Archive for January 10th, 2008

Finally! Good new tunes….

It’s not that I was soooooo busy designing the Limited Edition T-Shirt that I haven’t been looking (er…listening), but there hasn’t been much that gets my foot tapping, so I keep re-listening to volume 10, below. It’s easy to see how, pre-blog, I was content to make a 20 song compilation, then go back into a coma for a few months. Anyway, some new stuff….

Someday, when I make a “Best One-Hit Wonders of the 90’s” CD, it’ll certainly include Soul Coughing’s “Super Bon Bon”. Lead singer Mike Doughty has been solo for a few years now (and he’s a fellow blogger as well!). His new album, Golden Delicious, drops February 18th, and it features this tune, “27 Jennifers”:

 Mike Doughty

Next up, Foxboro Hot Tubs, which is a Green Day side project, the name of which reportedly refers to their 9/3/2005 concert at our own Gillette Stadium (constructed on-time and under budget by Skanska USA). It’s a little cheesy and reminiscent of Jet, but entirely listenable. The 6-song EP has been an on-again/off-again free download on the band’s website since it broke on 12/8/2007; unfortunately, it’s currently off. Here’s “Stop Drop and Roll”

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 Foxboro Hot Tubs

One of my favorite blogs to check is Exitfare, and Dany there has alerted me to a couple of newish bands. Clarky Cat, from Nottingham UK, has that 80s-derivative sound I find appealing. Here’s “Sightline”:

Clarky Cat Clarky Cat

Also courtesy of Dany at Exitfare is Canada’s Crystal Castles. This cut may be too annoyingly electronica for some of you, but me likey! “Crimewave”:

Crystal Castles Crystal Castles

Since the UK is such a fertile source of indie rock, I check out BBC-1 periodically to see what’s happening. The UK charts have always shown extreme diversity, with metal, disco, hip-hop, and folk duking it out with novelty songs for the top spots (Shaun The Sheep appears to be the “Shaddupa You Face” of the new millenium). One voice that gets my attention is that of Jack Penate, no stranger to the indie blogs on this side of the puddle. Very British, somewhat reminiscent (to me) of The Housemartins, it’s hard to say if he’ll catch on here. His current touring schedule keeps him in the UK at least into July, which, for now, all but guarantees he’ll be a Cliff Richard-like UK-only phenom. Here’s his current UK hit, “Have I Been A Fool”

Jack Penate 

Jack Penate