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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.

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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

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

Ida Maria-Oh My God November 27, 2007

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Genre: Indie/Rock/Punk

Label: Nesna Records

Strolling along, I see this party, its basically over. Condoms and syringes are strewn around the poorly maintained gardens. An ugg booted girl is throwing up in a hedge while a fugly boy holds back her hair in desperate hope of getting some tail later.

But I here this song. A song so good, it makes my week. I want to eat to it, I want to sleep to it, I want to drink to it, I will lose my mind to it. This is Ida Maria. A girl and her band making amazing pop music (not surprisingly from Sweden Norway!) that sounds like the Pixies having fun. They’ve supported Good Shoes but don’t let that taint your opinion off them. Actually that’s harsh. What I mean is they sound nothing like really.

Ida Maria- Oh My God

Smashing. I can’t claim this as a discovery really. Nialler9 was where I heard it from, but the cheeky git from MyOldKentuckyBlog had his ear to the ground and picked this out during CMJ in the states. Even The Guardian got there before me. Luckily this video came out 4 days ago, and no ones noticed so I’ll claim the video. Yay me. I’m so desperate.

MP3: Ida Maria-Oh My God [highly recommended]

MP3: Ida Maria- Louie

Mp3: Ida Maria- Going To Hell

Of course. Ida Marie need your money to afford herring to build up a layer of fat to get through the cold summer months in Sweden. So go to iTunes or buy “OMG” on hand numbered 7inch. I did as not only is something worth keeping, but I reckon could be a good investment, as we should be hearing a lot more from her in the future. Just today she did something for MTV and has an XFM live Session with John Kennedy in January. She also runs her own label (that Nesna one) which makes her even more cool. A possible hope for a Swedish Arts and Crafts?

Gigs?

26 Nov 2007 20:00
MTV Acoustic London
29 Nov 2007 20:00
Time Out ‘On The Up’ @ Bar Academy Islington, London Islingston
7 Dec 2007 20:00
Debaser Medis Stockholm, Stockholms län
20 Dec 2007 20:00
Mo i Rana Mo i Rana, Nordland
10 Jan 2008 20:00
Eurosonic Groeningen Groeningen
15 Jan 2008 20:00
Dublin Castle London, London and South East
19 Jan 2008 20:00
Student House Sør-Trøndelag
22 Jan 2008 12:00
Live Session John Kennedy XFM London, London and South East

Myspace: Ida Maria has enough friends to shake a stick at

Website: Its in Swedish

Shout out for our friend at ishooktheroyalthrone.com who has now strings together a series of songs on Goldsmith’s Uni Internet radio station Wired. I’ve been listening to this as I write and its definitely worth keeping an eye on to here his interview with British Sea Power. Competing with Colin Murray he is playing some very interesting stuff, and honestly has been some of the best music radio I’ve heard in a while. Join his face.

The Octopus Project-Truck November 25, 2007

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Genre: Experimental Pop

Label: Peek-A-Boo Record

Once again I’ve turned up to the party a little late on this one. The Octopus Project are a 4 piece instrumental outfit that formed 7 years ago. Very fun instrumental pop music they do make. Even Pitchfork likes them. Regarde.

The Octopus Project- Truck

That children is the sound of an instant classic. Keyboards jar against crashing guitar and smashing cymbal. It makes me want to jump up and down like a Masai warrior, or a 8 year old at a school disco hyped up on lemonade and party rings.

MP3: The Octopus Project- Truck [highly recommended]

MP3: The Octopus Project- The Bright Shinies

These are some slice cuts. You lucky pups can nick some more mp3 from The Octopus Project’s own website.

Buy their new album so the band can buy a new Casio keyboard.

Myspace: The Octopus Project are even more popular than Tokyo Police Club

Website: www.theoctopusproject.com

Tokyo Police Club November 19, 2007

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Genre: Indie/Garage /Pop

Label: Memphis Industries

Hello, come to the front. Don’t be scared, its cold squeeze together. You can all hear me ok? Good. Welcome to my hopefully regular Sunday post. From my constant browsing of other peoples blogs, I have found bloggers seemingly observe the sabbath, with very few blogging. Thus as a raving atheist and Sunday being my only day off, means I can fill any gaping musical voids on this day of rest. So to start us off here is a very popular act who most people will have heard of (if your cool). Hopeless lackeys follow me.

Tokyo Police Club- Nature of the Experiment

Their first single. You can’t blame me for dismissing them as another Strokes wanna be. Its not bad and certainly contains always good boy girl harmonies and has an ability to cut loose in a way the Strokes never could.

MP3: Tokyo Police Club- Nature of the Experiment [recommended]

Tokyo Police Club- Cheer It On

Now they started working it. An ace video for a great pop song. Plus I found out they where Canadian. So they must be good. Also fantastic intro. That’s a declaration for world domination if I ever heard it.

MP3: Tokyo Police Club- Cheer It On [highly recommended]

Tokyo Police Club-Your English Good

MP3: Tokyo Police Club- Your English Is Good

My favourite song by them so far. On evidence I saw from them performing at Reading (which I never reviewed, my bad) they are definitely a singles band. And they really have cracked 3 of the best singles of the year. Effortlessly catchy, whilst not being shallow or corny is really hard to do. The production is really slick on this one to, so frigin’ bouncy its like a musical equivalent of a trampoline, but you know with notes, and hihats.

Tokyo Police Club- Citizens of Tomorrow

And this is the latest single of the new EP, which kinda apparently covers stuff from the first EP (which is actually really long and could be a small album), as they couldn’t be bothered to make an album. Its seems kinda silly, but its nice to see a band that despite having the hype isn’t rushing into the studio to record an album they’re not ready to do. This songs actually does show that they do downbeat to. Lovely dystopian video guys.

Now watch them make breakfast.

You now know everything about this band. Except their names, which are quite forgettable.

May ask you if you know the pedal that the guitarist uses, please tell me, I want one. And also any good free hot linking hosters, as I’ve realised, I’m using up my bandwidth very quickly. I’ll post some more obscure stuff later.

Now buy this so that band can afford shoes. Its also great for Xmas parties! Or as a suggestion to a little brotehr or sister.

Or get the new EP of itunes.

Myspace: Tokyo Police Club are very very popular, sorry about not keeping up

Website: tokyopoliceclub.com

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.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

Hoorah I’m Back July 9, 2007

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Hello, I’m back. I’ve got a lot to post, so lets begin with something great. I initially noted its quality via Headphonesex who was sent the mp3. But now its a single and had a trippy video commissioned, which was featured on B3TA. Will it be the same kiss of luck that Lily Allen had with “LDN”?

Franki Valli (Pilloski Re-edit)- Beggin’

MP3:Franki Valli (Pilloski Re-edit)- Beggin’ [highly recommended]

Possible late Summer Jam? Maybe. But its bloody great. Note the finger clicks. The handclaps of 2007.

So yes, nice to be back. I may be wreaking havoc on this site, changing to servers, new template and the likeness. But for now enjoy my crummy little fluorescent stars I found in the village shop during my exams.

EDIT: Heard this song on Capital FM. Strange place for it to end up but great none the less.

Exams Kill May 28, 2007

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exams5, originally uploaded by will wade.
Hello, just to make sure people are aware. Nothing should be happening till the end of June here until this craps out the way. Here’s some stuff to distract you till then.
Digitalism- Pogo

If the world was fair this would be the dance song of the summer. It won’t. Damn you cruel world. It is definitely one of the most catchy electro boogies going though.
MP3: Digitalism- Pogo [highly recommended]
Website: www.thedigitalism.com
Myspace: Digitalism don’t need any more friends
Goodshoes- Morden

Best song off their new album. All about their home town.
MP3: Goodshoes- Morden
Websites: www.goodshoes.co.uk
Myspace: Goodshoes have the prettiest myspace going