Life Of A Spuckle

Friday, January 28, 2005

Casino - Fallen Out Of Love

Casino were the first unsigned band to be playlisted on Kerrang! 105.2fm. They're a Birmingham five piece who supported Stereophonics on their European tour at the invitation of Kelly Jones. And they recently did three tracks for the Alicia Silverstone movie Global Heresy.

You can download 3 more songs - Again, Heavy Metal Machine & Throw Me A Line - by joining the Rock My World The Movie Yahoo Group which is free.

You'll hear more of Casino soon as they are to be featured on a MTV Advance Warning / American Airlines promotion.

In the words of Simon Pegg of Spaced/Shaun Of The Dead:
"So, turn off the lights, spark up a fatty and check your coat pockets for Jaffa Cakes. Tonight is gonna be a large one."

Karin Park - December

This track won the Christmassong of the year-contest on P3 in Sweden with 49% of the votes. Karin Park are a five piece, named after their lead singer, a Swedish girl who met the rest of the band in Bergen, Norway. According to the website: "She is now telling the truth and lies to everybody who wants to hear her songs."

Karin Park - Superworldunknown

The album of the same name is released on Monday 31st - sorry for the low quality wma, but it should be enough to get you to go and buy the album - purchasing here on a familiar interface would likely be the easiest place for us English speakers to get it.

Karin Park - On My Way (Live)

Monday, January 24, 2005

MP3 Blogs - Is the writing on the wall?

Moistworks has been shut down by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Go to FatPlanet.Au to find out more - I'd also like to second everything posted there.

Friday, January 21, 2005


...who's had a busy week at work?

Back next week with a post or two!


Friday, January 14, 2005

Death From Above 1979 - Dead Womb

Bit more lively stuff in this post. This track is from the new Canadian band
Death From Above 1979
debut EP Heads Up!. The band features just two guys - a bassist who also plays keyboards and a singing drummer. The single Romantic Rights can be streamed through the website.

Death From Above 1979 - Little Girl

The debut album You're a Woman, I'm A Machine (featuring the above track) is due out in the UK at the end of February, and is out in the States already. Musically, it's all over the place (which in this case is a good thing, I'm sure you'll agree!). Cheers to my my mate Graham for the heads up [sic]!

Belle & Sebastian - Step Into My Office, Baby

Belle & Sebastian are victors in the 3 month public poll to name the Best Scottish Band Of All Time (BBC News). This tune is the opening track of their latest album Dear Catastrophe Waitress:

The top ten list was as follows:
1 Belle & Sebastian
2 Travis
3 Idlewild
4 Wet Wet Wet
5 Sensational Alex Harvey Band
6 Simple Minds
7 Teenage Fan Club
8 Bay City Rollers
9 Primal Scream
10 The Proclaimers

I've posted a few more songs previously on B&S so take a look at the archive posts.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Box Five - Exercises in Modern Pop

Box Five are a band from Philly, USA who are going it alone, releasing their debut EP for free online and seeing how far it can get JUST by word of mouth.

Hannah over at WhateversLeft has posted a reviewed on this, so I'll not bother. Suffice to say i like it.

Hanson - Penny & Me (Live)

This is a live version of the lead single from Hanson's new album in America, which quickly became one of the most successful self-released records of all time. Hopefully this will help them shake off the legacy of their biggest commercial hit Mmm-Bop, still being used in adverts today, and give them the indie credibility they deserve.

It's released as a UK single on January 24th, and it looks like Hanson might have a UK hit too. It's a great pop record and no-one else is making them like this right now.
Reuters News Story.

Fear of Music - Skin & Bones

Hello, and Happy New Year! Posts have been sparse recently because of the turkey-fest - I didn't wan't to get the keyboard all slimy from my fingers (yes, i like the brown meat best).

I featured their song The Waltz way back in September, and here's my next offering from Manchester's unsigned teens Fear Of Music.

Named after the third Talking Heads album (I'm sensing a parental influence here), they are to release a double A side single in March. I'm hoping for big things for them in 2005!