Vaguely delayed by a sudden blast of a social life and yesterday's excellent SeeSound All-Dayer (non-reviewed HERE). Worth the wait though, yeah?
1. Dum Dum Girls - It Only Takes One Night (Sub Pop)
I saw them on the main stage at The 1234 Shoredtich Festival last weekend (non-reviewed HERE), bought their album and haven't really stopped listening to them since. Lovely.
2. Von Haze - Sad Girls (Hippos In Tanks)
Also seen at 1234 Shoreditch Festival (on the Rough Trade stage) were New Yawk's Von Haze, I remember hating them until I suddenly loved them. I've since bought their EP twice (on vinyl first, then I lost access to my deck and had to buy it digitally too, just to listen to it) and their Sad Girls 7' single (£1 from Pure Groove!). This is a corker.
3. Life Without Buildings - The Leanover (Tugboat)
They're very obnoxious, but there's such a wonderful flow and spontaneity to their sound. "The Leanover" is my absolute favourite from them. If I recall, I got into them from a recommendation on the Nosferatu D2 Myspace page, way back in the day. Such a shame this album is out of print.
4. Benjamin Shaw - Starlings Of The Slipstream (Filthy Little Angels)
Benjamin Shaw making worm food out my favourite Pavement song. A wonderful buzzing beast of a tribute. This is available on the free Pavement tribute album from Filthy Little Angels. Benjamin Shaw's EP & T-shirt are available to buy from the Audio Antihero webshop.
5. The Blueprint - Out Of The Black (Copro)
Impassioned hardcore/metal from Karl Middleton's (Earthtone9) supergroup. I've loved this song since I was 17 or so. Dunno if you fancy indie kids will agree though? If anyone actually listened to the 'show', I'd say it might cost me listeners!
6. Nosferatu D2 - A Man At War With Himself (Audio Antihero, sort of)
Non-LP track from our heroes in Nosferatu D2. The fact that this didn't make the album kind of shows just how good they were! You can order their album and T-shirt from the Audio Antihero webshop and you can download a live version of this from our media page where we're giving away a good quality bootleg of them supporting Los Campesinos! and Sky Larkin.
7. Isaac Hayes - Precious, Precious (Stax)
Nice bit of jazzy improv from a debuting Isaac Hayes (well, debuting as a proper solo artist, his musical history goes a lot further back), my favourite soul man . This was right before he peaked and long before he lost it completely. RIP Mr Hayes, your work at Stax will not be forgotten.
8. Tall Ships - Vessels (Big Scary Monsters)
I saw these guys opening for Danananananayroyd at The Lexington recently. They seemed darned impressive and this song was by far the best of the bunch. Days later I owned their EP and their t-shirt and "Vessels" is still a very life affirming journey of a song.
9. JJ72 - Bumble Bee (Lakota)
I don't imagine many people will thank me for this one, but I think the JJ72 *really* nailed it with this one. Beautiful and soul shaking.
10. Fear Of Pop (Featuring William Shatner) - Still In Love (Epic)
Partner piece to Fear of Pop's "In Love" (for my money, genuinely the best song ever written). A lovely way to fade out. Love you Ben Folds, love you Bill Shatner.
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