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The Exorcism of Emmy The Great

December 21, 2005

Just in time for Christmas booty-bunned spangly songstrel* Emmy The Great has released 3 new recordings on her Myspace page. There are new versions of Absentee and Edward Is Dedward and a brand new song entitled The Woods, which is so Christmassy it may as well have been written by Noddy Holder sitting in a bath-tub of port, eating mince pies whilst getting a back-rub from three of Santa's most big-bosomed 'little helpers'. It would heartily recommend you download them immediately and play them whilst consuming your overcooked fowl.

* I couldn't think of a hyphenated adjective so I stole one that someone else had written about Beyoncé.

 Posted by Chris at 07:31 PM |  Comments (1) |  Category: Audio

Swish Blog Artists of the Year Playlist Mix

December 17, 2005

So here it is my one and only piece of end-of-year listing. Each of the tracks on the playlist mix which you can download below has featured on a previous instalment of The Swish Blog's mixes this year; they are my favourite tracks of the year by, in my opinion, the year's best artists.

Not too complicated then: download it below by right-clicking and saving-as the appropriate link, plug in your headphones, and enjoy 'The Swish Blog End of Year Megamix', as I'm calling it in my own head.

The Swish Blog End Of Year Megamix
High Quality (160kbps) 55MB | Low Quality (64kbps) 22MB
(Please right click and save-as)

Scene Damage - Test Icicles {00.00}
Band of the year in my opinion, although if you've ever read this blog before you'd already know that. Scene Damage seems to have disappeared from their live sets and to my dismay was absent from the album, but about this time last year it was the track which helped me realise they were something special...

She's Not Leaving - The Research {3:30}
The guy wears a silly hat with badges on it, one of the girls is fat and the other is skinny.

All In My Head - Good Shoes {5:14}
Good Shoes are my favourite band that I've never seen live (although I'm discounting Girls Aloud because although I’ve never been to one of their concerts I have seen them at the Disney Kids Awards and Pollwinners Party), but it doesn't matter cos I put my very own Good Shoes concerts on every morning in the shower – I do all the hits: Morden, Never Meant To Hurt You, Small Town Girl and this one – and I reckon I'm as good as they are, if not better.

Madame Geneva - Greyhound Green {7.22}
Greyhound Green have a link entitled 'Other Stuff' on their website, which if clicked transports you into a magical world where goblins and elves rule.

London Sky Tonight - The Bridge Gang {9.54}
Oof. Everybody is bigging these up for next year, mainly off the back of this song, which I suppose took on extra meaning a last week when that big black oil cloud came overhead.

Downing Street Kindling - Larrikin Love {12.12}
I'm personally a bit embarrassed about how much I love Larrikin Love, especially after I publicly wrote on this blog at the beginning of March that they were bloody awful. I was wrong.

From The Ritz To The Rubble - Arctic Monkeys {14.52}
Music story of the year without a doubt, let’s just hope the backlash isn’t too strong because they seem to deserve all the praise they are receiving.

Wait (The Whisper Song) - Ying Yang Twins {18.05}
This is the only song by the Ying Yang Twins that I've ever heard but it’s been in my head all year, usually when I have my trousers around my ankles.

Pioneers - Mystery Jets {21.06}
At the start of the year Bloc Party finally fulfilled their potential which everybody has been harking on about for the past 3 years, half way through the year Mystery Jets covered Pioneers for some b-side or other, now Mystery Jets have the excitement and potential, and all the harking.

First And Foremost - Action Plan {24.48}
I still haven't decided whether Action Plan are a quiet band, or a noisy band. Can someone tell me please?

After The Fact - Jeremy Warmsley {28.13}
Not only responsible for bringing braces back into fashion, Jeremy also wrote Nizlopi's Christmas-#1-contender The JCB Song.

The Hypnotist's Son - Emmy The Great {31.00}
Emmy once sat on a sofa with no cushions. It hurt.

Loop Duplicate My Heart - Suburban Kids With Biblical Names {36.02}
This song was on a playlist mix in October where I accidentally called it Spår 02, when in fact it's called Loop Duplicate My Heart. I don't know how I did that.

Nine - ¡Forward, Russia! {39.07}
Was this song released this year? It should have been. It’s about Hemingway and the Nile or something.

Too Close For Comfort - McFly {42.52}
McFly win every accolade that I haven't already distributed to the other 14 artists. And they like man-sex with each other.

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Sorry Special Needs

December 05, 2005

This weekend Shoe Girl alphabetised our CD collection, and amongst the Girls Aloud singles and Busted albums were 4 copies of recently departed Special Needs' (slash The Needs) single 'Blue Skies'; none of which we actually purchased. Although in no way am I shouldering the blame for their demise I'd like to take this opportunity to apologise if our free-single greed this summer in any way contributed to their subsequent dropping, name-change and split. Sorry.

And another thing: I got the new Girls Aloud album 'Chemistry' this morning. It's great.

Here's some music.
Silent Front like to shout and scream really quietly. This is the second track on their forthcoming split single with Tiger Force (featured in last weeks playlist mix).
Silent Front - Self Seller Event

Elle Milano play the Artrocker @ The Garage event THIS EVENING in lovely London town. I think they sound like Hot Hot Heat - y'know what I mean Robert Smith vocals and poppy-artrock guitars, that sort of stuff.
Elle Milano - Ooo Beyonce Baby

Photo from Okaggi

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