Here’s a little selection of what I’ve been listening to over the past week. It’s a combination of my last.fm plays, online streams and the odd song I’ve heard on the radio. So, in no particular order, let’s have a look. First up is a 50’s/rockabilly girl-folk group called Louise & The Pins, hailing from London. They happen to be rather good friends with Laura Marling, in case you need any extra incentive to check them out. The music consists of simple guitars behind lovely vocal melodies. And they have to be good, as the songs really hinge on the girls getting it right. Luckily, they do. I’m currently trying to get my hands on their first EP, Introducing… The Pins but it seems like the best place to get it is the live shows. Speaking of which, they’ve got a mini-UK tour supporting Laura Marling coming up, as well as a host of festivals in the pipeline. So I’ll be getting down there. In the meantime, here’s a video from St Pancras.
Next we have some very American heavy blues. It’s Jack White’s The Dead Weather. The song below, ‘Treat Me Like Your Mother’ is from the 2009 debut album Horehound, which is seriously good. It’s Black Keys-esque, but heavier. They draw from the same blues-y roots and add some of the Jack White aggression and guitar that makes everything he does so good. It’s an oldie, but it’s also a good ‘un.
Now for another older song. I’ve been listening to Nine Types Of Light and awful lot since it came out last month. Earlier this week I was in a TV On The Radio mood and I looked back to 2004’s Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes and the following song came on. There is little to say about it other than this: it is fucking amazing. From start to finish, this is what music is about.
This next song is pretty odd and may take more than one listen, but I promise it’s worth it. I heard it on 6music the other day, wlthough I can’t remember what show it was one. It is a delightfully glitchy, jerky and electronic song that’s originally by Fancy Mike. He’s a young American beatmaker and producer and he put out the album Sigma Chi Primavera earlier this year (the artwork at the top is the album cover). This remix is by Satanicpornocultshop, a Japanese band who don’t like to be stereotyped as a Japanese band. Anyway, listen and enjoy.
To finish, here’s Jai Paul’s BTSTU. Apparently it came out last year but it completely passed me by (whoops!). Anyhow, it’s doing the rounds again, so it would be rude not to give it a shout. The fact that it happens to be a sweet song is also a good reason to put it up. The heavy, distorted synth that seems to interrupt the quiet verses at the start and then the sax sample at the end all add up to something rather fantastic.