So welcome to our new (sort of) feature, we used to run Five Things We Liked This Week through our Twitter account but realised that meant a lot of people either weren’t able to see it, or it got lost in the ever expanding Twitterverse, so after a brief brainstorming session we’ve decided to put it straight on our own site!
So if you’re new to it, it is (surprise, surprise) a list of five things that we’ve liked in the last week, that could be anything from a superb live act, to a bands new single, a festival line up announcement or a cracking new video, and we put them all in one handy place for your viewing pleasure.
So without further ado
FIVE THINGS WE LIKED THIS WEEK
5. Hanging on to Sweet Baboo
North Wales wonder Sweet Baboo, will be returning with his trademark “dry wit and melodic flair” on new album The Boombox Ballads, that won’t be with us until August 14th, but to get us frothing at the mouth with anticipation, he has shared the video for this latest single, Got To Hang On To You.
Describing the song, Sweet Baboo, or Stephen Black to his mother, said “that was my attempt to write a song like The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy” but it’s lyrics about Northern Soul records and Wigan Casino imply a different influence, even though as Stephen himself admits, he doesn’t really like Northern Soul. That’s just the sort of odd logic that makes Sweet Baboo such a wonderful and unique talent.
4. The Boy is Beck in town.
Whilst last years beautifully crafted album, Morning Phase was a timely remind that Beck can tug at the heart strings as well as any balladeer on the planet, if there’s one Beck doesn’t ever do, it’s the same thing twice in a row! So perhaps it should come as no surprise that his latest single, Dreams is a huge summer dance anthem! Fusing some of the funk influences of Guero, with some electronica tinges, it’s as Summery as drinking cider in the park on a cloudy, muggy day.
Whether this is the first taster of a new album, or another one off single in the mould of Defriended, Gimme or I Won’t Be Long well we’ll have to wait and see
Beck doesn’t really seem to be doing much at the minute, but he’s great anyway
3. A Raptorous return for Natalie Prass (That’s a Bird Of Prey pun not a typo!)
The Spacebomb superstar Natalie Prass is having a rather good year; her debut album was released to critical acclaim, she made her UK TV debut with an appearance on Jools Holland, and Ryan Adams liked her so much he dressed up as her and played a set of her songs when she was delayed by airline troubles.
This week she released the superb video for one of her self-titled albums stand out moments, the beautiful Bird Of Prey, and it’s unsurprisingly, Technicolor triumph, continuing the theme of the super talented lady who can do no wrong, keep up the good work Natalie!
Natalie‘s self-titled debut album is out now via Spacebomb records. Natalie tours the UK this month, before returning in September with shows including End Of The Road, and then she’s back again in November, she sure does love us!
2. We Love You, Father John Misty
Not content with simply releasing the best album of the year so far (note we reserve the right to change our mind), Father John Misty has taken to video writing, co-penning the ideas behind his latest effort, I Love You Honeybear with his wife Emma and co-directing it with Grant James. The result, staring Brett Gelman (The Other Guys) and Susan Traylor (Greenberg) is meant to represent an average night in the life of two EMTs.
1. No, No, No, Yes! The return of Beirut
Zach Condon and his fellow Beirut members return with a brand new album No,No,No on September 11th. An always welcome return is made all the more poignant by a troublesome period that led to it’s recording featuring mental and physical exhaustion, hospitalisation, divorce and writers’ block, and Zach has described the upcoming record as the most stripped back and personal recording he’s done to date.
This week he shared the video for the outstanding title track, and the video is every bit as good as the track itself, and delightfully silly, featuring a man playing a skunk, eye patches, decorators and as a slight warning to those who don’t like that sort of thing, a man playing the piano with his feet.
No, No, No is out via 4AD on September 11th. Beirut play a one off show at London’s Brixton Academy on September 24th.