Archive for July 25th, 2007

July 25, 2007

EDITORS – MTV Italy Acoustic Session mp3s

“I don’t think that it’s gonna rain again today, there’s a devil at your side but an angel on her way”

I got a tip last week from TrebleZine’s Adrian Cepeda about seven very special acoustic performances that Editors had recorded for MTV Italy. I urge you to check them out… if only to witness Tom Smith’s superb gurning up close!

I’m a big fan of Tom Smith’s deep operatic voice and many of the best Editor’s tracks are the sparser, slower ones that showcase his rich vocals. So the prospect of seven tracks with nought but an acoustic Guitar framing Tom’s voice had me jumping for joy (Although after hearing the dark brooding performances it was more mopeing for joy). The “I can’t believe you” bits in the middle of ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’ left a lump in my throat and sent shivers up my spine.

So in the end I made audio recordings of the videos and you can download them by clicking below:

Editors – MTV Italy Acoustic Session zip (37mb)

Click here to watch the videos.

Click here to read Adrian’s review of Editor’s new ‘An End Has A Start’ album.

Click here to buy ‘An End Has A Start’ from HMV for only £8.99.

Editors Website / Editors MySpace

July 25, 2007

BLOC PARTY – Hunting For Witches (CD, 2x 7″ & Download Singles)

Wichita WEBB130SCD / WEBB130S / WEBB130SX / WEBB120CD: 9th July 2007
1. Hunting For Witches (Original / Live / Fury666 Remix)
“Nineties, optimistic as a teen, now it’s terror, airplanes crash into towers, the Daily mail say’s the enemy’s among us, taking our women and taking our jobs, all reasonable thought is being drowned out, by the non-stop baying, baying, baying for blood”
2. Uniforms (James Rutledge Remix)
“There was a sense of disappointment, as we left the mall, all the young people looked the same, wearing their masks of cool and indifference, commerce dressed up as rebellion”
3. Cavaliers & Roundheads
“Three is evil, the most evil of all the numbers, course and hateful, full of unrest and neglect”
4. Rhododendrons
“I dream of order, I dream of fleets, of Napoleon in aquamarine, he said Linus put that blanket down, you’ve slammed your door too many times”
5. Secrets
“Boy, keep those stories close to your chest, to your chest, I said boy, keep your secrets, secret”

Bloc Party’s new album could be accused of dumbing down, gone are the mathematically precise Drums and intricate Guitars, replaced with a big almost Coldplay/U2 sound. Instead of the near impenetrable minimalist poetry of the 1st album we get lyrics that read like a story right from the booklet. All this aside, the new album undeniably has some great songs and ‘Hunting For Witches’ is definitely one of them. Kele Okereke’s voice wearily bemoans fear-mongering terrorist propaganda, infringement of civil liberties and paranoia over a brilliantly repetitive riff and blinking electronic sounds.

‘Hunting For Witches’ is also included as a rapturously received live incarnation and as a sliced-and-diced robotic art-trance masterpiece from Fury666. Another album highlight ‘Uniforms’ is remixed by James Rutledge, who brings in a mix of swirling strings and aggressive fuzz. ‘Rhododendrons’ is a downbeat but beautiful song of self-doubt and ‘Secrets’ is a pounding Bass Guitar heavy song. Best of all is ‘Cavaliers & Roundheads’ with it’s Punk-Funk meets Metal sound and some brilliant but uncharacteristic Guitar wankery at the end. Altogether, this is an impressive package from Bloc Party and I look forward to the next single.

Click here to buy the new ‘A Weekend In The City’ album from HMV for only £8.99.

Click here to buy Bloc Party’s B-sides as mp3s from Juno Records.

Bloc Party – Vision Of Heaven mp3 (Exclusive free song from PureVolume)
Bloc Party – The Once & Future King mp3 (US only bonus track)

Click here to watch the video for ‘Hunting For Witches’ on YouTube.

Bloc Party Website / Bloc Party MySpace

July 25, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: Mika – Big Girl (Bonde Do Role Remix) mp3

“No need to fantasise, since I was in my braces, a watering hole with the girls around, with curves in all the right places”

Not content with nicking Freddie Mercury’s voice and flamboyant moves, Mika’s also pilfered his song subjects. I seem to remember a little known song by Queen called ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ which bore a striking resemblance to Mika’s ‘Big Girl’. But with that “Genius steals” quote ringing in my ears, I have to admit that ‘Big Girl’ is a damn catchy song and Bonde Do Role’s remix is even better. They’ve slapped on their characteristic Drums, cranked up the Guitars and wedged in a Brazilian Rap break.

Mika – Big Girl (Bonde Do Role Remix) mp3

Click here to buy Mika’s album and click here to buy Bonde Do Role’s record.

Click here to watch Mika perform ‘Big Girl’ at Glastonbury.

Mika Website / Mika MySpace / Bonde Do Role MySpace