Music video for Jack White's single "Sixteen Saltines" directed by AG Rojas. From Jack White 's debut Album BLUNDERBUSS.
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Pulp – “Babies”.
“Babies” was Pulp’s first truly great single, an epic tale of teenage sex set to a slightly subdued but infectious two-chord guitar riff and light flourishes of synths and guitars. Cocker’s lyrics are precise, funny, and surprisingly sad, as is his melody.
UNDER THE RADAR: Philip Selway – “It Will End In Tears”.
Song from the second solo album (Weatherhouse) by Radiohead drummer Philip Selway. “It Will End In Tears.” is a grand, heartfelt orchestral-ballad showstopper. It’s been a long time since anyone in Radiohead made anything quite this conventionally pretty.
The video is Directed by Rammatik.
UNDER THE RADAR: TV On The Radio – “Happy Idiot” .
Seeds is the fifth studio album by American art rock band TV on the Radio, scheduled to be released on November 2014 through Harvest Record.
The album’s first single, “Happy Idiot”, was released on September 2, 2014.
Seeds was recorded in Los Angeles, at guitarist Dave Sitek’s Federal Prism studio. Sitek also produced the record.
The band announced the album on July 29, 2014. Lead singer Tunde Adebimpe stated in a press release:
“We’ve been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold, but I’m glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each other because the record is, 1,000 percent, without a doubt, the best thing we’ve ever done.”
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Jam – “Start”.
The chasm that separated critics and The Jam’s buying public was never greater than that which opened upon the release of this single. The journos were blind-sided by Paul Weller’s rather obvious lifting of The Beatles’s “Taxman” bassline in its entirety for “Start”, and were unable to see or hear anything beyond that fact. Still, at least drawing Beatles comparisons did allow them to new some new territory. Previously, all they’d harped on about was Weller’s debt to Pete Townshend.
But their musical tunnel-vision insured they missed what the rest of Britain heard, the song’s funky undertones, its splendid jangle around Weller’s guitar chords, and the incredible crispness to the sound, producer Vic Coopersmith-Heaven at his best. Plundered in part the song may have been, but composer Weller gave it his own twist, his band their own unique take, and the single, released in August, 1980, started up the chart and didn’t stop until it hit the top, to become the trio’s second #1.
UNDER THE RADAR: Model Aeroplanes – “Crazy”.
Ferociously catchy indie pop filmed live on BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway show.
Hailing from Dundee, Scotland, the lifelong friends have been playing music for years in a variety of bands and formations. Settling rather successfully into the Model Aeroplanes groove, they have uploaded a handful of promising tracks to their SoundCloud page, ‘Crazy’ is their official debut single.
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Cocteau Twins – “Orange Appled”.
Cocteau Twins perform Orange Appled. Rare performance shown on SnubTV 1991.
1986′s “Orange Appled” is an underappreciated gem from the largely ignored Love’s Easy Tears EP, the best track from that otherwise substandard release.
One of the Cocteau Twins’ most upbeat tunes and one of the very few times where the tempo breaks above their accustomed slow, stately pace, “Orange Appled” has an almost giddy, spinning melody featuring a chorus of three overdubbed Liz Fraser vocal lines that dart and swerve around each other to create a genuinely psychedelic tapestry of interwoven sounds.
Underneath this, Robin Guthrie creates a similar effect with his overdubbed and richly processed guitars, this time including a high, warbling sound very similar to a musical saw alongside the usual Cocteau Twins washes of pure sound. Somewhat difficult to locate until the Stars and Topsoil collection came out in 2000, “Orange Appled” is well worth seeking out not just for Cocteau Twins fans but also for those detractors who claim that all their songs sound alike. While this song is clearly built on the same sonic elements as their other work, its spirited, genuinely sunny mood proves that a wide range of emotional colors were available to the group.
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UNDER THE RADAR: The Sundowners – “Into the Light”.
The Sundowners are a psychedelic rock five piece from The Wirral (North West UK).
They’re cooking up a musical melting pot of musical influences including Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Byrds and Tom Petty. They’re taking their time, writing real songs, putting on great gigs and capturing an audience all around the country.
This is the first release from The Sundowners debut album released on Skeleton Key Records, Produced by The Corals James and Ian Skelly at Parr Street Studios.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: BAD MANNERS – “LIP UP FATTY”.
Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle), the band was formed in 1976 while the members were at school together, and among their early incarnations were known as Stoop Solo and the Sheet Starchers. None of the members had any formal musical training, not even the ability to play any instruments. They were popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s, a period when lots of similar ska bands filled the charts.
One of the main reasons for their notoriety was because of their outlandish, larger-than-life, huge tongued & shaven-headed front man. Buster’s exploits got them banned from the British TV chart show Top of the Pops(which included dressing as Henry VIII and singing to a blow-up doll for the song “Lorraine”, pouring a large can of baked beans over his head, and dressing in a can-can dancer’s dress to promote their single “Can-Can”). They were also banned from Italian TV when Buster had decided after a particularly successful concert that he should moon the crowd, having been told that the Pope was watching on TV.
UNDER THE RADAR: Black Market Karma – “C’est Gratuit”.
Black Market Karma are a psychedelic band from London. Their sound is comprised of thick open guitar sounds and gliding melodies poured over laid back beats and peppered with hypnotic vocals and fuzzed out bass guitar.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Selecter – “Missing Words”.
“Missing Words” was a bit of a change of pace for The Selecter, it was a song that dealt strictly with personal affairs, and more accurately a broken relationship. Neol Davies may have written the song, but Pauline Black delivers up the lyrics with all the passion and anger his words required.
The arrangement is equally vehement, the insistent rhythm, a mass attack of drums, bass, guitar riffs and keyboard riff, is counterpointed by flashes of Davies’ own lead guitar, an incredibly aggressive backing, Black adds the emotion, and together the group made this number a stand-out.
It was initially included on the group’s 1980 debut Too Much Pressure album, but was spun off onto 45 in March that same year.
UNDER THE RADAR: The Away Days – ”Sleep Well”.
The Away Days is a Turkish dream pop band formed in Istanbul in 2012.
Zachary Lipez of Vice described the band’s style as “a solid mix of 2006 Brooklyn, forever Flying Nun, and The La’s if they were mentored by the Reid brothers.”
On the band’s name, lead vocalist Oğuz Can Özen stated: ” We called the band The Away Days, not because we feel we don’t belong to Istanbul or Turkey, but because we don’t feel like belonging anywhere. And maybe Istanbul didn’t have a great deal of influence to our music, but it has been a great home for us.” On the influences, Özen further stated: “We [Özen and Koç] both listened to Selda and The Strokes when we were kids. But now, as we begin our twenties, we’re trying to find some rare music influences through far east and India.” He also listed Joy Division, The Stooges and The Smiths as personal influences.
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UNDER THE RADAR: POLIÇA – “Warrior Lord” .
Song taken from the album Shulasmith (2013).
The video was directed by Isaac Gale and David Jensen, the duo behind Poliça’s Dark Star video, as well as several of Bon Iver‘s clips, and features five minutes worth of dreamy, sensual underwater action – the perfect accompaniment to frontwoman Channy Leaneagh‘s sultry vocals.