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links for 2007-12-27 December 27, 2007

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Merry Christmas December 25, 2007

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Same time next year then?

Johnny Foreigner December 24, 2007

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Genre: Melodramatic Popular Song/Twee/Hardcore

Label: Best Before Records

Currently garnering love from just about everyone with a keyboard and a mouth. Johnny Foreigner are the UK’s “new favourite band“. That is rubbish. The lead singers voice is gonna grate for some. Its a lot less annoying than that dude from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. But conditioned by a year of listening to Los Campesinos! I actually quite like it. In fact Los Campesinos! is a good comparison. These guys sound like they did a Nirvana, by stealing the Pixies loud quite style, but not just using it dynamically. They actually change genres two. These guys schizophrenically switch between Hardcore a semi-skimmed Black Flags affair to a Belle and Sebastian/Los Campesinos twee boy girl harmonies. It’s an utterly gripping listen.

Johnny Foreigner- Sometimes In The Bullring

They have some gigs coming up. Watch them in these places.

January
26 London DiScover show @ Notting Hill Arts Club *

February
11 Dublin the Village
12 Bedford Esquires
13 Birmingham Academy 2
14 Glasgow King Tuts
16 Newcastle Northumbria Uni
17 Sheffield Leadmill
18 Manchester Club Academy
19 Brighton Concorde 2
20 Reading Fez
21 Kingston the Works
23 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

* = with Yeborobo, Sailors

All February shows are in support of Los Campesinos!.

Now download this song guilt free as its only on some sold out early EP’s, and is also my favourite song by them so far. And then buy their EP, and pray you get in quick and get the cool pop up version.

[MP3] Johnny Foreigner- Our Bipolar Friends [highly recommended]

Myspace: They are so lonely they are cool

Website: They don’t have one 😦

I promised Stricken City last week, so shall post on the eve of Christmas. Expect some hum buggery.

New York, New York! December 24, 2007

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Two bands from Brooklyn. Two great songs. Both of these guys albums having been popping up on endless “Best of…” lists. Don’t let that jade your opinion of them though.

Les Savy Fav

Genre: Indie/Experimental/Rock

Label: French Kiss Records

I remember this video coming out. If anything I got a bit distracted by the hypnotic dancing lady, and actually didn’t notice how good this song is. Nothing has made me want to boogie more this year. Just those drums matching up with that groovy bass line, its delicious. The melody has been stuck in my head for 3 days. In fact I know its in the key of G major its been in my head so much. Enjoy.

Les Savy Fav- Patty Lee

Remember to buy there album so they can afford to shave.

[MP3] Les Savy Fav- Patty Lee [highly highly recommended]

Myspace: Les Savy Fav are sad as The National have more friends

Website: www.lessavyfav.com

The National

Genre: Indie/Rock/Alternative

Label: Beggars Banquet

Obviously as a blogger Its not like I missed these guys. I just didn’t hear anything good, that was worth me researching further and buying the album. I wish I had, beneath a layer of hyperbole and guff is this utter gem. Dark and brooding, its the deep breathing crooning on this song that make it worth it.

The National- Mistaken For Strangers

Buy The Nationals album so they can fix their bed.

[MP3] The National- Mistaken For Strangers [highly recommended]

Myspace: The National are very smug as they have more friends than Les Savy Fav

Website: www.americanmary.com

links for 2007-12-22 December 22, 2007

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Super Video Fun Time!!11!! December 16, 2007

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Is an anticlimax.

With only three proper videos.

British Sea Power

Genre: Alternative Rock/Indie

Label: Rough Trade Records

British Sea Power- Waving Flags

This video is as mysterious as Yans face. Hot or not? He’s like a male Lily Allen.

Actually I found this while getting that video.

British Sea Power- Atom [fan video]

Fantastic and actually makes more sense than BSP’s own video. I think a lot can be said for a record that makes a toddler want to run around endlessly in a circle. Namely that its good enough to download.

[MP3] British Sea Power- Atom [highly recommended]

Ooh looky a video released a few weeks ago that no one noticed. I claim this as a premier!

British Sea Power- Water Tower

That’s off the Krakenhaus? EP that I’m still waiting for! Bloody post! Good mind.

Why don’t you buy the EP from a reputable company, allowing the band to buy some more foliage.

Myspace: Massive cult band. Thus actually tiny

Website: www.britishseapower.co.uk

Los Campesinos

Genre: Alternative/Indie/Pop

Label: Wichita Recordings

Many have argued for this to be the greatest video of the year. Its difficult to spot a flaw in their case. Kittens, confetti, multicolour throwup?

Los Campesinos- Death to Los Campesinos

Others hate it though. Stereogum fans went a bit ape poopy and got all moody as they hadn’t had dose of LCD Soundsystem that day. Its a bit early for a backlash; they’ve only played a few gigs over the pond. Browsing their blog a I found a fairly entertaining blog mainly updated by the lovely bassist and the fit ginger one.

Previously. They where also great at ULU a yonk ago, now buy their excellent EP so the band can afford a new xylophone.
[MP3] Los Campesinos- Death to Los Campesinos

Myspace: Actually as popular as British Sea Power despite having existed for 10 mins

Website: www.loscampesinos.com

Members of the Public

Genre: Pop

Label: Shifty Disco

Members of the Public- Magic Ingredient

Not bad, but they’re best song is Extraordinary pleasures. Which is actually quite new, off their unreleased album. I would do an MP3 rip off myspace but audacity has borked. So your gonna have to go through the strenuous process of clicking a big link.

You can help them buy more sunglasses by buying the single. Capitalism is fun.

Myspace: They’re myspace is quite broken and a horrible green

Website: www.membersofthepublic.net

P.S I know I promised Johnny Foreigner and Stricken City, but I finish college on Monday and I won’t have a fire breathing monster down my neck.

links for 2007-12-12 December 12, 2007

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Peter Von Poehl December 9, 2007

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Genre: Folk/Acoustic/Pop

Label: Bella Union

I initially had difficulty

tracking him down. As during his absorbing and enchanting performance he referred to him self as Peter Von Poo. This though did not detract from his delicate electric and acoustic guitar playing, or deny him his amazing voice. I have never been more spellbound by a solo performer ever. I did find he had done a video for my favourite song of the night. I’ll shut up now.
Peter Von Poehl- The Story Of The Impossible

Enchanting, hypnotic, hyperbolic. Wish I was into it when it actually came out in 2006.

You can though get a song of his for free as I’m to lazy to get it for you here.

Buy his album so he can get some mouse traps. Tune in next week for some more poorly researched and formatted rubbish on Johnny Foreigner, Stricken City and Members of the Public.

Myspace: Don’t let your girlfriend near him, he will steel her and make you cry

Website: www.petervonpoehl.com

links for 2007-12-09 December 9, 2007

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Lykke Li December 9, 2007

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Genre: Alternative/Pop/Amazingness

Label: LL Recordings

Putting her name into elbo.ws you quickly realise this girl has just exploded. Not literally that would be a messy shame. No after one or two Swedish blogs giving the nods over the summer, and then slowly more US blogs caught on, things have heated up for this Swedish songstress after brooklyn vegan reviewed a gig she did with fellow catchy Swedes Peter, Bjorn and John. He post so much of course he’s going to post something gold up occasionally.

Then things went really nuclear, when Stereogum mentioned her in passing. This made me feel really bad as I more or less ignore when they post now as loads of it is PR hype and drivel. Thus I only took note when goodweatherforairstrikes went ape poopy about her. Why?

Lykke Li- Little Bit

That’s kids is several shades of brilliant and beyond. Pop perfection with utterly bewitching lyrics. Forget everything I’ve said before. This is the single of the year. It has everything, cow bells, triangles, ooh oohs, ukuleles, and a vocal that makes you want to kiss girls. Just note the almost stutter in just before second chorus. Amazing. I actually almost cried when I found out she supported Caribou and the Dirty Projectors in November, a gig I already felt bad about not going to through laziness and ignorance.

MP3: Lykke Li- Little Bit [highly highly recommended]

MP3: Lykke Li- Everybody But Me

Buy her limited edition E.P and feel enormously cool

Myspace: Deserves a billion friends

Website: www.lykkeli.com