Posts Tagged ‘British Sea Power’

British Sea Power, Death Valley Sleepers

First of, I hope you like the fresh new spring look here at djeddieo.com (if you just read your email alerts, you should check out the site).

British Sea Power

I don’t know where I first read of British Sea Power, but whatever I read impressed me enough to download half a dozen songs. For the most part, they aim for that “epic” sound: effect-pedals on, amps at eleven, vocals bellowing to be heard over soaring guitars….you know the type. As it turns out, I like the song that’s an exception, “Living Is So Easy”, which has a lounge-lizard-like swagger not unlike Louis XIV. Over much restrained instrumentation (more gentle, more synth-y),  vocalist Yan channels a bit of Bryan Ferry, but not too seriously, while teaching us something about consumerism and priorities (sample lyric: “LVMH in the HLM”…that got me googlin’.) Maybe Bryan Ferry with a buzz on…yeah, that’s it: Ray Davies! Anyway, give a listen and you tell me. Video’s witty as well….

Death Valley Sleepers

More shoe-gaze, this time from Denmark, from Death Valley Sleepers, which is only one person, Tobias Winberg. It was no stroke of genius on my part when I identified Jesus and Mary Chain as an influence. I wish I could remember which blogger it was that DID exhibit genius with something like “Jesus and Mary Chain and The Raveonettes go back in time and jam with Velvet Underground” (how my doin’ Matt, with the comps??) Anyway, everything I’ve heard from him/them is fab, and much of it is rippable around the web. My fave track is “Left Me High”:

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new music from old finds, and streamable free! Cage The Elephant & British Sea Power

I see that British Sea Power has a new CD out, and I know that band name sounds familiar, so I search my iTunes to jog my memory…….hmmmm, nothing there. Search djeddieo.com and I did, indeed, write about them back in February 2008. All I said was that their then new CD, “Do You Like Rock Music?”, was well-reviewed and that I wanted it all, but I guess I forgot to download it ;-(

If Arcade Fire, The Pigeon Detectives, or maybe The Kooks are currently floating your boat, you’ll enjoy British Sea Power. The new LP, Valhalla Dancehall, is streamable HERE. and it’s all great (like that last one that I’ll have to also dig up). The first single is “Living Is So Easy”, if you care about such things.

Cage The Elephant
Cage The Elephant

Cage The Elephant was also blogged about here in February 2008, sharing a post with Vampire Weekend. This new LP of theirs, “Thank You Happy Birthday”, is just plain awesome, and streamable HERE for now, but it can’t last forever. I swear I hear Frank Black-influence, but what do I know? Go listen, then YOU tell ME which song should be on djeddieo #22!
Oh, and if you’re like me, and great live shows are only memories, check out this CTE appearance at Grimey’s Record Store basement, in Nashville.

El Perro del Mar, British Sea Power, Chris Walla and more…

Once again, the Tuesday Boston Globe Sidekick has value beyond the comics and TV listings. James Reed directs us to http://www.lickingfingers.com/ to check out El Perro del Mar’s “How Did We Forget”, but there’s so much more on the site’s embedded player that you’ll want leave that window open indefinitely. The Swedish label that also brings us The Concretes (now minus Victoria, presently Taken By Trees) and Frida Hyvonen has a virtual mixtape featuring the entire stable. A daytrip to Sweden, no packing required.

El Perro del Mar

El Perro del Mar

Frida Hyvonen

Frida Hyvonen

Concretes

The Concretes, when Victoria (on left) was still with them.

Lindsay Talbot reviews the new British Sea Power release, “Do You Like Rock Music?” which is one of those rare CDs that I want all of.  Go to their MySpace page and see if you agree.

British Sea Power

British Sea Power

Judy Coleman pretty much savages the new solo release from Death Cab guitarist Chris Walla, “Field Manual”, but I like it. Using words like “sexless”, “uncertain”, “generic” and “forgetable”, it’s hard to believe she still had me curious enough to visit his MySpace page, but I’m glad I did.

Chris Walla

Chris Walla

I’m not exactly sure why, but my late friend Martin (see sidebar) has been on my mind the last couple of days. He died 19 months or so ago so there was no milestone that I know of, he’s just with me, and not in a happy way. Here’s a little “Easter Egg” with him in mind. RIP, buddy: