Friday, August 21, 2009
Tunes of the Week
1. Giveamanakick – ‘Borrowed Time’
The very sad news was announced on Monday that the gas-mask-toting hard rock duo are no more. Criminally underappreciated, as so many great Irish artists are and have been down the years, they leave behind a fine legacy, including this ferocious workout from third album Welcome to the Cusp.
2. Lightning Bolt – ‘Colossus’
Aptly named lead track from long-awaited fifth album Earthly Delights. Relentless and visceral, it’s vintage Lightning Bolt. Free download available on Pitchfork.
3. Dawn Landes – ‘Romeo’
The Kentucky-born singer-songwriter will support Okkervil River in Galway the same day as her fourth album, Sweetheart Rodeo, is released. Lead single ‘Romeo’ is a breezy, jaunty taster.
4. Jaydiohead – ‘Song and Cry’
The excellent Jay Z/Radiohead mash-up now has an encore: this is the wondrous highlight, seamlessly mixing ‘Song Cry’ and ‘High and Dry’. Free download:
5. Japandroids – ‘Sovereignty’
The joyous garage rock rush of Post-Nothing continues to dazzle. '’It’s raining in Vancouver / But I don’t give a fuck / Cos I’m far from home tonight...’’
6. The Phantom Band – ‘Folk Song Oblivion’
Deliriously catchy indie anthem from the touted Glaswegian band. Like a less mawkish Frightened Rabbit.
7. Bibio – ‘Lovers’ Carvings’
Sublime stand-out from one of the more eclectic releases of the year, Ambivalence Avenue.
8. Wild Beasts – ‘The Fun Powder Plot’
They’ve toned down their more histrionic excesses for second album Two Dancers, but still manage to come up with possibly the lyrical couplet of the year (‘’This is a booty call / My boot, my boot, my boot, up your asshole...’’) on this atmospheric opening track.
9. David Geraghty – ‘It Won’t Belong’
Haunting standout track from Geraghty’s debut album, with echoes of Nick Cave. Geraghty returns with a second album, The Victory Dance, to be released next week, and tours in September.
10. Outkast - 'B.O.B.'
Voted by Pitchfork as the greatest track of the last decade. The full 500-strong list is up on their website.