Archive for June, 2008

…meanwhile, back in Britain…….

I think this is the longest hiatus between posts I’ve had since launch! I’ve been so busy working on my fitness, my house, and my job (in that order!) that I haven’t had a moment to blog. My listening lately dominated by This American Life and All Things Considered, I’m even more clueless than usual as to what’s happenin’ out there (if there’s a CD I’m excited to buy it’s Al Green’s new). At times like this, I like to turn on some college or internet radio and comb the BBC charts.

Highest debut in the BBC1 Indie chart this week (#7) is Mr. Scruff’s “Donkey Ride”. I’m guessing this video has fueled its popularity there, ya think?:

I’m not 100% sure if that’s a novelty song or if they genuinely like the tune. Closer to my taste is the new #8, “Black Magic” by Nashville’s Magic Wands. It’s never a surprise to see an American act embraced first in the UK, and this duo (trio if you count Sylvester the magical lion), fresh off SXSW, continues the tradition. Their MySpace page inexplicably has their photos set to “private”, so these tiny ones are all I can show you:

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Add Dexy and Cris Valentine to the list of cute duos making cool low-fi tunes. The single is downloadable a few places in cyberspace, and the other songs on the MySpace are pretty cool too (check Teenage Love). Here’s the video for Black Magic:

[edit: it appears that the video can no longer be embedded, so click HERE to see it]

#9 (with a bullet, I presume) is Pogo, by Digitalism. Of the three artists in this post, Digitalism is the only one that Google was ready to auto-complete, which must mean something (what, I’m not sure).

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These German DJ/knob twisters bring circa-Trainspotting Underworld to mind, and who isn’t ready for a trip back to the techno/house 90’s? Check their MySpace page for a few tracks, download Pogo HERE, or enjoy another video: