Sunday, 25 January 2015

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 25/01/15 - Mustang, Death From Above 1979, Bob Dylan, The Charlatans

Four tracks to warm your knackers...

Shell Hunter:-
The Charlatans - 'Come Home Baby' (2015)

A perfect continuation from my TOTW last week,The Prodigy, Godfathers of the 90s charts, is of course The Charlatans. This is a solid offering and wouldn't be out of place on a Best of. Its got the sort of hook that has you waking up humming the chorus. There's even the nice signature bass line in there, whats not to like?! Their 12th album Modern Nature is out tomorrow and I'm confident there will be a good helping of winners on it. Tim and co had the help of mixing by Craig Silvey who also produced with Arcade Fire and Portishead which should hopefully throw some interesting quirks in the mix too. Believe me, I'm not Tellin' Stories!

Death From Above 1979 - White is Red (2014)
Some songs just get you.  They have the ability to pick you up and are so infectious that you can play them to death.  One such tracks is 'White is Red' by Death From Above 1979.  Its a riff-loaded, foot-stomping masterpiece from the Toronto duo. It features on their album The Physical World, which was released in September 2014.  On evidence of this, it is an album that I must get hold of!

Old Pa's Corner:-
Bob Dylan - Stay with Me (2015)
Well you are either going to just love this or you are going to be the complainer you have always been. Here is a second track from Dylan's new album of Sinatra covers called Shadows in the Night. It will be released in the first week of February. (Just in time for Valentines day)

Rumours of the album were out last April and because it was not released, I immediately thought it would be a bummer. Dylan does not do bummer.

From what I have heard, it is refreshing takes on old standards (no strings). But I am biased and you are entitled to your view too. Utterley fragile, utterley fabulous and as they say in the X-factor, 'You have made it your own!'  Bob!.

Mustang - 'Hang' (2014)

'Hang', no nonsense, shit kicking old school Metal to make your ears bleed but in a good way! A great rock voice, a drummer with good chops and throw in a fairly decent bassist and you have Mustang, a three piece from Durham, formed in 2012 and who are hoping to release their debut album later this year. I actually grew up with the bassist and he was a veritable 'sweaty' (his word not mine) back then and I'm pleased he hasn't lost his combination hair flicks and bass stance. 'Hang' is written as a result of a hit and run in which their friend was knocked off his bike and left for dead. The track is dedicated to the driver who still hasn't been found.

The Northeast's finest, putting the Metal back in Metal. Catch them live and check out their website here....

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK 25/01/15 - Mustang, Death From Above 1979, Bob Dylan, The Charlatans
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25 January 2015 at 13:29

Joint spoils go to The Charlatans and good ol' Bob this week.
Both 'So Oh' and 'Come Home Baby' are great teasers for the album, which I'm really looking forward to.
The live versions of 'Stay With Me' from last year's tour were excellent, as is this - only a week to go!

25 January 2015 at 16:31

Look, you know I'm going to say that Bob beats all else this week. I don't mean that these other track shave nothing for them but Dylan's stands so far above it all that it's just 'beyond'. I will take issue with Old Pa when he says that Dylan doesn't do 'bummer': may I suggest most of 'Under The Red Sky', a fair bit of 'Empire Burlesque' and 75% of 'Down In The Groove'? I say this as a Dylan fanatic. However, there was NO WAY that his tribute to songs already done beautifully by The Voice AKA 'Old Blue Eyes' was ever going to be duff. When Dylan is on form, which he has been since 1997, he transcends nearly everything else and makes most pop and rock sound silly. There - got that off my chest and am willing to concede it's a bit of rant and very arguable. Opinions, eh?

25 January 2015 at 17:03

SB - Fucking brilliant! and you are of course right on with Down on the Groove, Red Sky etc....I just got a bit carried away...But I am still young and enthusiastic...I may be getting older, but I am still so much younger than tomorrow....
Who do you think you are Old Pa...Ol' Blue Eyes!!

26 January 2015 at 16:24

SH, what's with the hair? That's unlikely to set off any new hair trends. You're right that it wouldn't be out of place on a best of compliation. Decent track, nice gospel finish too.

Sfw, another great track, some good moves too. Will give this album a go.

Old pa, what struck me first was how good Bob's voice his. He must have drank castor oil or sumat as it sounds pretty smooth. Should be intresting as I dig me a bit of Frank.

5 February 2015 at 11:31

SH - very solid ideed and after one hearing too, like it a lot!
SFW - this is really good too!
FC - Mustang Rock!