Tuesday, 20 May 2008

One Tree Hill, The Cure, and Tokyo Police Club

Today I watched the series 5 finale of One Tree Hill (yes i watch One Tree Hill, it's nice mindless viewing) and there was this one moment where Peyton (who is in love with Lucas) painted a huge comet on the RiverCourt (an outside basketball court) with the lyrics to Lovesong by The Cure all around it. Lucas sees it later on, and is suitably impressed.

I thought this was amazing, and have been listening to that song a lot today. Video? Video. Listen to the lyrics, and you'll see why I think the whole basketball court thing is amazing.

Other than teen melodrama and The Cure, today I'm loving Tokyo Police Club a lot. For those who have yet to hear this amazing band, here's a primer: They are four guys from Canada, they released a mini-album last year called "A Lesson In Crime" which was 7 short tracks of energetic brilliance, and they've just released their newest effort, Elephant Shell. Single no.2 from this in "In a Cave". Video of which is...here: Love the concept of this.

Tokyo Police Club are surely on their way to bigger things, for one,
In A Cave is one of the catchiest songs on the album, and its refrain of "Elephant shell/You're my cave and i've been hiding out", is the stuff of msn names and scribbled lyrics on the fronts of notepads worldwide. The band also put on a pretty awesome live show, the things they do with tambourines are impressive to say the least. They are playing Manchester Night n Day cafe the day before Lykke Li interestingly, on the 1st June. Two nights in manchester, two amazing acts. I personally can't wait.

Also interesting news, if you visit their myspace now, you can download an exclusive remix of former single "Tesselate" by Tom from Los Campesinos!. Sorted, and sorted.

The single, "In A Cave" is out on June 26th through Memphis Industries.

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Lykke Li

Ok, storytime.

I entered a competition in the Metro free newspaper a few weeks ago. I was up at stupid o' clock in the morning due to my housemate's need to get to Staples to get his dissertation printed off and bound, and I decided to get mine printed off too, you know, just to have lying around for fun. Reading said free newspaper on the bus, I saw that they were offering free tickets to see a singer called Lykke Li. Having heard one song from Lykke Li the previous day, for the first time ever, I though, what the hell, and entered. Not even a question, just a text number.

- Little Bit

Bear in mind the last time i was on public transport at stupid o' clock in the morning, I did the same kinda thing, and won tickets to see M.I.A. in birmingham...i was travelling back to Warrington when I entered, and I was in Warrington when they called me to say i'd won. I was on a train back to Birmingham within the next few hours. Snappy.

Anyhow, I entered the competition, then got dissertations bound, headed back home, and ended up falling asleep around 1pm. Very late nights + early mornings = Tired.

Needless to say, around 3pm i was awoken from my slumber and politely informed that I had won tickets to the Lykke Li gig later that day. I was sleepily grateful, and I think I woke up a bit after that. Thank you Metro.

Skip to the gig, I was astounded, having only really heard two songs beforehand, I was in awe the whole time. Upon getting back home, I downloaded her debut album "Youth Novels", which is absolutely fantastic. However, the two songs that she played live that I was truly wowed by aren't even on the album. Crazy.

That said, a short period of searching later, I found that Wow track No. 1, a beautiful song about being on a night out but not "feeling it" (i totally "got" this song, its a feeling i'm very familiar with haha), called "Everybody But Me" was a B-side to her "Little Bit" single, and Wow track No. 2, her closing track "Tonight", was posted on her very own website, as a kind of online bonus track to the album.

- Everybody But Me

If you didn't watch either of the videos in this post, I recommend you do so now, I don't think I can do justice to describing how she sounds. A more delicate poetic version of swedish singer Robyn perhaps?

Either way, her album is worth a listen to, as well as the random bsides/bonus tracks dotted about. She is also playing Manchester at the Night n Day Cafe at the start of June. You know I'll be there.

Stef outx