Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Blue Aeroplanes - Jacket Hangs

The Blue Aeroplanes' Jacket Hangs might contain my favourite intro ever. "Pick a card, any card...wrong!"

Here's a few others if you are so inclined, or reclined, like me.


Spitting Out Miracles

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Alphabet Part 1: A to Z Music You Need right now: Listen, Watch, Download

Three large posts, a truckload of music, little-to-no editorialising (or even editing). It's the A-Z of what's been catching Scruffy's ears, too much for one post Afghan Whigs">Afghan Whigs are back with a new album, Do to the Beast. Their new songs sound Afghan Whigsy, which is good, all dramatic and noir, passionate and perhaps insidious.

Afghan Whigs - The Lottery



ATO Records spring sampler - Featuring Drive-by Truckers, Kaiser Chiefs, Old 97's, Built To Spill, Midlake, and 8 more! Free!

Beachwood Sparks - Make it Together

Neneh Cherry is back. She always had a unique voice and attitude.

Neneh Cherry - Out Of The Black (featuring Robyn) Everything Buffalo Stance

Dearly Beloved are getting ready to release a new album called Enduro.

 Dearly Beloved - Aimed Right At Me Dearly Beloved - To Better Days

Where We Been, a cover of Dinosaur Jr.’s Where You Been?, by Felled Trees, a collaboration that includes members of Knapsack, Samiam, Thrice, Texas is the Reason, and more. Felled Trees - Dinosaur Jr. - Watch the Corners

Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun have now releades their album, and you can stream it at their website. Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun - Crater

  Drive-by Truckers' new album English Oceans is finally out. You know the band is the best. Don't you think all those radio stations that play Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special and whatever else someone calls southern rock should sneak in these guys every once in a while?
 Pauline Hawkins Drive-by Truckers - Pauline Hawkins Shit Shots Count Cooley's voice reminds me of Willie Nelson in Made Up English Oceans.

 Drivin' n Cryin' s latest, ‘Songs For The Turntable,’ available on Blank Records, is the fourth in a series of as-promised four EPs released over the past 18 months - pretty apt as tomorrow is Record Store Day. More on this soon. Songs for the Turntable Drivin' N' Cryin' - The Little Record Store Just Around The Corner Space Eyes Also check out the indiegogo fundraising for a doc called Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin' n' Cryin'.

Echo & the Bunnymen have a new one coming out called Meteorites.

  Echo & the Bunnymen - Market Town Lovers on the Run

Failure is back together and playing shows, I'm sure hoping there's going to be new record coming too. Stuck on You

  Neil Finn - Dizzy Heights

 Not new at all, but this Matthew Good song was a nice surprise when pointed out to me recently.

  Matthew Good - Extraordinary Fades

Grant Hart is not trading on past glories with his newest album The Argument, which seems to call on psychedelic pop and garage rock as much as it does his earlier work. It Was a Most Disturbing Dream

Haunted Hearts - Johnny Jupiter

The Henry Millers - Posies

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band - The Blast, the Bloom
Hugh Beaumont is Dead

The Hours are from Winnipeg, methinks, but they sound British, lazy, hazy, shoe-gazey. Here's Steady Glazed Eyes.

You miss the Smiths. Here's The Holiday Crowd - While She Waits.

Beloved Australian band Hunters & Collectors recently reunited as well as having a tribute album released in their honour featuring people like Neil Finn, Eddie Vedder, Paul Kelly, The Living End and Avalanches (you can stream it here).

Holy Grail When the River Runs Dry Do You See What I See? Throw Your Arms Around Me The Slab

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Strypes - 18 Songs for You to Learn and Sing

The Strypes are young. Have received kudos from the likes of Daltrey, Jeff Beck, and Paul Weller. Heck, even David Letterman got excited after the band hit his show. Signed to Elton's John's management. Seem to be following the template of the early Stones, but can throw down a blistering Nick Lowe cover, a laidback Lorde tune, or a hepped version of a tune by Little Walter, Muddy Watters, The Beatles, or The Who.

The Strypes are playing a festival in Spain this June that features Blondie, Violent Femmes, and Scorpions. I don't know anything about this festival besides that, but I love the fact it's all over the place!

What a Shame

Heart of the City

Mystery Man

Got Love if You Want It

Leaving Here

I Wish You would

Route 66



You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover

Come Together

Angel Eyes


Hometown Girls

Blue Collar Jane

I'm a Man/My Generation

Hard to Say No

I Wish You Would

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mark Hollis - The Colour of Spring

I really want to see the colour of spring.

The Colour of Spring

 Taken from the rare, brilliant, not-heard-nearly-enough Mark Hollis record with the weird cover shot. Released in 1998, Hollis has not even released one song since. Come back, Mr. Hollis, and bring the spring.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Talk Talk - April 5th

I'm a day late. And a dollar short. But I hope that this song will magically make spring appear.

Talk Talk - April 5th

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bob Mould & Split Single- Hey Mr. Grey, Free Split Single mp3

Bob Mould returns with a new one, Hey Mr. Grey, from his forthcoming album Beauty & Ruin (due June 3 on Merge Records in North America, available for pre-order now). Wow, Mould sure is giving us what we want after a period of shying away from the noisy sweetness he is so good at conjuring.

Of course, Bob Mould is backed by regular bass player Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster. And you know that they are both on the new Split Single record, along with Spoon's Britt Daniel, right? Narducy is the songwriter/singer, and if you're quick (like today) you can download the tune Waiting For the Sun here.

Hey Mr. Grey

See a Little Light

Star Machine - Cuz how many videos for classy rock songs feature Jon Wurster puking on kids' pictures?

The Descent

Split Single - Waiting for the Sun

Split Single Live