I Want You To Love Me

Caramel Jack

I found Caramel Jack on Myspace, whilst looking for bands that sound like Lambchop. I’ve listened to their tracks there so many times now that I couldn’t begin to tell you whether they do indeed sound like Kurt Wagner and team, but it’s a noble aspiration, I reckon.

The band are from Brighton and have as many as 13 members at different times according to their site. They have two albums available on karmadownload which have been well received, though I seem to have missed them completely. There’s a new album due out soon as well.

I’ve chosen “Lover of a Country Boy” because it’s such a haunting song, with a couple of beautiful breaks in the middle, which (now I come to think of it) do sound a little like Lambchop. I really like the use of strings throughout the song too – it’s a cracking record, and there are a couple others available to download from Myspace too.

They have a website too, which is beautifully illustrated with turn of the century photos, and which will have new tracks available to download soon.

Lover of a Country Boy

They Don’t Deserve You… Not Like I Do

Last Harbour

The other track I wanted to link you to tonight was this one by Manchester band Last Harbour, which I came across on Myspace, but who have their own website, with a number of downloads available from it. They have a rather gothic style to their music (that’s with a little “g”) that is rather fine.

Their website describes their sound in this way:

“Last Harbour are a Manchester collective playing rustic, cinematically atmospheric songs that rattle and loom, at once epic and intimate, harsh and beautiful. Using instrumentation that might traditionally be associated with folk music, the band instead hammer and sculpt their music into unusual and beguiling forms. This is music with a strong emotional content, both bitter and beautiful.”

(I like the idea of rustic, atmospheric songs) I’ve provided a link to “The Wanting Seed” which is off their first album “The Host of Wild Creatures”, which seems to be out of print. They do have another album available however, from their website, “Hold Fast Pioneer”.

The Wanting Seed

Nothin’ But B-Sides In This World

Additional Moog

So …

Here’s the first band I’d like to plug – Additional Moog from, I think, Birmingham (ah, here we go, first band, first paragraph, first mistake!). Their first gig was apparently supporting KT Tunstall; they also seem to have some link with Pavement and a slightly unsettling obsession with ELO (best not to go there…)

On their Myspace page they say they are influenced by Wilco, Pavement and The Band, though I reckon I hear the Velvet Underground in there too. I really like their rootsy kind of sound, especially the drumming which sounds to my ears like someone just having some fun. I could try to go on, but I’d probably embarrass myself, and you wouldn’t read it anyway… I’ve chosen “Fault Lines and B-Sides” to link to, but they have another track available from their website.

So, give it a listen, I like it.

Fault Lines and B-Sides

Here’s the link to their own page, which, amongst other things, has this rather neat idea of telling people to bring their i-pods along to gigs and get an exclusive download direct there and then. Having been just been there, I notice that next week (20th Feb) is the release of their new single “Holy Jukebox”, which is a beautiful Byrd-sy pop song, that you’ll soon be able to download from i-Tunes and can hear on Download.com. I’d love to be able to say that I’d tied all this in neatly to coincide with their first release, but alas, it was just damn fool luck.

But hey, that’s a good sign for my first entry, isn’t it?

Enough Is Enough

Having blagged shamelessly from other mp3 blogs for a couple of years now, I’ve finally decided to get off my arse and do a bit of digging for myself. I thought I’d start my own mp3 blog.

I’m a good few years late and few if any people will ever find their way to this site amongst all the other (far better) ones, but still, I’d like to give it a go…

It really is amazing just how much music there is out there, and so-o-o-o much of it so-o-o-o much better than what you hear on radio or TV. What’s wrong with this world?

This is what I was thinking I would do:

I’ll keep the music mostly British (on the basis that I’d quite like to be able to see some of the bands that appear here).

I’ll do my darndest to keep everything legal, linking to tracks that have been made available by the artists themselves

I’ll try to put up to music that I would have been glad to have been shown, if I hadn’t already found it (if you see what I mean)

I won’t be doing a podcast – it’s so 2005…

If anyone is unhappy with anything on the site, please don’t take it personally – it’s almost certainly down to carelessness or the sort of slap dash attitude that has got us where we are today…

Contact me: Sweeny123@hotmail.co.uk

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