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Thanks to my friends at BT, I've been offline for a few weeks now at home. It has been unbelievably frustrating, not just because it has prevented me uploading my latest blog but also because it has restricted my opportunity to keep fully up to speed with new music - and there is a lot of really good new music at the moment. So if anybody has any new tracks they recommend I'd love to hear them.
In terms of what I have been able to listen to, there is no doubt that March was a great month for new music. The Strokes, Elbow, The Vaccines and Alex Turner, amongst others, all released new material. We also had the release of the Beady Eye record during the tail end of February and in addition to those I picked up a record by The Zombies, who were a 60s psychedelic band. I have managed to listen to all but Elbow so far, and have not been disappointed by any of them.
The Vaccines record was pretty much exactly what I had been expecting based on what I had seen and heard leading up to its release. It is a really good 'indie' record, nothing pretentious here, not trying too hard, it doesn't unearth any new ground but not everything has to. I am sure those of you who have listened are fans!
The Strokes was probably my least favourite of the records I bought, though not that its a bad one. There are some good moments on there and I am sure that it has its fans too but at the moment it seems to be playing second fiddle to other tunes. I am going to listen to it more at some point though.
I managed to get to see Beady Eye live at Manchester Apollo recently and thought they were great. 'Four Letter Word' is a great opening track for their album and is also a great opener live and really kicked off the gig well - helped on its way by Liam's unique delivery. The album seems to have had a mixed response but I have certainly enjoyed it - what are your thoughts?
Another record I am enjoying is the Alex Turner EP. Released as a soundtrack to a film, 'Submarine' (name of the EP and the film). It is mainly stripped down and acoustic which means that Turner's lyrics take a dominant role. It leans more towards Last Shadow Puppets than Arctic Monkeys, so anyone who hasn't yet listened to it should bear that in mind. I am a big fan of this EP!
Speaking of Arctic Monkeys many of you will probably now have heard a couple of their new tracks. 'Brick By Brick' and 'Don't Sit Down Cos I've Moved Your Chair'. On the latter there is obviously some humour in the title and that continues into the track when you hear the lyrics. 'Brick By Brick' is void of the usual lyrical content that comes with Alex Turner tunes but sounds like they are having fun playing it!
For a bit of a blast from the past I have been getting more into T-Rex lately too. I was familiar with some of their more popular tunes but picked up Electric Warrior a few weeks ago and was impressed with it. There is an interview with Marc Bolan as the final track which was intriguing too - a fascinating insight into their approach to music and their resistance to the more commercial side of the business.
Let me know if you guys have heard any of the stuff I have mentioned and what you think of it yourself. Also, as I said at the top, let me know if you have heard anything that you think I should check out - it can be new stuff, unsigned stuff or a blast from the past - I'm always on the lookout!!
Tracks I've been listening to in the car include:
Alex Turner - Piledriver Waltz
T-Rex - Planet Queen
Miles Kane - Rearrange
Bob Dylan - Visions Of Johanna
The Coral - Falling All Around You
Paul McCartney - Let Me Roll It
Television - Marquee Moon
The Zombies - She's Not There
The Vaccines - If You Wanna
Cold War Kids - Audience
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Kasabian - L.S.F.
Beady Eye - Milionaire
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