This Week's Best Album Streams: 17th October 2012
Dear reader, we are on the verge of entering a new enlightened age. Political strife in Syria, economic collapse in Europe; all these things shall be swept to the side, and humanity brought together, by the news that R. Kelly not only plans on releasing 20 new chapters of his masterful R&B musical soap opera Trapped In The Closet over the coming months, there are over a hundred chapters to come. Hallelujah, praise the Lord! I see the light!
I guess there's been some other good music this week too.
Paul Banks - Banks (Drowned In Sound)
I admit that I really don't know what Interpol have done since the mid-00s. Much as I enjoyed their faux-Joy Division post-punk back then, I didn't stick with it; the only development I was aware of was the one with the moustache leaving. What a surprise this is, then: ten tracks of low-key bedroom-esque recordings he made whilst on tour with Interpol, which subsequently has a degree of intimacy and more reserved bombast. The xx with busier arrangements.
Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man(NPR)
Someone else stripping down - both figuratively and literally - is Natasha Khan, who's done away with a lot of the Kate Bush pop extravagance of her first two LPs and come down to earth a little. Which isn't to say she's gotten boring and finger-quotes "serious" - everything's just a lot more minor-key and darkly magical.
Other Lives - Mind The Gap (Consequence of Sound)
Come for the Thom Yorke remix; stay for everything else they have to offer. The erstwhile Radiohead frontman remixes 'Tamer Animals', the title track of Other Live's last album, under the banner of his new act Atoms For Peace, and the dark, pulsating fusion of electronica and folk appears across the EP.
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever (Soundcloud)
Not much is known about William Doyle, the man who is East India Youth, other than this album has nowt to do with Foals. What we do know is that Total Strife Forever is a gorgeous technicolour trip, surfing on sine waves into waves of synths.
Titus Andronicus - Local Business (NPR)
New Jersey punks get a step closer to The Replacements, following 2010's magnificent, self-lacerating howl (and concept album about the American Civil War) The Monitor. It's loud, it's funny, and it's smart - as frontman Patrick Stickles himself is - and it's resolutely grounded in real life; a new side to Titus Andronicus. (Fun aside: they've been playing tracks for the album live in actual local businesses).
Death Rattle - HE&I(The 405)
Get your spook on even more with this debut EP from husband-wife duo Death Rattle, an industrial hum running through the tracks like something from whilst the lady in the radiator sings in an even more sinister tone.
If you find any good album streams this week, Tweet me @tennis_everyone. Any pictures of cats dressed like people would be good too.
What a week! By which I mean, what a week for less excellent album streams. The Strokes continue to try and sabotage each other's careers by making the most identikit music they can (this time referencing A-ha for a joke). Peace reach even further back, to psychedelic sixties garage rock, and are even more boring in the process. Depeche Mode are old. It's all a little disheartening, isn't it? [read more]
Hey, it's May Fools Day! The day when newspapers, websites, the young and the young at heart, the lovably wicked and the total arseholes are united in their playing of pranks. Hm? A guy genuinely lost his live savings through playing a carnival game? The Instagram Act is a real thing? Ace of Bass are actually Nazis? And May Fools Day isn't a thing? Christ. I need a lie down. Maybe I'll listen to some new music while I do so. [read more]
New year, new me. This is going to be my year. Oh, sorry, you already claimed it? Never mind then, I'll wait until the next one comes along, and hopefully I'll be quicker off the mark. Big changes are afoot for the 405, friends, but you can rely on me to stubbornly refuse to change. Unless this is your most hated feature, in which case, I'll continue to obnoxiously fuel your hate-reading. [read more]
This afternoon more than any other, I truly need some good music to listen to. Because last night - for reasons that now escape me, and wouldn't excuse me regardless - my girlfriend and I sat combing through YouTube for the dregs of mid-00s scene kid music. The stuff that exists in the darkest recesses of your memory, the bands with names whose inherent awfulness is rivalled only by the songs themselves. I've had 'Shake It' by Metro Station stuck in my head for about twelve hours now. [read more]