The Bashmore Strikes Back: October 2005

The Bashmore Strikes Back

Saturday, October 29, 2005

The Futureheads - Area


Now I know you will be thinking that you thought you had heard the last of The Futureheads...seeing as we've all been hearing the album since July 2004...and then everyone else clambered onto the bandwagon when 'Hounds of Love' came out...but they're back already.
Thankfully it aint another release of the album being plundered in the way The Killers released nearly every decent song off 'Hot Fuss'...its a brand new song
Yup...they've decided to release a song which has been a live favourite for a while...Area
And its ace! It's good to see the lads moving on with their ideas, as with all their best songs they've got a very catchy riff...but this time there is more happening in the song a quick pace and the standard catchy group singing. This is now firmly my favourite song by The Futureheads because I love the fact it doesnt stick to one riff it keeps on changing...check it out, this song is great....and its in your area November 28th (the comedy)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Top 5 Of....

Ryan Adams

In the start of an occasionanl series...this young upstart is going to pick the top 5 songs (according to his own deluded mind) of a particular artist.

First up is Alt. Country messiah Ryan Adams...made famous for his song New York, New York which came out not long after 9/11, he dabbled in rock last year with his albums "Rock n Roll" and "Love is Hell" parts I and II. However...and thankfully...he has returned to what he is best at, making some brilliant americana with his band The Cardinals with a series of albums all released this year...and here are my top 5 songs of his....

  1. "Easy Plateau" off Cold Roses: The song that turned me onto Ryan Adams properly. The song uses what sounds like the slidey guitar effect brilliantly, with the electric guitar swooning in and out of the song alonside the constant strum of the acoustic guitar; a brilliant introduction for anyone who wants to listen to Mr Adams
  2. "In My Time Of Need" off Heartbreaker: This is what I think is one of the 'slightest' of Ryan Adams' songs. It has such a heartfelt feel to it, with Ryan calling out for someone to comfort and look after him and be his companion. The sincerity in his voice is emphasised by the fact the he sings it so quietly and low that his voice keeps fading out during the song.
  3. "Sylvia Plaith" off Gold: The guitar is ditched here for piano and strings as Ryan wonders what it would be like if he had a woman like Sylvia Plaith. Reflecting on the good times he could have had drinking and smoking and being looked after a woman he'll never have
  4. "La Cienega Just Smiled" off Gold: This song has an interesting juxtaposition which matches the theme of this song. The constant strum of the acousting guitar throughout gives it some pace as he is trying to move on from this girl that he wants or needs to forget about, while at the same Ryan Adams sings it very slowly totally out of synch with the guitar as no matter how hard he tries he cant help but stop and think how good it was
  5. "Let It Ride" off Cold Roses: At times this sounds like one of his most countryfied songs yet one which has much more of an Indie feel to it. Its got the country cliches with the twangin electric guitar but somehow it doesnt feel country. Theirs an urgency to the song with him cramming in a lot of lyrics over the top of the song. As he sings: "I'm not ready to go" he's struggling to slow down and stop as the pace carries him on. And my personal favourite Ryan Adams song

"Tennessee's a brother to my sister Carolina where they're gonna bury me

And I ain't ready to go"

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Keeping It Peel

For those who don't know...and if you don't be very ashamed...today is
John Peel Day...a day dedicated to the great man who sadly died around this time last year. In honour of the anniversary of the last Peel show.
So for those who give the slightest toss about music...you should be listening to Radio 1 at the moment. It's a trawl through all the music Peel championed over the many years he was on radio from blue eyed soul through to hard house.

There's something for everyone being played...and although some of the songs are not what I would particularly chose to listen to, the sheer variety is making it one hell of a very enjoyable show.
So for those with a radio I urge you to listen to Radio 1. For those further afield...go to the Radio 1 website to listen in...and enjoy.
So far you've missed....Status Quo, The Strokes, Vitalic, Bloc Party, The Smiths, DJ Chaos, Radiohead, Nirvana, The Specials...tune in now people!

John Peel....a legend sorely missed

Monday, October 10, 2005

Juice Box

OK, dodgy name aside the new Strokes single "Juice Box" is veeery interesting.
For a start the opening riff sounds something like a sped up version of the Peter Gunn Theme from Blues Brothers...but when the song kicks in it sounds very different to anything we've heard from The Strokes before. Parts of the song do sound completely different to anything that they have ever made...Julian's vocals sound completely disjointed with the song in parts, as if he's rat arsed again and singing his own song...but it works! Nikolai has decided (well in the song at least) do get a bit of personality and for the first time seems to have written an interesting bass line. Parts of the chorus do sound like The Strokes of old...but when its mixed in with the new sound it sounds fresh.
The single is out January but if you're nice and legal and pop over to the The Strokes website you can check out the song for yourself...so go and wrap your lug holes round it

Thursday, October 06, 2005

You are Having A Laugh

No matter how many times I hear "Mr Brightside" by The Killers (Brand new album out now apparently, despite owning it since June 2004) I still think its a great song

So I wanted to hit things when I read what this bunch of cretins have decided to do:
Good God

Wait, just wait until all the pop fan urchins who have been trying to claim they have a decent music taste that this is superior to the original. Yes I am a music snob...they should not be allowed to murder this song...come on they've already buggered to death "Pinball Wizard" by The Who