Blackfield – Christenings
Posted on Dec 30th, 2007 by Alan @ 6:19 pm

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The writing’s on the wall – Times Online

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Cat Alarm Clock
Posted on Dec 27th, 2007 by Alan @ 6:07 pm

Any cat owner will surely relate to this…

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Madame Blavatski Overdrive – MBO
Posted on Dec 23rd, 2007 by Alan @ 6:08 pm

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Madame Blavatski Overdrive beat Radiohead to the punch earlier this year (unfortunately they didn’t get quite the same exposure though!) by offering their latest album as a completely free download (not even a 45p admin fee) with a request to pay them whatever you wanted if you liked it. I’m not convinced of this as a business model for any band that doesn’t already have the fanbase or media profile of Radiohead, but good luck to MBO for giving it a spin – please pass this on to anyone who you think will like them, and also tell them they got there first!

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Visit their website to get hold of their album.

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Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach – Toledo
Posted on Dec 20th, 2007 by Alan @ 6:06 pm

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This is from a little-known album by the duo who most famously collaborated on “She”, which was part of the Notting Hill soundtrack. Crap film apart from the daft Welsh prick that Shug Grant shares a flat with, but a great song. Elvis and Burt had released the “Painted From Memory” album a year or two before the film came out, and it was one of my listening post discoveries. The whole album is of a consistently high standard, but this track stands out for me.

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Porcupine Tree – Heartattack In A Lay By
Posted on Dec 17th, 2007 by Alan @ 4:43 pm

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Jeez, not another Porcupine Tree song? Get over it!

This sounds great in any format, but it’s one that DVD Audio is perfect for. Even if you’ve not got a DVD-A player, it’s worth getting hold of the disc just to hear this in surround sound.

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Katie Price & Peter Andre – A Whole New World
Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 by Alan @ 12:25 pm

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Every music blogger with a pulse seems to be compiling their “best of 2007” list just now. I thought I’d do something similar… the customer review page on Amazon for this album is my favourite webpage of 2007.

I can’t really put it any better than this:

“I threw up continously when listening to this album, it was that brilliant. My body rejected the music because of its sheer awesomeness.”

“Disapointingly the album came to an end and I could move again. I pulled myself to my feet and I realised that my hard bitten, cynical demeanour had disapeared along with my bitter outlook! My ears were bright purple now from the astonishing music that had just ambushed it for the past 30 mins. In fact Im getting them amputated next week, but I dont care. Normally I would be bitter and drink myself silly in a downtown bar, but after hearing that INCREDIBLE album I instead decided to write this review, and apply for a job saving seals and rescuing puppies. Thank you Katie and Peter, you saved me from a life of bitterness and anger.”

It’s for charideee you know.

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Star Wars Trumpet Solo
Posted on Dec 11th, 2007 by Alan @ 9:00 am

Presenting Stacy Hedger, Miss Douglas County Arizona 1993. Her special talent is the trumpet. And Charlie Chaplin dancing.

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Sufjan Stevens – The Dress Looks Nice On You
Posted on Dec 10th, 2007 by Alan @ 10:46 am

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I hadn’t listened to Sufjan Stevens for a wee while – I overdosed on the Illinois and Michigan albums after I first heard of him – but after watching Little Miss Sunshine again the other week (which features Sufjan on the soundtrack) I thought it was about time I put his CDs back near the top of my playlist. Seven Swans is an album that kinda passed me by, I bought all of his back catalogue within the space of about three weeks  and although I liked it on first listen the two albums that start the 50 States project appealed more to me and I never quite got back to Seven Swans.

Seven Swans is a much more laid-back record than those other two, and I can see it standing the test of time better. I hope Sufjan gets round to releasing more music, I’m getting frustrated waiting to see which state is next – I suspect it will be New York, as he has performed a piece about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway recently, and I found an unreleased (I think) track called “Niagara Falls” a while back, which if my O-level geography serves me well is right up at the top of New York state.

There’s no need for any geographical knowledge with Seven Swans though. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

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Herding Cats
Posted on Dec 4th, 2007 by Alan @ 1:00 pm

This never fails to amuse me!

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Porcupine Tree – Every Home Is Wired
Posted on Dec 3rd, 2007 by Alan @ 9:42 am

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Some earlier Porcupine Tree than I normally post… this one is from the 1996 album “Signify”, and for me is one of the first hints of the direction the band were to take after their earlier progressive / space rock sound. The harmonies and layered vocals in this track were to be continued on later albums, which are built more around conventional songs than albums like 1995’s “The Sky Moves Sideways” for instance. The lyrical theme of “Every Home Is Wired” is one that they’ve returned to also, in particular the lines “Modem load and failsafe; electric teenage dust; hit the solvent keypad; start the neural rust” would not be out of place on their latest record “Fear of a Blank Planet”.

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