Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: Matt Berry – Are You Being Served?

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Fans of British comedy will recognize Matt Berry’s name from his work on shows like The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and, of course, his absolutely brilliant turn as washed up actor Steven Toast on Toast Of London. But Berry is also an accomplished musician who’s released a number of albums over the years and he’s back again with another one, the recently released Television Themes (out on Acid Jazz Records).

Television Themes offers up Berry’s interpretations of classic British TV themes from shows such as Doctor Who, Sorry, and Top Of The Pops, as well as stuff like Rainbow and The Liver Birds that I’ve never heard of before – I guess those ones never really made it across the pond, although they’ve still got pretty cracking theme tunes.

Check out Berry’s version of “Are You Being Served?” below:

And as a bonus, here’s Matt Berry doing the Thames Television theme:

And … as a bonus bonus, here’s a clip from Toast Of London, just for the hell of it. YES!!

Song Of The Day: Khruangbin – Christmas Time Is Here

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Let’s face it – we’re now well into November and it would seem that the holiday season is upon us.

Yes, it’s that time again – the time when people are filled with good cheer, the malls are filled with people (who aren’t necessarily always in good cheer) and corporate twitter accounts are being taken over by fictional characters in an ill-advised effort to promote their recently released seasonal films.

Yes, the cold, hard fact is that Christmas music will soon be utterly inescapable so you might as well just go with it. And if you’re looking for something a bit different from Mariah Carey or Bing Crosby, Houston psych/funk trio Khruangbin are here with their mildly grooving version of the Vince Guaraldi classic “Christmas Time Is Here.” Check out the video below:

Song Of The Day: Suzie True – Rat Kid

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When I think of Buzz Records, I tend to think of the label as a showcase for bands from the Toronto scene that all fall somewhere under the noise-punk umbrella – think Greys, Weaves, Odonis Odonis, and Casper Skulls, just to name a few. Recently though, the label has broadened their horizons a bit with a few non-Torontonian signings like UK punks Muncie Girls, Petrborough/Montreal trio Lonely Parade, and LA’s Suzie True, who just released their debut EP, Nothing To You last month on Buzz.

Suzie True began life as the bedroom recording project of songwriter Lexi Mccoy and latest single “Rat Kid” would seem to be a bit of a callback to the band’s lo-fi origins. It’s a catchy track and a nice example of the band’s self-described “sad girl pop.” And though the band may not be from Toronto, the song did remind this Torontonian of a little slice of home in the form of the song’s main riff,the chord progression of which slightly brings to mind “Everybody Wants Something” from old school Degrassi High band The Zit Remedy – it’s not likely that it’s an intentional nod, but it’s a connection my brain made nonetheless.

Check out the video for “Rat Kid” below:

Song Of The Day: Beans On Toast – Alexa

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In describing his upcoming album A Bird In The Hand, British folk/indie singer-songwriter Beans On Toast describes it as less of a political record than his previous albums and “… more personal I guess, focusing on family and the world on my doorstep.” While I’m sure that’s a fair assessment (who would know better than the guy who wrote the songs, after all?), there certainly seems to be a political aspect to his latest single “Alexa,” an ode to the handy-dandy virtual assistant (and corporate eavesdropper) that so many are welcoming into their lives these days.

Lyrics such as “And it’s not really spying, it’s just collecting data/Alexa, have you got a hidden agenda?” and “I know you can turn the heating off and organize a taxi/Alexa, have you considered your miltary capabilities?” make it clear that Beans is making a comment on the role of technology, consumerism, and corporate interests in our daily lives, though he does so with his trademark sense of humour. And he also makes it clear that he’s been drawn into it all too as he sings “I’ve been buying more and more from Amazon recently.”

Check out the video for “Alexa” below, featuring animation created out of discarded Amazon cardboard boxes.