The Long Wives-Dark Horse.

18 11 2012

“He rides a dark horse. Crosses burned in its sides. He rides hooded in the dead of night.”

My love for Brandy’s voice is on a scale that not even I can comprehend. I seem to listen to a few of her songs a day. There is something about her voice and her dark lyrics that bring comfort. Her voice is just utterly perfect. You always find a singer don’t you, that just does something to your soul. Something that you cannot explain. Yet when you try to explain, words fail you. I guess all you can do is share the music in the hopes someone else understands and falls for the music too. In an ideal world, this would happen. Maybe it still can.

Brandy’s been working with Yeah Yeah Yeahs on her debut single, Dark Horse. It is produced by Nick Zinner and Karen O. Brian Chase plays drums, and Nick unleashes his guitar (slide and acoustic) and keyboard skills on this haunting song. You do get a Yeah Yeah Yeahs feel throughout the song, mainly songs such as Warrior and Sweets; the darker songs by Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Dark Horse is pure and open. It is the kind of song that you simply must have on repeat (I’ve done so over the past hour, I can’t listen to anything else just yet.) Brandy’s voice sounds as eerie and as divine as ever. It really does annoy me that someone with this amount of talent, how someone so gifted isn’t huge you know? We give out free passes to those who make arses of themselves on reality shows, yet those with such talent are overlooked. It’s wrong. So bloody wrong. This could turn into a rant, so I’ll stop.

Brandy’s words are poems of the soul. Her words are like a cleansing of the soul. When you listen to her, you feel purer. You feel as if you have erased all past sins and you can live again. Her songs feel like you are being redeemed. That although you feel like a terrible person stuck in a dark place, you are probably more alive than most. To be in touch with the side of life that most shun takes strength and courage. You’ll find strength and courage in a song by The Long Wives.

Brandy makes music that gives you hope that out there, someone is still making music with heart and soul. This is music for the soul. This is music that acts like a confession. A step towards a cure for what troubles you.

You can listen to the single here : http://thelongwives.bandcamp.com/album/dark-horse-la-vengenista-single and is available to download and ALL sales of the single go towards Hurricane Sandy Relief. Get yourself a copy. Make a mix CD for someone, and stick this song on it. Tell everyone and anyone about The Long Wives, they just need to know.

I could quite happily sit here and write an essay on Dark Horse, but it’s one of those songs that requires nothing but your attention because words aren’t good enough; they quite simply won’t do it justice.





Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

4 09 2011

In 2003 something amazing happened. A sound emerged that made you think, “BLOODY HELL I’M BACK IN THE 70s WITH THE STOOGES AND RAMONES!” Well, I don’t know how you felt but its how I felt. I felt like my generation had its turn to experience something so raw and unapologetic. A sound that just sparked you up inside. This sound is labelled as awfully as “indie” to the disgustingly pretentious “art-rock.” Shove your labels, they are not needed here. Its music not food product.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs blew me away with the first listen. I remember when I first heard Date With The Night, and it had this mental pogo feel to it. It felt like you could just lose your mind to this band. Just give up and give in to the trio. Brian, Nick and Karen have this presence that lures you in.

When I saw the video to Maps, I couldn’t move. I was just stuck staring at Karen O, she cried and I cried too. Quite possibly Spike Jonze’s finest work? Possibly so. Maps is fragile and beyond vulnerable. It is a heart-breaking love song at best; there has never been a song like it. I’m sure we all have someone we think of when listening to it. It is so powerful, you don’t want to listen to it because it tears you up inside. Yet deep down, you know you cannot deny how amazing the song is. Only a fool would. Only a fool would fail to see how remarkable this New York trio are.

Fever To Tell is regarded by so many to be one of the great albums of the past decade and one of the best debut albums ever, must be something in the New York City water I reckon. Fever To Tell is made up of short, powerful songs- just like the Ramones. Yeah Yeah Yeahs have this brutal sound. Karen O sings like she is smiling through every word, even if it is as hurtful as Maps.

Songs like Pin and Black Tongue are highly energetic and just wild. That is the sound of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but then you have songs like Maps and Modern Romance that just haunt you in a gentle kind of way. The way Karen sings, “Don’t hold on. Go, get strong.” just stays with you. She sings it in a way that just steals your heart forever.

Initially I wanted to write about how important Fever To Tell is, but the thing is dear reader, every album they’ve put out is important. Each album is highly influential in different ways compared to the previous release.

Show Your Bones wasn’t as lively as Fever To Tell, but it still had that Punk feel to it. As does It’s Blitz! It just must be a New York thing.

The way the Nick’s guitar grips you on Gold Lion is exactly how he gripped you on Maps. His guitar playing takes you to places you didn’t imagine you could go. Brian’s drumming excites you to the bones. As for Karen’s voice, well it’s as dominant as ever.

My favourite track off Show Your Bones is The Sweets. I love how sad it is. Some may regard it as the newer version of Maps, I entirely disagree. There’s only one Maps. They’ve never made a replica of any of their songs. Yes, The Sweets is equally as heart-breaking as Maps, but it just takes you to a different place. To be honest, I think The Sweets is my favourite song by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Everything about is so innocent and raw- the pain in Karen’s voice is so raw. The disappointment that comes through just shatters you. How can someone feel like this? It’s hurtful but comforting.

I could write thousands of words as to why I love The Sweets, but I honestly don’t think I’d get my point across the way I want to.

When Zero (first track to be released off It’s Blitz!) I got that feeling that I had when I first heard the band in 2003. That hyperactive and energetic feel was back. Again, no song is a replica of what they had done before. Each album they’ve put out has had a 3 year break in between; will they put something out in next if this is how they work? I don’t know, I can only hope.

Karen’s voice on the album is as erotic as ever. I don’t mean it in a seedy strip-club or free before midnight Freeview porn kind of way. I mean it in a classy, euphoric way. I’m fully aware me describing her voice like this is very weird, but anyone who’s properly listened to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs knows exactly what I mean. I’ll stop before I make myself out to be even more odd than usual. Let’s digress shall we?

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are one of the most important bands to have existed and without them- we’d probably be lost. Their sound is something that nobody has ever done before and nobody has ever seemed to have tried to emulate. You cannot mess with perfection now, can you? The energy that the band has is enough to inspire you to go out and start your own movement.

Karen O is quite simply one the most enigmatic and hypnotising front-women since Siouxsie Sioux. The way she moves on stage to how she sounds on record just enthrals you, you cannot deny how captivating she is.

She’s more than just a fascinating front-woman, but she is easily a fashion icon. Her clothes (that leather jacket in Zero is beyond stylish) and her hair styles have influenced the way the average woman dresses to what designers create.

This group are influential in so many ways. They provide the soundtrack to your heartbreak and to your nights out. They’re just everything to me, and then some. They justify my love for most music that comes from New York City. A new album is much needed, but if we have to wait a bit longer then so be it. As always, it will be worth the wait.





Yeah Yeah Yeahs-NEW VIDEO!!!!

26 01 2010

Pretty sure the term for this is….”FRIGGIN’ HELL THIS IS AMAZING!!!!” or something similar. I’m supposed to be packing up my stuff and whatnot because I’m leaving on Thursday. But, I’ve once again, distracted myself with some beautiful music!

So, here’s the new video by Yeah Yeah Yeahs : Skeletons.





Songs Of 2009.

28 12 2009

Okay so I’ve done albums of the year, now I’m going to attempt doing the songs of the year. I’ll edit this at least 10 times before being content with my choices. No order, until the last 3…as usual!

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool-Dance The Way I Feel. I firmly believe that this song can make the most miserable person feel happy listening to this. They are a friggin’ brilliant live band and I hope next year sees them becoming massive.

Frankmusik-Better Off As Two. Best friend got me into Frankmusik. I love this song.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Zero. The video alone was good. I want Karen O’s jacket from this video. I think a sense of power or something would come from wearing it.

Ellie Goulding-Under The Sheets. She’ll be big next year, by rights.

Marina & The Diamonds-I Am Not A Robot. The lyrics tug at your heartstrongs and make you think it’s all going to be okay because let’s face it, it always is 🙂

La Roux-I’m Not Your Toy. I could’ve gone for Bulletproof, but I didn’t. I prefer this song to what’s been released so far. BUT, Quicksand will ALWAYS be a personal favourite.

Norah Jones-Chasing Pirates. I’m pretty much in love with her new album.

Lightspeed Champion-Marlene. I know this out next year but the video is already out so….fuck it! Besides, his new album will probably be one of the best albums out next year.

Girls-Lust For Life. I was very happy that this wasn’t an Iggy Pop cover. Nobody should cover Iggy Pop. EVER.

Camera Obscura-French Navy. Goosebumps everywhere when I first heard this. Still happens now.

Golden Silvers-True Romance.  A band that I’m so glad I saw live. This song has some good memories tied to it. The main one being seeing them support Florence, and Florence touching my shoulder saying “excuse me” to get past and dancing in front of me and my best mate to this.

The Saturdays-Forever Is Over. This has “FUCK YOU” written all over it, which is probably why I love it.

Lady GaGa-Bad Romance- RA RA AH AH…You know how it goes. I love this an unhealthy amount (some would say..I disagree) The reference to Hitchcock’s films and the video just make it even more amazing than it already is.

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys-Empire State Of Mind. Two of my favourite artists on the same record. Musical heaven. Reasonable Doubt will always be my favourite Jay album but this reminds me why I love him.

The Dead Weather-Treat Me Like Your Mother. The video is amazing and I love Alison. No more needs to be said really.

Julian Casablancas-11th Dimension. This was enough to make me forget that The Strokes haven’t put an album out since 2005.

Florence + The Machine- You’ve Got The Love. Seeing a few thousand people around you sing along to every word is probably the best thing I’ve seen this year. My favourite cover EVER.

Metric-Help I’m Alive. I hate the word epic but that’s the only word to use to describe this song.

The Raveonettes-Last Dance. Sweet, cute, perfect.

Spinnerette-Baptized By Fire. The lyrics alone are pretty friggin’ cool. I love Brody, who doesn’t?!

Bat For Lashes-Daniel. Natasha Khan possess one of the best voices in the world right now.

Bloc Party-One More Chance. Sounds like a 90s dance track and it’s Bloc Party. Perfect.

thecocknbullkid-I’m Not Sorry. This may have come out last year? But whatever, I still love it. Album next year. ‘BOUT TIME!

The Horrors-Sea Within A Sea. 7 minutes of musical genius. I remember waiting for the countdown to end on thier website and seeing this.

Doll & The Kicks-You Turn Up. Love this band to pieces and I think they need to be signed. NOW. Lovely people and amazing live.

The Chapman Family- Virgins. Kingsley Chapman is lovely. The Chapman Family also need to be signed ASAP.

White Lies-To Lose My Life. So dark and haunting.

TOP 5!!!

Fever Ray-If I Had A Heart. Strange and beautiful.

Morrissey- I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris. Anything Moz does is genius, but this is easily my favourite single of his in a long time. The lyrics speak to me and probably most of Moz’s fans. It just reinforces our unconditional love for him.

The xx- Crystalised. Favourite new band of the year. Awesome live. The album is brilliant from start to finish.

Florence + The Machine- Dog Days Are Over. Pretty much the same as what I said about You’ve Got The Love. I love the video to this. Makes me want to run through a forest in a tux. I won’t though.

Florence + The Machine-Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up). I remember where I was when I first heard this and I remember crying because..it just like, hit me in the gut. Right in the gut and I got this feeling of “shit…everything is pretty fucked up right now but I’m going to be fine.” Lo and behold I am! Morbid story aside, this song is just brilliant. The live version of this with Isabella doing the 90s balaric keyboard solo makes me weak and fucking happy. You need to physically see it to understand. I don’t need to go into detail about the importance of this song to me. If I was writing about album tracks too, I’d put Blinding, Howl and Cosmic Love in the list.





Albums of 2009.

26 12 2009

I’ve battled with pen, paper, keyboards and my own choices doing this list. So, I’ve decided to not make a list. I am simply going to tell you what my favourite albums of this year are. Then, I shall tell you what my top 3 are because they are the only 3 I can’t change..not that I’d want to.

I’m basically doing this because I am an indecisive bugger when it comes to this and not making an official “Top 10” list or whatever was just pissing me off. It makes sense. Here we go.

Remember..in no particular order (apart from the last 3 I mention!)

Golden Silvers-True Romance.- A band I enjoyed seeing live and made my dull summer a bit exciting.

Doll & The Kicks- Self titled, bloody brilliant album. Next year, I hope, sees them getting signed. It is a bloody horror, a shambles! that they are not signed. They’ve been supporting Morrissey for ages. SOMEONE SIGN THEM.

Bob Dylan-Togther Through Life. I just love Bob. Simple as. One of my heroes.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-It’s Blitz! This band will NEVER make a shitty album. I know a lot of people were like “IT’S NOT LIKE FEVER TO TELL!!” Well, obviously because that’s Fever To Tell-the debut..and this is their 3rd album. Clearly they are not going to make the same album over and over. That’d be boring. And we all know that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are far from boring.

New York Dolls- ‘Cuz I Said So. Legendary band showing these new bands how it’s done!

Girls-Album.  Amazing album. Amazing band. Sounds a bit 60s ish, which is never a bad thing. No fillers, just a brilliant album.

The Raveonettes- In And Out Of Control.  Same as the album by Girls. Stunning album.

Comanechi-Crime Of Love. First saw them support Gossip in 2006, been in love ever since. Seemed like forever waiting for this album, worth the wait. Means I can stop playing the EP to death now!

Gossip-Music For Men. This band mean a hell of a lot to me, it’s not my favourite album by them but I still love it enough to say it’s one of the best this year.

Jack Penate-Everything Is New. For some strange reason Jack Penate makes me want to runaway to Brighton. I don’t know what it is. Every time I listen to him, I just want to get on a train and go to Brighton. It makes no sense, I know. Bloody good album though!

Norah Jones-The Fall. Her previous albums didn’t do anything for me. But, The Fall left me in awe. A beautiful album from start to finish.

White Lies- To Lose My Life. Dark, haunting…two things which I love in music (I’m not a miserablew person though)

Bat For Lashes-Two Suns. Natasha Khan could sing me the phonebook and I’d still find it captivating and enough to reduce me to tears.

Julian Casablancas-Phrazes For The Young. This album was good enough for me to be okay with The Strokes not putting an album out this year..or last year…or the year before that. It’s THAT good.

The Dead Weather-Horehound. A sexy album. I hate myself for that statement but bloody hell it is true. Alison Mosshart’s voice can make the strongest person weak. This is what happens when genius’ come together.

Metric-Fantasies. I interviewed Emily and Jimmy from the band. Lovely people. This album got me through some crap. Magnificent album. Worth waiting for.

Morrissey-Swords. Ahhh..an album full of wonderful B-Sides. THANK YOU MOZZA!

Morrissey- Years Of Refusal. I love the artwork and title. I love Moz. It’s Morrissey. I don’t need to explain why I’ve mentioned him.

Camera Obscura-My Maudlin Career. Most underrated band of 2009. Fabulous live. Beautiful, heart-wrenching album.

La Roux. Flawless live. Amazing on record. Cover My Eyes breaks my heart every time. I’ll always remember being at the Brum gig in November when they played Cover My Eyes..and me and my best friend hugging each other. The song kills us both. But somehow, seeing it live wasn’t as bad as hearing it on record. Elly Jackson is beautiful. La Roux got the 80s sound right and made it seem effortless and not tacky. Unlike some bands who try too hard.

The Horrors-Primary Colours.  Proving that the second album can outshine the debut. This album sounded nothing like Strange House. Strange House was an excellent debut and Primary Colours, for me, is just as good.Maybe better. The Horrors gained more fans with this album and it’s easy to see why.

TOP 3…THE ACTUAL LIST THAT I WON’T CHANGE!

3. Fever Ray- Fever Ray. Odd and fucking good (sorry for the swearing but I had to.) This album left me in awe. I lay on my bedroom floor listening to this when I got it. There was no other way of doing it to be honest. It sent me some place else. I love it when music does this.

2. The XX-xx. Favourite new band of 2009. I remember hearing their cover of Aaliyah’s Hot Like Fire. Anyone who knows me knows how much of an Aaliyah fan I am and have been since 1995. This is a cover that I adored and from then on..my love grew and grew. When I heard they were supporting Florence + The Machine I felt like my birthday had come early. The vocals, the lyrics, the music..everything. Just everything about this album made me happy. The first track, Intro is simple yet you can take what you want from it. I hope 2010 sees more people seeing how wonderful this band is. Which leads me onto…….

1. Florence + The Machine-Lungs.  You knew it would be my number 1. It’s been my favourite album since it came out. I’ve played it every day since it came out. I’ve got a singed copy, a copy on vinyl and the deluxe edition. This year started a bit wanky for me and I’d been using certain songs to deal with it all. I read that this album deals with Flo’s split with her boyfriend, I suppose that’s why this album was a crutch to me. It pretty much changed how I felt about things around me and people around me. It gave me strength and guts. I remember watching a clip back in 2007 with Flo and Dev Hynes singing in his flat and just being in awe with Florence. Seeing her go from unsigned, playing small venues to winning awards and putting out an album like Lungs makes me feel like a proud parent. I know it sounds a bit obsessive fan ish. But we’ve all had that one singer/band that means the world to us and makes us laugh,cry,smile,dance,sing and what not. Me and my best friend met her in September. Meeting Flo with my best friend is quite possibly one of the greatest things ever. The photo of us 3 together is the most special and important thing to me. I look at it and it just makes me happy. I can’t really put it into words how much Lungs means to me, so I’ll stop. There are so many reasons why this album is my favourite album of this year. The main one being it stopped me from going a bit mental and helped me accepted the changes around me. Adjusting to become a better person. Blinding helped me let go of everything that no longer mattered. So thank you Florence Welch.

(I’ll do another post about singles and stuff later)

xxxx





Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Heads Will Roll.

29 05 2009

I like it when bands release tracks I love off their albums as a single! Probably one of the best singles they’ve put out/songs they’ve recorded.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Heads Will Roll(Video).





Florence Does A Cover!

12 05 2009

I know, I know I should get some credit for writing about Florence 😉

Anyway, just found a clip of Florence covering one of the best love songs..well, one of the best songs ever. It’s Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. If part of you doesn’t feel the need to cry- then you are made of stone!

Florence And The Machine- Maps (YYYs Cover).