Dec 20, 2006 · 1 minute read
Neko Case — The Needle Has Landed
Okay, so given my predilection for female vocals, I was always going to love Neko. And I did. But Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
took it further this year (going to see her in Carrboro helped, as well, I think). That voice. Haunting, sultry, playful, damning, joyful; the charms of the South. Sitting on a porch on a humid evening, watching the sun go down. And other such things.
The Needle Has Landed
is the final track on the album, and it’s just sublime; a tale of returning back to old haunts, of gossip and why you got the hell out of there in the first place. Complete with a chorus to die for.
Dec 18, 2006 · 1 minute read
CSS — Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above
I’m still a little worried about CSS. They’re so
hip, that I fully expect that one night during a concert Lovefoxx will rip off her head to reveal that she is, in fact, Cliff Richard, and lead the hipster crowd in a performance of The Millennium Prayer
. Then, he will devour them, in his Mayor-like plan to become unto a God.
But, until then, Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above. My favourite bit? “run run run” / “kiss, kiss, kiss”. Obviously.
Now, can anybody get me a ticket for their appearance in Oxford early next year? Pretty please?
Dec 16, 2006 · 1 minute read
And we’re watching Die Hard. The finest festive film of the season!
Dec 12, 2006 · 1 minute read
The Long Blondes — Once And Never Again
What Amp said.
Dec 11, 2006 · 2 minute read
Lucky Soul — Lips Are Unhappy
Observant readers might remember that this song appeared last year.
I’ll put it in again if I want to! It’s my blog, and if you don’t like it, you can go home!
Oops. Anyway, this gets included in this years list because it’s still as ace as it was last Christmas, but more importantly, it was released as a single back in June. So there. If you wanted to attach them to a scene, then it would be UK indie’s rediscovery of the Spector sound; with the advent of ProTools, Phil’s bag of tricks can be stuffed inside a MacBook (and it leaves the shotgun behind, thankfully enough), thus allowing bands like Lucky Soul to sound spectacular on a smaller budget.
But, enough of the technology! “Shake, shake / shimmy shimmy / shake shake shimmy / Without you!”
is one of the lyrics of the year; for all its preposterousness, it strikes to the core of lost love. In a bouncy, bouncy, bouncy type-of-way, of course!
The band release their debut album The Great Unwanted
next March, while they have a fabulous new single Ain’t Never Been Cool
next month (is that the Be My Baby
drum beat being played on the guitar?)!
Tomorrow, an entirely new song! Promise!
Dec 9, 2006 · 0 minute read
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Dec 8, 2006 · 2 minute read
Shimura Curves — Stronger
Given the (somewhat surprising) news last night that ‘Ver Curves are no more, it seems only appropriate to dedicate today’s entry to them. They were destined to appear anyway, as their mixture of spacerock, classic Phil Spector girl-groups, and laptop pop (or LapPop, as I insist on calling it before being threatened with hammers) was a highlight of the past twelve months.
(note of bias: I spent a lovely afternoon with Kate Shimura Curves and members of ILX before a SC concert back in June. The strawberry beer does not cloud my judgement)
I could have chosen Noyfriend
, with its wonderful “das ist my noyfriend!
chorus (complete with dance!), or the Jesus And Mary Chain / The Ronettes homage of Just Like Friends
. But I didn’t, ace though they are. My favourite Shimura Curves song is Stronger
, mainly for the lyric towards the end of the song:
My sin wasn’t that I was angry or was hateful;
It was that you wanted to save me, and I wasn’t grateful
With that, the space-y guitar solo takes the song straight out into space, gazing up at the heavens. It’s a beautiful moment.
The best band to be named after an elliptical curve used to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem? I think so.