Posted by: on July 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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Kings Have Long Arms, “Big Umbrella” (Domino, 2008)

As Candie Payne strolls through the rowhouses, this clip for Kings Have Long Arms‘ “Big Umbrella” really starts to feel like 1970s British television, the sort of light comedy with a bit of the madcap thrown in that, here in America anyway, you’d see on late-night PBS. And hope for boobs. Then it goes color, and cartoony, and it gets into some Monty Python shizz. Not a bad song, either, though it is sort of pleasantly boring. You can always change the channel. — Johnny Loftus

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Posted by: on June 29, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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Tricky, “Council Estate” (Domino, 2008)

Dude, is that Tricky? The last time we saw the 1995 Mercury Prize winner, he was being berated by Gary Oldman during a hungover Saturday viewing of the TNT favorite The Fifth Element. Musically, his rasp has been absent. Until now, however, since he’s apparently on Domino now and issuing the oft-delayed Knowle West Boy this September in the US. “Council Estate” is the lead single, and it burbles to life midway through. Tricky might still have something gritty in his tank. — Johnny Loftus

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Posted by: on June 5, 2008 at 11:00 am


White Williams, “Violator” (Domino, 2008)

Give a dude a break for wanting to be in Depeche Order. (New Mode?) You’d want to be in that band too if you could figure out a way to make it exist. This is White Williams‘ attempt, apparently, with a bit of Beck thrown Read more

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