Monday, May 16

THE INDELICATES

Well, this single-artist-mix thing seems to be catching.  But let me assure you: There is method to my madness, and my madness knows no end.

THE INDELICATES are one of my favorite indie-pop duos of the past five years or so.  I have written about them previously on this blog, thusly:

"It was February 24, 2006 when I first happened upon these fine, upstanding Brits. The blog was INDIE FOR DUMMIES, and I fell fast and hard for the delicioso demos they were then peddling. "We Hate the Kids" and "Waiting for Pete Doherty to Die" were instant standouts, inspiring me to type the following succession of letters:

'[THE INDELICATES] are led by SIMON and JULIA INDELICATE - whose married-in-name-and-novelty-only vocal interplay brings to mind the SHANE MACGOWAN/KIRSTY MACCOLL dynamic of "Fairytale of New York." Or maybe they're what would happen if you jammed JARVIS COCKER, BLACK BOX RECORDER, and BILLY BRAGG into a blender. You'd get something thick. A bit bitter. Dark. Delightful. Delicious.'

So there it is again. "Delicious." Delicioso. I might have added "decadent." "Droll." Bitter/sweet piss-takers. Sweet/tender hooligans. Bonnie & Clyde as essayed by GAINSBOURG & BARDOT. SID & NANCY crossed with THE CARPENTERS. (Okay, we go too far....)"


So, my love affair with these merry, melody-making pranksters -- begun on February 24, 2006 -- continues today -- May 16, 2011 -- with the release of their third LP, DAVID KORESH SUPERSTAR.  Yes, it is a concept album.  No, you should not be frightened.  It is vintage Indelicates, through and through, as they spin the tale of the 1993 Waco siege, raid, and ultimate conflagration.  Often, they do so with tongues firmly planted in cheeks.  Sometimes, they tell it like it is.  Always, they are witty, literate, and just plain fun.

If you like what you hear here, please consider going [HERE] to purchase one or all of their three albums (the first two being 2008's AMERICAN DEMO and 2010's SONGS FOR SWINGING LOVERS).  Prices are reasonable, and the new one -- at least for the moment -- is Pay-What-You-Want.  Do please enjoy...

Left-click [HERE] to download THE INDELICATES mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 ILL
02 WE HATE THE KIDS
03 SIXTEEN
04 THE LAST SIGNIFICANT STATEMENT TO BE MADE IN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
05 I DON’T CARE IF IT’S TRUE
06 BETTER TO KNOW
07 WE LOVE YOU, TANIA
08 BE AFRAID OF YOUR PARENTS
09 ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH
10 REMEMBER THE ALAMO!
11 A SINGLE THROWN GRENADE
12 I AM KORESH
13 JULIA, WE DON’T LIVE IN THE ‘60s
14 NEW ART FOR THE PEOPLE
15 AMERICA
16 IF JEFF BUCKLEY HAD LIVED
17 YOUR MONEY
18 WE HATE THE KIDS [demo]

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Friday, May 6

KATHARINA NUTTALL


It's been nearly nine months since I last posted a single-artist mix.  Truth be told, I had no intention of ever posting another.  But what the hell.  Here it is.  Have at it.

KATHARINA NUTTALL is a Sweden-based, Norwegian/English singer who traffics in the sort of dark, evocative indie pop that gets under my skin and plays Spin-the Bottle with my synapses.  Think: hummed lullabies/whispered come-ons/seductive sweet-nothings.  Plus: the occasional uptempo number, with a bit of angry edge.  If ice can be made to smolder, Ms. Nuttall will get it there.

The subsequent songs are drawn from Nuttall's three full-length albums: 2007's THIS IS HOW I FEEL; 2008's CHERRY FLAVOUR SUBSTITUTE; and 2011's TURN ME ON.  Hope they haunt & taunt you as much as they do me....

Left-click [HERE] to download the KATHARINA NUTTALL mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 STARING AT THE SUN
02 LET ME COME
03 PLACE OF HOPE
04 FALLING DOWN
05 PAPERPLANE
06 WE WILL NEVER MEET AGAIN
07 TAKE ME THROUGH TO YOUR SIDE
08 TURN ME ON
09 BLUE MONDAY
10 A BEAUTIFUL DAY
11 SORROW IS THE COLOUR
12 HOLD ME
13 SILVER SCREEN
14 NOT MY LOVER
15 DRY THE TEARS
16 IN MY HOUSE
17 BRING ME LOVE
18 INNOCENCE
19 SHINE
20 TRAILERLOVE

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