This week's content-themed round-up of songs in the form of a playlist, featuring Pulp, Weezer, Hjaltalin, Terror Danjah, Dreamend, Spoon, David Bowie and some more people. Click here to listen to it, like.
1. Weezer - 'El Scorcho'
Weezer have had a busy year. Some might call it tiring, but for us rather than them. They released Hurley which, by most accounts, was not that good. Then there's the re-issue of Pinkerton and some other stuff, in Death To False Metal. We reviewed both of them this week, one faring quite a bit better than the other, as you'd expect. Click here and here for those.
2. Terror Danjah - 'Power Grid'
The title of this Terror Danjah track fits in quite well with a documentary series which has been airing on BBC4 in the past few weeks, centred around the National Grid. Seemed pretty interesting, as is this track, despite the gurgling-cum-burping vocalisations which pepper the track. Tension building. Read the review of it here.
3. Orange Juice - 'Scaremonger'
As far as Christmas presents to yourself go, you could do a lot worse than buying Coals To Newcastle, the Orange Juice retrospective, the many-disked box set. It's quite expensive, but in terms of value for money it's actually a bargain. Because you get songs like Scaremonger on it and about a trillion others.
4. Brian Eno - 'An Ending (Ascent)'
Brian Eno releases his new record next week, entitled Small Craft On A Milk Sea. We reviewed it here. Unfortunately it's not on Spotify yet, so we had to settle for a bit of a rare track from Eno. Listening to this really makes you think it'd be perfect for a film, perhaps an end sequence of some kind, where the narrator gently ponders over life and its meaning and the retelling of a story. Or something like that, anyway.
5. worriedaboutsatan - 'The Butterfly Effect'
Although the track is called 'The Butterfly Effect', the opening starts off more like...well, how you might imagine a soundtrack to a buffalo discovering it'd been given a lovely, strong set of wings overnight, but being trapped in a six-foot by six-foot cell. The Leeds lads popped up as part of our Leeds coverage from earlier in the week, specifically as part of Gizeh records, in the Leeds Labels article. Vessels did that for us. It's well good.
6. iLiKETRAiNS - 'We Go Hunting'
I'm not sure what the band formerly known as iLiKETRAiNS are calling themselves nowadays, but this is what their name was when this track first emerged. It's unbelievably gloomy but also brilliant. But "brilliant" in the modern, rather than the older sense of the word as there is absolutely not a glimmer of light anywhere to be found. They also contributed quite heavily to our Leeds-themed content, submitting an article about literature and music as well as some other great articles.
7. Dreamend - 'Your Kiss'
Andrzej Lukowski popped in an Apprentice analogy in his review of Dreamend's latest record, So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite. It scored a highly impressive and RECOMMENDED 8/10. You can read more of his thoughts on it here. More like the middle of a dream in 'Your Kiss' than the end of it, though.
8. Hjaltalín - 'Suitcase Man'
I was so glad that Wendy Roby chose this as her Single Of The Week. Here's what she had to say: "As for ‘Suitcase Man’, when it begins it is all the doom in the world; quivering strings straight out of shadowy Vienna, Orson Welles managing to look sexy even as he reveals himself to be a calm sociopath untrammeled by silly, flimsy concepts like moyda; oh, whatever killin. Then the singing starts and it explodes into wonderful histrionics, with muted drunk brass, cantering cellos and some of the most ridiculously showy - if not actively vulgar - orchestration I have heard in quite some time. It is absolutely WOWZERS, it revels in itself, it reeks of DRAMA, and yet is still as pop as a thing could be. I had no idea."
9. Spoon - 'Don't Make Me A Target'
Am I the only person to notice how the opening few chords sound remarkably similar to a NOFX song, a song whose name escapes me at the moment. I think it was off Pump Up The Valuum. Spoon are just about better than NOFX and we ran a video of them playing tribute to Jay Reatard at Matador's 21st birthday celebrations in Las Vegas.
10. David Bowie - 'China Girl'
IT'S IN THE WAY OF MY EYEEEEEEEES. Where is the Thin White Duke? He's in here.
11. Gruff Rhys - 'Ffrwydriad Yn y Ffurfafen'
Have little idea what this song title means, but it's a cracking song. Some more details about his new record, Hotel Shampoo emerged this week. It's essentially a high-concept art project as well as an album, don't you know?
12. Pulp - 'Help The Aged'
This week was the week that Pulp finally announced their reunion. They'll play Primavera 2011 and Wireless...also in 2011. We hope that there'll be some more shows announced soon and we also sort of expect that. So fingers crossed, Pulp fans.