new EP from Roshambo….

I mentioned Roshambo 2 years or so ago, in the SAME POST as my first mention of Lana Del Rey, who has seemed to receive substantially more press than the Swedish trio since then. That’s not fair, and I love Lana at least as much as the next guy. Roshambo reminds me of early U2, with jangly, listenable songs and an identifiable but far-from-generic continuity in style. Now, when I first heard U2 in 1980-81, you could catch them at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club (cap. 900 or so) and hear “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” twice in a set (and 2 sets in a night!) Will Roshambo be rock royalty 30+ years from now? From my lips to God’s (and Ryan Seacrest’s) ears!

The new EP is called Beach Wolf and it picks up right where last year’s Lonesome Men From The Woods left off. First “single” “Run” is a good place to start….

Like Arctic Monkeys before them, Roshambo started as a bunch of friends (3, in Roshambo’s case) that could barely play instruments but wanted desperately to be a band. A couple of years practicing “in the deep woods of Sweden” and they now have more than enough chops to hold my interest song after song. Like the aforementioned U2’s early material, Beach Wolf’s songs hint at epic-ness but without bombast: plenty of “space around the notes” to give it time to sink in and get comfortable. See these guys in small venues while you can, because these songs are too arena-friendly for them to be there long. And if you like “Run,” go listen to and buy Beach Wolf HERE, on their Bandcamp page, paying whatever you want. A US dollar per song (that’s a little more than 6 Swedish Kronor) seems fair to me but your karma is your business.

For old times’ sake and your convenience, here are a couple of my older favorite Roshambo tunes:

 

New Years Resolution: blog more! also, 2013 favorites

I blame Facebook, which makes it far too easy to post a quick blurb about an emerging artist or great new song, but Facebook doesn’t give me nearly the Google-reach on those rare occasions when I’m among the first to discover someone or something. Hence the resolution.

To kick off the new year, here’s my 5 favorite releases from the past year, 2013:

1. Lorde – Pure Heroine

At this point, the world is very familiar with the now 17 year old Ella Yelich-O’Connor, but when I first heard “Royals” in March (on the also stellar “The Love Club EP”) she was little known outside her native New Zealand (I pronounced it “LOR-day” till a few weeks ago, lol). It’s fitting that she claims the bulk of her influence from Lana Del Rey, still a djeddieo.com favorite despite a lack of mainstream love in the US. Pure Heroine proves that “Royals” was no one-off, with even better tracks (IMHO) like “Team” and “Tennis Court”. Buy the CD or download HERE. Here’s the LP-closer “A World Alone”, my pick for the next Lorde hit.

 

2. Haim – Days Are Gone

Pronounced more like “HIGH-um” than the oft-referenced “time”, Haim has provoked a backlash almost equal to the praise, with their authenticity and musicianship being called into question. For my money, this is the one 2013 LP I can listen to on repeat, beginning to end, over and over. To be fair, some of the songs had been released as singles in 2012, but the razor-sharp production of September-released LP brings those tracks (“Forever,” “Don’t Save Me,” “Falling”) new life. Do they overdo the “hiccup” vocal effect live? Maybe overplay the hair tosses? Whatev. They’re young and bound to pick up some great chops on the road, headlining a global tour after supporting Phoenix in Europe till a couple of weeks ago. But the CD or download HERE.  Here’s my pick for the slow-burn creeper of the LP, “Running If You Call My Name”

3. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

If a band ever deserved credit for merely surviving their own buzz, it’s Brooklyn’s Vampire Weekend. Supposedly an attempt to distance themselves from the vibe of the first two LPs, I find it hard to believe that anyone that didn’t like them before now does (or vice-versa). Perhaps they just finally wore you down. “Diane Young” has all the frenetic energy of “A-Punk” or “Holiday,” and “Step” and “Ya Hey” lend enough tempo variety to warrant listening to the whole thing.  Buy the CD or download HERE. Here’s a (so far) sleeper track, “Don’t Lie”

4. Arctic Monkeys – AM

I go back a long time with Arctic Monkeys, having read in 2006 that they decided to be a band before they even had instruments, which they promptly bought and learned how to play (isn’t that every kid’s fantasy, even middle-aged “kids”??) Derided early despite the fasting selling debut album in UK chart history, they have continued to score hits and sell music and fill arenas (though you can still catch them in relatively small venues for such a well known group). AM, their fifth studio LP, has much to recommend it, including “R U Mine?”, “Do I Wanna Know?” and “One for the Road” (which features background vocals from QOTSA’s Josh Homme, returning the favour (!) by Alex Turner who backed up Josh on a track on this year’s …Like Clockwork). Buy the CD or download HERE, and here’s a Black Sabbath-influenced track yet to get much play, “Arabella”

5. Obits – Beds & Bugs

“Finally!”, you say, “a release that’s NOT on everyone ELSE’s best list!” Brooklyn’s Obits are still enough under the radar that Googling them is more likely to get you to death notices, but they’re worth the effort. I hear Nirvana in their DNA, and Sub Pop likely heard it too, signing them and giving them nearly a year to record their debut back in 2009. Beds & Bugs, their third, is a fine way to get acquainted with them. Buy the CD or download HERE. Since you’re likely not familiar, here’s a few tastes.

Honorable mention: Bastille – Bad Blood, Birdy – Fire Within, Zola Jesus – Versions, M.I.A. – Matangi

 

 

Rita Ora. If you didn’t hear it here first, why didn’t you tell me???

Her website….

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Argo: the film soundtrack without any of the songs from the film!!

I saw the excellent film “Argo” over the weekend, and it is soooo worth your time and energy. Those of us of a certain age remember all too well the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1980, but if we remember these particular events at all, we only remember the lies we were told about the six Americans who escaped some 2 months into the ordeal, while 52 remaining hostages were kept 444 days. This movie combines elements of “Wag The Dog,” “The Sting” and “Oceans 11” to deliver a gripping thriller that details the now-declassified CIA plot to rescue these six (who were able to escape the initial embassy takeover, then hid out at the home of the Canadian Ambassador), using a far-fetched cover story that cast them as Canadian filmmakers, scouting locations for a science-fiction action movie set in the Middle East. I won’t spoil any more of the “based on a true story” plot, save to say that Ben Affleck not only delivers a white-knuckled, ticking time bomb of tension, he also completely nails the looks and sounds of late 70’s fashion and music (in case you think, as I did, that he was a little heavy handed with eyeglass frames and mustache shapes, stick around for the closing credits for side-by-side views of the actors and the actual diplomats).

But back to the soundtrack. I was never a big Rolling Stones or Van Halen fan back then, but “Little T and A” and “Dance The Night Away” were far more ubiquitous back then than the Joy Division/English Beat/The Jam stuff I was into, so those tunes bring the era back even better, even for me.

Later in the film, Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks” provides the backdrop for one of those drinking sessions that’s more about trying to create false courage and real anesthesia than it is about celebrating anything, and while it was close to a decade old at that point in time, Zep’s “ZOSO” 4th LP maintained its stamp on long-haired America’s psyche well into the 70’s and maybe beyond. Another great pick.

Here’s where I run into trouble remebering the other great songs in the film, so lets look to the official soundtrack for a list:

1. Argo
2. A Spy In Tehran
3. Scent Of Death
4. The Mission
5. Hotel Messages
6. Held Up By Guards
7. The Business Card
8. Breaking Through The Gates
9. Tony Grills The Six
10. The Six Are Missing
11. Sweatshop
12. Drive To The Airport
13. Missing Home
14. Istanbul – The Blue Mosque
15. Bazaar
16. Cleared Iranian Airspace

That’s right; the official soundtrack features ONLY the songs from the film’s original score written by Academy Award-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat. Not that it’s not a wonderful score, but I can’t be the only one looking for the period stuff, at least on a list!

I recently looked up the soundtrack to another great film from earlier this year, “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” and found a great blog-brother HERE. There, Fauxmat blogger Andrew lamented that the soundtrack to that film (a delightfully diverse mix of lost 70’s bubblegum, vintage soul, ambient chill and Lily Allen) was as-yet unreleased, then found his site inundated with 15000+ hits, as he was nearly the only Google-hit for “Celeste and Jesse Forever” Soundtrack.

May the same calamity befall me!

Sample the Argo score soundtrack HERE.

The latest “next Amy Winehouse”? I nominate…….

…..Cali, a 21 year old Seattle native who claims inspiration from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, Sam Cooke, Lauren Hill (!) and mostly Dusty Springfield. That’s “mostly” Dusty according to her bio (read it yourself HERE) but I hear more Dame Shirley Bassey and even Eartha Kitt, but since this a girl who was 15 when the seminal “Back To Black” was released, so I’ve got my money on Ms. Winehouse being the original inspiration.

Cali

The first single from her soon to be released first LP is called “Yours Always” and is streamable HERE (it seems to skip around 4:57, BTW). I’m expecting better, more uptempo cuts when the LP, “Outta My Mind” comes out….. 

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As long as I’m in a mood to nominate, latest Swedish indie breakout artist goes to Nina Kinert.

   The 28 year old beauty has been releasing music since 2004’s “Heartbreaktown” on Sonymusic. The big label evidently did nothing for her, as all her subsequent music has been self-released. Seek out 2010’s Red Leader Dream for the beautiful single “Play The World

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Remember The Hives?? Who could forget “”Hate to Say I Told You So,” which exploded onto alternative radio in 2000 or so along with other entries in the neo-garage revival by The Strokes (“Last Night“), The White Stripes (“Fell in Love with a Girl“) and The Vines (“Get Free“). This was the music that reinstituted my faith in indie rock to rise above the pablum (in case you don’t remember, click HERE). Well, The Hives are back with their 5th (!) LP, titles Lex Hives, out this June. IIRC, these guys were recruited by a songriter/manager/svengali who dressed and groomed them a la The Monkees, not that they don’t rock as authentically as any pop/rock band that grew up on a street corner togetgher.

The Hives

The first single, “Go Right Ahead” is being teased at their website with 5 (I believe)  cheeky videos, each highlighting a different lick of the song, as well as an exclusive stream of the whole song at RollingStoneMusic. Well worth seeking out, IMHO.

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All the Young  is a British quartet that proudly claims hometown Stoke on Trent (I had to Google it; it’s halfway between Liverpool and Birmingham, which gives them great accents). If these guys didn’t grow up listening to their parents’  Hüsker Dü albums, then Bob Mould himself might have a hand in the control room (that’s a smart-alecky joke that “makes no sense at all.” )

All the Young

Their LP, Welcome Home, came out in April; click HERE for the excellent single, “The First Time.”

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Artists often find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to growth, development and exploring new styles. Start playing classical lute like Sting or singing with string quartets like Elvis Costello and your original sneaker-wearing fanbase hits the exits. So far that’s not a problem for The Ting Tings. “Sounds From Nowheresville,” released a couple of weeks ago, picks right up where “We Started Nothing” left off, and that makes me look forward to as many Nothing/Nowhere/Nobody title variations that Katie and Jules can think up.

Go to their Soundcloud page and listen to a few of the new cuts (“Soul Killing,” “Hang It Up,” and “One By One,” for example) and you’ll just want to run out and buy the CD, which you should. My favorite? “Hit Me Down Sonny” (make a note of that: djeddieo on the record!)

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Last tip for today is Oberhofer, a band about which I know little.

“New York via Tacoma” is what they clain as home on their Facebook page, where we also learn they’re a four-piece named Pete, Mat, Ben and Brad. My pick song is “Gotta Go” Click HERE for the non-video video.

2011 (that’s “twenty-eleven” BTW) in review….

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. djeddieo.com was viewed about 3,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

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