0 comments August 14, 2007

Eagle Seagull

I’m so late to this party, it’s beyond embarrassing.

I don’t know where I was for the release of this album -- maybe in a cave somewhere in Timbuktu? Maybe I was kidnapped and held captive for all of 2006, in the jungles of the Amazon, only to be rescued by the CIA, who then erased all my memories, and implanted new, false ones.

Because how else do I explain the fact that I managed to miss this?

I’m talking, of course, about Eagle Seagull’s eponymous debut.

On first listen, I got very, very, very excited. I thought, “Oh my god, it sounds like some mangled, mongrel marriage between The Cure and Supertramp. Which should sound awful. But it doesn’t. Oh no -- no, it sounds so, so good.”

And then my brain fizzed. And there was a party in my head.

Sometimes it’s fun to be out of the loop. You come to things late, and then the wait for the next "whatever" is not so long. There are already new songs on Eagle Seagull’s MySpace, for example. And their second album is rumoured to be out early 2008.

Lookit: Only about a hundred more sleeps to go!

Eagle Seagull - Photograph

1 comments August 9, 2007

Bloc PartyBloc Party’s debut album Silent Alarm

Perhaps lesser known, however, is the remix version of the same album, where such electro-luminaries as Ladytron, M83, and Four Tet have a bash at reconfiguring the Bloc’s tunes for ‘em.
made a huge splash when it came on the scene a couple of year’s back.

Now, admittedly, it’s going to be pretty damn hard to improve on the original versions. And I’m not completely convinced that the album works.

But I sure am digging the Whitey version of "Helicopter". Maybe for no other reason than I dig everything that man does:

Bloc Party - "Helicopter" (Whitey version)

[Bloc Party – MySpace] [Whitey – MySpace]

0 comments August 7, 2007

KleeMore gorgeous, catchy-as-hell summer pop.

This time from Germany.

"Mein Geheimnis" is from Klee’s 2005 album, Jelangerjelieber.

I confess, I have no idea what lead singer Suzie Kerstgens is singing about. But when it sounds this good, who cares really?

Fair warning: One listen and you will have this song stuck in your head for days.

Must. Be. Played. Loud.

[Klee - MySpace]

0 comments August 6, 2007

Apples in Stereo

Because I was late jumping on ye olde bandwagon, but I am making up for lost time.

And because it's summer, and these guys are more catchy than a case of herpes.

Unlike a case of herpes, however, they will leave you feeling happy, joyful, and young again.

Oh. To be young again...

[Apples in Stereo - MySpace]

0 comments August 1, 2007

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

They’re storming the gates!

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have just released their latest EP, and it’s glorious.

Clocking in at around 20 minutes, this is a lean, mean, muscled explosion of noise. Every track is a blast of coruscating buzz-saw rock.

This is a band at the height of their game. They never put a foot wrong.

Needless to say I am fairly gagging for the album.

(And is it just me, or do these guys have a definite thang for word repetition?)

Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs - "Kiss Kiss"

[Yeah Yeah Yeahs - MySpace]