Wednesday, November 21, 2007

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

Vol. 21 November 2007

1 The Cult - Dirty Little Rockstar
2 MGMT - Time to Pretend
3 Radiohead - 15 Step
4 Yeasayer - Sunrise
5 Louis XIV - There's a Traitor in the Room
6 Younger Brother - Ribbon on a Branch
7 The Orb - Mother Nature
8 UNKLE - Broken (feat. Gavin Clark)
9 Siouxsie - Loveless
10 Menomena - The Pelican
11 Poni Hoax - Involutive Star
12 Les Savy Fav - The Year Before 2000
13 Holy Fuck - The Pulse
14 Yeasayer - 2080
15 David Gilmour Girls - Young Rats
16 Digitalism - Pogo
17 Interpol - Who Do You Think
18 Radiohead - Nude

Thursday, October 25, 2007

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

Vol. 20 October 2007
1 Siouxsie - Here Comes the Day
2 Queens of the Stone Age - Enter the Hollow
3 Poni Hoax - Budapest
4 The Cult - Born Into This
5 Interpol - Pioneer to the Falls
6 The Orb - Let The Music Set You Free
7 Jose Gonzalez - Teardrop
8 Louis XIV - Misguided Sheep
9 Unkle -Burn My Shadow (feat. Ian Astbury)
10 Simian Mobile Disco - I Got This Down
11 Ian Brown - Illegal Attacks
12 Mark Ronson - Toxic (feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard and Tiggers)
13 We Are Wolves - Some Words
14 The Hives - Tick Tick Boom
15 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Isis
16 Joakim - Drumtrax
17 Those Dancing Days - Disc hoe
18 The Pierces - Boring

Friday, September 07, 2007

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….
Vol. 19 August 2007
1 Gogol Bordello - Ultimate
2 Paul Weller & Graham Coxon - This Old Town
3 Jakobinarina - This is an Advertisement
4 Calvin Harris - Acceptable in the 80's
5 The Enemy - Away from Here
6 The Cribs - Moving Pictures
7 The Whip - Divebomb
8 Architecture in Helsinki - Feather in a Baseball Cap
9 Portugal. The Man - Bellies are Full
10 Digitalism - Echoes
11 Interpol - Mammoth
12 Smashing Pumpkins - Bleeding the Orchid
13 UNKLE - Keys to the Kingdom
14 Victorian English Gentlemens Club - La Mer
15 Art Brut - Late Sunday Evening
16 Justice - Genesis
17 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy
18 Two Lone Swordsmen - Glories Yesterday
19 The Chemical Brothers - Burst Generator

Thursday, July 05, 2007

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

Vol. 18 July 2007
1 Queens of the Stone Age - Sick Sick Sick
2 Battle - The Longest Time
3 Calvin Harris - This is Industry
4 Editors - The Racing Rats
5 The Horrors - She Is the New Thing
6 UNKLE feat. The Duke Spirit - Mayday
7 Hot Club de Paris - You Can Call Me Al
8 Brakes - Hold Me in the River
9 Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe
10 The Cribs - Our Bovine Public
11 Portugal. The Man - Church Mouth
12 Asian Dub Foundation (feat. Sinead O'Connor) - 1000 Mirrors
13 Tokyo Police Club - Cut Cut Paste
14 The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy!
15 Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Soulwax Dub)
16 Kings of Leon - Fans
17 Architecture in Helsinki - Heart it Races
18 Charlotte Hatherley - Siberia
19 Justice - Phantom pt. 2
20 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 10 x 10
21 Nine Black Alps - Burn Faster
22 The Chemical Brothers feat. Willy Mason - Battle Scars

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


When I first heard of Peel, I thought that a band from Texas that chooses as its name the surname of such a typically British indie icon must have a very forced British sound. Another Five O'Clock Heroes, in other words. Well, no.

First track on the album, Oxford, (which featured on April's mixtape) reminded me of a fuzzed-up Big Audio Dynamite! Good start, in other words! This was just to get me off on the wrong foot, however, as the album then takes off on a zig-zag course of different styles. The only constants are a blending of sweet pop sensibility with jagged-edge noise, and incredible songwriting.

Other blogs have compared them favourably to such wildly differing bands as Pavement, Meat Puppets, Apples in Stereo and Belle and Sebastian, but I wouldn't take too much notice of this - you're much better off just having a listen yourself. And you're in luck - the nice people at Fanatic Promotions have made their entire album available to stream in very high quality here, and will let you download 2 of the tracks as MP3s:
Sliding Doors
Workers Wake Up

Sunday, June 03, 2007

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

Vol. 17 June 2007

1 Biffy Clyro - Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies
2 Pull Tiger Tail - Hurricanes
3 Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
4 Smashing Pumpkins - Tarantula
5 Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
6 Paul Hartnoll - Please
7 The Cribs - Men's Needs
8 Editors - An End Has a Start
9 Queens of the Stone Age - 3s & 7s
10 Go Team! - Grip Like a Vice
11 Good Shoes - Morden
12 The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)
13 Malcolm Middleton - A Brighter Beat
14 The Chemical Brothers - All Rights Reversed (feat. Klaxons)
15 The National - Mistaken for Strangers
16 Blood Red Shoes - It's Getting Boring By the Sea
17 Reverend and the Makers - Heavyweight Champion of the World
18 Digitalism - Idealistic
19 Architecture in Helsinki - Hold Music
20 Cajun Dance Party - The Next Untouchable
21 Simian Mobile Disco - Sleep Deprivation

Friday, May 04, 2007

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

Vol. 16 May 2007

Instructions: Dôwnloäd, unzip file using Winrar, burn to CD, place in car stereo, listen.

1 Bjork - Earth Intruders
2 White Stripes - Icky Thump
3 Groove Armada - Get Down
4 Editors - Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors
5 Manic Street Preachers - Send Away the Tigers
6 Chemical Brothers - Do It Again (feat. Ali Love)
7 We Are The Physics - Less Than Three
8 Pull Tiger Tail - Secret Says
9 Motocade - Bomb Squad
10 Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler
11 Air Traffic - I Like That
12 Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver
13 Arctic Monkeys - Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend
14 Kid Harpoon - Riverside
15 MSTRKRFT - Work On You
16 Tokyo Police Club - Box
17 Ra Ra Riot - Can You Tell
18 Art Brut - Pump Up the Volume
19 Zapped By a Million Volts - What's the Miles Per Gallon Alan?
20 Shout Out Louds - Tonight I Have to Leave It
21 Klaxons - Magick (Simian Mobile Disco Mix)

Insert obligatory sheep joke here

Well it's been a while since I highlighted a new band on here, basically because there hasn't been that much new stuff that has pushed my buttons. So when finally something came along that did just that, it really made me sit up and notice. And it was doubly surprising when it turned out the band comes from New Zealand, not exactly known as a hotbed of cutting edge rock.

Motocade are that band, and their new EP Into the Fall has been on heavy rotation here for the last couple of weeks. And I mean heavy rotation. I know some people think it's really lazy just comparing one band with others to give you an idea of what they sound like, so I won't. But it's no coincidence that their top MySpace friends include Tokyo Police Club :D . Seriously though, if you like TPC you are certain to love this, so have a listen.

Visit their MySpace page to hear four songs, or alternatively download two of them as band-approved high-quality MP3s here:
Bomb Squad
My Friends

and here's the video for Bomb Squad:

Friday, April 06, 2007

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

Vol. 15, April 2007

1 Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm
2 Mark Ronson - Stop Me (If You've Heard This One Before)
3 The Enemy - 40 Days and 40 Nights
4 The Pigeon Detectives - Romantic Type
5 Good Shoes - Things to Make and Do
6 CSS - Off The Hook
7 The Ripps - Loco
8 I Was a Cub Scout - I Hate Nightclubs
9 Manic Street Preachers - Your Love Alone is Not Enough
10 Shitdisco - 72 Virgins
11 The View - The Don
12 Peel - Oxford
13 We are the PHYSICS - This Is Vanity
14 Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars - A Time of Desire
15 The National - Fake Empire
16 Foal - Hummer
17 Modest Mouse - Fire It Up
18 The Bravery - Time Won't Let Me Go
19 Fury of the Headteachers - Not What It Used to Be
20 Simian Mobile Disco - It's The Beat
21 Polytechnic - Won't You Come Around
22 Art Brut - Direct Hit
23 Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

London Calling 30 & 31 March 2007

Last weekend was my long awaited first taste of the twice annual festival of up-and-coming British (and British influenced) bands, London Calling in Paradiso, Amsterdam.

I started out on the balcony, in a perfect position, 2 metres in front of the bar, directly in front of the stage. And when bands played on the second stage they rolled down a screen and showed the live feed from the cameras there. So when it was a band we weren't that bothered about, or the small stage was packed out, we could sit back and enjoy our beers with a great view of the action.

Our Lunar Activities started off proceedings, without leaving any great impression on me. Then came The Wombats, one of the bands I was most looking forward to. Unfortunately they were programmed a bit too early in the proceedings, the hall was less than half full as people were still arriving, which didn't help the acoustics there, which are dodgy at the best of times. The band then proceeded to play a set made up mainly of new songs and only a few off their brilliant debut album Girls, Boys and Marsupials. No Metro Song! No Party in a Forest! No Derail & Crash! Boo! The crowd (including me) responded in a predictably muted manner.

The Wombats

Kate Nash then came on the small stage, and again I watched on the screen. She did a nice acoustic version of Caroline's a Victim, but otherwise after about four songs they all started to sound the same to me. The Twang were up next on the main stage, and they came on with an impressive swagger. They made a decent effort, but the songs weren't quite strong enough to win over the crowd or me.

The Twang

My Luminaries on the second stage were not my cup of tea at all - big washes of sound with a very earnest singer. The Long Blondes followed on the main stage. It was good to hear their songs live, but their sound was another victim of the main hall's poor acoustics, and possibly the fact that bassist and female guitarist looked as if they would rather be anywhere than there.

The Long Blondes

At this point (after my third pint of Kalimocho) I decided I had to get my feet moving and went off to the small stage to watch a band I felt were going to be the surprise hit of the festival. Isn't it lovely when you're right? we are the PHYSICS were exactly what the crowd had been waiting for - wonky, punky, stop-start pop, a great, tongue-in-cheek theatrical stage presence, geeky clothes and none of them over 21. Boom. The place went bonkers, moshing like idiots, stage invasion, stage diving, you name it, with yours truly the oldest mosher in town right in the thick of it.

we are the PHYSICS (with stage diver Joep)

After that, the Pigeon Detectives came on the main stage. They were headlining and were a little bit full of themselves, but they also put on a great show and got the crowd going. The singer stage dived twice, which is always a good way of getting the crowd on your side, and he treated the equipment with a healthy disrespect, trashing or disconnecting at least 3 mics during the show. Once again I got myself right down the front - in my book you either watch at a safe distance, like on the balcony, or you get right up into the moshpit. Halfway back is nowhere.

Pigeon Detectives (love the top photo!)

The last three gigs were billed as the afterparty, but they were more like an afterthought in my book. I stayed virtually till the end but regretted doing so. Maybe I was just too tired...

Moke kicked things off on the main stage. I'd seen their Noel Gallagher lookalike singer when he was with Supersub, many years ago, and he is still peddling the same sub-(hah)-Weller crap as he was then. Meuk more like (Dutch joke, sorry).

The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club were first up on the small stage, and they were excellent, but were on a bit too early to get the hungover crowd dancing.

The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club

The next acts came and went without making much impression on me. Good Books had one good song (the one I knew of course) and the rest blended into a Keane with guitars stew. The Strange Death of Liberal England held my attention for a while, but their shoegazing meanderings felt out of place at London Calling. Air Traffic were then the other extreme, riffs and hooks honed to perfection and poised to unleash themselves on the charts. I did enjoy some bits of The Kissaway Trail, and certainly wouldn't write them off as emo as some other reviewers have done. They reminded me more of a band like Aberdeen City, very widescreen and a touch ethereal.

The Enemy did a very good job of filling the main stage, even though there were only 3 of them. They had the sound and the confidence to dominate the big stage, and mostly the tunes to match, although none of them particularly lodged in my consciousness.

The Enemy

Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man were the leftfield hit of the evening. Some super tunes and an off-the-wall front man to sing them. They pushed all the right buttons and were almost as big a hit as We are the PHYSICS in the same slot the night before.

Finally the moment I'd been waiting for all evening, when Switches took to the main stage stage. I'd seen them on telly recently and they'd looked horribly full of themselves, so I feared the worst, but I was pleasantly surprised. They got the crowd going, played a tight set and, for me, were the hit of the evening.


Screendump from film on :P

I missed the afterparty this time in order to catch the last train home and thus be able to get up in time to order a ticket to Glastonbury the next morning. Which I did! :)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Jimmy Three Gigs

I got a bit carried away buying concert tickets recently. I'd been disappointed by the lack of good gigs in Holland in the autumn of last year, so when some interesting bands came along I went a bit mad buying up tickets. It was only when I wrote them on the calendar that it became clear that the week just gone was going to be a busy one - Kasabian on Monday, Goose on Thursday and Klaxons on Saturday (all sold-out, incidentally). And as two of these were in Amsterdam and I already had enough other things going on, I decided to try to sell either the Goose or the Klaxons ticket.

Suffice to say I didn't manage to get rid of either, and eventually decided to go to all 3 concerts. And in retrospect I'm mighty glad I did. All three were great in their own way.

Kasabian - great music, crowd less so. Adidas clad Brits on stag trips for the most part.
Goose - Brilliant, squelchy Belgian indie dance. Apart from the singer, all apparently aged 14 and able to effortlessly switch instruments at the drop of a hat.
Klaxons - one of the best gigs I've seen, ever. And only 40 minutes long. The crowd were mental, flinging glowsticks all over the place, singing their lungs out, moshing, stage invading, crowd surfing and stage diving like idiots. Utter mayhem. Gramps here was glad he could find a quiet corner on the balcony! And the band were awesome. They managed to make even the sweet harmonies on numbers like Golden Skans sound punky and ominous, and the twee faux-shanty Isle of Her became a thundering beast from the deep.

At a guess I'd say this is the first time I've been to 3 separate gigs in a week since Intro Week at Sheffield Poly, *cough* years ago. Arctic Monkeys in the Melkweg next Saturday. Bring 'em on!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

Vol. 14 March 2007

1 Klaxons - Two Receivers
2 The Fratellis - Baby Fratelli
3 Kings of Leon - On Call
4 Dartz! - St. Petersburg
5 The Rakes - We Danced Together
6 Bloc Party - Secrets
7 The KBC - Pride Before the Fall
8 Goose - Bring it On
9 The Wombats - Kill The Director
10 Fields - Song for the Fields
11 Deerhoof - Believe E.S.P.
12 Tokyo Police Club - Citizens of Tomorrow
13 Kate Nash - Caroline's a Victim
14 The Harrisons - Monday's Arms
15 Malcolm Middleton & Alan Bisset - The Rebel on His Own Tonight
16 Bloc Party - Cain Said to Abel
17 Arcade Fire - Keep the Car Running
18 Pull Tiger Tail - Let's Lightning
19 Charlotte Hatherley - I Want You to Know
20 Air Traffic - Charlotte
21 Hot Gossip - Real Mess
22 Klaxons - It's Not Over Yet

Who's hot and who's not?

Funny how band names seem to go through trends of containing the same words. How many bands have there been with 'stereo' or 'super' somewhere in the name? Answers on a postcard to the usual address... 'Superstereo' - good name for a band that.

Current favourites seem to be 'Good' (Shoes, Books) and of course 'Hot' - apart from veterans Hot Hot Heat and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, we've now got Hot Chip, Hot Gossip (who disappointingly do not feature any lycra-clad dancing girls - showing my age here) and of course Hot Club de Paris, my favourite new band of the past twelve months (official - see my page).

They make brilliantly skewed pop, with tight barber-shop harmonies, crazy time signatures and lashings of chiming guitar, and their awesome debut album Drop It Til It Pops is currently available with a bonus CD of b-sides and the videos for their 3 singles. Bargain!

Alternatively you can watch the videos here:

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

Vol. 13 February 2007

1 Klaxons - Golden Skans
2 Charlotte Hatherley - Behave
3 The Maccabees - About Your Dress
4 Bloc Party - I Still Remember
5 The Wombats - Lost in the Post
6 Lo-Fi-Fnk - Steppin Out
7 Arcade Fire - Intervention
8 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Love Song No. 7
9 Dartz! - Once, Twice, Again
10 Tokyo Police Club - Cheer It On
11 Beck - Think I'm in Love
12 Klaxons - Totem on the Timeline
13 Bloc Party - Sunday
14 Kubichek - Taxi!
15 The Wombats - Party in a Forest (Where's Laura)
16 The Fratellis - Got Ma Nuts from a Hippy
17 Kasabian - Me Plus One
18 Goodbooks - Walk With Me
19 Enter Shikari - Sorry, You're Not a Winner
20 Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
21 The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Northern Whale
22 Frank Turner - Thatcher Fucked the Kids

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

Vol. 12 January 2007

1 The Wombats - Moving to New York
2 The Fratellis - 3 Skinny Girls
3 Bloc Party - Hunting for Witches
4 The Good, The Bad and the Queen - Kingdom of Doom
5 Pull Tiger Tail - Mr 100 Percent
6 Tokyo Police Club - Shoulders & Arms
7 LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum
8 The Wombats - Backfire @ The Disco
9 Cold War Kids - Hang Me Up to Dry
10 The Rapture - Wooh! Alright! Yeah!.…Uh Huh
11 GoodShoes - The Photos on My Wall
12 The Hours - Ali in the Jungle
13 Switches - Drama Queen
14 Bloc Party - Uniform
15 The Wombats - My First Wedding
16 Chikinki - Assassinator 13 -
old, but new to me
17 Tokyo Police Club - Be Good
18 Battle - Tendency
19 Jamie T - Salvador
20 Fear of Music - Sixteen
21 Modest Mouse - Dashboard
22 Luxembourg - We Only Stayed Together for the Kids