Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
And the lyrics themselves are almost surreal, and at times distressing - you really don't want to know what Why? claims to have witnessed two Germans up to.
Aside from his solo LPs, Pete Rock has previously done production or remixes for a star-studded list of people that reads like a who's who of hip hop in the past two decades - 50 Cent, Public Enemy, The Fresh Prince, Slick Rick, Common, Busta Rhymes, KRS-One, Rakim, Run DMC, A Tribe Called Quest, Micheal Jackson, Gang Starr, Naughty By Nature, the list goes on and on and on and on...
RAPPER and philosopher Snoop Doggy Dogg once mused: "Ugly girls don't sell records."
Although Tha DoggFather may have had a point to make on the shallow nature of the music industry, there are always exceptions to the rules.
How else can you explain the continuing appeal of the likes of Bjork, PJ Harvey, Michelle McManus...
Okay, scratch that last one.
However The Long Blondes are the opposite - frontwoman Kate Jackson may have sailed high the NME cool list and on the pages of glossy fashion magazines, but the straight-down-the-line Blondie influenced nu New Wave of the turgid Couples proves there is also a lot of style over content knocking about in the charts.
And you don't need an ugly rapper to tell you that.
The motor mogul shot to fame in the 1980s after building the Delorean car immortalised in the Back To The Future trilogy, before going bankrupt and being coerced into drug smuggling by the US Government, who then tried to send him to jail for it.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
This Gift, Sons And Daughters' third album released in January, is a progression for the four-piece indie folk rockers.
A good deal heavier than their previous stuff, the bands pulse - a trademark tubthumping beat - is sounding stronger than ever.
However while the band have learnt to rock out, at the same time there is evidence of a new-found restraint when needed, which adds more maturity to their new songs.
And although sometimes, but not often, this exuberance spills over into the land of cheese, highlights such as title track This Gift, Iodine and album bookends Gilt Complex and Goodbye Service show the Glaswegians have a lot more to give.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
THERE must have been strange goings on at the Reznor household when Nine Inch Nail's new release, the four-part, two-hour Ghosts I-IV, was conceived.
Of late Nine Inch Nails have been playing it straight, with albums Year Zero and With Teeth demonstrating a more guitar-based approach to their brand of dark and dangerous industrial music.
However the Ghosts EP are instrumental, largely computer generated opuses more akin to experimental classical compositions, meandering IDM or works of sound art.
And they're magnificent.
Listening to the 36 unnamed tracks at times feels like being inside an intense computer game or a horror movie, and at other times you forget there's music on at all the feeling is so ethereal and atmospheric.
Admittedly some times you just need that quick blast of high octane, but when you're in the mood for a more recreational listen, Ghosts will be just the vehicle.
Throughout the many years of releases that make up their extensive back catalogue, Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails have always been a reliable source of challenging and unexpected music with real shock value – and Ghosts continues that tradition while simultaneously breaking their own mould.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
ALTHOUGH a country mile ahead of Supergrass' previous album, the shockingly-dull Road To Rouen, Diamond Hoo Ha is still short of the band's sparkling best.
However you can hear in this album's punchier, spikier approach that the band are again heading in the right direction, back to the bright lights of In It For The Money and I Should Coco where they once resided.
For example the opening number, Diamond Hoo Ha Man, is raw, funky, no strings rock mined from the once-rich seam of their past excavations.
And other tracks on the March 24-released LP, like 345 and second single Bad Blood all help make a half-decent album.
It's a shame about the other half.
DANCE punks Does It Offend You Yeah? are a scalding potato compared to contemporaries such as Hot Chip.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
And the result has certainly put the cool cat amongst the lo-fi outfit's pigeons.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Where others sound dated Beck's LP still sounds fresh, innovative and interesting even in today's climate, is eclectic without ever sounding forced or laboured, and most importantly, leaves you grinning like a big cheshire cat after listening to it.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Then perhaps I can get round to objectively reviewing some music without slobbering over how I love it so much.
AS I mentioned in an earlier post, I am a sad, sad man, and I feel compelled each December to make a list of my albums of the year.
Please don't think to badly of me and my affliction - this did start in a professional capacity at another newspaper, with a list of my five favourites of 2004, and was continued each year as a special feature highlighting my favourites, such as Hot Chip's The Warning, shown above.
However, like some kind of musical OCD sufferer, even though there was no outlet for me to publish it, I still made a top ten of 2007.
What a freak.
Luckily now, thanks to Sound Advice, I can exorcise that demon by posting it in the right hand column, alongside my archives of previous years when I can dig them out.
Perhaps now I can move on with my life, at least until December...
LOCAL boys done good The Young Knives new album came out this week, and the Belton-born duo of Henry Dartnell and The House Of Lords and Ashby-de-la-Zouch's own Oliver Askew may have cut another classic.
The band's quintessentially English brand of angular indie which earnt the band a Mercury Music Prize nomination for debut Voices Of Animals And Men is back with a vengeance on Superabundance.
However this time the horizons have widened - and it appears the band are none to pleased about what they've seen.
This new collection, although the tone may be darker, sees the band ushering in experiments in trumpets here, blankets of strings there and and overdriven guitars near enough everywhere.
Superabundance really does have it all and then some.
THIS week has seen me travelling back in time to an album that a few months ago I could not stop listening to.
Future Of The Left's debut LP Curses was released ingloriously at the tail end of 2007 to little fanfare - so ingloriously that it missed out on being in my albums of the year shortlist I draw up every year like a saddo - but it really deserves the attention and is again fuelling my ears on the drive to work.
The band, a Welsh supergroup made of former members of Mclusky and Jarcrew, have fused together metal, post-rock and punk riffing meatier than a pig eating steaks with some of the most surreal lyrics ever to be committed to record - anything from pretty pussies named Colin to elves eating sausage on a stick is fair game - and the results are insanely brilliant.
Check out the next single Manchasm, which hits the shelves on April 8.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
MY LAST recommendation for my cherry-popping blog entries today is Vampire Weekend's eponymous Vampire Weekend.
A truly joyous mix of the jangly monotonous rock of the Strokes and the genre-bending afropop of Paul Simon with a splash of ska and occasional strings, Vampire Weekend's snooty afrorock is debauched, raw and bouncing with an almost naive amount of energy, and cannot fail to grab you by the throat.
ANOTHER new band that are hot to trot at the moment are the widely-tipped Foals.
My newsdesk colleagues will testify that for absolutely ages I have been moaning on about how everybody should be listening to this Oxford five-piece, and with the release of this album, at long last everybody will.
A tingly joy residing like a parasite in the mucus-filled pipe leading from indie to dance, Foals' Antidotes will be hard to avoid come its release on March 24.
AS THIS blog is supposed to introduce readers to what I deem to be noteworthy music, I thought I ought to start as I mean to go on.
So let me introduce, without further hesitation, Vincent Vincent And The Villains' new album Gospel Bombs.
I have been waiting for the best part of a year for this release, after hearing several Vincent² Bunker Demos, and his mixture of Eddie Cochran-esque rock 'n' roll and Libertines style indie romp doesn't disappoint.
Vincent Vincent And The Villains will also be appearing at the Big Session festival at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, as well as on my stereo, so check them out.
HELLO Loughborough Echo readers, isn't it nice that we can talk like this?
Unless you've had the fortune for one of us newshounds to come out and meet you face-to-face for one reason or another, it's unlikely you will know what lovely people we really are, behind the ground-breaking exclusives and sensational scoops we write each week in The Echo.
So we've decided to go blogging.
Other ideas soon to hit the interweb from colleagues include blogs on books, blogs on travel, blogs on us blogging, all sorts of nonsense.
A massive interest of mine is music - I am a multi-instrumentalist, have previously earnt my crust playing in covers bands and playing original material, and am a music junkie, constantly searching around a disparate mix of genres past, present and future for a new 'hit'.
So in order for me to pass on my passion, to maybe point somebody in the direction of a new favourite album, and to keep getting promo CDs sent to me in the post, I have decided to write Sound Advice.
Watch this cyberspace...