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Just For Kicks – Musicmule’s Weekend Tracks, April 17th.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Tracks with tags , , on April 17, 2009 by musicmuleblog



mp3: Golden Silvers – True Romance (True No9 Blues)

Sure there are a ridiculous number of faux 8os acts around at the moment but if half of them could write a tune like this one then we’d be onto a winner. Unfortunately most of them can’t live up to Golden Silvers and the song writing and (a little bit Morrissey,a little bit Albarn) delivery of front man Gwilym Gold. Shake your thang!

For Fans Of: New Order, Neon Neon, Blur, FrYars.

live: ICA, April 24th.

pre-order: True Romance (No9 Blues)  7″



mp3: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Young Adult Friction

This is an irresistible indie pop gem from New Yorks rising stars The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. It’s a guitar driven tale of young adults getting down to business in the library. Tut tut! Peggy’s sweet female vocal line of ‘Now that you feel’ offsets the track beautifully. It was a toss up between this and my favourite new song about incest, the fantastically titled – ‘This Love Is Fucking Right!’. The album is a gem, buy it, seriously.

For Fans Of: Belle & Sebastian + distortion, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Vivian Girls, The Manhattan Love Suicides.

live: May 15th/ June 9th / June 10th

buy: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart   CD LP DLoad

Pre-order: Young Adult Friction 7″



mp3: Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire (Cousin Cole’s Bad Desire Remix)

New York DJ Cousin Cole gives The Boss’ 1984 classic ‘I’m On Fire’ a dreamy electronic makeover. Pefect to sink back into the sofa with, even better sitting in the sun with a drink in hand. Cousin Cole is one half of Flagrant Fowl with fellow New York DJ Pocketknife. He cuts the music with so much class! Indeed.

For Fans Of: Bruce Springsteen, Air France, Moby.

Just For Kicks – MusicMule’s Weekend Tracks, April 3rd.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , , on April 4, 2009 by musicmuleblog


Apologies for the lateness of the post but I’m in the French alps with limited Internet access.

I’m going to throw in two Saturday tracks this week as a way of making up to you faithful MM readers.

There are some great new tracks from Delphic, Asobi Seksu, Cymbals Eat Guitars and The Leisure Society.

Here goes:

Friday (just pretend ok!)

mp3: Delphic – This Momentary (Monitor Mix)

This Mancunian lot Delphic are tipped for the top and from the sound of this little gem of an 80s tinged electro tune they could do just that. Reports are that they aren’t bad live either which pleases me greatly.

For Fans Of: Hot Chip, New Order, Neon Neon.

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Just For Kicks – MusicMule’s Weekend Tracks, March 27th.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , on March 27, 2009 by musicmuleblog

harlem dolphin-surfer

I take a bow to SXSW 2009 for inspiration for this week’s track selections. All of the Just For Kicks artists I’ve picked played this year’s festival and two of them call Austin their home. Leave some comments and let me know what you think…

Frank Turner – Long Live The Queen

Frank Turner used to be in UK hardcore band Million Dead but in his own words ‘no-one gave a shit’ about them. Now as a solo artist he performs lyrically savvy, powerful, acoustic lead songs and ‘now people do give a shit’. Breaking the mould from my electro influenced Friday tracks of recent weeks, Long Live The Queen is a sad but ultimately uplifting acoustic sing along.

For Fans Of: Jeffrey Lewis, Chris T-T, Kid Harpoon, Lightspeed Champion.

Buy: Love Ire & Song

mp3: Harlem – Psychedelic Tits

Austin punks Harlem impressed me with their raw, energetic punk at SXSW. Witty lyrics, jangly guitars and great bass lines too. On their MySpace they claim: ‘the only band we like is nirvana. the only album we like is nevermind. the only song we like is smells like teen spirit’. Make of that what you will. I love the song title guys!

For Fans Of: The Clash, Green Day, The Ramones and er… Nirvana.

mp3: Danny Schmidt – This Too Shall Pass

Also haling from Austin Texas Danny Schmidt is a folk singer songwriter of the highest order. Haunting acoustic ballads and world wise lyrics. This is a great song. Look out for a post on his London gig in late April coming soon.

For Fans Of: Johnny Cash, Frank Black, Iron & Wine, Willy Mason.

Buy: Instead The Forest Rose To Sing

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Just For Kicks – MusicMule’s Weekend Tracks, March 13th.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by musicmuleblog


free mp3: Rogues – Not So Pretty (Feed Me Remix)

Rogues are another talented unsigned UK band – although I can’t seem to find out exactly where they’re from at the moment! Two guitars, bass, drums and big vocals. There are two brothers In their number too – Pearse (guitar/vox) & Thomas (drums) MacIntyre. This version is a near perfect remix from London DJ Feed Me. Can’t stop playing the sucker!

buy: Not So Pretty 7″

free mp3: A Classic Education – Stay Son

This really gets into your head and stays there. This band are from Bologna although you couldn’t tell from the American vocal style. It’s infectious orchestral indie pop. They impressed me as support to Crystal Stilts at The Windmill recently.

For Fans Of: Decemberists, Shins, Band of Horses, Ra Ra Riot.

buy: Stay Son 12″ EP

free mp3: Caleb Engstrom – Hoof

This is a really special track from young Caleb Engstrom of Iowa who promises to be one of the highlights of SXSW for me. Beautiful alt country/folk with thoughtful lyrics and a wonderful voice. Currently unsigned and unreleased over here but hopefully not for too much longer.

For Fans Of: Jose Gonzalez, Bon Iver, Elliot Smith.

buy: Building Day One (import)

Just For Kicks – MusicMule’s Weekend Tracks, March 6th.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by musicmuleblog



mp3:Plump DJs – Beat Myself Up (Don Diablo ReRub)

For someone who recently confessed to not being a big remix fan it’s surprising how many I’m enjoying at the moment. Plump DJ’s last single has been given a reworking by Dutch Super DJ of the moment Don Diablo. The result is big, brash and almost Daft Punk like.

For Fans Of: Daft Punk, Plump DJ’s, Justice.

buy: Beat Myself Up  12″ / Download


mp3: Princeton – Leonard Woolf

Princeton deserves to follow in Vampire Weekend’s footsteps and become the college rock sensation of 2009. This song is perfect. Beautiful, uplifting melodies. Taken from the best debut EP of last year, ‘Bloomsbury’.

For Fans Of: Vampire Weekend, The Kinks, Peter Gabriel.

buy: Bloomsbury EP  paypal / iTunes


mp3:Bonnie Prince Billy – The World’s Greatest (R Kelly Cover)

It’s hard to express the amount of respect I have for Bonnie Prince Billy, one of the hardest working, highest achieving performers in Folk. He even records music to relax it would seem. I’ve rediscovered this gem, an R-Kelly cover, taken from his 2007 covers album ‘Ask Forgiveness’. The sweet female voice is that of Meg Baird in case you were wondering.

buy: Ask Forgiveness from   iTunes / rough trade

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Just For Kicks – MusicMule’s Weekend Tracks, Feb 27th 09.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Tracks with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix)

I’m not always a massive fan of remixes but this re-working of Friendly Fires gem ‘Skeleton Boy’ by Air France hits the spot. Apparently they don’t usually do remixes as the Swedish duo consider them a bit crap but if they do then they really tear the track to bits and make it their own. They’ve done themselves justice and the remix nicely slips into their body of work, which if you’re unfamiliar with, is superb.  I hate to call it a chill album so check out the laid back Sunday morning vibes of their debut No Way Down, one of the best of 2008.


Wave Machines – Punk Spirit

A recent discovery of mine Liverpool’s Wave Machines are a joy to behold live and it sounds like they’ve got the recorded material to back it up. I can’t wait for their debut album, due out later this year, but for now wrap your ears around this perfect slab of cheeky Scouse indie pop. Some inspired lyrics – it won’t take long for you to hear what I mean.


Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page

A really powerful folk song from London’s own Mumford & Sons. I’ve been playing this track for weeks since stumbling across it on MySpace somehow and have recently learnt that a friend’s brother is in the band. Happy days. This has a Bonnie Prince Billy intensity to it, yes it’s that good. The band have just announced a headline show at Scala on April 8th, look out for a post on that coming right up.

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Just For Kicks – MusicMule’s Weekend Soundtrack, Feb 20th 2009.

Posted in Gigs, Just For Kicks, Tracks with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2009 by musicmuleblog


Welcome to a new feature where I share with you what’s going to be soundtracking my weekend. The general theme which is bound to change a little is: Friday – upbeat dancey, Saturday – upbeat indie, Sunday – shhh.

So here we go, just for kicks:


Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

An indie/dance anthem in the making courtesy of Cambridge, Massachusetts’ Passion Pit. Taken from their excellent ‘Chunk Of Change EP’.
Catch them live at The Great Escape.


Napoleon IIIrd – Zebra

Self made dictator with a knack for a great tune and a witty lyric. Poor zebras though!
Taken from the Hideki Yukawa EP which was out on Monday.
See him live in Brick Lane next Thursday.
I have 3 tickets available for this gig so get in touch.


The Low Anthem – Ticket Taker

A special bit of Americana here from one of my favourite new bands. This is taken from their limited edition Oh My God Charlie Darwin single. Makes me picture a sun drenched American landscape and dried up oil fields…
‘I keep a stock of weapons should society collapse’.

Enjoy and please feel free to leave some comments on the tracks…

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