I Found Out (yeah , I know…)

The Pigeon Detectives

Bit of a first for me, in that one of the bands I’ve mentioned (albeit only in passing) have this made it into the BBC charts. Oh yes, Leeds’ Pigeon Detectives whom I saw support Milburn a couple of weeks ago have just this week charted at number 39, with “I Found Out”. Congrats all round…

Just last night, before I realised that they were in fact real pop stars, I was listening to a couple of tracks by the Pigeons and thought maybe I’d passed over them a bit quick before. It’s good jerky punkish pop, and in the best traditions, it’s all over within two minutes. Good work fellers!

The single is now freely available (yes, in real shops) and the video to “I Found Out” is also out on YouTube, and if I can get it right, I’ll embed it here too. There’s also a track available for free download from the band’s Myspace page, and here it is…

Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye

I Found Out

Just can’t stop my thoughts from returning to you…

Looking back though the amount of downloads each of the tracks I have put up over the last few months has received; I see that the Milburn ones have been easily the most popular ones so far.

So here’s another.

What You Could Have Won – Milburn

Actually, I had intended to put this track up at the time, but I simply could not persuade Blogger to cooperate with it.

And while I’m at it, here are another couple of songs from the Jake Flowers Scandal, the first of which is I believe due to become a single. It’s a good song but I really rather like the second one “Closer to You”, with its rather goofy sentimentalism. Always a sucker for this sort of thing…

Made It Home – Jake Flowers Scandal

Closer to You – Jake Flowers Scandal

no think idea you no have …

Lordy, here we are again, two weeks gone by and no post. Work has, as usual had the whip hand again, even over my weekends, which I do resent, but whatya gonna do?

I did have one particularly magic evening, though, when I went with my old friend Tom to see Roger McGuinn in Bristol. McGuinn is a bit of a bona fide folk historian these days, uncovering and re-recording lost folk and bluegrass classics on his excellent Folk Den site, and we were expecting the evening to consist largely of these worthy projects. I wouldn’t have complained, mind, I just wanted to see and hear the twelve-string and that unique voice. To our surprise and pleasure, however, he happily trawled through his magnificent back catalogue and gave us a thoroughly good evening, one that he too seemed to be enjoying.

Various accounts you read and stories you hear have suggested that the Byrds were a rather po-faced bunch, who famously refused to speak to the young John Peel on their arrival in London. McGuinn’s obviously mellowed with age, however, and I am happy to report that he seemed like a genuinely decent bloke, who I feel sure would have been happy to while away many an hour talking with this tongue-tied fan afterwards, if such a meeting had not been entirely imaginary… Anyway, highpoints of the evening were a beautiful version of John Riley and a completely single-handed Eight Miles High (think about that), which was pretty damn impressive.

Beebah Stant

I can’t really post anything from Roger McGuinn here, tempting as it may be, although by way of a tenuous link I do have a track here by Canterbury band Beebah Stant, Shiv pt 2, which made me think of the raga-style guitar pieces in Eight Miles High.

Cough Syrup

Shiv Pt 2

To be honest Beebah Stant are nothing like the Byrds and seem to model themselves more on Sonic Youth than any beat up old sixties icons. If you like a bit of rather stylish dissonance, I reckon this lot should do the trick nicely.

I do try to make this blog as informative as possible when it comes to new bands – the collective raising of eyebrows is almost audible, I know – but Beebah Stant seem to prefer to be … ah, well… shrouded in mystery, you could say. Their Myspace page for example, helpfully tells you that they sound like:

the tiring feeling you get when your mother catches you eating the last
sequin off her new dress/climbing the ladder of injustice to find a
burning portrait of your 80 year old inner thigh/bringing in your mangy,
fleabitten dog from the rain and then discovering its bum is full of
your favourite ice cream.

Their actual website gives you even less and this site (Blue Light District)
includes the gem, “no think idea you no have”.

Quite. Anyway who cares, it’s a cracking good noise and worth a bang if you ask me…