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The Endless Note

Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010) was an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops

and Big Star. Chilton’s early commercial sales success in the 1960s as a teen vocalist for the Box Tops was not repeated in later years with Big Star and in his indie music solo career on small labels, but he did draw a loyal following in the indie and alternative music fields.

His death yesterday strangly co-incided with me playing a Jeff Buckley cover of the Big Star song Kanga-Roo.

Click HERE for a super BBC obituary.

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March 18, 2010 Posted by | Cover Stories, New News, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

New Music – The Sky Drops

The Sky Drops released the album “Bourgeois Beat” album back in 2009 but it is new to me having missed it around the time of it’s original release.

“Swimming With Fishes” – The Sky Drops

once and for all
please just shut up and come along
I’m not aiming to die here
stuck on a shelf

stained glass alibi
ricocheting my thoughts
to make it right
I just want to start being
beyond any reason

while I was walking in your shoes
all the stars lay on the ground
are you kidding there’s no hell
just swimming with fishes
and feeding the hungry little ones

tall as it seems
look over the edge
how can you be
happy to hold on

while I was walking in your shoes
all the stars lay on the ground
are you kidding there’s no hell
just swimming with fishes
and feeding the hungry little ones

see it wasn’t bad to let it show
talk about catching on too slow
oh well

while I was walking in your shoes
all the stars lay on the ground
are you kidding there’s no hell
just swimming with fishes
and feeding the hungry little ones

To buy the music of The Sky Drops click HERE

The Sky Drops are Rob Montejo and Monika Bullette – a superforce of guitars, drums, and vocals. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, the band members each have their own fine pedigree and began The Sky Drops in the Autumn of 2005.

Rob Montejo’s previous band Smashing Orange’s retrospective album “1991” was released on Elephant Stone Records in 2005. Monika Bullette’s debut album The Secrets won Philadelphia’s City Papers 2005 Music Award “Best Album You Can Get For Free and Without a Guilty Conscience”.

Rob and Monika’s beautiful harmonies are intensified by swimming blissed-out guitars and no-nonsense drumming. The Sky Drops have been likened to a “shoegazing Everly Brothers”.

“The guy/girl duo plays delightful pop tunes awash in tight harmonies, heavy, thick, and dense shoe-gaze guitar melodies, and an underlying garage feel that is hard to resist. It’s bubblegum yet hard; rugged and loose yet clean and crisp. Bibabidi

“The fuzz rock anthem “Now Would Be”, the sublime “Hang On”, and the pop stunner “The Go Go Go” are among the best tunes you’re likely to hear this year.” The Big Takeover

March 18, 2010 Posted by | New Music, Video | | Leave a comment

New Music – Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists return with a new album “The Brutalist Bricks”

www.spin.com had this to say about the album:-

“Ten years into a solo career that has outlasted two stalwart indie labels (Lookout! and Touch and Go), Ted Leo still writes songs like a guy who believes complex ideas require complex sentences — or at least very specific ones. “There was a resolution pending on the United Nations floor / In reference to the question ‘What’s a peacekeeping force for?’ ” is not a lyric that allows much room for interpretation.

Leo’s on-message approach — the antithesis of the D.C. hardcore admixture of powerful music and vague sloganeering that he grew up on — will always keep him from power-pop perfection, although “Ativan Eyes” and “Even Heroes Have to Die” have righteous spring in their riffs. But Leo has now produced more Pharmacists records while we’ve been at war than not, and in a world that still needs Fugazi’s oppositional fire, The Brutalist Bricks‘ Dischordant burn is welcome.

With former Make-Up guitarist James Canty back in the fold, and a rhythm section of Mid-Atlantic punk vets, “The Stick” and “Woke Up Near Chelsea” throb and rage. The sentiments are equally urgent: “Well, we all got a job to do / And we all hate God” pushes against “I’m so sick of cynics / And I want something to trust in.” Frankly, as far as voices to trust go, Leo’s not a bad choice.”

Listen for yourself

“Bottled In Cork” – Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

To buy the music of Ted Leo & The Pharmacists click HERE

March 18, 2010 Posted by | New Music, Video | | Leave a comment

   

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