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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – We Know Who U R (2012)

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

You can never get too much of Nick Cave. I’ve previously posted a stone cold classic here.

The random number generator on the iPod turned this up the other night and it’s a showstopper.

The most minimal of drum patterns keeps the beat, an understated keyboard motif mutters away in the background and a stately, understated bassline knits the whole thing together. All this enables Mr Cave’s vocals to take centre stage:

And we know who you are
And we know where you live
And we know there’s no need to forgive

Perfect pop music.

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The Afghan Whigs – Algiers (2014)

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment

From Morocco to Algeria …

The Afghan Whigs are one of my favourite bands of all time making great records for 25 years or so (they are still responsible for the definitive reading of Prince’s “When Doves Cry”!)

Taken from their 2014 LP Do To The Beast, “Algiers” is right up there with the best records they’ve ever made. A “Be My Baby” intro, a wall of guitar noise, a pummelling bass, pounding drums and Greg Dulli’s punk/soulman vocals soaring over the top. What’s not to like?

Dream your sins away

Sin your dreams away

The official video and then a stunning live version in the studio at KCRW.

The Chameleons – Intrigue In Tangiers (1985)

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment

From Ethiopia to Morocco (no, really …)

I loved The Chameleons while living in Manchester in 1984-1985. My other half and I saw them live at their home town gig at the Ritz in Manchester around this time and they stood out from most bands of the period with their rare combination of aggression and contemplation.

I’ve previously posted their debut single “In Shreds” here (what a stupendous song that is!)

“Intrigue in Tangiers” is taken from The Chameleons second LP What Does Anything Mean? Basically.

The LP version, the Peel Session and then a spine-tingling live performance from 1984! The somewhat muted reaction of the audience probably a consequence of the track not having been released yet!

 

War On Drugs – Burning (2014)

October 8, 2017 Leave a comment

I was out in the garden the other day tending the lawn (punk rock!) listening to random songs on the iPod (are they still going?), when this came on. Didn’t place it immediately but resolved to get it onto the bestmusicofalltime when I remembered who it was! Not least because War On Drugs are a favourite of my eldest daughter!

Some rather snide commentators moan that War On Drugs sound like Bruce Springsteen and/or New Order and that this track reminds them of Rod Stewart’s “Young Turks” (sounds like a winner!) For me, the melody is redolent of Springsteen’s “Nothing Man” (one of his songs about 9/11 previously posted here) and there is something of Modern English’s “I Melt With You” about the keyboard. As such, what’s not to like?!

Taken from their 2014 LP Lost In The Dream, perfect pop music for the modern age!

The Twilight Singers – Love (2000)

July 26, 2017 Leave a comment

There’s a possibility that I will be seeing the Afghan Whigs in a few weeks and I realised that I needed to catch up with what Greg Dulli has been up to since his extraordinary run of form in the mid to late 1990s!

As such, I’ve filled in the gaps in my Twilight Singers catalogue and, while the quality is not always relentlessly top drawer,  there are enough highlights in there to make me wish I’d heard a few tracks many years ago.

“Love” from the debut Twilight Singers album Twilight As Played By The Twilight Singers is a great example. Mr D weaves his usual verbal magic around a simple but affecting piano motif to create a stone cold classic. Perfect!

At 3:15, I heard you leave

Where did you go?

Were you alone?

 

Waxahatchee – Silver (2017)

June 17, 2017 Leave a comment

There is nothing I don’t like about this record. My favourite two chords; simple relentless driving drums; a classic “less is more” guitar solo, and; Kim Deal-esque vocals.

Indie pop perfection!

In fact this might be the best song The Breeders never recorded.

Found this today trawling through the latest free CD given away with the Uncut magazine. Had listened to it five times within half an hour and now it is elevated to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime! And it’s not properly released for another few weeks!

Sun’s out and summer’s here.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – French Press (2017)

April 28, 2017 Leave a comment

One of the records of the year so far! Classic Australian jangle pop released on the legendary Sub Pop records label. Heard it on a CD sampler from Uncut magazine 45 minutes ago and it qualified immediately to be elevated to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime!

The, ahem, official video and then a live version from the USA!

 

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