Archive for April 12th, 2007

April 12, 2007

MALCOLM MIDDLETON – Beep Beep, I Love You (7″ Single)

Full Time Hobby FTH034S: 2nd April 2007
1. Beep Beep, I Love You
“I love you, there you go, three little words on a mobile phone, when are you coming home?”
2. Pick Me Up
“I write things to do today, then I’ll scratch them away, then it’s over to talk to the post box, I’ll pick me up”

‘Beep Beep, I Love You’ is a radio friendly version of ‘Fuck It, I Love You’ from Malcolm’s ‘A Brighter Beat’ album, although the swearing seems superfluous in this case.  It’s a dreamy Folk-Pop tune that bounces along with a Xylophone twinkling over the top until half way through, when unexpectedly huge Guitars explode.  This ‘Loneliness of the long distance texter’ song is a fine follow up to January’s brilliant ‘A Brighter Beat’ single.  ‘Pick Me Up’ is a fantastic B-side with words of determined self-belief (In the face of determined self-disbelief) backed by gorgeous uplifting Strings.

Click here to buy the ‘A Brighter Beat’ album from HMV for £9.99.

A Moaning Shite mp3

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April 12, 2007

ARCADE FIRE – Keep The Car Running (7″ Single)

Mercury 1726840: 2nd April 2007
1. Keep The Car Running
“There’s a fear I keep so deep, knew it’s name just before I could speak”
2. Broken Window
“I gained the world, but I lost your trust, they throw their money at ya, it ain’t easy to adjust”

This is the first physical single from Arcade Fire’s new album (Released a month ago) and perhaps I’m old fashioned, but I don’t think a record’s really “Out” until you can hold it in your hands. That said, the plain packaging of this 7″ is a little disappointing in comparison to my other treasured Arcade Fire releases that seemed to strive to create tactile multi-textured artefacts.

‘Keep The Car Running’ is repetitive by the usual Arcade Fire standards, there’s no quiet first half and no loud second half. It simply builds in intensity until it reaches an almost unbearable bursting point and then suddenly stops. It’s shockingly abrupt and had me reaching for the replay button instantly. It’s got the usual delirious mixture of instruments all adding up to a powerful whole and Win’s piercing voice floats over the top singing words of nervous paranoia. B-side ‘Broken Window’ has ominous rumbling Organs like the humming of engines and the lyrics seem to be lamenting the secret abduction of an man by the authorities and the anger this engenders in his loved ones.

Click here to buy ‘Neon Bible’ from HMV for only £8.99.

Here are two rare Arcade Fire mp3s, the first is a song that didn’t make it onto the new album and the second is (In my opinion anyway) one of the greatest covers ever recorded:

Arcade Fire – Burning Bridges Breaking Hearts (Live) mp3
Arcade Fire – Born On A Train (Live On KCRW) mp3

Arcade Fire Website / Arcade Fire MySpace / Us Kids Know Fansite