Archive for March 25th, 2006

March 25, 2006

YEAH YEAH YEAHS – Gold Lion (CD Single)

Gold Lion CoverDress Up/Fiction 9877351: 20th March 2006
1. Gold Lion
“There was a crowd of seeds, inside, outside, I must have done a dozen each”
2. Let Me Know (Demo)
“Love’s gonna let me know, like the day you took me home”
3. Gold Lion (Diplo Remix)
“Gold lion’s gonna tell me where the light is”

‘Gold Lion’ at first seems strange because it’s so different to the last albums stuff. But you keep listening to it and it just snakes it’s way into your brain and under your skin. To me it seems to be about drugs and the war on terror. Really the lyrics are quite abstract and open to any interpretation. It’s a swirling mix of acoustic guitars, heavy drums, sound effects and Nick Zinner’s outstanding electric guitar parts.

Production wise ‘Let Me Know’ is a more straightforward affair though no less charming. Here Karen O reminds us of the quite beauty that she has previously shown on the last songs on ‘Fever To Tell’.

The Diplo remix speeds things up and adds hand claps. Diplo brings some of the same sort of sounds that he created for M.I.A. on ‘Bucky Done Gun’. It has a great oriental feel to it.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Website / Yeah Yeah Yeahs MySpace Page

March 25, 2006

RICHARD HAWLEY – Born Under A Bad Sign (CD & 7″ Single)

Born Under A Bad Sign CoverMute CDMUTE362 / MUTE362: 20th March 2006
1. Born Under A Bad Sign (Single Version)
“You’re laying in the afterglow and there’s something that she wants to know”
2. Dark Road
“My companion is the stars”
3. I’m Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail
“I’m not in your town to stay, said the lady old and gray”

‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ is one of the highlights of Richard Hawley’s brilliant ‘Coles Corner’ album.  This single version however is awful.  I’ve compared the two versions and they aren’t actually that different.  It’s amazing how a whole songs atmosphere can be destroyed with some upbeat drums.  Lethargic and wistful lines like “Sleeping late in the afternoon, playing your guitar” seem absurd when coupled with this new bouncy backing.

Fortunately, as usual with the singles lifted from ‘Coles Corner’ it’s accompanied by brilliant b-sides.  ‘Dark Road’ is a country flavoured song that describes sleeping out beneath the stars.  Although not explicit in the lyrics, to me it conjures up images of the old west at midnight

‘I’m Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail’ is a cover of an old Karl Davis & Harty Taylor song.  It tells the story of a broken and dying mother making one last attempt to set her son straight.  Any Johnny Cash fans still in mourning may find the man in black reborn in this song.  Forget the A-Side, buy the 7″ for this B-Side.  Judging by this, a dark and brooding country album could be the next step for Mr Hawley.

The Nights Are Cold
I’m On Nights
It’s Over Love
Precious Sight

Richard Hawley’s Website

March 25, 2006

BE YOUR OWN PET – Adventure (CD Single)

Adventure CoverXL Recordings XLS225CD: 13th March 2006
1. Adventure
“We are adventuring, we are adventurers and behind the pool we ran into trouble”
2. Ouch (Demo)
“They’re on the streets with their eyes of hunger, it’s a disease, it’s a death to one another”
3. We Will Vacation, You Can Be My Parasol (Demo)
“Play my piano I will lend you a hand, what aggravates you will be my demand”

This tune will be stuck in your head for ages. The bass on ‘Adventure’ sounds like the low rumble of a motorbike. It sounds quite a lot like ‘Purple’ by Whirlwind Heat. As with all their songs the lyrics are almost incomprehensible. ‘Ouch’ borrows the famous tag-line from ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ to describe the zombie like masses. ‘We Will Vacation, You Can Be My Parasol’ sounds like a great Pixies song.

After impressive debut single ‘Damn Dam Leash’, the other two singles were disappointing. ‘Adventure’ restores the faith.

We Will Vacation, You Can Be My Parasol

Be Your Own Pet Website / Be Your Own Pet MySpace Page

March 25, 2006

BATTLE – Tendency (CD & 2x 7″ Single)

Tendency CoverTransgressive TRANS022CD / TRANS022 / TRANS022X: 13th March 2006
1. Tendency
“A healthy man with a healthy plan, my kids will think I’m a healthy dad”
2. I Am The Driver
“I broke down, like a new machine does”
3. Pineapple Girl
“Sweetness is the notion that you’ll take me when you leave”
4. Tendency (Hot Chip Remix)
“Its clear that we don’t breathe the same air”

‘Tendency’ is like a fantastic art-rock version of an early Nirvana song with Robert Smith on vocals. Lyrically it isn’t quite as good as the last single ‘Demons’, but that did set the bar very high. ‘I Am The Driver’ has the bouncy pop sound of ‘Solsbury Hill’ or something by The Polyphonic Spree. It’s got loud thumping drums and beautiful piano, it could have easily been the A-Side. ‘Pineapple Girl’ sounds like a lost Smiths song in places. The Hot Chip remix starts off sounding a bit dull but picks up pace towards the end.

I thought that ‘Demons’ was so much better than their first single ‘Isabelle’ and I wondered if it was just a one off. After hearing this it’s clear that Battle have a lot more going for them than just that song.

Feel The Same (Jeremy Warmsley’s Evil Words Remix)

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