Hello everyone. I thought I'd share a little insight as to why there's been so few posts from me in the last while. One of the main reasons is that after a two and a half year breakup, my band, The Yoko Casionos has gotten back together. So even though I don't have a rare mp3 download for today, why don't you go check out our new single, Moments, and another new track, Less Attractive, which will be coming out in the early part of next year. Let me know what ya think. Of course my best of 2009, (a tough one this year!), will be coming soon. Cheers!
So yeah, it's been awhile! After a forced move back in July, and then my old band getting back together, I haven't had a lot of time and 2, I don't really have a proper transfer setup right now. None the less, I'm not gone forever, just a little here and there for now...
Which brings me to the reason you're here in the first place...A very good friend recently brought me the new Charlotte Hatherley album, White, from London and it is quite good. It did remind me of these accordion versions of her early hits that were floating around when Grey Will Fade was out. These were done by Martin White and are sure to help you clear out the party when it's just that time!
Summer (Accordion Version) Bastardo (Accordion Version) Kim Wilde (Accordion Version)
I can't quite bring myself to do straight re-ups due to time constraints but I want to fulfill all of our needs so here is a nice grab bag of Trio stuff. Some Extendeds, some live, some b-sides and a very rare remix I found a number of years back. Gotta run now. Rehearsal tonight and gig this weekend. See you next week? Cheers!
Anna (Extended) Boom Boom (Extended) Broken Hearts For You And Me (Live) Da Da Da (Bill Murray Mix) Halt Mich Fest Ich Werd Ver Kummer (Live) Lady-O-Lady Sunday You Need Love, Monday Be Alone
Rare B-Side to the brilliant 7" only single, Ysbeidiau Heulog, taken from the incredible MWNG album. The instrumental, Charge was taken from a session recording and so far has only appeared on this white vinyl wonder.
Sorry it's been quiet lately but I have been extremely busy lately. I'm in 2 bands at the moment and between that and work, I haven't had much spare time. But hang in there....I'm trying. Anyhow....very excited about Blur making their comeback this week. Having seen them about 9 or 10 times over the years, I'm hoping they bring it on over to these parts soon. This demo of Death Of A Party is from a fanclub CD which came with a copy of their fanzine which I bought at Penny Lane in Toronto many moons ago. Dig!
Guerrilla is my favorite album by Super Furry Animals fer sure. The Beach Boys cover Kraftwerk method really comes together here and it features some of the best tracks the band have done in their 15 year career. Anyhow, it wasn't til years later that I discovered said favorite album had one of those hidden tracks on it. Not at the end when you've fallen asleep and are awoken by a special 20 minutes later racket (although there is a short hidden track at the end as well), but a hidden track that is before track 1 so when you put the disc on and it starts, you must hit rewind. It is a rather glorious track too that fits in well with the rest of this masterpiece. It is called The Citizen's Band and I hope you enjoy it.
Lately it's been all Zep and TFF for me but I'm branching out today with this wonderful single from The Mock Turtles. I was baggy and this fit right in with my agenda at the time. I might like Strings And Flowers more but And Then She Smiles is a near perfect pop song, all sugary sweet but not in a Stone Roses kinda way. The real gem here however is the Can U Dig It? remix because any remix of Can U Dig It? is good, no?
Always liked the early Flock. I played drums in a Canadian new wave band for a while and we toured with A Flock Of Seagulls around 2000 or 2001. Only Mike Score was left of the original flock by this point and his latest hairstyle was more like, just got off my boat and now I'm in the pub, but they had their moments. They did Nightmares on one of the nights by my request and I was pretty stoked. More so than the version of I Ran they would do every night re-titled IR2K. Thankfully they'd do the original version to close out the night. He loosened up a bit by the end of the tour and was cool enough to share a few back in the day stories. Here's a couple of unofficial remixes of Space Age Love Song.
Space Age Love Song (Hot Tracks Mix) Space Age Love Song (Razormaid Mix)
Very excited because my favourite band is releasing a new album on Monday. Super Furry Animals will be releasing their 9th studio album and it's called Dark Days/Light Years and if the free mp3 they've givin' away from their website is any indication, it should be another classic. I have said that about all of their records though. Today I give you a very rare remix of Hello Sunshine from the Phantom Power album. I believe this mix was supposed to be on the remix album, Phantom Phorce, but Davy Love was too stoned to get it in on time for inclusion. Sorry it's only at 128 but I have never found another version of it, so try and enjoy!
Sorry for the lack of posts over the last month. I have been really busy with work, house guests, and rehearsing and recording demos with my new band so it hasn't left me alot of spare time. But I'm back today to tell you that I met Blondie a couple weeks ago. My Mom was recently out for a visit and on one of the days I went to pick her up from the hotel she was staying, it happened. Leaving her room, a man came out of another room and I thought, that's Chris Stein from Blondie. As the three of us got to the elevator, I introduced myself and a brief conversation took place. A moment later the elevator door opened up and Debbie Harry was on it! So the 4 of us rode down together and after a few lines of convo, it was over. Then, later that night whilst me and my girl were dropping my Mom back off, Chris and Debbie came through the lobby just as we got there. They winked and smiled at us and we followed them out to the bus where they signed a few autos and took pics. So my girlfriend got to talk to Debbie, one of her heroes and was dead excited. It was very cool. So today enjoy this unreleased remix of Good Boys.
Now we have the amazing GoodBooks covering Mystery Jets' You Can't Fool Me Dennis. Taken from a very limited edition 7 inch that had this cover on the A-side and a Mystery Jets track called Under The Pews on the B-side. I'm a huge fan of GoodBooks and Mystery Jets. This is quite good but you know the Jets original is a classic!
2005 Limited Edition Bloc Party picture disc of The Pioneers. The only place you'd find this wonderful cover of The Pioneers by Mystery Jets. The sleeve credits the track as Bloc Party vs Mystery Jets but I belive it's a straight up cover. The results having me believe it's a lot better that the A-side!
Someone had this playing at work today. Cool! This nice little EP came with the Phantom Phorce limited edition, which was the remix companion album of the Phantom Power long player. A great example of when the Furries blend their classic rock with the latest technology. Seen them open with this a couple times live. This also has the track they did with Goldie Looking Chain and a good remix of Out Of Control. Best news is that they have a new album (their 9th) coming in March! Yay!
I watched an interesting documentary on the Madchester scene yesterday and it got me thinking about my favourite tracks of the time. Of course Fools Gold and WFL are way up there, but the second wave of bands, although most only put out a few singles and one album, had some classics that I still love today. Paris Angels put out a bunch of cracking singles. Perfume, Scope and this one, Oh Yes. I remember taking a trip to Buffalo to a small indie shop where I found this one. It still sounds very fresh to my ears today but it also takes me back to highschool where you could find me Bezzing down the hall in my baggy jeans, Mondays T, and Reni hat. I hope you dig!
Oh Yes I Understand Oh Yes (Instrumental) Too Easy
I found at least 20 reasons to still love music in 2008 and here they are!
#1 - Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
No surprise here. For the second year in a row, KOL deliver the best album of the year! Building on last years Because Of The Times, The Kings continue to deliver their own brand of the south, this time with extra added stadium delivery. The Kings haven't sold out kiddies, they've just gotten better at songwriting and playing and if you can't handle it, go listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd or the lame Bloc Party album or something...
#2 - Glasvegas
I'm quite positive Geraldine is the single of the year and if it weren't for KOL, this would have been my #1 album of the year. Glasvegas' debut is really nothing new, but it delivers a set of very memorable songs set to The Jesus And Mary Chain by way of The Shondells with a thicker Scottish accent. No one has done 3 chords this good in a dogs age.
#3 - Mystery Jets - Twenty One
Another record that could have easily come in at number one or two. The Jets got poppier, discovered the eighties, and wrote some of the catchiest pop tunes around. Two Doors Down was one of the best singles of the year and their videos, brilliant. Probably what The Killers wished their record sounded like!
#4 - Primal Scream - Beautiful Future
After another straight ahead rock and roll record, the Scream went back and mixed it up again with one of their best albums in years. If the title track had been a single, it might have been my number one. There's plenty here to get excited about. Your new Saturday night record for sure.
#5 - Neon Neon - Stainless Style
With the Super Furry Animals taking yet another year off, Gruff managed to pull off an 80's concept album with his pal Boom Bip and turned out to be one of the best of the year. It's a shame then that it looks like this is a one off so cherish it while it lasts. And this record will last a long long time.
#6 - The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
Big surprise this year. The Ting Tings debut was full of hooks and charm and they put on one of the best live shows I saw in 2008. I look forward to see what their next move will be.
#7 - Phantom Planet - Raise The Dead
An absolute shame that Phantom Planet played their last show mere weeks ago. It was a long worthwhile wait for this album, and it seems that no one listened. Leader and Too Much Too Often were a couple of the best songs of the year, and you're too late to make a difference now!
#8 - The Kills - Midnight Boom
I admit I didn't know much about The Kills till I saw them doing Last Day Of Magic live on TV and was blown away. This album is full of magic. Yeah Yeah Yeahs have got alot to answer for now!
#9 - Pretenders - Break Up The Concrete
One of my fave bands of all time. Chrissie came back with a new line up and a record of low-fi tunes that if you closed your eyes long enough, you'd swear it was 1981 all over again. Plus they gave the bloody thing away for free. FREE! Can you believe it!
#10 - The Courteeners - St. Jude
I thought I knew it all until The Courteeners appeared on the cover of NME and I was like, who the fuck is that? Oasis and Roses inspired, this record is hard to get tired of. I think we've only heard the early potential here of what could turn into a long career for these lads. Plus they name check The La's in one of their tunes.
#11 - The Killers - Day & Age
I always want to hate The Killers and they always win me over in the end. I'm not sure of the lasting effects Day & Age will have, but it is kinda fun and dosn't take itself too seriously. Spaceman was one of my favourite tracks too this year.
#12 - Stereo MC's - Double Bubble
I didn't even know they had a record coming out so this was quite a surprise and a fantastic Saturday night album it is.
#13 - The Clash - Live At Shea Stadium
O.K...so this is actually from 1982 I think, but it came out in 2008 and fits along side everything else quite nice, apart from the fact that no other band on this list will ever come close to what The Clash achieved. Cracking versions here.
#14 - The Futureheads - This Is Not The World
Three's a charm. Much better than their last effort and the first on their own label. The F-Heads return to why we loved them in the first place. Jerky strange New Wave with killer pop songs and more rocking than Grandma's chair. I don't really know what that means.
#15 - Razorlight - Slipway Fires
A little more mellow than the last one but not short on hooks or charm. Burberry Blue Eyes and You and The Rest are fantastic songs and unlikely single Wire To Wire is a real grower.
#16 - Sparks - Exotic Creatures Of The Night
A landmark year for Sparks which saw them release their 22nd album and perform everyone of them for a stint in May. The guitars are back, but the wit and odd songs are still right where you want them to be. And who else could do a song called Lighten Up Morrissey. One of my favourite bands of all time.
#17 - Peter, Bjorn & John - Seaside Rock
I guess their proper album is coming out soon but this interesting mostly instrumental release sounds like field recordings with strange airport voiceovers. It's very strange and mellow and I actually loved it.
#18 - The Kooks - Konk
More of the same from The Kooks on album number two but you can't deny how good this lot are. A big Shout out to the last track on this record as well as one of the best singles of the year, Always Where I Need To Be. Best Do Do Do's of the year by far.
#19 - The Peth - The Golden Mile
Anything Furries related is usually good. SFA's Drummer and bassist teamed up with actor Rhys what's his name and made a record that sounds a hell of alot like Fuzzy Logic era Furries and that's why I liked it. Furries come back!
#20 - Supergrass - Diamond Hoo Ha
It's bloody Supergrass ya'll. Still cooking.
Albert Hammond Jr., Beck, Bauhaus, MGMT, Goldfrapp, Spiritualized, The Last Shadow Puppets, Black Kids, Ratatat, Stereolab....you all made good records this year too!
Best Singles Of 2008
Best Gigs Of 2008
#1 - AC/DC - Vancouver #2 - The Ting Tings - Vancouver #3 - Kings Of Leon - Seattle #4 - The Long Blondes - Vancouver #5 - Maximo Park - Vancouver
2009 Hopefulls: So far the new Morrissey and Franz Ferdinand records should be contenders for next years list. Have a great year.
Not really sure what this blog is anymore. Music I like. Music happening in the city I live. By friends and people I know. And sometimes not. Anyhow, I'm still doin' it. Please check my want list after the blog list and help me if you can!