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FrogPrincess · 12/02/2007 12:33

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.

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AshNotTheHousewaresOne · 12/02/2007 13:29

for now i can think of....

Ex Girl: a Japanese protopunk/pop all girl band...truly amazing!

Guitar Wolf: Japan's premiere jet rock n' roll band.....also make zombie movies.

Johnny Dowd: A cross between Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and The Saint of Killers from 'Preacher'. Magnificently morbid guitar based country.

Polysics: A kinda hybrid of Devo, the movie Tron and a loud gameboy in white labcoats...Japanese electro nonsense at it's best.

Petty Booka: cutesy Japanese ukulele combo. Worth it for their cover of born to be wild alone!

more later!

Cappuccino · 12/02/2007 13:32

frog princess that's a Ben Jonson poem isn't it?

FrogPrincess · 12/02/2007 14:25

yes I believe it is
beautiful isn't it

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NotQuiteCockney · 12/02/2007 14:28

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

FrogPrincess · 12/02/2007 14:29

AshNotTheHousewaresOne, will have a look at those on myspace, they sound bizarre

btw, pmsl at your profile
interesting life you've had so far

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FrogPrincess · 12/02/2007 14:48

I am so pleased I started this thread otherwise I would have missed out on the wonderdul 'My two front teeth' sung by Petty Booka
guaranteed to cheer you up

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AshNotTheHousewaresOne · 12/02/2007 14:49

they're worth a looksee if you fancy a change musically!....and heres me thinking no-one read the profiles!

AshNotTheHousewaresOne · 12/02/2007 14:51

btw frogprincess, have you got/heard the two neil hannon tracks (song for ten and love dont roam) on the doctor who soundtrack album?....mighty fine they are too!

FrogPrincess · 12/02/2007 14:51

I had to after your recommendations.....
those japanese bands are weird, I am not entirely sure they're very me......

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FrogPrincess · 12/02/2007 14:52

yes we have the dr who CD and listen to those two songs regularly, they're fab!!!
Neil Hannon and David Tennant together is a bit of heaven to me [dreamy look]

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AshNotTheHousewaresOne · 12/02/2007 14:56

my recommendations (movie, music or otherwise) usually scare folk off/kill threads....its a gift i think!

FrogPrincess · 12/02/2007 15:10

there there, I'll kill this one myself, with my favourite Divine Comedy misquote
'I'm a thread killer honey, I can't help it
I would kill for that feeling now Ive felt it
Im a thread killer'

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AshNotTheHousewaresOne · 12/02/2007 15:30

if you've killed it i'll come stand over the prone body to make sure it's's a slow day in my house except for my laydees constantly running into their bedroom carrying my 'i love lucy' boxset...

Dinosaur · 12/02/2007 15:32

At the moment I can't stop listening to Good Morning Spider by Sparklehorse.

grouchyoscar · 12/02/2007 16:17

Way Hey Dino...much respect! I love Sparklehorse.

Met Mark Linkous a few years ago, the tour they did after he got out of the wheelchair. Bloody nice bloke.

grouchyoscar · 12/02/2007 16:23

Ok in terms of the thread anything off Bloomedby Richard Buckner is an utter revelation. Still arguing with DH as to who is dead in 'Lil Wallet Picture'

RB was enigmatically vague when we asked

Dinosaur · 12/02/2007 16:31

They are a new discovery to me. What else do you recommend?

grouchyoscar · 13/02/2007 09:59

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.

AshNotTheHousewaresOne · 13/02/2007 10:05

enjoying this thread immensely!

grouchyoscar · 13/02/2007 10:22

Frog Princess. My Fave Alannis Morrisette misquote

'and I'm here
To remind you
Of that cross eyed bear that you sent to me

FrogPrincess · 13/02/2007 12:12

and rather cute

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hoppybird · 13/02/2007 15:11

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.

grouchyoscar · 13/02/2007 18:49

dh loves the Decemberists. He's mad on 'the Hold Steady' at th mo

And me... I recommend 'Soothing music for stray cats' by Edgar 'Jones' Jones

Snaf · 13/02/2007 19:11

You got into Sufjan in the end then, NQC?

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...

NotQuiteCockney · 13/02/2007 19:27

I got into Illinois. I'm starting to get into the Christmas album, in a timely-type way . Working on Black Swan.

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