Sunday, 14 October 2012

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 14/10/12 - Beth Orton, The Antlers, Josh Homme,Ben Folds Five

Four big conkers for us this week!! What were yours?? Let us know...go on!

Shell Hunter:-
Ben Folds Five - 'Draw A crowd' (2012)

Ben Folds has been a hero of mine for some time and I was over the moon to hear Ben Folds Five were back together to release an album after 13 years! It has everything I love about Ben Folds Five...dramatic talented piano playing, quirky, sometimes heartfelt lyrics and great harmonies. If you love geek rock as I do (no offence Ben, believe me) and a brilliant array of instrument playing, check out this new album. I'm a sucker for the piano and an amusing lyric, hence choosing 'Draw A Crowd' from the album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. One of the things that cracks me up so much in life is stumbling across a "willy" drawn on the wall in either the loo or around the airport where I work. It is such a primitive and basic form of humour, like farting or toilet jokes but it is a sure thing for me! The lyrics of the chorus from this track impressed me as they are: "if you can't draw a crowd, draw dicks on the wall". Genius!

Old Pa's Corner:-
Beth Orton - Call Me the Breeze(2012)

This is a track from Beth Orton's new album 'Sugaring Season'(2012)  it has the same title as a J.J.Cale song, but it is completely different. I love the backing, it chugs along at a nice ol' pace and I am a sucker for that organ in the background and sometimes the forefront, reminisce of some of the classic tracks from the sixties. I have never been a big fan, apart from the occasional track hear and there, but this taster certainly wants me to hear some more of the new album !.

Call me convinced!  

The Antlers - 'Crest' (2012)

Having a Scottish surname means I have a crest and on that crest it has antlers! A crap fact that has nothing to do with this gorgeous and atmospheric song from Brooklyn Indie band (I mean where else!? They seem to feature regularly on our tracks of the week), The Antlers. The muted horns, the haunting voice, very nice, very sombre. It has this Talk Talk, Spirit of Eden feel to it as well elements of Portishead, which coincidentally, fellow Bristolian, Tricky has made a remix of it. The Antlers have been around since 2006 and 'Crest' is taken from 'Underwater' their four track EP of equally moody and alluring songs. Perfect music for rutting!!? Ok, nevermind!

Tricky's remix and free download..

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Josh Homme (feat. Dave Sardy) - Nobody to Love (2012)

Is 'Rock music' dead? There has been very little "Rock music" that has excited me over the last few months so I was delighted to discover this new track from the Queens of the Stone Age front man.  It features on the new Jake Gyllenhaal film 'End of Watch' and is a little taster before the QOTSA 6th LP, that is due at the end of the year.

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 14/10/12 - Beth Orton, The Antlers, Josh Homme,Ben Folds Five
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14 October 2012 at 14:31

SH - not sure about this one but i'm a fan of willies and fuds too!
FC - 'good rutting music'...i like that..think I prefer the remix!
SFW - love this...track of the week!

17 October 2012 at 18:06

I'm particularly drawn to the Beth Orton track and tune by The Antlers (the remix is nice, too). Good tunes, chaps.

23 October 2012 at 09:22

Good to hear Beth Orton again. I saw her live a lot around the time of 'Trailer Park' & 'Central Reservation' and greatly enjoyed those early albums. This is very good. Time for me to reacquaint myself with with her music I think.

I've got three Antlers albums, but I hadn't noticed a new EP was around - thanks for the heads-up Flycasual. Great stuff.

24 October 2012 at 22:21

No probs mr Swede, it's actually very good!!

24 October 2012 at 22:30

I never really got into Ben Folds as I had this strange misconception that his music was gimmicky. I am pleasantly surprised though, he's quite handy on the keys!

Great Beth Orton track, I can't help but feel there's a bit of Johnny Cash in there.

Good to hear Josh Homme, one of rocks best voices. Looking forward to hearing the new stuff.