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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

I've got a toll-free number you can ring...

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Just some random things today, starting with a stellar live show from the Stone Roses in 1995 via Dancingmokey. Spectacular quality, too:

Welcome To The Resurrection Pt. 1

Welcome To The Resurrection Pt. 2

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Axl Rose got arrested in Europe early today in Sweden for allegedly biting the leg of a security guard in a hotel. Proving once again you just can't take the Hoosier hilljack out of a man- keep up the good work, Bill Bailey! Appetite For Dudes is more like it...

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In non-douchebag music video stuffin's (pillaged away at Youtube) check out...
Spiritualized- Broken Heart live on Jools Holland

Spiritualized- Run

Spacemen 3- Suicide (live)

Spacemen 3- Big City

Spectrum- How You Satisfy Me

And some tunes to compliment the videos, both from the Stone Roses, Spiritualized, and Spacemen 3...

Stone Roses- Mission Impossible

Stone Roses- I Wanna Be Adored (Garage Flower version)

Spacemen 3- Walking With Jesus (Live in Europe 1989)

Spiritualized- Hold On (War Child mix)

Friday, June 23, 2006

Dresden Dolls on Jools Holland



Two great songs from Yes, Virginia... performed on Later with Jools Holland a week ago can now be seen on YouTube...

My Alcoholic Friends

Necessary Evil

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Clap your hands if you want some more...



Check out the Pipette's smashing video for "Pull Shapes." Just when you think they can't get any better...

the Pipettes- Pull Shapes

They've also recorded a cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" which is available over at Skatterbrain...

Skatterbrain

Buy it on Amazon

JJ72 call it quits

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I can still remember the first time I heard JJ72's first hit "Oxygen." Such a simple, anthemic tune- and of course the surprise that followed upon finding out that the singer was in fact male. Great lyrics with vocals that send shivers through the body. It's hard to believe that they were actually together as a band for eleven years, and yet not all that surprising considering the fact that the members were mere teenagers when they started. And don't forget about the beautiful Irish lass bass player in the form of Hilary Woods, who left the band in 2003. Too bad their issues with their record company seemed to be too great for the Dublin band to continue. It's a shame, too- as they certainly still seemed full of promise. According to the band's website:

Reader, we are to let thee know,
JJ72's body only lies below;
For could the grave JJ's soul comprise,
Earth would be richer than the skies.

"JJ72 was born during an Easter many seasons ago; today it dies on the cusp of midsummer eleven years later.
"Mark Greaney, Fergal Matthews & Sarah Fox wish to express their deepest and darkest gratitude to all of those with impeccable taste who helped and supported the band.
"We remember everything, from mechanical birds in Japan to angels in arid Arizona, from broken bones and Berlin birthdays to predatory Portsmouth spiders. For those who disliked and perhaps despised (gasp) JJ72, thank you - how did beautiful photographs exist without a negative?! We crafted two monuments of magnificence for the future aural pleasure and pain of all would be JJ believers and doubters....and for those who care not for the passing of the petulant yet powerful pup....shame on you! Thank you to Hilary Woods for being a dazzling damsel and thank you to all who played music in/with the band. You know who you are."


And yes, their cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" predated that of Giant Drag's...


JJ72 Official Website

JJ72- Wicked Game

JJ72- Take From Me

JJ72- Heat

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Don't drink me I'm like turpentine...



Apparently Mr. Ashcroft is trying to help the kids, and he's going about it in all the wrong ways. If only somebody had filmed it- it would've been great to see on YouTube. Probably better off just staying at the residence with Kate, Richard....

According to BBC Radio 6:

Singer nicked at youth club
21 June 06 - Richard Ashcroft was arrested on Monday after bursting into a youthclub and demanding to work with the teenagers inside.

According to today's Sun, the former Verve frontman appeared drunk and when he began swearing and refused to leave, the police were called.

The singer was taken into custody for a couple of hours and given an £80 fixed penalty for disorderly behaviour before he was released.

The incident happened at the Bridge club in Chippenham, Wiltshire near where the parents of Richard's wife Kate live.

His record label Parlophone said they would not be making any comment on the story.

Around 60 youngsters were in the building when the singer - formerly dubbed 'Mad Richard' by the music press - arrived.

In the Sun, an eyewitness is reported as saying: "He was very strung out and close to tears at one point. He kept saying he wanted to work with kids, that he wanted to do 'good things'.

He wasn't aggressive, in fact he was quite charming and friendly. He kept hugging some staff and kids."

The source continues: "He looked like a tramp. He was dishevelled and unshaven with filthy clothes and there was saliva caked around his mouth. He was off his head, although he wasn't slurring his words. One of the staff said: 'You're the spitting image of Richard Ashcroft. And he said that's because I am.'"

The boss got more and more anxious at his erratic behaviour however and rang the police after the singer had slumped on a sofa.




According to Filter the follow-up to Modest Mouse's Good News For People Who Like Bad News will be released early next year. Good news for everyone except those fans who were planning on attending the handful of West Coast live dates in early August that have now been cancelled.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I pity the fool that doesn't like these!



There's nothing to perk up a dreary Tuesday morning than singing along with the videos to tunes like Adam Ant's "Kings of the Wild Frontier" or Sly Fox "Let's Go All The Way." Godley and Creme's video for "Cry" is notable if nothing else for the fact that it's one of the very first videos I ever remember seeing on MTV.

How about the video for Primal Scream "Gentle Tuesday?" Good lord, I've never seen that one before. Great stuff. A few other great picks- how about the videos for...

Spacemen 3 "Revolution"
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
The Cure "Boys Don't Cry"
Lou Reed "Dirty Boulevard"
Happy Mondays "Hallelujah"
Dresden Dolls "Eisbar"
Morrissey- "Suedehead"
Eric B & Rakim- "Microphone Fiend"
Cocteau Twins- "Carolyn's Fingers"
This Mortal Coil- "Song To The Siren"
The Replacements- "Goddamn Job"
Lightning Seeds- "Pure"
Squeeze- "Hourglass"
Roxy Music- "More Than This"
Ricky Gervais- "Seona Dancing"
Public Enemy- "Don't Believe The Hype"
Nick Cave- "The Mercy Seat"
My Bloody Valentine- "You Made Me Realize"
Lindsey Buckingham- "Trouble" (for Anthony & Kelly if nothing else)

Check these and more out here

Friday, June 16, 2006

It's just a fish in the Atlantic...



OK, Peaches- are you freaking kidding me here? The honeymoon is almost certainly long over now. "A slippery dick- it's just a fish in the Atlantic?" "Can you cut the mustard to clear the custard?" "Pull back the curtains and feed the clam?" And that's just in a single song, mind you- there's more where that came from. Is this supposed to be so ridiculous that it's now ironic and clever? I'm not seeing it.

The Canadian's (Merrill Nisker's, heh) first release The Teaches of Peaches hit in 2000 and was actually... fun and clever. The simple, spare, electro-beats left the simple, catchy rhymes with an even naughtier, tongue-in-cheek feel. Fatherfucker followed three years later and was, well- more of the same. And as such, the sophomore effort seemed to fall a bit more flat and definitely with less of an impact. Peaches' latest album, titled Impeach My Bush, will be released July 11th- with all the relative shock of Too Live Crew's Banned In The USA. Even guest appearances including Joan Jett, Josh Homme, Samantha Maloney, and Leslie Feist can't save this one.

"You wanna stick it- I wanna stick it... bet you thought I was gonna say 'in.' Well I'm not."

Good lord, Merrill- I feel insulted- seriously. I'll go listen to "Set It Off" now.

Peaches official website

Pre-order at Amazon

Peaches- Tent In Your Pants

Peaches- Give'er





In other here and theres...

Check out some great live Beth Orton from 2004 at musicasart.


Thom Yorke explains the title of his upcoming "not solo" album The Eraser: "This is such a dark period in our country's history. There are these huge elephants that we have in the room at the moment, in the West, and people are desperately trying to erase them from public consciousness." Whew- I thought maybe there was some kind of happy-go-lucky theme on this one...


Rolling Stone reviews KYCW fave Regina Spektor:

Regina Spektor Begin To Hope (Sire)

Compare her to other eccentric, female, piano-playing crooners, but New York singer-songwriter Regina Spektor is an oddball unto herself. Less miserable than Fiona Apple, less wacky than Nellie McKay and less hippieish than Tori Amos, Spektor shows off her gorgeous, fluttery voice, her burgeoning writer chops and her God-given quirks on her second disc, Begin to Hope. Her loveliest song is "Samson," where she affects a hushed and honeyed tone that recalls Bjork's quieter moments and makes even strange turns of phrase sound like the words to a lullaby. More upbeat numbers such as "Hotel Song" and "Fidelity" are buffeted by cute claptrap beats that make them as danceable as they are singable. Of course, Spektor may be the only woman in the world who doesn't sound ridiculous singing her lyrics; if you're thinking about chiming in on lines like "Hey, remember that time I found a human tooth down on Delancey?" you might want to wait until you're alone in the car. (JENNY ELISCU)


Let's play Password- disappointing sellout... Nelly Furtado.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

As requested...



The Golden Apples of the Sun- Part 1

The Golden Apples of the Sun- Part 2

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Oh it was a funny little thing...



Ah, folk music. I think it's a bit of a love/hate relationship for me. I love Bob Dylan from the early '60s to today... but at the same time I greatly prefer his songwriting after he started to stray from the typical folk song structure. I respect Woody Guthrie's work and his great importance as a songwriter, both in the folk music scene and outside it- but at the same time it's not a body of work that I can find myself truly appreciating. Much the same logic stands true for me when considering Springsteen's latest foray into the area, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. I listened to a few of the tunes on the album, thought to myself "yeah, he's definitely on it. I see why he's getting all the raves with this one" and will probably never listen to a bit of it again. But hopefully you're not here in hopes of catching some folky Boss tracks, because that's not what I'm rambling about here.

What is folk? Allmusic defines it as "simple, acoustic-based music that spins everyday events and common people into mythic status." But with so many years passing since the peak of the folk music movement in the '50s and '60s, it seems that more and more musical styles and artists that would not typically be considered of the folk genre could be grouped as such according to this loose definition. Is it an element of political topics that could also be considered important to folk music? This limitation or at least definition makes a lot more sense to me than just putting forth the fact that songs are acoustic-based and of a storytelling nature. Adding to this query, we've also come to determine a seemingly ridiculous segmenting of this individual category- urban folk, progressive folk, folk-pop, and let's not forget "anti-folk." Right.

I recently stumbled upon a compilation album of "underground folk" songs selected by Devendra Banhart (you know, the "folk" artist) and while I've only listened to it passively, it's got some great tunes that are light and lo-fi, but at the same time worthwhile listening. Some of the more well-known artists present include Iron & Wine, Joanna Newsom, CocoRosie, Antony of Antony & the Johnsons, and Devendra himself. Many of the songs have a timeless quality both in their instrumentation and in the vocal styles themselves. The album, The Golden Apples Of The Sun, was released as a 1,000 copy limited edition given away free with Arthur magazine in 2004. If you like songs that can be described with words like "understated, haunting, and sincer" there's a good lot of tunes to be enjoyed here...

And since it is limited edition and out of print, I really don't have a problem with sharing the whole album if anyone's interested. Just leave a comment if you'd like it...


Vetiver- Angels' Shame

Joanna Newsom- Bridges and Balloons

Six Organs of Admittance- Hazy St.

Iron and Wine- Fever Dream

Friday, June 09, 2006

Not much hair left on his head...



OK, can I rave any more about Regina Spektor and Begin To Hope? Actually, since EZArchive is being a bit... shall I say sketchy the last few days, yes I can. Every time I listen to this new album I'm amazed even more by how beautiful the songs are. I'm certain Regina's latest will fall in my top ten for the year- and probably in the top five if not at number one. It's certainly going to be evident to anyone who checks me out on last.fm. And (finally) the album will be released this Tuesday, June 13th. Regina will be performing at the New York City Tower Records on 4th and Broadway the same day to mark the release and will appear on Conan the following day.

Check out some live Regina Spektor goodness at ReginaSpektor.net

Watch the video for "Samson" here

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Watch them operate...



Check out some great performance video of Gomez along with interview footage with Tom on working with their latest producer and their success as a British band in the US. The band performs:

"How We Operate"
"See The World"
"girlshapedlovedrug"

Gomez on AT&T blue room




In retro music news, Johnny Marr reveals that Morrissey invited McCartney to play piano on "Frankly, Mr. Shankly" from the Smiths classic The Queen Is Dead but McCartney "politely declined." Oh, by the way- that wasn't Macca being requested to tinkle the ivories, but Linda McCartney. Now that's a somewhat interesting tidbit...

NME story

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Nothing's gonna change my world...

Just a quick update today- a lack of which there's been because of a pesky cold and other... ahem- blog-related issues.

Check out the video for Fiona Apple's version of "Across the Universe" which is one of the few Beatles covers that does justice to the original. An older video but still dreamy...

Fiona Apple- Across the Universe

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Download a Charlatans concert from last week (their current tour) here...

Charlatans UK: 2006-05-29, Englewood


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