Still Flyin’, Lykke Li, and other new stuff

by MV


Bit of a break again there, but will hopefully keep this more regular from now on. I tend to post a bit more frequently on Twitter, if you want to follow me over there. So, what’s been going on? Plenty more good stuff on the way, that’s what. Hopefully we’ll get a video for this soon, because it’s awesome: La Roux – In For The Kill (Streaming Audio). For now though, here’s some things that actually have videos and are out soon…

Still Flyin’ – Good Thing It’s a Ghost Town Around Here
Moshi Moshi are basically a label that can do no wrong. In their short history, they’ve kickstarted the UK careers of Hot Chip, Lykke Li and Friendly Fires, and now host some of the only bands with guitars worth listening to these days (among them: Tilly and the Wall, Slow Club, the Wave Pictures). So it’s not with much surprise that we introduce another excellent band on Moshi Moshi. They’re not new, but they’re new to us, having just played a bunch of hyped UK shows to near-univeral approval. They’re a San Francisco-based 15 piece, but don’t sound Iike a mess or look like a cult. Result. Anyway, it’s a joyful racket that goes on for over 5 minutes but still has you reaching for the repeat button. Great video, too; I particularly enjoyed the singing pizza at 4:28. It doesn’t come round again till April but you can find it, and a bunch of old EPs, somewhere on the internet if you look hard enough.

Lykke Li – Tonight
Speaking of which, here’s one of my favourite Moshi alumni doing a Sinead-esque one-take live version of one of the best tracks off of Youth Novels. It’s one of the most downbeat, miserable things I’ve ever posted on here, but it’s also one of the most affecting and beautiful. It’s not all about the cheery bouncy stuff. Mostly is though.

The Killers – Spaceman
Another preposterous Killers video that really has to be seen to be believed. This time the budget’s definitely gone on costumes, rather than, um, deserts. The track’s not quite as silly as Human, but it rolls along nicely and it’s worth it just to gawp at Brandon’s latest plumage.

Lady GaGa – Poker Face
I’m including this largely because I’m baffled by the immense amounts of hate out there for Lady GaGa. Yes, it’s fluff, and sort of second-rate fluff at that, but it’s also enjoyable in a disposable way. I don’t know. It’s not amazing, but Just Dance was pretty great and I just don’t get all the hate.

Janelle Monae – Many Moons
‘Big in America’ usually has me running for the hills. It is what Janelle is though. And she’s been around a while. Not much success in the UK as yet, but this track, out soon, should probably change that. Retro-futuristic and funky, it shows (both in the music and the outfits) that she’s spent time associating with Outkast. Excellent.