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The Charlatans – Loving You Is Easy (2004)

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The Charlatans have been touring. ‘Loving You Is Easy’ is off their eighth album Up At The Lake. It was the band’s only album to have never received a US release. Tim Burgess gives us his soul on this piano ballad, helped by keyboard player Tony Rodgers who shares the vocals.

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Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle (2004)

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The Polyphonic Spree – Section 12 (Hold Me Now) (2004)

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“Hold me now, don’t stop chicken.” The Polyphonic Spree reminds me of my kids and makes me smile. Disney’s Hollywood Records released the Texan troupe’s.sophomore album Together We’re Heavy in 2004. ‘Section 12’ is the second track on the album. Have a great weekend.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2004

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:

Kings Of Leon – The Bucket

The Thrills – Whatever Happened To Corey Haim?

Kasabian – Club Foot

Danger Mouse & Jay-Z – Public Service Announcement

The Walkmen – The Rat

Modest Mouse – Float On

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

Wilco – Muzzle of Bees

Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle

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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‘.

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Joanna Newsom – Sprout And The Bean (2004)

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To appreciate Joanna Newsom, you have to like (or become accustomed to) the quirky voice. On ‘Sprout And The Bean’, her accompanying harp-playing makes that a much easier thing to do. The song was released as a single from her album The Milk-Eyed Mender.

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The Killers – Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll (2004)

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The Killers 2004

Fast start to the week. The Killers’ ‘Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll’ off their 2004 album Hot Fuss. Enjoy. Have  a great week.

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Rilo Kiley – Portions for Foxes (2004)

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I registered Rilo Kiley when they released ‘Portions For Foxes’ off their album More Adventurous. It was 2004, but it has the familiarity of early 1990s guitar indie and 1980s power pop. Jenny Lewis is “bad news” and yeah, “we’ll all be portions for foxes”.

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Wilco – Muzzle Of Bees (2004)

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I read that Wilco have confirmed a new album, Schmilco, to be released in September. So while I’m on a 2004 run, it would be rude not to feature something off the long player A Ghost Is Born, the band’s follow-up to the classic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Guitarist/co-producer Jay Bennett had now left the group and Jeff Tweedy was attempting to overcome painkiller addiction. ‘Muzzle Of Bees’ is intricate, folky, psychedelic and well produced. Jim O’Rourke had filled the gap created by Bennett and, with this song, had also created something as good as what preceded it.

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Will Johnson – Just To Know What You’ve Been Dreaming (2004)

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Before he joined Monsters of Folk in 2010, Will Johnson was already prolific as a solo artist, as the leader of Centro-matic and of its side project South San Gabriel. ‘Just To Know What You’ve Been Dreaming’ features on his 2004 solo album Vultures Await; it carries welcome echoes of The Beatles, Neil Young and Uncle Tupelo/early Wilco.

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Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out (2004)

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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.

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Fatima Yamaha – What’s a Girl Got to Do (2004)

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Although it wast one of the biggest club tracks of last year, Fatima Yamaha originally released ‘What’s a Girl Got to Do’ in 2004 on the B-side of his A Girl Between Two Worlds EP. This slow burner has that Atari chiptune thing going on that was so prevalent in early noughties electroclash. Have a great weekend.

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Danger Mouse & Jay-Z – Public Service Announcement (2004)

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Danger Mouse’s rise to fame started with his work on The Grey Album – an unlikely and clever blend between The Beatles’ White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album. The opening track is a version of ‘Public Service Announcement’ mixed with George Harrison’s ‘Long Long Long’. I have to say that the track only benefits from the introduction McCartney organ riff. Who would have foreseen that?! Have a great weekend.

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Annie – Heartbeat (2004)

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Norwegian singer-songwriter Anne Strand is better known by her stage name Annie. In 2004, she crafted this effective slice of pop with the help of fellow countrymen Röyksopp. Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland produced ‘Heartbeat’, the second single off her 2004 album Anniemal. The song always makes me smile, which is a little odd, as her voice is featherweight at best. But talented production often trumps performance in the world of pop. Have a good week.

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David Byrne – Glass, Concrete & Stone (2004)

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‘Glass, Concrete & Stone’ features on David Byrne’s 2004 long player Going Backwards. “Skin that covers me from head to toe/Except a couple tiny holes and openings”. That line makes me smile every time I hear it. The song opens the album.

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Adem – Everything You Need (2004)

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Before Adem released his dazzling debut Homesongs, he was better known as Adem Illhan, the bass player for post-rock trio Fridge. In Homesongs, he found his soul. ‘Everything You Need’ is an example of his troubadour sound accompanied by harp, organ, glockenspiel, accordion … it’s a mighty fine mix for a break-up song.

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