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Music Monthlies: November 2005

1st December 2005

Alas, this month’s Music Monthlies is a bit light. November’s been a month where finding new music has been far from a priority. Still, let’s see what’s stuck in my brain…

Oh, it’s been a drab month…

If I bore you all again with Editors, Maximo Park, Elbow and all that you’re not gonna forgive me, are you? OK, it’s just that I’m stuck in an “indie” phase at the moment. Then again, I think I only write these Monthlies for Ben Ward anyway, and he likes it.

Let’s see. Erm, The Futureheads have a new single out called Area, which is fast and fab. Richard Ashcroft (ex-Verve) is back with a single that sounded a bit dull on the first listen. Hmm. The Strokes are back with some noisier noise that I’m still not sure about.  Lastly, and least, The Darkness (I won’t link to them) are back, and surprisingly even shitter than they were before they went away.

Am I boring you about this band yet?

Look, Arctic Monkeys are killing me with their sheer brilliance for the fifth month on the trot. If I was David Koresh, and this was some kind of music-based cult, I’d have you all downloading their free demos, promos, b-sides and lord knows what else (there’s at least twenty Monkeys tracks out there on peer-to-peer and that’s not including the hundreds of live recordings) before you could say “suicide pact”. You’re a fool if you don’t download the following:

  1. From The Ritz To The Rubble - taken from the Five Minutes With… limited release that’s still available on iTunes (UK at least). This is three and a half minutes of seriously brash Northern living with choruses that sound like motorway pile-ups in tunnels. Utterly, utterly the best thing they’ve done.
  2. When The Sun Goes Down - Next single apparently, and might appear on P2P as Scummy. It’s all about prostitutes and breaking the law, and like From The Ritz To The Rubble it starts a bit Libertines-y but suddenly goes all balls-out. My cat loves it.
  3. A Certain Romance - it has the phrase “...tracky-bottoms tucked in socks” and is probably the most Northern record since It’s Grim Up North.
  4. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - It was Number One, it rocks. It mentions “naughtiness”. I’m not bored of it yet. Neither, it seems, is the downloading public.
  5. Fake Tales Of San Francisco - My colleague’s “best record of 2005”. All about bands who pretend to be something they’re not. This record will never be about Arctic Monkeys. It proper kicks in after a couple of minutes and needs to be turned up very loud indeed.

If you can’t find those tracks on P2P, visit the Monkey’s forums and you’ll eventually find links to the files. How nice that it isn’t even illegal to download most of the tracks? Thank you strange Yorkshire men.


I completely forgot to buy tickets for the forthcoming NME tour, which features Arctic Monkeys, Maximo Park, We Are Scientists and Mystery Jets. naturally I’m very mad at myself and a bit upset, so if anyone can sell me their tickets (but why would you?) for the Rock City gig, or wangle me some, I’ll oblige with goodies in an instant. Thank you.


# paul haine responded on 1st December 2005 with...

I’m really enjoying the Futurehead’s latest single, but found the new Richard Ashcroft to be a bit dull. I don’t know why, exactly…it’s just all so earnest, and not much fun.

I just heard The Strokes new song on the radio, it’s quite catchy but doesn’t grab me much. I’d enjoy it if I heard it again but wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to it.

I’m surprised you even mentioned The Darkness. I hope you washed your hands after typing their name.

# Simon Clayson responded on 1st December 2005 with...

Ah. I was encouraged to download ‘Mardy Bum’ - just the other day, and came across ‘From the Ritz to the Rubble’ as a 4 track demo - through domino. It is - brilliant. Their attitude to downloading will have Metallica champing at their black money pit. It will kill the music industry all this downloading have you not heard?

Dick Ashcroft should have been visited by the ghost of Christmas future back in 1995 when at the peak of his powers. He would have changed his ways. Ashcroft without McCabe? Nah. ‘A Northern Soul’? Yes please.

Don’t worry, Arctic Monkeys aside, don’t let all this mediocrity get to you - ‘tis the season etc! You can legally listen to Mad, Bad, Hair Bear, Phil Spectors ‘A Christmas Gift to You’ for the next few weeks as it’s almost December. Now that is how music should be and a reminder that people in the 60’s probably got this pop music thing right first time. And if you want to be offended, “Mr Hankeys Christmas Classics” from the South Park stable is not one for the Victoria Centre tannoy. But imagine…

# Ben Ward responded on 1st December 2005 with...

You’ve twisted my arm Mr Collison; I’m off to download everything I can find by the Arctic Monkeys. Everything I’ve heard so far supports your adoration, so this seems a good way to pass a few hours.

I picked up the We Are Scientists album after iTunes gave away ŒThe Great EscapeĆ for a week. I’m pleased with that. Their website is good for those times that you need a shot of raw wit, too.

Other than that, this month has been more-of-the-same for me as well - bar finally finding time to get into the Mars Volta albums (instead of just playing Televators over and over).

New Futureheads sounds great, I should really give the album more time but it fell into the wayside marked ‘a bit samey’ when I first bought it.

On the other hand, The Darkness’ return has been cause of much anguish: I think Q used the phrase Œthe sameĆ in their review, at which point I set fire to the magazine whilst briefly adopting a following for Voodoo.

And I promise I *will* send that PTA EP some time this week˜ ˜for a given value of promise.

# paul haine responded on 1st December 2005 with...

By the way, everyone should listen to Louis XIV’s debut album, it’s been on almost-constant repeat on my iPod since I bought it. Sleazy glam-rock, mmmm.

# Monseur Lizzard responded on 1st December 2005 with...

Has you ‘eard the wolf parade? they rocked my (and EVERYONE who was there’s) world at the rescue rooms last thursday. Un-be-bloody-leavable watch this space etc etc..

# Lee Hickman responded on 1st December 2005 with...

Short and sweet

Get Ambulance
Get Roger (Thanks Simon R)
Get Dire Straits (Just for the title track)

That’s it.

# jordan responded on 1st December 2005 with...

After reading this, I checked the A.M. forums and followed a link that provided about 30 different recordings. I got roughly two-thirds of them, and must say I’ve a new band to love.

# Ben Ward responded on 2nd December 2005 with...

Oh, here’s one: WinAMP have Grandaddy’s new one ŒPull The CurtainsĆ up for free MP3 download. I’m liking it a lot, though the iTunes previews suggest the rest of the ŒExcerpts from the diary of Todd ZillaĆ EP is less attention grabbing.

# Brad Chmielewski responded on 11th December 2005 with...

Agree The Darkness aren’t the greatest but I do find them fun to listen to. With that said, this new album isn’t very good. I haven’t even been able to make through the whole thing.

# Richard Rutter responded on 14th December 2005 with...

Thank you for another monthly morsel. Don’t be ashamed of your fondness of indie - there’s nowt wrong with skinny white boys with guitars as long as you know there’s more out there (which you do so that’s alright).

Anyway I love that new Strokes track - I think it works really well and it’s miles more interesting than their previous album.

What I’m looking for is your Music Yearly: 2005. I’m currently piecing together my compo - it’s been a better year than I thought.

# Simon Collison responded on 14th December 2005 with...

Rich: Yep, the Music Yearly (good name, I’ll have that) will arrive on the 31st of December, and not a day earlier. Why are all the lists coming out now? It’s too early. Oh, and yeah, Juicebox went over my head at first, but now I love it. It’s dirrrty (Aguillera-style dirty there).

Everyone else: Thanks for yer tip-offs as usual. Sorry I ain’t been conversin’ - bit busy like. Still, always time for a few downloads…

Watch out for the Music Yearly on the 31st…

# Richard Rutter responded on 14th December 2005 with...

Why are all the lists coming out now? It’s too early.

Damn right. I’m off to buy some more music this lunchtime for a start, and this post prompted some downloads which may make it onto the compilation. That’s particularly relevent for my end-of-year lists as I base it on what I bought/discovered in the preceding year rather than what was actually released.

# responded on 22nd December 2005 with...

This month in barcelona i’ve seen the arctics and franz ferdinand!! viva los ingleses!!!

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