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The Wednesday ‘What’s New With You?’ #6

Ah, Wednesday. A bit of a middling day, obviously, until you realise two things about it;

1.) It’s hump day.
2.) It’s the ‘What’s New With You?’ day.

Now, frankly, number 1 is not as exciting as it sounds. Sadly it’s more a metaphor for the fact that by lunchtime today you’ll have done more of your working week than you have left to do, and thus will be over the hump towards the weekend. Unless, of course, you work weekends, in which case just move straight to number 2.

Number 2 is a short-standing ELM tradition which surfaces every so often for all those who travel on the good ship ELM to show how clever they are. Now that we have escaped the clutches of the post-New Year musical lull, it’s time to share with the ELM what is floating your musical boat at the moment. That’s if you aren’t on the ELM boat, which come to think of it, would have to be a submarine to surface in the first place. Hmmnnn. Despite all the water transport available here, I’m drowning in these metaphors. So let’s move on.

First up is the album ‘Checkmate Savage’ from Glasgow space-rock loons The Phantom Band. This is one of those musical hotch-potch albums, with styles seemingly drawn at random but including krautrock, folk, indie, jazz, rock and disco. Okay, that last one’s a lie, but everything else is true and it works exceedingly well, in the way that an album which is organic can because any hint of artifice and the whole thing would come crashing down. Check out ‘The Howling’ for a superbly eerie taste of an album which fuses all its disparate parts into something very special indeed.

For more traditional indiekid thrills, The View’s awfully-titled ‘Which Bitch?’ shows a huge leap from their terrific-if-generic debut. The energy is present and correct, but the bands musical frontiers are certainly much bigger. It may well kill their career, but that’s exciting in itself. Download ‘Double Yellow Lines’ to see what we are on about. it’s a quite thrillingly nuts album, frankly, and kudos to them for not simply writing ‘Hats Off to the Buskers 2’ and collecting the cash.

Finally, ELM fave Ben Kweller returns with ‘Changing Horses’. Kweller has always had a languid side to his powerpop, but he’s only gone and gone all Nashville on us with an album which can only be described as ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ for the new millennium. It’s as country as big hats and big tits and is a truly terrific collection of songs. Download ‘Wantin’ Her Again’ and you’ll be hooked. As sweet as hickory sauce but it won’t repeat on you.

Right; now it’s your turn!


20 Responses

  1. The new Ben Folds album is very good, if you are partial to a bit the old joanna with your pop.

  2. I am indeed!

  3. Currently very much enjoying:

    Likke Li
    Amadou and Miriam

    All of the above are new-ish and are my attempt at being contemporary….

  4. Lambchop came oout six months ago!

  5. Ive recently returned to a site called ” little hits ” ; which is basically a guy who runs ( or used to ) a record storen the states – from the description it sounds a bit like the one in `high fidelity` – and posts lots of his favourite records for listening or download along with a little info story for each track ; I`d recommend a visit , its like trawling through someones – very good – record collection .

    Doest really tick the ” contemporary ” box but I like that.

  6. fuck sake, Bertrand.
    You are a trendy, world-music-pish-loving pseud!
    But I love you really.

  7. ..as ELM once memorably said, you need strapped to a chair and made to listen to The Clash first album and left to think about your behaviour…………..

  8. The Clash were, are and will always be pish. One of the most overrated bands of all time. Retarded music for grown men to hig each other and cry along to. Ghastly. Simply ghastly.

    Away and listen to Extra Golden’s ‘OK Oyot System’ and learn something you savage.

  9. You’re gay, you philistine.

  10. I don’t know, HW, if he was, wouldn’t he like music he could hig other men to? I don’t know, but I’m assuming that’s some sort of euphemism for bumming?? 🙂

  11. I am not gay.

    I am a fauxmasexual.

  12. People who don’t like The Clash;


    Now, which one of these do you want to be?

  13. I like the Clash but not as much as The Jam and I’m a woman (well at least I was the last time I looked)

    To get back on subject I’m also very much liking the Phantom Band’s album and, of course, I am listening to The View – my fav track is Distant Doubloon so far but all that could change.

    I also downloaded the Sky Larkin song Beeline which was last week’s itunes single of the week (and therefore free) and quite like it.

    I also recommend No Kind Words by The Maccabees available for free download on their website.

    Apart from that I’ve recently discovered Jesca Hoop, The Duke Spirit and Holy Ghost Revival all of whom I like quite a lot.

  14. Some good recommendations in there Adrian.

  15. Whats “higging” anyway?

  16. Knowing Bert, some depraved gay thing he dreams of in his guilt-fuelled homosexual masturbation fantasies 😉

    To any newbies, we’re not homophobic ound these parts, I personally have amassed a large collection of gay porn. Well, lesbian porn technically, but it all comes to the same in the end.

  17. I am liking Alison Krauss and Sir Percy of Plant although it is SO last year now. Also the first Dead Boys album, the one with Sonic Reducer on.
    And Gary Louris/Mark Olsen thing isnae bad.
    You should check out Crosby Tyler, too. Rocking little country album with some witty lyricisms.
    And I borrowed Mika’s album from Bertrand.

  18. He owns two copies of it – one to lend out and one to listen to. That’s how much he loves it. He thinks ‘Grace Kelly’ is about him.

  19. Jealousy is such a sad emotion. For your information it is nothing but straight, lusty rock round here:

    Judas Priest
    Right Said Fred
    Scissor Sisters

  20. E-Streeter went to see Judas Priest and Megadeath last week. tickets were £44!

    Wonderfully, he said that Megadeath were ‘too heavy’ for him 😉

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