The Shortwave Set – Better Than Bad

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Part “Bent” part Goldfrapp, part Beta Band meets indie pop goodness.   This track is taken from their 2005 release titled, “The Debt Collection” (which can be downloaded in it’s entirety for free, but please support them).   “Victorian Funk” — this is the self-describe genre of music by The Shortwave Set.

wiki:

The Shortwave Set are a British alternative pop band whose debut album, The Debt Collection, was released in 2005 on Independiente Records.

Wall of Sound:

The album, assembled using 50p charity shop vinyl and broken instruments was allegedly financed by a two grand overdraft and the Dover-Calais tobacco run and was promoted via their Soho club night “The Pawn Shop”, where the band would offer to swap their record collections for anything brought in by punters; milk jugs or golf clubs for example.

Despite, or possibly because of, the above “The Debt Collection” gained it’s fair share of celebrity champions, and so it was, through the pages of NME that the band became aware of the appreciation of Danger Mouse, and following introductions at a Gnarls Barkley show in London (where they had blagged the support slot), they were invited to LA to make their second album.   It took them a while to get together the plane fares but once there they didn’t look back.   They door-stepped legendary Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks and managed to acquire a 24 piece orchestra for the album, and tracked down John Cale of The Velvet Underground who also appears on two songs.  The band recently signed to Wall Of Sound and are now making the relevant preparations to release the album, titled ‘Replica Sun Machine’ early in 2008

This album will also feature a collaboration with Velvet Underground’s John Cale and is set to release 2008-04-14.

The Shortwave Set – Better Than Bad
The Shortwave Set – Is It Any Wonder

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The Bird and The Bee – Tonight You Belong To Me

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Well just to make sure Valentines day is a joyous occasion for all, The Bird and The Bee have released a new ep today called, “One Too Many Hearts”.   This four track EP is deliciously sweet electronic pop for all you love birds.   Love the whistling on this track.

This track was originally written back in 1926 and first became a hit for Gene Austin in 1927.   It’s been covered by Fiona Apple and probably best remembered when it was performed in the movie, “The Jerk” where a duet with Steve Martin (on ukulele) and Bernadette Peters (on flugelhorn) sang it.

The Bird and The Bee – Tonight You Belong To Me

The ep can be purchased at itunes.   Be sure to check out their myspace page to listen to other tracks off the ep.

PS. Happy Valentines Day

Related Post: The Bird and The Bee – Polite Dance Song  

The Moon & Monday – Take What You’d Take

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Mix varying amounts of Depeche Mode, The Smiths, The Postal Service, Junior Boys, and Coldplay The Moon & Monday create a wonderful new album called (you guessed it) “The Moon & Monday.”

I previously posted a track from The Moon and Monday called Magic Muffin here, and while I was checking up on them to see if anything more had surfaced, I found out that they’ve released an album with 13 tracks this last January on Amazon, a new blog, and a new myspace page.

Songs like “Orbital Twirl” melt me with its soft vocals (think Postal Service) and gorgeous clicky electronic beats. And “Take What You’d Take” has beautiful vocals that intertwine in the chorus where they ebb and flow and overlap perfectly. Give this track a listen until the midway point to hear what I’m talking about. I love the more electronica tracks on this album, but there are also more Rock oriented tracks out there for those looking for more of a jolt. But don’t take my word for it, you can preview the entire album on Amazon or thesixtyone.com.

Below is a track by track break down of the album.

Track listing for The Moon and Monday
1. Medicated | Purchase – Medicated MP3
[More of a rock track]

2. Magic Muffin | Purchase – Magic Muffin MP3
[My fav]

3. Take What You’d Take | Purchase – Take What You’d Take MP3
[Love this song, simply beautiful]

4. All of Our Strength | Purchase -All of Our Strength MP3
[My fav rock track on this album]

5. Orbital Twirl | Purchase – Orbital Twirl MP3
[Gorgeous…]

6. What’s Going Under | Purchase – What’s Going Under MP3
[More of a rock track, nice play on vocals]

7. Electric Cars | Purchase – Electric Cars MP3
[Fun moogish track]

8. Incredible | Purcahse – Incredible MP3
[Slower rock jam]

9. Clock the Minute | Purcahse – Clock the Minute MP3
[Slower rock jam]

10. You Could Be the Only One | Purchase – You Could Be the Only One MP3
[upbeat rock track]

11. Getcha Girl | Purchase |Getcha Girl MP3
[short and sweet, the background vocals remind of Martin Gore from Depeche Mode]

12. Slow Release |Purchase | Slow Release MP3
[upbeat rock track]

13. Mother Mother | Purchase – Mother Mother MP3
[upbeat rock track, reminds me of the Smiths]

Or you can purchase the entire album here: The Moon and Monday