Coursing Through The Wires #24
From the "why hadn't I heard of this yet" file:
- English wackiness manifested in the form of round two of "Never Mind The Buzzcocks," here used as the premise for a "UKTV" promo. With the Writer's Guild strike in full swing (and no sign of settlement soon), one can only hope that one of the networks is bright enough to import the original (instead of a half-baked port) to stave off the flood of so-called reality programs.
And congratulations to:
- Frequent Deadly Tango mentions Lucky Soul, whose toe-tapping, teriffic "Add Your Light To Mine, Baby" was featured in the November 8th episode of ER during a party scene at a local watering hole. Does this mean that the best-dressed band in England might finally come state-side in the new year (please)?
- Inspiral Carpets, for pulling the Hammonds and Farfisas out of storage next March once more to show the "nu-rave" kiddies how it's really done. I was never a Madchester baggie or glowstick raver, but I do know a good organ riff when I hear one -- and the Inspirals had many, many good riffs. Shoutout to MP3Hugger for the good news (even if I'm unlikely to take advantage).
- Kat Flint (pictured right), for breaking free from the roving bands of "thoughtful singer-songwriters" marauding the aural landscape from one side of the pond to the other. Yes, the "cute Scottish redhead" angle is what got me to listen first... but the songs are what matter.
Listen to Go Faster Stripes:
The a-side of her forthcoming single is an excellent, swirling, slightly dark folk/pop song, reminiscent of Barbara Manning's excellent first solo album (even before the "scissors as rhythm instrument" registers). The buzz is starting to build, with UK radio airplay from Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music) and Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 2) recently, and her first album coming out in the new year. Major shoutout to The Runout Groove for piquing my interest. (Photo by Caerphoto, via Flickr.)