It’s been a rocky road but here they are, The Libertines at this weekend’s Reading Festival. A little older, probably no wiser – they’ll always have perfect songs like this to play. Looks like it was a lot of fun indeed.
Song of the Day
Archive for the ‘Song of the Day’ Category
Gawd bless ‘em, the Manics. The Welsh heroes of modern music have returned, fresh from last year’s Journal For Plague Lovers, with a rollicking grandiose pop song from the forthcoming Postcards From A Young Man. Excuse the quality, there are only radio rips flying around at the moment. If anything you can use it as nostalgia for the olden days of mp3s, back when they were rubbish. This song’s not rubbish though, it’s very nice indeed.
8 bit musicians are dedicated geeks, with their retro bleeps and bloops. But that doesn’t stop them knocking out killer tracks, like this one for the upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs The World game, created with a hacked NES and some guitars. Download the demo and enjoy this exhilarating piece in-game. (You’ll have to make a UK account because like everything else worth having, it’s not on the useless Hong Kong PSN Store.)
Weezer are back (again!). The tireless workhorses release the followup to Raditude in September. Hurley, named after the chubby Lost chap, is made up of 10 tracks of their power-pop rock that they can these days churn out on a dime. This is the first single and contains the same magic that makes something that at first sounds throwaway become gold.
Oh look! It’s the best band in Britain slipping out a cheeky single in between albums. The more ‘mature’ sound hints at the direction of the reportedly keyboard-laden new album. First time round it’s not got the immediate punch of their previous efforts but it soon enough creeps under your skin.
Arcade Fire are back and they’re good again! The Canadian orchestral rock band struck gold with 2005’s Funeral but lost their way with the dull and uninspired followup, Neon Bible. New album Suburbs takes them back to what they do best: dark-tinged, huge, exciting and emotive songs full of giddy glee. ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) is one of many highlights.
Here at Brou HQ we’re not above a catchy slice of slick pop. That’s why when Sky Ferreira climbed inside our ears a month or so ago, the infectious little chorus hook and the excellent use of ‘1-2-3-4′ stuck with us. There’s now a video so you can enjoy in a way you’re accustomed to. We’ll probably be sick of it in a few days but such is the beauty of disposable pop. In the mean time, enjoy the song with a chorus fit for the end of a Karate Kid movie. He won! Freeze-frame smile, credits, and we’re off.
Laid-back multi-instrumentalist Quantic’s revived his Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno outfit for a fine dub-inspired album that has grand flecks of Latin brass, as finely displayed in this sizzling summer track.
Charlotte Hatherley – Summer
She was in Ash, she’s going out with Edgar Wright (who also directed this video) and she makes wonderful pop music fit for days like today.
Watching No Distance Left to Run – a gracious reminder to the general public that there’s more to Blur than ‘Song 2′.