22nd July, 2005

Music Monthlies: July 2005

In the spirit of documenting the things that really matter and not just webby waffle, from this month and every one that follows, I’m gonna post a list of my current musical discoveries, favourites and surprises. It has a cathartic pleasantness in it’s compilation, and feels like something I can actually adhere to as the months pass. So, here’s the July 2005 list.

The Futureheads (for Decent Days and Nights alone). Maximo Park (check out Graffiti from A Certain Trigger). Arcade Fire (weird but rousing). Razorlight (I was wrong - they turned out to be bloody good). Sons And Daughters (single Taste The Last Girl is a belter). Brakes (members of several ace bands get together for 30 mins of punky abrasion). Duke Spirit (can Cut Across The Land forever as far as I’m concerned). Leaves (new album Angela test is beautiful). Hell, even Bloc Party (not quite wearing thin yet), Gorillaz (yes, them - the new single featuring Shaun Ryder is funky as fuck), British Sea Power and the Oasis album are colouring my Summer. If ever a period of my life seemed framed by a flurry of incredible and very British bands all coming out of nowhere - or proving me wrong, it was this one.

That’s the deal on my 2002-model iPod at the moment. Thought I’d share. Feel free to tip me off if I’m missing out on something special…

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