PJ Harvey – my artist of the year

…farewell to 2011.

On a personal level, I know that a lot of people have had a tough year. Given that 2009 pretty much brought me to my knees, I sympathise. My highlight of the year has been the birth of my first (and QED so far only) child in March, though inevitably things have been soundtracked pretty continually.

So, if you want a track to soundtrack your night tonight, may I recommend this?

Azealia Banks -‘212.’ mp3

And for tomorrow morning, the title track from a new album out in 2012 that’s been getting a lot of play around 17 Seconds Towers:

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar by Wichita Recordings

Have a good one. 17 Seconds will be back next year with more music (new and old) and much more besides…

Presenting…Laura J Martin


Hailing from Liverpool, Laura J. Martin is a flute-playing, mandolin tottin, loops backed singer with some excellent ideas on display for all to hear. She lists artists as diverse as Wu-Tang Clan, Lalo Schifrin and David Bowie as influences. Her haunting style suggests that the inevitable comparisons to artists like Joanna Newsom, Kate Bush and Bjork are to be deserved, rather than derided for being too ‘obvious.’

She released her first single ‘Doki Doki’ back in 2008, and a number of singles have followed since then, including ‘The Hanging Tree’ ‘Spy’ and ‘Kiss By Good Night’ (sic). 2012 will see the release of her debut album The Hangman Tree, released on January 23 through Static Caravan. Check out these tracks for now…

Laura J. Martin ‘Doki Doki’

Laura J. Martin ‘The Hanging Tree’

Presenting…FEVR PITCH


…and yes, those capital letters are intentional.

This popped into my inbox a little while ago. FEVR PITCH are an LA-based electro/dubstep group consisting of Marty Rod (singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist), British dance producer Mark Okah (who also directed the video below) and Dubstep, drumpstep DJ/producer/remixer extraordinaire Kill Paris (possibly not his real name).

Their rather awesome EP The Flash EP, was released in October – and thus alas, is too late for consideration in my end of year lists for 2011.

Not that that should stop you checking this out, because it’s really rather fine. All four tracks stand alone in their own right, and make for a proper EP (as opposed to some ‘great, good song now let’s cobble some crap to go alongside it’ approach). In as encouraging way as possible, I think if you enjoy MGMT and Animal Collective and music in that vein, I think this EP will appeal to you. I’m loving this – and hoping to hear more from the band sometime very, very soon.

Stream the EP below. If you like it – go and buy it!


This is the video for the lead track on the EP, called ‘Running Away.’ More than just a little bit cool, I think you’ll agree.

The return of Sinead O’Connor


A few weeks before Christmas, I received an email from her PR company to say that Sinead O’Connor was releasing a new album How About I Be Me (And You Be You?) on February 20.

Now, that was certainly good news to me. I first came across Sinead O’Connor…no, not with that song but back in 1988 when she appeared on The Roxy and Top Of the Pops performing a song called ‘Mandinka’. This was followed by a mesmerising track called I Want Your hands On Me and then a certain Prince cover brought her massive success.

Quite why a woman with a shaved head seemed so controversial I don’t know. She was forthright in her opinions – and that shocked many. Rather like with Madonna, people seemed to forget it was her msuic that bought her to attention in the first place. More fool them.

The tracklisting for her new album – her ninth -is as follows:

1. “4th And Vine”
2. “Reason With Me”
3. “Old Lady”
4. “Take Off Your Shoes”
5. “Back Where You Belong”
6. “The Wolf Is Getting Married”
7. “Queen Of Denmark”
8. “Very Far From Home”
9. “I Had A Baby”
10. “V.I.P.”

Apparently it does NOT include the song ‘How About I Be Me?’ but you can buy that track off downlaod services now – nice reggae feel to it, worth checking out and buying.

You can stream two tracks here:

2 new songs by sineadoconnor

She will be playing five dates in 2012:

9th March, Brighton St Georges Church

10th March, London Queen Elizabeth Hall

12th March, Bristol St. Georges Hall

14th March, Glasgow Oran Mor

15th March, Manchester Manchester Cathedral

Happy Boxing Day


Hello everyone.

Hope you all had a great Christmas (or whatever festival you choose to celebrate, or indeed none). It was all good fun around 17 Seconds Towers yesterday; with a whole heep of books (not all music related either), DVDs, and music gratefully received by yours truly. And it was son 17 Seconds’ first Christmas, which I think he enjoyed greatly. The cold he gave me was not particularly well received – but the lie-in until 9AM yesterday most definitely was.

This is not part of the Christmas mp3 fest – but this track by The Last Battle was part of their online single last year ‘Nature’s Glorious Rage’ and it’s rather fine.

Stream and then go and buy…

Christmas Posts 2011 #28


Merry Christmas folks!

Have a good one, enjoy these – I will be taking down the links to all the Christmas songs once Boxing Day has been and gone.

See you soon,

Ed x

The Hives & Cyndi Lauper -‘A Christmas Duel.’ mp3

Basement 5 -‘Last White Christmas.’ mp3

Daniel Johnston -‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.’ mp3

Half Man Half Biscuit -‘It’s Cliched To Be Cynical At Christmas.’ mp3

Elastica -‘All For Gloria (Peel session).’ mp3

Mew -‘She Came Home For Christmas.’ mp3

Aereogramme -‘Asthma Came Home For Christmas.’ mp3

Death Cab For Cutie -‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).’ mp3

Walkmen -‘While I Shovel The Snow.’ mp3

Dandy Warhols -‘Little Drummer Boy.’ mp3

Links taken down – it’s now after Christmas!

Christmas Posts 2011 #27


Now, most of the tracks for my Christmas posts I have put up have been free downloads.

However, Scottish Fiction have put together a fine seven track EP which can be downloaded for the princely sum of £2 – or more (I paid £2.50). It features one of my favourite acts of the year – Spook School – along with six other acts. Most importantly – apart from featuring Spook School – is the fact that the money goes to Shelter, which is really, really important. Particularly at Christmas.

So: give this a listen and then go and buy it!

The continuing story of Kites


I’ve written several times this year about how much I love London band Kites. This includes their song ‘Brother’ making my 2011 Festive Fifty and interviewing lead singer Matthew.

As seems to be the in thing, they have given away as a free track as a Christmas present. I genuinely think this track ‘Jumped Up Boy In Livery’ is as good as much of the rest of the stuff they have produced – and hopefully they will make a major impact in 2012. I don’t think it’s a Christmas song per se, but that doesn’t matter.

Lead singer Matthew had this to say :’Never before have I had the audacity to pen lyrics that are so indulgently self-pitying – and, for me, that’s saying something. Let’s just say that it has been one of those months. Merry Christmas. Kites gift you ‘This Jumped-Up Boy In Livery.’

This Jumped-Up Boy In Livery by Kites

…and for God’s sake, if you haven’t heard it yet, give this a listen:

Debut EP by Kites

Christmas Posts 2011 #26


I’ve already posted some Frightened Rabbit Christmas contributions a few weeks ago, but they have finished a new Christmas song, literally in the last forty-eight hours and put it up to download called ‘Cheap Gold.’

In addition to the rather fine free EP that they have made available to downlaod for free from their website, it’s now the fourth song to appear from the Frabbits this year; they have written a new album so let’s hope that that will see the light of day in 2012.

In the meantime, enjoy this. It’s really very good indeed.

Frightened Rabbit – Cheap Gold by Frightened Rabbit

17 Seconds Top re-issues and compilations of the year 2011


1. Raincoats Odyshape
2. Various Artists Bristol Reggae Explosion Volmes 1 & 2
3. Roy Harper Stormcock
4. Scritti Politti Absolute
5. Throwing Muses Anthology
6. Roy Harper Songs Of Love and Loss
7. Primal Scream Screamadelica
8. Queen A Night At The Opera
9. Paul McCartney McCartney II
10. Manic Street Preachers National Treasures -The Complete Singles

I have a dream that one year I will manage to produce all sorts of Specialist lists on here. This IS the specialist list for this year.

And as they’re pretty damn relevant, read my Roy Harper and Raincoats interviews too!

Find more The Raincoats songs at Myspace Music