Archive for April 24th, 2006

April 24, 2006

BRAKES – All Night Disco Party (Re-Issue CD & 7″ Singles)

All Night Disco Party CoverRough Trade RTRADSCD339 / RTRADS339: 17th April 2006
1. All Night Disco Party (Graham Sutton Remix)
2. All Night Disco Party (FC Kahuna Remix)
3. All Night Disco Party (Matthew Herbert Remix)

"All night disco party, a super non stop über rocking disco party, east west, north south, left right, croque monsieur, croque madam"
4. Porcupine Or Pineapple
"Who won the war, who won the war, who won the war, what the fuck was it for?"

I really loath re-releases, especially when they're lifted from albums like 'Give Blood', that are still stocked full of potential A-sides. 'N.Y. Pie', 'Heard About Your Band' or even the lovely duet 'Jackson' (To cash in on Cash) sound like possible hits to my ears.

The 'Graham Sutton Remix' changes little, it just makes it a bit more slick and ready for the dance floor. But it was a great dance-rock tune already, so this was a fairly pointless exercise. The 'FC Kahuna Remix' shakes things up by bringing in some brilliant, totally new guitars and drums. As you'd expect from the 'Matthew Herbert Remix' it's much less conventional than the other two. He's got the Chipmunks on backing vocals, handclaps and some very strange sound effects.

New tune 'Porcupine Or Pineapple' is one of those insane, loud and all too brief songs that we're spread across the 'Give Blood' LP. The lyrics are an anti-war rant, with strange bits about "Spiky spiky" porcupines and pineapples. It all ends with a thrilling scream of "Ouch!".

Shut Us Down mp3
If I Should Die Tonight mp3

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April 24, 2006

BE YOUR OWN PET – Extra Extra (7″ Single)

Extra Extra CoverDim Mak DM0101: 10th April 2006
1. Extra Extra
"Extra, extra, read all about it, my carburettor’s broken, and I hate you"
2. Feel Me Loud
"I'm not a $1 bill, I’m not a $5 bill, I’m not a $10 bill, I’m not a $100 bill, I’m a fucking, a $1000 bill"
3. Steal
"You take part of me, when you take it all away, just don't let me be, just give me away"

These three songs are exclusive to this new 7" release on Dim Mak. In total they are only just over six minutes long, so you're in for a short but exhilarating ride. As usual they sound like Karen O singing over Led Zeppelin, post lobotomy.

The subject of all of the tracks is, push vs. pull, loud vs. quiet, love vs. hate. On 'Extra Extra', Jemina Pearl shouts "Love" and "Hate" again and again like she's fighting schizophrenic demons. 'Feel Me Loud' is like a hyperactive kid that can't stand the silence and just wants to make a massive racket. The bit where she shouts about her monetary value sounds so defiant. I'm not sure if the lyrics of 'Steal' are about missing someone you love, or suicide. Either way, it's a noise that'll be welcome to people who are missing the old Yeah Yeah Yeahs savagery.

I've included a link to their ace cover of the Queen classic 'Bicycle Race'.

Bicycle Race mp3

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Dim Mak Website / Infinity Cat Website
Be Your Own Pet Online Fan Site