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Sigh. Do you ever just have one of those starts to the week where you think "why did i even bother getting out of bed this morning?" (to be fair there is no real incentive to get out of bed when you wake up next to some as studly as DazPants spooning you...) Well today is one of those days. Work annoyed me, i was dead tired for some reason and then i got a call from my dad to say mama zapping is in hospital with chest pains :( Doesn't look like a heart attack but she has to have more tests to find out what's wrong. Still piano lesson went well and i think i will blog my little heart out today while i wait for news....


THE SOPHOMORICS:

The Killers aren't the only band to release their sophomore material onto the world today. Many others have followed suit, although to be honest it doesn't seem likely that any will have anywhere as near huge sales as B-Flo and his band of merry men are likely to get. And that's a shame - especially in the case of Nerina Pallot who releases the gorgeous Sophia from Fires. With shades of Kate Bush running through this simply entrancing song, the unplugged version brings a whole new element of beauty to an already flawless tune...plus check out her "interesting" studio take on Confide In Me...


Also slipping into shops almost unnoticed today was the release of Rooster's second album. It seems their record company have put them on the back burner ever since lead off single Home proved as popular as well, a new album from JanJack. Silly boys - they totally wasted the release of the rollicking Good To Be Here from Stormbreaker. Luckily the album is okaaaay - not great but I only listened to it once. The uptempo tracks are the best if you are hankering for a bit of 80s cockrock - which makes a change from everyone pilfering the electro sound from that era. If I were them, I would make a great video and release the pumping I Come Alive as their next single. And keep the hair short...


THE BONUS DISCS:


I thought i had spunked all my love for St Etienne here over the weekend. But no! There is more. I got a lovely little bonus disc with Tales From The Turnpike with six extra songs on. Entitled Up The Wooden Hills - a play on the phrase "up the wooden hills to bedfordshire", meaning to go up to bed - is a selection of tracks aimed at children (i think) but with plenty to reward any listener... a lovely mixture of styles that complements the main album nicely. And any album that features the line "and harry bought a hairy hippo" has got to be good. Plus further listening to the Tales album reveals more gems - Stars Above Us is very kylie sounding, Slow Down At The Castle has some beautiful strumming guitars and Side Streets is very mellow and relaxing. Sigh. Discovering this band is like a breathe of fresh air. I can't wait to delve further into their back catalogue...


Also releasing a bonus disc with their latest album are those Barenaked Ladies. Now you will either like their (sometimes pretentious) wordy songs or not - and if you are not a fan, you won't change your mind with the new album. Furnished with a live acoustic bonus disc gives you the chance to see songs arranged in different ways, which I always love to hear. Best of the bunch is lyrical Everything Had Changed...


Well the day is long and my eyes are weary so I am going to leave you here...coming tomorrow will be my take on the season premieres of Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Brothers and Sisters and a few others...plus the "long awaited" fashion feature with accompanying soundtrack and maybe other stuff too....

9 Comments:

  1. xolondon said...
    Hope your mom is fine! Mine had surgery last week, so something must be going around. Everybody call Mom!
    J'ason D'luv said...
    Take care of mom! Best wishes... :)
    Paul said...
    aw thanks guys - xo hope your mom is doing good....
    Poster Girl said...
    Oh! How gorgeous is that Nerina Pallot song? I haven't heard the original, but the unplugged version is just amazing...

    Here's hoping for a better day and good test results for your mom :)
    Dan Project 76 said...
    Can I be smug about Saint Etienne?

    I've had Let's Build A Zoo on my I-Pod for ages as an emergency happy tune!
    Paul said...
    the unplugged version of it is particularly gorgeous PG :) Mom doing much better - was allowed out of hospital today although she is still tripping from the morphine drip. Keeps asking if she is a junkie! Dear lord!!

    Please be smug Dan! You should be - i am so ashamed i only got into them this late :( ;)
    Stebags said...
    Paul,

    send me your address and i'll send ya a st et mp3 disc with loads of lovely pop tunes on and then you can decide what to buy ;-)

    they've had so many different era's and some people like some more than others cos they've changed their sound with every album.

    I've always tried to force st et onto so many friends & boyfriends over the years and not many have taken to them so i'd love to continue your "education" of them.

    Bit pi$$ed - my oldest mate, Minge, came round tonight for scoff and a girlie gossip... she likes the 'Et!!

    much love

    Ste xx
    Paul said...
    ah Ste - hows the hangover and your friend Minge (surely not her real name?!)? I love drunken ramblings on the blog :) Hope you had a good night - i will email you today - check your junk box in case it goes there with all the viagara mail order offers ;)
    George said...
    Thanks for this very best song and voice ... George from Greece !!!

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