A Perfect Cirle – Diary Of A Madman / Lovesong

 

So, this is a case of reaching back into the distant past, but does anyone remember the time that A Perfect Circle decided to cover a mash-up of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Diary Of A Madman” and The Cure’s “Lovesong”? When you think about it, the concept is a little bizarre, but it worked surprisingly well. I was listening to somebody else covering “Lovesong”, and this all came flooding back. Now anytime that I head the original “Lovesong”, I’m rather disappointed that it doesn’t contain the mega, churning riffs contained here. Instead, it feels a little limp-wristed.

 

Just thought that I’d share.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars – Aerobed

 

Erm, wow. This one has got a bit of everything — gentle acoustics, melody, good lyrical content, but then when it gets going… it really goes. I have never previously heard of Cymbals Eat Guitars, or Devinyl Splits (which appears to be as much a concept as a label), but both of them are things that I will be checking out in depth based on this performance.

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Shearwater – Quiet Americans

 

On the day that we lost David Bowie, it seems only fair to post what sounds exactly like David Bowie. Except it isn’t. It’s Shearwater. I’m sure that he would approve, though. He was responsible for “Young Americans”, and “I’m Afraid Of Americans”, so “Quiet Americans” doesn’t seem out of place at all.

 

For fans of: Shearwater, David Bowie

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Cheetahs – Freak Waves

 

If your a fan of Cheetah’s previous work, then this should be right up your street, because it retains exactly the same sound and atmosphere as their previous work. The character of their work may not be entirely unique, but you can’t help but admire a band that stick to their guns, and aim to produce a very consistent body of work.

 

For fans of: Cheetahs’ earlier work.

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Our Girl – Sleeper

 

Let’s finish Friday with a little bit of moody shoegaze rock. Our Girl is the side project of Big Moon’s Soph Nathan, and given the trajectory and workload of the latter, it seems unlikely that we’ll hear much more from Our Girl in the near future. Personally, I much prefer the sound of Our Girl, but I suspect this is one that we’ll end up treasuring for it’s brief, fleeting quality.

 

For fans of: Creepoid, 2:54.

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Vant – Parking Lot

 

This is a rather tasty piece of pop-punk. I mean, VANT are neatly treading the fine line between Chesney Hawkes and Jimmy Eat World (that’s a fine line, right?), but there’s nothing wrong with being well-produced and carrying a tune. There’s also a live version of this track doing the rounds which demonstrates that this is no fluke of studio engineering. If anything, the production on the official version kind of loses some of the thumping bass energy of the live recording. Judge for yourself.

 

For fans of Jimmy Eat World, pop-punk.

 

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The Magic Gang – No Fun

 

The Magic Gang are, it seems, big fans of Ross Kemp, and in particular, “Ross Kemp On Gangs”. They propose that he do an episode “Ross Kemp On The Magic Gang”. Hard to argue with that, really.

 

For fans of: Weezer.

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Thyla – Us & Them

 

A song with a very promising verse, that doesn’t quite deliver with the same strength of chorus. Still good though. Thyla appear to be yet another good band to be coming out of Brighton — is it now the UK’s indie music capital?

 

For fans of: Let’s Stay Friends.

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Pinkshinyultrablast – Holy Forest

 

This morning, I’m having one of those moments where I hear a song, and I’m sure that I’ve heard that opening riff somewhere else before. The large majority of the song is entirely different, but this was driving me totally crazy until I worked it out. See if you can spot the similarities between Pinkshinyultrablast’s “Holy Forest”, and Foals’ “This Orient”.

 

 

Now I can relax my brain.

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Radiohead – Spectre

 

I reckon I’m a little late to the party with this one. Apparently Radiohead were asked to produce a theme for the James Bond film of the same name, but for some reason, it didn’t work out. I guess Adele was more attractive for the producers. Anyhow, feeling jilted, it appears that Radiohead decided to go ahead and release the track themselves. Here it is. Brace yourself for a Pyramid Song-esque odyssey.

 

For fans of: Radiohead, bond, lavish string arrangements.

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