Friday, 25 January 2013

Track of the Week: Eddie Argos & The Lo Fi Punk Rock Motherfuckers – Death To Everything (That Is Not Guitar Music)

“If it's not guitar music then I've got no use for it”

Eddie has never been off form, but with this track from his new project Eddie Argos & The Lo Fi Punk Rock Motherfuckers he's released the boldest statement of intent since 'Formed A Band'. Although this is far from serious, it's not a tongue in cheek moment either. As many of our favourite publications have veered from the path to feature increasing amounts of wafty rubbish Eddie literally calls out for a new way.

Although it's not really a new way at all, is it. 'Death To Everything (That Is Not Guitar Music)' tells us to “Turn it up loud”, a sentiment that KPL has been espousing right from its very inception*, and seeks the classic DIY approach. Despite dalliances with a major label, this has always been a key element of Art Brut's appeal, and the Lo Fi Punk Rock Motherfuckers are the closest that Eddie's projects have been in sound to his most successful venture. From the name and the title you should know what to expect, so do as he says.

Volume1. (Wam! Bang! Pow!) is available to download from Corporate Records because CDs are dead**. More videos and info can be seen at The Eddie Argos Resource.

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*Hence the name
**They're not

Friday, 18 January 2013

Track of the Week: Stagecoach - Threequel

It seems that there's no such thing as a quiet week in pop this year. It did very much seem like it until Wednesday however, at which point our long term favourites Stagecoach unveiled the first track from their debut album and Phoenix decided to make their intentions to return known. Both are long awaited in these quarters, and the first taster from either comes in the form of 'Threequel'.

A less excitable, but no less exciting, version of the 'Coach than we've heard from their previous EPs 'Threequel' sees them settling into their sound. There's hints of '90s influences that sits them comfortably in the current DIY-pop landscape, but this is far from the true story. They've grown more into themselves and this confidence manifests itself when they waste no time whatsoever in getting started. Clattering drums give way to noisy guitars as the song plays out, taking interesting diversions across it's perfectly formed 3 minutes and 18 seconds. 

The album is due out on Alcopop! Records in May. It will likely be great. 

(If this gets yr spidey-senses tingling then you should also check out Tyrannosaurus Dead, who have an EP due out on Odd Box Records in May.)

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Friday, 11 January 2013

Track of the Week: The History of Apple Pie – See You

2013 has got off to a terrific start, and what better way to commemorate that than bringing back the Track of the Week feature? Well, doubtlessly there are many but this will have to do. Of course you'll have heard the Bowie song, and be aware that Suede debuted a new track. And as much as both are worth your time it's more worth the space here to highlight a song that you could have missed that is as ace (if not better) than these news-grabbers.

Although not the only winner of the first week-and-a-bit of 2013, - see new songs by Sheffield's BLESSA and Seattle's Tullycraft - The History of Apple Pie are laying early claim to the year with their best single yet. 'See You' is the lead single from forthcoming album Out Of View (due Jan 28th) is a sugar-rush of a single that lives up to its bright cover art.

Like Taffy last year, THOAP's music could simplistically described as putting a new face to the best elements of past guitar pop. The choppy guitars blend 80's indiepop into Blur-esque melodic drive, whilst Steph leads some classic girl group vocals. It's a mixture of many of our favourite musical styles and given finishing flourishes that root it in the present. As you'd expect from music being covered here, the choruses are massive, and although the song pushes the four-and-a-half minute mark not a single moment is wasted.

Expect to see The History of Apple Pie take indiepop melodies into wider consciousness over the next 12 months.

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Top 50 Songs of 2012

This is the completely subjective and biased list of the Top 50 Songs of 2012. The countdown occurred on Tumblr and if you head there (via the link at the top of the page), you can stream all of the songs and read brief blurbs describing roughly why they are in the list.

A spotify playlist is also available (thanks to John), with most of the Top 50.

50) Under-Esitmate The Girl - Kate Nash
49) Do You Really - Glow Kit
48) Bats In The Attic (Unravelled) - King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
47) Stop Kicking - Blood Red Shoes
46) Something New - Girls Aloud
45) State Hospital - Frightened Rabbit
44) Blue Dahlia - The Gaslight Anthem
43) Summer, Somewhere - Screaming Maldini
42) Listen To Your Head - Kaiser Chiefs
41) Dark Star - Poliça
40) Default - Django Django
39) Coastal Command - Wild Billy Childish & The Spartan Dreggs
38) The Pain Comes Easy (The Rest Is Hard) - Paintings of Ships
37) 3 Hearts - Johnny Foreigner
36) She Crows (Document Minor Emotional Breakdown #4) - Los Campesinos!
35) Beeswing - The Futureheads
34) Piledriver Waltz - Caitlin Rose
33) Food - The Lovely Eggs
32) Electricity - Arctic Monkeys
31) Beneath The Waves An Ocean - Future of the Left
30) Rent - Field Music
29) Sixteen Salteens - Jack White
28) My Heart Beats - Veronica Falls
27) White Noise - Gaz Coombes
26) Simple Song - The Shins
25) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
24) Chi-Town - The Cribs
23) Season In Hell - Dum Dum Girls
22) Spitfire - Public Service Broadcasting
21) Always - Summer Camp
20) They Launched A Probe - The Winter Olympics
19) Centre of Your Universe - Internet Forever
18) Gold On The Ceiling - The Black Keys
17) Murmurations - Tall Ships
16) Tina Weymouth - This Many Boyfriends
15) Darth Vader - Standard Fare
14) The Battle Of Peterborough - MJ Hibbett & The Validators
13) Pelican - The Maccabees
12) Mind Control - Friends
11) After You - Pulp
10) Closer - Tegan and Sara
09) The House That Heaven Built - Japandroids
08) Under The Westway - Blur
07) So Long - Taffy
06) Leave Your Body Behind You - Richard Hawley
05) The Beach Girls And The Monster - Bordeauxxx
04) Hips And Lips - Maxïmo Park
03) Nothing's Gonna Stop Us - The Darkness
02) Capricornia - Allo Darlin'
01) The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES

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