Bless Playlist 31/5/2004


The Jeunes

Tonight’s best new track was The Jeunes‘ ‘Obvious.’ A very pumping, poppy track that owes some debt to post-punk without the influence being slavish like some current bands. I found out about The Jeunes just by downloading an EP of theirs, totally at random. I’d never heard of them before.

Last week, I had an email from their drummer, Curtis. He’d spotted their track (googled it) on my playlist. I replied, hoping he wouldn’t be peeved that I’d downloaded their EP. I got another email from him tonight and it turns out that James (the singer) posted up the tracks, hoping they’d get around. Well, that plan worked beautifully, didn’t it? 🙂

Just shows what bands can do to compensate for the absence of major-label promotion money. The internet is still wide open, I’m sure the powers that be will eventually shut it all down or make it one trillion pages of Murdoched shite. But at the moment, small bands can reach people in all kinds of curious and very cheap ways. If you actually get off your arse in the first place, that is.

Tonight’s best old track was by R&B daddy Louis Jordan. ‘That Chick’s Too Young To Fry’ is a brilliant pop song. Although you definitely couldn’t get away with pop lyrics like that nowadays…

There ain’t nobody here but this playlist:

Buffalo Daughter – New Rock
Chris Clark – Indigo Optimus
Method Man – The Prequel
The Kite-Eating Tree – Lucifer Employed
Eagles Of Death Metal – Miss Alissa
Akufen – Jeep Sex
Saves The Day – Freakish
Elvis Costello – Pump It Up
DJ Muggs – Whole Lotta Biggie
Magnetic Fields – If There’s Such A Thing As Love
Fugazi – Waiting Room
Venetian Snares – Li2 Co3
The Sprites – Do It Yourself
Skillz – Take It Back
Helmet – Role Model
Louis Jordan – That Chick’s Too Young To Fry
Imitation Electric Piano – Theme For An Imitation Electric Piano
The Field Mice – Fabulous Friend
Fila Brazillia – Platinum Spider
Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says
Atreyu – Right Side Of The Bed
Keely Smith – What Is This Thing Called Love?
Belle And Sebastian – You’re Just A Baby
Jay-Z + Danger Mouse – December 4th
The Cars – Just What I Needed
Ooo – Group Heartbeat
Jarcrew – Paris + The New Math
Cunninlynguists – Pump It Up (Freestyle)
Baba Brooks & His Band – Independence Ska
The Jeunes – Obvious
The Shins – New Slang
Phoenix – Run Run Run
The Blood Brothers – Fucking’s Greatest Hits
Jens Lekman – Black Cab
Steely Dan – Peg
Non Phixion – Rock Stars
Squarepusher – My Red Hot Car
Broken Social Scene – Cause = Time
Freescha – Rinky Dink
Li’l Cap’n Travis – Steady As She Goes
Trembling Blue Stars – Abba On The Jukebox