Yes, it's the latest two releases on the WIAIWYA series of seven inch singles for 2013. Complete with plectrum and letterpress beer mat. Quality. But you grabbed the recent Unpoular mix so you already knew that, right? Right.
It is just over two years since TV Girl first cropped up on an Unpopular mix. I would have to admit that in the intervening months TV Girl have become firmly ensconced as one of my very favourite Pop acts. In a previous lifetime I would be scratching my head and telling you that for the life of me I cannot understand why they are not globally massive, why their infectious tunes are not soundtracking a plethora of adverts on telly. But then I guess that's the curse of petty much any group that get the Unpopular stamp (or curse) of approval. Unpopular by name, unpopular by nature. Sorry folks.
But seriously, how can anyone resist TV Girl? Sassy, smart Pop collages that make all the right kinds of nods and winks. Musical magpies stealing the finest melodies. Hip Hop ripped apart and fed through a blender filled with '50s/'60s bubblegum Americana. 'Nothing Can Stop Me' era St Etienne on Mulholland Drive. You don't think that sounds heavenly? You can listen to 'Benny & The Jetts' and NOT grin like a loon dancing around the living room? Man, you've got no heart.
This was the sorry state of my bicycle yesterday, after a week of commuting. To be fair, most of the filth was collected on Friday's ride home in a thunderstorm. At least I only had to ride 18km... and I didn't have a chest infection.
Just A Ghost - I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan (from 'Just A Ghost')
Michael Collins - The Boy Least Likely To (from The Great Perhaps)
She Didn't Want Me - The Almighty Rhombus (Soundcloud)
Magpies Eyes - Sea Pinks (Bandcamp)
Sorry or Something - Reverieme (Bandcamp)
Bill Drummond - Wake The President (YouTube)
Misguided Tour - Skelocrats (Soundcloud)
Do What You Want, Always - Bored Nothing (can't remember where I got it from but it was free...)
Tonight You Belong To Me - Beat Radio & Sarah Wood (Bandcamp)
Skin - Mount Sharp (Bandcamp)
Monument - Sleuth (from 'Nine Months Mix')
1-2-3-4 Get Fucked - Movieland (Bandcamp)
Let's Get Educated - Sourpatch (Bandcamp)
Engineer Man - The Young Sinclairs (Bandcamp)
∞ - Gal Gracen (Bandcamp)
Surrender - Lockets (Bandcamp)
Cruel - GERMANS (Bandcamp)
Silver - Tyrannosaurus Dead (Bandcamp)
Hey Sailor Boy! - Cosines (Bandcamp)
Ride - Shy Boys (Bandcamp)
Arabesque Bedouin - RADSTEWART (Bandcamp)
I Don't Want To Get Used To It - Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament (Bandcamp)
I am not sure if I have shared this information in the past, but here is a snippet you may find amusing: In my days at the Glasgow School of Art my friends in the studio called me 'Shambles Al'. It was all down to my love of the jangling Pop groups of the time, many of whom were somewhat disparagingly described as 'shambling' by the music press. Hence 'Shambles Al'.
You can imagine my delight then at discovering the artist known as Shambles Miller. How could I resist? And how too could I resist a song with a line like "There was something between the two of us that was never going to work / I always thought your time travel theories were pretty absurd / How on earth would we have raised the kids? / Would they be Tardis or De Lorean?" Not to mention the David Bowie impersonation. No, the world doesn't really need another break-up song but when it's this fine we can make an exception.
Now more mature readers (by which I mean readers who have been following this blog for more years than is probably healthy for them rather than age or the degree of their seriousness) will know that I rate 'Freaks And Geeks' as the single most important cultural event of the past few decades and possibly ever. Okay, maybe that's overstating the case, but it's certainly the best telly show of all time, bar none. So no surprise then that whenever I see a reference to the show a grin breaks out and I find myself inexorably drawn in. So it was with ONSIND and their inspired 'Kim Kelly Is My Cognitive Behaviour Therapist'.
I tried ONSIND a couple of years ago and didn't really get on with what I heard so it is likely I would have let their 'Anaesthesiology' set pass me by if not for the Kim Kelly reference. I'm glad I let myself be intrigued too, for it really is a fine record filled with sharply observed politically charged snapshots of contemporary British society. And the Kim Kelly song? Nothing to do with 'Freaks & Geeks' at all, but a smartly focused piece about the outrageous Tory assaults on the National Health Service.
If I were to be horribly critical I might raise an eyebrow and wonder if some of the energy expended in righteous indignation might better be channeled into devising well crafted policies that encapsulate what the opposition DO believe in rather than endlessly shouting about what they don't. But then I'm no longer an angst-ridden twenty-something marching the streets of Glasgow with banners held high, and if you can't do righteous indignation at that age, when can you?
This past week I have been photographing the colour yellow. The obvious song of choice for this post therefore would have been Spearmint's very excellent 'Song For The Colour Yellow'. Except it's not on Spotify and it's not on YouTube so therefore clearly does not officially exist. The Twilight Sad should never really be described as second best, but um, this time they are.