Sunday, 27 October 2013

Dimas III - I won't love you again

I heard this track for the first time the other day, listening to Huey Morgan on his Radio 2 show. Not sure when this was released as I'm finding it a little hard tracking down anything about Mr Garza. Its kind of a cross between Doo -Wop and James Brown Soul??? If that makes any sense???
Well I like it anyway!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

David Allan Coe - Sweet Vibrations

I was driving to work the other day listening to the radio when a song came on, which annoyed the hell out of me, Florida Georgia Line feat Nelly - Cruise. What an absolute pile of sh!t. And then the DJ announced that its been No1 on the US Country Charts for 24 weeks. Why? This is not Country Music, its Pop!!!
So I thought I'd treat you all to a proper bit of Country from David Allan Coe's 1975 4th Album "Once upon a Rhyme.

That's more like it!!!!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

The Vaccines - I Always Knew

I Always Knew was released in the UK in November last year, it was the third single from The Vaccines second studio album, "Come of Age". As with most of the modern music I seem to like it got nowhere in the UK charts, reaching the staggering climbs of No 169!!!!
This track reminds me of the 60's band "The Tornadoes", that twangy Joe Meek sound is just brilliant!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Doors - Touch Me

Today's post is a tribute to the Doors keyboard maestro Ray Manzarek, who died earlier this week. Touch Me was realised late in 1968 and reached the No 3 spot in  the US charts early in '69. For some reason it failed to chart here in the UK??
This is one of my top 5 Doors tracks, honestly I could have picked any track.


Sunday, 28 April 2013

The Black Keys - Little Black Submarines

"Little Black Submarines" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It is the fourth track from their 2011 studio album El Camino and was released as the album's fourth single on October 8, 2012. The song begins as a quiet acoustic ballad before transitioning to a loud, hard rock arrangement in the second half. Critics praised the song and called it one of the highlights from El Camino. The song was a success on rock radio, reaching number two on the Alternative chart in the US and the Alternative Rock and Active Rock charts in Canada. The group filmed a music video with director Danny Clinch at the Springwater Supper Club and Lounge, a dive bar in Nashville, Tennessee. "Little Black Submarines" was certified gold in Canada.
Unfortunately it didn't even make a dent in the UK charts, what's the world coming to??

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Hanni El Khatib - You Rascal You

I heard this track for the first time last week, on an advert for Sky Atlantic, I thought it was The Black Keys?? How wrong was I?

El Khatib is of Palestinian and Filipino descent. He grew up in San Francisco, where he became an avid skateboarder. He performed music on the side while working as creative director at the skateboard fashion label HUF
In 2010 he released two singles on Innovative Leisure, a subsidiary of Stones Throw Records. His debut album, Will the Guns Come Out, was released on September 27, 2011. The album features eight original songs and three covers. His second album will be produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
He describes his songs as being for anyone who has ever been shot or hit by a train. His musical style includes elements of garage rock and blues.
During his live performances, El Khatib is accompanied by drummer Nicky Fleming-Yaryan, a friend from high school, and guitarist / keyboardist Hayden Tobin. They performed at the South by Southwest festival in March 2011, and at Bonnaroo in June 2011. They have opened for Florence and the Machine.
His music has been used in television commercials for Captain Morgan, Nike and Nissan, as well as the HBO series Hung, the Showtime series Californication and the feature film, For a Good Time, Call.... and most recently, for the 2013 Superbowl ad for Audi with his song, "Can’t Win ‘Em All". 

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Tame Impala - Elephant

This track is featuring heavily on TV adverts in the UK at the moment, its a great trip back to the Psychedelic 60's with Lennon-esqe vocals and a great buzzing guitar riff.

"Elephant" was the first track to be released from Tame Impala's second album Lonerism and the video was filmed by artist Yoshi Sodeoka, with live footage provided by The Silentlights.
Frontman Kevin Parker has been reported as saying that the song is not really a song about being a loner, but a song about the bully. He goes on to say "It's the guy who thinks he's great, the jock. Imagine a real reclusive guy who's a bit bitter about this guy who thinks he's great. Which is the opposite vibe of the loner, so it presents him in the worst light."

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Little Green Cars - Harper Lee

This songs been driving me mad for a couple of weeks, I kept hearing it on the radio but could never find out who sang it. Finally found out earlier in the week after speaking to my daughter!!
As far as I know this is their follow up single to "The John Wayne"


"Having wooed stateside crowds with a series of shows through 2012, Dublin five-piece Little Green Cars are ready to charm domestic audiences with their forthcoming debut album, Absolute Zero.

The five-piece - fronted by the duo of Stevie Appleby and Faye O'Rourke - have a fine foundation to build from in the shape of their single The John Wayne. Its dusty percussion and vocal harmonies place it somewhere beside Mumford & Sons and The Maccabees; and, certainly, Little Green Cars possess the potential to emulate these acts' achievements.

Absolute Zero has something of a hit-maker at its helm, too - producer Markus Dravs has previously worked on releases by Arcade Fire, Björk and Coldplay. With the band forming five years ago, some might deem the debut a long time coming; but on the evidence of what's been heard so far, it's clear that a great thing is coming to those who've waited."

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Pulp - Babies

"Babies" was originally released as a single on the Gift record label in 1992, but it failed to chart. A remixed version featured on the album His 'n' Hers and the original single mix on the album Intro. In 1994 "Babies" was re-released on the Sisters EP and reached No 19 in the UK chart.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Haim - Don't Save Me

Recently the winners of the BBC Sound of 2013, Haim were formed in 2006 by sisters Este, Danielle and Alans Haim. They'e been compared with 70s soft-rock legends Fleetwood Mac, however, they like to insist that their influences are a bit more up-to-date, revealing they are big fans of 90s girl groups TLC and Destiny’s Child, but also claim to be fans of Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware and Azealia Banks. Consequently their music sounds a bit like girly folk-rock with a few R&B/hip-hop stylings thrown in for good measure.
So far its reached UK No 32, I don't think it'll get any higher when the chart is full of crap pop and even worse R+B dance dross!
Personally I think they've a very quirky 80's sound, but hey that's me!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Of Monsters and Men - Mountain Sound

Firstly I'd like to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year and thanks for following and commenting on my weird and complex taste in music!!

Of Monsters and Men are a five-piece indie folk/indie pop band from Iceland, formed in 2010. The members are co-singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, co-singer/guitarist Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson,and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson. Try saying them names after a few beers!
 The band won the Músíktilraunir in 2010, an annual battle of the bands competition in Iceland. In 2011, Of Monsters and Men released an EP entitled Into the Woods. The band's debut album My Head Is an Animal (2011), peaked at No. 6 on the US album chart and No 3 here in the UK. Its lead single "Little Talks" was an international success, reaching No 12 in the UK and No 31 in the US, but it did make it the  No1 spot the  US Alternative Songs Chart and in their homeland.
Unfortunately the follow up “Mountain Song only reached UK No 66 and US 106!! I think it’s the better of the two to be honest, but hey that’s me!
I couldn’t find an official video for the song, but I’ve included a live version as well, which is just as good if not better than the studio version.