formatting fail: Attack Music

That's the artwork for the "Attack Music" single, thanks to the Angular website...

...wait, what's this? According to the same site, the format for "Attack Music" is download and...nope, just download.


It upsets me that - outside of the initial single announcement - every thing about this single is turning out all sorts of wrong.

[Maybe they forgot to list it and there will be a 10" as well, but I'm not holding my breath.]


the "Attack Music" video is terrible

The first mis-step in an otherwise fantastically executed campaign. *sigh*


new obsession alert: Active Child

Good music friend Joe passed along a video for the new Active Child single "I'm In Your Church At Night".

Simply put: stunning. Gorgeous and haunting and four minutes of music to totally lose yourself in. It hasn't got a "proper" release yet - whatever that constitutes in this day and age - however you can find it and two other tracks on his/their page at the excellent RCRD LBL site. Alternately, you can purchase the "She Was A Vision" / "Voice Of An Old Friend" digital single at Amazon/iTunes/whatever your digital retailer of choice may be.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled. I've got a feeling this is going to develop nicely.

"I'm In Your Church At Night":



good omens

There's an album cover. The official site has a countdown - timing to the millisecond, even - and is streaming part of a new track. A couple of other new songs were "leaked" to radio a week or so ago.

We might actually be getting this on March 30th. Fingers crossed.

we're repeating it again, again, and again

Thanks to Dean for reminding me - and Seattle - of Pay TV's amazing "Refrain Refrain":

There's a free download of later single "Fashion Report" on last.fm if that's your thing, and you can find various singles from various digital retailers.

And that's that.



The Bluetones' official site is reporting that their sixth album is ready to roll this summer. Entitled 'A New Athens', the artwork is to the left and the track list is as follows:

01 The Notes Between The Notes Between The Notes
02 Firefly
03 A New Athens
04 Culling Song
05 Into The Red
06 Golden Soul
07 The Day That Never Was
08 Carry Me Home
09 Half The Size Of Nothing
10 Haunted By You
11 Pranchestonelle

I imagine 10 is not a Gene cover, but you never know...

No single or confirmed release date yet but this is certainly something to look forward to. I was wondering just the other day when we'd get a new album from them...

And I'll just take this opportunity to say that I still don't understand all the hatred - well, perhaps that's a bit strong of a word...intense dislike, perhaps - that gets directed at the band and their last few albums. 'Science & Nature' was clearly their high point, but 'Luxembourg' is a snappy and enjoyable little record and the self-titled definitely has its moments. No, neither are 'Expecting To Fly II' but both are better for it. [Personally I prefer LPs 4 & 5 to 1 & 2 but I'm sure I'm in the minority on that one.]

In any case, add another one to the list of albums to look forward to in 2010.


mpfree - The Whip mixtape

In anticipation of their forthcoming second LP - which can't get here fast enough as far as I'm concerned - The Whip have set up a fancy new web site. At said web site, you can stream and/or exchange your e-mail address for an mp3 download of a DJ Mixtape by members Bruce and Fee.

A nice way to start the spring as far as I'm concerned, though it is a bit sad they didn't sneak in a preview of new material in the set. Oh well.


random seven-inch saturday

"I Want To Touch You" is probably my favorite single off of Catherine Wheel's 'Ferment'. Not only is the a-side fantastic but it also featured a slew of incredibly strong b-sides across the formats - two of which would be re-recorded for the following year's 'Chrome' and it had the best of a string of amazing sleeves featuring Alastair Thain's photography. The 7" features an exclusive edit of the single remix on the a-side and the omnipresent "Ursa Major Space Station" on the flip. Even though it lacks the "let's take a rocket ship to Mars" tag, I think this version trumps the more familiar 'Chrome' recording.

I do not understand the appeal of the Manic Street Preachers. That said, I've always found myself strangely drawn to 'Know Your Enemy', their 2001 album generally regarded as their low point. [I generally don't believe in music as a guilty pleasure but had I to pick something, it would be this album.] There's no doubt it's a total mess and at least half of the many styles they try on over the course of its 16 tracks totally blow up in their face, yet I find myself returning to it again and again, completely mesmerized by the whole thing. Its best moment is its lead track, "Found That Soul", also chosen as one of two lead singles - another completely ridiculous and half-assed marketing ploy in a career full of them. The 7" - their first in years, I believe - featured a live recording of previous "return to their roots" single "The Masses Against The Classes", which was also the UK millennium #1 if I remember correctly. Nonsense. A total musical car crash.


properly picked singles: These New Puritans

On Sunday, the preceding image was posted on the These New Puritans website and Facebook page with the comment: "shooting the attack music video..."

A date of April 12th has been thrown around, though not from any official sources.


[Glad to see someone get their single choices right.