Sunday, 18 May 2014

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 18/05/2014 - Gengahr, Neil Young,The Black Keys,Ringo Deathstarr, Michael Jackson

5 tracks to accompany your BBQ sausage feast this week!

Gengahr - Fill My Gums With Blood (2014)

The sun is out! This infectious track by Londons Gengahr is a perfect partner to the sunshine.  With it's falsetto vocals, funky bass riff and delightful groove, this track is not just a #trackoftheweek - it is already moving into my #tracksoftheyear! Play this when driving and you'll have a smile on your face!

Michael Jackson - 'Love Never Felt So Good' (2014)

Blanket! Blanket...Shamon M@&Hfu&%ay! It has been a spectacularly rough couple of months in my professional life, uncertainty for the immediate future and major changes at work, all coming to a head in the middle of last week. I'm glad to say the worst is over and I can get back to a semblance of normality but it was pretty crap. So crap in fact, that I had stopped listening to music because I just couldn't raise myself enough to enjoy it. So on goes the radio, on the way home from work and this song is on, I've heard it before and I'm so cynical on posthumously released material but this is very good. Timberlake lends a hand here (he's always kind of threatened to carry the MJ mantle) and it just fits in nicely to any of Michael Jackson's classics, particularly when he was good....Off the Wall/Thriller era  and I've always been a fan.....eeehh hheee!

Old Pa's Corner :-
Neil Young - The Needle of Death (2014)

Here is a magnificent sparse take of Bert Jansc's brilliant Needle of Death. It really highlights the impact of the song. This is a great performance and is taken from a new LP called A letter Home which Neil made with the help of Jack White.

It is a Lo-Tech collection of old songs by such artists as Dylan and Springsteen. A must listen to.

Shell Hunter:-
Black Keys - 'Fever' (2014)

Today marks the first day of my 'Latitude Fest Quest' where I will feature bands performing at this years Latitude. Yesterday was the big reveal that the whole TuneDr team will be there together to enjoy it, not just me! The Black Keys will be headlining theSunday night at Latitude and that will be a knockout closing show to the weekend, I'm sure. The bluesy rock duo have just released their 8th album called Turn Blue and with Danger Mouse's production, it's getting some great press. I don't think there has been a Black Keys song released in the last few years that hasn't had me in it's grasp at some point or another, you could say they have 'The Key' to a great riff! 

London Scouser:-
Ringo Deathstarr - 'God's Dream' (2014)

A couple of months back I stumbled across this band and featured a track from 2012. Now I'm pleased to share a new track from their recently released album of the same name. It features a video that reminds me of something that would have come out back in the seventies (and yes I'm old enough to remember then !!) which I think fits perfectly with the chilled out dreamy vocals.

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 18/05/2014 - Gengahr, Neil Young,The Black Keys,Ringo Deathstarr, Michael Jackson
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18 May 2014 at 16:59

5 of 5 for a sunny Sunday afternoon soundtrack in my book!
Sfw- really like this, reminds me of someone else but can't think dammit!
Fly- omg, can't believe I haven't heard this yet! So many Michael Jacksonisms in this song and TJ is just a breath of fresh air from the usual chart crap
Pa- always had a soft spot for him and this does the job as usual
LS- really like this too! Bit of Besnard Lakes perhaps?

19 May 2014 at 07:39

Genghar - good song. Good beat. Breezy. Fill my gums with blood? Huh? Does he have a beard? I bet he has a beard.

MJ - Oh God. Please save us. Sorry to hear about the work crap. Take it easy.

NY - Neil in a booth singing Bert in lo-fi. How could one ask for more? Keep on keeping on, Mr. Young.

Black Keys - after all these years these chaps are beginning to convince me. It's take me along time but at least I got there. Really good.

Ringo Deathstarr - great name. I like elements of this. Stereolab take to Shoegazing?

19 May 2014 at 08:12

Sfw. Wouldn't have guessed these guys were Londoners. The song nails that current 'Americana' sound, albeit with the embellishment of the shuffling drum pattern. I like it.

Flycasual. Sorry to hear about your work woes, but I'm glad the worst is over. I really wish that if a record company are going to release posthumous tunes by any artist, they would do so with minimal tinkering. It sounds like a reasonable 'classic period' MJ tune is in there somewhere.

Old Pa. I first saw this dropped into the middle of the Bert Jansch tribute concert on the BBC a couple of months ago. With all due respect to the other contributors that evening, they might as well have all gone home at that point. An absolutely spine-tingling performance and one of the best things I've heard this year.

Shell Hunter. I must admit that I've never really got the Black Keys. Their tunes have largely gone in one ear and out the other. Until now that is. 6music have been giving the new LP some serious airtime and I'm becoming a bit of a convert.

London Scouser. Drifts along nicely. There's a few things like this about at the moment. We must surely be in for a full-blown Shoegaze revival soon.

31 May 2014 at 11:20

SFW - i really like this...gets even better with repeat hearings
FC - whats not to like!
SH - was going to feature this a few weeks back...looking forward to see them at Latitude....feels good saying that.
LS - this is another grower