Monday, 23 February 2009

We Only Talk In Metpahors...

As Declan bounds off to India, he has left us all with his newly recorded summer stomper of a tune, 'Imagination Discourse'. He recently recorded it with Dan Brown of Phantom Limb fame. And it's very good, of course.

Listen to it here.

We will all miss him greatly.
Have a nice time, matey.


Talking Smiths

During the last few months, I've been scouting and searching through the bountiful back-catalogue of Talking Heads. For a while I had only been familiar with the earlier stuff (predominantly 'Fear Of Music' and 'Remian In Light'), but I have recently ventured into the latter albums on the music lover's best friend that is Spotify.

To say I really got into these latter albums would be a lie. I found them lacking the general consistancy and creativity of Byrne and co's earlier stuff, really... Having said that, a band of Talking Heads' calibre couldn't make an album without at least a handful of gems that I'd love. It was listening to their 'Blind' album that I came across a song called '(Nothing But) Flowers', which has Johnny Marr on it, which was most probably why I got into it so much.

In fact, I think there are elements of Declan's guitar playing on our new EP in this song.
Did I just compare him to Johnny Marr?... He can pay me later.

Talking Heads - Nothing But Flowers

Full Fat Goodness...

After extensive recent listens, I highly advise you listen to Black Milk's most recent album, 'Tronic'. Too many good tunes.

Monday, 16 February 2009

February Minimix...

My day just got wonderful. I heard Bombay Bicycle Club's new single 'Always Like This'. Immediately hooked.

It's different (in absolutely no negative way- in fact, in a brilliant way), but still the vital elements of the Bombay we love.

I can't get it's groove out of my head.

So with that, I shall commence my February minimix.

1.) Bombay Bicycle Club- Always Like This
2.) Queens Of The Stone Age- 3's & 7's
3.) J Dilla- E= MC2
4.) The Naturals- Counter Respond
5.) Elzhi feat. Royce da 5'9"- Motown 25
6.) Jimmy Ruffin- What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
7.) The Kills- Last Day Of Magic
8.) Television- Marquee Moon
9.) The Futureheads- Man Ray
10.) Talking Heads- This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

And one more for luck-
11.) Huw & Dan- The Only One (My Mylo). Now streaming on the MySpace page, this bad boy was a product of two very bored boys a few months back, trying to write the best Europop song they could...
It was a great day.

Over and oot.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Hello? Is It Me You're Looking For?

Huw here.
I'm in a little bit of a predicament right about now. The reason for this predicament is due to Lionel Richie.
Now, you might be wondering how the Lord Of The Jheri Curl is meddling with my day to day thoughts. But the reason is pretty clear:

Is it bad that I more than just 'like' the pop stomper that is the brilliantly, and slightly comically named, 'All Night Long (All Night)'?

I just think the song has everything; soul, some tasty African influences fused with pop gloss, build-ups, break-downs, great melody, and ONE HELL OF A CHORUS.

Here's a quite bombastic performance of his at the '84 Olympics. He doesn't half milk it...

And don't even get me started on the video for 'Hello'...


Saturday, 14 February 2009

Effortlessly Coors

Completely great are the band Magazine, with "About The Weather" being my absolute favourite. This is a band I've been crudely aware of for a while, but was once again prompted by Dead Air Space, which is always informative, entertaining and has some brilliant links down it's left hand side.

I finished my vocals last night, which I'm very grateful of. Watch out for some gruesome falsetto, I also found the above art, which I love.

Much love and happiness to ya,

Duncan Pleydell-Pearce xxx

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Too High, Too High, But I Ain't Touched The Sky...

Here's Dan hitting the big notes on a harmony part in 'Sitting Ducks'.

What a maverick.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Gay Paris

So yeah I'm back from Paris. That's right, I went to Paris for a week with college. I had a bit of an art attack though. Don't get me wrong, I've really enjoyed meandering through the streets finding tucked away galleries, chillin' with my peeps in the Jewish Quarter, sketching unfortunate Parisians as I gaze from the window of a charming Cafe, sippin' on a Cafe Creme. But how I have missed music. Sure, I could listen to it, but this only really occurred on the journeys (I'm not one to be anti-social) and I was mostly listening to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy anyway. I have really been pining to produce the stuff! Nothing really compares, however lame that sounds. G'night.
Daniel xxx

I saw this the other day and thought it was pretty much amazing. Personally I prefer it to Bob Dylan's original. I don't know if that's blasphemy to Dylan boffs, but hey.

Enjoy. I would imagine you will.



Tuesday, 3 February 2009

999? I'm calling for some immediate early 2000's UK garage help...

I remembered about this song the other day. It's genuinely bizarre when listened to again just for the main and sole reason that it samples BBC's 'Casualty'. Yes, 'Casualty'.

I didn't think much of it before, but now I have, I can't get the ridiculousness of it out of my head. 'Casualty'? My parents watch that shit. Really, without wanting to make sweeping generalisations here, how many garage fans watch 'Casualty'? Or at least thought it cool to put it in a song?

I guess it's most probably purposefully humourous. Isn't it? I just can't watch this without thinking the combination of garage music and these guys as pretty fucking hilarious:

Garage was sick. Especially this-

Enough said.

Romeo done.