Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.
Due to poor planning and the continuing lack of internet at home, I wasn't able to upload any songs for you today. That does not mean, however, that we are without music!
Misty's Big Adventure - "Evil". I saw Misty's about a month ago, at a little club in an Edinburgh back-alley. They're a motley crew from Birmingham - guitars, horns, keys, drums, manic lead vocals and a dancing blancmange. They put on a phenomenally energetic performance, bursting pop choruses, sing-alongs, nonsense and horn stabs. Gladness, madness, jazz circus tomfoolery... when they sang "Smothered In Love" it was like a beautiful, true, head-over-heels, confetti kiss in the face. I'm currently waiting for a copy of their albu, but in the meantime they've released "Evil" for free online, in honour of today's British General Election. It's a political sort of song, yes, but the stair-climbing pomp of the chorus is enough to make up for that, and I do share in the group's strong feelings about the importance of matters such as your government's leader. For those of you lucky enough to be British citizens and on the voters' rolls, I do encourage you to go out today and vote for someone other than the Tories.
Kate Maki - First Impression. Via 3hive, this fine track by Sudbury's Kate Maki. I've been listening over-and-over, lately, to a track called "Wanderin' Eyes" by Angela Desveaux, and while I haven't yet been cleared to post that song, "First Impression" is a near-equal piece of longing country music, with the wistful pangs of a steel guitar, Maki's cranberry voice. She sounds not unlike a twangy Sarah Harmer (and this is fine), but far more interesting to me than the latest missive from fellow Ontarian Kathleen Edwards. Lucinda Williams, eat your heart out.
Tonight, Final Fantasy and the Arcade Fire in Glasgow. Jordan should be in tomorrow. Have a great weekend!
There's still time to enter our Said the Gramophone Rilo Kiley/Idiot Jed contest. Fantastic submissions so far.Posted by Sean at May 5, 2005 8:16 AM
That Misty download isn't working, Sean. Enjoy the Arcade Fire, who you introduced me to. I'm driving over to Birmingham to see them tomorrow.Posted by dymbel at May 5, 2005 10:37 AM
It works for me - you have to click through the page.Posted by Sean at May 5, 2005 11:23 AM
If I recall correctly, Misty's Big Adventure has collaborated with, or perhaps just backed, Brute Force, also worth checking out. (Especially his classic Apple Records release, King of Fuh.)Posted by Gary at May 6, 2005 3:02 AM
Ooh, I'm loving that Kate Maki - beautiful and I do want to just stick it on repeat all evening.Posted by Phil Gyford at May 6, 2005 3:36 PM