Posts Tagged ‘arab strap’


First two Arab Strap albums to be reissued

July 14, 2010

Arab Strap’s first two albums, 1996’s The Week Never Starts Around Here and 1998’s Philophobia, get the deluxe reissue treatment courtesy of label Chemikal Underground. Both are being released as double-CDs, with the original album backed with a contemporary Peel Session and a live set (their first show for Week Never Starts and a 1998 T in the Park appearance for Philophobia).

Street date is August 17th. I suggest that you load up on sunshine, hugs, and possibly antidepressants before buying.

MP3: Arab Strap – The First Big Weekend [from The Week Never Starts Around Here]

MP3: Arab Strap – Packs of Three [from Philophobia]


Threesome: alchemical transformations

June 30, 2008

Following up on our previous post, here are three heavy metal covers done right. Arab Strap (pictured above) do a version of “You Shook Me All Night Long” which should erase any memory of Celine Dion’s butchery. And as promised, here’s Emm Gryner’s quiet, piano-based version of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.”  Finally, the Dresden Dolls dusted off Black Sabbath’s 1970 anti-Vietnam-War anthem,  “War Pigs,” for their live shows:

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

MP3: Arab Strap – You Shook Me All Night Long (more Arab Strap)

MP3: Emm Gryner – Crazy Train (more Emm Gryner)

MP3: The Dresden Dolls – War Pigs (live) (more Dresden Dolls)