I finally got around to deleting an old blog that I hadn't updated in half a year today, which shows wonderful levels of both laziness and absent-mindedness, and in looking back at what few posts I managed to publish it was striking that almost a quarter of them related to múm , an Icelandic electronic group whose soft beats and nonsensical lyrics soundtracked a large portion of my year. Coincidentally, a track off their next album, the first without former vocalist and Belle and Sebastian covergirl Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, has surfaced and is available here courtesy of Pitchfork. New album "go go smear the poison ivy" is out 24/09/07 and will hopefully be everything that it's predecessor wasn't. Their first two albums are instantly loveable records though and well worthy of anyone's time.
múm - Dancing Behind My Eyelids
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Thoughts of Aidan at 1:22 a.m.
Monday, June 25, 2007
I remember back when I had a social life, though it now seems an age ago, and an age away again. Now the summer life, which I once looked forward to so much as a break from the monotony of school life has inverted, consists mostly of work and is entirely devoid of any semblance of a social or recreational aspect or interaction with any human that has a c.d. collection that doesn't scream 'I am fourteen'. Despite of / because of this I've been listening to many a dancey tune and have a serious urge to hit a floor at some point in the foreseeable future.
If I have a point, it's that sometimes it's easy to get into a rut of average or poor nights out that result in little more than formulated fun, partly because of the nonsensical perception of a dearth of alternatives. Maybe a break is actually a good thing, in a way. Maybe.
The afore-mentioned gently - dancey tunes are plentiful and often quality these days. The new Justice album and mix are top, top banana. However, though It's the Beat's apperance amongst the teenagers remixes is wonderful, Simian Mobile Disco's album isn't really to my taste, at least on first listen. Hot Chip have updated their myspace too.
Thoughts of Aidan at 12:14 a.m.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
I haven't gotten properly excited about a band in a pretty long time now so I'm pleased to report that these bunch of Germans manage to push all my buttons at once with some kind of large novelty hand. They've been churning out the hits since the mid-nineties knocking up six albums in total, here I present selections from their most recent pair of albums. For me this is music with no corners for when you're feeling a little cinematic, this kind of a cinematic rather than this kind of a cinematic. There are shades of the Dirty Three on micro-chips or micro-dots, maybe both, floating around in there and lots of other niceties too. There's just a kind of liquid quality to this music that i really really like, that and the spiraling sax playing.
Kammerflimmer Kollektief -Lichterloh 
Kammerflimmer Kollektief -Hausen 
Kammerflimmer Kollektief -Live at the Cactus Tree Motel
Also this tune I've been meaning to put up for a long time as I think it's such a great song on an album which seems at times to be the musical equivalent of a toilet. (Thats probably harsh and unfair)
Diane Cluck -Diamonds
[note: MegaUpload is being a bit persnickety but just persist I'm told]
Thoughts of piaras at 2:39 p.m.