Jukeboxparables

Radiohead and The Libertines.

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on May 19, 2009

Go the BBC for music news! Radiohead are recording a new album! Bassist Colin Greenwood told 6 Music the Oxford band have been busy in the studio over the last week with producer Nigel Godrich.

“It’s at the stage where we’ve got the big Lego box out and we’ve tipped it out on the floor and we’re just looking at all the bits and thinking what’s next?”

And… The Libertines are probably going to reform, says Adam Ficek (drummer of Babyshambles) This after NME has posted video of a unannounced on-stage reunion show recently. Also of note is Adam mentioned Babyshambles are working on their third album.

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Sonic Youth – Sacred Trickster, Antenna. Live on Jools Holland

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on May 5, 2009

Another two new tracks off the bands upcoming album The Eternal. Can you believe Thurston is 50years old? I can’t. To me he’ll always be that late 20-something shaggy haired crazy dood circa the 1980’s!

Sonic Youth month continues…

The Smiths, Live @ Derby 1983.

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on April 2, 2009

So this is nothing new in the least. But I’ve heard a few bootlegs in my day (I was swapping/trading them with strangers at the age of 16… mostly Nirvana and the like) But I randomly came across some Smiths live stuff on the youtubes nothing new there. But wow does it sound amazing. So I did some googling. It’s a bootleg released under the name “Sorrow’s Son” CD format, and the recording is from Assembly Rooms, Derby on the 7th of December 1983.

Check out the set on youtube via a playlist I made here It’s worth it for the sheer brilliance of how good it sounds. Especially one of my favourites “Still Ill” Morrissey’s vocals are spot on. It’s a great recording.

Here’s an excerpt; the aforementioned “Still Ill” which is off their 1984 self titled debut.

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Bloc Party / Klaxons news.

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on March 20, 2009

So back in 2005 Bloc Party’s debut album Silent Alarm was a breath of fresh air from the UK music scene. It was pretty surprising a few months later to find an entire remix of the album in stores and what’s more it was one hell of an album to boot. It even started various fan-boy debates on the internets about if Silent Alarm Remixed was actually a better album than the original. Without opening that can of worms again I’ve gotta say It is actually open to debate.

So anyway, It’s been announced that their most recent and 3rd album Intimacy is getting the same treatment. That is; an entire remix will be released May 11, including a vinyl version! Their 3rd LP took awhile to grow on me. I immediately noticed the goodness of tracks such as Talons and Biko but the opening two threw me off and It’s taken me awhile to digest its premise. A remix should be equally interesting. The first video of a remix track is on their website. Will it out-do Silent Alarm remixed? I doubt it. The first track (Signs) sounds good though, very dance-electronic though. The great thing about Silent Alarm remixed was it didn’t go for that all out dance feel, it had its odd subtle moments also. Oh is it just me or do Bloc Party have the worst music videos ever?

Now on to Klaxons news. NME hype a lot of bands especially their native UK bands and the Klaxons debut album Myths of the Near Future in 2006 was no stranger to this, but for a change it actually stood up to that Hype. More-so I saw these lads at the Enmore Theatre on that tour and besides me and a friends deer-in-the-headlights bewilderment at the opening tracks laser/neon light show inducing what seemed to be a 16/17yr-old fangirl “nu-rave” dance party in the mosh. They were tight and it was a good show.

So for those reasons I’m actually looking forward to their followup LP which is/was? due this year although it seems they’ve succumb to major-label woes. Their label Universal has told them to re-record the album! Jamie Reynolds; “Because we’ve made a really dense, psychedelic record. We’ve made a really heavy record and it isn’t the right thing for us, I understand and know that. First and foremost we’re a pop band. I haven’t thought about that for a long time, and now it’s in the forefront of my mind.”

Record labels should butt the hell out and let artists do what they want. Re-recording an album probably for the sole reason of making it more accessible to aforementioned 16/17yr old dance party kiddies is not justification with the bands best interests in mind. Klaxons should probably seek out a better deal.

But we’ll know the outcome of their followup in due time. Here’s to hoping they don’t suffer the second album slump (ala the Arctic Monkeys)

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Life On Mars? – Axed!

Posted in Film & TV by jukeboxparables on March 14, 2009

It genuinely surprises me sometimes how often some of my more obscure love for things converge. David Bowie and police television drama seem like two separate and distinct worlds. Or at least they did before the odd UK Police drama series Life On Mars. The show tells the story of a detective who gets hit buy a car and wakes up in 1973. The title of the drama borrowed from the Bowie song of the same name.

Anyway what’s more surprising is that for probably the first and only time. I’ve enjoyed watching an American version of something British. It’s pretty well established that Brits do everything better, teaching Americans how to rock’n’roll since 1960 or so the saying goes. I’m not saying the series is better than the British one truth be told I haven’t given the British one enough time.

I did catch a few episodes of the UK series which aired here in Australia on ABC, yet the recent Americanized version of the show has had me totally hooked. Harvey Keitel has a Lieutenant? Brilliant!

The show has that odd-ball aspect to it. David Bowie’s song is not only the title/credit song It’s featured throughout the show during odd flashbacks of the lead character Sam played by Jason O’Mara. It all combines to separate it from straight-up shows that I love as in The Bill, or Law & Order. But It doesn’t go over board like a few of the newer Cop shows. It also humors itself.

So I was pretty shocked the other week when I learned it hasn’t been picked up for a second season! (this is the American version) So it will unfortunately join the graveyard of good series axed by the major networks in the states. Don’t get me started on Firefly.

Other ‘hit’ American shows like 24, Lost, Heroes, Prison Break have ALL gone downhill and literally lost the plot writing wise. It seems the only refuge left for American TV is Dexter. Hopefully that sticks around for awhile.

No more Life On Mars, what a shame.