Their track Cosy in the Rocket is the main theme on the TV series Grey's Anatomy, and their songs have also been used in hit TV shows The OC, Nip/Tuck and Sugar Rush. Third album The Camel's Back is out now on Domino Records.
Dolly mixture – Will He Kiss Me Tonight?
These Post-punk poppers are like a messy Shangri-Las. The demo-like vocals and musicianship makes this such a friendly record, perfect for dancing around the kitchen to.
Robert Wyatt/Gilad Atzmon/Ros Stephen – Laura
Wyatt’s latest album consists mainly of covers with two old collaborators. This track’s shameless sweetness and wistful atmosphere is topped off perfectly with frail vocals from the best beard in pop.
Victrola Favourites – Willie Willie Don’t Go From Me
A great record made by some serious crate diggers who have been collecting Victrolas for years. Heavy on crackle and hiss, the record is the aural equivalent of rooting through someone else’s attic.
Lord Invader – Father Christmas
A gorgeous seasonal treat.
Fats Waller – Hold Tight (I Want Some Seafood Mama)
Joyful, greedy jazz, hurrah!
New Lost City Ramblers – Beware Oh Take Care
My mum used to sing this to us as children and we stumbled on this recording together whilst looking through the Folkways back catalogue. It makes me feel like I am toddling about with a Speak and Spell, wearing something in brown corduroy.
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
Beautiful vocal riff and great lyrics about strawberry blood bleeding into snow and heads falling off. Who knew Michael could be such a moving name?
Julian Cope – Jellypop Perky Jean
Cope at his most in love. Schmaltzy and pretentious, with a self-indulgent spoken vocal over a grainy Bontempi beat and two super-simple alternating chords. This is not a criticism – he has a knack of melting listeners and this track in particular always brings a tear(drop) to my eye.
Broadcast – Echoes Answer
If this doesn’t give you goosebumps then you’re probably dead.
Joni Mitchell – California
I remember listening to this while on tour in 2006. It made everything seem more poetic, palatable and romantic than it really was. Surely that’s what music’s all about.
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