Good afternoon! Tom here. It’s always the afternoon on Sundays here in APFOS HQ#2, and this afternoon I’ve got a selection to help you drift through the day. Tracklisting after the jump.
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Looking from the insanely huge Beanstalk that they’ve spent so much sweat crawling up. They sit on their home-made thrones, made with their bare hands and guitars. (Of course, this is just a picture in my human head; I’m not suggesting it should be in everyone’s)
I’m just one of the millions of people who really, really like Tokyo Police Club.
Partly why I appear to be on the brink of slamming the floor with admiration and liveliness is due to the fact TPC announced at some point in the last month (maybe even “just”!) that they’re gonna be releasing a 2nd album. It’s called Champ. Of course, a little enzyme that acted as a little catalyst to my excitement was a few “teasers” that they sort of ‘released’ to the masses (again, at some point in the last month). They’re called ‘Breakneck Speed’ and ‘Wait Up (Boots of Danger)’.
If you hadn’t already heard these songs, please go free and make your own mind up (listen below).
I personally found these songs instantly and entirely infectious. It possesses a little bit of their original spikey freedom that Monks screamed across in their ‘A Lesson in Crime’ but also holds a tasty smell of what made some of Elephant Shell‘s such utter anthems. A little bit more of what they were before however. He’s dropped the Gibbard-language as well (I’m not going to lie, I found it so hard not to agree with Pitchfork’s well articulated criticism of it all on ‘Elephant Shell’) and they seem to have lost the pressure that was pressed down upon their innocent heads (after they smacked the world in the face with an EP that was gobbled upon with perfectly justified over-excitement).
But look! Let’s not read too much into these two lone songs! It’s still possible that this second album could turn out to be worthy of one of The Killers thousand sequel non- albums that followed Hot Fuss.
Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed
Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots of Danger)
If we proceed to make this beanstalk indie-related, then we’re left with an even bigger beanstalk that could inhabit hundreds of giants, but let’s take look a bit lower towards the ground, where the wannabes have only just germinated. OH GOD I HAVE FAIRY-TALE LANGUAGE IMPLANTED IN MY BRAIN.
I say germinated, Bombay Bicycle Club just won a huge NME award, they’re hundred times higher than Tokyo Police Club in our humble english land and they’ve transformed themselves into superstars quicker than a series of X Factor. But only so few have ever enjoyed a crazily good video on one the of best music youtube channels on the whole entire world wide web. (That’s the video below)
Bombay Bicycle Club – Dust On The Ground
Lion Club also decided to base their band name on the word ‘club’. We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt though because this song is wild.
Lion Club – Middle of the Night
April 30, 2010 A Pocket Full of Seeds Permalink 3 Responses George., A Lesson in Crime, Acoustic, alternative indie, Ben Gibbard, Bombay Bicycle Club, Breakneck Speed, Champ, Dust on the Ground, Elephant Shell, Hot Fuss, Indie, Indie Punk, Just shockingly and dreadfully below-par sequels to one of the coolest albums ever that was Hot Fuss, Lion Club, Middle of the night, New Album, Pitchfork, The Killers, Tokyo Police Club, Wait Up, Wait Up (boots of danger), WatchListenTell
I should pay more attention to this band to be honest, I mean, he’s standing on a car!
Their album ‘Bred for Skills & Magic’ is great; it runs along at a brisk and agile pace, yet a hastiness that many of us can keep up with. Regrettably on a few occasions you might be able to guess the next turning, the next direction, but for me that’s just comforting; sometimes I don’t feel like being pushed around in spontaneous directions – they’re more curvy than edgy. I quite like Copy Haho (pronounced cawpee hahoe).
Since I mentioned them early February, the band have indeed finished their March European tour with Los Campesinos! and seem to be moving upwards. They’ve announced their decision to release “Wrong Direction” in early October 2010. But until then, I’m sure they’ll be fertilising their website (which has seen a sort of revitalisation since they hit Europe with LC!) and entertaining with what I can imagine, would be some pretty awesome gigs.
-good lyrics too.
Songs off ‘Bred for Skills & Magic’:
Copy Haho – Pulling Push Ups
“get serious or get fucked”
Copy Haho – The Last Dash
Copy Haho – This Retro Decade
I like moving briefly and swiftly on to things that are a) completely different b) something that I think are worthy of being titled some of the best music I’ve posted on this site. It’s almost like I don’t want people to hear it despite the fact that I know for definite that there are thousands of people who have likewise fallen in love for this artist and this song – how typical.
Anyway, here it is:
Floating Points – Vacuum Boogie
His name’s Sam Shepherd and he’s very talented on a piano stool.