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links for 2007-09-14 September 14, 2007

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Late Summer Lovelyness part.6 September 13, 2007

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I MUST FINISH THIS SERIES!

Bishop Allen

Apart from the time when I had previously heard

this song, when I first decided actually I like thisand thought “hmm… I’ll put this on the portable sound file jukebox”. This song really came to my attention when I was travelling home from Reading on the train having been herded into first class, as the coach class was packed with commuters and surplus muddy revellers. A rather twee intro of just a single arpeggic ukulele gives way to a slightly breathy male vocal before being accompanied by sparing use of a glockenspiel. When drums finally join you are mid way into this decided catchy pop gem. Glockenspiel ukulele cross over band! WAH! I think my brain is melting. Seriously though it’s lovely, and probably unbeatable as an indie pop song about wedding photography. Warning girls it may cause your ovaries to explode. In a good way.

Download: Bishop Allen- Click Click Click

Website: www.bishopallen.com You can get more mp3’s here!

Myspace: Seriously the stateside web was crazy about these guys, have people unfriended them. That sad help them out.

links for 2007-09-11 September 11, 2007

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links for 2007-09-10 September 10, 2007

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Buzzband: Pterodactyl September 9, 2007

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A little break in our laid back tunes and instead a barrage of noise to remind its Sunday and Jesus loves you!

Pterodactyl- Polio

I think for a self directed music video by a punk band, the tale of this runaway wheel is pretty cute! (probably don’t wanna hang around on that youtube related to channel though). But the track (found on the ever amazing TuneaDay by pete) really is super awesome. Frantic drumming permeates the whole song, while a tremolo guitar line prevents the song getting too bogged down in overused 5th chords like most punk bands. The bassists apparently pounds out one single note while a mental singer shrieks “woo hee hoo” in falsetto. Polio should not work in anyway, but it does so so well. It turns out sounding like Be Your Own PET! have stolen Battles and glued their feet to the floor as the walls close in around them like in indie Indiana Jones (the old kind not the new one that gonna be horrible).
Vice say it much better though:-

“It’s like Deerhoof without an epileptic Japanese pygmy vocalist and with more scuzz. I know that it sounds like it wouldn’t work but this is great to put on when you’re in a bad mood and want to be in an even work one.” -Vice Magazine

See. It sadly ends as quickly as it starts clocking in under 2 and a half minutes, which is probably it’s greatest flaw.

Pterodactyl consist of Kurt Beals on bass, Joe Kremer on guitar and Matt Marlin on a probably damaged drum kit (note this). They’ve been around since 2004 and actually performed loads of gigs in the US. I commend them for their DIY spirit, not having singles; instead making a video for a song you can get free of their website. They probably like dinosaurs.

Download: Pterodactyl-Polio [highly recommended]

Download: Pterodactyl- Esses

Website: www.pterodactyl.info

Myspace: Pterodactyl want more friends to eat

Label: Cardboard Records

links for 2007-09-06 September 6, 2007

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Late Summer Lovelyness part.5 September 6, 2007

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Oxford Summer, originally uploaded by jazmyn.

French Kicks- So Far We Are

You know how I’m on a bit of Phoenix high at the mo. Well French Kicks (probably influenced by the name) that despite coming from New York sound like they heard about the Strokes via listening to Phoenix, rather than putting the radio on or reading local magazines. Their rhythmic, melodic and deft use of lyrics would never reveal their youths spent listening to DC hardcore. For it all though, it barely matters. This is a gorgeous song with trebley guitars, frenetic but controlled drumming and a magical vocal. The production really helps lift this song (note the subtle doo doohs at the end of the verses) into the stratospheres of alternative pop. If you love this as much as me its probably worth heading over to freeindie.com to collect up some mp3.

Download: French Kicks- So Far We Are [highly recommended]

Website: www.frenckicks.com

Myspace: For being around 8 years you would think they have more friends

Late Summer Lovelyness part.4 September 6, 2007

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British Summer, Lovely Jubbly?, originally uploaded by gail delderfield.

Youth Group- So Sorry

If your one of those losers that enjoy “The OC” you’ll have heard of them because of this sappy malarkey.

Nice but “So Sorry” was the song this band formed for. Chiming guitars greet you into the warm fuzzy arms of these antipodeans. Pounding drums and pianos power the song through the verse before pure pop magic steals the song into the chorus. The Beatles would be delighted if they wrote this song. A lead guitar slinks and slides around the songs. It even has a unembarrassing use of strings in the final third of the song. All in it is delightful little ditty, that listened to now, will perk you up no end in the coming Autumn. Well done boys.

Download: Youth Group- So Sorry

Website: www.youthgroup.com.au

Myspace: Youth Group are really popular, as people probably got confused

Late Summer Lovelyness part.3 September 4, 2007

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jetty, originally uploaded by saramara.

 

Lior- This Old Love (live)

Once again I’m telling you that I thought I have posted this before. I was right. But I love this song so much I’m posting it again. Mainly as I’m attempting to learn it again on guitar. Its a modern classic, beautiful lyrics, gorgous singing and some amazing fingerpicking guitar thats up there with Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah.

Download: Lior- This Old Love[highly recommened]

Website: www.lior.com.au

Myspace: He’s quite popular but look at his ickle face!

Late Summer Lovelyness part.2 September 4, 2007

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A Summer’s Dream, originally uploaded by pstephanusde.

Axe Riverboy- Roundabout

I discovered Axe Riverboy thanks to the ever amazing LaBlogotheque I found out about Axe Riverboy as he jammed with Of Montreal. And this song really stood out. Catchy as genital herpes, and english as a second language certainly has harmed Axe Riverboy’s ability to write fun little lyrics (same could be said for the “french Strokes” Phoenix). Just listen to this song. It will make you happy like a super Prozac, without the risk of difficulties involving suicide. Roundabout is as fun as bouncing on a trampoline wrapped in bubble wrap.

Download: Axe Riverboy- Roundabout [highly recommended]

Website: www.jvcmusic.co.jp/axeriverboy

Myspace: Adding Axe Riverboy aids anglo-franco relationships