Reveries for the laziest day of the week…
12 July 2020
And here’s third new mediation ‘PEOPLE OF THE SUN’.
“A song that calls to those who seek a deeper understanding of life.
A conscious awakening to the beauty that surrounds us” says the band.
It’s a vocal tour de force sounding like if the Californian harmony legends The Beach
Boys came together again for an a cappella performance. Emotive, tender, and quixotic.
The romantic, positive feel (and the single’s artwork too) brings the romantic 60s hippie sentiments to mind. FIRE IN HER EYES share a hopeful message. Truly important in
these bizarre times we live in.
Enjoy the beach girls here…
Also on Spotify…
FIRE IN HERE EYES: Facebook
12 July 2020
Band: Dream Wife
Who: Three awesomely cool Riot grrrls from London making your heart going boom and your adrenalin going bonkers with a firework melting pot of punk, rock and pop!
Released: 10 July 2020 – second longplayer
The Guardian says: “Dream Wife are a very modern rock band: they sing about queer
love, miscarriage and misogyny; they work with an all-female recording team; and they have
a podcast. And yet the London-based trio’s music recalls lost nights at midweek indie clubs
and Karen O’s fingerless gloves. The follow-up to their self-titled 2018 debut continues to blend 2000s guitar bands with yelping riot grrrl while sounding surprisingly new, stripping back their earlier post-punk atmospherics to bring Icelandic singer Rakel Mjöll’s storytelling to the fore… They career through a wide range of moods – coquettish, horny, craving approval, irony – with
a zeal you rarely hear in other bands. Occasionally those stories can come across as a little juvenile, but where they lack finesse (and, indeed, it’s great to hear a punk band that still
sounds like one, the edges unsmoothed), they make up for in ambition.”
Key phrase: “Power to Dream Wife! They rock your world with punch, panache and passion.”
Singles: So When You Gonna… / Hasta La Vista / Sports!
– SO WHEN YOU GONNA… –
– HASTA LA VISTA –
– SPORTS! –
Stream/buy album here…
DREAM WIFE: Facebook
Memorable festival flashes to heal this summer’s ‘no festivals’ pain…
12 July 2020
Announced as the ‘global jukebox’, the marathon was held simultaneously
at Wembley Stadium in London for 72,000 people, and at John F. Kennedy
Stadium in Philadelphia with a crowd of 89,500. And an audience of 1.9 billion
TV viewers across 150 nations, that’s nearly 40% of the world population!
One of the most memorable performances was by U2.
The Irish rockers – read Bono – stunned Wembley and
the whole wide world with epic renditions of Sunday
Bloody Sunday and Bad. Relive it here…
– BAD –
– SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY –
12 July 2020
NME says: “Now a settled family man, who still parties hard, but parties hardly Skinner’s now doing things on his own terms, rather than bowing to the beck and call of record labels, lawyers and PR companies. As a result, things seem a little less exhausting. Instead of spunking huge budgets on lavish videos, he’s now filming his own on an iPhone, which he also used to mix this on rather than in a flash studio… A duets record by any other name, Skinner’s effortlessly taken the temperature of the best left of centre sounds of 2020, bringing in everyone from Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker to heart-on-sleeve punks IDLES, British rap hero Ms Banks and G-folk originator Hak Baker… This is the sound of The Streets having a whole lot of fun and worrying very little about the consequences… ‘None of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive’ isn’t just a testament to Mike Skinner’s intriguing evolution but also proof of his keen eye for curation. It’s good to have him back – and all of his mates, too.” Score: 4/5.
Singles: Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better / I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him / Falling Down
– CALL MY PHONE THINKING I’M DOING NOTHING BETTER –
(Feat. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker)
– I WISH YOU LOVE YOU AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE HIM –
(Feat. Donae’O and Greentea Peng)
– FALLING DOWN –
THE STREETS: Facebook
12 July 2020
BBC Music said: “Although coming four years after the first summer of punk, Searching For
The Young Soul Rebels by Birmingham eight-piece Dexys Midnight Runners is probably the truest capturing of the movement’s spirit ever released in Britain… Remember, this was a time when soul was seen as something of a delicacy, liked by the northern crowd or females while the boys had their prog or Pistols. When Dexys played songs such as Otis Redding’s Respect in their set, young British audiences had largely never heard of them and thought they were the group’s originals… Although Rowland may have had bigger hits (Too Rye Ay) and made a greater work (1985’s Don’t Stand Me Down), SFTYSR – fierce, raging and passionate – remains one of the greatest debut albums of all time.”
Here’s steamy top single Geno (no 1 hit n the UK)…
11 July 2020
Rolling Stone wrote: “Who will be the next Radiohead? Or the next Verve, or Travis? In England, the answer on everyone’s lips is Coldplay. On its debut album, Parachutes, this youthful quartet resembles each of the above bands. Coldplay make straight-ahead, melodic Brit pop that strives for significance with a capital s, even as it has a hard time shaking its influences — you can also hear the ethereal guitar chime of U2, a bit of Dave Matthews’ breathy folk implosion, even a misting of Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd. More than anyone, however, the ghost of Jeff Buckley lingers here, as the go-anywhere falsetto on songs like “Shiver” demonstrates. Parachutes ultimately rises above its influences to become a work of real transcendence: On songs like the unrepentantly romantic “Yellow,” the band creates a hypnotic slo-mo otherworld where spirit rules supreme. When frontman Chris Martin moans about “skin and bones/Turning to something beautiful,” he could very well be talking about his own band.”
Key phrase: “A gripping emo pop album as harbinger for global success.”
Stellar top track…
11/12 July 2020…
Five firecrackers from the past week to fuel your weekend…
1. ‘Taliban USA’ by JELLO BIAFRA AND GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
A red-hot-blooded metal crackerjack with Biafra doing what he does best, spitting and sneering to ventilate his deep-rooted anger versus the hypocrite USA government.
2. ‘Playing Nero’ – MARK LANEGAN song remixed by IYEARA
Mark Lanegan joined forces with British electro trio IYEARA to remix his
2019 longplayer Somebody’s Knocking. The album will be out on 21 August.
Here’s haunting taster ‘Playing Nero’.
3. ‘Shot A Satellite’ by ERASURE
Vince Clarke (ex-Depeche Mode and Yazoo) and singer Andy Bell dropped a second electro disco banger from their upcoming 18th album called The Neon, out next month.
4. ‘Criss Cross’ by THE ROLLING STONES
Previously unreleased track from the upcoming deluxe edition of 1973 longplayer
Goat Heads Soup. A vintage riff crazy Stones knockout. Never too old to rock’ n’ roll.
Get yer ya-ya‘s here…
5. ‘Valentine’ by TRAVIS
An electrical groove that gets slowly but surely under your skin. Both captivating and moody. Travis still have catching power-pop excitement to offer. LP 10 SONGS out soon.
bTop singles from the past…
11 July 2020
Band: Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Active: since 1980
Single: I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby
B-sides: Table Manners and No Fish Today
Released: 19 April 1982
Score: #4 in the UK and “18 in the US
Album: Tropical Gangsters – third LP
The original clip…
Sexy live version …
KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS: Facebook