Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Genius: One of Us is Gonna Die Young / Between Us & Them

Genius’d Song: One of Us is Gunna Die Young
Artist: The Ark
Album: Talking Heads: State of the Ark

Selection: Between Us & Them
Artist: Moving Units
Album: Dangerous Dreams

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
One of Us Is Gonna Die Young - The Ark
Living In America - The Sounds
Yours To Keep (Featuring Neneh Cherry) - Teddybears
I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer - The Cardigans
Longing for Lullabies (Hunden & Pipan Remix) - Kleerup
Huddle Formation - The Go! Team
Let's Call It Off (Single Mix) - Peter Bjorn & John
The Rat - The Walkmen
Sweet Troubled Soul - Stellastarr*
Oh Yeah - The Cliks
The Worrying Kind - The Ark
Painted By Numbers - The Sounds
I Love You Cause I Have To - Dogs Die In Hot Cars
Overture - Patrick Wolf
Night On Fire - VHS Or Beta
Pop Goes the World - Men Without Hats
Like Eating Glass - Bloc Party
With Every Heartbeat (Feat. Robyn) - Kleerup
Awful - Hole
California Girls - The Magnetic Fields
This Piece of Poetry Is Meant to Do Harm - The Ark
Twin Cinema - The New Pornographers
Need More Time - The Epoxies
Love Like Semtex - Infadels
Between Us & Them - Moving Units

The Ark

The Ark is a Swedish glam rock band formed in 1991 by Ola Salo, Mikael Jepson, and Lasse "Leari" Ljungberg, when Ola Salo and Leari were only fourteen years old. Martin Axén officially joined the band in 1997, and Sylvester Schlegel in 1999. In late 2006, Jens Andersson joined The Ark as an official member. He had at that point played live with the band for several years.

Generally written in a collaborative effort by the band, the Ark's lyrics are sometimes controversial. For example, the 2002 single "Father of a Son" is about homosexuals' right to have children. In October 2006, the band and Ola Salo were criticized by members of the U.S. public for some controversial comments referring to the September 11, 2001 attacks that were apparently part of the joking banter between songs as the band performed at the opening festivities for the new Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C. This was unfortunate timing, as the free concert was the kick off for the band's U.S. tour.

The Ark participated in the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2007 with the song "The Worrying Kind", written by Ola Salo. The song won the contest after capturing both the popular vote and the jury's vote. The song was Sweden's Eurovision Song Contest 2007 entry, and is also included in The Ark's fourth album Prayer for the Weekend, released in April 2007. Despite being a bookmaker favorite, they finished in 18th place (out of 24) with only 51 points, compared to winning Serbia's 268 points. "Absolutely No Decorum", the first single from the album, was released in January 2007.

The Ark has collaborated with artists such as The Darkness and The Cardigans.
"One Of Us Is Gonna Die Young" was used in the 2007 snowboarding video, "Picture This" from Mack Dawg Productions for Seth Huot and Andreas Wiig's video part, also was it used for the Sam Blenkinsop and Philip Polc Section of the FOX Racing Shox 2007 Sequel.

State of the Ark

State of The Ark was released on 27 December 2004 and is the third studio album from the Swedish rock band The Ark, and their final as a quintet. In it, the band's sound became more synthesizer-flavoured and keyboard-oriented, a departure from the more organic glam rock sound of the first two albums. Three singles were released from the album: "One of Us Is Gonna Die Young", "Clamour for Glamour" and "Trust Is Shareware", the latter being a new recording specifically made for single release. The song This Piece of Poetry Is Meant to Do Harm can be heard in John Cameron Mitchell's film Shortbus.

Moving Units

The band was formed in 2001 by Chris Hathwell, Blake Miller, and Johan Boegli, when Hathwell's previous band, Festival of Dead Deer, broke up. They released their debut EP, Moving Units, on Three One G in early 2002. Their touring experience includes opening slots for Hot Hot Heat, The Pixies, Blur, and Nine Inch Nails. Their debut full-length album, Dangerous Dreams, was released on October 12, 2004 by Palm Pictures. Moving Units released their second studio album, Hexes For Exes in 2007. The album was released on Metropolis Records (who they signed with in January 2007) and the first single, "Pink Thoughts", was released through the band's MySpace page. So Sweet released a one-off limited edition 7 inch vinyl single "Crash N Burn Victims" in the UK coupled with a remix of the same track by Felix Cartal in November 2007.

Dangerous Dreams

Dangerous Dreams is the Moving Units' 2004 debut album, and their second release, after their 2002 Moving Units EP.

The track "Between Us & Them" was used in Leo Romero's opening part in Foundation's skateboarding video That's Life. The track "Going for Adds" was used in a 2007 commercial for Secret Anti-Perspirant Deodorant.

One of Us is Gonna Die Young

Prayer for the Weekend

Between Us & Them

Monday, November 24, 2008

Genius: Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town / Radio Radio

Genius’d Song: Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town
Artist: Talking Heads
Album: Talking Heads: ‘77

Selection: Radio Radio
Artist: Elvis Costello
Album: This Year’s Model

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town - Talking Heads
Sound & Vision - David Bowie
Stop Your Sobbing - The Pretenders
There She Goes Again - The Velvet Underground
Cold Brains - Beck
Quiche Lorraine (S-Express Remix) - The B-52's
X Offender - Blondie
Bone Machine - Pixies
The Big Country - Talking Heads
Don't Talk - 10,000 Maniacs
Radio Radio - Elvis Costello
What Goes On - The Velvet Underground
Radio Song - R.E.M.
I Don't Remember - Peter Gabriel
Fashion - David Bowie
Can't Hardly Wait - The Replacements
Spit On A Stranger - Pavement
Local Girls - Graham Parker
The Book I Read - Talking Heads
Message Of Love - The Pretenders
Lost in the Supermarket - The Clash
I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass - Nick Lowe
Pretty persuasion - R.E.M.
Give Me Back My Man (SuperJupiter Remix) - The B-52's
The Kids Are Alright - The Who

Talking Heads: ‘77

Talking Heads: 77 is the debut album by Talking Heads. It peaked at #97 in the Billboard Pop Albums chart, and the single "Psycho Killer" made #92. In 2003, the album was ranked number 290 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In his 1995 book, "The Alternative Music Almanac", Alan Cross placed the album in the #5 spot on the list of '10 Classic Alternative Albums'.

In 2005, it was re-released and remastered by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format, with five bonus tracks on the CD side ("Love → Building on Fire," "I Wish You Wouldn't Say That," "Psycho Killer (Acoustic Version)," "I Feel It in My Heart," and "Sugar on My Tongue.") The DVD-Audio side includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby Digital version and videos of the band performing "Pulled Up" and "I Feel It in My Heart." In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax with Talking Heads.

Ths Year’s Model

This Year's Model was Elvis Costello's second album and his first with The Attractions, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). It was recorded mainly at Eden Studios in West London.

It was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 2000, Q magazine placed This Year's Model at number 82 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 11 on its list of the best albums of the period 1967-1987. In 2003, the album was ranked number 98 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.. In his 1995 book, The Alternative Music Almanac, Alan Cross placed the album in the #7 spot on the list of '10 Classic Alternative Albums'.

Early issues of the album have an apparently misprinted sleeve, which cuts off the left side of the front cover (including the letters 'E' from 'Elvis' and 'T' from 'This') and shows a printers' color bar along the right side (see cover right). This was a deliberate mistake (a favourite technique of cover designer Barney Bubbles), as was pressing "Special pressing No. 003. Ring 434 32 32. Ask for Moira for your prize" between the holding spirals on Side A.

Uh Oh Love Comes To Town (1978-05-10)

Radio Radio (Top of the Pops)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Genius: NYC Beat / Rock Your Body, Rock

Genius’d Song: NYC Beat
Artist: Armand Van Helden
Album: Ghettoblaster

Selection: Rock Your Body, Rock
Artist: Ferry Corsten
Album: Right of Way

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
NYC Beat - Armand Van Helden
The Girls - Calvin Harris
Destination Calabria (Original) - Alex Gaudino
Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) - Groove Armada
Flex (Dave Spoon Remix) - Dizzee Rascal
When You Touch Me - Freemasons
Take Me Back To Your House - Basement Jaxx
Around the World - Daft Punk
Falling Stars (Club Mix ) - Sunset Strippers
Drop The Pressure - Mylo
You Gonna Want Me - Tiga
It's The Beat - Simian Mobile Disco
Acceptable In The 80's - Calvin Harris
What Else is There? (Thin White Duke Remix) - Royksopp
Rock Your Body, Rock (Extended Mix) - Ferry Corsten
Bombs (Galaxy 21 Mix) - Faithless
Laura (City Hi-Fi Vocal Mix) - Scissor Sisters
Jump - Madonna
Weapon Of Choice - Fatboy Slim
Something Good '08 (Ian Carey Remix) - Utah Saints
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? - Moby
Let Me Think About It (Club Mix) - Ida Corr Vs. Fedde Le Grand
PATT (Party All The Time) - Sharam
No Tomorrow - Orson
Jacques Your Body [Make Me Sweat] - les rythmes digitales

NYC Beat

"NYC Beat" is the second single to be lifted off Armand Van Helden's seventh studio album, called Ghettoblaster.

At the beginning of the video clip (see below) the date circled is Wednesday, 10th June. The next time these dates fall into the calendar is in 2009.
The clip stars Daisy Lowe (brunette) and two other unidentified blond models partaking in a variety of apple-related activities.

Armand Van Helden

Armand Van Helden (born 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a record producer and remixer whose biggest commercial successes came from his remixes of the 1996 Tori Amos song "Professional Widow," which reached the top of the UK Singles Chart, and his own track "U Don't Know Me," which was Number 1 in the United Kingdom in January 1999.

Van Helden was born in Boston in 1970 to an Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) father and a French-Lebanese mother but traveled around the world as a child, spending time in the Netherlands, Latvia, Turkey, and Italy as his father was a member of the U.S. Air Force. At the age of 13, he bought a drum machine and started DJing two years later.

He returned to Boston in 1988 but also moonlighted as a DJ in Boston clubs. He attended college in Boston. He quit his legal-review job in 1991 to work as a remixer under the management of Neil Petricone and X-Mix. He took up a DJ residency at the Loft, a top Boston nightclub at the time. He released his first official single, a mix of Deep Creed's "Stay On My Mind" through Nervous Records.

He released "Move It To the Left" (credited to Sultans of Swing) in 1992 on the Strictly Rhythm label, which became a moderate club hit and led to a string of singles released under several monikers for that label. His first track to make the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart was "Witch Doktor," which made the top 5 in 1994, and led to opportunities to remix acts such as New Order, Deep Forest, Jimmy Somerville, Deee-Lite, and Faithless.

However, it was the "Professional Widow" remix that established him and became a dance hit around the world as well as a number-one hit in the UK. Unfortunately, Van Helden did not receive a penny for this remix because he presented it non-commissioned and, thus, was not entitled to compensation. However, it led to work remixing the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, and Puff Daddy, as well as Daft Punk and Sneaker Pimps, adding to his reputation as one of the world's top house-music musicians.

"Cha Cha" was another top-ten dance hit from his first album, Old School Junkies, which was released in 1996, along with "The Funk Phenomena." A greatest-hits album appeared the next year, followed by a breakbeat album later in 1997. "U Don't Know Me" was a number-two hit on the Billboard dance chart, a number one in the UK, and a top-20 single on the pop charts in Australia and Canada. The song was the breakout track from his 2Future4U album, which was released stateside on Armand's own label, Armed Records.

Van Helden released the Killing Puritans album in 2000 (also on Armed Records), which contained the hit "Koochy." His single "Why Can't You Free Some Time" made it to number 34 in the UK in 2001. His New York: A Mix Odyssey album released in 2004 produced two hits: "Hear My Name," a collaboration with Spalding Rockwell that reached number 7 on the Billboard dance chart, number 34 in the UK, and the top 40 in Australia; and "My My My", which reached number 4 on the world internet charts, number 5 in the Belgian and Dutch charts, number 6 in Australia, number 15 in the UK, and top 30 in the world dance charts.

In 2005, he released the album Nympho, featuring the singles "Into Your Eyes," "My My My," "Hear My Name," and "When the Lights Go Down." The album reached the top 30 in Australia, and number 48 in the UK. "When The Lights Go Down" reached #52 on the ARIA Singles Charted in Australia, and was a Dance and club hit.

Van Helden was the featured DJ in the Southern Fried tent at Get Loaded in the Park at Clapham Common on the August bank holiday in 2005. He treated concertgoers with an incredible mash-up set that is still spoken about today about being one of his best performances.

In 2006, Armand re-released "My My My" featuring extra vocals from Tara Mcdonald, which reached number 12 on the UK Singles Charts.

In 2007, Armand Van Helden released his new album, Ghettoblaster, from which he released the singles "NYC Beat," which reached number 22 on the UK chart, and "I Want Your Soul," which reached number 19.

In 2008, Van Helden gained enormous commercial success by remixing INSPIRE, a #1-hit song by Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki. This remix was released on the album Ayu-mi-x 6 -GOLD-. Also, in 2008, Van Helden is set to release two albums, a best-of album titled You Don't Know Me and a mix album titled New York: a Mix Odyssey 2.

Ferry Corsten

Ferry Corsten, also known under the alias System F, (born December 4, 1973 in Rotterdam, Netherlands) is a pioneer and producer of trance, in addition to being a world-renowned DJ and remixer. He is consistently voted as one of the top DJs and is currently ranked number 6 in the official DJ Magazine poll. He also hosts his own weekly radio show, Corsten's Countdown. He routinely plays at events all over the world with crowds in excess of tens of thousands.

1989–1999: Early years
Ferry Corsten produced and remixed under many aliases since the release of his first record at the age of sixteen, but he officially started to work as a musician when he was 27 years old. As a teenager he would listen to his father's record player and he would save money to buy his first keyboard by washing cars, and selling mixed tapes to kids in his neighborhood. He later began to perform live performances with a friend and won his first award "De Grote Prijs van Nederland" at Holland in 1989. He eventually released a record with a couple of friends when he was just sixteen years old and later began releasing self-made productions while he grew up in Rotterdam in the 1990s, producing underground hardcore Gabber tracks, later expanding into club-house and trance music. His first single to reach a chart position was "Don't Be Afraid" under his alias Moonman which was only the start for becoming a composer as well. In 1997 Corsten and his partner Robert Smit established a dance label named Tsunami with the Dutch based dance company Purple Eye Entertainment b.v., this junction made the creation of another label possible; Polar State. Ferry Corsten was studying to become an Electrical Engineer, so he went to the Technical Training School and after that Higher Technical Education.

1999–2002: Rise to fame
In February 1999 Corsten's second solo project, System F, was released on the Tsunami imprint along an album named "Out of the Blue", a melodic tune that became a hit on dance floors all over the world which achieved a top twenty position in the United Kingdom single chart. The follow up single was "Cry", produced together with Robert Smit which reached the UK Top 20.

His growing popularity in the late 1990s led to cooperation with many famous trance DJs and musicians like DJ Tiësto (Gouryella, Vimana), Vincent de Moor (Veracocha), and Robert Smit (Starparty). The track "Gouryella" by the act Gouryella was released in May, the single entered the UK Singles Top 75 at number fifteen and achieved various hit positions throughout the world. The next single was entitled "Walhalla" which entered the UK single chart at number twenty-seven. In 1999 Ferry was elected as producer of the year at the Ericsson Muzik Award in London. In September 2000 the third Gouryella single entitled "Tenshi" was released. In 2000, Corsten also remixed William Orbit's "Adagio for Strings" as well as "New Year's Day" for U2. His remix of Barber's Adagio For Strings was awarded at the Dancestar 2000 awards. The Ministry of Sound dance compilation series entitled Trance Nation became one of the best selling dance compilations in the UK and was awarded the platinum status. In 2000 in his home country Corsten got awarded the prestigious Silver Harp award for his numerous outstanding contributions made to Dutch dance music.

Since then Ferry Corsten is the only electronic dance music artist to achieve the highest amount of dance singles in the UK charts and currently has 10 gold singles in his studio, between those his 1999 remix of "Madagascar", "Out of the Blue" as his alias System F, both "Gouryella" and "Walhalla" in 2000, "Cry" and the "Dance Valley Theme" in 2001 with "Exhale" which is his latest as System F with 2007 number one deejay in the world Armin van Buuren according to DJ Magazine; And his 2003 - 2004 singles "Punk" and "Rock Your Body Rock".

2003–2005: Right of Way
In 2003 Ferry contributed to remix projects of tracks by Japanese superstar Ayumi Hamasaki. He went on to compose and arrange her heavily trance-based song "Connected," which was released, along with remixes, as a single in Germany which has sold 4 million copies to date. In 2004 he launched his first album as Ferry Corsten in Heineken Musical Hall with 4,500 clubbers at his eight-hour set, which came along with a single known as "Rock Your Body Rock". The music video of the song was nominated in the TMF Dutch MTV Awards in Netherlands.

Right of Way is a Trance / Electronic album by Ferry Corsten. It was released in 2003 and was the first album to be released under his own name. The album spawned three singles, Punk (UK #29) and Rock Your Body, Rock (UK #11), two dance classics, and It's Time (UK #51). Further tracks were released from the album including Whatever, Star Traveler & Right Of Way.

2005–2007: L.E.F.
Ferry Corsten performing at a concert in El Salvador in September 2006
In 2005, Corsten founded his own record label, titled Flashover Recordings and released his album L.E.F. in 2006. His track Fire was nominated in the best trance video category for the Corsten made his Second Life debut on February 27, 2007 performing at the Grand Opening of club Glam Scum on Skyros Island, Second Life.

On April 18, 2007 Corsten was featured in a global satellite radio first when he was live in over 130 countries on WorldSpace Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio, AOL and Direct TV. The dance music channel "The System" broadcasts live from Houston’s premiere dance club "Rich’s" to broadcast DJ Zoltar’s Subterranean with an exclusive performance/dance set(s) by Ferry. On July 4, 2007, Corsten debuted his new weekly radio show titled "Corsten's Countdown" which counts down a list of the highest voted trance tracks.

He was dubbed the King of Crossover in an August 2007 interview on UK clubbing website HarderFaster.net, reflecting his recent L.E.F. (Loud Electronic Ferocious) style, which some hail as a new direction in dance music. Corsten describes it as "everything from electro house, trance and techno".

2008–present: Twice In A Blue Moon
Ferry's third and newest album, Twice In A Blue Moon, which made is debut at the 2nd edition of the 'Full On Ferry' event at Ahoy in Rotterdam, will be released on November 1, 2008. A first single from the album is “Radio Crash”. It is being played by Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Above & Beyond and many other DJ's globally. The track has been a huge hit across the world in clubs and got Ferry off to a good start with promoting his new album.

NYC Beat

In Your Arms

Rock Your Body Rock

Radio Crash

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Genius: Panic On / Hit

Genius’d Song: Panic On
Artist: Madder Rose
Album: Panic On

Selection: Hit
Artist: The Sugarcubes
Album: Stick Around for Joy

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
Panic On - Madder Rose
Feed The Tree - Belly
Gigantic - Pixies
Girlfriend In A Coma - The Smiths
In Between Days - The Cure
Rebellion (Lies) - The Arcade Fire
1979 (Moby remix) - Smashing Pumpkins
All Apologies - Nirvana
Smile - Lily Allen
Feel Good Inc (Single Edit) - Gorillaz
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Supernova - Liz Phair
Bright Yellow Gun - Throwing Muses
Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
Hit - Sugarcubes
Rush - Big Audio Dynamite II
Bizarre Love Triangle (Step Pettibone Extended Mix) - New Order
Everything In Its Right Place(Live-IMBW) - Radiohead
Cannonball - The Breeders
Gepetto - Belly
It's A Shame About Ray - The Lemonheads
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
Where is My Mind? - Pixies
Orange Crush - R.E.M.
Boys Don't Cry - The Cure

Madder Rose

Madder Rose was a New York City-based alternative rock band who recorded in the 1990s. The band was fronted by Mary Lorson, who shared songwriting duties with guitarist Billy Coté. The two singer/songwriters later collaborated again as Jazz Cannon. Their name comes from the herb-based paint rose madder. Several of their songs, including "Panic On" and "Car Song", were featured in John Peel's end-of-year round-up, the Festive Fifty. The band released three albums on Atlantic Records, and one on quasi-independent label Thirsty Ear, before breaking up in 1999.

Their music has been described as suggesting the druggy languor of a heroin high, which inspired the British music press to trumpet Madder Rose as the second coming of the Velvet Underground. A 1994 review in Rolling Stone characterized their sound as an "alloy" of grunge and "the buttercup sighs of The Cranberries. Their sound progressed from indie pop rock, not unlike peers Velocity Girl, Lush, Helium and Juliana Hatfield, to Shoegaze and trip-hop. After the breakup, Lorson founded the alt-folk outfit Saint Low.

The Sugarcubes

The Sugarcubes (Sykurmolarnir in Icelandic) were an Icelandic alternative rock band formed in 1986 and disbanded in 1992. They received critical and popular acclaim internationally.

They first came to notice in the UK when radio DJ John Peel played "Birthday", later voted by his listeners as a single of the year. The band's music was characterized by a psychedelic post-punk sound sometimes reminiscent of The B-52's, whimsical yet heartfelt lyrics, and the imploring, girlish voice of vocalist Björk Guðmundsdóttir, who later went on to great success as a solo artist. While not as successful as Björk's solo career would be, the band is still very highly regarded and was the most influential Icelandic group until the rise of Sigur Rós.
The Sugarcubes dissolved in 1992 as different members of the band had realised they all had different ambitions; instead of risking their friendship, the band went on an indefinite hiatus. They remain friends to this day and are all still involved in the management of Smekkleysa/Bad Taste.

On November 17, 2006, the band had a one-off reunion concert at Laugardalshöll sport arena in Reykjavík, Iceland, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut single with all profits going to the non-profit Smekkleysa SM to promote Icelandic music. They were supported by fellow Icelandic groups múm and Rass. Despite this reunion, the group has expressed that it has no intention to play future shows or record new material.

Stick Around for Joy
Stick Around For Joy released in February 1992 was the third and final album released by the Icelandic alternative rock band The Sugarcubes. In terms of quality fans usually rate the album somewhere between the band's acclaimed debut, Life's Too Good and the widely panned follow-up Here Today, Tomorrow, Next Week!. The album provided the band's first and only hit, aptly titled "Hit", which reached #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. and #17 on the UK Singles Chart.

Panic On

Beautiful John



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Genius: We're From Barcelona / Tony the Beat

Genius’d Song: We’re From Barcelona
Artist: I’m From Barcelona
Album: Let Me Introduce My Friends

Selection: Tony the Beat
Artist: The Sounds
Album: Dying To Say This To You

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
We're From Barcelona - I'm From Barcelona
Oh Mandy - The Spinto Band
Get Myself Into It - The Rapture
Four to the Floor(Thin White Duke Remix) - Starsailor
Accident & Emergency - Patrick Wolf
She's Madonna - Robbie Williams
Heart Of Hearts - !!!
Made Up Lovesong #43 - Guillemots
Fa Fa Fa - Datarock
Little Bit (Eke Whaaa Edit) - Lykke Li
I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer - The Cardigans
I Feel Just Like A Child - Devendra Banhart
Walk Away (acoustic) - Franz Ferdinand
Amsterdam - Peter Bjorn & John
Tony The Beat - The Sounds
Collection Of Stamps - I'm From Barcelona
22 Grand Job - The Rakes
Overpowered - Roisin Murphy
Down Boy - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Past Is A Grotesque Animal - Of Montreal
Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above - CSS
Britney - I'm from Barcelona
The End Has No End - The Strokes
No Cars Go - The Arcade Fire
I'm Good, I'm Gone - Lykke Li

I’m From Barcelona

I'm from Barcelona is a pop group from Jönköping, Sweden, best known for its 30 band members and eclectic mix of instruments such as clarinets, saxophones, flutes, trumpets, banjos, accordions, kazoos, guitars, drums, and keyboards among others. While most band members provide backing vocals on releases and during live performances, Emanuel Lundgren is founder, principal songwriter and lead singer for the group.

In 2006 the band released an EP entitled Don't Give Up on Your Dreams, Buddy! as well as a full length album, Let Me Introduce My Friends - both of which were well-received critically. Their second full-length album, Who Killed Harry Houdini?, was released in October 2008.

Sometime in 2005 Emanuel Lundgren wrote several songs and gathered his friends to record them. Weeks later, a homemade EP was completed and a one-time live show featuring all 29 band members was performed in August 2005.
The end was not near for I'm from Barcelona, however, as the Swedish media and bloggers around the world started buzzing about the band. EMI Sweden signed the band and Dolores Recordings released the EP Don't Give Up On Your Dreams, Buddy! on 15 February 2006 featuring the bands first hit "We’re From Barcelona," named as an homage to Manuel, a character on BBC Television's Fawlty Towers’ (He’s from Barcelona).[1] Their debut full-length, entitled Let Me Introduce My Friends, was released on 26 April 2006 in Sweden, with international releases to follow including an EMI UK release on 11 September 2006.

In July 2008, it was announced that the band would be releasing a new, full-length album in Fall 2008, entitled Who Killed Harry Houdini? The album will feature French singer Soko on the track "Gunhild." The album is due October 14 and they are on tour around the UK finishing at the Scala, London on the 25th November 2008.

The Sounds

The Sounds are a post-punk revival band from Helsingborg, Sweden founded in 1999, not to be confused with the Finnish band The Sounds from the 1960s or the British The Sound.

Their musical style mixes punk and pop/electronica influences. Most songs make integrated use of synthesizers, and Maja Ivarsson provides a spunky vocal lead. The group is often compared to New Wave acts such as Blondie, The Cars, the Epoxies and Missing Persons.

Their debut album Living in America was released in 2002, with the follow up Dying to Say This to You on March 21, 2006. They are now working on their third album, but the release date is still unknown.

Lead singer Maja Ivarsson is outspoken in her ambition, claiming "I want to be the best female vocalist around...of at least this century".[1] She was also featured on Cobra Starship's "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)", for the film Snakes on a Plane. In addition to Ivarsson's contribution to the Snakes soundtrack, the entire band is featured as track 6, "Queen of Apology," remixed by Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump.

Band members Jesper Anderberg and Felix Rodriguez have recently been working as songwriters for other artists, among them the Dutch pop band Krezip and the Swedish punk band Quit Your Dayjob.

For Krezip's latest album (Plug it In), the pair wrote three songs: "All My Life", "Play This Game With Me" and "You're Wrong". "All My Life" has been one of the most played songs of 2008 in Holland. Krezip's Album "Plug It In" was also produced by Adel Dahdal, who produced the The Sounds debut album "Living in America".

The Sounds were formed when childhood friends Felix Rodriguez and Johan Bengtsson decided to form a group amongst their high school friends, enlisting Fredrik Nilsson as drummer. Maja Ivarsson, named to Blender Magazine's "Hottest Women of ... Rock" list[2] was invited to join as the lead singer. The group met Jesper Anderberg by chance at the Hultsfred Festival. The band's name was decided months later during a trip to London.

Their debut album Living in America was recorded in Stockholm and Produced by Adel Dahdal who is a songwriter and producer in his own right. It earned them several "best newcomer" awards, a Grammis and a #4 position in the Swedish album charts, as well as establishing the band not only in Sweden but also in the United States. The band has played over 300 gigs since the album's release including participating in the 2004 Warped Tour. In 2006 they played again at Warped Tour but this time on main stage. and have toured with bands such as: the Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Morningwood, Angels & Airwaves, +44, Mando Diao and Panic at the Disco.

In the United States, the band has had several TV appearances and magazine articles and has reputedly built up a celebrity fan base that includes Brittany Burnett, Dave Grohl, Pharrell, Quentin Tarantino, Thomas Johnson and Robin Botten, Bam Margera and his wife Missy, David Desrosiers, Ben Khodadad and Britney Spears. Dave Grohl wore a red Sounds T-shirt in the Foo Fighters' Times Like These video. The band has stated several times that it relies on word of mouth and concerts to promote its music.

The second album, Dying to Say This to You was recorded at Studio 880 in Oakland, California, and produced by Jeff Saltzman (producer of The Killers' Hot Fuss). They started the European leg of their tour in September and in October toured with Panic! at the Disco which included dates in London and several other major European cities. Following this tour, The Sounds made another run of the United States, starting with a Myspace secret show in Miami, Florida on Halloween and then stopping at 10 major cities from coast to coast with supporting act Shiny Toy Guns. All together, The Sounds played over 200 shows in 2006, over half of which were in the United States.
In early October 2007, The Sounds wrapped up their worldwide tour in Western Europe and Australia.

The band has to date sold almost 500,000 records worldwide.
The Sounds are currently working with producer Mark Saunders on their next album
One of the band's songs, "Hurt You", was used in a Geico television commercial that originally aired in September 2008

We’re From Barcelona

Paper Planes

Tony the Beat

Seven Days a Week

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Genius: Nude / Kids

Genius’d Song: Nude
Artist: Radiohead
Album: In Rainbows

Selection: MGMT
Artist: Kids
Album: Oracular Spectacular

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
Nude - Radiohead
Wake Up - The Arcade Fire
Harrowdown Hill - Thom Yorke
Run - Gnarls Barkley
Ready For The Floor - Hot Chip
Dashboard - Modest Mouse
First Day Of My Life - Bright Eyes
Blue Orchid - The White Stripes
Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
Creep (Acoustic) - Radiohead
The Underdog - Spoon
Analyse - Thom Yorke
No Cars Go - The Arcade Fire
Slow Hands - Interpol
Knocked Up - Kings Of Leon
Icky Thump - The White Stripes
Stop Me (Feat. Daniel Merriweather) - Mark Ronson
Iluvya - Thom Yorke
Salute Your Solution - The Raconteurs
Supernatural Superserious - R.E.M.
Gold Lion (Nick Remix) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) - The Arcade Fire
The W.A.N.D. - The Flaming Lips
I Want None Of This - Radiohead
Kids - MGMT


"Nude" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, appearing as the third track on their 2007 album In Rainbows. The song was released as the second single from In Rainbows on 31 March 2008. "Nude" was written in 1997, and the band began to perform it live soon after. However, a recording was not included on any Radiohead album until 10 years later. In April 2008 "Nude" became the first Radiohead song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1995's "High and Dry" and their most successful on the chart since 1992's "Creep".


The song has undergone numerous revisions since its origins in 1997. It was originally known as "Big Ideas", with the parenthetical "(Don't Get Any)" often added. Apparently this title was at the suggestion of fans, as the song officially had no title yet, but appeared on some setlists as "Nude" or "Neut". In the 1998 documentary Meeting People is Easy, singer Thom Yorke joked to journalist Matt Pinfield that the full title was actually supposed to be "Your Home Is At Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Repayments". A typical version of the song from this period is heard near the close of that film, in a live performance from Tokyo, with both Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood on keyboards and organ. The song was often performed during the final 1998 leg of the band's tour to promote OK Computer (1997), on which the track did not appear.

After 1998, the band initially planned the track for their next album Kid A (2000), but scrapped efforts to record it; the song did not appear on the band's next two albums, either. During this period, it was performed only rarely, notably on request at a 2002 concert in Salamanca, but usually by Yorke in solo acoustic versions. Band members professed admiration for the song but said they had not figured out the best way to approach it in the studio.

In 2005, the band began new recording sessions with Mark Stent and posted a list of songs they were working on, including the now-officially titled "Nude", on their blog, Dead Air Space. This was confirmed in early 2006, when the band revealed that they had been recording "Nude" with a string quartet, and that a new string arrangement had been written by Jonny Greenwood. In June 2006, Yorke and Greenwood said in interviews that the song was effectively finished and on tape in a version they were very satisfied with, barring minor adjustments. After their tour, the band returned to the studio in autumn 2006 to continue recording sessions, this time without Stent, but with their longtime producer Nigel Godrich. On the band's summer 2006 tour to introduce their new material, the new version of "Nude" was played at nearly every concert. Yet the finished version of the song on In Rainbows differs from any previous version, as although it retains most of its lyrics, it replaces its organ or keyboard-driven state with a dub-influenced bass line and rhythm. The chorus is now picked on electric guitar, and the song features Yorke's vocal of the original Hammond organ melody at the end of the song.

To promote the release of the single, the band began a competition for fans to create their own remixes of the song, from the individual tracks of guitar, drums, bass, vocals and strings. These were made available to download, via iTunes, on April 1, 2008, with all entries available to listen to at the remix website. A music video for the song, featuring all band members in slow motion, was made by comedian Adam Buxton and director Garth Jennings for their "Scotch Mist" webcast.

Chart performance

Upon its release, "Nude" outperformed its predecessor "Jigsaw Falling into Place" by reaching number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also charted at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's second-ever top 40 hit after the number 34 placement of "Creep" in 1993. "Nude" also charted higher than the only other Radiohead song since "Creep" to make the Hot 100, 1995's number 78 hit "High and Dry", and "Nude" was the first-ever Radiohead song to make the Pop 100. There is some controversy over the US chart placement, because many of the single's sales can be attributed to purchases of individual stems for the remix competition. "Nude" also charted at number 16 in the United World Chart. This is Radiohead's best single performance ever on the world charts, however, they do not store data from before 1999.



Goldwasser and VanWyngarden formed the band while attending Wesleyan University during their freshman year. "We weren't trying to start a band," remarked Goldwasser. "We were just hanging out, showing each other music that we liked." They experimented with noise rock and electronica before settling on what David Marchese of Spin magazine calls "their current brand of shape-shifting psychedelic pop." They graduated in 2005 and toured extensively in support of the Time to Pretend EP, opening for indie rock band Of Montreal.

In the fall of 2006 Maureen Kenny signed the band to Columbia Records. The duo recorded with Flaming Lips music producer Dave Fridmann in 2007 for their major label debut, Oracular Spectacular. MGMT opened for Of Montreal on tour in fall 2007 as a five piece touring band including Matthew Asti (bass), James Richardson (drums), and Hank Sullivant (guitar). As of March 2008, the lineup changed to Will Berman (drums), James Richardson (guitar), and Matthew Asti (bass).

MGMT performed the song "Time to Pretend" on The Late Show with David Letterman on January 8, 2008. The song subsequently hit #21 on the Mediabase US Alternative chart. The song also opened the 2008 film 21 and is featured on its soundtrack. MGMT also performed "Time To Pretend" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on May 15, 2008, and the song was played during the last scene and closing credits of the Skins season two finale, first broadcast on 14th April 2008 in the UK on E4. It was also featured during the season finale of Gossip Girl on May 19, 2008, and the premier opener for the new series 90210 on September 2, 2008 (both of the CW). Another of their songs, "Kids", was selected for the soundtrack for the game FIFA 09, released in September 2008. And another of their songs, "Electric Feel", was selected for the soundtrack for the game Midnight Club Los Angeles, released in October 2008. Also the song "Time to Pretend" was featured in one of the driving scenes from the movie "Sex Drive". "Time To Pretend" also features in the game Shaun White Snowboarding, released in November 2008, along with another track "Of Moons Birds Monsters".

The band supported Radiohead on the Manchester date of their world tour[13] and have announced a headline tour of the UK during November 2008.
MGMT performed at both the 2008 SXSW Music Festival and Austin City Limits festivals in Austin, the first day of Bonnaroo 2008, Coachella Music Festival, performed twice at Glastonbury 2008, and also played Roskilde Festival, Reading Festival, partnering Leeds Festival, T in the Park and the Irish Oxegen Festival (where fans and spectators scaled the tent's internal rigging towers causing the gig to be temporarily stopped for 20 minutes.). They also played at Lollapalooza and the Osheaga festival as well as Summersonic (Japan) and Rock Werchter (Belgium) in 2008. August 2008 saw the band play the UK Reading and Leeds Festival, & at Lowlands in Holland, where they played their album integrally live. They also played at the Toronto Virgin Festival in 2008.

MGMT opened for M.I.A. on the Vassar College date of her 2008 tour, and will also be playing several shows with Beck while he tours in 2008 and also touring Australia with a headlining spot on the Meredith Music Festival line-up.

Nude (fan made video)


The Youth

Monday, November 17, 2008

Genius: Right Back Where We Started From / Rock the Boat

Genius’d Song: Right Back Where We Started From
Artist: Maxine Nightingale
Album: Right Back Where We Started From

Selection: Rock the Boat
Artist: The Hues Corporation
Album: Rock the Boat

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale
Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman
Rock The Boat - The Hues Corporation
Summer Breeze - Croft & Seals
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters
Vacation - The Go-Go's
Hot Child In The City - Nick Gilder
Bennie and the Jets - Elton John
It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne
Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
How Much I Feel - Ambrosia
Car Wash - Rose Royce
Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
Fooled Around And Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop
I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) - Alicia Bridges
Dream Weaver - Gary Wright
Magnet & Steel - Walter Egan
If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
I Just Want To Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
Knock Three Times - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Disco Inferno - The Trammps
You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate

Maxine Nightingale

First signed to Pye Records in the early 1970s, she recorded such singles as "Love on Borrowed Time" while appearing in the West End productions of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Savages. In 1975, she switched labels to United Artists, and with the collaboration of record producers J. Vincent Edwards and Pierre Tubbs, she recorded the album Right Back Where We Started From, which yielded the titular hit single. United Artists took time trying to gain her recognition in the United States (she was only moderately known in the UK), and scheduled her appearances on American Bandstand and The Mike Douglas Show. As a result, "Right Back Where We Started From" rose to #2 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in the beginning of May 1976, and peaked at #8 in the UK Singles Chart.

Other Top 40 hits followed, including the song "Love Hit Me" (which reached #11 in the UK in 1977) and a cover of the Delfonics' song "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)", which entered the dance charts. In the U.S., however, Nightingale found it initially difficult to match the success of "Right Back Where We Started From". Then in 1979, Nightingale released the single "Lead Me On", which rose to #5 in the United States and spent seven weeks at number one on Billboard's Adult Contemporary singles chart. The follow-up, "(Bringing Out) The Girl in Me," was her last entry on the U.S. pop charts. Nightingale released one album a year until 1980, when she decided to retire from regular recordings. While compiling a greatest hits album in 1982, she performed a duet called "Turn to Me" with Jimmy Ruffin which entered the U.S. R&B Top 20.

Nightingale more recently recorded a jazz CD, based on her performances at B.B. King's Club at Universal Studios Hollywood.

She appears in the PBS music special My Music, alongside Patti LaBelle, the Commodores, Heatwave and many more. Her song, "Right Back Where We Started From", has appeared in numerous films including Slap Shot; Yours, Mine and Ours; Starsky and Hutch and most recently The Family Stone.

As of February 2008, Maxine Nightingale is touring to all parts of Australia to perform her 1970s hits.

The Hues Corporation

The Hues Corporation was a pop and soul trio formed at Santa Monica California in 1969. They are best known for their 1974 hit, "Rock the Boat". Before making it big in mainstream music they would be the opening act for some big name stars including Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Nancy Sinatra, and Glen Campbell.

The group's name was a pun on the Hughes Corporation, with the "hue" being the group's African-American heritage. The band's members were St. Clair Lee (born Bernard St. Clair Lee, 24 April 1944 in San Francisco, California, U.S.), Flemming Williams, and Ann Kelley. The original choice for the group's name was The Children of Howard Hughes, which their record label turned down.

The group's first big break came in 1972 when they were invited to appear in the blaxploitation film, Blacula, starring William Marshall. They were also asked to record three songs for the film's soundtrack. There He Is Again, What The World Knows, and I'm Gonna Catch You.

Shortly after, RCA signed the group and their first single, Freedom For The Stallion, from the album of the same name, became a moderate hit, reaching #63 on Billboard's Hot 100. The follow-up single, "Rock the Boat," became a #1 hit on the charts and the group's signature song. The million-seller song is considered one of the earliest disco songs. Some authorities proclaim it to be the first disco song to hit #1, while others grant that distinction to "Love's Theme" by Love Unlimited Orchestra, a chart-topper from earlier in 1974.

After the success of Rock The Boat the Hues Corporation's other charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100 included Rockin' Soul (1974, #18), Love Corporation (1975, #62), and I Caught Your Act (1977, #92).

Despite their initial success, the group was unable to duplicate the success of their earlier hits and disbanded in 1978. But with renewed interest in disco music throughout the 1990s, the group reunited for tour dates and special events, including the PBS special Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion.

Right Back Where We Started From (live)

Rock the Boat

Friday, November 14, 2008

Genius: Traffic Jam / Ire Feelings

Genius’d Song: Traffic Jam
Artist: Stephen Marley
Album: Mind Control

Selection: Ire Feelings (Leggo Skanka)
Artist: Rupie Edwards
Album: Ire Feelings

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
The Traffic Jam (Feat. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley) - Stephen Marley
Welcome to Jamrock - Damian Marley
Turn Your Lights Down Low - Bob Marley
You Can Get It If You Really Want - Jimmy Cliff
Three Piece Suit - Trinity
True Love Is Hard To Find - Toots And The Maytals With Bonnie Raitt
Cool Rasta - The Heptones
Shove It - Santogold
Jammin - Bob Marley
Get Busy - Sean Paul
One Love - Bob Marley
Hey baby (Feat. Mos Def) - Stephen Marley
Chop 'Em Down - Matisyahu
Rudeboy Shufflin' - Israel Vibration
Climbing Up The Walls - Easy Star All-Stars
Take Me Home Country Roads - Toots & The Maytals
Mr. Loverman - Shabba Ranks
Pump Me Up - Krosfyah
Gimme The Light - Sean Paul
Iron Lion Zion - Bob Marley
Ire Feelings (Leggo Skanga) - Rupie Edwards
A Ruffer Version - Johnny Clarke & the Aggrovator
Close to You - Maxi Priest
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Chase Dem - Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley was part of the reggae group Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers with his siblings Ziggy, Cedella, and Sharon. In 1980, at age 8, Stephen took lead vocals on "Sugar Pie", which he also performed live at the 1982 Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego Bay. In 1985 Stephen was featured on a 12" single titled "Jah Is The Healing" (reverse side to "Naah Leggo", a Tuff Gong Jamaican release), and again on "Lord We A Come" from the 1986 Melody Makers release Hey World. Many tracks feature Stephen DJ/Ragga/Rudeboy toasting in support of Ziggy's lead, including on the track "Unuh Nuh Listen Yet" from Play the Game Right (1985). Later tracks featuring Stephen on lead vocal include "A Who A Say," "Problem With My Woman," "What Conquers Defeat," "Rebel In Disguise," "African Herbsman," "Mama," "Tipsy Dazy," "Traffic Jam," "Bygones," "Keep On," "Postman," "Long Winter," "Five Days A Year," "Notice," "Jah Bless", "All Day All Night," "One Good Spliff," and "High Tide or Low Tide."
Stephen produced much of his brother Damian Marley's three solo albums, most notably 2005's Welcome to Jamrock, where he was featured on the tracks "All Night," "Pimpa's Paradise," "For the Babies," and "Hey Girl." He also produced for brother Julian Marley, and executive produced and performed on the 1999 Bob Marley mash-up, "Chant Down Babylon".

In 2003, Stephen and brother Damian put together an album call "Educated Fools" under the group name of Marley Boyz. They recorded it on labels Ghetto Youths International and Tuff Gong International. Marley brothers collaborated with other reggae artists such as Bounty Killer, Capleton,Spragga Benz, Buju Banton, and brother Ky-Mani Marley.

Stephen Marley performing at the 2008 Newport Folk Festival.
Stephen released the video for Traffic Jam (which also features brothers Damian and Julian) in December, 2006. His debut album 'Mind Control' was released 20th March, 2007. Stephen is a five time Grammy award winner

Rupie Edwards

Rupie Edwards, an only child[1], moved to Kingston in 1958, where he set up his first band while still at school. His first recording was "Guilty Convict" b/w "Just Because", for L.S. 'Little Wonder' Smith in 1962, released on Melodisc's Blue Beat label in the UK, and was paid £15 for the session.[1] After recording a few singles, he became involved with the Virtues and, from 1968, started to focus only on his own productions.
By the beginning of the 1970s, apart from releasing singles as a singer, he had recorded artists like The Heptones, Bob Andy, Johnny Clarke, Joe Higgs, Gregory Isaacs and The Ethiopians on his own record labels 'Success' and 'Opportunity'. He also worked with DJs such as U-Roy and I-Roy, and released some instrumental versions with his studio band, The Rupie Edwards All Stars. The group included musicians such as saxophonist Tommy McCook, trombone player Vin Gordon, drummer Carlton 'Santa' Davis, guitarist Hux Brown, pianist Gladstone Anderson, bassist Clifton 'Jackie' Jackson and organist Winston Wright.
In 1974 and 1975, he scored hits in the UK Singles Chart with "Ire Feelings" and "Leggo Skanga". Both tracks were based on the same riddim and an album containing new and older materials was released in 1975. In 1985, Trojan Records rounded up a full LP Ire Feelings - Chapter and Version composed entirely around this riddim, which had originally been cut by Edwards for, and voiced by, Johnny Clarke, for his Everyday Wondering.[2]
After these successes, Edwards moved to London, and since then has kept on producing and recording. He co-wrote "Big 7" with Judge Dread; "Buttoo" and "Lonely Man" with Gregory Isaacs; and singularly composed "Buckshot Dub", recorded both by King Tubby and Bill Laswell.
He is to be found running an eclectic record shop in Dalston, London, on Ridley Road.

Traffic Jam

Ire Feelings (vinyl!)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Genius: Digital Ghost / Insoluble

Genius’d Song: Digital Ghost
Artist: Tori Amos
Album: American Doll Posse

Selection: Insoluble
Artist: Dave Gahan
Album: Hourglass

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
Digital Ghost - Tori Amos
Not Ready To Love - Rufus Wainwright
Lay Me Down - Cyndi Lauper
Monster love - Goldfrapp
The Great Beyond - Aimee Mann
Oh Well - Fiona Apple
John, Let Me Go - Sondre Lerche
Northern Lad - Tori Amos
Picture Perfect - Nelly Furtado
Movie Theme - Beck
The Greater Good - Nine Inch Nails
Koko - Goldfrapp
Elephants - Rachael Yamagata
Pretty Things - Rufus Wainwright
Chances Are - Sheryl Crow
Insoluble - Dave Gahan
Almost Rosey - Tori Amos
Ludlow Street - Suzanne Vega
Volcano - Beck
It's Over - Aimee Mann
Rain On Me - Cyndi Lauper
Slideshow - Rufus Wainwright
Well Well Well - Sondre Lerche
One Night - Travis
Liquid Diamonds - Tori Amos

American Doll Posse
American Doll Posse is the ninth studio album by singer-songwriter Tori Amos. The album, like her previous three, is a concept album, with the 23-track American Doll Posse entailing five female personae Amos developed based on Greek mythology. Musically, the album is a drastic departure for Amos. Having stated that the box set A Piano: The Collection (2006) was the summation of her previous work and the end of an era, the album elicits a new chapter in her career and is her heaviest, most rock-influenced album to date.
American Doll Posse serves as Amos' third and final album under her contract with record label Epic, as Amos announced a year after the album's release that she would be operating independently of major record labels.

Following songwriting during and after Amos' five-month solo tour in 2005, recording sessions commenced in June 2006 with longtime collaborators Matt Chamberlin on percussion, Jon Evans on bass, and Mac Aladdin on guitars at Martian Engineering in Cornwall, like all of Amos' albums since From the Choirgirl Hotel (1998). Due to the musical composition and nature of the album, Amos' principal band mates were present in the recording studio from the beginning of the recording session. After a month of tracking work, Amos continued editing and recording for the remainder of the year, as well as working on the promotion for her career-spanning box set A Piano: The Collection. Mixing work was completed by February 2007, and the album title was announced through a press release on February 20.

Prior to its release, Amos revealed that the album is political in nature:

“ The main message of my new album is: the political is personal. This as opposed to the feminist statement from years ago that the personal is political. I know it has been said that it goes both ways, but we have to turn it around. We have to think like that. I’m now taking on subjects that I could not have been able to take on in my twenties. With Little Earthquakes I took on more personal things. But if you are going to be an American woman in 2007 with a real view on what is going on, you need to be brave, and you need to know that some people won’t want to look at it.”

While Amos had hinted that she may bring back both the harpsichord (last used on Boys for Pele) and the Wurlitzer (used on Strange Little Girls and Scarlet's Walk), only the latter appeared on the track "Dark Side of the Sun". Before the album's release, she made several comments about bringing a "warrior woman" out, as well as stating that the record would be a very different chapter from what has come before.

The Doll Posse
The "American Doll Posse" of the title consists of five different female characters that Amos developed, representing different aspects of her own personality:

“ What I'm trying to tell other women is they have their own version of the compartmentalised feminine which may have been repressed in each one of them. For many years I have been an image; that isn’t necessarily who I am completely. I have made certain choices and that doesn’t mean that those choices are the whole story. I think these women are showing me that I have not explored honest extensions of the self who are now as real as the redhead.”


Hourglass is the second solo album by Depeche Mode's singer Dave Gahan. It was released by Mute Records on October 22, 2007 in Europe, and received generally favorable reviews. Most critics complimented its electronica sound, while a minority criticized it for sounding too similar to Depeche Mode. The album leaked onto file sharing websites in September 2007, despite the songs being protected by audiomarks.

Tori Amos – Bouncing Off Clouds

Tori Amos – Big Wheel

Dave Gahan - Kingdom

Dave Gahan – Saw Something

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Genius: The Girls / Something Good '08

Genius’d Song: The Girls
Artist: Calvin Harris
Album: I Invented Disco

Selection: Something Good '08 (Ian Carey Remix)
Artist: Utah Saints
Album: Something Good ‘08

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
The Girls - Calvin Harris
NYC Beat - Armand Van Helden
Get Down - Groove Armada
Let Me Think About It (Club Mix) - Ida Corr Vs. Fedde Le Grand
Cry For You - September
When You Touch Me - Freemasons
Do Your Thing - Basement Jaxx
D.A.N.C.E - Justice
Around the World - Daft Punk
Teardrop - Massive Attack
My People - The Presets
What Else is There? (Thin White Duke Remix) - Royksopp
Drop The Pressure - Mylo
Hush Boy - Basement Jaxx
Better off Alone - Alice DeeJay
They - Jem
Stand Up Tall - Dizzee Rascal
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
Sexy Boy - Air
Let Me Think About It (Micky Slim Remix) - Ida Corr
Something Good '08 (Ian Carey Remix) - Utah Saints
Destination Calabria (Original) - Alex Gaudino
Where's Your Head At - Basement Jaxx
Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) - Groove Armada
Glory Box - Portishead

Calvin Harris

Music Career
Harris began making music as a 15 year old boy. His earliest success was when he was 18: the songs "Da Bongos" and "Brighter Days" were released as a 12" club single and CD-EP by the Prima Facie label in early 2002 under the name Stouffer.

Harris signed contracts with EMI (publishing) and Sony BMG (recording) in 2006, after his music had been discovered on the social networking website MySpace. Harris had recently moved back from London to his hometown of Dumfries because he was unable to find a job. He had only managed to release one song in 2004 with artist, Ayah. The song appears on The Unabombers' 'Electric Soul 2'.

His first album I Created Disco was released on 18 June 2007. The album contained uptempo electroclash songs that were influenced by music from the 1980s. To promote I Created Disco, Harris embarked on a tour of the UK, supporting Faithless and Groove Armada.

The first release from the album was "Vegas" on limited edition vinyl and the first charted single released from the album was "Acceptable in the 80s", a tribute to the style and culture of the decade. The song reached the top ten on the UK singles chart, remaining on the chart for fifteen weeks. "The Girls" was the album's second single, it reached the top 5 in the UK singles chart. The fourth release from the album was "Merrymaking at My Place" which reached #43 in the UK chart.

In 2007 Harris also recorded with Kylie Minogue. He had caught Minogue's attention after his recordings had been passed on to her by another record producer. Harris says that working with Kylie was "surreal, but fun" although revealed to mixmag in 2007 to "needing a few drinks before meeting her." Harris co-wrote and produced two songs on Kylies' X album; 'In My Arms' and 'Heart Beat Rock'.

He is recently credited as being the producer in a remixed version of The Mitchell Brothers song "Michael Jackson". Harris is also currently working with British pop-star Sophie Ellis-Bextor, co-writing some new songs for her upcoming fourth studio album.

On April 3, 2008, it was revealed that the only existing copy of his upcoming album work was lost when his laptop was misplaced during the baggage handling problems at the opening of London Heathrow Terminal 5.[6] He later stated on the BBC's Glastonbury Festival 2008 coverage that he got his baggage back including the album within a few days.

In 2008 he collaborated with UK rapper Dizzee Rascal on Dizzee's song "Dance Wiv Me". They performed an acoustic version for the BBC as part of the Glastonbury Festival 2008 coverage. The song was released digitally on June 30, 2008 and went straight to number 1 in the UK.
In October 18th 2008, he also featured on Radio 1's Essential Mix with a 2 hour set.

Calvin's second studio album will be ready to be released in mid-2009 in the United Kingdom. The album will follow-up the UK Top 10-album "I Created Disco".

Utah Saints

Utah Saints are a dance band from Leeds, England. The music is produced by Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt, who are joined on-stage by other musicians whenever the band plays live. The band had a string of hit singles in the British pop charts in the 1990s, and were notable for their extensive use of sampling technology. In particular, their practice of manipulating samples from mainstream pop and rock songs, and combining them with contrasting dance beats, pre-dated the mashup scene by several years. The name "Utah Saints" as told by Willis is a play on the fact that when the New Orleans Jazz moved to Utah they kept their name "the Jazz". But as Willis put it in an interview once, "what if the New Orleans Saints moved to Utah?" A common misconception is that the band based their name on the fact that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are located in Utah.


They were described as "the first true stadium house band" (by Bill Drummond), though their music is difficult to place into one particular genre and they have been compared to Underworld, Fluke, The KLF, and even Ministry or Nine Inch Nails.

They first had chart success with the singles "What Can You Do For Me" (UK #10), "Something Good" (their biggest UK success at #4) and "Believe In Me", a UK #8 chart hit, which they described as their vocal sample trilogy as those singles sampled Gwen Guthrie, Kate Bush and Human League respectively ("What Can You Do For Me" also features a sample from Eurythmics). Contrary to one rumour, the band were not sued by Kate Bush over the use of a sample from Bush's track "Cloudbusting" in the Utah Saints track "Something Good" - the sample was legally cleared before use. Additionally, Bush sold Utah Saints footage from the video of her original song [1]. This track is currently experiencing a revival in the clubs in 2008 with new remixes by Van She, High Contrast, Prok & Fitch, eSquire, Ian Carey and more.
Utah Saints then moved away from vocal samples with singles such as "I Want You" and "I Still Think Of You" (Jez Willis providing original vocals on each).

After their debut album, the self-titled Utah Saints, and one further single "Ohio", Utah Saints seemed to disappear for several years, though they were still busy doing remixes (for a diverse range of artists including Blondie, Human League, Hawkwind, Simple Minds, James, Annie Lennox and The Osmonds and the theme to the 1995 Movie, Mortal Kombat), and producing tracks for other artists such as Terrorvision. During this time, they recorded an album that was to be called "Wired World" but was never released, and produced a handful of Utah Saints tracks that to date have never had a proper release either, with titles such as "Star", "Train" and "Rock".

They eventually re-appeared in late 1999 with charting singles "Love Song", "Funky Music" (featuring Edwin Starr on guest vocals), "Power To The Beats" and "Lost Vagueness" (featuring Chrissie Hynde), by releasing the album Two. Also in 2000, Utah Saints did the soundtrack for the video game Carmageddon TDR2000. In 2002 they went back into hibernation only to surface again in 2008 with a single release. The band are notorious amongst their fans and the dance music community for taking a long time in between their releases - their first album Utah Saints and follow-up album Two were released seven years apart.
They have also been working on projects under other names, such as BeatVandals, as well as developing their regular Leeds and Edinburgh-based club night SugarBeatClub. They opened a new recording studio on the outskirts of Leeds with fellow Leeds DJs and producers Riley & Durrant in 2008.

Utah Saints – Something Good ‘08

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Genius: Goodbye Horses / Magic

Genius’d Song: Goodbye Horses
Artist: Q Lazzarus
Album: Married to the Mob

Selection: Magic
Artist: Mick Smiley
Album: Ghostbusters

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
Good Bye Horses - Q Lazzarus
Science Fiction/Double Feature - Richard O'Brien
No Sex For Ben - The Rapture
Ever Fallen in Love - Pete Yorn
A Perfect Lie (Theme Song) (Gabriel & Dresden Remix) - The Engine Room
Because We Can - Fatboy Slim
I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Amy Winehouse
You Belong To Me - Bob Dylan
Pop! Goes My Heart - Hugh Grant
Across the Universe - Fiona Apple
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - Eddie Vedder
You're So True - Joseph Arthur
Magic - Mick Smiley
Mrs. Robinson - Indigo Girls
Waiting For Somebody - Paul Westerberg
Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes - Beck
How Soon is Now - Love Spit Love
Who Do You Love Now (Radio Version) - Riva Feat. Dannii Minogue
The Maker Makes - Rufus Wainwright
Loquasto International Film Festival - Mark Mothersbaugh
This Magic Moment - Lou Reed
I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (Instrumental) - John Hartford
Jumping Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
Way Back Into Love - Haley Bennett and Hugh Grant

Goodbye Horses

"Goodbye Horses" is a song written and performed by William Garvey and sung by Q Lazzarus in 1988. There are 3 versions of the song. They clock in at 3:12, 4:20, and the extended version at 6:27.

In other media
Silence of the Lambs
The song is notably featured in the film The Silence of the Lambs during the scene in which serial killer "Buffalo Bill" applies make-up and dances in front of a video camera with his penis tucked between his legs as to give the appearance of a vagina. Originally in the film, Clarice Starling discussed both sheep and horses during the ranch slaughter ordeal; the script was shortened to only include the lambs, but the song remained. The song is not featured on the Silence of the Lambs soundtrack, although it appears on the soundtrack of the 1988 film Married to the Mob, also directed by Jonathan Demme. In 1991, Q Lazzarus released an extended version of Goodbye Horses to capitalize on the success of Silence of the Lambs (and the lack of the song on the motion picture soundtrack).
Clerks II
During Clerks II, the aforementioned Silence of the Lambs scene is parodied by Jay and Silent Bob, when Jay, having bemoaned his boredom while milling around outside the Mooby's restaurant and trying to stay clean of drugs, begins dancing to the song almost exactly as Buffalo Bill did after Silent Bob plays it on their boom box, using chapstick in the same manner as Buffalo Bill's lipstick. Jay quotes Buffalo Bill by saying "Would you fuck me? ... I'd fuck me ... I'd fuck me hard..." When Dante's fiance pulls him out of Mooby's telling him she has a surprise for him, Jay holds his coat (borrowed from Silent Bob) open to reveal himself nude with his penis tucked back in the same manner Buffalo Bill did when he was dancing in front of the video camera. Then Dante says "Is this my surprise?", and his fiance answers no while Jay sings "Goodbye Horses". A deleted scene from Clerks II shows an extended version of the "tuck dance", without Goodbye Horses playing. A mock message is shown before the scene, saying that they could not afford the $18,000 needed to use "Goodbye Horses" in the scene, and that the audience should imagine "Goodbye Horses" being played. After the scene, the messages continue with other mock messages, suggesting that the reason for there being no money to license the song was because Jason Mewes spent all of the licensing budget on transsexual prostitutes.

Fully Flared
A 2007 release of Lakai Limited Footwear's skateboard team, titled Fully Flared features the song during marc johnson's part, an "in the know" homage to Buffalo Bill.

Grand Theft Auto IV
The underground hit can be found on LRR 97.8 Liberty Rock Radio in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.

In 1996, Psyche's cover version of the Q Lazzarus song "Goodbye Horses" was released as the b-side to their single "You Ran Away". This recording became popular enough that the band decided to make an extended version and include it on their album "Strange Romance" at the end of the same year. Over the last decade the song has been covered by the bands Carrier Flux, Foretaste, Gil Mantera's Party Dream, the Harvey Girls, Human Aftertaste, Ludwyg, and Distortions. However aside from the original, only Psyche's interpretation has maintained its popularity, appearing on two best of compilations "Misguided Angels" (2000) , and "Legacy" (2004), as well as a recent limited Australian Tour CD collection entitled "Club Salvation". When the trailer for Clerks 2 appeared promoting the movie, Psyche entered the Top Ten downloads on iTunes Electronic chart. The song remains a staple in the band's live repertoire to this day.
Garvey's song was also recently covered by The Vera Violets, psychedelic rock band from Florida.

Q Lazzarus

Q Lazzarus is a female African-American singer, best known as a one hit wonder for the 1988 song "Goodbye Horses", which was featured in Married to the Mob, The Silence of the Lambs, Clerks II, Lakai Footwear's Fully Flared, and Rockstar's videogame Grand Theft Auto IV.
Q Lazzarus is known for having a husky bass voice not unlike Kathleen Turner. Before she was discovered as a singer, she worked as a taxi driver in New York City. The band dissolved at some point before 1996. Apart from Q, Mark Barrett and songwriter William Garvey, nothing is publicly known about the other band members.

• "Goodbye Horses"/"White Lines" (single)
• Sang Heaven in Philadelphia, another Jonathan Demme movie
• "Goodbye Horses," Married to the Mob, directed by Jonathan Demme
• Contributed music for Twisted, a 1996 film
• "Goodbye Horses" Lakai Footwear's Fully Flared 2007


Filmtracks Editorial Review:

Ghostbusters: (Elmer Bernstein) Among the triumphs of director Ivan Reitman is the undeniably funny Ghostbusters, arguably the best that Harold Ramis and SNL alums Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray ever put to screen. From its unforgettable logo to its title song by Ray Parker Jr., Ghostbusters would outrun Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at the box office in 1984, reaching earnings of over $200 million after initial studio panic over its bloated $32 million budget. For fans of paranormal comedies, Ghostbusters can't go wrong, with a plotline of 1980's New York serving as a focal point for the return of supernatural demons from another dimension. The city relies on a group of nerdy pseudo-scientists to save them from their chosen destruction at the hands of Zool, Gozer the Gozerian, and, of course, the giant Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (though the suggestion of J. Edgar Hoover as the form of the destructor must have been awfully tempting, too). Everyone wanted a piece of the Ghostbusters pie, and aside from the sequel a few years later (still successful, but not astronomically so), the rights, the logo, and the title song were all embroiled in legal wrangling for a decade after the initial film's release. One aspect of the film that slipped by quietly without much notice was its underscore, and Reitman didn't have to call to a parallel dimension to find a composer. The comedy master of the early 1980's, Elmer Bernstein had already collaborated with Reitman half a dozen times, and he was assigned to Ghostbusters before any of the actors had been signed. Given his effectiveness in similar projects of the era and genre, the choice was never questioned, but as was an emerging case with many films of the 1980's, portions of the score were dumped in favor of pop songs. Ghostbusters went from being a score-only affair in Bernstein's original assignment to a film famous for its chart-topping songs and subsequent song album. With an Academy Award nomination for the title song and gold status for the pop album, Bernstein's score faded away into obscurity.

Typically, such treatment of effective music from a veteran composer is reason for mutiny from film score collectors. But with Ghostbusters, despite the status of Bernstein, a rare situation occurred where the film was, in the end, better served with the songs in various places than it would have been with strictly the score. Bernstein disagreed, of course, conceding only that the title song by Parker was warranted. And indeed, there were a few questionable song usages in the film, especially in the latter half. The use of Mick Smiley's lethargic "Magic" in the scene during which the ghosts escape the protection grid and fly over New York to Gozer's arrival seems out of place to this day, completely sucking the sequence dry of its power and sense of impending doom. Interestingly, in cues when we hear solid usage of songs, such as "Cleanin' Up the Town" at the outset and "Savin' the Day" during the heroes' triumphs, Bernstein's score called for a rock version of his quirky piano-based title theme. In fact, this disco-rock version was recorded for several scenes, but often became the casualty of song placements in the film. While Bernstein was understandably frustrated with this loss, his disco-inspired music really, in all honesty, wasn't as cool as the songs. The most thankful lifting of his music was during the opening title (after the first nasty little incident in the library), during which a rather tepid, instrumentally sparse performance of Bernstein's title theme was replaced with a preview of Parker's song. In almost every case, his score doesn't succeed when he attempted to play it cool, instead playing best in the film when either extending the comedy through his title theme or providing straight horror crescendos later in the story. The structure of the title theme, though absolutely perfect for the nerdy element of the story, doesn't translate well into large-scale performances. After all was said and done, Bernstein would declare himself done with the comedy genre by the time the sequel was proposed, and opted out of the franchise.

As usual with Bernstein, the primary theme is piano-based, and it relies on the dexterity of its light, bouncing rhythm to set a fluffy mood; the theme is well adapted throughout the score, including the impatient rendition in "Stairwell." Only once does Bernstein start to let the brass section and an electric guitar rip with this theme (in the rejected "We Got One!" cue, the first call to action scene), and seeing that it was rejected early in the process, it's no surprise that Bernstein had little direction in the "coolness" category for Ghostbusters. In the end, his title theme is quite memorable, but in a strictly small-scale fashion of lovability. The same could be said of Bernstein's theme for the Sigourney Weaver character, playing to swaying romance from yesteryear and providing some elegance to separate her even further in character from Bill Murray. Bernstein does let the orchestra rip with his music for Zool and Gozer. The build-up to the coming of the destructor has some outstanding cues, including "The Gatekeeper," in which Bernstein hails the arrival of Gozer with a full blown organ-backed fanfare of religious variety. Despite all these strengths, the aspect of the Ghostbusters that will bring a smile to your face often involves the smaller aspects of the score that twinkle in the background. It's an intelligent work, with Bernstein making use of both the cello and piano to match their roles in the film. Weaver's character is a cellist, so the presentations of her theme in the first half of the film are often announced by a cello performance. Likewise, Murray says, upon investigating Weaver's apartment, that ghosts hate the alternating of adjacent keys on a piano's highest ranges (and "torments" the ghosts by doing it on screen), and Bernstein toys with quick spurts of high piano notes in moments of relative calm or suspense throughout the score thereafter. Also, the ondes martenot, the French keyboard variation of the theremin and very early synthesizer technology, is used in Ghostbusters with great effect. While performed less here than in its more glorious The Black Cauldron by Bernstein at roughly the same time, there's no doubt that the eerie sounds of the ondes martenot are a perfect fit for the light-hearted world of ghosts.

On album, as mentioned before, Bernstein's score has been largely neglected. After stuffing the film with its own artists' songs, Arista released an LP in 1984 that featured nearly all the songs in the film, as well as two Bernstein cues and an instrumental version of the title song. Bernstein had originally recorded four cues specifically for the commercial album, through two of them really didn't have much in common with the score and were appropriately dropped. The remaining two feature performances that don't really capture the spirit of the score either, and it's no wonder these two pieces didn't inspire calls for a score-only release by the public. A CD version of the LP (still 37 minutes in length with 6:30 of score) was released by Arista in 1990. Film score fans, though, wouldn't let this situation hold forever. In 1998, they produced a badly titled bootleg of somewhat inferior sound, including only cues that made it into the film. In 2006, however, both the songs and score would get due treatment. Arista (with Sony) re-released the song album with remastered sound and two additional tracks: one song from the film that was missing from the previous edition and a somewhat gutless remix of the Parker title song. A full score release would highlight Varèse Sarabande's initial 2006 Club CD releases, with an outstanding treatment of all of Bernstein's material for the film, whether it appeared in the movie or not. This Club CD (readily available in a 3,000-copy pressing) tops off Varèse Sarabande's strong offerings of Bernstein music from the era, and includes the cues that were replaced by songs in the film, as well as the two rejected suites of music for the commercial album. The snazzier alternate for "We Got One!" is a fantastic bonus. Even in its best presentation, though, Bernstein fans are well aware that his music from this era is often dull or muffled compared to its contemporaries, and Ghostbusters is rather flat in sound quality even in its best form. Still, the Varèse Sarabande is the best offering of Ghostbusters that we could reasonably expect, completely negating the bootleg. One unfortunate result of the fact that the songs worked so well in the film is a possible desire to have a couple of the songs from the Arista album (including the Parker title, of course) appended to the score. It wasn't feasible for Varèse Sarabande, but that shouldn't stop ultimate fans of the film (or Gozer worshippers) from combining an hour of score with a few of the songs on their own playlists.

‘Goodbye Horses’ from ‘Silence’

‘Goodbye Horses’ from ‘Clerks 2’

‘Magic’ in ‘Ghostbusters’

Monday, November 10, 2008

Genius: The Magic Position / Gravity's Rainbow

Genius’d Song: The Magic Position
Artist: Patrick Wolf
Album: The Magic Position

Selection: Gravity’s Rainbow
Artist: The Klaxons
Album: Myths of the Near Future

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
The Magic Position - Patrick Wolf
Monkey Man - Amy Winehouse
Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above - CSS
Gravity's Rainbow - Klaxons
Grip Like A Vice - The Go! Team
Whoo! Alright-Yeah... Uh Huh - The Rapture
Hurricane Jane - Black Kids
Dead Sound - The Raveonettes
Let's Call It Off (Single Mix) - Peter Bjorn & John
Four Winds - Bright Eyes
Separated By Motorways - The Long Blondes
That's How People Grow Up - Morrissey
Ready For The Floor - Hot Chip
House Of Jealous Lovers - The Rapture
Halloweenhead - Ryan Adams
The Bomb - New Young Pony Club
We Danced Together (SebastiAn Remix) - The Rakes
Holland, 1945 - Neutral Milk Hotel
Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me - Pipettes
Doing it Right - The Go! Team
You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb - Spoon
Pieces Of The People We Love - The Rapture
Oh Mandy - The Spinto Band
Down Boy - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You - Black Kids

The Magic Position
"The Magic Position" is the third single from Patrick Wolf's third album, The Magic Position. It was released on March 26, 2007.

The song is now available for free with version 5.24 of Winamp as part of the download bundle. It is also featured on the soundtrack to the 2007 film Run, Fat Boy, Run. This song was #64 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.
Myths of the Near Future

Myths of the Near Future is the Mercury Music Prize winning debut album by English band Klaxons on 29 January 2007 through Polydor Records. Myths of the Near Future contains re-recorded versions of "Gravity's Rainbow", "Atlantis to Interzone" and "Four Horsemen of 2012", along with the singles "Magick", "Golden Skans" and, most recently, "It's Not Over Yet". It is named after Myths of the Near Future, a collection of short stories by British writer J. G. Ballard. It was recorded in Battle, East Sussex. Some people have complained about the loudness of the album clipping the sound.

Upon the week of its release, "Golden Skans" climbed to number seven in the UK Top 40 charts. The album was given a largely enthusiastic review by NME, although it received more mixed reviews from other critics. Some versions of the album contain an unnamed instrumental at 17:17 of the track "Four Horsemen of 2012".

Chart positions
The album charted at number two in the UK Album Chart, just behind Norah Jones' album Not Too Late. Since its release in January 2007, the album dropped as low as number 75 but has taken a further rise back into the charts, peaking as high as number 19 on 7 July 2007. As of November 2007, the album has sold over 271,000 in the UK as of the end of 2007, making it the 54th highest selling album in the UK in 2007.

Gravity’s Rainbow

It’s Not Over Yet