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Single Review: Conor Oberst – I don’t want to die (in the hospital)

By on Monday, 3rd November 2008 at 7:33 pm

Conor OberstConor Oberst has always had the knack of causing division amongst his fans. Each one of his albums seems to have a completely different sound showing the talent and variety that Conor can produce. His latest album (bright eyes) has followed route and is nearly unrecognisable to past releases. The tracks on Bright Eyes also show the depth of skill Conor Oberst has and the tune that stands out has to be I don’t want to die (in the hospital).

Conor raves it up big time with this piano driven tune and the high octane tempo is sure to grab the ears attention. The song boasts exceptional lyrics such as “They don’t let you smoke and you can’t get drunk/ all there is to watch are these soap operas,” giving the track a fantastic sense of wit.

The tune is not some people’s cup of tea but its sheer oddness gives the track as well as the album a bit of extra charm. So what kind of thoughts do you need to produce this sort of manic song? When asked what inspired him, Oberst replied with a story of someone he met in a hospital. “This guy didn’t mind the idea of dying, but he just didn’t want to die in such an undignified place (as a hospital). He wanted to be out in the desert, under the stars. He told me if he was ever in a hospital that I should break him out. It’s a jailbreak song.”

The tune has its doubters but Conor Oberst has probably produced something for everyone in his career. Conor has a busy November tour list in America but if you can’t make the venues check out his Myspace.

Top photo comes from massayoshi oota’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.


Single Review: Mercury Rev – Butterfly’s Wings

By on Monday, 3rd November 2008 at 8:37 am

September saw the release of psychedelic New Yorkers, Mercury Rev‘s, new album ‘Snowflake Midnight’. Described by the band as “a set of nine self-luminous and astonishing new songs”, you may understand why I was so intrigued to hear the band’s latest offering, including their latest single release which I shall be reviewing today – ‘Butterfly’s Wings’.

The trance track is truly spell-bounding. The glittering synth and gentle percussion, combined with hypnotic vocals allows the listener to float away to a mellow land, far, far beyond. Ignoring the rather, well, creepy child laughter mid-way through the track, listening to ‘Butterfly’s Wings’, one can understand why the album achieved 5-star ratings all around. So get out your incense sticks, stick on Mercury Rev and relax…. ahhhhhhhhh….

(Mercury Rev are currently on tour around the U.K and Europe, finally finishing in the U.S in December. Tickets are still available should you want to check them out in the flesh!)

Top Photo is taken from vk-red’s flickr stream.


Single Review: Bloc Party / Talons

By on Tuesday, 7th October 2008 at 9:10 pm

You don’t need to be a genius to know that I love Bloc Party with a passion. They’re releasing brand new single Talons in about two weeks time, and frankly, it’s amazing. If you haven’t heard it yet, catch the video below.

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I particularly love the moment at about 2:55… the video matches the song perfectly, and makes this one of the best songs Bloc Party have done – right up there with Positive Tension and Sunday for me – all different, all amazing in their own right.

Bloc Party’s Talons is the second single from their forthcoming new album, Intimacy, and is out on 20th October on Wichita Recordings ahead of Intimacy on 27th October.


CSS – Move

By on Sunday, 28th September 2008 at 8:14 pm

I was never a huge fan of CSS‘ debut album Cansei de Ser Sexy, though in hindsight I think it might just have been because of Lovefoxx’s disgusting catsuits that she seemed to wear at all the festivals last summer, and the overexposure of most of the tracks on Radio 1 and blogs etc.

Now they’re back with their second album, Donkey, and having ditched bassist Iracema Trevisan they’ve gained a bit more consistent sound (well, at least to me anyway…), and got a whole lot tighter and more professional sound. I love it and might actually check out the whole album instead of just lead single “Rat is Dead (Rage)” and this one, Move.

Backwards straight to the dance floor
Will you still be waiting for me?
Will you still be my friend?
I don’t wanna bug you
All these crazy, crazy ideas
For I know this ain’t a good place for us to talk

So, watch and enjoy.


CSS’ “Move” is out on Monday 13th October on Sub Pop


Yoav / January UK Tour

By on Saturday, 22nd December 2007 at 6:08 pm

YoavOkay, so I’ve been slacking a bit on the posting front recently. I know, shocking. But, thankfully very few new tours have been announced in the run up to Christmas. Expect a newly redesigned TGTF come January (if I pull my finger out…)

Anyway, moving on.

One of my hottest tips for 2008, Yoav, has announced his first tour of the new year, seeing him playing some smaller venues around the UK.

His new single, “Beautiful Lie” is this week’s single of the week on iTunes last week, so why not click here and download it for free until Christmas Eve? (That’s in just two days for all you not-so-bright ones out there!)

Yoav plays the following dates in January. Tickets for the Manchester and London dates go on sale next Friday, 4th January, when no doubt you’ll all be nursing huge hangovers and a rather large credit card bill, but he’ll clear up your January blues for you!

Monday 14th January – Brighton The Albert
Tuesday 15th January – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Wednesday 16th January – Glasgow King Tut’s
Saturday 19th January – Lancaster Music Library
Sunday 20th January – Liverpool Korova
Monday 21st January – Manchester Night and Day
Wednesday 23rd January – Oxford Jericho Tavern
Thursday 24th January – London 93 Feet East
Friday 25th January – Nottingham The Bodega Social


Bands to keep a watch out for in the future: #17: Yoav

By on Monday, 3rd December 2007 at 3:04 am

YoavHundreds of new singer/songwriters emerge every year, and only a few will ever get any whiff of success, usually because they’re too bland and just like the others to get people properly excited. However, Yoav seems to be different. Very different.

Born in Israel, raised in South Africa, lived in New York, currently living in London, Yoav has a distinctly unique style – out of the window are the emo love songs typically associated with singer-songwriters, and in are beats, blips and down-tempo post-club comedown tunes. The American market didn’t like his blend of Damien Rice and downtempo Depeche Mode, so he came to London, where, understandably, everyone loves him.

Following in Newton Faulkner’s footsteps of multi-genre bending, Yoav has his first single, “Beautiful Mind” out in the week before Christmas on 18th December. It’s the sort of thing you can imagine Justin Timberlake doing, but just as much Beck, or In Rainbows era Radiohead. It can make you dance or make you chill out. It’s that great. It’s quickly going to ingrain itself in your mind, so wander over to his MySpace and take a listen. You

The album “Charmed & Strange” will be released digitally on the same day, though I don’t know when the old-school CD release will be. Apparently it was recorded real close to where I live in the UK, in Oxford and also in current musical-it city, Montreal. Every note of it is played, teased, tapped and pounded out of his guitar, which is hard to believe going by the few tracks on his myspace.


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