Monday, May 19, 2008

This Week I Have Mostly Been Listening To...

...Beirut, initially because I promised Kiki that I would but then because I became obsessive about it like I do all music that I fall in love with. Gulag Orkestar sounds a little like how you'd imagine the Pale would sound if they'd kidnapped the boys from Tindersticks and the singer from BellX1 and run away to join a Russian circus. This is a good thing.

Besides, I needed to find something to wean myself off LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver (Get Innocuous on the ads for Grand Theft Auto IV kicked my musical OCD into overdrive). At least they're respectable albums this time though; when The Chancer posted that Enya/Prodigy mashup there a while back, I binged on Watermark for several days.

18 comments:

Jayne said...

Man I'm old.

emordino said...

The GTA ads just make me want to get a turtleneck sweater. Although this is as decent an excuse as any to finally pick up that album.

Chanberry said...

Beirut are fantastic, have been bingeing on them myself for a while now. The Flying Club Cup is definitely one of my favourite albums and if you haven't already I'd recommend checking out the Lon Gisland EP.

Rosie said...

why, Jayne? what's been tickling your ears? i promise i won't laugh (or let anyone else laugh either)

beware the turtleneck, EM, most especially if you'll insist on calling it a "sweater". get the album, it's great, i had forgotten how great.

i haven't got the ep yet, Chanberry, just the two albums. will look into it...

emordino said...

Turtleneck jumper just sounds wrong. I stand by my hip Americanized choice.



Oh, fuck it, that z is killing me.

Rosie said...

Frawleys do a lovely polo-neck jumper, if you're that way inclined.

nerdrock said...

Scenic World is a lovely relaxed summery tune. Just discovered your blog, big kudos!

Rosie said...

aw. sweet.

kiki said...

by far, gulag orkestar is the most amazing concept album of recent time

the flying club cup falls short as a concept album; but is just amazing to listen to. rosie, check out my videos from when i saw him live last

http://youtube.com/results?search_query=kecberry&search_type=

Jayne said...

Not so much what I've been listening to but because I've never even heard of:

1. Beirut (except the one in Lebanon obviously)
2. Gulag Orkestar (sounds like a character from World of Warcraft)
3. the Pale (rider? horse? ale?)
4. Tindersticks (related to pooh sticks?)
5. BellX1 (say what now?)

*hangs head in shame*

Rosie said...

and there you have it, folks, the reason i don't keep a music blog. i don't read them (except for Red's, because she writes about other things too) because although i live for music, i find that too many of them are cooler-than-thou, obnoxious and alienating.

Rosie said...

@ Jayne - Beirut are a band, new to me but around for a while now, Gulag Orkestar is their debut album. The Pale are an irish band who were big in the 90s (well, biggish in our small pond) and last time i saw them play live they ditched all of their hits and instead played a raucous set of gypsy polkas. Tindersticks are a UK band whose music i have always found to be very miserable (in a good way) and BellX1 are another irish band (bigger fish in our small pond) whose lead singer sounds remarkably like the lead singer for Beirut.

Radge said...

Just YouTube'd Beirut and came across a song called 'Elephant Gun'. Excellent stuff, a bit like Calexico I thought. I'll be investigating further.

Problemchildbride said...

I'm going to sit next to Jayne in the corner. I've got a knee-scab that needs picking and I might as well get it done in a place where I already feel like a bewildered old woman. Stop me if I start talking about the war.

I do know about the Tindersticks though. Hurrah! That makes me unreasonably happy - which is only exacerbating my unhipness though, isn,'t it.

Waily.

Tell me, are people still saying "rad"?

backpedalbrakes said...

Never noticed the Paul Noonan/Beirut thing before but you're totally right.

(and my most recent post is the reason I don't keep a music blog... I have far too many embarrassing skeletons in my closet)

Rosie said...

probably, Sam, but not the type of people you or i would associate with.

Catherine, that's a reason for, not against. you should start a complete pisstake music blog as a side project, waxing lyrical about whatever inane shite takes your fancy and keeping special sections devoted to Mick Hucknall and Chris de Burgh.

with pictures.

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