Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Singles Again

First up, congratulations to The Duke Spirit whose former Parallax View Single Of The Week 'Lion Rip' has crashed into the charts at No.25 giving them their first top 40 hit into the bargain. Last week's Single Of The Week (released yesterday) 'Oxygen' by Willy Mason has snuck into Radio 1's 'C' playlist, so might just keep the run going.

It will probably end in ignominy, however, as the PV SoTW for releases w/c 21/02/05 (that's next Monday for you fact fans) is California by Low. OK, it might not be the best song ever recorded called California - that goes, of course, to The Wedding Present, whose version contained possibly the greatest chorus of all time in 'Let's Go To California...NOWWWWW-AH-WAHHHHHH-UH-WOWWWOWWOWWWOWWW!!!' - but it's a pretty big state so I think there's room for another similarly-monikored masterpiece. 'California' is the most immediate song from Low's loudest-album-ever-if-you-don't-count-the-last-two-that-were-produced-by-Steve-Albini-for fuck's-sake, and if you've ever liked anything by Neil Young ever, you'll love it.

If you're still looking for a copy of the Editors single 'Bullets' (another former PV SoTW) and you don't fancy forking out the £25 they're already asking for on auction sites then please note for a couple of quid you can get a legal download from here. Also available for download is 'Everyone Thinks I'm Paranoid', another very limited single release from Fierce Panda by a hotly tipped band - on this occasion, electrogoths Apartment (who are supporting Northampton's The Departure and those Anglo-Scandinavian Cherubs at The Carling Academy in Birmingham this Thursday 17th).

Now, while I may be ahead of myself in terms of Singles Of The Week, you'll be wondering where this year's album reviews have gone. Having bought several around payday at the beginning of the month, I'm now ready to deliver my verdicts on said platters and these should arrive soon, either in the form of a bulk compendium or steadily dripped into the usual melting pot of dumped links; dreadful puns and other such attention-seeking.

Meanwhile, someone who doesn't generally have to buy records is former NME journalist and self-styled 'angry bachelor' Stevie Chick, who is using the blog format to republish pieces of music writing he's particularly proud of in It's A Wonderful Life. Expect long pieces on The Icarus Line and, apparently, pictures of his cat. Stevie can also be heard each Monday morning between 8.30 and 9am trying manfully to review the latest releases while being mercilessly bullied by the two Phills on The Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. (via Nath)


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