Really sad news, such a brilliant singer. Not to mention his huge influence you can see running through so many bands. Wilco, REM & Teenage Fanclub especially. Not long after the loss of Mark Linkous, it really reminds us not to take these wonderful talents for granted.
This sounds tres tres good....
Surprised the Bush Administration didn't go for using this clip on POWs....maybe even they have their humane limits.
Frightened Rabbit in Reading - eeeexcellent! Agreed johnwiddop - mind you, I'd have chosen Keep Yourself Warm - but that would have ruined any chance of airplay. Fingers crossed they get a Mercury nomination tomorrow too.
Oh dear - but look at all these replies, I don't fancy my chances.... Whoever does get it - make sure to go to the FatCat birthday party on the Saturday night. Frightened Rabbit AND The Twilight Sad. All too good!
They were very good live & the singles have been tres bon so far - what could possibly go wrong?............
Well, glad I didn't bother getting a ticket....and very much doubt I'll be watching any BBC coverage. With the exception of KOL & The Verve, I would have had to spend the entire time in the Peel tent to see anything worthwhile! Tcha! Great Escape looks muchos better. And cheaper.
The lengths I will go to for more Twilight Sad tickets....
I saw Vampire Weekend at the Borderline last year, and I thought they were pretty good. I was impressed with the way every note was clean & deliberate, and the rhythms were part of the energy. It is just something a bit different at present, even if we have heard it in the past. I think it is really unfair to judge them as being almost cynical in the construction of their sound. There is something inherently wrong about criticising bands for creating music in styles you would associate with different cultures. I didn't think you needed to present your passport before you were entitled to be enthused enough to make music a particular way.
That said, I can understand that maybe lyrically and the way they present themselves could seem a bit smug - I am sure this will inevitably divide opinion. Personally, I chose to find it endearing....
We'll go and see a who gives a f*** about the comma. Then go and stock them up on some preppy clothes. Two birds with one stone.
Glasvegas...if Daddy's Gone is anything to go by. Vampire Weekend - see past the Preppy NYC thing, they will get you moving your feet without you even realising!
Oh, and one for the high risk - high gain possibilties....The Verve are back. I am hoping for a return to Storm in Heaven/Northern Soul jams...the new tune live sounds promising. Just not Urban Hymns II please!
This is why I love DiS, for every album I am really glad you recognised (esp. The Twilight Sad....and judging by the comments not just me thinking this), there are another couple that I might check out & discover.
I'm off to check out some Panda Bear....
Not sure about this one.
I thought the new songs were better than alright when I got my first listening at the Borderline.
I guess it depends what sort of stuff twiddles your buttons Mr. Dom, if you don't love bang on power-pop genius, fair enough.
Not sure about the half dozen simlar but better bands....I can only think of The Shins that are both similar and as good.
Hey whatever, I bet poor old Rilos get the same shrug of shoulders too dammit.
The fervently enthusiastic toddler
I thought this gig was fantastic. The band played with a real intensity, and the new songs I thought took the best bits of Twin Cinema and upped the quality even more. This review makes the New Pornos sound samey and average. Untrue, they are one of the best bands out there, with killer melodies & wit and all! It is a shame that the bland rises to the top and no-one gets to hear 'Sing me Spanish Techno' on the radio!
I have seen the Little Ones a few times, and also played Sing Song to death...and not once have I thought of a line of comparison with Athlete! I will defend their cheery souls; They just make great sunshine pop music, and play it with ridiculous enthusiasm and big smiles upon faces. No more, no less! How could you be so mean Mr Dom?!!
My favourite so far is Elliott Smith - 'New Moon', even the stuff he left off his main releases was the stuff of pure genius, but maybe that doesn't qualify as it comes from 10 year old sessions. The Decemberists - 'The Crane Wife', also excellent - but was out and about in the US in 2006, but the UK early 2007. Apart from them, Bright Eyes, The Shins, The Little Ones and Kings of Leon have had plenty of time in the stereo. Great debate - I am now going to get the 2nd LCD album thanks to this (not sure why I haven't already!). More great stuff still to come - White Stripes/Spritiualized/Rilo Kiley/Interpol/New Pornographers.... it could be an all round cracking year!
Very cunning eh.... Anyway - another great single from the Queens. They don't really make bad ones. A fantastic version of Christian Brothers too....genius group covers the singer songwriter genius of our time. It don't get better!
It is hard as a fan wanting the cache of Elliott left untouched from the pillaging of his unreleased (it was his decision to be unreleased) archives until dry a la Jeff Buckley, and having a bit more of his genius to listen to. Luckily, these songs are pretty complete, and are a must for any fan. Lets hope those controlling his estate continue to tread this fine line so well in the future.
Re the 1st comment here, I believe a substantial (ish) amount of the sales will be donated to the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund. This was carefully considered by those close to Elliott. I would rather have these final cuts out there with money going to the charity rather than have everyone just taking these demos free of charge (of course, I did do this, but will not hesitate to get the official copy niw it is out!)
Yes! I guess that your spotting this means that you are too! You must be lookng forward to New Moon coming out soon!
I have been to the show at Oxford Zodiac now. No Kate Nash btw. The Little Ones must have been having an off night in London, they were BRILLIANT!!! 10 out of 10. I don't really see The Shins thing, yes they write cheerful melodic pop songs, but there is no overt influence evident. They seemed to get even the most sceptical fans around us smiling and dancing. Thought TATW were pretty good too, at their best moments they were pretty magical. I'd give them a resounding 8!
I am off to see this show on Saturday, weirdly going mainly to see The Little Ones again, never heard but looking forward to Tilly & The Wall, and was hoping never to hear Kate Nash again. So the review has me scratching me head. Sing Song is for me the best collection of songs released this year so far, and they were brilliant at The Dublin Castle. Whereas, I had the 'pleasure' of hearing Kate Nash's put on accent and contrived faff supporting Ben Kweller last year. She was very cute though. Every cloud.....!
I think this is fantastic, as well as owning a proper copy now, the money goes to a very worthy cause. They got it spot on. I am bewildered about the ommission of Amanda Cecilia, which I love best of all the unheard tracks....does anyone know if this is just under a different title in the above listing?
I think he missed the point of music criticism.....was he hoping DiS would say 'well, we'll keep the fact we hate this album under our hats, because let's face it - he is a new artist just starting out after all, leave him alone!'. GD was spot on, the more people warned against buying this cr@ppy record company hyped turd the better. Well Done DiS. Taxi for May.
KOL are fantastic live - but I'm not going to any of those Sh1tty venues! Have they just got that little bit too big now? I saw them at Empress Ballroom last time round & it was the perfect size and style venue for them.
I saw this band at The Dublin Castle last night. They were great, as good live as on record. They were also irrepresibly cheerful and lovely. It is impossible to dislike them! Great single too.