“High Violet” by The National may have come out in 2010, but 2013 was the year that I obsessively listened to it. Yeah I had “Boxer” when that came out but things didn’t really click with The National until now. There are a huge amount of amazing songs on it, with “Blood Buzz Ohio” being my point of entry, and happily for Christmas the lovely Mrs McFlah got me the double violet vinyl edition. Very happy!
Here’s the song mentioned;
What’s been your favourite non-2013 album of 2013?
What was the best thing you got for Christmas this year?
1 THe SToNe aND THe WoLF GaBLe
2 Speak & Spell Dopplereffekt
3 Fruit Machine Homelife
4 Kule Kule Konono No1
5 The Long Conveyor Belt Misty’s Big Adventure
6 Machine Toy Hexstatic
7 Terrible Angels CocoRosie
1 Arrête Là, Menina Cibelle
2 All Neon Like Björk
3 Tabla Toy Beats Antique
4 Balrog Boogie Diablo Swing Orchestra
5 Ms. Wilhelmina And Her Hat Pepe Deluxé
6 Goody Gumdrops Fog Continue reading →
“Cause, what the world needs now
are some true words of wisdom
like La La La La La”
1 Religious Songs Withered Hand
2 Shangri-la Yacht
3 Talking Synth The Bongolian
4 Teen Angst (What The World Needs now) Cracker
5 Start Wearing Purple Gogol Bordello
6 Black Flowers Yo La Tengo
7 Southwood Plantation Road The Mountain Goats
1 Breezeblocks Alt-J
2 Sex, Yeah Marina and The Diamonds
3 Dead Disco Metric
4 La France Camille
5 Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (XFM Session) The Flaming Lips
6 La La Land Futureshock Club MixGreen Velvet
Two years ago Carly Jamison sent us her first album for review. You can see the review here. It was a corker (imho) and one of the tracks actually made it into my Festive picks for the year.
Well, she got in touch the other day to let me know that her second album, Ungrounded, is out on 28th October and asked if I’d like to hear it and offer a pre-release taster for my friends on the ‘Spill. She has, in her own words, moved up in the world since last time out: a proper distribution deal with Sony/RED and a much fuller sound, production and instrumentation. Gulp! I thought reading all that. What I liked most about the first album was the roughness around the edges, the “as-live” feel of the production and the balls it took to get it recorded and distributed in the first place. First listen was undertaken with a certain foreboding, there’s horns on this one FFS!
I needn’t have worried. Carly has come up with the goods again. If her first album was eclectic and slightly unruly in its romp through the canon of American Rock, revealing – perhaps – an artist still in search of her own style but not afraid to experiment, this is far more solid and focussed. Here’s an artist who knows what she wants to sing, knows what she’s doing and is obviously having a good time doing it.
The album kicks off strongly with Superman Fantasy, a riff heavy, horn driven number which has already seen a fair bit of youtube action in animations and in Man of Steel Fan Trailers. It’s good enough and will no doubt help Carly reach a wider audience than before, but for me the album really starts after this. Continue reading →
I wear black on the outside
‘Cause black is how I feel on the inside
please give black man in space at least a couple of minutes.
1 A Black Man in Space (Sax Mix) Son Of Raw
2 Black Cat Balloons Her Space Holiday
3 Black Spider Sunday Driver
4 Black Water Timber Timbre
5 Queen Black Acid Menomena
6 Black Balloon Mink Lungs
7 Black Music F.S.K.
1 Geek Bettie Serveert
2 Just a nerd Shaka Ponk
3 Anorak Girls Anorak Girl
4 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks The National
5 Toby take a bow Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
6 Fitting In With The Misfits E!E
7 Love in the time of Ecstacy Withered Hand
1 Billie’s Joined the Fanclub Anorak Girl
2 And I Was A Boy From School Hot Chip
3 Pubes The Indelicates
4 Not as Goth as They Say We Are Say Hi
5 Mis-Shapes Pulp
6 Godzilla Vs The Island Of Manhattan (With You And I Somewhere In-Between) Ballboy
We do not want songs about auctions or auctioneers. It’s an actual auction. i.e. first bid could be One Tin Soldier, second Two Hearts, etc.Get the idea? The # doesn’t have to be at the start of, or even in, the title – but the number should be central to the song and something you could actually bid. Think of it like 12 Days of Christmas run amuck.
Advance the bidding as slowly as you can. We have a week to kill; no point jumping right to Billion Dollar Babies and skipping Ten Million Slaves. Please allow three others to bid before you bid again. We’ll have no overnight bidduggery.
[Rules can be changed by consensus. The referee is our friend Good Will.]
Go ahead and use comments to post what you’d ‘ave bid guv’nor if that damn %$%^& hadn’t got there first or a song that would have fit between two bids, but let’s not swamp the thing with a hundred Two videos. (No, DsD, that would not count as a bid of 200.)
Bidding closes Monday at noon. Whatever the highest bid is, the charity of your choice will earn an equivalent number of ‘Spill points. (I’ll do you up something on official ‘Spill letterhed you can present to them. With luck, you might even get your picture in the local newspaper.)
APOLOGIES ALL, I MESSED UP THE START TIME. IT’S GO TIME!
1 River Blue Truth No Bird Sing
2 Bluebird One Self
3 Black and Blue Emily Wells
4 Darker Than Blue Andreya Triana
5 Blue Soul (Suobho Blue Groove mix) MOP MOP
6 Blue Blood Foals
7 Powder Blue Trans Am Amy Correia
1 Pastel Blue Sister Vanilla
2 Blue Headlights Shout Out Louds
3 Blue Flower Pale Saints
4 Deep Blue Ladytron***
5 Go For Blue Pepe Deluxé***
6 Blue on blue Pet Shop Boys
7 Blue Thunder Galaxie 500
1 The Weight Of The World Her Space Holiday
2 Cease And Desist Brakes
3 Tall Cans In The Air Transplants
4 Whiskey and Rags Emily Wells
5 With Whiskey Tunng
6 Whiskey Anstam
7 (Shut) Up The Punx!!! Bomb The Music Industry!
1 Gold MIne Gutted Bright Eyes
2 Whiskey And Clyde The Grizzly Owls
3 The State I Am In Belle & Sebastian
4 Friday Night Fever Silver Jews
5 People Silver Jews
6 Buckingham Rabbit Silver Jews
7 Mama told me not to come The Wolfgang Press
Caroline Wheeler’s Birthday Present was made entirely from the skins of dead Jim Morrisons (Scattered over dawn’s bleeding highway, I suppose…): that’s why it smelled so bad.
So she goes to the elevator, she thinks “Well, that’ll be pretty straightforward” (Yes, STRAIGHT UP, Caroline…) You know what she finds?
The elevator breaks down with Caroline and the fish in it.
Do you know what happens if you leave a fish too long in an elevator?
Well, here’s a clue: fish is biodegradable. (THAT MEANS IT ROTS.)
Ner! Ner! Ner!
1 BAGBOY PIXIES
2 Ｓｍｅｌｌ 渚でダンスNAGISADEDANCE
3 The Faint Smell Of Moss Dark Meat
4 Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Happy Mondays
5 Very Loud Shout Out Louds
6 Smell Tiger Lillies Continue reading →
“I want to fall in love tonight and form the perfect unbreakable bond. You can be my teenage Jenny Agutter, swimming naked in a pond. You know I’m always moaning but you jump-start my serotonin”.
Arab Strap – The Shy Retirer
There’s only one reference to Jesus in my iTunes folder. that’s Jesus on a Greyhound by Shelby Lynne, whereas there’s 29 where the first word is Jah. Jesus is not of any interest to me musically or otherwise but when I became involved with reggae I quickly realized that it was a socially conscious music with a strong Rasta religious component. I’m very interested in the music and in Rasta but I must say that I have a hard time with the Selassie/Jah reverence but I accept it and I enjoy the music as much as I enjoy a lot of European religious music, in most cases having no idea what the songs are about but appreciating the overall sounds, case in point, Faure’s Requiem.
Having said that let me offer a sample of alternate variations on the theme of Jesus et.al. Jah is Jehovah, Jehovah is Yarwey from the Hebrew old testament, many Rasta believe that Selassie is the second coming of Christ and they accorded him the name Jah Ras Tafari. Here’s some Jamaican songs of praise.
1. Jah Live – Bob Marley
2. Rivers Of Babylon – Ronnie Davis
3. Nyah Bingi – Jimmy Riley
4. Hold On To Jah – Reggae George
5. A Yah Weh De – Barrington Levy
6. Give Thanks – Johnny Clarke
7. Jah Jah Give Us Love – Cornell Campbell
8. Give Thanks And Praise – Bob Marley
9. Have Faith In Jah – Michael Palmer
10. Praise Jah With Love And Affection – Don Carlos
1 Spiritual Soulsavers
2 Shore To Shore Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit
3 Head Rolls Off Frightened Rabbit
4 Ladder Song Bright Eyes
5 Black Jesus 9 Lazy 9
6 Kelly’s Heroes Black Grape
7 Just Like Jesus [Alternate Version] Dakota Suite
1 Even Jesus Couldn’t Love You Lord Cut Glass
2 Going to Marrakesh The Extra Glenns
3 Jesus Is My Girlfriend BabyBird
4 Jesus Stag Night Club Babybird
5 Buckingham Rabbit Silver Jews
6 All Things To All Men Cinematic Orchesta Feat. Roots Manuva
this is NOT a falsetto list – it’s a higher than normal list to make it flow and interesting to me – I will be back later to tidy this up and add some writing – but as I had to work yesterday I’m off to have a birthday lunch.
1 Start Choppin’ Dinosaur Jr
2 The Greatest Escape We’ve Ever Made Wave Machines
3 Money Note Camille
4 The Shade You Hide Lukestar
5 Sleepyhead (Le Chev Remix) Passion Pit
1 Skinny Love Bon Iver
2 Stockholm Syndrome Yo La Tengo
3 All The Kings Men Wild Beasts
4 Poppy TV On The Radio
5 The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song The Flaming Lips
6 Selective Memory Eels
1 Broken Down JJ72
2 Burn The Witch Queens Of The Stone Age
3 We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues Wild Beasts
4 Against The Wall Jimi Tenor / Tony Allen
5 Debra Beck
So, what do the two things have in common? The first thing is Mogwai*, my useless former tortie sulker. The second is “I See You Baby (Shakin’ That Ass)” by Groove Armada & Fatboy Slim.
The answer is….nothing! Apart from the fact that the two things are irretrievably, utterly linked in my mind. Mrs McFlah & I used to sing the song towards Mogwai because of the way her furry rump swung when she walked, waaay back when it came out (the song, not the cat’s bum) in ’99. Whenever I hear the song, I can think of nothing else but the feline booty sway.
So then, I would like you please to recommend songs that are solidly bonded by association in your minds – the winner will be the one that has the most convoluted & bizarre or ridiculous & mundane explanation to it!
King of the Village Fete Lazarus and the Plane Crash
Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo Jens Lekman
The Village New Order
Vibrate Mr. Scruff
I Was Unconscious, It Was A Dream The Slow Club
Dull Life Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Empty Nest Wild Beasts
Spent Gladiator 2 The Mountain Goats
Sweet William Pt. 2 Johnny Flynn
Tourist Woman Cass McCombs
Electric Village Add N To (X)
Woozy With Cider James Yorkston
Just Give ‘Em Whiskey colourbox