Shotgun, Bastard and Dribble

Monday, November 13, 2006

Singles Released 13th October

Peak of the Week: White Magic - Katie Cruel

They love their freak-folk at Drag City, and I love them for loving it. White Magic are one of the leading lights of the medieval-psychedelia scene in modern day Brooklyn. On Katie Cruel their song is stripped back to a couple of guitars and Mira Billotte's startlingly spooky voice. A week late for Halloween but good at any time of year.

When Pitchfork reviewed The Light they were even more baffling in their description than usual, "The song in total describes a gentle pitch and yaw, like liquid sloshing in a bucket, reflecting back a cockeyed world symmetrically distorted by concentric ripples." Well, that clears that up.

White Magic - The Light via Drag City


Circulus - Song of Our Despair


Also going medieval on our asses are Circulus. As you can see from the above video for My Body is Made of Sunlight, Circulus could never be accused of taking themselves too seriously. I suggest you don't take them seriously either.


iForward, Russia! - Nineteen

In Vietnam it was nineteen, n-n-n-n-n-n-nineteen. I love the conceit of numbering your songs rather than naming them, I intend to follow the same concept with my children, but when you get to nineteen you simply have to cover Paul Hardcastle. As it is, this is okay, but certainly no twelve.

iForwad, Russia! - Four via their website


Bonnie Prince Billy - Cold and Wet


Video of the week and another thumbs up for Drag City. His recent releases might have seemed like Prince Bonnie Oldham was taking the piss, but The Letting Go is his best album to date.


Morning After Girls - Shadows Evolve

Morning After Girls appear to have 1,555,734,937 friends on MySpace, suggesting that a quarter of the world's population can't get enough sub-Dandy Warhols guff.

Morning After Girls - Shadows Evolve (Video) via their website


Emma Bunton - Downtown

Inferior in every way to the hauntingly beautiful original version by Groundskeeper Willie.

Groundskeeper Willie - Doontoon via Simpson Crazy


Little Man Tate - Man I Hate Your Band


Fake Tales of San Francisco II: This Time It's Not Quite As Good. Still a pleasant listen nevertheless.

Little Man Tate - This Girl Isn't My Girlfriend
Little Man Tate - Hello Miss Lovely
Via their website


Dogs - Soldier On

More than a hint of The Jam about this band, they're supporting Paul Weller later this month, which is no bad thing. And Tuned to a Different Station answers the age old question, "What rhymes with 'somnambulate'?" A: Nothing.

Dogs - Tuned to a Different Station via MySpace