Well, forty podcasts in and this is the first time I’ve actually gotten my butt in gear and produced some notes to go with this week’s Beat City new music podcast.
This is the final all-new show of 2014 but there IS one more show coming up, which will be made up entirely of suggestions from YOU! If you want to contribute a track from 2014 you think should have a wider audience, the contact me via Twitter (@BeatCityTone)
Track 1 – Bob Mould – Kid With Crooked Face
Opening track on this week’s podcast is “Kid With Crooked Face” from Husker Du founder, workaholic and top geezer Bob Mould’s new album “Beauty And Ruin”, which, while it couldn’t be accused of carving out any new musical frontiers, does the job of reinforcing the old territory remarkably well.
Check out this link to the single ¬”I Don’t Know You Any More” and in particular the hilarious conversation at the beginning between Bob and the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy.
This is “Sweet Discontent” from the previous EP
Track 3 – Run The Jewels – Angel Duster
From the best hip-hop album of the year “Run The Jewels 2”, intelligent lyrics, and a cornucopia of influences in the music ranging from dub to electronica to the human sound effects bloke off of the Police Academy films . In the words of El-P, haters “can all run backwards through a field of dicks”, a line I haven’t yet stopped chuckling about. For the final track “Angel Duster” check out the podcast but meantime this is the opening track “Jeopardy”
So many lush influences there musically. Guess the older you get (ages of ELP and Killer Mike?) ou absorb more styles of music, at least if you’re paying attention to what’s around you, you do. Passing over some of the ludicrous lyrics (check out the track Love Again for how NOT to rap about sex)
Track 4 – The Allah-Las – Had It All
Psych-pop rather than Psych-rock, this is the opening track from the album Worship The Sun “De Vida Voz”, and it owes more than a little to Love’s “Alone Again Or …”
Track 5 – Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out Of It
Sal’s Indietastic Classic for this week from the band who have gone from strength to strength since their first word-of-mouth-via-the-internet number one record I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor. I sometimes think I under-appreciate this band. It’s easy to take them for granted but take them and maybe Arcade Fire out of the stadium band equation and the landscape looks bleak indeed.
Track 6 – Fish Tank – Friends
And still the quality proggy math rock keeps coming. It’s a good time for bands who take influences from the early 70s prog scene – Trojan Horse, Knifeworld, Islet, and more – and Kent’s Fish Tank show huge promise on the basis of this single (available to download for FREE on bandcamp)
Here’s the video.
Track 7 – Juce – 6th Floor
This music is the true successor to the mighty Culture Club, you can stick yer clean cut Jungle nonsense. Proper old school funk, is this – and they can do it live, too, I seen ’em do it. Currently opening for Basement Jaxx on tour and hopefully set for great things in 2015.
Track 8 – Nadine Shah – Stealing Cars
Nadine Shah is warm, witty and engaging and her debut album Love Your Dum And Mad, apart from having the best title of 2014 was an assured debut.
This is the lead single from the new album which is coming early in the New Year.
Track 9 – Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Grown So Angry
Two piece from Llandudno. Old school. sure, taking their influences from the original, young and hungry R’n’B version of the ‘orrible Who.
Mixing it up era-wise this song has echoes of two separate Whos. The intro is pure “My Generation”, the backing is proper balls-to-the-wall Live At Leeds
Track 10 – Tiana – Fuck Like The World Ago End
I’ve loved everything I’ve heard from the “Dancehall Duchess” this year and its between this and Alkaline’s “Throat” for my favourite song about sex this year.
Run The Jewels can take note. THIS is how you make a record about shagging.
On a similar topic this is “Pum Pum Fat” from a couple of years ago. It’s quite rude.
Track 11 – Jennifer Lawrence – The Hanging Tree
Went to see the latest Hunger Games film last week and it was brilliant, apart from ending in the middle of the book to ensure the original trilogy of books becomes a cinema tetralogy and hence maximum geek-fleecing.
There’s a superb unexpected musical interlude where Caitness (Played by Jennifer Lawrence) starts singing this song which has become a symbol of resistance to the oppressor, and the song is taken up by all the freedom fighters, and theres not a dry eye in the house. Even Sal liked it, and she doesn’t normally Hold with This Sort Of Thing. Jen-La has a fair voice on her too, at least for this kind of song.
Track 12 – Sleaford Mods – 6 Horsemen (The Brixtons)
Tiswas is possibly their most popular track but this band is currently incapable of producing anything other than pure gold, and we should all cherish it, and them.
6 Horsemen is on the podcast. This is Sleaford Mods. Watch and Smile.
Listen to the EP and the LP. And their previous work
Sleaford Mods really ARE as good as everyone says they are. Angry, intelligent, funny, political, sweary, middle-aged, working class white hip hop.
Track 13 – Giorgio Moroder – 74 Is The New 24
In 1972 this was the second record I ever bought. It sounded like it would be something the Doctor and Jo Grant would listen to in the TARDIS.
In 1977 when all the young punks were supposed to loathe this sort of disco crap, nobody could really work up anything but deep love for this
The man responsible for both of these has a new album coming out in the New Year, and the podcast contains the lead track from it. I particularly love that he has the confidence to NOT chuck the kitchen sink at it production-wise in an effort to be modern and relevant. I guess once you’ve been an innovator ,you’re not going to be so keen to blindly follow trends.
And hey, if Dave Gilmour can get away with flogging the rotten corpse of the once-great Pink Floyd, who would begrudge Moroder doing the same AND MAKING A DECENT RECORD !
The veteran producer’s association with Daft Punk has made his latest album a going concern commercially (first in 30 years?) … for now this single is sparky, brilliant pop to stand alongside his finest 70s work, although of course his days of innovation are possibly behind him – this song definitely has echoes of I Feel Love. Check it out on the podcast.
Track 14 – Psyence – Phoenix
Next up Psyence. I heard about them completely randomly and accidentally via Twitter. They tweeted to say their 1300th follower would get a free single, I followed them immediately cos I do like free stuff, who doesn’t, and they replied to say I had JUST missed out. So, I am officially Psyence’s 1301th follower on Twitter and just to show there’s no hard feelings, the single Phoenix is on the podcast this week.
Meantime, this is one of their older tracks which sounds a BIT like the Donna Summer track linked to earlier, only with guitars and feedback and stuff as well.
Track 15 – GAPS – She Bears A Flower
This is so haunting and beautiful, it just gets into your head and won’t go away, like a disturbing but sexy dream.
Track 16 – Kate Rusby – Silly Old Man
Kate Rusby has a claim to possessing THE finest living voice of folk music. Her current album “Ghost” is brilliant – this is the title track, and check out the podcast for “Silly Old Man” which is equally great.