No No, This Can't Be Right
Hard-Fi - Cash Machine - Hard-Fi are yet another hotly tipped Brit band with all the right namedrops from the Clash and the Happy Mondays to the Kaiser Chiefs and Bloc Party. But "Cash Machine's" dub bassline, glammed out guitar, and tales of woe and debt have more hook in them their contemporaries, more modern and vital, less forcefully retro, and perhaps most relevantly for me, a heck of a lot more of the great second wave ska sound of the Specials or The English Beat. The band's debut, Stars of CCTV is a big glorious, hornless ska record, with that trademark upward guitar stroke rearing it's head everywhere. They'll be playing the Mercury and Rothko this week for those readers of mine who are NYC dwellers. Go - you won't be dissapointed.
[Buy the "Cash Machine" single from Insound!]
The Solution - Get On Back - Scott Morgan is one of those unknown legends desperately in need of a second chance that the musicblog world so seems to love. In the 60's, Morgan fronted The Rationals, and worked with people like Bob Seger, and Jim Osterberg (AKA Iggy Pop before he became Iggy Pop). Somehow, Morgan has hooked up with an army of soul crazed Swedes from bands like the Hellacopters to form The Solution. Communicate! is an homage to the greats of Chicago, Memphis and Detroit, a hard boiled soul album that boogies through time and captivates with an absolutely irresistible level of catchiness. "Get On Back" is a wild unrestrained frenzy of pianos and horns tinny drums and Morgans frenzied white boy soul howl. Put it on, turn it up loud, and rock out. Be sure also to check out ScottMorganMusic.com where you can listen to an MP3 of the PHENOMENAL "I Have To Quit You Babe" (which was going to be posted here as well before I saw it on his page)
[Criminally, Communicate! has not yet been released in the states. You can pick up an Import from Amazon though, and Morgan's website has some other goodies.]
Thanks for all the well wishes and welcome backs folks. It feels good to be bloggin' again. And I'll reiterate my requests from last week - Hey Music Industry/Music Journo Industry/Other Folks - You Hirin? If so, Hit Me - and I'll throw a Resume your way.
Oh, and finally, those of you who have bookmarked anything other than http://teachingtheindiekidstodanceagain.blogspot.com should probably change your bookmarks since all the other domains are going to be expiring soon.