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Late Summer Lovelyness part.7 November 11, 2007

Posted by alexd in Forgotten Greats, Music, Unheard Artist.
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I think this is a statement on my mental health. If you look to the left you can see how I personally organise the seasons according to the year. And thus I shall cram all the songs I was going to post in one big horrible chunk. Don’t blame me, blame a poor up bringing where I spent too much time indoors.

HERE IS SOME TEXT TO MAKE THINGS NEAT

The Snake The Cross The Crown-Gypsy Melody

Thats literally all I know about this band. There name. That and there from America. Its only the third largest nation on the planet. Mostly dust and hills anyway. Anyway this song is great. A cute little fingerpicked intro gives way to a trickling melody before a stomping drum kicks into action, then a cymbal, suddenly lyrics of weather and hope soar into the air dragging this song to a massive happy rocking end. Proper uplifting. Reserve for GCSE mocks if your ickle or you know, Christmas.

MP3: The Snake The Cross The Crown- Gypsy Melody

Myspace: Are surprisingly popular

Slow Club- Biology Hearts

Again delicate acoustic guitars compliment a declicate sounding pair of girl and boy vocals, apparently predicting the rather depressing downfall of humanity. But you know they sing about childhood games too. Luckily this songs also has pink flower covered buckets of charm thate negate any morose topics. Its obviously follows a Joy Division style sad but happy combo of lyrics and melody, but in a completely different way. Why do I write this drivel. Just concentrate on charming, ignore the other bollocks. Seriously though, these guys have got tunes, and they’ll be massive once Noah and the Whale have got out the way.

MP3: Slow Club-Biology Hearts

Myspace: Probably deserve another 10 mates

Harry Nilsson-Gotta Get Up

This song was made in 1972, buts its as fresh as daisy. Unlike the character of the song, who like many of us struggles with arriving to work in time, due to having too much fun. The chorus reminding us of this inner turmoil of fun vs work. This song also has these amazing drunken trumpets and lazy accordian. Amazing songwriting and arrangement. Sadly this guy died 10 years ago, and the ending is a bit rubbish, but apart from that its a gem!

MP3: Harry Nilsson-Gotta Get Up [highly recommended]

Website: www.harrynilsson.com

So there you guy. I’ll post some more noise up soon, as I’ve had a couple of complaints, and been to loads of gigs, and have nothing to do now that UCAS is all sewn up. Ta ra!

Late Summer Lovelyness part.5 September 6, 2007

Posted by alexd in Been round a while but I hadn't heard of until recently, Forgotten Greats, Music, Video.
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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

NuGrunge is dead, long live Grunge July 18, 2007

Posted by alexd in Forgotten Greats, Music, Video.
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Anyone remember Giant Drag, they where one of the more charasmatic bands that I saw last year at Reading when you could actually get Saturday tickets without them being stolen by rich middle class toffs with nothing better to do than tout tickets out of their ebay shop based in their Eton common rooms between extra Latin and lacrosse practise. Anyway I don’t know what triggered it. But I suddenly dug up their debut album and listened to that instead of the never ending playlist of mp3’s and podcasts. Its friggin boss. Some of their video’s are slightly pretentously retro but no ones perfect. Plus having one of the best gimmicks of the 00’s (remember the drummer played synth) fuzzed up by a rekindled love for the band i checked their website (more correctly her, Annie broke up with mike the multi talented drummer) and found she was in the studio and performing live again. So i thought i would celebrate by stealing her music and uploading it to the web. Here’s a catchup for the misinformed (you may been distracted by Muses epic Black Holes and Revalations coming out).

‘Kevin is Gay’ by Giant Drag

Pretensciously retro? Check. Adorable meow meow meow outro? Check. Catchy as Pamela Andersons Hepatitus C riff? Double check.

MP3: Giant Drag-Kevin is Gay [highly recommended] http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/7/17/134936/01%20Kevin%20is%20gay.mp3

Giant Drag – This Isn’t It

MP3: Giant Drag- This Isn’t It [highly recommended]

Anyway if you want to form a nugrunge band all credit to you. You can find great tabs for these songs here. Also if you into reading band blogs. Annie’s is actually fairly chuckle inducing, check it.

Bonus MP3:Giant Dr MyDick Suxhttp://www.fileden.com/files/2006/7/17/134936/10%20My%20dick%20sux.mp3ag-

Buy Their album? Go for it.

Myspace: Giant Drag have quite a few friends

Website: www.giantdrag.com

Oh and old grunge?

Dinosaur Jr on the Late Show 04.30.2007

I actually love this song so much. That opening riff is pretty much perfection, and takes me back to a time when I thought very little. It’s actually probably my favourite song of the year so far.

MP3: Dinosaur Jr- Almost Ready [highly highly recommended]

Buy their new album and tell me how it is

Myspace: Are more popular than Giant Drag, and didn’t invite them to their do

Website: www.dinosaurjr.com