Archive for August 27th, 2006

August 27, 2006

HOW TO CURE DYSLEXIA – Falling Over (7″ Single)

Falling Over CoverOutput OPR97: 21st August 2006
1. Falling Over
“I hear Bag-Pipes when I breathe in, and ‘most every single evenin’, is sat in by the Telly, alone and empty belly”
2. Around The Houses

‘Falling Over’ is like a gentler Syd Barret or a male Aimee Mann taking a comical but ultimately sad look at being old and finding yourself alone. David Miller’s vocals also remind me of Russell from The Research. It’s mostly played on the Acoustic-Guitar with delicate touches of Organ and that ‘clipity-clop’ percussion you get in old western movies. After just one listen, it sounds like an old favourite that you’ve heard a million times before.

‘Around The Houses’ is a Country tinged Instrumental that exhudes summery magic. The images it conjures up say more to me than any lyrics probably could’ve, and that’s a high compliment.

Instead of buying this 7″ you might want to go and buy a copy of July’s ‘Take It Outside’ EP since it features both tracks. It also has four others and will only cost you a few pounds more.

Click here to watch a video for the song ‘Little Else’ on YouTube.

How To Cure Dyslexia MySpace Page

August 27, 2006

JOANA & THE WOLF – Purple Nights (7″ Single)

Purple Nights CoverRegal REGALSC001: 21st August 2006
1. Purple Nights
“Each word I say now’s, a little snake babe, I’m slowly growing in your head, now call me prophet, your little prophet, a comfort for the plastic age”
2. November
“It is bad, whatever I do, it is wrong, whatever I say”

Joana & The Wolf are Joana Glaza and Ali Milne and they’re like a more theatrical version of PJ Harvey.  This is the first 7″ in a singles-club series from Regal records.

On ‘Purple Nights’ the vocals alternate between a low snarl and a piercing falsetto, which might be too much for some people. Joana’s words are backed by a stomping beat and sexy Guitars. ‘November’ has a slightly more bouncy Pop feel and a Siouxsie Sioux influence on the vocals. There is a wonderful part in the middle where it all slows done, then with a shriek they tear back into the song.

Joana & The Wolf Website / Joana & The Wolf MySpace Page

August 27, 2006

THE BLACK ANGELS – The First Vietnamese War (7″ Single)

The First Vietnamese War CoverLight In The Attic Records LITA227: 21st August 2006
1. The First Vietnamese War
“You gave a gift to me, in my young age, you sent me overseas, and put the fear in me”
2. Nine Years
“The heavy breathing, the pounding of your heart, do you start to sweat and, do you scream out”

‘The First Vietnamese War’ opens with the sound of Choppers similar to those at the start of Apocalypse Now.  The lyrics draw the obvious parallels between Vietnam and the current Iraq war.  The singer Alex Mass brings to mind Frank Black, Eamon Hamilton and Jim Morrison to name a few.  The music is a heavy mix of Psychedelic Guitars, rumbling Bass and hard Drums.

It may just be the use of the world “Control”, but Alex’s vocals on ‘Nine Years’ reminded me of Joy Division.  All though the ominous Bass line probably has something to do with it as well.

Click here to watch the video for ‘The First Vietnamese War’ on YouTube.

The First Vietnamese War mp3

Click here to watch the famous intro sequence from Apocalypse Now on YouTube.

The Black Angels Website / The Black Angels MySpace Page

August 27, 2006

BOX CODAX – Naked Smile (10″ Single)

Naked Smile CoverThe Thin Man TTM004: 21st August 2006
1. Naked Smile
“Money can’t buy what you’re searching, and you can feel it in your heart”
2. Naked Smile (Dabaumann Organorgel)
3. Naked Smile (Metronomy Remix)
“All that matters is your naked body, all that matters is your naked smile”

Box Codax are Alexander Ragnew & Nick McCarthy (That’s right, Nick from Franz Ferdinand). ‘Naked Smile’ is like a car accident involving Prince, David Byrne and Kraftwerk. Nick is German/Scottish so that that would lead me guess that Alexander is from Minneapolis (But I believe he’s actually German as well). Nick’s wife Manuela performs the sugar-sweet backing vocals. ‘Naked Smile’ can only be the product of two equally deranged minds.

The ‘Dabaumann Organorgel’ instrumental version features a Jimmy Smith style Organ and little else. The ‘Metronomy Remix’ wierds things up another notch, which is no mean feet. The totally unexpected Synth-Brass bit at 3.07 is rather wonderful and puts images of Rick Wakeman resplendent in full wizard gear in your head.

Click here to pre-order the ‘Only An Orchard Away’ album from HMV for only £7.99. Each track inhabits a genre of it’s own and will surely win the award for ‘Most Bizarre Album Of 2006’.

Box Codax Website / Box Codax MySpace Page

August 27, 2006

McALMONT & BUTLER – Speed (7″ Single)

Speed CoverRough Trade RTRADS366: 21st August 2006
1. Speed
“Living is changing faster, can you feel it, nothing stays the same for long, these days, yeah, faster than the bullet trains in the East, yeah, a destination uncertain, on the wind, yeah”
2. Speed (Instrumental)

Apparently David McAlmont and Bernard Butler recorded this song a few years back but it’s only now getting a release.  I can’t hear why it should ever have been held back, it’s fantastic.

‘Speed’ kicks off with apocalypticily massive Drums that clash throughout the track like planets colliding.  Strings soar between the speakers like the best bits of your favourite Bond themes.  Over the top of this epic sound, David McAlmont’s heavenly voice describes the frenetic pace of modern life.  Listen to the way he enunciates every syllable of the line “Your dreams could be forgotten”.  McAlmont & Butler’s finest moment was undoubtedly their 1995 single ‘Yes’, and I’m sure you’re wondering if it matches up.  Well I wouldn’t go so far as “Yes” but I would say “Almost”.  The ‘Instrumental’ allows you to hear some beautifully expressive Guitar playing in the middle that you don’t notice when David McAlmont’s voice is laid over the top.

Click here to read MusicLikeDirt’s review of McAlmont & Butler’s recent appearance at the Jazz Cafe.

Click here to watch a breathtaking performance of ‘Yes’ on Later and hear to watch a live acoustic version of ‘Speed’ on YouTube.

McAlmont & Butler Website / McAlmont & Butler MySpace Page
Bernard Butler Website / Bernard Butler MySpace Page
David McAlmont Website / David McAlmont MySpace Page

August 27, 2006

MARVIN THE MARTIAN – Hoods & Badges (Download EP)

Hoods & Badges Cover 5th June 2006
1. I Don’t Go (Alone)
“With twenty other people, I share my home, and the only thing I feel, when I’m here is alone, with a pen, a pad, a TV, a PS1 and poems, at 12.00 it’s my curfew, I just want someone to phone”
2. Around The Way
“Mr Politician and Mr Cop, and every bad mind teacher that wished I flopped, managed to stay afloat with it all on top”
3. Stay Off The Kane
“I walk around your room, sometimes when you’re sleepin’, I shimmy up the drainpipe to the bathroom, and just sneak in, and sometimes I sleep in your attic on the weekend”

Recently Statik and Babyshambles have been getting loads of press concerning the ‘Grindie’ scene. But you might have forgotten that Marvin The Martian and Art Brut were doing it two years ago with ‘Stay Off The Kane’. The title of the EP references the ‘Hoods’ of the Grime scene and the ‘Badges’ of the Indie scene. But these items have become interchangeable and perhaps that’s the point.

‘I Don’t Go (Alone)’ features completely new lyrics over a sample of ‘Walk With Me’ by GoodBooks. Marvin’s done that Chipmunks/Cold-As-Ice thing with the vocals, which may annoy some ears, but don’t let that put you off. His words are about being stuck in a lonely youth-shelter, then being attacked by a gang of thugs, and generally being trapped in Britain’s urban hell.  ‘Around The Way’ is a tour round Marvin’s neighbourhood on the back of a motorbike. I love the bit in the middle where it drops into the national anthem “I’m Marv The Martian, I represent UK, Britain never, never, never, shall be slain” before Marvin announces “Ah, back to business” and the song resumes. ‘Stay Off The Kane’ is the track that started it all by sampling Art Brut’s ‘Emily Kane’. The original was about Eddie Argos pining for his first love, but Marvin’s version takes it in a darker direction by casting himself as a psychotic stalker.

Click here to buy the EP from 7Digital, but it’s also available from Napster and iTunes (I managed to find a physical promo CD on Ebay).

Click here to download Marvin’s sixteen-minute Mixtape as an mp3. It samples The Maccabees, Kate Bush and others. Unlike Statik’s Grindie Mixtape, he hasn’t just played two records together badly and added gun shots. Just listen to him giving shout-outs to his Indie heroes at the start.

Marvin The Martian – Stay Off The Kane mp3
The Knack Vs Art Brut – My Sherona Formed A Band mp3

Click here to watch Marvin perform a live medley of ‘Stay Off The Kane’, ‘I Don’t Go (Alone)’ and ‘Hate This Job’ on YouTube.

Finally click here to buy the ‘Bang Bang Rock & Roll’ album by Art Brut from HMV for only £9.99. I promise you won’t regret it.

Marvin The Martian Website / Marvin The Martian MySpace Page
Art Brut Website / Art Brut MySpace Page
GoodBooks Website / GoodBooks MySpace Page