MIA is a bit of a girl crush. 80% of the time I have no idea what’s going on in her songs, but by god do I wish I could dance. If anything’s going to make me shake various body parts it’s her, and Hombre’s probably top of the list. I’ve not got any clue of the lyrics but I’ll sing it anyway, and the chorus probably repeats in my head about 60 times a day. ‘SCUSE ME LITTLE HOMBRE TAK’ MA NUMBA CALL MEEE’ if we ever meet, reader, i’ll probably said that to you, no apologies.
Go on, I dare you to listen to this and not either sing or jerk about a bit. It’s impossible, I win. From release this song became an instant classic, something not bestowed upon many bands but RHCP has managed in abundance. Freaky song and freaky video always makes a good combo, add some freaky dancing and we’ve got a winner. My god is it a winner.
Broken Hands, NRL sweethearts, are playing a show with the equally brilliant Palma Violets as their first for 2013, before a Nationwide tour. January 9th at Tunbridge Wells Forum for anyone in the area, you can get advance tickets here. Two amazing live bands for a tenner, get on it.
Having neglected the song of the day format for a shameful amount of months, i’m hopping right back on the wagon with a gem. The Brobecks are, for want of a better phrase, bloody brilliant. It’s like music made specifically for my ears’ tastes, and this song contains everything that makes a song great. Humour? Check. Harmony? Check. Sweet lyrics about a girl? Double check. If you want a song to take you away from the sleet and cold and put you in an imaginary fluffy jumper with some cocoa, have a listen.
For today only you can grab Alt-J’s ‘An Awesome Wave’ for £2.99 on Amazon. If you haven’t got it yet WHY NOT? Click here and get on it!
That’s right, Jon Walker - once of Panic! at the Disco and the Young Veins, now of, well, Jon Walker - is releasing his first EP since last year’s New Songs this Thursday, 15th November. It’s called Crazy Dreams and it’ll be available exclusively through his website along with a shiny new video, and of course you can get his back catalogue, along with some pretty imaginative threads.
You’ve got two days to spread the word!
Now Dallon Weekes, mastermind behind the Brobecks, is a fully paid-up member of Panic! at the Disco, he’s decided to release the majority of his back catalogue in Bandcamp. Seriously, get on this. There’s a free download of a cover of Skid Row from Little Shop of Horrors, with Brendon Urie lending a vocal hand… If you’re unsure download it, be amazed and then buy the rest. You will not be disappointed.
Here’s some new songs to lighten your day.
1) PEACE//BLOODSHAKE (click through to listen, obv)
Who remembers when BBlood was just a demo? Three people, yeah? Well now it’s all grown up, with the title of ‘Hottest Track in the World’ in its arms. BLOODSHAKE stays close to its demo’s roots, a fresh indie-slacker sound with chirping guitars and drums and a breakdown and all dat stuff we love.
B-town babes Swim Deep offer up some new Summery sounds. It’s a pit more shiny and polished and chill than ‘King City’, but still coated with shimmery pop. (“OO OO BABY.”)
I’ve only just heard this, so I dunno how old it actually is but I DON’T CARE. This is a guitar-heavy ball of that nostalgic sound. You know the one I mean. ‘Nightdriving’ features dramatic vocals, great build-ups and an overall ‘YEAH LIFE IS GOOD’ vibe.
When Spector first burst into our ears, here at NRL we couldn’t form an opinion; Grey Shirt & Tie was majestic, Chevy Thunder was the missing soundtrack of our lives, but with all the media hoopla we couldn’t be amazed through all the confusion. Was it all an elaborate stunt? Fast forward a few months and head honcho Fred Macpherson quotes us on the radio and twitter, and our minds are made up- NRL + Spector = tru luv.
As always, J’s here to mark the union with the 10 Word Review™ of their debut album Enjoy It While It Lasts. Press play and let it roll.
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