19 April 2014

mazzy star - 'i'm less here'

The guitar sounds a lot like a certain Unkle track, a particular favourite too, and there's a certain ominous undercurrent that helps makes this Mazzy Star song an instant classic. Fans of Mazzy Star will know that they've played this live for years but only just got round to releasing a video for it, in time for Record Store Day. 

07 April 2014

04 April 2014

embrace - 'all you good good people'

One of my favourite Brit Pop tunes that just seemed to sum up that time musically. 

hafdis huld - 'queen bee'

My favourite Icelander is back and she's got a brilliantly quirky video to accompany her new song...and tour dates confirmed too. Yes, I am very excited by this news.

31 March 2014

conor oberst - 'governor's ball'

Hopefully, with his recent horrific personal problems of recently far behind him, Conor Oberst can get on with making great music. This is from his new solo album and speaking of which, I notice First Aid Kit are mentioned as collaborators on the long player. Mt interest is well and truly piqued now. I must go and get this album.

jamie xx - 'sleep sound'

Here's the new Jamie XX single. What's to tell? Well - it's very 'XX' and by that I mean understated, subtle, ever so slightly laid back, almost ambient and catchy as anything.

new order - 'drop the guitar'

Their first new track for 9 years and they played it live at the Lollapolooza Festival in Chile last night. Apparently this is the first from the new album, the first without Peter Hook. As ever, Bernard Sumner sounds terrible live (he always has done) and the quality of the live video is a bit iffy but am I excited by all this? You bet I am.

the black dog - 'bass mantra (original mix)'

Stuart Maconie played a track from their 'Spanners' album on his radio show the other week and I had clean forgotten just how good The Black Dog were. They bubbled under the radar with lots of critical acclaim but not so much commercial success. This (not from that album) is my favourite track of theirs.

sun girls - 'crocodiles'

I'm extremely pleased to see that the band Sun Girls come from my hometown of Brighton. Especially so, considering just how good this track is. Laid back doesn't even begin to describe it, sort of Beach Boys/Beatles at their most languid and very heavy on the bassline. Top marks all round.

30 March 2014

the flaming lips - 'yoshimi battles the pink robots pt.1 (mr. scribbles remix)'

I was quite pleased with the slow-roast lamb that I cooked this evening and after everybody had eaten slightly too much we all retired to the sofa for a mindless action film. It made for a very traditional Sunday and so to keep the old ways very much alive, I'll bid farewell to this weekend with a soothing, (ever-so-slightly) ambient remix of a classic.

29 March 2014

dj food - 'dark lady'

An absolute classic for a beautiful Saturday morning.