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March 09, 2007

Nostalgia For The Nineties

I don’t know what it seems to be about 2007. A handful of my favourite bands from the nineties have been reinvigorated to attempt that elusive ‘return to form’ tagline that every band struggles with, after reaching any critical/commercial peak in their career. I’ve already posted new tracks from Idlewild and Ash that suggest a sort of nostalgia for a sound that the band has evolved away from but yearns to resurrect. The Manics are the next on the boat, with new single Your Love Alone Is Not Enough returning that bombast and confidence together with a pared down sound. Is it that as bands get older, their rough edges that might have endeared you to them in the first place have been worn down with sandpaper and (more likely) cleaner-cut production?

A lot of people seem to suggest that, claiming Idlewild’s A Remote Part and Warnings/Promises didn’t ‘rock’ as much so they weren’t on par with earlier releases. Is it just the tunes? the times? or that we can’t have the same emotional contact with a band’s 4th/5th album as opposed to their debut? In general I believe the latter to be the case. I could take someone like the Super Furry Animals, where every album is equally worthy of merit, yet if it came to a favourite album of theirs, I would have to side with Radiator, simply because that’s the one that first hit home. Again, Supergrass -> In It For The Money, same reason.

There’s been plenty of debate about the Modest Mouse album, how it’s trying to be a commercial retread of what they did on Lonesome Crowded West or The Moon and Antarctica. I’ve only heard a handful of songs from those two albums, and a couple off the new record, and I’d have to say that I prefer the new ones I’ve heard. Is that because my entry point was Good News For People Who Love Bad News? Is anyone else following me here?

Then again, there’s an argument that comes up to destroy any sort of discussion, saying that ‘it is as much about the person as it is about the music, so of course opinions are going to differ, noone’s right or wrong’. But that’s a cop out… and where’s the fun in that?


December 07, 2006

New Idlewild Single

Idlewild

After a solo album from Roddy Woomble that showcased the depth to the quieter side of Idlewild’s albums that seemed to be creeping up on the rest of the band’s output in the later releases, Idlewild have released a sharp shock to the system with their latest single, If It Takes You Home. This is short and sweet like the 100 Broken Windows days, and it bodes well for the new album, Make Another World, can’t wait!.

Actually, it’s a free download
And a limited etched 7”


August 17, 2006

Response to the sleep mini–mix: Mat's Sleeping Mix

Follow-up to Mini–mix : Sleep from á la discothèque

Sleepy Commuter

Without wanting to steal some of the thunder from Jim’s excellent Sleep Mini-Mix, it inspired me to create my own, longer version. Whereas Jim made an excellent job of mixing the tracks together seamlessly, I’m rubbish at that kind of thing so I concentrated more on the ordering and making sure that things flowed smoothly from track to track, much like an album ordering… so this is more of a mixtape than a mix :) But enjoy, nevertheless.

Note: If you use the in-browser player, ignore the progress bar – tracks will play one after the other

MP3’s Expired


  1. Radiohead - Go to Sleep [Buy Hail to the Thief]

  2. British Sea Power - To Get to Sleep [Buy Open Season]

  3. Belle and Sebastian - We Are the Sleepyheads [Buy The Life Pursuit]

  4. Hope of the States - 66 Sleepers to Summer [Buy The Lost Riots]

  5. Voxtrot - Fast Asleep [Buy Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Wives]

  6. Idlewild - Let Me Sleep (Next to the Mirror) [Buy 100 Broken Windows]

  7. Something Corporate - As You Sleep [Buy North]

  8. The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight [Buy Give Up]

  9. The Flaming Lips - Sleeping on the Roof [Buy The Soft Bulletin]

  10. Eels - I Need Some Sleep [Buy Shrek 2 OST]

  11. Evanescence - Goodnite [Unreleased]


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