Speakers Push Air


Polar Bear
October 15, 2008, 5:33 pm
Filed under: MP3

I know even less about Jewish music than I do about jazz, so I’d like to apologise to any Jews or jazz experts for this latest entry.

I briefly dabbled with acts like Acoustic Ladyland that were all modern and fusion without being THAT kind of fusion. The kind that makes you want to start shooting the hostages. Their track Iggy was great, but then I lost interest.

The hairy drummer from Acoustic Ladyland is also in Polar Bear, who are another modern, fusiony sort of jazz band, perhaps more conventionally ‘jazz’ than Acoustic Ladyland. Their Mercury-nominated album Held On The Tips Of Fingers didn’t really rock my world, apart from this one track, that I keep coming back to. I remember the first time I heard it, around the time it came out, I felt all trembly and possibly even a little tearful. It just….. soars.

it also puts me in mind of jewish wedding music or klezmer. I’m not enough of a musicologist (ie, I’m not in any way a musicologist) to explain why, but there’s something mournful and involving about this sort of stuff, even when it’s supposed to be happy music. Some tonal quality or a particular key. I’d be interested to get an explanation off someone who knows.

Anyway, to my ignorant little brain, Beartown by Polar Bear sounds like the exhilirating soundtrack to the saddest wedding in the world.

Polar Bear – Beartown
(on the Rub album Held On The Tips Of Fingers)



Favourite Things
October 14, 2008, 9:41 pm
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Favourite Things
October 14, 2008, 9:41 pm
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Favourite Things
October 14, 2008, 9:37 pm
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Favourite Things
October 14, 2008, 9:35 pm
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R.I.P. Alton Ellis
October 11, 2008, 7:43 pm
Filed under: MP3

Died in London, having never recovered from a 100 Club gig in the summer.

Thanks for everything, Alton

Alton Ellis – Rocksteady
(from any number of albums including this one)



Moving Pictures
October 10, 2008, 6:10 pm
Filed under: Videos

In celebration of the fact I’ve got tickets to see Los Campesinos! (along with No Age and Times New Roman) in a couple of weeks, no doubt surrounded by hundreds of kids not even old enough to buy their own snakebite, here’s a video to go with the tune posted below.