Monday, 26 January 2009

A Message From Graham Jamaica, Wedding DJ.

It's 1.11.
"Tonight: Franz Ferdinand" is yesterday's release.
It's my first nighttime visit.

I love the Franz Ferdinand's ethic, I love the unrestricted sonic musk of them, simple, pleasurable and pop. I love half of this album. Half of it is making me uncomfortable, this is positive. Is it genius or shit? It's going to turn out one way, in an inevitable number of listens. Pop music thrives from expectation, a good pop fills me with more.

You know what I mean by pop, so we'll avoid that one.

There are a few times year in which the forthcoming arrival on an ALBUM becomes an issue, a talking point, a distraction, a audio addiction, a disappointment, a statement and a mediocre forgotten post-it note. I love these times of the year as much as the seasons, as they are just as inevitable and just as diverse.

Regardless of recent release or physical impossibility (Claude), here are the albums I would have loved to have bought the day they came out:

1. Remain In Light - Talking Heads
2. Kid A - Radiohead
3. Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
4. Hot Rats - Frank Zappa
5. Nocturnes - Claude Debussy
6. Animals - Pink Floyd
7. Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan
8. Grotesque (After The Gramme) - The Fall

All My Love, Declan xxxx

And here's my two favourite comedians by far:

Thursday, 15 January 2009


Should be a good'un.

Tomorrissey Never Dies

Morrissey's getting on a bit, but he's still going; and seemingly strongly, when hearing tracks such as 'All You Need Is Me', 'That's How People Grow Up', and my personal favourite 'Something Is Squeezing My Skull'. We can safely say that by the looks of these penned titles, he's still delivering the Morrissey touch.
This week saw him release his new single from upcoming album 'Years Of Refusal', called 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris'. Immediately I didn't think it was anything particularly grabbing, but it is a grower, and now I've really gotten into it. I think it's important to accept him for what he is post-Smiths, which is on the whole, pretty inconsistant, but also doing something different. I don't think this is particularly his fault- his melodies have maintained their incredible knack of penetrating any fan of popular music with the highest calibre of singalongability (!?). It is the lack of one person that is Marr or less the problem. Sorry, that was awful.
However, I think this album could be a return to form; and I'm pretty excited. And at the age of which he's doing it, much praise needs to be given.

I also came across this Smiths song the other day to my surprise, as I have all of their albums but 'Hatful Of Hollow' (which is more of a compilation of songs- most of which appear on all their other albums), and I heard this one which is amazing, as per usual. Here it is live:

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

January Minimix #1

I thought I'd share with you what I've been listening to recently; the tracks aren't necessarily new fresh bands or anything, partly because I think the state of new music is lacking something pretty significant right now (that may seem like a sweeping statement, but I'll be back to that in a post in the not so distant future), but plainly because all of these songs are very good and are playing a part in my present day to day life.

Who knows, maybe you'll even like a few of them.

1. Beirut- Nantes
2. Common- U.M.C
3. Deerhunter- Never Stops
4. Wild Beasts- His Grinning Skull
5. Battles- Atlas
6. Black Milk- Hold It Down
7. Dirty Projectors- Rise Above
8. Talking Heads- Sax & Violins
9. Sonic Youth- Diamond Sea
10. The Zombies- Time Of The Season

I'll keep it at ten, for effect and a slight OCD induced need of neatness. Special thanks to Mr. Anderson for the introduction of The Zombies.

I'll get the others to produce their own January mixes for you. The world needs to share music more, and that is what we intend to do for your pleasure.

I encourage you to listen to the songs- there's got to be at least one you like.


Face It...

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Radio(head) Friendly

Radiohead did a competition for fans and film-makers alike to produce videos of tracks from their 2008 album 'In Rainbows', and I've only just seen them. Pretty amazing though.

Seemingly on a tangent (but hold on), anyone who may be a fan of Jay-Z should hopefully like this song too (along with it's pretty cool video):

And if anyone who thinks a fusion between the two artists would be even better, check out what Minty Fresh Beats did with 'Jaydiohead' (you knew this was going somehere)-

There's no doubt Dangermouse's Grey Album is better, but it's a nice pice of work, no doubt.