Archive for August, 2007

August 10, 2007

THE ANOMALIES – Employee Of The Month (7″ Single)

Beyond Music BML70002V: 30th July 2007
1. Employee Of The Month
“You can’t be certain, which bar I’m lurkin’, I’m employee of the month, ’cause I’m the hardest workin'”
2. Hats & Glasses
“Now there’s ‘armony in the way she moves, blazin’ rare grooves as the Bass bin booms, we could raise the roof, or we could tell the truth, we could knock back Tequilas in the DJ booth”

‘Employee Of The Month’ mashes up real-old-skool Swing, Jazz and Big-Band grooves with spicy Latin and Ska flavours.  Add to that some funky Indie Guitars, deeper-than-deep Bass, soulful backing vocals and Beastie Boys rapping and you haven’t just got ‘Employee Of The Month’ you’ve got single of the month!  If that wasn’t enough check out the Rumba outro, it’ll have you shakin’ ya booty and wavin’ those hands in the ayer like ya just don’t cayer!

‘Hats & Glasses’ is almost as good, combining an undulating Bass line, scratchin’, fruity Trumpets and a tongue twisting rap.  If The Anomalies have got a whole albums worth of material as good as these two cuts, expect number one albums/singles, Brit awards and the skies the limit.

Click here to buy the physical single from Juno Records or click here to download ‘Employee Of The Month’ from 7Digital (There’s a free song called ‘Howz That’ too!).

Check the Website for more downloads and video clips:

The Anomalies Website / The Anomalies MySpace

August 10, 2007

THE CRIBS – Moving Pictures (CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

Wichita WEBB128SCD / WEBB128S / WEBB128SX: 30th July 2007
1. Moving Pictures (Original / Live At The Astoria)
“Liars, fakes and stars of moving pictures, what’s the difference, like all the parts that I’m not into, but I see in you”
2. Get Yr Hands Out Of My Grave
“You were drawn to me, but I’ll never be drawn to you, and you know why, get your hands out of my grave”
3. Run A Mile (Early Demo)
“I’ll nod my head, but won’t agree, I’d never seen that side to me”
4. Men’s Needs (CSS Remix)
“Have you noticed, I’ve never been impressed by your friends from New York and London, I’ll level accusations like the press, ’til you realise that you’ve dressed yourself in tatters”
5. Another Number (Live At The Astoria)
“I’m alone and I’m cold, just another number on another row, and I never knew my name”

‘Moving Pictures’ is a bouncy Pop-Rock single like the short-sharp classics that Ash used to make in the early days.  Behind the rumbling buzz-saw Guitars and catchy “Woo-oh-oh-oh” bits lurks a sneering anti-celebrity vocal (There’s an inessential live version too).

‘Get Yr Hands Out Of My Grave’ sounds like a Strokes song played by a band who’ve grown up listening to fellow Yorkshire band Pulp (Which is probably what they did!).  ‘Run A Mile’ is unmistakably a demo and perhaps it should’ve remained unreleased.  CSS seem to be everywhere at the moment and that’s a good thing when they do remixes like the one here.  It sticks closely to the original tone of ‘Men’s Needs’ but replaces most of the gritty Guitars with shiny Electro-Pop bleeps and hums.  I could see it going off if a DJ dropped it in a club.

The B-sides are finished off in style by a rapturously received live recording of ‘Another Number’.  It’s the track that, no matter what they do, The Cribs will always be remembered for.  You know they’ve written an anthem when you can hear the crowd singing the Guitar riff back at them football chant style.

Click here to buy the single, or click here to buy the album from HMV.

Here are links to watch videos for ‘Moving Pictures’ and last single ‘Men’s Needs’ on YouTube.

The Cribs – Another Number mp3

Once again, in case you missed this half-hour of comedy genius, here are links to watch Ryan Jarman on Buzzcocks via YouTube (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) or just click here to witness “The Live8 story”.

The Cribs Website / The Cribs MySpace

August 9, 2007

KELMAN – Is This How It Ends? (Download Single)

Liner Records LIN004: 13th August 2007
1. Is This How It Ends?
“On the brink of something big, I’ve never known failure like this, it’s gone and made monsters of us both, picking at old wounds just makes them worse”
2. Postcards
“On my own, made of stone, only you can break my world, letter re-read, never sent, too much truth can take it’s toll”

‘Is This How It Ends?’ is reaching for something more epic than previous Kelman releases. Wayne Gooderman’s cavernously deep vocal drifts over the best thing The Velvet Underground never recorded. Drums beat like the blood pumping in your veins to create an air of excitement mixed with dread, culminating in an almost unbearably intense finish. A demo of ‘Postcards’ was first released by Wayne’s old band Baptiste in 2003. It’s like a bleak outtake from OK Computer and the Acapella “In case you hear my heart beating” line is spellbinding. These songs are best experienced in the twilight between drunk and sober, on headphones in the dark, by the light of a candle.

‘Is This How It Ends?’ is available to download from iTunes from the 13th of August.  Until then, here’s Kelman’s first incredible single:

Kelman – The Happiest Man Alive mp3

You can purchase Kelman’s last three releases via Paypal from their Website or click here to buy them from Rough Trade.

Kelman Website / Kelman MySpace

August 6, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: GoodBooks – Hiding Away mp3

“He never quite recovered since his son brought the boyfriend home, he only ever wanted an heir to his heir, to sit on the family business throne, his daughter found a man with a turban, while travelling in India, and maybe that’s what finished him off”

Until now, GoodBooks have had many fine tunes but they’ve only had one masterpiece and that was a song called ‘Passchendaele’. It was recently re-released as a single and I found their second masterwork ‘Hiding Away’ tucked away on the B-side. It’s the sad story of a widow whose domineering husband has died and how she finds herself all alone in the world. Max Cooke’s chilly falsetto glides over minimal glacial beats while successive layers of instrumentation build in power and intensity.

GoodBooks – Hiding Away mp3

Click here to buy the ‘Passchendaele’ 7″ single from Rough Trade.

Click here to buy GoodBooks new ‘Control’ album from HMV for only £7.99.

You can still get GoodBooks free ‘Turn It Back’ single by clicking here.

Click here to watch the video for ‘Passchendaele’ on YouTube.

GoodBooks Website / GoodBooks MySpace

August 4, 2007

MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Autumnsong (2x CD & 7″ Singles)

Columbia 88697118302: 23rd July 2007
1. Autumnsong
“So when you hear this Autumnsong, clear your heads and get ready to run, so when you hear this Autumnsong, remember the best times are yet to come”
2. Red Sleeping Beauty
“I’ve been sound asleep for twenty years, if I’m sound asleep a hundred years, she won’t wake me”
3. The Long Goodbye
“It started with a long goodbye, now it’s fading like a bleached out sky”
4. Morning Comrades
“So good morning comrades, there’s work to be done, what can we do but carry on, we’re in denial but having fun”
5. 1404
“If R. S. Thomas was compulsory, and Saunders Lewis was for free, Owain Glyndŵr our history, and Dylan kept the memories, but 1404 got left behind, and we were trapped and stuck in time”
6. The Vorticists
“Instrumental”

‘Autumnsong’ switches between an absolutely massive soaring chorus and James Dean Bradfield doing his best ever Slash impression on the Guitar. It’s an effortlessly anthemic single showing the Manics at the top of their game.

Another generous selection of B-sides accompany ‘Autumnsong’. ‘Red Sleeping Beauty’ is an intense galloping song (It’s actually a fairly faithful cover of MSP favourites McCarthy but they seem to have forgotten to mention that in the sleeve notes) while ‘The Long Goodbye’ has Nicky Wire on lead vocals with added JDB showmanship on the Guitar. ‘Morning Comrades’ and ‘1404’ are gorgeous acoustic songs that highlight the gentle power of JDB’s voice. ‘1404’ is a burning plea for Welsh nationalism sparked by the 1404 uprising and it’s one of the best things the Manics have ever recorded. I don’t know if ‘The Vorticists’ sonically captures the Vorticist art movement, but it definitely captured my imagination.

Click here to buy the new ‘Send Away The Tigers’ album from HMV for just £6.99!

Click here to watch the beautiful Director’s Cut video for ‘Autumnsong’ on YouTube, click here to watch the TV Version (Minus black people?!?!) and click here to watch the MSP preferred Karaoke version.

Manic Street Preachers – Fearless Punk Ballad mp3 (Recent quality B-side)
Manic Street Preachers – Send Away The Tigers (Acoustic) mp3 (Japan bonus)
Manic Street Preachers – The Instrumental mp3 (Rare June Brides cover)
James Dean Bradfield – Kodachrome Ghosts mp3 (Magical solo track)
Nicky Wire – Casual-Glam mp3 (Another magical solo track)

Manic Street Preachers Website / Manic Street Preachers MySpace

August 3, 2007

YEAH YEAH YEAHS – Is Is (CD EP)

Polydor 1741247: 23rd July 2007
1. Rockers To Swallow
“Tell me what rockers to swallow, tell me what knockers to bite, and out of the beats of tomorrow, tell me what beat fills the night”
2. Down Boy
“No fame, all there is, all there was, on the second lady, can’t take a cent, take a cut of that kind of rent, I’ll stand kind of pushed, kind of bent on this heavy land, I’ll stand for the sake of my friend, I will see him there”
3. Kiss Kiss
“Green hours, blue rope, well hot wax for hearts are cold, we’re three, we’re three in the dark tonight, and baby my snake is a shark tonight”
4. Isis
“If they’re still up high, we’ll throw them to the sea, watch the murder of the wilds, to the music of the deep”
5. 10 x 10
“Ten lines leading to the seashore, water’s gonna lead the dogs my way, ten wives tearin’ up my leisure, prissy little mouths gonna talk my way”

After hearing some of these brilliant songs previewed on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ blistering 2004 stopgap live DVD, I was shocked to discover that they hadn’t made it on to the second album ‘Show Your Bones’. The mature acoustic Rock sound was far removed from the electrifying Punk of the first album and a light-year away from the insane savagery of the first thrilling EP. So I can only conclude that Yeah Yeah Yeahs themselves have decided that perhaps they’d made a step in the wrong direction and recording these lost gems was a way to recapture the magic.

The EP opens in spectacular style with the heavy riff monster ‘Rockers To Swallow’ with Karen O screeching and moaning over the top like Iggy Pop in his prime and Nick Zinner playing his axe like it was warfare. ‘Down Boy’ is creepy and sexy, kinda like a vampire and has Guitar playing so violent that it almost puts Jack White to shame. The propulsive ‘Kiss Kiss’ brings to mind early classic ‘Miles Away’ and the acapella bit at the end is simply spellbinding. The EP is rounded off by two primal Blues songs in the shape of the Eastern flavoured ‘Isis’ and the head-bangin’ ’10 x 10′.

In a little under eighteen minutes ‘Is Is’ has restored my faith in Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I’m just gonna pretend that the last album was a bad dream and this was the next release after ‘Fever To Tell’. Play this EP fuckin’ loud and you won’t have any trouble forgetting too.

Click here to buy ‘Is Is’ from Rough Trade.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sealings mp3 (Another quality song that got the chop)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Let Me Know (Demo) mp3 (Sensational B-side)

Click here to watch ‘Date With The Night: Live At The Fillmore’ on YouTube. Witness how a live performance should go down!

Click here to buy the ‘Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow’ live DVD from HMV.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Website / Yeah Yeah Yeahs MySpace