The eighth weekly edition of Spotifriday for your listening pleasure sees big hitters like Blur and Pixies up against the relative minnows of Tiny Masters Of Today and erm...new boys Copy Haho. Get stuck in to a musical feast via the medium of Spotify.
To listen to this week's Spotifriday playlist, click here.
Banjo Or Freakout – 'Eighty-Eight'
Taken from Music Sounds Better With Huw (reviewed here), this slither of psychedelic wonder, which some might say is afrobeat and/or dubstep, whilst others simply file it under Animal Collectivism, is just one reason why Banjo or Freakout is being tipped by them what are painfully hip (the kind who've burnt their No Age t-shirts and consider Liars to be dinosaurs) and the keen-eared late-night Radio1 DJs.
Archive Link: A DiScover interview with Banjo... from 'back in the day'.
The Cribs – 'The Wrong Way To Be'
This week, the giddy indie brothers from Wakefield and their bessie Manc' mate Johnny Marr announced their new album Ignore The Ignorant. Although the band did Tweet that it's not a reaction to the BNP. This track is a clattering reminder of why Marr joined the band, as well as why every sane fan of indie pop and seemingly every decent media pundit in the UK loves them.
Archive Link: Mens Needs, Womens Needs, Whatever features in the DiS Reader Poll 2007
Blur – 'Chemical World / Intermission'
Blur are back, doing secret gigs and everything. This is a reminder of just how a great anthem should sound and just what a fantastic songwriter Damon is. 'Chemical World' is a true Blur classic and it's followed by the kinda oddness that made them seem more eccentric than they probably are.
Battles – 'Fantasy'
Tyondai Braxton from Battles is releasing his fourth solo album. It's called Central Market. For those of you who aren't aware of Braxton's day-job band, Battles, a) where have you been for the last three years and b) listen to this. Palm-muting a-plenty in in 3.5 minutes of robotic guitar-dance music.
Manic Street Preachers – 'Me And Stephen Hawking'
We seem to be developing a habit for epic interviews of late, which is no bad thing. We've had Jason Lytle, Patrick Wolf and now Nicky Wire of The Manics. You can read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. JDB is at his bellowing best here, taken from album-of-the-year-contender Journal For Plague Lovers.
Pixies – 'Subbacultcha'
Pixies played one of those industry type gigs to celebrate the release of their, rather expansive and expensive, box set Minotaur. 'Subbacultcha' is taken from the underrated Trompe Le Monde and sees Joey Santiago appearing to hit his guitar throughout, for that typically discordant sound.
Mclusky – 'Gareth Brown Says'
Future Of The Left's Andy Falkous spoke to DiS the other day, airing his views on people who download illegally, the BNP, racists and the British fascination with American rock bands in one of the best interviews to grace this very site. Before FOTL he was, of course, in Mclusky, who offer up this characteristic two-minute mixture of anger and ambivalence.
Copy Haho – 'You Are My Coal Mine'
Copy Haho, ('Ha' as in 'haha') featured on the new music champion Huw Stephens' compilation CD on Wichita. It seems silly to say it, but they are just another in a long line of brilliant Scottish bands around at the moment. They're also in the school of cracking, melodical Brit guitar-pop, as this demonstrates.
Tiny Masters Of Today – 'Big Bass Drum'
Tiny Masters Of Today are indeed Tiny, and well on their way to becoming masters of...well, tomorrow actually. The teenie-rockers (aged just 14 and 13...) certainly make a bloody good racket. Their parents might describe it as "unholy", but who cares? We reviewed their album Skeletons here.
Dirty Projectors – 'No Intention'
There almost certainly isn't enough hand clapping and fingersnapping in music these days. Dirty Projectors utilise the simple hand clap as well as other customary acts of weird sounds to make 'No Intention' the free-flowing soother that it is. They also announced a European tour earlier this week.
Stricken City – 'Pull The House Down'
Speaking of underused musical devices, the woodblock is up there with the hand clap. Stricken City rock the blocks as well as any as another band on Huw Stephens' compilation.
Gossip – 'Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)'
Single Of The Week. Beth Ditto & Co, though we've given you the Fred Falke remix here as variety is the spice of life. A sparse start, it slowly evolves to a seven-minute crescendo bordering on utterly fabulous.
The Velvet Underground – 'Venus in Furs'
An exhibition, of sorts, which showcases Andy Warhol's screen tests is to get its premiere in Scotland later next month. Lou Reed was there at the New York premiere and was duly impressed. 'Venus In Furs' is possibly the most impossible track to dance to, ever. Give it a go, though.
Staind – 'Outside (Family Values version)'
Monsters of Nu Metal, Staind (there should really be an apostrophe there, no?) played Download Festival last week. We got some pretty cool pictures from Donington Park, including one guy in a Master Chief costume. If you remember well enough - or used to watch Kerrang! TV in 2001 - this featured Fred Durst.
Hundred Reasons – 'I'll Find You'
Speaking of Kerrang TV in 2001, Hundred Reasons are still plodding on. We reviewed their re-released album this week. It has a few extra tracks on it, but that cannot save it from mediocrity. Fortunately for you, 'I'll Find You' is a slice of HR at their very best.
Hole – 'Teenage Whore'
The news broke this week that Courtney Love's new 'solo' album may not be so 'solo' after all. 'Teenage Whore' is a fucking noisy, kicking and screaming mess, perhaps analogous to Ms Love's career itself?
Gold Panda – 'Like Totally'
From the ridiculous to the sublime. Gold Panda's appearance on The Music Sounds Better With Huw is just that. Crackly, lo-fi and serene, kinda like a lo-tech Boards of Canada.
The Cribs – 'Be Safe'
Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth's spoken word appearance on Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever is pretty bleak and backed by signature Cribs riffage. S'cool.
Blur – 'Essex Dogs (Thurston Moore's mix)'
The country has been in full Blur frenzy this past week or so, with secret gigs a go-go. Treat yourself to one of the band's finest moments, remixed by the fair hand of Thurston Moore. 'Essex Dogs' is Blur in 'unconventional noise' mode and is actually about Colchester.
Cilla Black – 'The Long And Winding Road'
Surpriiiiiii-i-i-ise! Macca launched his 'Meat Free Monday' campaign this week. Unfortunately there was only cover versions of karaoke versions of this song on Spotify, so we thought we'd remind you that Cilla Black was MORE than just a TV presenter.
To listen to this week's Spotifriday playlist, click here.