TTIKTDA Brit-Pack, vol. 1
Pitting the British rock scene against the American rock scene is like pitting The Simpsons against Futurama: They're both good and pretty much have the same influences, but one is seriously way better and we all know why. So today and tomorrow, I will be posting new songs from up-and-coming British bands that won't see the light here for at least another 6 months (you know how it goes). Oh, and should the staff of NME read this and realize how awesome I am, please comment and I'll come and work for you for minimum wage.
The Ordinary Boys - Week In, Week Out
This band first grasped my attention for borrowing their name from a certain song of a certain favorite artist of mine, but luckily, the music itself is fucking awesome. For some reason the new single "Week In, Week Out" reminds me a Foo Fighters track, but so much better.
Art Brut - We Formed a Band
This is, by far, the greatest anti-rap of the history of the world. "By the way, this is my singing voice/It's not irony, and it's not rock 'n' roll/It's just me talking/To the kids." Also, is singing about forming an ironic band so ironic it's sincere? Discuss.
Ash - Evil Eye
The best track I've heard so far off of Ash's new album, Meltdown. Once again they prove that nothing, and I mean nothing, can beat a good power pop song. Meltdown is definitely a little too metal for my liking, although all that should balance out when lead guitarist Charlotte Hatherly releases her first solo album in a few weeks, and I shell out $26 for the import.
Selfish Cunt - Britain Is Shit
Wow, actual vitriol. Despite their rather, um, unfortunate name, Selfish Cunt are the first band to make raw, uncensored anger sound cool since, I dunno, The Clash? Somewhere around there? "Britain is shit/It's full of lies/White men start their shit/In their shirts and ties." Sounds like the Sex Pistols with drum machines.
Oh, and that's just the start of it, ladies and gentlemen. Rendez-vous ici, demain for TTIKTDA Brit-Pack, vol 2...
But first! Gather 'round the musty old cupboard, it's time for...
That Charming Man: Morrissey Throughout the Ages! Today we follow Steven as he releases his very first solo compilation, straight off the heels of his #1 success Viva Hate:
Kiss Me On The Mouth (Or Anywhere): The Bona Drag era
It's a tad hard to define the Bona Drag era, since it's just a singles/rarities compilation release directly after Viva Hate. So we won't dwell on it for very long. Just note that if you're a debuting Moz-fan, it's a very, very healthy place to start, as it contains all the best tracks off VH and yet more groundbreaking pop masterpieces.
Morrissey - Ouija Board, Ouija Board/November Spawned a Monster (Live)
I'm not quite sure where this track originated, seeing that I grabbed it off LimeWire ages ago, but it's one of my favorite Moz bootlegs. He opens with "Ouija Board, Ouija Board"'s pulsing guitar riff, but, A-ha! It is but a tease, for mere seconds later, the band shreds into the intro of "November Spawned a Monster", and he crowd goes bug-fuck wild. Classic.