By Tom Fake
August 21, 2013
The Hot Five – My views on five tracks that have attracted my interest in any given week, usually with an older track thrown in the mix for something a bit different. Tracks usually concentrate on guitar-based releases, but really focusing on anything and everything that comes to my attention.
Track of the week: David Bowie – ‘Valentine’s Day’
Any excuse for a bit of Bowie to liven up your day a little… Yes the album was released nearly six months ago now, but ‘Valentine’s Day’ is the latest single from The Next Day, which was officially released on Monday. The video below is not as controversial as previous efforts (offending the Catholic church with Gary Oldman, for example); it depicts an emotive Bowie playing the song in a large room full of distressed columns (I’ve no idea what the room is, you’ll have to ask him). Not only that, but Bowie looks good too, but maybe that’s me hoping for some live tour dates…
The Fratellis – ‘Seven Nights Seven Days’
I think The Fratellis are a bit like Marmite, but after a successful weekend at V Festival, there’s not doubt that they’re back. I for one see them as a consistent band, and therefore high hopes for their third album, We Need Medicine!, which is going to be released in October. ‘Seven Nights Seven Days’ is catchy and upbeat like a lot of Fratellis material, and is available as a free download here now.
Minus The Bear – ‘Absinthe Party At The Fly Honey Warehouse [Acoustic]’
American indie rockers Minus The Bear are set to release their second acoustic album, fittingly titled Acoustics II, at the start of September. This is a track from that very album, and is a clever reworking of a track from their 2002 debut album that really shows off the strong vocal of Jake Snider. Minus the Bear are about to set off on a mammoth US tour that will see them travel the country from September to November of this year and play almost 40 dates.
The Colourist – ‘Little Games’
Here’s polished bit of guitar-pop from The Colourist that currently appears in Nokia’s latest TV advert. An odd combination of an upbeat dance-y sound and a relatable yet sombre lyric of relationship troubles works oddly well, and the track has a really catchy chorus that gives it a summery feel… It’s probably a bit late for that as we head towards September, but never mind. The Orange County quartet are currently touring the US in support of their upcoming EP Lido, which will be released on August 20.
Hidden track of the week: Grinderman – ‘Palaces Of Montezuma’
My love for Nick Cave is very obvious, but that doesn’t stop me. Two-album side project Grinderman produced some more edgy tracks than The Bad Seeds, and were conceived by Cave as a way to escape the weight and expectation of the older group. This track, from Grinderman II, is just classic Nick Cave, and has a refined sound for Grinderman. 29-year-old Frankie Duffy attempted to sue Grinderman, in 2010, claiming that he had written the song himself (it was nonsense, of course!). Here’s the track on Later… (If you listen carefully you can hear Jools fluff his intro line).
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