Posts Tagged ‘Chairlift’

nothing new, but check The Young Lovers, Gin Wigmore, and new songs from old friends

Been way too long since I’ve posted. I’m thinking lately that I want to make podcasts instead of compilations (really just adding voice-over to the usual 18-20 song set). While contemplating the logistics for that (all advice is welcome!) I’ve been doing less new music searching, instead re-listening to stuff I found before. One of my recent re-discoveries is The Young Lovers out of Melbourne Australia.

The Young Lovers

The Young Lovers

A five-piece with one very cute (and usually barefoot) female member, The Young Lovers first caught my attention on the Valentines Day broadcast of Passport Approved. I woulda thought by now that the tune “Talking In French” would have caught on, but I haven’t heard it anywhere (‘cept their MySpace page; click the photo above to go to there, Liz Lemon). A little research and it turns out that the song’s been kicking around since early 2007! Now why is it that Boston radio stations will play the same old 90’s chestnuts over and over, as if they’re current, but won’t pick up a two year old rookie? Presumedly, it’s a hit down under, and, since they’re all in their early twenties, there’s likely plenty of time for them to conquer the states. Here’s the video:

Now I’m the first to admit that often my taste in music isn’t for everyone. I’ve had friends tell me I’m nuts to love Kate Nash or Amy Winehouse, which is likely what drove me to the web in the first place. Nothing is so weird that it doesn’t have some fans in cyberspace. I sense I’ll get similar resistance regarding Gin Wigmore.

Gin Wigmore

Gin Wigmore

A Passport Approved favorite, Gin was mentioned here in January (as part of my Amy/Duffy/Adele continuum) as well as in March (as guest vocalist on Smashproof’s “Brother”). Her own website (click the pretty photo above) draws connections to Macy Gray, Debby Harry and Edith Piaf, which should give you some sense of what you’re in for. The 21 year old singer-songwriter was born in New Zealand and spent some of her childhood in Argentina. The first song of hers I was aware of, “Under My Skin”, is a bouncy, almost retro affair (hence the Amy comparisons). Check the video:

I hadn’t seen that video till finding it for you; she’s fun to watch! Anyway, as much as I already liked her, her ballad “These Roses” really grabbed me and shook me. A raw, plaintive, sad tale of a love that cannot be, I wonder what some of my younger subscribers will think of it (C.A. in Belmont?).

Brooklyn’s Chairlift has a nice new song (you remember “Bruises” from the iPod commercial—“I tried to do handstands for you…”—-posted here last September).

Chairlift

Chairlift

The new song “Evident Utensil” has a trippy, drippy, really cool video that MUST watch in HD. Go to their MySpace page to see it and many others, or just click the photo above to go to YouTube (the video in not embeddable, sorry)

Also hailing from Brooklyn, White Rabbits are back with “Percussion Gun” (you remember “The Plot” from djeddieo volume 8, 1/2007).

White Rabbits

White Rabbits

With their signature twitchy, adrenaline-fueled drums (evoking Adam Ant!), this new cut rocks. Check it out at their MySpace page or click the video below.

And how about an excuse to post a picture of Lily Allen?

Lily Allen

Lily Allen

I mentioned the War Child Heroes CD back in March but I don’t recall if I pointed out Lily’s version of The Clash’s “Straight To Hell”, complete with participation of Mick Jones. It’s especially nice that in the aftermath of M.I.A.’s global success with the “..Hell” sample in “Paper Planes”, this version omits it. Otherwise, the melody is intact, and while I’m a believer that every Clash song is better by The Clash (whether their originals or their covers), this one is a nice tribute. No video, just this “non-video”:

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Chairlift, Lenka, Mike McCann, my aching hand….

Let’s start with the hand…raking up some mulch as a start to digging a hole to for a hydrangea, I inadvertently disturbed some wasps that, unbeknownst to me, were nested in a nearby juniper (didn’t know I’m so green-thumby, didja?). They were all over me before I realized it was more than one, but I suppose I was lucky to escape with only four or five stings (and that counts the one I got an hour later, when I took another crack at it, assuming they had settled down….. I was mistaken about that). Anyway, it’s only now becoming a problem, nearly 48 hours later.


Okay, back to work….Steve Jobs has done it again, yet another sweet, simple female vocal barely accompanied with sparse melody, a la Feist and Yael Naim. Now it’s Caroline Polachek of Chairlift with “Bruises” (“I could do handstands for you….”).

Formed in Colorado, now based in the coolest of the boroughs, Brooklyn, Chairlift is a trio including Aaron Pfenning and Patrick Wimberly. Check their website for the food orgy video of “Planet Health” and their MySpace page for “Earwig Town” and “Territory”, from their forthcoming CD “Does You Inspire You”, in stores today, September 30, 2008. But “Bruises” is the track you gotta have, and I found it as a free download HERE.

Here’s one I think I’ve beaten Steve Jobs to, though it seems her music has been featured on Ugly Betty, which I don’t watch. Say hello to Lenka:

I first read of her in the October Vanity Fair, which gave a little shoutout to her acoustic cover of Modest Mouse’s “Gravity Rides Everything”. Her website features the obligatory cutesy video for “The Show”, and her MySpace page serves up more of the same (I especially like “Don’t Let Me Fall”)….admittedly, this is aimed more at my 14 year old daughter’s crowd than mine (and yours), but so is a lot of the stuff I like by cute young females. Harmless in small doses, and tasty too. I did find “The Show” as a free download HERE.

That same Vanity Fair column (Hot Tracks by Lisa Robinson….worth reading every month, IMHO) also cites Marc Broussard, directing Justin T. to “take note” of “the real blue-eyed, blonde, Southern soul singer”. While Marc might certainly be worth a listen (check his MySpace for a taste), I like a less slick practitioner of the blue-eyed soul, that you can catch for free right here in Boston, while enjoying a delicious pizza and well poured Guinness, as he plays the Dogwood Cafe in JP on Fridays: Mike McCann.

Any musician playing the Dogwood has to keep it easy and accessible, virtually guaranteeing set after set of well-worn folk and rock chestnuts, and Mike certainly got that memo, but his covers tend to have that fresh twist that make them more enjoyable than a straight impersonation attempt. His “Wait In Vain” seems to cover Annie Lenox as much as Marley, and his “Get Up, Stand Up” shows more joy than defiance. Check his MySpace page for some samples, including the “Wait In Vain” and really good original titled “Almost Home”, but you’ll have to go to the Dogwood to hear his absolutely awesome version of Huey Lewis and The News’s “Power Of Love” (trust me on that one).

Now, to see if my doctor has yet phoned in that prescription for my hand…….