Christmas no.2?

OK, the likelihood of stopping Alexandra Burke being Christmas no.1 is alas, something I do not have the power to do, unfortunately, but it looks like Jeff Buckley could have a massive smash, with a song that’s not even physically released.

See the promo video here.

And yes, it’s a Leonard Cohen song. There is, apparently, a facebook group of people committed to buying the song as performed by Jeff Buckley, so let’s see what people can achieve. BTW anyone know what happened to Brigyn and their fantastic version in Welsh?

And, seeing as he wrote it: Leonard Cohen’s version:

And Rufus Wainwright’s version:

And because I’d feel guilty not including it, and because it was supposedly an influence on the way Jeff Buckley did it, John Cale’s version:

Go and take on X-Factor. Nothing against Alexandra Burke, but because Simon Cowell is nearly as a big a threat to music as the DMCA and the RIAA!

Countdown to Christmas #14

This post does contain tracks I have posted before, but I thought might be worth hearing again. These tracks were freebies, in 2006 and 2007 respectively, so I hope their record dompanies are not going to suddenly become uncooperative.

Sweden’s The Knife are a brother and sister act who do a rather fantastic act in electronica; this is no exception.

The Knife -‘Christmas Reindeer.’ mp3

Meanwhile, the Manic Street Preachers are possibly the biggest act ever to come out of Wales (Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones not withstanding). This year, long-lost bandmate Richey Edwards was pronounced officially dead. Wherever you are Richey, in this life or the next, I genuinely hope that you have found peace.

Manic Street Preachers -‘Christmas Ghost.’ mp3

If you follow this link, you will see James Dean Bradfield doing a solo version of ‘Last Christmas’ on YouTube. You can buy a version of the Manic Street Preachers covering this from iTunes from the album Lipstick Traces.

Please note: These tracks were released as free downloads in 2006 and 2007 respectively. 17 Seconds does not promote stealing music, rather it encourages people to hear about music, and to go and investigate it, rather than not knowing about it. Neither of these two tracks are available in the UK on iTunes at the moment, therefore I do not believe I can in any way be guilty of copyright infringement. If you are from the DMCA, the RIAA or some similar organisation, policing the net in a manner akin to a totalitarian regime, please go and shoot yourself. If you are just here to hear music, nice to see you, hope you are well and Merry Christmas.

Gig review: The Wedding Present

Gig Review: The Wedding Present/Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves

Edinburgh Liquid Rooms, December 12, 2008

Last year I was quite impressed when arriving at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh for my gig of the year, Aberfeldy, to find that the man on the door was none other than Paul Vickers of Dawn Of The Replicants. This year, on arriving at the Liquid Rooms, the person selling the tees, CDs and bags is none other than Weddoes frontman David Gedge! He’s a lovely chap, and I’ll forgive him for the stuff the Weddoes didn’t play tonight.

Support band tonight is Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves, who are about to release their third album. I hadn’t heard them before, but this Austin, Texas three piece will be investigated by me more properly as soon as. They play a wonderful take on angular, post-punk music that makes me think that the revival of this genre that has been reactivated this deacde may not be over yet, with hints of The Wedding Present and Pavement. They play their set in record time, and come on to finish with a cover of Roxy Music’s ‘Love Is The Drug’ which they manage to make their own. Sally Crewe resembles a young Tina Weymouth and before their set is over I’m vowing to buy their music.

The Wedding Present returned after seven years in 2004, and this is the third time I have seen them since they reformed. They are on fine form tonight. Taking to the stage for an energetic set, they tear straight into ‘Kennedy.’ Exhausted as I am -it’s been a strange, long week -the band make a blissful noise for the next seventy five minutes (no encore, obviously, they still don’t do those). Even if they don;t play latest album El Rey‘s best track ‘The Trouble With Men’ they do play tracks like ‘Don’t Take Me Home Til I Am Drunk’ and ‘What I Like Most About Him Is His Girlfriend.’ They do also play some killer tracks from their back catalogue ‘Interstate 5’ ‘Crawl’ and my favourite ever song of theirs ‘My Favourite Dress.’

It is rumoured that, following on from the twentieth anniversary last year of their George Best album that the band will do one for Bizarro. Whether this happens or not, I’m determined to see the Wedding Present every chance I get.

Note: you might want to read the comments page. Just saying…

Countdown to Christmas #13

OK, very brief post: I know I have already featured the Wedding Present this year, but I have just come back from seeing them at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh, and as Mrs. 17 Seconds said, they were even better than last time.

…and I met David Gedge! The man himself was selling the tees at the merch stall, and I managed to not make too much of an idiot of myself, I think, and told him that this blog had nominated ‘The Trouble With Men’ as the top of the Festive Fifty. He also said that Watusi may get re-issued next year, as he himself has burned CD-Rs of it for fans.

Anyway, the Weddoes’ 1992 Christmas single:

Wedding Present -‘No Christmas.’ mp3

Wedding Present -‘Step Into Christmas.’ mp3

This is getting beyond a joke…

…the other day, I painstakingly wrote out my Festive Fifty for 2008.

After much deliberation, I finalised it, posted it, and added some mp3s. One artist, Dom De Luca, even sent out a mass email to say how pleased he was, which made me feel like I was doing some good.

Then I got this email this morning from Blogger:

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The Blogger Team

Affected URLs:

To say I am angry would be an understatement. I emailed Blogger, and as yet have not received the apology nor explanation I demanded. (I am pushing my luck on the first one but it’s the principle of the thing).

Let me say this once and for all: Blogging is not stealing, it is promoting music. There is a disclaimer on the blog which states pretty clearly that if people don’t want to post stuff, then to email me and I will remove it. But when an act of flattery, I would have thought, is treated like this, it makes me wonder why I bother.

Blogger as I have said before, are cowards for not standing up to these authorities. Do people really believe that reputable Bloggers will not remove mp3 links when asked? And seeing as half the music industry is desperate to get featured on blogs, it seems a bit rich to undermine what can and cannot be printed. That’s called CENSORSHIP.


And any musician who seeks to silence blogs doesn’t deserve to sell records. You are no better than Daily Mail reading scum. May your kids be taken permanently into care, your partners take every penny you have and you burn in hell for eternity.

Rant over.

Countdown to Christmas Post #12

Danish band Mew first came onto my radar six years ago, when they first released their Christmas song ‘She Came Home For Christmas.’ I’ve seen them live, supporting Elbow, round about the time of the latter touring to support Leaders Of The Free World, and yet on record they’ve never really grabbed me as much as they have with ‘She Came Home For Christmas.’

It’s beautiful, it’s European…and it’s even a little bit prog. As heartfelt as ‘O Caroline’ by Matching Mole, even…

Mew -‘She Came Home For Christmas.’ mp3


The second act to be signed to 17 Seconds Records
is Ex Lion Tamer. His first single for us will be a song called ‘Neon Hearts’ and very good it is, too.

However, before that, as an early Christmas present, he would like to share this fantastic song with you, that evokes Kraftwerk and Postal Service, along with much of the fine eighties electric pop that influenced him. It’s called ‘Life Support Machine.’

Ex Lion Tamer -‘Life Support Machine.’ mp3

Make friends with Ex Lion Tamer at his myspace, and if you haven’t popped by to the 17 Seconds website or myspace, do so!

Feedback welcome, as ever…

Countdown to Christmas Post #11

Is this one of the creepiest videos ever?

Low -‘Santa’s Coming Over.’

Boy am I glad I teach secondary (high school for American and Canadian readers).

Meanwhile, seeing as I am trying to tidy up some lose ends with this post, here is another Christmas Fall song:

The Fall -‘Xmas with Simon.’ mp3

Looking for the remix call ‘Christmastide’ which I do not own, and is not on either emusic or iTunes…

Countdown to Christmas Post #10

Was reminded of this track the other day when reading the excellent Ghost Of Electricity blog.
This was a Top 30 hit for Kate Bush in 1980, a very successful year for her when she released the wonderful Never For Ever album, which had hits with Army Dreamers, Breathing and Babooshka (which in itself could probably be a Christmas related post, in terms of the Russian legend, though the Kate Bush song itself deals more with the notion of a husband who no longer sees his wife as young, while she is increasingly paranoid). She also contributed backing vocals to Peter Gabreil’s eponymous third album (or should that read third eponymous album?), most noticeably on ‘Games Without Frontiers.’

I don’t know if there was an official video for this single in 1980 (not all songs did get videos made then, remember this is the year before MTV launched in the US and the best part of a decade before it launched in Europe), but this performance from YouTube is pretty great nonetheless.

Kate Bush -‘December Will Be Magic Again.’ mp3