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October 12, 2008

TEN4SE7EN: Episode 8

Hilarious! The news that Sarah Palin was found to have “Abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired” made my week.  I can’t wait to see what John Stewart makes of it (Check out this brilliantly nerdy Sarah Palin flow chart).  That wasn’t the only good news, I’ve also tracked down ten more tracks for your delectation (What a segue!):

Blitzen Trapper’s ‘Furr’ is a bit like Donovan singing a bizarre Stephen Merritt style acoustic campfire song about literally becoming a wolf.  The wailing Dylan Harmonica solo is rather wonderful.

I was initially put off by the slick production on Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Radio Nowhere’ when it came out last year, but this week it’s grabbed me by my ears and won’t let go. Starting off with bleak lines like “Crushing the last lone American night”, then building towards catharsis with lines like “I want a thousand guitars, I want pounding drums, I want a million different voices speaking in tongues!”

The wonky blues of ‘Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked’ brings to mind the sound Arctic Monkeys if they’d just took a sojourn in the Mississippi Delta to soak up the atmosphere.  Cage The Elephant’s album brings in other influences (Not just Blues) like Pop, Rap, Indie and Punk.

Next up is a Remix (Courtesy of Speaker Killer) of Grannie’s favourites Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.  The incendiary House-Piano on ‘Beggin” is straight from ‘Going Back To My Roots’.

You’ll love ‘Kriss Kross’ from the first instant when the piercing Echo & The Bunnymen strings come in.  Guillemots are clearly a band of grand ambitions.

On ‘Connection’, Hawney Troof Raps over a woozy Jazz backing.  Slightly disorientating, lyrically dense and tragically short.

I’m just discovering the odd Daniel-Johnston-like world of Jay Reatard.  The shambolic Pop-Rock of ‘All Over Again’ is just the tip of his talent.  Check out his Matador singles compilation (If only for the ace 45 destroying artwork).

‘A Hold Of You’ is a simple love song from Lambchop’s brand new album.  Unsurprisingly (Given Kurt Wagner’s voice), it’s unspeakably gorgeous.

‘Circles ‘Round The Moon’ is a nursery-rhyme style sing-along from Nana Grizol.  Absolutely charming, hummable and at 1.29 it’s far too brief.  A simple remedy can be found by listening to the whole of their ‘Love It Love It’ album.

I was never totally convinced by Tilly & The Wall’s last album.  However, ‘Beat Control’ is the first track I’m hearing from new record.  If this sprightly Electronic-Pop single is anything to go by, I’m going to be falling head over heals in love with the LP.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A ZIP OF THE TEN TRACKS.

Blitzen Trapper MySpace / Purchase
Cage The Elephant MySpace / Purchase
Bruce Springsteen MySpace / Purchase
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons MySpace / Purchase
Guillemots MySpace / Purchase
Hawnay Troof MySpace / Purchase
Jay Reatard MySpace / Purchase
Lambchop MySpace / Purchase
Nana Grizol MySpace / Purchase
Tilly & The Wall MySpace / Purchase