Archive for May 20th, 2007

May 20, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: Nellie McKay – Ding Dong mp3

“My cat died and I quickly poured myself some Gin, did she die from old age or was it for my sins, God I loved her oh so much, miss her little kitty touch”

I loved ‘Ding Dong’ when I first heard it in 2004 and could hardly stop listening, but somehow it eventually got forgotten amongst the mess of mp3s on my hard-drive and the music on my shelves. This week I dug it out again and rediscovered what a delightfully unusual song it is. ‘Ding Dong’ is a darkly amusing tale of mental illness wrapped up in pretty pink Pop bow. Not many lyricists would write a line that went “Chop your head off, be a lighter person” and certainly none would sing it in such a seemingly carefree way. But this is from the wicked wit of a girl who named her first album ‘Get Away From Me’ as a dig at Norah Jones‘ hugely successful (And hugely boring) album ‘Come Away With Me’. All the quirky-songstress plaudits may have gone to Regina Spektor, but Nellie McKay far outstrips her in both oddity and charm.

Nellie McKay – Ding Dong mp3

Click here to watch a wonderful live performance of ‘Ding Dong’ on Jools from a while back via YouTube.

Click here to buy either her first album ‘Get Away From Me’ or 2006’s follow up ‘Pretty Little Head’ from HMV.

Nellie McKay Website / Nellie McKay MySpace

May 20, 2007

THE DINING ROOMS – Ink EP 1 (12″ Single)

Schema SCEP429: 14th May 2007
1. Thank You? (Skwerl’s Ungrateful Love Mix / Skwerl’s Ungrateful Dub / Original)
“My son went to war in the name of peace, I hope you’ve seen he’s a hero, because he gave his life for freedom, so I suppose I should say thank you, once again”
2. Cobra Coral (The Juju Orchestra Remix)

‘Thank You?’ is a thoughtful, uplifting spoken-word House epic with a sweet Soul chorus.  Skwerl doubles the length and takes it further into that classic deep hypnotic House sound.  ‘Cobra Coral’ has more of a Latin groove and it’s perfect for chilling out after the euphoric heights of ‘Thank You?’.  This EP is worth buying for the colourful sleeve artwork alone.

Click here to buy the EP from Juno Records.

The Dining Rooms – Thank You? (Skwerl’s Ungrateful Love Mix) mp3

Click here to watch the video for ‘Thank You?’ on YouTube.

The Dining Rooms Website / The Dining Rooms MySpace / Skwerl MySpace

May 20, 2007

THE CRIBS – Men’s Needs (CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

Wichita WEBB124SCD/WEBB124S/WEBB124SX: 14th May 2007
1. Men’s Needs
“Have you noticed I’ve never been impressed, by your friends from New York and London, I’ll level accusations like the press, until you realise that you’ve dressed yourself in tatters”
2. The Fairer Sex
“If I could save the world I would, but no one seems to give a fuck”
3. Tonight
“I hold your hand in mine, tonight, say that things ain’t right, tonight”
4. I’ve Tried Everything (Acoustic)
“I thought that it would not be a problem, but I found out the night we rode the Circle Line, it ‘ad to ‘appen some time”

The Cribs are one of those bands that I’ve always wanted to like more than I actually did. I love their DIY ethic, their charm, their humour, their infamous tolerance for pain and for probably the funniest appearance on Nevermind The Buzzcocks ever. However, musically I’ve always felt they were never quite good enough but I’ve always been interested in buying their latest releases for those flashes of brilliance.

‘Men’s Needs’ is the best thing they’ve done since ‘Another Number’ and Alex Kapranos is behind the production desk. It’s got a brilliant repetitive riff with Ryan Jarman yelping over the top with his distinctive slightly camp lisp. ‘The Fairer Sex’ is nearly as good with an almost Oasis like sound while ‘Tonight’ recalls Ash at their most dreamy. ‘I’ve Tried Everything’ sounds pretty damn epic in this semi-acoustic version so god knows what it’s like on the album.

Click here to buy ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ from HMV for only £8.99 (With a free DVD for a limited time).

The Cribs – Another Number mp3
The Cribs – Mirror Kisses mp3
The Cribs – North Of England mp3

Here are links to watch that whole Buzzcocks appearance on YouTube (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) or just click here to witness the Live8 story.

Click here to watch the infamous video for ‘Men’s Needs’ on YouTube.

The Cribs Website / The Cribs MySpace