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The Wednesday What’s New With You?

A happy midweek to you all, yes, it’s hump day! Get through this and it’s closer to Friday than Monday. What do you mean, you thought I was referring to something else?

After that appalling gag, it’s time for our weekly recommendation experience. There was a lot of great stuff mentioned last week, and Slaughter and the Dogs, so thank you all for sharing with the group. Before this gets too group therapy, I’ll go over the rules; it can be anything, old or new, that you are grooving too. Albums, single tracks, it makes no nevermind. Anything goes, and at ELM we urge you to check out other readers tips. God, there’s another innuendo. I must be getting old. Blame the weather.

So, I’ll be mother;

This week, I have been loving Glasvegas. However, it was merely the dream I had of them being beaten to death by Jim and William Reid for blatant thievery. On Planet Earth, I have been loving the fantastic Santogold. You have probably heard the album by now, but it comes unbelievably highly recommended from us here at ELM Towers. She is touring later this year and is a must see.

From the vaults, Creation flag-wavers Ride have featured on my MP3 player more often than usual. they were always a little ragtag and fey but they did have some tunes. The ‘Saviours of Creation’ (when My Bloody Valentine were bankrupting the label during the recording of ‘Loveless’ they sold 100,000 copies of ‘Nowhere’  and brought in some capital) they always felt that they were cruelly robbed of their rightful role as a late 60’s mystical hippy band, but they created some fantastic, soaring music based around inspirational drumming and some feisty guitar interplay. Check out ‘Twisterella’ and ‘Birdman’ for the most concise statements.

Right; your turn!

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7 Responses

  1. A couple of quick ones re bands that I hope to see over the weekend –

    The Death Set – Loud punk music with plenty of electronica. Not reinventing any wheels, but I am hoping for some rollicking noisey fun.

    The War on Drugs – Despite the name, an alt-folk band with a nice lyrical nod to Bob Dylan.

    If you like either genre, do give them a whirl on last.fm or myspace…

  2. Late of the Pier released their album this week and whilst I am generally bubbling with enthusiasm about a lot of new bands, I can’t remember when I awaited an album release so eagerly. It electro and they are all clearly on lots of drugs but it is utterly brilliant in a way that is hard to describe. there are just so many layers.

    For the uninitiated who have not yet sampled their delights download Focker and Space and the Woods.

    Your life will never be the same again. Or you may hate it, who knows. I urge you to give it a chance though.

    PS if you like it you will also love My Heart Rate Rapid by Metronomy, also out of this world (as is everything they do)

  3. PS totally agree on Santogold btw , utterly wonderful

  4. Great wee things to buy if you’re of an alt. country disposition. These have been booming away all week in the whippet -mobile.
    1. Power Of County, “See You In Rock And Roll Heaven”. Stripped-back, punky country a la Felice Brothers/ Bloodshot Records roster. Just brilliant.

    2. $outhpaw, “Stop The Time” new EP/mini album with great cover of The Weather Prophets Almost Prayed on it. Perth based alcohol-soaked rock, much leaner and meaner than their 2007 debut album, which is pretty good too.

    3. From the vaults, Bright Eyes, Casadaga………..bought for 4 quid out of FOPP. Splendid on many levels.

  5. Conor Oberst’s new one is on my to-do list.

  6. Total agreement on ‘Cassadaga’.

    Grooving this week to:

    Destroyer- Destroyer’s Rubies
    Sloan – Never Hear The End
    Extra Golden – OK Oyot System
    Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction

  7. Sadly, I’m grooving to not a lot this week, as my mp3 player went to heaven. Whilst I wait for a replacement, I’ll tell you about mates of state, who I found a few weeks ago on an onion av club round up of the best music of 2008 so far, and who you have all probably heard of already, but I don’t care.

    Husband/wife duo from America, the new album rearrange us is bloody marvellous (only available on import – not sure about the whole itunes/emusic dealy, as I am a luddite CD buyer).

    I’m sure they must get compared to Stars a lot, as Kori Gardner has that sort of high sweeping voice, but Jason Hammel’s voice is a much better foil for her than Torquil Campbell’s is for Amy Millan -and I say this as a fan of their work.

    They’ve been going for 11 years, so I bought another couple of albums, and the tunes are good, but the production on this album has much more depth than any of the other stuff I’ve heard, and sounds fully formed, where other albums sound a little one dimension (there are only the two of them, I suppose).

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