Thursday, 26 January 2012

New Jamz on Thursday

Found this floating around the interweb.

The sound of the 80's is so ingrained in the current music scene that this actually sounds modern. A bit like if Broadcast had signed to a major label after (the unutterably awesome) Tender Buttons and agreed to make a global conquering mega-hit (i.e still a bit wonky). I like it. Listen to the whole album here

This next one feels ready to tip over into the 'Alt-Mainstream'

Nice Neu! drumbeat? check, trippy phased out guitars? check, vocals that sound like a man but are actually a womans? AWLRITE . Bit like Arcade Fire in soft-focus, or Secret Machines with an approachability. Keep an eye out for the album in late March.

Finally, who said Rap was dead?

I've been a little wary of A$AP Rocky simply because the press have been SO all over him. But this track is pretty damned perfect.

Monday, 23 January 2012

A Cantonbury Tale

Well, if this doesn't get your Monday morning sunny side up you got problems:

Remember seeing Wyatt on The Old Grey Whistle Test around '85 singing his (beautiful) version of 'Shipbuilding' and a bigger juxtaposition to the current vogue of mid-eighties artists (big hair, shoulder pads etc) a 14 year old lad couldn't wish to see. Sat in a wheelchair looking like a slightly bedraggled History teacher, he was intriguing to say the least. Remember going to my local library to find some Wyatt tunes, the nice man behind the counter pointed me towards Soft Machine WHO I COULD NOT GET MY HEAD AROUND. Thankfully, i did come across this AMAZEoid version of I'm A Believer' Cosmic kicks ahoy

From these humble beginnings i found a load of other artists from the same (Cantonbury) scene, including the wonderful Kevin Ayers.

If your not au fait with Mr Ayers and you enjoy, pastoral english psychedelia a la Syd Barrett, then many riches await you.

Finally Caravan are one of those bands that you might associate with prog-rock or long dull instrumental passages, and you might be right, but they also wrote and perfomed some of the best, off-beat pop songs of the early 70's
Example 1

Example 2: Why Has There Never Been A Best Of Caravan?

Thursday, 12 January 2012

First Time This Year

One of the artists i manage, Rose Elinor Dougall is whacking out a FREE ep today.

If you enjoy guitars that sound like roller-skating dinosaurs mating next to the demolition of a mausoleum, then be sure to check out opening track, 'The Night's' denouement...

Also, if you should be interested in such things, i made the video for 'The Night' with my own fair hands (!) and my clever wife Josephine was responsible for the video of Velvets-chugging closing song, 'Hanging Around'. Her's is better as you'll see.... Bonus points for spotting where the clips in both come from...