Think the Stooges, think Sonic Youth- but with more melody, and even better- more variety. I've only listened to these guys for a week or two but I've listened to this album a LOT. Often jagged and disjointed, the tunes on The Curious City grabbed me instantly and grew even more with repeated listens. With this album, the vocals have become clearer, and they've added another member on bass and keyboards- all welcome changes. It's the third full-length from Pittsburgh's Modey Lemon, and hopefully more success and exposure is still to follow...

Modey Lemon- Bucket Of Butterflies

Modey Lemon's official website

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Numbin' the runt of reputation they call rat fame...


Talk about a compilation- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' B-Sides and Rarities covers three CDs and 56 tracks. Somehow this one managed to slip past me when it was released early this year, but no worries- I managed to catch up. I've always loved Nick Cave's sinister ways of combining the repeated themes of love, death, religion, and more- and surprisingly make it all work. Truly a pioneer of goth-rock- I'm guessing this set is a hardcore fans delight, and there are certainly some dusty odd little gems on this one. I love the menacing "The Six Strings That Drew Blood." And yes, make way for a cover of Black Betty...

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds- The Six Strings That Drew Blood

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds- Black Betty


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