try a little tenderness
by Sean
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Good afternoon to all. A special thanks to all those who came up to me and said hello at the european Arcade Fire shows last week. Twas a pleasure to meet you all.

The Grates - "Sukkafish". This Brisbane trio is knocking round the Australian charts like marbles in a cardboard box, but they're lakewater fresh to these ears. "Sukkafish" struts with a bowlegged gait, dawnblinking after an all-night DJ set with the White Stripes and The Kills. There's the pluck of a plucky banjo, corner-store drumming, and above it all the squawk and squeal and song, the girl-sounds, of Patience Hodgson. She's the ozzie hillbilly equivalent of Controller.Controller's Nirmala Basnayake, which means she wears pointy boots and chases boys into the creek. (Speaking of Nirmala, Google-hunting reveals this gem [check the comments].) I don't know what a sukkafish is, but it seems as song-worthy as the kookaburra. Still, I can't help but feel that in Edinburgh this tune is a little premature. It needs humidity and cold drinks, the old summer bake. So I'll wait. [buy The Ouch. The Touch EP]

Mystery Jets - "Alas, Agnes". The Mystery Jets come from a place called Eel Pie Island. I wanted to say "It comes as no surprise that-", but let's be honest. Eel Pie Island shouldn't be a real thing. It is, though! It is! It's off of the south of England. And the Mystery Jets are from there. Richard from the A.F. passed me their demo, which I assume was passed to him at the ULU show. And boy oh boy, it's great! It's messy and silly and noisome fun, ramshackle as heck, the frantic cousin of fellow natives-of-a-weird-island, The Bees. "Alas Agnes" has random tumbles of drums, swooning arcs of melody, the Fiery Furnaces' epic musical ride. It's about illicit love and King's Cross station, champing riffs and the oink of a pig. It's dust being swept off the table, it's spring fever nonsense. And someone ought to sign them, soon. [visit their website]

Two quick orders of business:

1) We are still looking for a new mp3 webhost. If there's anyone out there with a .mac account to donate, or who wants to donate hosting, etc., please get in touch.

2) This is a long-shot, but I've been listening non-stop to Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" lately, which is a phenomenal piece of music. (No really, it is, like, more than even its canonicty would suggest.) But I'm being driven crazy by the fade-out that happens just as the song's getting going. I understand that this was a necessary evil back in vinyl days, but still - still! I'm hunting desperately for a full-length studio cut of the 3:20 version from The Very Best Of Otis Redding... I found a 3:50 version (which seems to be slightly different), from Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding, but it too fades out prematurely.

I guess I'm just looking for any studio recording of "Try a Little Tenderness" that is neither the 3:50 nor the 3:20 version. Better yet, maybe it doesn't fade out. If you've got one, I'd love if you could share it with me via dropload. Thanks!

Posted by Sean at March 23, 2005 10:36 AM

that mystery jets song sounds a lot like a song by ted leo called "parallel together." you should check it out if you like this one....

Posted by josh at March 23, 2005 10:56 AM

The Mystery Jets are a great band, they're getting lots and lots of well-deserved praise here in London.

I have yet to actually see them live, but have heard that they are a group of really young children and their dad. Can anyone shed any light on this rumour?

Posted by Chris at March 23, 2005 11:16 AM

Every version I have heard fades out just before 4 minutes. The only one I have heard that doesn't fade out is the one live from Monterey. I think there is a slightly longer version on Stax Gold, but I am pretty sure it still fades out. And the versions on "Dreams to Remember" and the Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Box set both fade out for sure.

Posted by Scott at March 23, 2005 11:24 AM

Hi: Got Otis' version at Monterey Pop festival, back in 1967. But I guess you're looking for a piece recorded in the studio.

Posted by Dr. Jnk at March 23, 2005 11:29 AM

Hey there.

Yeah, I'm looking for a studio version. Man, that's depressing. Way to castrate a wonderful song.

As for the Mystery Jets being kids + dad, they're not. But one of the guitarists is the singer's pa. There's an interview here: soundthesirens

Posted by Sean at March 23, 2005 11:39 AM

Hmm, the Eel Pie Island I know is on the Thames near Richmond, in South West London. It's a tiny but wonderful place, and it once contained a hotel where the Who and the Stones often played (then it became a hippy commune and burned down... nice metaphor I guess). I'll show you if you come back to London one day! :)
As for Otis... guess you'll have to go and steal the master tapes.

Posted by Matthew at March 23, 2005 11:43 AM

Had a word with my vinyl/soul/rarities man, Danny, and he concurs that it's extremely unlikely you'd be able to find anything longer than four minutes. He feels your pain.

He also has a truckload of other stuff you'd probably love, so remind me to introduce the two of you this summer.

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Posted by VoIP at May 7, 2005 6:13 AM

Please ... Help a very nice Lady find a listen-able copy of the song I read mentioned here?
"Try a little tenderness"
As Always
Ms Cherri

Posted by Tammy at February 10, 2006 3:22 AM

Had a word with my vinyl/soul/rarities man, Danny, and he concurs that it's extremely unlikely you'd be able to find anything longer than four minutes. He feels your pain.

Posted by brook at October 9, 2006 12:57 AM

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