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Posted in rotating ears on October 22, 2008 by bonharris

Double late on this one. Better late than never. J.C. has been on the front line again.

24 is the new 65.

Here goes.

Foals – Norwich UEA
I’m starting to wonder if I’m getting too old for this shit! At 24, I was clearly one of the oldest people here. Oh well, as this is as close as I’ve been to university life for a while, I’ll have a pint of snakebite please barkeep!
So what about Foals then? Well they were surrounded by such a ridiculous tidal wave of hype when they first emerged that you kind of felt the only way was down. The acid test was always going to be a year or so down the line. To be fair they’ve done well, they’ve played here, there and everywhere. Raves, festivals, tours, they have a broad appeal. Big hitters ‘Cassius’ and ‘Balloon’ spark near-riotous scenes, and just seem to command you to jump around like a loon. Although I didn’t. Too old! But I think the more tender ‘Red Socks Pugie’ is their best song by a mile, just makes your hair stand on end when played live, and reminds you why you drove for nearly two hours (on a schoolnight!) to see some guys with guitars. ‘Olympic Airways’ has a similar charm, and its out today kids!
If I had one criticism, it would be that some of their songs are a little bit samey, but there’s more than enough here to keep my interest. I actually can’t wait to see them again after they’ve finished the follow-up to ‘Antidotes’. I read that they’re considering re-locating to Hawaii to write and record it: “We thought Hawaii because we want to enjoy ourselves and we are great believers in the environment around you having an effect on the kind of music you make,” Nice work if you can get it!

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Posted in rotating ears on September 12, 2008 by bonharris

Look smart, here comes that JC. Out from the grit and grime of the city, he’s strolling through green and pleasant lanes.

He’s whistling a happy tune.

Here’s why:

Friendly Fires – ‘Jump In The Pool’ – “For me they don’t sound like anyone else around at the moment. I saw them perform live on TV recently and thought they were superb.”
The Streets – ‘I Love You More’ – “New album preview on MySpace as we speak. OK the beats are somewhat simplistic, but to be fair thats part of the charm. I think he’s an amazing lyricist. He couldn’t be anymore genuine, I think all his albums are ace! This track stands out at the moment but can’t wait to hear the whole album.”
Shotgun Heart Club – ‘Now That Your Gone‘ – I have to big up these guys. The bass player lives in Great Baddow! They wear their influences on their sleeve but their pretty fucking tight. Nice work.

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Posted in rotating ears on August 31, 2008 by bonharris

Obviously intoxicated with phone power and dodgekas, it’s time for music. Like The Short One on Vizir,(who you can stroke to this day, for the price of a plane ride), we sally forth to liberate your ears from ringtones, car alarms and the crushing din of your own boredom.
Take it away JC:
Esser – ‘Headlock’ – Brilliant debut from former Great Baddow High School pupil, his reputation has snowballed massively over recent months. ‘On the verge’ as they say.
The Coral – ‘Being Somebody Else’ – More genius from one of Britain’s most original and consistent bands. No bullshit, no fuss, just an abundance of great music.
Metronomy – ‘Heartbreaker’ – This is sure to do well, could well be their biggest hit to date with its synth-heavy power chords, and its catchy as you like.

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Posted in rotating ears on August 12, 2008 by bonharris

Travels and work mean I’m a bit late posting this one. True music will never go out of fashion though, so let’s see how these picks from JC fare.

Late Of The Pier – ‘Heartbeat’I can’t stress how much I like this band, itching to hear the album. It drops on the 11th!
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – ‘Letter From God To Man’Intelligent, funny, brilliantly observed and delivered lyrics, and those beats….wow. Works for me!
James Yuill – ‘No Pins Allowed’”Hello everybody. My name’s James. I make music on my laptop with my fingers and guitars and things and stuff.” And very good it is too!
Magistrates – ‘Make This Work’They cite Bowie, Prince and Talking Heads as main influences. I think they have some really interesting ideas. Essex boys as well, as are Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip. Must be something in the water!
Come on you Essex!!
Nice one JC.

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Posted in rotating ears on July 26, 2008 by bonharris

Here comes our boy JC again. There’s no stopping him now. He seems to be gripped by some special kind of groove-fever. Here’s his picks for this week.

M83 – ‘Kim & Jessie’ – Nice bit of French electronica, chilled but not shit!
The Cock n Bull Kid – ‘On My Own Again‘ – Female solo artist from London, her Glastonbury performance earned rave reviews. Soulful and beaty, good stuff and plenty more to come I feel.
Port O’Brien – ‘I Woke Up Today’ – From Oakland, CA. Can’t help but smile when I hear this song.
ZX Spectrum Orchestra – You just have to check these guys out. Heard the set they did at Sonar on Rob Da Bank’s excellent Radio 1 show.
The Charlatans – ‘Mis-takes‘ – Bit hit and miss for me but I absolutely love this tune. Back on form me thinks.

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Posted in rotating ears on July 20, 2008 by bonharris

The Boy has been at it again. Whilst I, (dressed as Mark “Rollerball” Rocco), attempt to prevent The CrudGods, (dressed as Martin “Giant Haystacks” Ruane), from holding my shoulders to the canvas for more than a theatrical three count. Young JC has been huntin’, spinnin’ and groovin’ fit to bust his Chuck Taylors.

The Boy be moving to this:

Chemical Brothers – ‘Midnight Madness’ – They just seem to get better and better. Another belting tune.
Fight Like Apes – ‘Lend Me Your Face’ – Brilliant at Glasto, they just seem edgier and more interesting than a lot of indie thats out there at the moment. Worth checking out.
The Hold Steady – ‘Sequestered In Memphis’ – An awesome band, the whole album is class. One of the best rock and roll bands around right now.”
Nice one JC.
Cheers for that.