Spinning Some More New

I’m still here! You’re still there, I hope. Despite being busier than a contagious disease expert I have been listening to music new and old. The old as part of my now way-behind schedule Albums of my Years series and the new because, well, who doesn’t like hearing new music?

So, as I try and finish the 1988 post in another tab, here’s some of the new tunes I’ve been spinning and streaming and Alexa…ing of late:

 

The National- Never Tear Us Apart

It’s safe to say that I was underwhelmed by last year’s much-hyped album from The National. Nothing hooked me in the same manner as their previous work but after x albums that’s not too surprising. This however…. well I really dig it. A cover of INXS’ most 80s of ballads for a bushfire relief album and shows (along with their cracking cover of Bruce’s ‘Mansion on the Hill’ a few years back) the band have a way with a cover.

Biffy Clyro – Instant History

My wife digs this band more than me but I think that’s more down to the singer… I like em though and have caught em live at least once. I saw a tweet that summed up my response to their slightly-new direction that went something like “I’m not sure about this new Biffy Clyro song.. THIS IS THE SOUND THAT WE MAKE!!!” It’s a real earworm that even my son is hooked on.

Bush – Flowers On A Grave

Obvious euphemism aside, I used to really like a bit of Bush back in the day. Their first three albums had some great tunes on but Golden State, their fourth, felt like the end of a road. Turns out they got back together in 2010 and have released a few albums since that I’ll earmark for future listening. This is their latest from an upcoming 8th album.

Pearl Jam – Dance of the Clairvoyants AND Superblood Wolfmoon

It gives me so much pleasure to put Pearl Jam in a ‘spinning the new’ post once let alone a twofer and say that there’s a new Pearl Jam album out in just a couple of weeks now. It’s been so long and the waiting drove me mad… It took a minute or two for me to love this song, it didn’t hit immediately. My first reaction was “wow that’s.. different.” But each listen revealed more: that bass line, Vedder’s vocal the most committed he’s sounded in ages and it’s got a real groove to it. New producer, new vibe…  the other new song release from the album is a little closer to the band’s ‘expected’ sound but still has a pretty different vibe (and a killer solo):

I can’t wait for Gigaton. Thankfully I don’t have to wait for long.

21 thoughts on “Spinning Some More New

  1. Glad to see you back in action. While I haven’t listened to much of Pearl Jam’s music, the two tunes you highlighted from their upcoming new album caught most of my intention. I also like that INXS tune but I think I prefer the original.

  2. I like the National version simply because I don’t know the INXS version. Biffy’s song does not much for me. Always liked Bush. Are they still around? The PJ stuff is taut. Doesn’t even sound like Vedder. Funny story – you’ll recall I went to LA on my little rock and roll fantasy trip. I met up with my friend’s musician son. We were talking about bands and I randomly threw out Pearl Jam. He fucking hates them like I hate Bon Jovi. Surprised me. He has strong opinions. He doesn’t like Jeff Beck. See if HE gets invited to your next cookout with Jeff.

    Hope things are ok over in Old Blighty. We’re all hunkered down over here, fingers crossed.

    BTW, started to watch ‘The Crown’ on Netflix. I hate to tell you this old boy – old fucking chap – but if half that shit is true your royalty are a bunch of wankers.

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