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Closer

Yep, I’m a big cliche, but I’m not going to apologise..

This excites me MASSIVELY.

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Body Work

FINALLY….ITS DROPPED. The official video for Morgan Page’s collaboration with Tegan and Sara, ‘Bodywork’.

This track has been circling around in my brain after my first listen and although some may find Tegan and Sara’s involvement with dance artists a little hard to take, I can’t help but think that their vocal style suits perfectly.

As a little bonus to the visuals above, check out the Lazy Rich Remix by following this LINK.

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Call Me? Oh yeah, You can’t

So today is a dark day for me. Today, Thursday August 25th 2011, is the first day I will be without my iPhone 4 for approximately 3-5 days. I sent my poor little smashed screen phone off this morning to be replaced on insurance and normally this wouldn’t be an issue because the courier hands you a new one at the same time right? Wrong.

Now, due to all the little life ruiners who call and fraudulantly claim new phones, they have to take them away to inspect first and then send a new one. Not exactly ideal when like me, you’re the kind of loser that has their iPhone attached to their hand at all times.

This may seem a little lame, but when you’re in constant communication 24 hours a day with one of your best friends via Whats App, when you have an addiction to Facebook, when you check your emails on the move, when you listen to your iPod all day everyday and have a mild obsession with growing strawberry crops in CityVille, this becomes a serious issue.

I’ll admit quite freely that I have an addictive personality, so maybe I am a unique case here, but when you spend your days at work plugged into a computer (I’m a web designer 90% of the time) the world becomes very quiet when you can’t send a pointless text or give someone a ring for a break.

So yes, day one, its pretty tough and I’m only an hour and a half in. My friends tell me that by day 4-5 I’ll prefer it and not want my phone back. I’m not convinced, but I’ll keep you updated.

In the meantime, I’ve picked a selection of ecletic tracks linked to my temporary misery.

They’re all favourites of mine, so think of my pain as a benefit to you, because quite frankly, you should own them already.

Lady Gaga Feat. Beyonce – Telephone (Crookers Remix) (YSI Download)

You’re not gonna reach my telephone” – Never a truer word said Lady Gaga. Who’d have thought that one day I’d be able to relate to her lyrics? I certainly didn’t. As a sidenote, I absolutely love this remix, so it did brighten up my day of despair for a moment.

Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend (YSI Download)

Robyn comes across as abit of a desparate homewrecker in this song doesn’t she? If I was receiving one of these calls, she’d probably get a smack in the mouth, so its probably good, for her sake, that my phone is out of order.

Tegan & Sara – Call It Off (YSI Download)

Luckily I don’t have a girlfriend that is planning to call and break up with me. But if I did, she’d have to email me I guess, which by the way, is not a break up method I condone.

Blondie – Call Me (YSI Download)

Oh, thats right. You can’t……

Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say, I Love You (YSI Download)

Again, not something that happens to me on a regular day, but it would be nice to know that if someone fancied doing it, even my Mum, they could.

Metric – Collect Call (YSI Download)

Ok, so this ones not particularly relevant. Although, it is a brilliant song, I am a lazy dancer and if I wanted to make a collect call (do people still do that? Do those terrible adverts with Holly Valance still exist?), I still could, so theres a ray of sunshine!

Sigh.

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1000 Minutes Part Twenty Nine

I’ve got a slightly larger 1000 Minutes entry for you today as I noticed that I was approaching my 100th track and well, I had to hit the milestone rather than wait for the next entry…

If you want to check out the full list so far (I can’t believe we’re still nowhere near the halfway point!) then follow this LINK.

96. Bloc Party – Song For Clay (Disappear Here) [4:50] [time remaining 638:36] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

Living up to their debut album with their second relief was always going to be a large challenge for Bloc Party, I like most others was dubious on whether they’d be able to do it, but as soon as ‘A Weekend In The City‘ kicked off with this track, I was sold. Theres something incredibly fierce and bitter about this track, whether its the tongue in cheek portrayal of East London life, the authentic casual slur of Kele’s vocal or the pure indie rock energy the songs melody  and beat produce together, its a real kick in the face kind of song. The icing on the cake for me is the group backing vocal reminiscent of the style found in Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. What I would call a perfect album opener.

97. Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven [4:04] [time remaining 634:32] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

From what is without doubt my favourite Jimmy Eat World album, 1999’s ‘Clarity‘, this song got worn out good and proper between the ages of 16-19ish. Often part of my car journey to college soundtrack and featured on every mixtape I made for someone at the time – which is saying something as I made a lot of mixtapes! The lyrics “Can you still feel the butterflies?” are spot on, as I definitely can, everytime I hear it.

98. Tegan and Sara – The Con [3:29] [time remaining 631:03] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

‘The Con’ is the album that made me fall back in love with Tegan and Sara when I was pretty we were over. The albums production is outstanding and really helps to give them an edgier and more grown up sound. The title song in particular stood out for me on first listen, lyrically its pained and moving as you’d expect from them, the harmonies are more stunning than ever, the melodies catchy and the triple drum beat on the break never fails to get an airdrum from me.

99. Bat For Lashes – The Wizard [4:14] [time remaining 626:49] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

I doubt very much that this will be the only Bat For Lashes song that features in this list, but ‘The Wizard’ is definitely the one that jumps out at me when considering my options. Beautifully haunting and atmospheric it reminds me of the first time I saw them play. I went to with my good friend Freya to Koko in London and was expecting a good show, but not one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Not only were Natasha Khan and her band absolutely flawless, the venue was decorated to suit the scene with trees, moonlight and various other props and each member of the crowd was given a songbook with all of the lyrics to the ‘Fur and Gold’ album so they could sing along. Its that kind of attention to detail that features across both of the bands albums that makes them quite so incredible.

100. The Streets – Blinded By The Lights [4:46] [time remaining 622:03] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

Its surprising that considering the genre of this record, it still hasn’t aged for me. Infact, over time and as I’ve gotten older, it feels about ten times more relevant than it did. ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ was loved by the critics back in 2004 and a lot of people labelled Mike Skinner as ahead of his time. A pioneer if you will. At the time, I wasn’t completely sure. Now, I’m convinced. This song in particular is an incredibly accurate and realistic portrayal of club culture, anyone thats ever been in the same situation as the lyrics describe will agree I’m sure.

tbc…

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Walking with a Turnpike Ghost

I do love a good cover version. Today I’m going to highlight one that a good friend of mine introduced me to recently, ‘Turnpike Ghost’ is originally by New Jersey band Steel Train. The cover is by Tegan and Sara and it features on Terrible Thrills Vol. 1 which is a compilation featuring Steel Train’s favourite female artists covering tracks from their latest self titled album.

Wait for the sun to come out and turn this up loud, I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t make your toes tap…

Tegan and Sara – Turnpike Ghost (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

Steel Train – Turnpike Ghost (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

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