Posts Tagged ‘Cut Off Your Hands’

volume 14 is up!

Allrighty! We’re trying something new, as musicwebtown is no longer a free service.

To the upper right of the page should be the box.net ‘widget’. You should be able to play and download from there, and I’ll leave it there until volume 15 comes out.

Most of these tunes should be familiar from recent posts. A quick recap/rehash:

New Girl may, indeed, be a pseudonym of sorts. If you Google the title and artist, you find djeddieo.com! I heard it on Passport Approved, which is the only (other) place to hear it, to my knowledge! “Grinding Halt” is on the excellent new Cure tribute, Perfect As Cats. PSAPP sounds like a Sesame Street band, but they’ve been on Grey’s Anatomy (I don’t watch; I heard them on internet radio). “My Love” is, thankfully, NOT a Paul McCartney cover, but a song I read about in the Boston Globe g section last month (the band gave me permission to post the song)! Frank Turner is huge on BBC6, and rightly so. Cut Off Your Hands should have been on volume 13….I forgot! Fight Like Apes ROCKS!, and they were really nice to me via email. Ida Maria, a Passport Approved favorite, is worth investing in her whole CD. CSS is a band I should have been listening to long ago, and I’m trying to make up for lost time. The Ettes: been around since 2004 and true to their mission…pure raw garage, female style. Animal Collective is audio acid, like Fleet Foxes, only good. “Trash” by The Whip: write this down: “the song of the summer!” (I can always edit that out if I’m wrong) Johnny Foreigner sounds totally different that that title would lead you to believe. Thank you Indie 103.1! Morrissey has a new CD out, but you don’t need me to blog about that; instead enjoy this Moz sound-alike, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Oh, and Lily Allen’s BACK!!!!!

Well, that’s not what I meant, butt…..

Matt and Kim are another Passport Approved find. My friend Charlie inspired me to unearth the Santogold(it’s over a year old) which somehow I’d passed over while posting “Say Aha” and “Shove It”. Ra Ra Riot, a five-piece featuring a cello and a violin will stick in your head (read their history on Wikipedia) ….and the M.I.A., which is from Slumdog Millionaire, has been in my head since seeing that terrific film some months back. The Music For Animals CD won’t be out for a month or so, so I hope i don’t get in trouble for leaking it. My lovely wife says the Calvin Harris jam sounds like Flight Of The Conchords. I think she means that as a dis, but I really like FOTC! And be honest, you readers that are friends of mine never heard of Peter Bjorn And John till I put “Young Folks” on volume 8 in January 2007, months before Boston radio (or TV commercials) picked it up.

Anyway, that’s the “short” story on volume 14. Enjoy, and comment, please!

Oh, BTW, we’re now on…..

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too long, no post….VV Brown, Glasvegas, Cut Off Your Hands

oh….excuses, excuses….my job got demanding, I started a big home improvement project, computer crashed and got replaced, I quit the job and started another one….they’re all just excuses. I should still be bloggin’! (note the new flavicon). The truth is that when I’m not blogging about new music, I’m likely not listening to any. Between my recent compilation CDs and a bunch of 80’s stuff (my daughter recently became enamored with Donnie Darko, so I burned her an expanded soundtrack CD), I haven’t heard much new for a while. In an effort to remedy that, I fired up my Roku (http://www.roku.com/, get one) and got back to some internet radio.

VV Brown has been buzzed about for a few months, and Passport Approved refers to her in Amy Winehouse-ish terms. The single “Crying Blood” is an obvious radio-ready smash, just a question of when our so-called hip stations will get the memo. The video is on YouTube, but supposedly not embeddable; if it doesn’t appear below, go HERE to view it (make sure you come back!)

I don’t necessarily hear Amy in VV, more like Gabriella Cilmi (from compilation #12), but it’s fun. The excerpts of other cuts that are on her MySpace show additional promise.

Glasvegas is another band that other, more diligent bloggers have been musing about since the springtime. From Scotland (Glascow) and sporting a hefty portion of gloom and portense, they satisfy my 80s jones with  bit of freshness. They’ll be in Boston early in the new year, so it’ll be interesting to see if ‘FNX gets on them in time. “Geraldine” is the current single, not on their MySpace, but you can listen to it by clicking the not-so-visual video below.

It was exactly a year ago that I featured Cut Off Your Hands on compilation #10 with “Still Fond”, and the current single “Oh Girl” is just as tasty, and likely more accessible. While this New Zealand quartet exhibited that raw, garage-y sound I typically favor in previous tracks like “Fond”, “Expectations” and “You and I”, “Oh Girl” sports a cleaner mix, hearable vocals, and a slickish video. Oh, and that unfortunate band name? Seems they were originally Shaky Hands, but had to change it to avoid legal action from a Portland Oregon band with that name, a la Blink 182 and The English Beat, among many others. Check their MySpace for a few more samples, and enjoy the “Oh Girl” video below.

volume 10: done! (finally, on 12/15/07)

If you know me, you know I end up spending as much time on the order of the songs as I do finding the songs themselves. I’ve got to learn to relax! This compilation already shows some signs of that relaxation, with the inclusion of such mainstream pop artists as Madonna and Mary J. Blige, as well as the certainly-well-known Bjork, so that’s a start.

To play the whole 21 song set, right-click HERE for the player (open in a new tab or new window) which will also allow you to download.
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