Sunday, 30 December 2012

An Album of the Year: Mr Oizo - Stade 2

I have said some rather extreme things about Mr Oizo in the past. Today I'm here to tell you that those feelings have not softened.

I concede that this album also came out in 2011. But I do have a problem with Quentin Dupieux that boils down almost solely to the fact that I am obsessed. A creative French bearded man with misanthropic tendancies? If he likes gin, camomile tea, Kaufman films and The Wasp Factory then he could be the perfect man!

Being able to make music like this album-titled track, Stade 2, makes him near perfect already..

Thursday, 27 December 2012

An Album of the Year: The Maccabees - Given to the Wild

Soaring. This album is so very beautiful. The Maccabees seem to be continually developing such a touching and ethereal sound with such ease. Considering it is a third album they seem to have lost little of their intrigue.

As this album works so well as a whole, it was difficult to select just one track. But Went Away leaves me particularly choked. So that it is!

Friday, 21 December 2012

An Album of the Year: Modeselektor - Monkeytown

I mean, so our household was fairly excited for the new Modeselektor album. And, yes, I am aware that it was released in September 2011! But in my defence this year has been fairly crazy. Modeselektor hold a special place in my music collection and heart. This track has been a regular feature of my MP3 player, computer playlists and frequently finds its way onto our bedroom stereo. The very excellent Pretentious Friends featuring Busdriver. I also think many of you out there would appreciate This featuring Thom Yorke. Unfortunately it is only a 45 second teaser from SoundCloud.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Merry Christmas.. (Return)

I haven't forgotten about Pop Cultureddd. I still love it. Here is a genuine Christmas delight:

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Simian Mobile Disco

Obsessive compulsive behaviours. I probably have a few little tendencies but nothing crippling. I end up having so little control over the events in my life that I just obsess about that instead.

Simian Mobile Disco still make me happy. It also makes me feel right retro.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Will Young

I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Will Young. And whilst no longer being played 'out there' a great deal any more, I certainly feel a middle aged, even more maternal and cynical version of myself, is happy inside when swaying to this song. If Radio 2 have played it though I might hang myself..

Saturday, 4 February 2012


I flagrantly admit I don't care about Madonna, or her legacy, or her ability to 'reinvent' herself, or the power she seems to have over people to still make her interested in her. I don't really care for, or know much of her back catalogue. And I don't give a shit about Vogue.

So I didn't know about this collaboration with two of my favourite women in 21st Century music. Apparently, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. know something about this Madonna lady that I don't. In fact whatever it is they feel towards her it has led them to deem it acceptable to be backing dancers for her.

To be fair, the Minaj and M.I.A. breakdowns are easily the highlight of this rather lacklustre pop song.

How amazing are those Adidas endorsed breasts!?