Archive for October, 2007

October 13, 2007

NOAH & THE WHALE – 5 Years Time (7″ Single)

Young & Lost Club YALC0018: 24th September 2007
1. 5 Years Time
“Oh well in five years time, we could be walking round a zoo, with the sun shining down over me and you, and there’ll be love in the bodies of the Elephants too, and I’ll put my hands over your eyes but you’ll peak through”
2. Jocasta
“But if you turn your hand to flames, oh the light will burn the same, whether you just pass it through, or if it’s what you meant to do”

‘5 Years Time’ is a delightful concoction of quivering Violins, tinkling Xylophone and summery Hawaiian vibes and you can’t go wrong with choruses of “Fun, fun, fun” and “Love, love, love”.  ‘Jocasta’ is a singing and dancing camp-fire Folk celebration with a lovely acapella bit in the style of The Hidden Cameras.  If you like Herman Dune you’re sure to be a fan of Noah & The Whale’s brand of pixie Pop.

Click here to buy the 7″ from RoughTrade.

Click here to watch the charming video for ‘5 Years Time’ on YouTube.

Noah & The Whale MySpace / Young & Lost Club MySpace

October 9, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: Lupe Fiasco – Superstar (Feat. Matthew Santos) mp3

“So just take me home, where the mood is mellow, and the roses are thrown, M&Ms are yellow, and the light bulbs around my mirror don’t flicker, everybody gets a nice autograph picture, one for you, and one for your sister, who had to work tonight, but is an avid listener”

Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Food & Liquor’ was not only my favourite album of 2006 but easily the best album in at least a decade and a contender for the greatest Rap album of all-time.  It’s an LP that means so much to me and is so full of detail and depth (Which I’m still exploring) that it’s difficult to convey how much I love it.  Every time I listen, I spot something new that gives me goose-bumps because it’s sharp, witty, intelligent or profound.

So ‘Superstar’ is from his follow up album ‘The Cool’.  On the surface it’s about celebrity but then you delve a little deeper and find lines about capitol punishment, self doubt and self belief.  There’s a soulful chorus provided by Matthew Santos who collaborated on Lupe’s first album.  It’s not his finest track (That’d have to be ‘Hurt Me Soul’) but it’s certainly better than most of the music released this year.

Lupe Fiasco – Superstar (Feat. Matthew Santos) mp3

I implore you, before you eat, before you sleep, before you even take a breath click here to get a copy of ‘Food & Liquor’.

As a bonus, here’s a sampler track from ‘Food & Liquor’ which also features the vocal talents of Matthew Santos.

Lupe Fiasco – American Terrorist (Feat. Matthew Santos) mp3

Click here to watch a live performance of ‘Superstar’ at Lollapalooza via YouTube.

Lupe Fiasco Website / Lupe Fiasco MySpace / Matthew Santos MySpace

October 4, 2007

BABYSHAMBLES – Delivery (2x CDs & 7″ Singles)

Parlophone CDR6747/CDRS6747/R6747: 17th September 2007
1. Delivery
“So here comes a delivery, straight from the heart of my misery, here comes a delivery, straight from the heart, to you”
2. A Day Out In New Brighton
“You can’t blame everything on thin air, just try, who pays for that, me I s’ppose”
3. Stone Me
“Stone me, stone me, what a life”
4. I Wish (Mik’s Vocal Version)
“Sitting alone ‘most every night, watching those trains roll out of sight”
5. Torn
“If it’s true that you reap what you sow, then I’ve got it coming, oh yeah man I Know”

‘Delivery’ is a startling near-return to the form of The Libertines from Pete Doherty.  It’s built around the cheeky theft of the riff from The Kinks’ 1964 single ‘All Day & All Of The Night’.  The lyrics literally spell out Pete’s wish that this single should “Deliver” on the promise he showed in the beginning and that it should be “The song that’ll deliver me, straight from the harshness of misery”.  It’s powerful stuff and even though the Guitar solo reminded me of Neil Innes’ hilarious axeman-ship from ‘Canyons Of Your Mind’ it couldn’t spoil the feeling of relief and elation.

Sadly the B-sides don’t keep up the same high standard.  ‘A Day Out In New Brighton’ sounds like the band warming up, as Pete wakes up, mumbling some nonsense into the microphone and it finishes with a rush of cymbals as if you’ve just heard something auspicious.  ‘Stone Me’ is a reasonable attempt at one of those Reggae songs from ‘London’s Calling’.  ‘I Wish’ is an odd mix of Rockabilly and twee twenties radio balladry while ‘Torn’ is a pleasant enough acoustic song, like a demo from ‘Forever Changes’.  Oh well, we can’t expect Pete to run before he can walk.

Click here to download mp3s of ‘Delivery’ from 7Digital.

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

Click here to buy Babyshambles’ new album ‘Shotter’s Nation’ from HMV.

Click here to get a free mp3 of new album track ‘The Lost Art Of Murder’.

Here are three immortal Pete classics:

The Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into The Sun mp3
Wolfman & Peter Doherty – For Lovers mp3
The Libertines – What Became Of The Likely Lads? mp3

Lastly click here to download a Zip (23mb) of my favourite Pete Doherty bootleg, 2004’s ‘Don’t Apologise, Acoustic Lullaby’ featuring the definitive recording of ‘Albion’ and an early version of new album track ‘UnBiloTitled’.

Babyshambles Website / Babyshambles MySpace

October 3, 2007

THE YOUNG REPUBLIC – Modern Plays (7″ Single)

End Of The Road EOTR0004: 17th September 2007
1. Modern Plays
“He won’t put politics above a sympathetic smile and blonde hair”
2. Between October & December
“Treasure the things you get to start new, I could love this girl and she might love me too”

‘Modern Plays’ is a staggering combination of finely-tuned Kinks songwriting, Nick Drake folk, Belle & Sebastian sweetness, a violent Pixies undercurrent, insane Drums and crackly old Gramophone records.  ‘Between October & December’ is a simpler affair than the A-side but no less beautiful.  The vocal is achingly beautiful, the Strings flow majestically and the gorgeous Oboe and Fuzz-Guitar solos are like warm summer breezes.  The Young Republic are clearly a band positively exploding with ideas so I await their next release with no small amount of excitement.

Click here to buy ‘Modern Plays’ from Rough Trade.

The Young Republic – Blue Skies mp3
The Young Republic – Girl In A Tree (Radio Edit) mp3

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

The Young Republic Website / The Young Republic MySpace

October 2, 2007

MP3 OF THE WEEK: Gene Vincent – Crazy Beat mp3

“Everybody Snap your fingers, everybody stomp your feet, and everybody clap your hands, let’s move to the rhythm of a crazy beat”

It’s not just Oasis who blatantly rip off classic songs. It was 1963 when Gene Vincent recorded this sexy two minute song that is so clearly in debt to Little Willie John’s song ‘Fever’ (Recorded in 1956).  I just bought Andrew Weatherall’s ‘Sci-Fi-Lo-Fi’ Compilation and this was one of the great tracks from it.  There are other fantastic songs from Joe Boot, The Milkshakes and The Cramps.  I highly recommend picking up a copy.

Gene Vincent – Crazy Beat mp3

Click here to buy ‘Sci-Fi-Lo-Fi’ from HMV.

As a bonus, here’s Elvis Presley’s smokin’ version of ‘Fever’:

Elvis Presley – Fever mp3

Gene Vincent Website