The Southern Electrics – Electric Superhighway (CD Review)

The Southern Electrics are a six piece alternative rock band from South-East London who have been steadily building up a following through their live appearances in the UK, Ireland and Germany. ‘Electric Superhighway’ is the name of the debut album and single (available for download from the band website). The music is a blend of excellent funk bass, space-age keyboards, guitars that echo howling metal solos. All of this is topped off with often earnest lyrics delivered by cracked and rasping singing.



There are some good tracks here; ‘Electric Superhighway’ itself kicks off proceedings with energy and aplomb. ‘Media Coke Whore’ blends in what sounds like an FM radio sweeping empty frequencies that adds an extra level of intensity to the track, while ‘Hypochondriac’ is akin to Radiohead (on ‘Pablo Honey’) but without the swooping falsetto of Thom. The album begins to go awry with tracks like ‘Alien’ and the overly long ‘The Rogues’ Gallery’ which fail to go anywhere.

Label : MI5 Recordings

Release Date : 04 October 2004

Website : www.thesouthernelectrics.com

Tracklisting

  • Electric Superhighway
  • Save You
  • Go Dirty
  • Blame
  • Alien
  • Skyhigh
  • Media Coke Whore
  • The Rogues’ Gallery
  • Spanish Fly
  • Sirens
  • Hypochondriac
  • Ultramarine

The Charlatans – Loving You Is Easy

‘Loving You Is Easy’ is the second single to be taken from The Charlatans gold album, ‘Up At The Lake’. The single lays out its stall in the title, it is a love song. It lifts it’s opening line from Minnie Ripperton’s ‘Loving You’ and later becomes reminiscent of Carly Simon’s ‘Your So Vain’ while still keeping true to The Charlatans laid back guitar pop sound. If you are in a soppy mood and want to hear a mature UK Indie sound with some West coast influences, this is your song.


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Up at the Lake

According to chalatans.net this single is a radio only single and you cannot buy it in the shops (unless you can pick up one of the 500 promo copies from eBay). If you like the sound of the single then you are going to have to treat yourself the album as an extra Christmas present.

Label : MCA

Release Date : 20 December 2004

Website : www.thecharlatans.net

Music ‘Breakin’ video and tour with Kasabian

Check out the new video from UK’s The Music for thier single Breakin’ below. Also, The Music are planning a US club tour this winter, touring the US with rock/funk outfit Kasabian. Dates below:.

Breakin’ video:
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US WINTER TOUR DATES

2/17 New York, NY Irving Plaza w/Kasabian
2/18 Washington DC 9:30 Club w/Kasabian
2/19 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts w/ Kasabian
2/22 Providence, RI The Call w/Kasabian
2/23 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club w/Kasabian
2/24 Quebec City, QUE Imperial w/Kasabian
2/26 London, ONT Centennial Hall w/Kasabian
2/27 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall w/Kasabian
3/2 Chicago, IL Metro w/Kasabian
3/3 St. Louis, MO The Pageant w/Kasabian
3/7 Seattle, WA Neumos w/Kasabian
3/8 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom w/Kasabian
3/11 San Francisco, CA Slim’s w/Kasabian
3/12 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre w/ Kasabian
3/13 San Diego, CA Canes Bar & Grill w/Kasabian
3/15 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre w/ Kasabian
3/17 Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room w/Kasabian
3/19 Houston, TX Meridian

Brian Wilson Music Video Contest and streaming links

In celebration of completing his historic album SMiLE Brian Wilson is giving film and video students the opportunity to create and submit their own music video for the single “Heroes and Villains”. The contest is live and running until January 13th, at which time Brian Wilson will review all the submissions and personally chose the winner. The winner’s video will be posted on MP3.com, BrianWilson.com, and will be included in the upcoming SMiLE DVD to be released this Spring.


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Listen to “Heroes and Villains” here:
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The Radio Dept – ‘Ewan’

RELEASE DATE: 13th December 2004
FORMATS: CDS, 7″

Ewan is the third single to be taken from Lesser Matters. The title is based on the mispronunciation of lead singer Johan Duncansson’s name by his relatives when he lived in Scotland as a child.

Clocking in at just under two and a half minutes, Ewan would be a pop hit in a world where bedroom production were the norm, and the Slowdive re-issue was a stocking filler for children around the country. The single is backed with two new B-sides, the instrumental Slottet, and the spectacular The Things That Went Wrong, which best hints at the direction for their next album.


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