Sunday, 6 May 2012

TOTW 06/05/2012 - Alabama Shakes, James Curd, The Dandy Warhols, THEESatisfaction

For Bank Holiday treats to enjoy with your fish & chips
Shell Hunter:-
Alabama Shakes - 'Hold On' (2012)

What a great feel this song has! If I shut my eyes tightly, I can picture myself in one of those massive rusty convertible American cars, rolling down Route 66 with the sun on my face! A friend of mine from work pointed this song out to me a couple weeks ago when it came on the radio. I found it on Youtube and was surprised it was a woman singing, Oops! Now that I know, I can hear a great similarity in passion to gospel singer, Mavis Staples. Lead singer, Brittany Howard has certainly got fire in her belly! That coupled with the laid back countryfied guitar makes for a perfect combo. A fresh new sound from down south that I haven't heard since Kings Of Leon. Their album was out April 12th and if you aren't totally convinced with 'Hold On' go to their website to sign up for a free download of a track called 'Heavy Chevy' for free!

James Curd - Guide Me (Gigamesh Remix)

I wouldn't usually pick something so upbeat, but this puts a party in my pants.  Gigamesh's remix of James Curd's "Guide Me" has turned it into a Roller-glitterball-disco-tastic monster.  Perfect for sunny days and Saturday nights it makes you want to put on the glad-rags and bust some moves - a club classic!

Old Pa's Corner :-
Dandy Warhols - Sad Vacation(2012)

This is my new favourite album 'This Machine' and I just love the title track 'Sad Vaction'. I have not listened to too much Dandys in the past and I can not for the life of me understand why. This is just up my street. This album sounds very tripy, groovey, if you understand where I am at and definately grows and grows with repeated listens.
Just Dandy!

THEESatisfaction - QueenS (2012)

Despite their poor use of capital letters, THEESastisfaction's awE naturalE is unquestionably my album of the moment. At just over 30 minutes long it's short but sweet and perfect for that daily commute, or when she's watching Eastenders. Giving themselves the appropriate title of 'Queens of the Stoned Age', the duo first appeared on last year's excellent 'Black Up' by fellow Seattle Rappers, Shabazz Palaces, who also return the favour here by appearing on several songs on the album. It's an electric, eclectic mix of Jazz, Soul and Hip Hop and there are some real memorable moments on it, perfect for the ageing B Boy in me. The psychedelic Soul of QueenS is a particular highlight with its entrancing beat and hypnotising vocals that give it a unique sound, certainly a theme which can be found throughout, making it so appealing.

Download the QueenS mp3 free at the Sub Pop website...THEESatisfaction guaranteed!! ehm..sorry!

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TOTW 06/05/2012 - Alabama Shakes, James Curd, The Dandy Warhols, THEESatisfaction
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6 May 2012 at 11:00

SH - Brilliant track was going to be my track of the week also, the album is great, they will be be massive. Saw them on TV prog and was really impressed with singer
FC - Not too sure about this one, think it deserves another hearing thow'
SFW - This is 'Michele Friendly' and that can only be good

6 May 2012 at 12:05

I really like 'Hold On' and I'm sure the Alabama Shakes album will be good but I do have an uneasy feeling that I'll be going off them soon due to the rolling ball of hype that is going to come their way. How's that for getting the backlash in early? It's just that the moment I heard them a couple of months ago I could see this whole 'very popular with Jools
Holland' scene unfolding and can you imagine my dismay when there they were on 'Later' the other day. It's not them, it's me. Does anyone else know what I mean? Also the bass player is far too young to be taking on the 'backwoodsman' look. Yes, I know I'm being ridiculous.

6 May 2012 at 14:39

Go on SB give them a could have just wrecked a career...but you are probably right!

7 May 2012 at 10:36

They're young, they're talented, they will be hugely popular and possibly Grammy nominated, should all that be to their detriment? No it shouldn't but it probably will, unfortunately musical snobbery comes into it, I don't like it but I'm guilty of it and know exactly what u mean SB. Hold On is a great track though, simple hook, fabulous voice, I love it....for now. As for Jools Holland, that is a fantastic program, as there isn't a quality music show on TV anymore. Eclectic too, you get someone like Mastodon on the same bill as Feist...brilliant.

8 May 2012 at 21:33

KRS - I really like the Alabama Shakes track but i've listened to it so many times that it might become a "Sex On Fire!".

FC - Nice, but I hate writing "THEESatisfaction"

Old Pa - The Dandy Warhols - is just Dandy!

10 May 2012 at 15:25

I'm unfamiliar with James Curd but I dig this tune, right up my street. I really enjoyed the Dandy Warhols track, great distorted guitars and a bit psychadelic not to mention the nice hippie girlies in the vid, that helps. I've always liked the stuff they've done but have lost touch of late, I'll check this album out.