Archive for May, 2006

May 25, 2006

THE LONG WEEKEND – Medway Is The Difference / The River Will Flow (7″ Single)

Medway Is The Difference, The River Will Flow CoverMother Tongue MOTH12S: 15th May 2006
1. Medway Is The Difference (Between My Town & Yours)
"When you speak we all think that a tricks being told, when you lie we all try not to make you feel tall"
2. The River Will Flow
"And when you wake up, do you still think this'll be your day"

'Medway Is The Difference' is a tale about a liar and a cheat, and it's also about Medway (Home of Billy Childish). 'The River Will Flow' is about life slipping away bit by bit. These guy's speciality is the  great sing-along chorus. Check out the two mp3s below, they're way better than the two on the 7". Which means they've got great tunes to spare.

Merits Green mp3
So Far mp3

The Long Weekend Website / The Long Weekend MySpace Page
Mother Tongue MySpace Page

May 25, 2006

THE LODGER – Let Her Go (7″ Single)

Let Her Go CoverAngular Recording Corporation ARC014: 1st May 2006
1. Let Her Go
"You have the looks, you have the style, you have the brains, you have the nerve, it's just the price, to get the prize, that you don't think, that you deserve"
2. We Come From The Same Place

"Today it's on, the next it's off, and it suits me, right down, to the ground"

The Lodger have the feel, if not the sound of The Smiths. This new single is on the ever-reliable Angular Recording Corporation label (Birthplace of Art Brut, Bloc Party, The Long Blondes, The Vichy Government, Luxembourg, Ladyfuzz, The Boyfriends etc, etc…).

'Let Her Go' has some absolutely breathtaking lyrics, the quote above is just one example. It's got some absolutely triumphant Brass that echoes the vocals. 'We Come From The Same Place' is a soaring ballad with yes, wait for it… Xylophone! (God I love Xylophone, as regular readers will know). It reminds me of one of Coldplay's songs, can't think which one, but this is miles better.

These guys have got me really excited. Check out the two unbelievably good free mp3s below and you'll be excited too.

Click here to buy the two 7" tracks as mp3s from KarmaDownload

You Got Me Wrong mp3
Many Thanks For Your Honest Opinion mp3
Let Her Go (Video stream on YouTube)

The Lodger Website / The Lodger MySpace Page
Angular Recording Corporation Website
Angular Recording Corporation MySpace Page

May 25, 2006

GRAHAM COXON – You & I (CD & 7″ Singles)

You & I CoverParlophone CDRS6691 / R6691: 8th May 2005
1. You & I
"You and I gonna think for a while, look to the sky, gotta decide if we're gonna see tomorrow"
2. Light Up Your Candles
"You can't light your own way, through this dark unholy place, just one candle and a happy face"
3. Click Click Click
"Got a light sayin' no one home for me to kick, kick, kick, yeah"
4. See-Saw
"Wait a while, reclaim your loss, but it costs a lot, you'll learn"

'You & I' is yet another great Graham Coxon single.  He's brought in a Psychedelic sound for this one, particularly on the fuzzy Guitar solo at 1.48. Also Maracas make a welcome return to the world of Pop and "La, la, la, la" is repeated dreamily at the end.

Even better is 'Light Up Your Candles', which sounds like a suicidal version of The Coral.  Graham sounds like he's been smoking 40 packs a day prior to recording it (Which of course is great).  'Click Click Click' has a killer bit where it cuts back to the Bass at 2.00 and then it sounds like the Beatles playing Funk.  'See-Saw' reminded me of 'Love gets dangerous' by Billy Bragg (Which means it's fantastic too).  It's a cover of The Jam, I don't know if their original sounds like Billy, I'll have to find out.

It's rare to get such a consistently brilliant collection of B-sides.  Shame it wasn't a lovely 4-track EP, instead of being spread over two formats.

Shipbuilding mp3 (Elvis Costello cover, 56 kbps unfortunately)

Graham Coxon Website / Graham Coxon MySpace Page
All Over Me Fansite

May 25, 2006

DELAYS – Hideaway (2x CD & 7″ Singles)

Hideaway CoverRough Trade RTRADSCD336 / RTRADSCDX336 / RTRADS336: 8th May 2005
1. Hideaway
"Without a second thought you put your hand on my shoulder, without a second look you took me miles away"
2. Broken Pylons
"Just once in a while, we could go dancing, break down in style, break down forever"
3. Valentine (Torch Team Remix)
"Maybe, this is the moment to pray dear, but I'd rather lay by your side"
4. Aglow Like Honey
"Daylight's wasting and the trees are turning, shops are closing and the world is burning, down"
5. Beautiful Boy (Radio Session)
"Life is what happens to you whilst you're busy making other plans"

'Hideaway' isn't as strong as last single 'Valentine' but it has got ace Adam & The Ants style drums. It's also got a minute long string led coda, which should've been removed for the single version. 'Broken Pylons' is a beautiful semi-acoustic song, which showcases Greg Gilbert's voice. 'Valentine (Torch Team Remix)' is the best thing on here. It slowly builds from a handclap driven Accapella until at 2.52 it absolutely explodes. Then a Piano and a Tambourine are brought right up in the mix. 'Aglow Like Honey' is another semi-acoustic song with a wonderful and subtle Guitar solo. 'Beautiful Boy' is a well-executed cover of the John Lennon classic. But when they sing "I can hardly wait… for you to come of age" they can't really hope match the power of the original unless Mark Chapman escapes and comes after Delays.

Delays Website / Delays MySpace Page

May 24, 2006

Listen To This…

MusicLikeDirt

"A simple concept. One music obsessed blogger recommends three tracks to another audio junkie, and they do the same. This time round I pick three for the 7″ obsessed “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before”, a site for all the latest single reviews. In return for my listening pleasure he’s picked two great releases, and something by Morrissey"

I picked:
Akala – Bullshit
Morrissey – Life Is A Pigsty
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy

He picked:
Scroobius Pip – First Time I Met Musik
Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – Relevee (Carl Craig Remix)
Beirut – Postcards From Italy

Go to MusicLikeDirt (My bro's Blog) to read it. He dares to dis Morrissey! (Although it is with a witheringly sarcastic tone worthy of the Moz-Father himself!) Also read about his genius new discovery, Scroobius Pip. I've just ordered his album, I can't wait for it to arrive.

May 24, 2006

TIGA – (Far From) Home (CD, 12″ & 7″ Singles)

(Far From) Home CoverDifferent DIFB1048CDM / DIFB1048T / DIFB1048S: 24th April 2006
1. (Far From) Home (Original)
2. (Far From) Home (Dave Bascombe Radio Mix)
3. (Far From) Home (Digitalism Remix)
4. (Far From) Home (DFA Remix Joakim Edit)
5. (Far From) Home (DFA Remix)

6. (Far From) Home (Chicken Lips Remix)
"With a spring in my step as I strut down the block, I see the boys stare and I hear them talk"
7. Move My Body
"The power punch, the beats, the bunch, the yeah"

In the past few years Tiga's developed a habit of popping up every now and again with a killer single. Now he's got an album out that collects some of them together, along with many new tracks and it's called 'Sexor'. '(Far From) Home' is the first single to be lifted from it. It's about being down and then realising how good life actually is when you step outside in the sun. It definitely adds a "Spring to your step" if you listen to it out and about.

After a recent run of fantastic and radical Remixes some of these seem a bit half-arsed so I'll just tell you about the interesting ones. The 'Digitalism Remix' starts off like a hyper version of the original and then moves further and further away. At 2.43 waves of noise crash over your Speakers only to give way a minute later to Pete Townshend like explosions of guitar. The 'Chicken Lips Remix' adds a layer of twisted Electro-Funk. Check out the amazing interplay between the Bass and what sounds like pots and pans at the end.

If you only buy one format, go for the 12" because it includes the ace B-side 'Move My Body'. Like Ronseal it does exactly what it says on the tin.

Go to his site to listen to streams of Tiga's brand new Remixes for Coldcut and Pet Shop Boys.

Tiga Website / Coldcut Website / Pet Shop Boys Website
DFA Records Website / Digitalism MySpace Page

May 24, 2006

FUCK-OFF MACHETE – What’s The Signal? (CD Single)

What's The Signal CoverSimbiotic SIMBI0001CD: 1st May 2006
1. What's The Signal?
"Of all the things, I tell you about, this is the most, important one"
2. Big Day Out
"And what about the trip, that you promised me?"
3. Physical
"I took you to an intimate restaurant, and then to a suggestive movie, there's nothin' left to talk about, horizontally"

Fuck-Off Machete are like Be Your Own Pet with more edges. As you can imagine that means this is the sort of thing that should come with a government health warning. Their last single 'If Gold Was Silver & Silver Was Gold' was in my 'Top 100 Tracks' from last year. Singer Nashii Noramly can screech and yell like a banshee, then suddenly switch to a reassuring whisper. She's like the Babysitter and the Knife wielding Slasher-Movie maniac rolled into one.

All three of these tunes are Pop songs, but they've gone over to the dark side. 'What's The Signal?' isn't as immediate as the last single but it rewards repeated listens. 'Big Day Out' had me whistling along at the end. Best of all is their bonkers cover of Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical'.

Fuck-Off Machete Website / Fuck-Off Machete MySpace Page

May 22, 2006

SEVEN SEALS – Loose Ends (7″ Single)

Loose Ends CoverPimp Millipede Recordings SEA001: 1st May 2006
1. Loose Ends
"He took lessons off Sparks and The Andersons, yeah they called him Chief Seer, had his teeth everywhere"
2. Lassie
"Go Lassie, go home, and I've said this before, and I'll say it again, writing you a crude kind of story"
3. Radio Kid (Snotty Guitar)
"You oughta know, I'm not a hero, I'm a zero, dickhead, on the radio"

'Loose Ends' sounds like a Super-Group combining members of The Dandy Warhols and Kasabian with Shaun Ryder on vocals performing an impromptu gig in the Tardis (If that makes any sense at all). 'Lassie' is a straight-ahead rocker with a thrilling Drum intro. 'Radio Kid (Snotty Guitar)' is the best of the three. It's like a less Arty version of Franz Ferdinand with Mark E. Smith snarling over the top. This band have got the potential to be fantastic but I don't think they're quite there yet. The 7" is worth buying for the beautiful artwork alone, you could stare at it for hours.

Click here to watch the 'Loose Ends' Video

Seven Seals Website / Seven Seals MySpace Page

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