Archive for May 21st, 2006

May 21, 2006

THE RACONTEURS – Steady, As She Goes (CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

Steady, As She Goes CoverXL Recordings XLS229CD / XLS229A / XLS229B: 24th April 2006
1. Steady, As She Goes
"Find yourself a girl, and settle down, live a simple life, in a quite town"
2. The Bane Rendition
(Instrumental)
3. Store Bought Bones
"Down upon your hands and knees, underneath the poplar trees, take you to the sticks and stones, looking for store bought bones"
4. Call It A Day
"But I'll stake my life, and I swear by this knife, that it's all by your design"

'Steady, As She Goes' seems to have a huge popular appeal. I can't hear why, sure it sounds fantastic, but I don't know why this is more radio friendly than any of Jack White or Brendan Benson's other work. Even my Dad, who is a dedicated Jack White hater, was horrified to discover that he loved this song. All The Raconteurs songs are credited to "Brendan Benson/Jack White", but if I had to guess I would say this was penned by Jack. There is also an excellent Semi-Acoustic version included on one of the 7"s.

'The Bane Rendition' is a fantastically funky instrumental that reminded me of 'Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing' by Chris Isaak. Both 'Store Bought Bones' and 'Call It A Day' are available on The Raconteurs LP so it's a poor show that they're included here as well. Although Jack White has always maintained a "Quality not quantity" policy when it comes to B-sides. When 'Steady, As She Goes' was originally released as a stupidly rare 7" it was a double A-side with 'Store Bought Bones', but it's been relegated to the B-side for this full release. The bits that'll get stuck in your head are the endless repeats of "You can't buy, what you can't find" and the 'Layla' like guitar solo. 'Call It A Day' is a low-key number that probably works better on the album as a break from the rockers. Heard on it's own it sounds a bit weak.

Click here to watch Jack White's fantastic (And controversial) Coke advert.

The Raconteurs Website / The Raconteurs MySpace Page
Store Bought Bones Fansite
Brendan Benson Website / Brendan Benson MySpace Page
The Greenhornes Website / The Greenhornes MySpace Page

May 21, 2006

LUKE TOMS – Fools With Money (7″ Single)

Fools With Money CoverVeronica Records VR001: 1st May 2006
1. Fools With Money
"Now you see there is, a chance of certain bliss, a chance to get you everything you missed"
2. Estate Story
(Instrumental)

'Fools With Money' has to be one of the best uses of a Harpsichord since the Addams Family theme. It's a style that shall henceforth be known as Bur-Rock. Luke Toms' voice reminds me of Jobriath, especially on the Music-Hall interlude at 3.01. 'Estate Story' is in a completely different style, reminiscent of Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata'.

I've included a link to download 'What's More Important?' (It's perhaps even better than the above A-side).

What's More Important? mp3

Luke Toms MySpace Page

May 21, 2006

JIM NOIR – My Patch (Re-Issue CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

My Patch CoverMy Dad Recordings MY013CD / MY013 / MY013X: 1st May 2006
1. My Patch (Album, Radio & Hot Chip Mixes)
"If you ever step on my patch, I'll bring you down, I'll bring you down"
2. My Patch (M. Craft Remix)
"You stepped upon my toes, many times before, and when I was low, you slammed my face in the door"
3. Going On Holiday
"I'm gonna get a boat to Norway, and then have a really good day"

I saw Jim and his band at the London Spitz in the February and thought it was "The second best gig I've been to" (The White Stripes at the Brixton Academy 2003 will take some beating). I closed my eyes and was lost in the perfect vocal harmonies produced by him and his band. Backed by a full group he transcended and improved upon the quirky sound-effect driven weirdness of his recorded sound. Shawn of these distractions, it sounded like a 'Rubber Soul' era Beat group and revealed just how good his songs are. The highlight of that fantastic night was the whole crowd singing along to 'My Patch' at the end. It seemed that it was the best response they'd had so far. They kept looking at each other as if to say, "How good is this!". On what seemed like the 20th glorious Accapella sing-along of the chorus, one of the band surprised himself by shouting "Don't you step on my motherfuckin' patch" in a high-pitched James Brown kind of way to howls of laughter from the audience.

'My Patch' is a song of such musical genius that you might not initially notice that it's only got one line. Unless you've been living in the soundless vacuum of space… you love it already. What you might not have heard are the two new Remixes that accompany this release. First up is the savage Glam-Rock 'M.Craft' version. It's got some new lyrics and it's so good it deserves it's own release. If you like it I'd also check out San Diego filth merchants 'Louis XIV'. 'Hot Chip' are finally getting the attention they deserve and they've delivered one of their best Remixes here. They've turned it into a House tune and then fed it through a shredder and stuck the bits back together in a different order. I love the moments where it all stops and you hear a running tap or Pinball machine. I'd read rumours on his forum that he had a song called 'Going On Holiday'. It seems they we're true, and it's the best thing since Sir Cliff turned his hand to the subject. You'll be physically incapable of resisting the urge to clap and whistle along.

Untitled Instrumental mp3 (Rare Non-LP track)

Go to his site to watch the 'My Patch' video (Witness a man fight a chicken!)

Jim Noir Website / Jim Noir MySpace Page
Hot Chip Website / Hot Chip MySpace Page
M. Craft MySpace Page
Louis XIV Website / Louis XIV MySpace Page

May 21, 2006

STICKBOY – MySpace Streams / Downloads

Stickboy Imagehttp://www.myspace.com/stickboyuk: Early 2006
1. Now It's All Gone
"The magic you're making, is lost on this poor excuse for a town"
2. Pills For The Pain
"Laughing at the lines on the old man's face, and the sorrow that's buried inside, if only he knew his life was over, the day that his true love died"
3. Gratuitous Pop Song
"She's like a new born baby, likely to drive you crazy"
4. My Weakness
"Well I hope you know now there's nothing better than, wakin' up feelin' like you've got a plan"
5. Out Of Your Reach
"You said lovers will always betray, keep them out of your reach"
6. Fighting A Battle
"Let's throw our weight, then watch it decay, a full tank for a child, that's the price that we pay"

Stickboy (aka Craig Edmondson) has recently been streaming some new material on his MySpace page. If you've heard the twenty-three songs he's already quietly self-released you might think he could rest and just give that material a proper release. But he's obviously not content with previous masterpieces like 'Fever', 'Cold (Next To The Fire)' and 'The Shiver'. It'll depend on your luck as to which of these six new tracks are being shared when you visit his page because he's changing them all the time.

'Now It's All Gone' is driven by a delicate Acoustic-Guitar and a humable Bass line. I love the deflated way he sings "Down, down, down" and also the soaring string arrangement at the end. 'Pills For The Pain' is easily the best thing he's done, it'll give you Goosebumps all over. If your emotional state is in any question, you might end up a gibbering wreck after listening to it. It's a quite mournful ballad until halfway through when explosive drums come in and then they give way to a beautiful organ sound. 'Gratuitous Pop Song' is a fantastic, bouncy, Bass and Trumpet love song. Unfortunately, it's let down by a plastic sounding Brass section (This is a demo, so he'll probably sort this out in the end). It's also got a killer Melodica solo at the end. 'My Weakness' is a Nick Drake like song with a sad String backing. 'Out Of Your Reach' is only 1.25 minutes long, and from its despondent tone, it seems clear Craig didn't want to dwell on these thoughts for any longer than necessary. Stickboy's Dylan influence really comes out on the aggressive protest song 'Fighting A Battle' (It's even got a Harmonica on it). The swirling guitars and drums seem to capture the "War On Terror" in all its blood drenched insanity.

Stickboy Website / Stickboy MySpace Page