Away Again

A quick turn around and I’m off again, with the family this time, down to the Dordogne in South West France for the next couple of weeks, stopping off in the Loire for three nights on the way back. It’s looking good.

I’ll leave you with a couple of songs to speed us on our way and to keep you happy. Rikki Turner’s new band The Hurt released a cracking song a few months back, the moody and epic Berlin. The new one is a cover of Nico’s One More Chance and is a stately throb.

The new Hardway Bros ep Pleasure Cry is one of my records of the year thus far. This song, Argonaut, was written specifically by Sean Johnston to be played on the boat at Croatia’s Electric Elephant Festival. It starts off like Weatherall’s mix of Come Together and then heads off into the sunset putting its arms around you and doing a little dance.

And just so’s there’s some screaming guitars and drawled vocals here’s J Mascis and The Fog covering Teenage Fanclub’s Everything Flows with Mike Watt on bass. It then diverts into Pavement’s Range Life and The Ruts’ In A Rut. Is it any good? Of course it is. It is seven minutes of good.

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Range Life

Back to Pavement today and their 1994 beauty Range Life- country stylings, half arsed vocal, Malkmus taking potshots at Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots and some killer lines based on life on the road- ‘you gotta pay your dues before you pay the rent’.

I think it’s quite funny too that the video bleeps out the word ‘fuck’.

I love this fantastic comment at Youtube, someone missing the point ever so slightly…

‘I had never heard this song before but it honestly the vocals sound out of key and along with some of the chords.  The vocals sound like a dying cat when he try’s to hit the high notes.  It is what it is and maybe they have better songs but the musicianship on this is terrible.’

Box Elder

Apologies for the lazy nature of this post especially re: the videos, but I don’t have either song on the hard drive and it’s half time during the United- PNE game.

Pavement. Box Elder. Ragged and slack with the Malkmus drawl.

The Wedding Present. Box Elder cover version. Tighter and more trebly with the Gedge growl.

Take your pick.