Archive for September, 2010

New Ting Tings, Pearl & The Puppets, One Night Only and more…..

XFM is playing the new track from The Ting Tings, “Hands”, and if you like all the other Ting Tings songs, you’ll surely like this one. Sony is being a bit like Fort Knox with the radio/CD version of the track, but remixes abound on YouTube. I prefer the original CD track, which is streamable on their MySpace. As for the remixes, here are a few examples, starting with the official tease….

Pearl & The Puppets

Pearl & The Puppets is a Scottish quintet (no, the singer’s not called Pearl; it’s Katie Sutherland) that sports a folkie, poppy, easy-on-the-ears vibe that’s being compared to Regina Spektor and fits in nicely with djeddieo faves Lisa Hannigan, Eliza Doolittle, and Lenka. “Make Me Smile” is the track that Sat is playing on Passport Approved but I like all the cuts on their MySpace page, especially “Girlfriend”.

One Night Only

Power pop is alive and well with One Night Only, a British 5-piece that’s been at it since 2003, when they chose that name without intending the subsequent irony. Listening to their newest single “Say You Don’t Want It”, it’s not hard to believe that they started out as a cover band, playing the likes of Blink 182 and New Found Glory, but they’re surely worth adding to your shuffle.  MySpace for more.

Finally, a track that I’m not really recommending, though it has infected my head, ear-worm style. Lily Allen, always easy on the eyes as well as the ears, guests with Eminem-wannabe Professor Green on a cover (of sorts) of the 1983 SOS Band smash “Just Be Good To Me”. Whether it’s the visually/audibly slinky Lily or the flashbacks of my danceclub past, the song gets my toe tapping, in spite of Green’s whiney rhymes. This time it’s EMI holding the video hostage from hosting, so you’ll have to go HERE to see it for yourself.

Marina And The Diamonds, Jennie and Johnny

I wish I was younger. There, I’ve said it. Of course, I’d hate the part about doing all these recent and not-so-recent past years over again….see, I see life as a marathon, and I’ve already passed the 14 mile mark, so to speak, so it would be challenging to round a corner and see the 5 mile mark. Anyway, I digress; what I really miss are the days when I would run out to a club to see some unknown band. Now, I just sit on my couch and read about them in my (home delivered) Boston Globe!

Marina And The Diamonds

Boston’s iconic Paradise Rock Club was recently renovated, the stage being moved so that the huge support beam that has blocked the stage for over 20 years is now out of the way. Now, not only was there a long stretch of the early nineties that found me at the ‘dise nightly, for all manner of bands, but the front room of the club, then M80, began what was to be my DJing heyday. Man, that was a long time ago! Anyway, the first act to benefit from the new sightlines was to be (and was, at this point) Marina And The Diamonds. No reviews of the show have surfaced, but I do like the recorded tunes I’ve heard. The infectious pop sound Welsh-born Marina Diamandis churns out seems just slightly less teeny bopper than, say, Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, nothing against them. Check out her MySpace for a nice bunch of tunes including “Hollywood”, said to be the indie hit, and “Oh No!”, surely intended for the teens and Top40 radio, but the colorful, comics-inspired video grabbed me and wouldn’t let go (well, pretty girls in cute dresses will do that, but I find I like the song even in the audio-only player). Also worth a listen: “I Am Not A Robot”, probably the most “djeddieo” of the bunch.

Jenny And Johnny

Also featured in the Globe was a bit about Jenny And Johnny, yet another boy/girl duo. While the Globe predicts that they will “inevitably” be compared to She And Him, that wouldn’t have been my first impulse. While all I’ve got to go on is “Scissor Runner” (available as a free download at their MySpace), there’s something more earnest, more authentic here. Jenny is Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley fame, and Johnny (Rice) played on her “Rabbit Fur Coat” solo debut, the pair having been introduced by Conor Oberst. Hopefully the romance lasts long enough to generate as much music as buzz. Scour YouTube for non-video videos of some other tunes.