“All I want for Christmas …” Well, half a million quid would be nice, but failing that, send me some Christmas worms to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, here is an aural helter-skelter of plumbouncifulness to keep you going.
Belly – Sad Dress – Chris 7572: “I’m so tipsy I can’t seem to walk” is the opening line, which is probably why it sounds so woozy. It ends with “I’d chew my foot off/To get out of this dress.” I’m not 100% sure why; maybe it’s a female thing. Or a drunk thing?
Dear Eloise – What a day – Pairubu: “China’s answer to the Jesus and Mary Chain, actually a couple who don’t tour but record rather fine little blasts of noise in their home studio. This has a fine bass line, I think.
Benjamin Damage – 010x – Nilpferd: An ex-pat Welshman working in Berlin, creating finely textured electronic dance music. 010x is simple, direct, and irresistable, my favourite dance track of the year to date.
Melt Yourself Down – We Are Enough – Beltway: From one of the most thrilling albums I’ve acquired this year, don’t know how to classify this music, it’s almost a bit of all forms of modern afro/jazz/funk but with a frantic driving dance beat and a sax hook that will bludgeon your brain into submission – I just can’t stop playing it!
Parchman Farm – Mose Allison – goneforeign: The Mississippi State Penitentiary is called Parchman Farm, it ain’t a farm, it’s more like a slave plantation. There’s been quite a few blues recorded about it, Alan Lomax went there for the Library of Congress. This is Mose Allison’s version, from his first album in 1957.
Darts – Boy From New York City – tincanman: It’s earworms! Dance! Be funky! Come on, lets get jiggly with it.
“I’m just a buffalo soldier in the heart of America, Stolen from Africa, brought to America, Said he was fighting on arrival, fighting for survival; Said he was a buffalo soldier win the war for America.
Dond for that. It seems very sad that those african-american soldiers were enlisted to fight the native americans. Great song though
@leaveitallbehind – thanks for signing up ! There… that wasn’t too painful, was it ? ! Now hit the deck and give me 50 (donds and/or noms, that is…) !
Well that all happened a year ago. (Actually the 9th December but I’m not around tomorrow).
What a year it’s been; I felt I had a diverse taste in music but was I sadly mistaken; the RR Community has opened mine eyes and there is an abundance of awesome songs and sounds out there. The Spill has also increased my listening pleasure many fold too. (I thank you all for suggestions, boxed selections and sharing your wealth of music.)
As the end of the calendar year draw nears I wanted to take time to reflect on some of the highlights since joining RR and The Spill. It hasn’t been plain sailing and I’ve had to persevere to join in but it was so worth it.
Some facts: 3 avatars, 1,600+ comments, 300+ noms, highest number of recommends 11 (though the Troll song received 10 as did ‘mild mannered janitor’), 4 A-Lists, a smattering of B-lists and two Guru stints. Nothing really to trouble the scorers but each of the A-listed were first time listings for those bands.
Had some early run ins with the RR Law Enforcement Agent over some legitimate Evanescence noms, what does he know; had a few spats with trolls and fellow RRers, but they’re all put behind us now.
(think this was from tinny, apologies if it wasn’t)
Friday night television music programme previews from TFD with obligatory margaritas
Many others but those are particular highlights.
From my own research and following Youtube video links the biggest discoveries for me were Little Big Town – Vapor and Frank Turner - I Still Believe
From the Spill, Two Cow Garage and Micah Schnabel – <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4XsOCU_Z4w”>In Pacific Time</a> thanks tinny and for the Horrible Crowes (Brian Fallon is brilliant but this is becoming the tinny appreciation society!!), Frightened Rabbit - The Woodpile I absolutely love this song blimpy (where have you been?).
The A to Z series has been brilliant (that tincanman gets everywhere); AIP’s miscellany, Maki’s Spanish indie, EOTWQ – so many great posts and new music.
Still don’t like the Stones, sorry amylee and struggle with most of shane’s ‘awesome’ tunes, though really enjoyed some and our lengthy discussion following my Guru stint.
Regrets: hearing ‘on-topic’ songs post the deadline, not having an A-List for Alter Bridge (their day will come), perhaps Creed as well. AIP going AWOL and still not being able to post a link properly Perhaps someone will get me a Link Tutorial for Dummies Guide for Christmas!
Calling all Northern England-based slacker rock fans.
My brother has a couple of spare tickets for Kurt Vile and the Violators at Manchester Academy 2 on Saturday December 14th. £15 each (it’s sold out, he doesn’t to make a profit but does want to get his money back if possible). If you’re interested, email me – bb.jeffries(at)gmail.com.
A new weekly game: Be thoughtful, shoe-horny, impish or silly as you please – we need songs/music that shoulda/coulda been used in this film:
1 HOUR PHOTO: The local drug store’s one hour photo developer harbors a dangerous attraction for a family he has created a mock relationship with via their snapshots.
log line via thescriptlab.com
Tips for this series:
LITERAL WORKS: Use it as a RRSA…___ topic or make a pun. Wait, BACKSPACE on that
I FEEL YOU…even when no one else does: Visualize a scene. What do you hear?
IFEED OFF EACH OTHER: There’s a slightly-exclusive red-carpet invite to *BLIMPY’S SPILL-IN-THE -POOL HOLLYWOOD PARTY* if you can bring us the right song at the right price. [@williamsbach shall be our cost-benefit adjucator if need be and all decisions are final}
I have my trumpet Ms S. Mr P ! ! ! I don’t give a damn about any trumpet playing band it aint what I call rock and roll ! ! !
Welcome to the Rock and Roll party ! ! ! This week Mr P and I are sharing some of our favourite Japanese rock tracks. There is quite a variety, from tracks released this year to golden oldies from the 1990′s ! ! ! We think you will enjoy the selection, I think there will be something for everyone to like this week ! ! !
This time we are looking at “rock” but in two rather different ways. My choices focus on the seedy, “dark” side of things whilst Sakura’s , still rockin’, of course, are more user friendly. It’s quite a noisy selection and should be played LOUD !
We hope you enjoy them.
A fine set of ballads for you this week, none of which have any connection to each other but I guess it doesn’t matter any more … Thanks to all for your contributions; don’t forget those Christmas worms and keep them coming to email@example.com.
Linda Ronstadt – You Won’t Matter Any More – goneforeign: Those recent comments about Linda Ronstadt sent me off on the the vinyl and I chose this one from long ago. ‘It doesn’t matter anymore’ from her 1974 album “Heart like a Wheel”. It was written by Paul Anka in 1958, the year that I left the UK, and recorded that same year by Buddy Holly.
Jepp – Parson’s Green – Barbryn: If you know this, you probably have the same late-90s Big Issue compilation CD as me. I don’t remember anything else on it, but I’ve never forgotten this song. Despite that voice, Jepp’s career apparently never took off, but she seems to have uploaded her album onto YouTube. It’s well worth a listen.
Lorde – Bravado – Abahachi: So, just how annoying is it going to be for me to claim that I much prefer the songs on the original EP rather than the good but slightly-disappointing-in-comparison-to-the-hype album? A teenager old before her time, with tunes to kill for…
Rachel Zeffira – Star – Shoegazer: Here’s a bit of chamber pop (as opposed to chamber pot, which probably wouldn’t be very nice at all).
Clean – Dunes – Nilpferd: The kiwi post-punkers started out in the late seventies. This is from their wonderful debut album, Vehicle, which has just been re-released by Captured Tracks records.
Ben Folds – Still Fighting It – Toffeeboy: We were doing a bit about bullying at school recently and the teacher I was working with had chosen a video to accompany the session. The video was a film showing how an ordinary, relatively popular boy, can become the target of bullies and how devastating the effects can be. One of the most powerful aspects of what turned out to be an exceptionally moving short film was the use of this track as the soundtrack – lyrically, it isn’t particularly relevant to the theme but somehow it struck a chord and led me to revisit the song.