Sunday, 16 October 2011

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 16/10/2011

It's Sunday, it's time for the tracks of the week. Here are four tatties to dip into your gravy. Do you have any Yorkies for us?

Radiohead - Give up the Ghost (2011)

This is for all the people who dismissed the King Of Limbs, I always said it would be a slow burner and Give up the Ghost is just (another) gem that when heard in isolation reminds you why Radiohead are one of the National Treasures...

Old Pa's Corner:-
Mountain Goats - Beautiful Gas Mask (2011)

I just Can't stop playing the Mountain Goats's new album, 'All Eternal's Deck'. I keep getting a new favourite, first it was, 'Damn the Vampires' quickly followed by 'The Autopsy Garland' and at the moment 'Beautiful Gas Mask' is my 'rave'. Great voice and great lyrics, a bit of Alt-Country feel or even a bit of R.E.M. I asked my wife what track did she like of the three? she replied  'they are all depressing',  the perfect answer for me! I just love them, give them a try. I hope they will 'bleat' for you too.

Pet Sounds
DRC Music - Hallo (feat Tout Puissant Mukalo and Nelly Liyeage) (2011)

Despite a 9 year gap since 2002's Mali Music, Damon Albarn continues his love affair with African music with an new project, in DRC Music (Democratic Republic of Congo). He visited with a collective of producers (notably long term collaborator Dan The Automator) with the ambitious premise to record the album in 7 days and all the proceeds to go to Oxfam's work in the country. During the week local Musicians would come and go recording sessions with Damon and his crew, who would then blend the traditional with the modern to create the album Kinshasa One Two. Hallo, for me is probably the stand out track, showing that despite the time frame, the gifted mr Albarn definitely has an ear for a tune. Talented musicians, good music, good cause, job done! 

Shell Hunter:-
Nick Waterhouse - Is That Clear (2011)

You know that new sound you're looking for? Well, listen to this!

Is That Clear by Nick Waterhouse

I love it when an artist revisits a genre of yesteryear and does it well, much like Marty Mcfly performing "Johnny B Goode" in Back to the Future. Nick Waterhouse is 25, based in San Francisco and obviously has a passion for 1950's R & B American music, even using vintage analogue equipment to give it that authentic retro crackle. Full of sax, clinkin' pianos and rocking guitars, it'll have you swinging your partner all over the place in an instant. If you like this, check out his 4 track EP released in August, which includes a great cover of Them's "I can only give you everything". If it's not for you, I guess you folks aren't ready for this yet, but you're parents are gonna love it!

Hey doll face, wanna get up to some back seat bingo?

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18 October 2011 at 08:00

Nice choices, chums. Particularly like The Mountain Goats and the track by Nick Waterhouse (who can resist a bit of vintage rock and roll?).

18 October 2011 at 09:30

DRC Music, love this downloading as we speak
Nick Waterhouse where did you get this little gem, does sound like early Them, cant't wait to hear the cover, the search is on.
Radiohead, yes I fall into the neglected that album category, but maybe time for a revisit

18 October 2011 at 19:26

I love TOTW!
sfw - This is a great Sunday morning track and very reminiscent of "The Tourist" from OK Computer which happens to be one of my faves. I didn't dismiss The King of Limbs, I never listened to it, which is worse! Another for the car...

Pa - You're right, they are growers. Does this track sound like a mix of Calexico and Dire Straits to anyone else?

Fly - Damon is a god! I can't wait to hear more of this, its so good!

Listen to all 4 of Nick Waterhouse's EP tracks on Soundcloud, plus I think there are a couple from another project too.

21 October 2011 at 15:00

Sfw, I agree with you about Radiohead, there are some very strong tracks on that album.

OP, Calexico and Dire Straits....oddly yes if you try hard enough, a Sultans of Swing with Jalapeno sauce. I can hear many bands in there, I thought the song was ok, so I will get the album and give it a go.

SH, "hey that sound you're looking for", great analogy. This is good, you sold it to me well, very evocative.