I'll start with Duke Special: saw him live as he opened a Divine Comedy concert last october, and subsequently bought his CD, which is really beautiful. Great irish accent, beautiful songs, very much his own style,looks quite mad, love it.
He is on tour now but sadly I'll miss the Bristol concert.
So have a look at his myspace page The new single features a great track sung with Neil Hannon (am waiting for my copy.....):
Drink to me only with thine eyes And I will pledge with mine. Or leave a kiss within the cup And I'll not look for wine. The thirst that from the soul doth rise Doth ask a drink divine; But might I of Jove's nectar sup, I would not change for thine. 2. I sent thee late a rosy wreath, Not so much hon'ring thee As giving it a hope that there It could not withered be; But thou thereon did'st only breathe, And sent'st it back to me, Since when it grows and smells, I swear Not of itself, but thee.
I'm all about the Sufjan Stevens at the moment. Particularly 'come on feel the illinoise'. His lyrics are great, and the instrumentation is good, too.
Here's John Wayne Gacey:
His father was a drinker And his mother cried in bed Folding John Wayne's T-shirts When the swingset hit his head The neighbors they adored him For his humor and his conversation Look underneath the house there Find the few living things Rotting fast in their sleep of the dead Twenty-seven people, even more They were boys with their cars, summer jobs Oh my God
Are you one of them?
He dressed up like a clown for them With his face paint white and red And on his best behavior In a dark room on the bed he kissed them all He'd kill ten thousand people With a sleight of his hand Running far, running fast to the dead He took of all their clothes for them He put a cloth on their lips Quiet hands, quiet kiss On the mouth
And in my best behavior I am really just like him Look beneath the floorboards For the secrets I have hid
if you've killed it i'll come stand over the prone body to make sure it's dead....lol....it's a slow day in my house except for my laydees constantly running into their bedroom carrying my 'i love lucy' boxset...
I really really recommend that you try the 1st Album. 'vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot' (true) It is so lo-fi it's wonderful and the best one by far.
I also recommend 'Hope and Adams' by 'Wheat' I think you'll have to ebay for that as Sugar Free records have folded. I don't think it's available anymore sadly.
Then there's Flaming Lips , especially 'transmissions from the satellite heart' and Mercury Rev 'yer self is steam' nd from 'Deserters songs' on
It depends what else floats your boat TBH. I adore 'Heartbreaker' by Ryan Adams but....hmmmn. He's not done anything quite as devastatingly wonderful since. (grrrrh cos I believe he can if he removes his head from his bottom IMHO) I could prattle on for hours about music I adore but you probably don't need it!
There's wonderful stuff out there, just have a hunt.
I've got no idea of current trends, don't follow any chart music, obviously hear bits and pieces, mostly sticking with what I know, so I was pleased find something new and great (recommended to my dh by a work colleague, so not a discovery per se).
For the sake of this thread, however, I shall call them my discovery - they are The Decemberists, and they are fantastic.
Check out their album, 'The Crane Wife'. Download it now! The second and title tracks are instant classics. They're like...erm, folk rock?? is that a genre? early concept album Genesis, REM influences. Hard to describe. have a look at this on youtube - doesn't really do them justice, bit of sound distortion, but you get the idea.
Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. I was about to start a whole separate thread about them, where I'd no doubt languish on my own talking to myself.
I like the Decemberists too, hoppy! I haven't heard the new album yet but am fond of 'Picaresque', so shall download 'The Crane Wife' asap...
I would also heartily recommend 'The Trials of Van Occupanther' by Midlake, and of course anything by the divine King Creosote (but that can hardly be called a recent discovery since he's on his 34th album )
And 'The Bird and The Bee' by The Bird and The Bee, that's a good album too. Getting plays aplenty chez Snaf...