All entries for Thursday 17 August 2006
August 17, 2006
I’m always a bit excited to hear a band for the first time, particularly one that I haven’t heard before. It’s perfectly normal to see me sitting at work with my Last.fm reccommendations radio on with the setting down to as non-mainstream as possible. Equally, when someone reccommends a band to me, I’m a little wary – sometimes you can find some real stinkers who people love – which doesn’t mean that I’m right, I’m just very picky in my taste of rock pop.
I received an email the other day telling me about the small artist Clocks, who I’d seen mentioned on another Warwick blog, and after a listen to a few of the songs that I’d been sent, I found them to be rather good. Unpolished, perhaps, but still very good and enjoyable, and – I quote from their MySpace – they have done a very good job combining “harmonies and perfect pop songs” into something dishy. Pop rock in the vein of The Coral is always welcome…
Clocks, who began life as The Rumours, got noticed when they were scheduled to play a gig in Leicester Square on the 8th of July last year. After the events of 7/7 in London, they were given a last minute gig in Camden which got them a lot of attention – and they have moved from strength to strength since. Their first single, “That Much Better” (see video below) was released this Monday through Hungry Kids Records, and we all love independent music, don’t we children? You can find a limited 1000-copy download available from Hungry Kid or try and find the limited release (100) of the single on vinyl. There’s one on Amazon right now… Go! Go! And watch(?) out for them on Radio 2 this Saturday, apparantly.
Here is the video to Clocks debut single, That Much Better, by Minivegas.co.uk
(Under the band’s previous guise as The Rumours)
Clocks – Call On Me MP3 Expired
Clocks – Down To An Art MP3 Expired
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
- Radiohead - Go to Sleep [Buy Hail to the Thief]
- British Sea Power - To Get to Sleep [Buy Open Season]
- Belle and Sebastian - We Are the Sleepyheads [Buy The Life Pursuit]
- Hope of the States - 66 Sleepers to Summer [Buy The Lost Riots]
- Voxtrot - Fast Asleep [Buy Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Wives]
- Idlewild - Let Me Sleep (Next to the Mirror) [Buy 100 Broken Windows]
- Something Corporate - As You Sleep [Buy North]
- The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight [Buy Give Up]
- The Flaming Lips - Sleeping on the Roof [Buy The Soft Bulletin]
- Eels - I Need Some Sleep [Buy Shrek 2 OST]
- Evanescence - Goodnite [Unreleased]
We all love a little sleep don’t we?
Here’s another mini-mix dedicated to those days where you’d just love to stay in bed five more minutes…I decided to have a go at making a little seamless mix, I’ll upload the separate files in a day or two. I don’t think I’m ready to handle more than five songs in a row…I think I’ve just about managed with this. Post about your own sleepy soundtracks!
I’m Only Sleeping – MP3 Expired (a la discotheque Mini-Mixtape)
1. The Vines – I’m Only Sleeping (The Beatles cover) [buy I Am Sam soundtrack]
2. Coldplay – Sleeping Sun [buy Talk single]
3. The Postal Service – Sleeping In [buy Give Up]
4. Stars – Sleep Tonight [buy Set Yourself On Fire]
5. LCD Soundsystem – Never As Tired As When I’m Waking Up [buy LCD Soundsystem]
Following on from the unintentional plagarism post, what do you reckon the odds are that James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem really was intentionally completely ripping off The Beatles with the solo that ends this mix?