Sunday, 13 November 2011


Four dirty little birdies that Berlusconi would be proud of, do you have any saucy numbers for us? Go on be a devil....let us know. Please..

The Civil Wars - Billie Jean (2011)

I've been obsessed with these two since seeing this performance on Jools Hollands show a few weeks ago and in the week of Dr Conrad Murray being convicted of the manslaughter of Michael Jackson, I thought it's tedious link could be counted as my TOTW. The Civil Wars are Joy Williams & John Paul White (I know what you're thinking, could easily be Johnny Depp's musical stunt double) who have released an album in 2011 called 'Barton Hollow'.  It's a fantastic piece of folk-country-Americana with exquisite melodies that given the chance will probably win a Grammy (I just read that they've been nominated for a Country Music Award) - it's definitely worth a purchase!  

Old Pa's Corner:-
David Lynch - Pinky's Dream feat Karen O (2011)

'David Lynch, is that not the guy who does these weird movies and things?!' Yes, you are right and he has done a 'solo' album. Is it weird? I suppose you would say its kind of what you would expect but I like this opening track, great drumming, great vocal, lots of energy, makes me want to hear more!

But before you dismiss it, David Lynch was responsible for the soundtrack to 'Blue Velvet' (what a film that is). He was behind the the re-recording of some of the Big O's all time greats. Need I say anymore.

I am a human being
Kate Bush - Wild Man (2011)

I love Kate Bush. Growing up in the 80's with my hormones raging, I used to find her hushed and sultry vocals incredibly sexy. I believed that her songs about love and hurt would prepare me to understand what to expect later in life. I felt she had given me the map to that exotic land called woman (must have lost it on the way/men can't read maps etc, I'll probably hear my wife say). Regardless she's back after a 6 year gap with this fabulous song. Ahh, her whispered, breathy tones are here with tales of love, it's time to be seduced again. Oh wait....what? It's about the Yeti!?? Oh, never mind she's still bonkers and all the better for it!

quite handy with a guitar

Shell Hunter:-
Band of Skulls - 'The Devil Takes Care of His Own' (2011)

Everyone needs a bit of rock in their life and this is a more than suitable fix! The slow riffage reminds me a little bit of Faith No More or something sampled for an early Beastie Boys album! I enjoyed all the singles from Band of Skull's first album and after hearing this first offering from their new album "Sweet Sour" due for release next February, I can't wait! With only 3 members, their minimalistic sound has more of an impact, much like that of The White Stripes or She Keeps Bees. I love the video too, it kicks ass...err, sorry. Thats one gig I wish I'd been to!

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13 November 2011 at 09:15

Thanks for become one of my major sources of hearing new things, mates. All fascinating picks this week. My vote for overall winner goes to The Civil Wars. I know, it's not a bloody competition! Cool stuff, as ever.

13 November 2011 at 09:43

Good ones guys (I think mines the best) seriously Civil Wars is now top priority, KB is up to standard, can't wait for that album. Every now and again I need somthing heavy, Band of Skulls will do nicely thank you,sh**t, mines the worst! I've be Lynched.

13 November 2011 at 11:33

Yep - The Civil Wars is great! Result - but I like all. The David Lynch (Feat Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) gets better every listen. Kate 'Wild' Bush is 80's tastic and Band of Skulls makes me want hunt critters.... I don't know why I said that....

13 November 2011 at 11:59

Agreed SB, i find it's a one stop shop to get into new stuff you might not have otherwise have picked up!

Sfw - love this rendition, I've heard so many covers of Billie Jean and this was a completely new take on it. I think I'll like The Civil Wars.
Pa - it wouldn't be out of place on a freaky film score and now that sfw mentioned she was from the yeah yeah yeahs, I like it all the more!
Fly - she is truly a beautiful nutter! Great song and keeping her standards high!

14 November 2011 at 09:11

Many thanks SB for the kind words, makes it all worthwhile!

17 November 2011 at 23:46

Firstly, thanks SB, like Old Pa says it makes it all worthwhile and we always appreciate your comments. 

3 outstanding choices, as a result I'll be getting all 3 albums fo sho!

Sfw, stunning, hearing done in this way. You can easily imagine Billie Jean originally being a country song. I can't wait to hear more of them. 

Old pa, dark and suitably bizarre but I don't know if that's because it's Mr Lynch. Anyway it's good and I reckon this is right up my lost highway. Speaking of which, SH is right be perfect for a 'freaky film' score. 

Band of Skulls, is my pick of the three though, great riff and yes, very reminiscent of an old school Beastie Boy sample. Superb vid!