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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

One little leak becomes a lake...

Well here it is, folks. The Radiohead frontman's jaunt into the not solo world (as discussed earlier here at KYCW, Thom doesn't cotton to that word.) Strange thing is, nothing here is really surprising. Any of these songs would have fit quite easily into the tracks on Kid A or Amnesiac- skittery beats and softly sung, haunting vocals float throughout the album from start to finish. Wow- it's pretty much exactly what I was expecting. Perhaps on of the most surprising moments is hearing Thom sing what sounds to be a love song with "Skip Divided" containing the lyric "I'm your lapdog- I just got a number and location." "Atoms For Peace" has Thom "wanting to eat your artichoke heart," at least as far as I can tell.

Question is- how would this be judged if it were the new Radiohead album? Hard to tell, but it's definitely easily worthy of release. As much as I hate to say it as it sounds so cliché, these songs don't grab you so much as they slowly and ominously seep their way into your head and stay there. Part of the fun of a record like this is more than just the music- it's the hugely differing opinions from music fans on whether it's good or not. What with it only being leaked for a mere day, I think we've only heard the beginning...

Edit: Links deleted due to copyright violation.

Eraser website

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

A modern way of letting go...

The official Idlewild website reports today that Idlewild lead singer/pretty boy Roddy Woomble is set to release his first solo album, My secret is my silence, on July 24th. What with Tim Burgess, Thom Yorke, James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire all releasing similar side projects, seems there's a bug catching. It'll be interesting to see what Roddy's album turns out like, as I've enjoyed Idlewild throughout, whether they're in their more heavy modern rock phase or the more subdued phase as on their last release Warnings/Promises. If you haven't gotten a taste of the Scottish band Idlewild yet, check out their website or watch their in-studio performance on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Idlewild official website

Idlewild on Morning Becomes Eclectic

Monday, May 22, 2006

It's a Welsh thing...

We are very pleased to bring you details on James Dean Bradfield's debut solo material:

Debut solo single 'That's No Way To Tell A lie' and album 'The Great Western'

James Dean Bradfield releases his hugely anticipated debut solo album ‘The Great Western’ on 24th July, which is preceded with a single ‘That’s No Way To Tell A Lie’ on 10th July.

Recorded in Wales, Berlin and London, James has played most of the instruments himself and written virtually all the lyrics, a task usually left to his band mate Nicky Wire in the Manic Street Preachers. He decided to write on his own after the Manics vowed to take a break after the release of their last album Lifeblood and as he explains “I missed writing songs and I missed performing music and it’s as simple as that. So I thought; perhaps I've just got to garner some self-confidence to write some stuff of my own.”

He cites a wide range of influences including John Cale, Badfinger, Kyffin Williams (the Anglesey-based landscape painter), Steve Miller Band, Todd Rundgren and Rattlesnakes era Lloyd Cole and sought inspiration from the much travelled journey from Cardiff Central to London Paddington during the recording. However the sound he has created is distinctly his own, powerful modern rock with nagging choruses, topped with James unique soulful vocals.

The Manics have already started work on their eight studio album which is going fantastically. James will also be performing live with a full band line up over the summer.

The album covers coming to terms with and moving on with the triumphs and tragedies of his past but while 'The Great Western' is as grown-up and profound as that sounds; it's shot through with the same primal zeal for melody, urge for power chords and lust for life that have kept James Dean Bradfield at the summit of Britrock for 15 years.

‘That’s No Way to Tell a Lie’ is released on 10th July 2006.

'The Great Western’ is released on 24th July 2006.

James Dean Bradfield on MySpace

James has a new MySpace page where he hopes to preview a few album tracks from 'The Great Western' very soon. Go now and sign up to become a 'friend' to James.

CLICK HERE: James Dean Bradfield MySpace page

Official website coming soon

James Dean Bradfield- That's No Way To Tell A Lie (recorded from Radio 2)

James Dean Bradfield & Tom Jones- I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Yes, we've got a video!

A handful of them, actually. Some great tunes with great videos to go along with them...

Graham Coxon- You and I

Brakes- All Night Disco Party

The Streets- Never Went To Church

Placebo- Because I Want You

Robbie Williams- Sin Sin Sin

Gomez- girlshapedlovedrug

Regina Spektor- Better

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

That solo's awful long- but it's a good refrain...

As I'm sure is probably evident from past posts (and I may have even mentioned it outright) I'm a huge sucker for female singer-songwriters. I'm not talking Alanis Morrisette or Carole King here- I'm talking about Fiona Apple, Nellie McKay, Amanda Palmer, Beth Orton, and... Regina Spektor. It's interesting that I've never really noticed the similarity between the vocal styles of Fiona and Regina. Especially on some of the slower tunes on Regina's upcoming album Begin To Hope, the same sort of lilt and yearning comes out in the melodies. Of course the seemingly random Doctor Robert/Uncle Albert references in "Edit" give a kick to the Macca fan. Although I've only had a chance to give her a new album a few listens thus far, I'm definitely thinking it's as good or even better than her previous releases. Quirky and emotional with an occasional jazzy touch, this one's enchanting from start to finish.

Official website

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Regina Spektor- Samson

Regina Spektor- On The Radio

Regina Spektor- Hotel Song

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Genie let out the bottle- it is now the witching hour...

And here's a tidbit of news that's totally unexpected...

Thom Yorke has just made a statement revealing the upcoming release of a solo album in July, to be titled The Eraser. Produced (of course) by Nigel Godrich.

The message from W.A.S.T.E.:

this is just a note to say that something has been kicking around in the background that i have not told you about.
its called The Eraser.
nigel produced & arranged it .
i wrote and played it.
the elements have been kicking round now for a few years and needed to be finished & i have been itching to do something like this for ages.
it was fun and quick to do.
inevitably it is more beats & electronics.
but its songs.
stanley did the cover.
yes its a record!
no its not a radiohead record.
as you know the band are now touring and writing new stuff and getting to a good space so i want no crap about me being a traitor or whatever splitting up blah blah...
this was all done with their blessing. and i don't wanna hear that word solo. doesnt sound right.
ok then thats that.

i think its out in july and im pretty certain XL are going to put it out.

love thom

Could this be part of the reason Radiohead won't be releasing an album in 2006? Who knows. Definitely something to look forward to in July...


01 the eraser
02 analyse
03 the clock
04 black swan
05 skip divided
06 atoms for peace
07 and it rained all night
08 harrowdown hill
09 cymbal rush

Official Radiohead website

The Eraser

Radiohead- 2+2=5 (live on Jonathan Ross '03

Friday, May 12, 2006

Keep on keepin' on...

So nice on a Friday to stumble upon the upcoming full-length from Primal Scream. As I was expecting, they've totally gone back to a down and dirty, grass-roots kind of sound- not quite the same style as Give Out but similar overall compared to their recent harder abrasive electronic sound. Some of the tunes remind me a bit of early 70's Stones a la Exile On Main Street, which is definitely a good thing. I could definitely see "Boogie Disease" fitting in amongst some of the Stones more gritty, bluesy tracks. At the same time, the intro of "Dolls" brings to mind T. Rex for me. "Sometimes I Feel So Lonely" makes for an exquisite closer to the album. I'll have to see how this one sinks in before I really decide...

Head here to hear for yourself...

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Actually, more of a three and a half minute warning if anything...

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Well, here's the run-down.. and probably not a very good one. Two recent shows from Radiohead in Denmark, and the show from May 6th is all over the internet already- including San Diego Serenade. I haven't had a chance to give the whole show a listen yet, but of course I dug into the new tunes like stink on a stinky thing. My immediate favourite is definitely "4 Minute Warning" which is piano-based and sounds slightly like a good Coldplay tune (notice the two qualifiers there.) Other showcased tunes including Spooks, Bangers and Mash, Open Pick, Bodysnatchers...

With all this upcoming touring of both Europe and the United States, the logical and quick-witted Radiohead fan would obviously deduce to themselves "ah, a new Radiohead album is forthcoming!" Alas- this is not the case, folks. Pitchfork says:

"There are no plans for a Radiohead album release any time in 2006," sayeth the press release."

Well ain't that about a bitch.

Radiohead- 4 Minute Warning

At Ease

Official Radiohead website

Friday, May 05, 2006

You are trapped- don't waste your energy...

OK- I'm stuck on Welsh bands, folks. I don't know what it is about all the great Welsh bands, but there's something there. Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, Catatonia, Mclusky, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci... the list goes on and I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple. And notice I did not include Stereophonics in that list.

And here comes another one that I've recently discovered- People In Planes. Straight out of Cardiff (population just over 300,000) they were inspired to start a band, apparently by listening to the classic Supergrass debut I Should Coco. It certainly seems as good or better an inspiration to get a band together as any to me!

Comparisons for this one to other bands don't pop up right away for me, but their sound and music has been described as lush and ambitious- and I'd say that's about right. Ambitious like British Sea Power, ambitious like Sigur Ros, ambitious like Super Furry Animals... only nearly completely different. Unlike the others, People In Planes seems just a bit less exotic, and more straight-ahead rockwise. But still different nonetheless.

I could almost make a Gomez comparison...

but I won't.

According to Insound:

AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE... is a richly atmospheric, sometimes challenging album that doesn't stint on inviting melody and anthemic choruses. In other words, this five-piece band from Cardiff, Wales traverses the long distance between visionary flights of imagination and simple rock pleasures as easily as, well, people in planes.

Here I am again listening to "Token Trapped Woman" as I type this and thinking to myself- "for crap's sake, what a fantastic tune! It's a bit hard selecting only a few of these tunes from As Far As The Eye Can See, but I'll give it a shot...

People In Planes If You Talk To Much (My Head Will Explode)

People In Planes- Moth

People In Planes- Token Trapped Woman

They're about to kick off a North American tour, with the following dates:

May 6 2006 8:00P
UMB Bank Pavilion Maryland Heights, MO
May 11 2006 8:00P
Mercury Lounge New York, NY
May 24 2006 8:00P
Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
May 27 2006 8:00P
Raleigh Downtown Live Raleigh, NC
May 28 2006 8:00P
Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
May 29 2006 8:00P
Chevrolet Amphitheatre Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 1 2006 8:00P
Ramada Theatre Winnipeg
Jun 2 2006 8:00P
U of S - Louies Saskatoon
Jun 3 2006 8:00P
Arlington Red Deer
Jun 6 2006 8:00P
Legends Victoria
Jun 7 2006 8:00P
Commodore Vancouver
Jun 8 2006 8:00P
Element Castlegar
Jun 9 2006 8:00P
MacBallroom Calgary
Jun 10 2006 8:00P
Starlite Edmonton
Jun 13 2006 8:00P
The Townehouse Sudbury
Jun 15 2006 8:00P
Le National Montreal
Jun 16 2006 8:00P
AJ's Hangar Kingston
Jun 17 2006 8:00P
Woodlands Pavilion Houston, TX
Jun 20 2006 8:00P
Bugaboo Creek Fredericton
Jun 22 2006 8:00P
The Manhattan (Oxygen) Moncton
Jun 23 2006 8:00P
The Savoy Glace Bay
Jun 24 2006 8:00P
The Marquee Club Halifax
Jun 27 2006 8:00P
Cowboy's Ranch London
Jun 28 2006 8:00P
Elements Kitchener
Jun 28 2006 8:00P
Koolhaus Toronto

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Happy ending or a broken heart?

So yeah, I missed out or really didn't get that into the whole Bloc Party/Maximo Park/Futureheads shebang from a couple years ago. Sure I kinda dug some of the tunes that I heard but overall it didn't really grab me. I was probably too busy listening to Babyshambles and the like at the time. Even now with Arctic Monkeys, I for the most part just give it a "meh."

And you know what? I like the Clash, but I don't love them and worship them as some kind of Second Coming of rock and roll like a lot of folks would. Why? I don't know- sometimes not tuneful enough for me, I suppose? If I want ragged balls-to-the-wall down and dirty rock, I'll take the Replacements. But again, I'm certainly not knocking on any of those other punk bands, they certainly always have had their place no matter how many next big thing, wave of revivals come along. But anyway, I'm rambling.

I just got a copy of the Futureheads upcoming sophomore record News and Tributes and am really digging it on first listen. A lot of great catchy singalong hooks and smart guitar riffs. Will I still be listening to this in another couple months? I have no clue, but for now it's refreshing to hear.

NME on secret show in London

Pre-order it at Amazon

Futureheads on Myspace

The Futureheads- Skip To The End

The Futureheads- Cope

And here's a little something of a bonus track- a great little Arctic Monkeys b-side I've been digging...

Arctic Monkeys- Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts

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