My Gang Recos Of The Week

 
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    • 21. Jul. 2010, 0:35

    Villagers – Becoming A Jackal : Reco of the Week 20 July 2010

    Villagers – Becoming A Jackal : Reco of the Week 20 July 2010

    Track: Becoming a Jackal
    Artist: Villagers
    Album: Becoming a Jackal
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    YouTube, official video

    Becoming a Jackal is the second track from the album of the same name. Its power lies in its lyrics and melody, with subtle nods to 60s folk and indie rock. It's a giant of a song from such a tiny, unassuming man.

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    • 28. Jul. 2010, 18:03

    Jesca Hoop – Murder Of Birds : Reco of the Week 27 July 2010

    Jesca Hoop – Murder Of Birds : Reco of the Week 27 July 2010

    Track: Murder Of Birds [ full stream on MySpace | Spotify ]
    Artist: Jesca Hoop
    Album: Hunting My Dress (2009)
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    Jesca Hoop, belongs to that family of unique female artists who take inspiration from both Kate Bush and Björk. Her contemporaries are diverse, from Lady Gaga to Soap&Skin, taking in Fever Ray and Róisín Murphy along the way; women of ingenuity, high creativity and a strong sense of drama and theatre. Defying general description, their true genre is sui generis. Ladies in a league of their own.

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    • 4. Aug. 2010, 3:03

    Foals – Spanish Sahara : Reco of the Week 3 August 2010

    Foals – Spanish Sahara : Reco of the Week 3 August 2010

    Track: Spanish Sahara
    Artist: Foals
    Album: Total Life Forever (May 2010)
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    My friends have fallen off their chairs. Smelling salts all round, I do apologise. Yes, this week's recommendation really is Foals.

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    • 12. Aug. 2010, 0:13

    Janelle Monáe – Cold War : Reco of the Week 10 Aug 2010

    Janelle Monáe – Cold War : Reco of the Week 10 Aug 2010

    Track: Cold War
    Artist: Janelle Monáe
    Album: The ArchAndroid (July 2010)
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    My recommendation this week is by Janelle Monáe, taken from her debut, The ArchAndroid.

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    • 18. Aug. 2010, 3:09

    Shamantis – J. Biebz - U Smile 800% Slower : Reco of the Week 17 Aug 2010

    Shamantis – J. Biebz - U Smile 800% Slower : Reco of the Week 17 Aug 2010

    Track: U Smile Ambient [ Stream/download Soundcloud ]
    Artist: Shamantis
    Album: To be released later this year
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    This is the sound of 2010. Justin Bieber made not just palatable but downright beautiful. I haven't seen a single comment from anybody saying they didn't like it, and it's all over the internet today, even being picked up by MTV and NPR. A quick Google search for "bieber 800%" brings me over 800,000 results. The track was only 'released' last night.

    The video, at just under ten minutes, is merely an excerpt. The whole piece comes in at around thirty five minutes.

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    • 25. Aug. 2010, 3:00

    Philip Selway – The Ties That Bind Us : Reco of the Week 24 Aug 2010

    Philip Selway – The Ties That Bind Us : Reco of the Week 24 Aug 2010

    Track: The Ties That Bind Us [ Stream till 31 Aug - NPR ]
    Artist: Philip Selway
    Album: Familial (Bella Union, 30 Aug 10)
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    YouTube, audio upload, from 7 Worlds Collide

    It has been difficult to pick a track from this album, so I chose the one that caught my attention and had me humming along, The Ties That Bind Us.

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    • 1. Sep. 2010, 1:51

    Matthew Dear – Little People (Black City) : Reco of the Week 31 Aug 2010

    Matthew Dear – Little People (Black City) : Reco of the Week 31 Aug 2010

    Track: Little People (Black City)
    Artist: Matthew Dear
    Album: Black City
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    One of the tracks that will define the summer of 2010 will be this one from Matthew Dear - Little People (Black City).

    At over nine minutes long, in three sections roughly divided into three minutes each, it is a highlight from a near perfect album.

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    • 8. Sep. 2010, 1:37

    The Besnard Lakes – Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 1+2 : Reco of the Week 07 Sept 2010

    The Besnard Lakes – Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 1+2 : Reco of the Week 07 Sept 2010

    Track: Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 1: The Ocean (1:39)
    and Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent (7:15)
    Artist: The Besnard Lakes
    Album: The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
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    Part 1 is instrumental, barely audible to begin with, slowly rising to swirling echoes of strange sounds and guitars and distant voices, a wall of sound climbing at a grand, measured pace. There is no break and the track moves straight to Part 2.

    The second part is where the song is and where the crunchy guitars take over. It's epic in scale, with layers touching on every level, from dark and light, calm and high drama, heavy drones and blissful heights. All the while, the same measured pace, trudging and grounded, providing further contrast to the lush harmonies and high vocals.

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    • 15. Sep. 2010, 2:46

    Low – Monkey : Reco of the Week 14 Sept 2010

    Low – Monkey : Reco of the Week 14 Sept 2010

    Track: Monkey
    Artist: Low
    Album: The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop 2005)
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    This week's reco is the mighty Monkey by Low which has been covered by Robert Plant on his new album, Band of Joy, out this week. I would have liked to have presented Plant's version but there isn't an accompanying video yet. You can listen to it at a number of places this week, including NPR.

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    • 22. Sep. 2010, 1:44

    Neil Young – Angry World : Reco of the Week 21 Sept 2010

    Neil Young – Angry World : Reco of the Week 21 Sept 2010

    Track: Angry World
    Artist: Neil Young
    Album: Le Noise (28 Sept 2010)
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    Angry world. Got that right. Used to be a Mad World. Now it's an angry one.

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    • 29. Sep. 2010, 1:51

    Deerhunter – Desire Lines : Reco of the Week 28 Sept 2010

    Deerhunter – Desire Lines : Reco of the Week 28 Sept 2010

    Track: Desire Lines
    Artist: Deerhunter
    Album: Halcyon Digest (4AD, 28 Sept 2010)
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    Two albums on NPR impressed me last week. One was Neil Young, which I wrote about, and the other was Halcyon Digest from Deerhunter.

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    • 6. Okt. 2010, 2:14

    Animal Collective - Bluish : Reco of the Week 05 Oct 2010

    Animal Collective - Bluish : Reco of the Week 05 Oct 2010

    Track: Bluish
    Artist: Animal Collective
    Album: Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino, Jan 2009)
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    Also out now is the new video for a track from last year's Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective for the track Bluish. It's blue! It features sparkles and stars and bellydance bras and girls who disappear in bubbles of smoke.

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    • 10. Nov. 2010, 0:57

    Jamie Woon - Wayfaring Stranger (Burial mix) : Reco of the Week 09 Nov 2010

    Jamie Woon - Wayfaring Stranger (Burial mix) : Reco of the Week 09 Nov 2010

    Track: Wayfaring Stranger (Burial mix)
    Artist: Jamie Woon
    Album: Wayfaring Stranger Ep (Live Recordings, Feb 2007) [ We7 | Spotify ]
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    This week's reco is a cover of the old timey classic Wayfaring Stranger, brought to us by Jamie Woon and brought up to date by Burial.

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    • 17. Nov. 2010, 1:17

    Patti Smith Group - Because The Night : Reco of the Week 16 Nov 2010

    Patti Smith Group - Because The Night : Reco of the Week 16 Nov 2010

    Track: Because the Night
    Artist: Patti Smith Group
    Album: Easter (1977) [ We7 | Spotify ]
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    The song of the moment for me most definitely is Bruce Springsteen's Because the Night, available now on the best album never released, The Promise which features 21 previously-unreleased songs from Darkness on the Edge of Town, out today.

    I've written about Bruce Springsteen and the Darkness before, so my reco this week is Patti Smith's version, the one I grew up with and which forms part of the soundtrack of my life.

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    • 24. Nov. 2010, 3:16

    Massive Attack - Atlas Air (Goldsworthy Remix) : Reco of the Week 23 Nov 2010

    Massive Attack - Atlas Air (Goldsworthy Remix) : Reco of the Week 23 Nov 2010

    Track: Atlas Air (Goldsworthy Remix)
    Artist: Massive Attack
    Album: Atlas Air EP (2010) [ We7 ]
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    The track I have chosen is typical but not. It begins dark and gloomy, pausing at scary organ music, then changes direction as it takes off. The remix adds a dance overlay that lifts and brightens the mood.

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    • 1. Dez. 2010, 3:26

    Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend : Reco of the Week 30 Nov 2010

    Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend : Reco of the Week 30 Nov 2010

    Track: Call Your Girlfriend
    Artist: Robyn
    Album: Body Talk (29 Nov 2010) [ We7 | Spotify ]
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    Party season is upon us and what better than pop sensation of the year, Robyn.

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    • 9. Dez. 2010, 0:18

    Glasser - Apply : Reco of the Week 07 Dec 2010

    Glasser - Apply : Reco of the Week 07 Dec 2010

    Track: Apply
    Artist: Glasser
    Album: Ring (Sept 2010) [ We7 | Spotify ]
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    My recommendation this week comes from one of my top 10 artists for the last 3 months, Glasser, and the track Apply, the first track and the highlight of the album.

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    • 22. Dez. 2010, 2:41

    Midlake – Rulers, Ruling All Things : Reco of the Week 21 Dec 2010

    Midlake – Rulers, Ruling All Things : Reco of the Week 21 Dec 2010

    Track: Rulers, Ruling All Things
    Artist: Midlake
    Album: The Courage Of Others (Bella Union 1 Feb 2010) [We7 | Spotify]
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    To mark such a celestial and spiritual occurrence, I have chosen Midlake's Rulers, Ruling All Things, for its majesty and for the line, I stood in awe of the whole creation.

    The track begins in the stars, with high notes and no percussion. Acoustic guitars and distant bells come in followed by soft vocals and harmonies. The chorus lifts off with all the emotion that has been restrained to this point.

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    • 29. Dez. 2010, 3:08

    Martha Wainwright – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year : Reco of the Week 28 Dec 2010

    Martha Wainwright – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year : Reco of the Week 28 Dec 2010

    Track: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year [ Hype Machine ]
    Artist: Martha Wainwright
    Album: The McGarrigle Christmas Hour (Nonesuch Nov 2005) [We7 | Spotify]
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    Video: No video this week, instead, here is a lovely picture...




    We lost Kate at the start of this year, so I would like to end it with something from their annual Christmas concerts, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, performed by her daughter, Martha Wainwright.

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    Happy New Year to you babs!

    You can't go wrong with the McGarrigle/Wainwright clan: Martha, Rufus, Loudon III, and Kate & Anna. [and sorry for posting in the thread instead of the journal...oops]

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    • 5. Jan. 2011, 4:11

    Take That - Eight Letters : Reco of the Week 04 Jan 11

    Take That - Eight Letters : Reco of the Week 04 Jan 11

    Track: Eight Letters
    Artist: Take That
    Album: Progress (Polydor Nov 2010) [We7 | Spotify]
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    The track is charged with emotion, the tone melancholic though the music is rousing. The push/pull makes it one of the standout tracks on the album and my favourite. Coldplay use the same powerful technique for their music. It makes the music sentimental, leaving the listener feeling moved. It also makes the track nostalgic and memorable. Like Coldplay, it is a piano ballad.

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    • 8. Jan. 2011, 1:48

    Twin Shadow - Shooting Holes : Reco of the Week 14 Dec 2010

    Twin Shadow - Shooting Holes : Reco of the Week 14 Dec 2010

    Track: Shooting Holes
    Artist: Twin Shadow
    Album: Forget (4AD 15 Nov 2010) [ We7 | Spotify | Official Site ]
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    Despite trying (not too hard) to keep up with each week's new releases, I managed to miss one of the best debuts of the year. Thank goodness, then, for end-of-year lists. Twin Shadow was selected by The Sunday Times as one the best 10 new artists in their Top 100 Albums of 2010 list.


    (whoops, missed this)

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    • 12. Jan. 2011, 4:06

    Kanye West - Monster : Reco of the Week 11 Jan 11

    Kanye West - Monster : Reco of the Week 11 Jan 11

    Track: Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)
    [ Stereogum stream + free download ]
    Artist: Kanye West
    Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit) (Universal/Island Def Jam Nov 2010) [ We7 | Spotify ]
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    YouTube, Kanye West "Monster" Muppet Remix (Explicit Version)
    Kanye West "Monster" Muppet Remix (Clean Version)



    As the year crunches into gear and this week's new releases establish themselves, I thought I would go with my favourite track from one of the best albums of 2010: Kanye West - Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver).

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    • 19. Jan. 2011, 1:47

    Adele - Someone Like You : Reco of the Week 17 Jan 11

    Adele - Someone Like You : Reco of the Week 17 Jan 11

    Track: Someone Like You
    Artist: Adele
    Album: 21 (XL 24 Jan 2011 (UK) 22 Feb (US)) [ We7 | Spotify ]
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    YouTube, (on 'Later Live with Jools Holland') - Nov 2010

    Someone Like You is devastating. It expands on the break up theme and projects into the future, where Adele imagines she's about 40 and looks up her old boyfriend, who is settled and happy with his family while she's still on her own; and despite that, she imagines herself wishing him well. Unlike '19', which leans towards bitterness, there is a more forgiving and generous tone to '21'. '19' was negative, '21' is positive.

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    • 26. Jan. 2011, 1:20

    Hercules and Love Affair – My House : Reco of the Week 25 Jan 11

    Hercules and Love Affair – My House : Reco of the Week 25 Jan 11

    Track: My House [ Hype Machine ]
    Artist: Hercules and Love Affair
    Album: Blue Songs (Moshi Moshi, 31 Jan 11) [Full stream: The Guardian]
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    I saw this video the day The Guardian posted it on 5th January and ran away, sharpish. I hated it. Good tune, though.

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