Saturday, October 21, 2006
So the Guardian wants to know about our undiscovered musical treasures. If I told you that the missing link between the current batch of pan-ethnic troubadours (Bonnie Prince Billy, Damien Rice, Sufjan Stevens) and the epic noisemeisters of the 90s (Pixies, Nirvana, Flaming Lips) was an Irish band whose lead-singer played Outspan Foster in Alan Parker’s ‘The Commitments’ and had Jeff Buckley pitching in as his roadie, you’d tell me to feck off back to Shamrocksville.
But Glen Hansard and The Frames are this band, and ‘For The Birds’ is this album. Their new one, 'The Cost', ain't half bad either.
I’m not Irish, I’m certainly no Bonophile, and I don’t need obscurities as an external validation of cool. I just know that if this album doesn’t make your secret weapons list, we may as well remove the word ‘ecstasy’ from the dictionary and replace it with ‘critical consensus’.
Falling Slowly, The Frames [LISTEN]
Posted by Steve at 6:40 PM
Saturday, October 14, 2006
"She was smitten from the first by a curious fellow, she said I love the way you talk." (Elvis Costello)
"And if you want
We'll make it good
Before my mood swings."
My Mood Swings, Elvis Costello
Posted by Steve at 10:05 AM