Release me?

Saab have a new ad out, and it features a bizarrely sung yet rather good song by a Swedish band called Oh Laura. It sounds a bit both like Regina Spektor and Welsh wonder Cerys Matthews, but don't let that put you off, it's actually good. Enjoy.

MP3 Oh Laura - Release Me

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I'm fortunate enough in my current job to be able to listen to the radio all day. While this may not seem anything too unusual to some of you, it's certainly something of a treat for me. Generally speaking, I spend the day flicking between 3 stations, on the constant hunt for the perfect musical accompanyment to my current task. Anyway, I was listening to Revolution yesterday by the Beatles and my right earphone fell out, meaning I was just left listening to the left channel. The track sounded amazing, as all the bass and drums were coming through the left, while the guitars were on the right. It added a massive new dimension to the tune, and is worth trying yourselves.

MP3 The Beatles - Revolution


I like all the girls

Yeah yeah yeah, I know, I've not posted for a while. Been a bit busy see. Anyway, I'm sure you all read my rather gushing review of Calvin Harris' "Acceptable in the 80's". Well, I was maybe a little over generous with my compliments, and now having heard the same bloody song at least 7 times a day I'm rather sick of it. So, it's great to hear Harris' forthcoming single "the Girls". The vocals are better, it's not quite as cheesy, and generally it bumps along quite nicely. Have a listen.

MP3 Calvin Harris - The Girls


Other stuff I haven't seen.

Skins was a programme I meant to watch but never got around to. I guess I'm out too much nowadays to have time for serious telly. Anyway, the last episode was on recently, and the following song apparently played a significant part. Enjoy.

MP3 Cat Stevens - Wild World

PS - You can catch this on YouTube. Spoiler alert though.


I've just watched Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind on telly. I've never seen it before, and I must admit I watched it under a degree of pleasant sufference by a significant other. It was like a Quarter Pounder from McDonalds: Good at the start, soggy in the middle, but surprisingly satisfying at the end. Here's a tune from it anyway, which actually made the film for me.

MP3 Beck - Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes

Repetitive Generic Music

The Beatles - Were just a band.
Led Zepplin - Just a band.
The Beach Boys - Just a band.
The Sex Pistols - Just a band.
The Clash - Just a band.
Crass - Just a band.
Minor Threat - Just a band.
The Cure - Just a band.
The Smiths - Just a band.
Nirvana - Just a band.
The Pixies - Just a band.
Oasis - Just a band.
Radiohead - Just a band.
Bloc Party - Just a band.
The Arctic Monkeys - Just a band.
The next big thing - JUST A BAND.

This is rather good. It sounds like Just Jack covering Losing my Edge. Ace.

MP3 Dan le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill

The Great Climbdown.

So, following on from both Mr Gates and Mr Jobs' comments that "DRM doesn't work", Apple announced a groundbreaking deal with EMI yesterday that all of their tracks will be available in a higher bitrate, DRM-free version. All very good, even at their enhanced price, but doesn't it simply smell of the high and mighty actually admitting that the music industry is more fucked than they'll admit, and this climbdown shows that holding complete and utter contempt for your online customers isn't exactly the way to claw back loses due to the "P2P effect".

Be warned people: At the beginning of the year Music Blogs were described as "the future of music journalism". Just don't be too surprised if we're all shut down at some point in the future when we become "the biggest pirates since those guys that sell dodgy DVD's down the pub".

MP3 Talking Heads - Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)

MP3 Jellies - The Conversation

"If you ain't got no money,

Take your broke ass...":

a) To the Cinema. It's quite cheap, and a great way to spend a couple of hours without drinking.

b) To the Museum. Many of them are free now and are a great way to expand your cultural horizons.

c) To the pub (with a friend). Get them to buy you beer for being such a good pal.

I don't like Fergie's new single at all. It's a soft-porn homage to money, whilst also trying to persuade the listener that she's "real". We all of course know this, as she's simply nothing more than a J-Lo wannabe who releases songs that have even less artistic merit. Except for "Fergalicious" that is, which is a total guilty pleasure - for some reason I like it's old skool electro backing. The rest of what she does is absolute pants though. Grr.

MP3 Fergie - Fergalicious

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