30.1.05

Aubrey Straw

As a bonus for anyone reading - 2 lots of music for you today!

this time it's a mostly unknown band from Port Talbot, south Wales. I saw them live back in 1999/2000 a few times around south Wales in places like TJs in Newport and Tom Peppers in Llanelli - fun times! I think they had a little bit of success (played as Glastonbury one year, I think) and had a few reviews in NME hailing them as 'the next big thing to come out of Wales' - but that never happened.

so whilst digging through my cds just now I found their eponymous EP and thought I'd put some of it on here for anyone who's interested.

he came too quickly
a soldier coming round
loops & holes

(if anyone wants the rest of the EP let me know and I'll upload the rest of it)

The Clientele

The Clientele are a 3-piece formed in Hampshire in 1997. The sound of the band is that of a lonely, rainy night.

The first album 'Surbarban Light' was released in 2000 following a string of EPs.

An Hour Before The Light
Saturday

The follow-up, 'The Violet Hour' was released in 2003, further cementing the sound of the band.

Haunted Melody
Jamaican Rum Rhumba

Emptily Through Holloway from the 'Lost Weekend' EP.

26.1.05

Yeah Yeah Noh

Apologies for the wait for this post but I've had things to do. so let's get down to business.

today it's 4 songs from the Leicester Square, the best of Yeah Yeah Noh.

bias binding

pink green

temple of convenience

the superimposed man

17.1.05

old stuff

Because I use yousendit.com to upload music for you to download, the way it works is the songs expire after 7 days.

If there's a song that I've put up in the past that you would like drop me a comment or an email and I'll upload it again for you.

16.1.05

The Jasmine Minks

Today's choices come from the Jasmine Minks.

The first is 'Where The Traffic Goes' comes from their 1984 mini-album '1-2-3-4-5-6-7 All Good Preachers Go To Heaven'

Where The Traffic Goes

The second comes from their eponymous full debut album from 1985.

Cold Heart

And the last one comes from the 2001 album 'Popartglory'

Keepin' Hold of You

The official website has more info about the band and the odd download available.

12.1.05

Sal and Misnomer

Sal are a band from south Wales, fronted by a girl with a great voice, highly emotional pop, indie rock.

Songs available for download here

Misnomer are a band who say their music is "a sound lying between New Order's melodic rhythms and Radiohead's angst and power" and who am I to argue with that? the fact is they sound great!

There are songs to download or listen to at the band's official site - a quick sign up is required on soundclick.com but it's more than worth it for the song 'Genius' - which is brilliant.

to quote Gwen Stefani: what are you waiting for?!

10.1.05

Trembling Blue Stars/Field Mice

Another Trembling Blue Stars album, another lovelorn, moody, introspective album. Would you expect any more, or less from Bob Wratten?

Seven Autumn Flowers, the fifth album of a project that follows Bob Wratten's previous bands The Field Mice and Northern Picture Library - carries on in the same brooding vein as Her Handwriting, Broken By Whispers, Alive To Every Smile and Lips That Taste of Fear.

The Sea Is So Quiet

The album was preceded by an EP Southern Skies Appear Brighter, with the leading single Helen Reddy, a bright pop song with good lyrics, it's easy to see why it was the first single off the album and can be downloaded from the band's label, the excellent Elefant Records.

The EP also includes four non-album tracks A Beginning of a Kind, Open Skies, One Wish Granted and Hurry Home Through The Crowds

Also here for download are:

Never Loved You More from Lips That Taste of Tears.

Sensitive from the Field Mice album Coastal.

Last September's Farewell Kiss from the Northern Picture Library album Alaska.

9.1.05

Exile Inside/My Life Story

Jake Shillingford's Exile Inside will soon be back with a second album that's been in the pipeline for a couple of months should be out some time first quarter of 2005 according to the website. The Exile Inside project, which is an unusual one in the music industry is fully funded by fans. 'Investor Angels' are called on to donate money to the band and there's a whole host of goodies available for those that do, apparently.

And it looks like it's working, with a goal of 5 albums in 5 years - this being the second, it looks like the scheme is working.

The music and lyrical content is a much darker species than Jake's previous band My Life Story's orchestral pop sound. The first single, 'Xerox,' from the album EI060, follow up to debut EI034 can be downloaded (after registering) here

And more about the band and its fight against the Industry can be found here

My Life Story split in 2001, after recording 3 albums:

Mornington Crescent (1995)
Golden Mile (1997)
Joined Up Talking (2000)

my life story - sparkle

my life story - strumpet

my life story - neverland

8.1.05

Idlewild

This one's from the new album from Idlewild, Warnings/Promises. The eagerly awaited (by me at least, anyone else looking forward to it?!) follow-up album of 2002's The Remote part is due out on 7th March.

Idlewild - Love Steals Us From Loneliness (you missed it!)

the band are setting out on a pre-album acoustic tour of 4 dates in late January/early February before setting off on a full electric tour to promote the album - more information can be found on the band's official website

also if you would like your blog/website linked to from mine drop me a line and I will add it :)

7.1.05

The Arcade Fire and The Verlaines

The Arcade Fire's debut album 'Funeral' released in America in September 2004 on Merge Record, is set for a UK release on Rough Trade on 28th February.

And what an album it is, the 'Neighbourhood' suite of songs are glorious slices of indie which reference New Zealand bands such as The Verlaines and The Chills.

But it's the song Wake Up that's featured here:

The Arcade Fire - Wake Up

more information about the band can be found on the Merge Records website.

Speaking of The Verlaines, here are a couple of pieces of genius from them. First up This Valentine from their 1993 album Way Out Where

This Valentine

and secondly Hanging By Strands from the 1996 album Over The Moon

Hanging By Strands

The excellent unofficial website has more information about the band.

6.1.05

a first post...

so, this is new, though the songs on offer aren't! the first selection has a distinctly Scottish feel, which is how I like it!

to start the ball rolling there's a nod to The Pastels (again) from their album Illumination.

The Pastels - Leaving This Island

next is another 'godfather of indie' band with Orange Juice's Rip It Up - a song dating back to 1983 which clearly had an influence on all the good indie bands that walked into the path they blazed.

Orange Juice - Rip It Up

Last but not least it's a more recent band, this one coming off their 2001 album Surely Tomorrow You'll Feel Blue which is an absolute scorcher of an album. Their new album should be out in the first quarter of 2005 according to their website

The Starlets - Arcadia Square

(these links will self-destruct in 7 days!)