Sunday, 19 May 2013

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 19/05/2013 - Muse, Chk Chk Chk, The Handsome Family, Zion I, Koza Mostra and Agathon Iakovidis

Five tracks that got more than just "Nil Pois" from us...

Shell Hunter:-
Koza Mostra & Agathon Iakovidis - 'Alcohol Is Free' (2013)

Some may think I am sad but I love watching Eurovision, with the terrible choreography and poor presenters who are trying their best to speak correct English. Its great telly! This year I was totally routing for these guys who are from Greece but sadly came 6th. The band coupled with old folk singer Iakovidis, were like a breath of fresh air! It was like Zorba's dance meets The Specials but dressed in kilts, fantastic! Their incredibly catchy lyrics..."Alcohol is Free!" is bound to be a big hit on the islands for those all inclusive holiday makers. Hey wait a minute! Maybe Flycasual is singing it right now! 

Zion I - 'Human Being' (2013)

Sometimes, music takes hold of you and gives a "happy slap" - Human Being has done that to me! Every time I've heard it gets my feet tapping, the beat takes over, the synth bass line takes over and it evokes the same feelings of when I heard Q-Tips "Vivrant thing" or Pharrells "frontin'". However, whether or not this a good thing for everyone else remains to be seen. Tune!!

!!! - 'One Girl/One Boy' (2013)

By the time you read this (if anyone does) I shall hopefully be soaking up the sun on a beach in Greece, turquoise water lapping at my feet, feasting on olives and covering myself in Feta cheese. So desperate for sun, my mind is warped and I daydream about the video for Wham's 'Club Tropicana', while my wife is probably dreaming of a Shirley Valentine style romance! Either way we'll be making the most of it as the reliable source that is the Daily Express recently dropped the bombshell that we are heading for another washout summer, Thanks! 'One Girl / One Boy' is the perfect track for sipping cocktails in your speedos and is taken from their new album Thr!!!ler out earlier this month. I've always been a bit of a fan of the NY Disco Punk's style and this track, with it's sunny disposition, reaffirms it, slotting in very nicely on my holiday playlist. 

more musical houmous? check !!! website here...

London Scouser:-
Muse - Panic Station (2013)

Having been a fan of Muse since day dot, I was initially sceptical when they released the Olympic theme toon 'Survival' thinking they had gone mad. After a few listens however I started to get it and now I think it's brilliant.
They are about to release their 5th single from 'The 2nd Law' and it's not been without controversy. The video was filmed in Japan, and at the start they had the Rising Sun flag which caused outrage in Asia, they have subsequently apologised and re-released the video with the current Japanese flag.
The song is more mainstream for me than a lot of their recent tracks but nonetheless I'm loving it and the lyrics had me pulling my hair out as I tried to figure out what it reminded me of...... I since figured it out, can you readers ??? Answers on a postcard to the usual address.... Failing that, please feel free to comment below

Old Pa's Corner:-
Handsome Family - Frogs (2013)

Oh! I always look forward to a Handsome Family Album and this one has been  a bit of a wait. Four years in fact.  I listened through 'Wilderness'  once and two tracks hit me immediately, this one Frogs and the other Glowworm. Frogs just got the hop.

The album is a concept all about animals(indirectly)  and each track is named after a different animal. The idea comes from the dark and often  humorous mind of Rennie Sparks one half of the husband and wife duo that makes up one of my favourite bands over the past 13 years. If you ever get the chance to see them, it is a must. Their in between song banter is like eavesdropping in their front room. Hilarious.

I reckon this is their best album since my album of the year in 2000  'In the Air'

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24 May 2013 at 12:57

SH - Madness
SFW - Sillyness
FC - Funkyness
LS - Bowieness

1 June 2013 at 21:06

SH, Opa bitches! This isn't bad at all! Well maybe not. I didn't get to hear this in Greece, the resort probably didn't want to ruin the punters holiday.

Sfw, unsure at first but this has become my favourite track of the moment. Beat kills it!

LS, I do prefer Muse's rockier moments but this ain't bad. Shades of Thriller?

Old Pa, really good, I love animals and I love the guitar solos. Croak!

14 June 2013 at 20:10

I'm a massive Muse fan and think Panic Station is one of their most addictive songs, the lyrics are so catchy, and the music video is hilarious. Also a fantastic live song. Definitely the best song from The 2nd Law.

18 June 2013 at 13:23

Thanks for the comments Steve, I have to say every song they've released from this album really grows on me. They are fantastic at what they do!

Sfw- this has now got to be one of my tracks of the year! Love love love it! Cheers!
Fly- also up there, makes me feel like dancing!
LS- of course it's got to be MJ's Thriller! Good one!
OP- hmm not sure, I love HF but I like the more punchy ones. Will still give it a go coz it's about animals!