After several weeks of tardiness this is the first TMTY blog in the year of the rabbit.
The show returned to its usual format after last week’s Lunar New Year special although the original track listing had to be somewhat altered. Having attempted to attend a Japanther gig earlier this week, which was ultimately called off due to the drummer getting in a fight with a resident of Halifax, I sifted through their back catalogue looking for an appropriate song to play on the TMTY. Sadly it transpired the entire ouevre of the New York two piece is littered with the most taboo of language. Here, instead, is the more acceptable set list I plumped for:
Cut CopyÂ - “Need You Now”
The openingÂ trackÂ of Zonoscope – the third album from Melbourne’s finest (released February 8th on Modular Recordings).
Foster the People – “Houdini”
Taken from their eponymous E.P. Foster The People. Catchy party anthem reminiscent of MGMT’s earlier material.
Chapel Club – “Surfacing“
The latest single to be taken from their album Palace. Originally set to be released as a single in 2009 but the song’s use of lyrics from Dream a Little Dream of Me caused a legal copyright wrangle.
Yang Jung-seung and Kim Ha-neul featuring Pepper – “Stars In The Night Sky”
Kim Ha-neul, the impossibly talented star of South Korean films such as My Girlfriend Is An Agent and Too Beautiful To Lie, turns her hand to singing and turns out to have an impossibly sweet vocal timbre. Released as a single on February 8th.
British Sea Power – “Heavy Water”
The final track on British Sea Power’s latestÂ LP Valhalla Dancehall. One of the album’s stadout compositions.
Futurist - “Anti Hero”
From the Brooklyn based band’s forthcoming album “War is Yesterday” due out in May. TheÂ song’s music video, which can be found by clicking theÂ above hyperlink, is as warm and as enjoyable as the song itself.
Motive – “Nobody Eats My Dinner”
Available as a free, and more importantly legal, download here as one of six songs which make up the Brooklyn band’s self titled EP.Â Features someÂ amusingly overly self indulgent lyrics sung with total po faced piety.
Smith Westerns – “All Die Young”
As melancholic as the title would suggest. The grandiose composition, which bears similarity to some of Chris Bell’s more yearning numbers,Â can be found on theÂ band’s second album Dye It Blonde.