Monday, 27 September 2010

Track of the Week 2010: #39

British Sea Power – 'Zeus'

Very long term favourites are British Sea Power, so it's fantastic to have them back – even if the fourth album has been put back until the beginning of 2011. On the plus side, they're giving us a teaser EP and have made it's title track a free download.

Enter 'Zeus'.

Appropriately the drums sound as though they're the products of the gods anger, whilst the overall feel is of something classic BSP – life affirming with a wonderfully aggressive edge and a sharp intellect. Sonically it's everything that you want and need from rock music. Wails and thunder. Melody, subtly and power. For some reason it also slightly recalls Iggy Pop. All good things.

The EP drops on October 4th. The download's here, via This Is Fake DIY

Friday, 24 September 2010

The Answering Machine - 'Animals'

You maybe/maybe don't remember that 'Animals' by The Answering Machine was Track of the Week a couple of weeks ago, based solely on a 30 second clip. Well, now the whole song has appeared as a free download - via the NME. Go and get it now!

Here's the teaser clip again

Monday, 20 September 2010

Track of the Week 2010: #38

Manic Street Preachers – '(It's Not War) Just the End of Love'

Hopefully I shouldn't need to do too much persuading about the brilliance of Manic Street Preachers so I'll briefly share one of my earliest memoires of pop music.

It was the Brit Awards 1997 and I was watching it on TV as a nine year old. Why I was watching this I don't remember, but the Manics performed 'A Design For Life', and although I wasn't a music fan at the time I was impressed by the power of the performance (and the shiny blue lights). Somehow I remember equating in my child mind that this must be that rock n roll thing I've heard people talk about.

Fast forward many years and the Manics are going through one hell of a career resurgence after a spate of so-so albums in the early part of the 2000's. Send Away The Tigers reinvigorated them creatively, whilst Journal For Plague Lovers got the critics back on side. A year on from the latter and there's no signs at all of the purple patch abating.

Postcards From A Young Man
is both utterly brilliant and out today. It's now that I'm realising that, hell – I've always loved the Manics and this week's Track of the Week is the lead single from the album and sitting in the pop charts at number 28. A far cry from their chart topping days, sure but seeing as we're going through a time where few bands are cracking the Top 40 (let alone the Top 30) this “one last shot at mass communication” is a success all around.

Sadly the video's not embeddable however. Watch it here.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Track of the Week 2010: #37

Grinderman – 'Heathen Child'

When you watch a music video there's certain things you expect to see. 'Heathen Child' contains none of those. It contains the things you want to see.

Nick Cave and his bearded co-conspirators dressed as Romans?


Are they shooting lazer beams out of their eyes?

You betcha.

Does a dog do some conducting?

Of course.

Have they got that guy who can pop his eyes out of his face to play Buddah?

Yes. Duh!

Are there dinosaurs? Or asteroids?

Yes. On both counts.

What about boobs? Is there boobs? I bet there's not boobs!

There's boobs alright!!

The album Grinderman 2 is out today

Monday, 6 September 2010

Track of the Week 2010: #36

The Answering Machine – Animals

So, is this the doozy that I mentioned last week? Erm, well actually no. I've not posted about that because, frankly I've not had the energy. The song in question was 'Fuck You' by Cee-Lo Green (the voice of Gnarls Barkley) and has pretty much gone viral anyway. I suggest you check it out.

No, the track that's made this week's blog post is a sample of the forthcoming second album by The Answering Machine, a band whose debut I named the 11th best album of last year. So eagerly am I anticipating their return that I'm naming 'Animals' this week's Track of the Week, having only heard the following 36 second sample. A bit presumptuous perhaps but I've great faith in the band, and the sample of this is killer. Spiky and epic, it has all of the ingredients that made Another City, Another Sorry such a treat.

Said new album, Lifeline, is due in the new year. 'Animals' should land in October. (I can't seem to find any confirmation of these dates however)