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Thursday, 24 February 2011

The Monthly - February 11

1. ANNA CALVISuzanne And I Hot Off The Press
Londoner Calvi comes hotly tipped with this Bassey-esque track taken from her recent self-titled debut album.

2. ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKIContact High Hot Off The Press
Forthcoming track from Australian group’s fifth album, Moment Bends, and very summery it is too.

3. CUT COPYTake Me Over Hot Off The Press
More breezy Aussie indie synth-pop, from this duo’s recent well-received third album, Zonoscope.

4. HOLY GHOST!Do It Again Hot Off The Press
NYC duo get all 80s on this moody pop number that’s a precursor to their debut album, released in April.

5. LADY GAGABorn This Way Hot Off The Press
Sure, it’s more than a bit Madonna and cynically uses gay rights issues for its own publicity, but it’s also massive.

6. GIL SCOTT-HERON & JAMIE xxI’ll Take Care Of U Hot Off The Press
Jamie from The xx is the current remixer of choice and here tackles all of GSH’s last album, I’m New Here.

7. RADIOHEADMorning Mr Magpie Hot Off The Press
Masters of the marketing talking point. This is my highlight of the surprise new album, King Of Limbs.

8. YEASAYERI Remember (Villa Remix) Hot Off The Press
A beautiful track from one of my favourite albums of 2010, this remix of the latest single to be taken from Odd Blood lets the song take you over for a full eight minutes.

9. JAMES BLAKEMeasurements Hot Off The Press
Another big tip for greatness in 2011, Londoner Blake marries fragile vocals with ghostly, dubby melodies and this comes from his recently released self-titled debut album.

10. FLEET FOXESHelplessness Blues Hot Off The Press
Their bucolic folky formula ain’t broke, so they didn’t fix it. New album of the same title’s due soon.

11. PLASTIC PENNYCaledonia Mission New To Me
This obscure UK band re-recorded this song from The Band for their 1968 album Currency.

12. ALICE COOPERBillion Dollar Babies New To Me
Straight up glam rock from Alice from the 1973 album of the same name that topped the US & UK charts.

13. DEL AMITRIRoll To Me Rediscovery Of The Month I
Heard this in a pub and figured it was actually quite pleasant. A 1995 single for the Scottish faux folkies.

14. TENNESSEE ERNIE FORDSixteen Tons New To Me
Tom Waits put a compilation together for Mojo mag recently which featured this US #1 from 1955. Ace.

15. HUI OHANA & JERRY BYRDHow D’ya Do? New To Me
It’s not summer yet, but this might encourage the sun to come out. Byrd is the #1 inductee into the Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame. Fact.

16. COMMONG.O.D. (Gaining One’s Definition) Rediscovery Of The Month II
As befits a song whose lyrics are tattooed on to me, this crops up on the headphones quite often. It’s everything hip hop can be – thoughtful, considered, erudite – but so often isn’t. Definitely worth listening to the lyrics if you haven’t already.

P.S. The photo at the top is an attempt to make The Monthly posts a little less text-y, so to accompany them from now on I think I'll put up a photo from the past month, something topical that sums that month up. This is of a deserted rail station, typical of my past month's commuting experiences after I've moved to the other side of London.

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