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Benny J



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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, there's a copy of La Cigale on eBay at the moment if anyone's interested (and feeling flush). First one I've seen in a few years.

EDIT: Indulgence no1, too. And Europop 12".
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



This is streaming from their website, which is where I'm listening to it. It's quite good, but it sounds like about 5 other bands I already have. There's little new here, which is a shame.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought more Bowie... It's becoming a slight problem...
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

daniellerix wrote:
I bought more Bowie... It's becoming a slight problem...

Do you have "1.Outside"? I love this one.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, but I think it was 3.95, so I'll probably boogie on down to the shop tomorrow after school. Very Happy

I need to be stopped. Or I need some new shelves...!
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hero's only chance wrote:


This is streaming from their website, which is where I'm listening to it. It's quite good, but it sounds like about 5 other bands I already have. There's little new here, which is a shame.


I quite like this album, although I have to admit I might not have heard the other five bands I like.

I also like Gustaf Spetz album 'Good Night Mr Spetz'. 'Golden Feathers' and 'Hold Me Like You Used To' are kick arse good in my crumbly onion.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Thoroughly enjoying this again at the moment. Saw them live again the other day and I still have the grin to prove it. Wonderful band, wonderful album.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Better watch out Gaz, the swine flu man up here was at the Dove concert in Edinburgh.

*Gets out the hazzard tape and places it round Mr J*
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be some Swine Flu transfer. Random bloke in crowd>>splendid musiciany types called Doves>>half way round country>>Rock City crowd in Nottingham

*cough*
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cocker - Further Complications
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twentington wrote:
I also like Gustaf Spetz album 'Good Night Mr Spetz'. 'Golden Feathers' and 'Hold Me Like You Used To' are kick arse good in my crumbly onion.


Ooh, where did you hear him from? He randomly added me on myspace a while back, and I've been enjoying his songs on there/spotify. Need to listen to him some more to see if I should buy it or not.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

airboy paul wrote:
Twentington wrote:
I also like Gustaf Spetz album 'Good Night Mr Spetz'. 'Golden Feathers' and 'Hold Me Like You Used To' are kick arse good in my crumbly onion.


Ooh, where did you hear him from? He randomly added me on myspace a while back, and I've been enjoying his songs on there/spotify. Need to listen to him some more to see if I should buy it or not.


I heard him through browsing MySpace funnily enough! It's too early in the morning to devise a particularly analytical response to the album, thing that struck me about the album was that I could have sworn I'd heard the songs before, but I hadn't. It's either a very catchy album or he's a plagerist. Anyway I really like it, cheers me up no end and very summery with it.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



and it is bringing back loverly memories of the xfm gig at sound
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



now I need to get my parents to let me near a record player . . .
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twentington wrote:
airboy paul wrote:
Twentington wrote:
I also like Gustaf Spetz album 'Good Night Mr Spetz'. 'Golden Feathers' and 'Hold Me Like You Used To' are kick arse good in my crumbly onion.


Ooh, where did you hear him from? He randomly added me on myspace a while back, and I've been enjoying his songs on there/spotify. Need to listen to him some more to see if I should buy it or not.


I heard him through browsing MySpace funnily enough! It's too early in the morning to devise a particularly analytical response to the album, thing that struck me about the album was that I could have sworn I'd heard the songs before, but I hadn't. It's either a very catchy album or he's a plagerist. Anyway I really like it, cheers me up no end and very summery with it.


Ya, it does sound quite familiar/catchy. I think his voice reminds me of Ben Folds a wee bit.
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Twentington



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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airboy paul wrote:
Ya, it does sound quite familiar/catchy. I think his voice reminds me of Ben Folds a wee bit.


Yeah in places it's very Folds, in particular 'You And Me' which certainly hints at those times that Ben Folds sounds a bit like the Beach Boys. Do hope my point hasn't been lost in that sentence.


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Float with me to distant lands wondrous and fair...
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shazam has tricked me into buying Emo music
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



The man's a poet!
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Au revoir, joie...



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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listening to 'Further Complications' being streamed on the Guardian site.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn.

It ain't easy bein' Bon Jovi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k99h5aikc4g
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The hero's only chance



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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Spotify bug after finding lots of The Magnetic Fields stuff I don't have and haven't heard on it. It's not going to stop me buying CDs though. In fact, it could persuade me to buy even more.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Au revoir, joie... wrote:
Listening to 'Further Complications' being streamed on the Guardian site.


It's not great, is it?
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Au revoir, joie...



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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first track is a bit underwhelming, though I think the final one (not sure what the full name is but it's subtitled 'Discosong') is decent. Some comments on the Guardian site said the production was too stripped down, but that's Albini, innit?
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Benny J wrote:
Oh, there's a copy of La Cigale on eBay at the moment if anyone's interested (and feeling flush). First one I've seen in a few years.



Went for 30 in the end. Is the market for TDC dwindling?
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gaz J wrote:
Benny J wrote:
Oh, there's a copy of La Cigale on eBay at the moment if anyone's interested (and feeling flush). First one I've seen in a few years.



Went for 30 in the end. Is the market for TDC dwindling?


Don't know. I think a few people have been selling lately on account of the recession, so... could be that.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Have been listening to lots of Nirvana lately, so I was really impressed by the debut of JWFF.
Their sound is like Nirvana's In Utero spliced together with Jim Morrison-esque vocals which actually marry really well.

Stand out tracks are Lemon Dropz, Key Changes And Tempo Shunts and Julie Burchill's Notepad

Key Changes... is an obvious nod to Nirvana's Verse Chorus Verse, and is a guitar-fuelled three minutes of adrenaline.

There are also some slower numbers and genre-switching suprises including Daylight Sleeper which fuses orchestral loops with some amzing guitar playing that Nick Harper would be pleased with.

Lyrically JWFF raise the bar to show they aren't just another guitar band (with the exception of Key Changes... which has the vocalist, Jay Dunstall 'narrate' the various musical changes in the song like a machine gun going off)

Looking forward to seeing how they progress and if they'll experiment with other musical styles that shows so much potential in the ten minute instrumental The Sand Became Glass.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hero's only chance wrote:
Au revoir, joie... wrote:
Listening to 'Further Complications' being streamed on the Guardian site.


It's not great, is it?


It's ok, but not great. I'd give it 6 or 7 points out of Ten.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having a musical night here at pip towers and here's one from 1997 that we've been listening to...



Little-known group from Twickenham who I saw three times back in the day!
Still got an old tour T-shirt of theirs somewhere (unless it was given to the charity shop in the great purge of 2001)

Funnily mr pip saw them in the same period that I did, but we were at different venues which we laugh about now.

Part of their live act had the lead singer dance across the stage pretending to be in a shamanic trance... then when the sweeping backing vocals built up to a crescendo in Trees he would jump up and these little firework type things would go off. Probably would look really lame now, but at the time it was quite a spectacle.

Anyhoo, I remember buying this cd at their Guildford gig for the pricely sum of 4:49 and when I got back to my friend's house we played it all through the night.

The songs were quite whimsical with tribal drums and sublime harmonies.
I See Blue and Drift were swirling melodies that were like cinematic scores to National Geographic films, and I like to think that snowshoedisco could've moved into soundtracks. But unfortunately the lead singer went deaf after escaping an avalanche on a snowboarding holiday, and the band called it quits.
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Listening to this with earphones and it's freaking me out - Even though I've heard it a million times before! Skip Divided makes me feel like the characters in Them (Ils); terrified and with strange half-seen figures running' round behind me.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back to 2009 and the last one for the night is ALTernative (#1)...



Heard a track in B&Q and ended up asking at the customer desk what it was!
A kind bloke called Wesley went to the cd player and found out the name of the track and record company. From there I got it off the good old internet.

Back to the cd... Nice electropop with an 80's feel. Great to listen to on a sunny day with it's breezy pop tunes.

So far the standout tracks are Rotation, C3PO's DJ Set, Bletchley Park Bop and Wardenclyffe Waltz .
Their influences seem to be Kraftwerk, Thomas Dolby, the shipping forecast and Dare-era Human League... and this shines through on all of the tracks.

I saw Wesley yesterday, he's now working in Subway as he broke the eject button on the cd player.
Actually now I come to think of it I need to go back to B&Q to get some plants for the bathroom.
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

uncleneil wrote:
The hero's only chance wrote:
Au revoir, joie... wrote:
Listening to 'Further Complications' being streamed on the Guardian site.


It's not great, is it?


It's ok, but not great. I'd give it 6 or 7 points out of Ten.


Sounds about right. I'm leaning closer to 6, as I have no desire to listen to it again, even though a couple of tracks weren't too bad. He's not the same since Pulp. I think he'd be better off going into producing.
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pip wrote:
A kind bloke called Wesley went to the cd player and found out the name of the track and record company. From there I got it off the good old internet.

I saw Wesley yesterday, he's now working in Subway as he broke the eject button on the cd player.
Actually now I come to think of it I need to go back to B&Q to get some plants for the bathroom.


Laughing Laughing Poor Wesley not going well for him is it......although i'm sure its the same guy who got me banned from B&Q....I was just looking around when he asked if i wanted decking ?.....well i got the first punch in & now I'm banned Razz
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hero's only chance wrote:
uncleneil wrote:
The hero's only chance wrote:
Au revoir, joie... wrote:
Listening to 'Further Complications' being streamed on the Guardian site.


It's not great, is it?


It's ok, but not great. I'd give it 6 or 7 points out of Ten.


Sounds about right. I'm leaning closer to 6, as I have no desire to listen to it again, even though a couple of tracks weren't too bad. He's not the same since Pulp. I think he'd be better off going into producing.


yup. A good friend of mine is music journo and gave him 5 points. He told me off for judging das Cocker too mildly Very Happy He's got a point there i'm afraid.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CG wrote:
pip wrote:
A kind bloke called Wesley went to the cd player and found out the name of the track and record company. From there I got it off the good old internet.

I saw Wesley yesterday, he's now working in Subway as he broke the eject button on the cd player.
Actually now I come to think of it I need to go back to B&Q to get some plants for the bathroom.


Laughing Laughing Poor Wesley not going well for him is it......although i'm sure its the same guy who got me banned from B&Q....I was just looking around when he asked if i wanted decking ?.....well i got the first punch in & now I'm banned Razz




(I shouldn't have had a mouthful of tea when I read that- you owe me a new monitor Craig!)
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have ordered



as recommended by Benny J. Listening to it on MySpace at the moment, really really good!
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that a bearded Neil in the flying bath? Laughing

Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pip wrote:
Is that a bearded Neil in the flying bath? Laughing

Wink


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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

frog princess wrote:
Have ordered



as recommended by Benny J. Listening to it on MySpace at the moment, really really good!


Hooray!! I've been listening to it at every opportunity I can get. It's brilliant - definitely contender for album of the year. Is We Don't Have That Kind of Bread on their MySpace? That's a particular favourite right now.
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