Monthly Archives: May 2010

Elephants; Strong Arms single

“…or did I dream the situation?”

Barely one month has passed, and I am already jazzed to be writing about Elephants for the second time.  The new single “Strong Arms” was released today via one of my longtime favorites, Alcopop! The extremely-super-unbelievably limited pressing of the new track ran at, if I remember correctly, only 100 copies.  Each comes with homemade packaging and its very own polaroid as the cover art.  I’d be VERY surprised if all 100 haven’t been snagged already, but head on over to the Alcopop! merch page to try to your luck.  The single is also available digitally.  The studio version of “For Laika”  is available for download below. The acoustic version of the song was featured in my previous Elephants post.

Elephants – For Laika

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Andrew Davie, new tracks

“I already know these hands will never be clean.”

Save for Ryan Adams and Paul Westerberg (classic, really), London’s Andrew Davie is far and above my favorite songwriter.  His work with the band Cherbourg, who remain my favorite band to this day despite the fact that they split earlier this year, is nearly flawless.  I’ve waxed poetic about Cherbourg a couple of times on the site – here and here – and I couldn’t give any higher recommendation that you get your hands on a copy of the band’s two EPs.  Since the parting of ways, Andrew has been writing and performing under his own name.  Besides the tracks up on his Myspace page, he just released two via Soundcloud.

“Stronger”

“Old Flame”

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Hot Club de Paris; New EP

“Blue eyes grow ageless.”

The trio from Liverpool have long been one of my favorite bands, and each of every new release is greeted with the same enthusiasm and excitement as the one before.  Moshi Moshi knows exactly what they’re doing.  Hot Club de Paris proudly presents this week’s release of their new EP – The  Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Cluster Band. I first wrote about the band back in 2006 before their debut full-length was released, and followed with a post regarding their sophomore effort Live at Dead Lake. Both come highly recommended.  They even managed to sneak in the 5 tracker entitled With Days Like This As Cheap As Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want To Work, which wasn’t brought to my attention until yesterday.  As the album titles suggest, Hot Club plays an eccentric brand of angular indie rock.  The track below is from the new EP, and the band it touring all over the UK during the entire month of June.

Hot Club de Paris – Free The Pterodactyl 3

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Tellison, MCR Scenewipe

Tellison from MCR Scenewipe on Vimeo.

One of my very favorite songwriters, SH Davidson of Tellison, performing for MCR Scenewipe on the steps of Manchester’s Deaf Institute. I posted Stephen’s track “Bookshelf” awhile back.  It’s one of those songs I could listen to on loop for the rest of my life. The song is called “Tell It To Thebes”, and is as of yet both unrecorded and unreleased.

Additionally, Manchester Scenewipe is a phenemonal website with some really great acoustic sessions with a large number of UK indie bands – highly suggested that you browse through their offerings. It’s on the blogroll as well, for a quick access point at any time.

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Show Preview; Mumford & Sons and the Middle East

I’ve been waiting more than a few weeks to catch a strained neck, squinty eyed view of Marcus Mumford at tomorrow’s sold out Varsity Theater show here in Minneapolis.  Moreover, I am particularly excited about supporting band the Middle East after hearing the aptly titled Recordings of the Middle East EP for the first time this afternoon. The band has been supporting Mumford & Sons throughout the entirety of their current US tour, and continues in part on their own through the month of July. The cut included below, “Lonely”, is an beautifully mellow extended 7 minute jam. Also included is one of my favorites tracks from Mumford’s debut Sigh No More.

Mumford & Sons – Thistle and Weeds
The Middle East – Lonely

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Energy!

“Say what you want.”

In the time since I last posted about about young Glaswegian three-piece Energy! and their new single “Gone Fission”, they were gearing up to release their much anticipated new EP Where the Water Meets the Land.  The five song collection hit shelves late last month and is already becoming staple in my early summer playlists. The title track is included for preview below, but I highly recommend purchasing the whole disc. There’s a great balance between solid, technical songwriting and easily accessible pop/rock hooks.  A Scottish summer tour was just announced, so be sure not to miss if you’re in the area.

Energy! – Where the Water Meets the Land

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Ugly Colors

“And if you’re hating where you are, just look at where I am.”

Portland’s Ugly Colors had been on my radar for a while thanks to a tip from a friend of mine.  Even months before the album came out, I was hearing nothing but just-you-wait’s and you-won’t-even-believe-it’s.  The band’s instrumentation is intensely technical, and the songwriting is remarkably cerebral.  We’re big champions of the band over at The Music, The Message – head on over  to read a review of the new LP Perfect As We Are from the site’s creator Andrew Martin.  Included below is my favorite cut from the album, which came out April 20th courtesy of Mediaskare Records.

Ugly Colors – Idle Hands

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