Finally got around to post something on this record which will probably just reaffirm what you already know, if not you’re in for a treat.
This Is Happening is the third and final instalment from James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem, completing a glittering tenure that began in 2002. LCD have monopolised music attention over that time but it’s no less than the music deserves. There’s a real feeling of deja vu on this record – touches of Bowie, Iggy Pop, Gary Numan and even some of his own previous tunes; ‘Drunk Girls’ sounds very much like revamped version of ‘North American Scum’. Don’t let this detract from the album, there’s no room for musical snobbery here, after all doesn’t most music owe itself to the past?
The album never really leaves its thuddish synth line tempo while blending styles and genres to create distinctive and substantive electro with a post-punk attitude. All in all a great way to bring the curtain down on this project – can’t wait for the Electric Picnic performance.
Something for the weekend? Look no further than Nouveaunoise who launch their long-awaited debut album Paraphrase Accolade this Friday (July 2) in Academy 2, Dublin. Their lush and infectious electro will get the special full live show experience it deserves
These guys came on the radar with a number of eye-catching support slots with Super Extra Bonus Party in the past. On that evidence and the tunes so far it should be a great night, one not to be missed, hoping to make this one myself finances dependant.
€5 in | Doors @ 10.00pm – Support on the night comes from Bull Munro and Subway Mike.
Looking for a new addition to your summer mixtapes? Look no further than Foamo’s gritty take on the Nas & Damien Marley’s ‘As We Enter’. Unsurprisingly it’s full of Jamaican vibes, old school horns and choppy percussions as the track builds to a frantic climax, if you like Toddla T or Major Lazer you will love this.
There’s been a steady stream of great remixes from Gorillaz fabulous new album Plastic Beach, are we tired of ’em? no chance. This one comes from Labyrinth and features UK rapper Tinie Tempah and some excellent snes-esque blips and beeps, a worthy addition to the growing Gorillaz remix collection.
‘F For Fake’ is taken from Ice Cream Wars EP. Glasgow native B:Tone (AKA Brian Tonner) has made a bit of a rep for himself in his home town for thrilling synthy tunes – expect the same with some climactic of build-ups thrown in for good measure.
Londoners Them:Youth certainly have a knack for getting the blood pumping. Their latest their single ‘Fever Rising’ manages to blend somewhat frantic urgency with plenty of attitude, shout-out-loud choruses and the rhythmic sensibilities of Mod revivalists like The Rifles.
With an album due out in October and an EP to preceed in July (Free from their site), hopefully this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing of these guys.
The trailer for Mr Nice a biopic of International Drug Smuggler Howard Marks based on the best-selling autobiography of the same name has just been made available online. While there are a few caveats with the story (which I can’t be bothered to go into right now) it should make for an exciting and enthralling film and the decision to cast Rhys Ifans in the lead role (he’s probably the only man who could pull it off) adds more expectation.
The Super Furries even paid homage to him writing ‘Hangin’ With Howard Marks’ and used the passport photos from his many aliases on the cover of the very same album Fuzzy Logic, some more background info on Howard Marks.
Pete Quaife the bassist with The Kinks sadly passed away during the week. He was a founding member of one of the greatest and most influential if slightly underrated bands of all time, playing on all of the early Kinks classics, including ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘All Day and All of the Night’ and ‘Waterloo Sunset’.
The Kinks have always been a special band for me, from the early years of hearing old crackley 45s being played by my da to going out and buying the records and CDs myself. Here’s two favorites from one of the great albums The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.