Well it's been a quiet month for up and coming bands as we've seen some releases from bands that have been round the block a bit (Spiritualized and Coldplay spring to mind) and also releases from bands starting to make it in to the mainstream - how good is it that The Ting Tings got to number one in the singles chart?I may also have taken my eye off the music scene as I've been watching the Euros and growing old. However, there are some good tracks in this month's playlist, some are ripped off the radio so you'll have to forgive me on the quality of a few of them.
Bide Your Time - The Courteeners
Why this song hasn't been released as a single I don't know, all I can think is that it's too mainstream and they didn't want to alienate their following (see Hard-Fi and Living For The Weekend - which I also love). If this doesn't convince you to buy the album nothing will.
Impatience - We Are Scientists
I must admit to being a bit disappointed by the latest album and yet I really like After Hours and this track Impatience. Why they decided to release Chick Lit ahead of this I don't know.
Soul On Fire - Spiritualized
The first single taken off the new album which I reviewed here.
Letting Go - Team Water Polo
Certainly a contrasting song from the Spiritualized song, an upbeat, happy song, if not a little repetitive. Thanks to Good Weather For Airstrikes for the tip off on these. These guys from Preston are currently playing at Glasto (twice). Like what your hear, then hear more here.
Run The Red Light - British India
I've finally managed to get my hands on the British India album and it's not bad. I've only listened to it a couple of times but here's another track for you to try out. Let me know if you like it and I'll do a review of the album when I've listened to it more.
Hippy's Son - Dirty Pretty Things
I've read mixed reviews about their new material but I've been pleasantly surprised by the single and this free download. I was really disappointed by the first album so maybe the next one will be an improvement.
Forget-Me-Nots - Fear Of Flying
Last month I posted the great track Unfinished Business by White Lies. White Lies were born out of the ashes of Fear Of Flying so I thought you might want to hear something by them.
Strength In Numbers - The Music
Try searching for information on The Music using google and you don't tend to get anywhere quickly. What I do know is that their new album was out earlier this month so if anyone fancies doing a review for 3WTM they're more than welcome (Sillsy?).
One Day Like This - Elbow (Highly Recommend)
If you've been following Euro 2008 you may have noticed that ITV (the non-Steve McClaren supporting channel) have been using an Elbow track a lot of the time. Well it's this great track taken off the new album (and recent single). I think it's the best track off the album. They also closed their Glastonbury set with it.
GFC - Albert Hammond Jr.
Having got hold of the track last month from his old album I was keen to hear more, if you were thinking the same try this out from his latest album. It's set for release in the UK on 7th July.
Private Affair - The Virgins
Their latest album has finally been released in the US so I've been able to get hold of another song from them. It's a good song but there's still no news of when anything will be released over here.
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
Well the blog world and magazines are going mad for these guys. "The next big American band" use harmonies (five male singers I believe) to create a new sound - Ted from Scrubs would be so proud. I heard they were playing in Bristol at The Louisiana the other day, 50ish people probably enjoyed a great sold out gig that very few other people will ever experience.
Revolution In The Heart - Ed Harcourt
I can't believe I've not heard this before, it's a beautiful track and I think this is what bloging is all about, if it hadn't been for Rock Sellout I would never have found this track (it was originally released in 2006). I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been doing.
Men - The Dodos
The Dodos have been around on the blogs for a while but they are only just starting to release stuff over here. I'm hoping that The Virgins will follow in the same vein.
Violent &Young - Iglu & Hartley
Eminem teaming up with Limp Bizkit? Well that's what it sounds like, strangely catchy and again thanks to Good Weather For Airstrikes for this one.
Geraldine (demo) - Glasvegas
As the single version of this is released Alan McGee is proclaiming them as THE most important band to come out of Scotland, since when has he ever been able to spot a great band in the making...
Stay Away - Parka
Staying on the Oasis theme this is Parka's tribute to them with a real throwback to 96/97. This track is like nothing else on the album.
Love Is Noise - The Verve
Wow, there are some mixed reviews out there for this return from The Verve, people don't seem to like the fact that they've teamed up with Pingu.
Broke Up The Time - Futureheads
Another song from the Futureheads latest release.
Gobbledigook - Sigur Ros
Sigur Ros are probably most famous in the UK for their song being used throughout the Planet Earth series on BBC 1. I can't say the release of their new album filled me with excitement but I was pleasantly surprised by this offering, see what you think.
White Lies - Dirty Secrets
Dirty Secrets are a band that sound a bit like The Killers and their album came out in March (I have only just discovered) so I'll be getting hold of a copy of that at some point. Not currently available on play.com or in Zavi in Bristol City Centre sadly.
Hearts On Fire - Cut Copy
Straight out of the Eighties and by request from Schönberg.
22 songs you say? You lucky, lucky people. All comments / feedback welcome, let me know if any links don't work.