Thursday, 24 September 2009

Earl Brutus - The S.A.S. And The Glam That Goes With It

Here's something nuts. You may remember these guys, and if you ever saw them live you'll remember for sure. Their sets were pretty famous for chaos, including smashing up their gear in the first song, stuff like that. Neon signs. Garage forecourt signs. All good stuff.

This is a 1997 single, which captures a bit of the chaos. It's a good track, and I recommend listening to it, as well as seeking out some more. The b-side is surprisingly addictive, despite being (as it sounds) recorded in someone's front room, and then produced in the kitchen. The tunes, though, it's all about the tunes. Enjoy 'e. There's some proper punk ethic going on here, in so many ways. Great.

It's also a very, very late tribute to Nick Sanderson, the singer, who died in June 2008, having lived his dream as a train driver for four years or so.

1. The S.A.S. And The Glam That Goes With It
2. Midland Red


Wednesday, 23 September 2009

R.E.M. - Electrolite

So here's one I'd forgotten all about. Uploaded it a while back, and then didn't end up posting it. All is well, though, and it's here for your enjoyment. From the same ill-advised experimental scanning session as E-Bow The Letter from a little while back, so apologies if you can't really make anything out on the cover.

Anyway, you're only here for the music, and there's some good stuff on here. The single itself is excellent, off New Adventures In HiFi (which I may have mentioned previously as a favourite of mine, REM-wise). I know the b-sides are live tracks, which I'm not usually that into, but these ones are cracking versions of other tunes off the album. The remix is pretty good too, well worth a listen anyway.

1. Electrolite
2. The Wake-Up Bomb [Live] Atlanta
3. Binky The Doormat [Live] Atlanta
4. King Of Comedy (808 State Remix)

Oi! Over here!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Badly Drawn Boy - EP3

Another treat. This time it's an old, old Badly Drawn Boy EP, off 7". I remember being told about this guy back in the day (the late 90s) and how his live shows were pretty weird, and I should look out for these EPs. There were three of them in all, but being a little slow at these things I only got hold of this one. I'm sure if you look hard enough the other two are around...

You know what? It's really good. I've kind of gone off him as he gets more Radio 2-friendly, but I still listen every now and then. However, this EP is great. Track 2 is a 'proper' song, after track 1's experimental-ness, and then tracks 3 and 4 are proper songs over a load of noise. You can't say fairer than that. The guy has an ear for a tune, and I hope you enjoy this. It came out about a year and a half before the first LP.

1. Spooky Driver
2. I Need A Sign
3. Meet On The Horizon
4. Road Movie

Right here, right now.

Palace - Come In / Trudy Dies 7"

Hey hey. It's been a while, eh? Sorry about that. Hope you haven't missed me as much as I've missed y'all. Had a pretty crazy month or so, but things are back to somewhere near normal.

So, by way of an apology for the delay, I have a treat for you. This is more Palace (Will Oldham/Bonnie 'Prince' Billy/Palace Songs/Palace Music/others), and although I said the last Palace Songs post had my favourite of their songs on it, I've changed my mind again. Both tracks off this single are, I think, only on this single (and a collection of b-sides and rarities which came out later), and both are superb. 'Trudy Dies' is just an amazing, amazing song. So sad. I hope you come to love it as much as I do.

Enough rambling - enjoy.

1. Come In
2. Trudy Dies