Nashville-based Ron Gallo released Stardust Birthday Party last year. The album is an experiment in garage rock, referencing what I so loved about early Cage The Elephant. Punky, erratic and brave, ‘Prison Décor’ is the perfect example.
Good morning folks. After touring in Ty Segall’s backing band ‘The Muggers’ for a year, Kyle Thomas was encouraged to revisit his garage rock sound and change things up. His latest album offering, The Other, is still released under his King Tuff alias, but the songs have progressed. ‘Psycho Star’ features the lyrics: “We were always dreaming/Of castles in the sky/Dreaming of another planet/How could we be so blind?” Thomas has come to terms with his music.
A compilation for the weekend. My favourite songs of 1998 in no particular order:
Honourable mentions also go to: Air for ‘La Femme D’Argent‘; Elliott Smith for ‘Waltz#2‘; Eels for ‘Last Stop: This Town‘; People Under The Stairs for ‘San Francisco Nights‘: The Beta Band for ‘Dry The Rain‘; and Massive Attack for ‘Teardrop‘.
Now for some garage-rock from Fagersta, Sweden. The Hives 2004 release Tyrannosaurus Hives, was their tricky third album. But no confidence had dissipated with the unstoppable single ‘Walk Idiot Walk’ leading the charge. Ever since they hit the UK scene with their immense call to arms ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’ in 2000, The Hives helped write the book on how to deliver rock ‘n’ roll in the noughties. If you like your sounds fast, loud and thrilling…
To say this song is all intro would be doing a would be doing a disservice to Julian Casablancas’ passionate vocals. “Leaving just in time/Staying for a while/Rolling in the ocean/Trying to catch her eye/Work hard and say it’s easy/Do it just to please me/Tomorrow will be different/So this is why I’m leaving”. But I love that intro, and those kickdrums, and that guitar, and… This was 2001; ‘The Modern Age’ is the second track on The Strokes’ classic Is This It.
It’s a Monday folks. At 1m 50s, the immediacy of the classic ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ seems most fitting on a Monday. If The Strokes rocked the casbah in 2001; 2002 was the year of Jack and Meg White. Released as the second single off the 2001 album White Blood Cells, the recipe was so in your face: Meg’s simple beat versus Jack’s white-hot guitar and tales of uncontrollable lust. Have a great week.
Before we get to the nitty gritty of choosing some favourite sounds of the year, a quick canter back to 2002, with songs in no particular order:
Honourable mentions also go to: John Murphy for ‘In The House, In A Heartbeat‘; Múm for ‘Green Grass Of Tunnel‘; The Promise Ring for ‘Become One Anything One Time‘; People Under The Stairs for ‘Acid Raindrops‘; The White Stripes for ‘Fell In Love With A Girl‘; The Libertines for ‘Up The Bracket‘;and Red Hot Chili Peppers for ‘Universally Speaking‘.
Before The Stooges released their self-titled long player and the classic proto punk single ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, MC5 had been kicking out the jams for almost year. These gents were right on the edge; they lived fast and often died young. Listening to their signature sound is a great way to clear the mind before a busy few days. ‘Kick Out The Jams’ is off their 1969 album of the same name. Have a great week.
It’s a bank holiday weekend in Blighty. Let’s play some music. I write herewith my favourite songs of 2004 and in no particular order:
Honourable mentions also go to: Beastie Boys for ‘Ch-Check It Out‘; MF Doom for ‘Accordion‘; Outkast for ‘Roses‘; Adem for ‘Everything You Need‘; Will Johnson for ‘Just To Know What You’ve Been Dreaming‘; The Killers for ‘Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll‘; David Byrne for ‘Glass, Concrete & Stone‘; and Jens Lekman for ‘Psychogirl‘.
Like their Ohio kin The Black Keys, Heartless Bastards’s lilt is a type of garage rock heavily rooted in blues. Unlike The Black Keys, they also have the vocals of Erika Wennerstrom. Her voice is beautifully explored on the track ‘Only For You’ off the 2012 album Arrow.
In 2001, a new wave of post-punk sounds cemented itself with the releases of the Strokes’ debut album Is This It and the White Stripes release White Blood Cells. These “saviours of rock ‘n’ roll” prompted others to pick up the garage rock mantle. The following year, Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy and Paul Thomson formed their band Franz Ferdinand. In January 2004, the band released the anthem ‘Take Me Out’, the lead single off their self-title debut. Have a great week.
Now for something to restore a little credibility. Parquet Courts pick up the type of garage sound and feedback previously contrived by Television to The Fall to Pavement. High praise indeed, but the proof is in the listening to the bake. Their 2012 album Light Up Gold kicks off with ‘Master Of My Craft’. The song takes no prisoners. “Forget about it!”, “Forget about it!” and “Ya know Socrates died in the fucking gutter!”