This latest edition of Music That Matters brings you music from Denmark, Manchester, London, Oxford, Southampton, Brighton, (as in England not Massachusetts), Alabama (yeah that Alabama), Missouri and all the way back to KEXPâ€™s hometown, Seattle.
Listen to exclusive tracks, a few remixes and brand-spanking new singles youâ€™ve been craving. I also have a couple singles from my favorite albums of 2006 in case you missed them on your already spectacular music radar.
Music That Matters Vol. 35 – (MP3)
Mewâ€™s 2003 breakthrough album Frengers was finally released in the U.S. January 23rd. The Danish band put out my favorite 2006 album, And the Glass Handed Kites. I admit I am a late bloomer to Mew and Iâ€™m sure making up for it by obsessing over all their albums, checking eBay for limited editions/re-releases and planning a trip to Denmark to interview their families, teachers and schoolmates. Maybe find unraveled cassette tapes with early recordings from lead singer Jonasâ€™ childhood. Okay, Iâ€™m joking.
â€œAm I Wry? Noâ€ is the opening track off Frengers (Not Quite Friends But Not Quite Strangers). I just tell people itâ€™s Danish for â€œacquaintance?â€ Little known fact: Their keyboardist Nick is a loyal KEXP listener who has probably listened to my overnight show from his London cubicle. How ironic is that?
Ulrich Schnauss dishes out a beautiful remix of Mark Gardener’s “The Story of the Eye.â€ Hint hint: Iâ€™d love to hear more remixes from the 2005 release These Beautiful Ghosts, preferably â€œTo Get Me Through.â€ Mark, the former Ride frontman, is currently on tour in Europe but rests his gorgeous head in Oxford.
Mark Gardener with Goldrush:
Speaking of Mark, I saw him way back in 2005 at the KEXP Yule Benefit with Goldrush as his backup band. Sweet package deal! The new Goldrush album comes out in the UK on February 5th on Truck Records. We kids in the U.S. (except me) have to wait until April. Well worth the wait.
I am so excited to include tracks from a few of my all-time favorite bands: Delays and Clearlake (alongside my most recent fave Mew). All of them had insanely incredible albums in 2006.
Iâ€™ve featured â€œValentine,â€ the first single off You See Colours by Delays. This Southampton band led by Greg Gilbert is currently working on their third release due out later this year.
Private gig at Water Rats in London (please excuse out-of-synch audio):
Clearlake, who reign from my second home in Brighton, have a new demo called â€œSummerâ€™s Overâ€ and are also working on their next album. Fingers crossed for U.S. tours from both of them. Come on already, Iâ€™m restless.
Best Buzz Bands of 2007:
The Blakes: Itâ€™s only days before major record labels play tug-a-war over this Seattle band. Their self-released album screams â€œWe love the same British bands DJ Shannon does and weâ€™ll trick her into thinking weâ€™re Brits.â€ Theyâ€™re clever fellas.
Also listen to catchy tracks from Sunny Day Sets Fire, The Bishops (who Iâ€™ll check out in Austin for SXSW), Pull Tiger Tail, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Wild Sweet Orange.
The Bishops video:
The Lo Fidelity Allstars remix of Aberdeen Cityâ€™s â€œGod is Going to Get Sick of Meâ€ is my latest club hit fave — that is, if I went to dance clubs. It gets me bouncing in my car seat (not the child size one mind you) and singing at full throttle. Hold on and listen! LFAâ€™s â€œBattleflagâ€ was MY dance song but is slowly being replaced with this one.
Jim Noir is often referred to as the â€œBrian Wilson of Manchester.â€ His single, â€œKey of Câ€ is a classic â€˜60s pop single off his release Tower of Love. I highly recommend the album and his live show. I do I do I do.
Art Brutâ€™s new single â€˜Nag Nag Nag Nagâ€™ will be on their second album due later this year. And a wicked Cavemen remix of Archie Bronson Outfitâ€™s â€œDead Funnyâ€ is out on Domino Records.
Read more about my year of music for 2006.
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