Archive for May, 2008

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Video: KT Tunstall, “Little Favours”

May 19, 2008

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While the life of this blog has been fairly brief, it has not escaped my attention that both my love of pop music and my fundamental geekiness shine through. Here, therefore, is the new KT Tunstall video, which brilliantly combines them both (together with anorak-clad obsessive fandom, which, um, I’m not going to admit to, okay?)

[via Boing Boing]

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Threesome: Language matters

May 18, 2008

Threesome is a new feature on this blog. As its name suggests, it’s a trio of songs that are related by a common theme (okay, wait, I know that’s not what its name suggests to most of you…). Today’s theme is language, and this post features songs about the Oxford comma, the word ‘underwhelmed’ (which is, in fact, in the OED), and some general linguistic playfulness from UW-Madison via The Box Social.

MP3: Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma (more Vampire Weekend)

MP3: Sloan – Underwhelmed (more Sloan)

MP3: The Box Social – Why Oh Why (more The Box Social)

Previously: The logical outcome of OCD ticket purchasing; Coverage: Vampire Weekend, “Exit Music (for a Film); Neophile: The Box Social

Image: grammar by Flickr user katiekrueger, reposted here under its Creative Commons license.

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The logical outcome of OCD ticket purchasing

May 16, 2008

I’ll freely admit to my obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and their manifestation in my ticket purchasing habits are only further enabled by Tourfilter and my proximity to music venues in Central Square, Cambridge, like TT the Bear’s Place and the Middle East. But I seem to have taken them to their logical extreme when I went to buy Sloan tickets for their June 18th show – check out the numbers in the upper-right corners.

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MP3: Sloan – Who Taught You to Live Like That?

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Listen local: Bishop Allen

May 14, 2008

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Okay, so ‘local’ is stretching it a bit. Bishop Allen are named after the street in Central Square where the founding members lived while at school in Cambridge (and which is half a block from zed equals zee mission control). As seems to be the case for many musical Cantabrigians, the hipster ‘hood down I-95 beckoned, and Bishop Allen relocated to make their quirky, charming indie-pop in Brooklyn. The song below, “Click Click Click Click”, is a wonderfully infectious soundtrack to these late spring/early summer days. Check them out at the Middle East tomorrow (Thursday, May 15); more tourdates here.

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MP3: Bishop Allen – Click Click Click Click

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Best Music Poll Boston: Freezepop, whoo!

May 13, 2008

Longtime zed equals zee fave Freezepop get the recognition they deserve, nabbing Best Act, Best Live Act, and Best Album (for Futurefuturefutureperfect) in the Boston Phoenix’s 2008 Best Music Poll. Archived copy of the print article here [pdf].

MP3: Freezepop – Less Talk More Rokk

Previously: Listen local: Freezepop; Play local: Harmonix; Coverage, Liz Enthusiasm and Gordon Merrick, “Space Age Love Song”

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Neophile: I Am Kloot

May 10, 2008

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How to listen to the new I Am Kloot album, I Am Kloot Play Moolah Rouge:

  1. Wait for a rainy afternoon, so the sky is grey and the drops are pattering against your windows.
  2. Pour yourself a glass of whisky.
  3. Put the CD (or your iPod, or the vinyl, or whatever) on your stereo. Ideally, listen to it on a pair of headphones (not white earbuds; proper headphones that look like earmuffs from the Gernsback continuum).
  4. Lie on the floor of your living room.
  5. Let John Bramwell’s voice wash over you.
  6. Repeat.

Failing that, just listen to I Am Kloot any way you can.

More inducement: From The Independent’s review of I Am Kloot’s April concert in London: “I Am Kloot, formed 10 years ago, offer a little more grit than [The Decemberists], and in their endearing frontman and presiding spirit Johnny Bramwell they boast a songwriter of seemingly effortless grace.”

Above, the video for “Proof” (starring the inimitable Christopher Eccleston).

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MP3: I Am Kloot – Someone Like You

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Coverage: Vampire Weekend, “Exit Music (for a Film)”

May 8, 2008

Guest blogger Scott says:

Yet another example of “literate, geeky bands with overeducated lead singers.” Vampire Weekend isn’t the sort of sound I normally like, but any band that writes a song that starts off “Who gives a fuck about the Oxford comma?” is okay in my book. I have an idea for a project in which I develop a CD of music for each stage and process of a typical audit process [ed: Scott’s day job] that comes entirely out of my blasting “Oxford Comma” into my headphones for most of a week while I dealt with our copyeditors back in February.

So I wanted to include Vampire Weekend on this, but wasn’t aware of any covers that they had done. Fortunately, they made it comparatively easy to find by contributing to a tribute to OK Computer. Radiohead, like Vampire Weekend, is a band that, based on how I generally think of my musical preferences, I shouldn’t (and initially didn’t) like. Given their joint residence in the “music I don’t understand why I like” zone, a Vampire Weekend cover of Radiohead just seems right. Add to that the fact that the original comes from the closing credits to a film that, for all its flaws as Shakespearean theatre, still managed to be a solid cover movie, as it were, and I think this fits in very nicely.

MP3: Vampire Weekend – Exit Music (for a Film) (Radiohead cover)

Vampire Weekend: website myspace emusic

Previously: Coverage: I Hate Kate, “Major Tom”, Coverage: Self, “Ana Ng”, Coverage: The National, “Mansion on the Hill”