Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: The Stranglers – This Song

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Coming out of the UK punk scene in the 1970s, The Stranglers were of course not your typical punk band, with their sound encompassing many styles and influences. A large part of what made their sound unique was the keyboards of the late Dave Greenfield, who sadly passed away before the band completed what was to become their final album, Dark Matters, released late last year on Coursegood Records.

Sole original member Jean-Jacques Burnel worked with the rest of the band to complete that album, and while nothing on there may quite match the heights of Stranglers classics like “Golden Brown” or “Peaches”, it’s still a fine tribute to Greenfield’s legacy and a solid addition to the band’s catalogue, as evidenced by hard driving single “This Song.”

SXSW Song Of The Day: Blushing – The Fires

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Photo Credit: Cristian Sigler

After two long years away, SXSW is (fingers crossed) finally set to make its IRL return to Austin this March.

At least we’re presuming it’ll go ahead as planned. After all, with plenty of artists starting to postpone/cancel tourdates again and festivals like Sundance moving to a fully online format this year, nothing is guaranteed.

On the other hand, yesterday’s announcement of this year’s Coachella lineup would seem to be a hopeful sign that things might be looking up by the time SXSW rolls around. Or just a sign that everyone’s in denial. Either way, there have been a whole bunch of acts announced for SouthBy so far, so as a further sign of hopefulness and/or self-delusion, today we start our annual tradition of profiling acts we’re excited about (potentially) seeing this March. After all, it’s what we here at the Panic Manual do around this time of year, so why break with tradition at this point?

We start things off with a look at one of my favourite Austin based acts of the last few years – Blushing. The band’s sound encompasses everything that’s great about shoegaze and if you don’t care to take my word for it, they’ve even got the seal of approval from Miki Berenyi of Lush/Piroshka fame, who guested on the band’s previous single “Blame”, taken from their forthcoming album Possessions. Or I guess you could also just listen to their latest single “The Fires” below. Your choice.

Possessions is out Feb 18th on Kanine Records.

Song Of The Day: Quinquis – Adkrog

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“Adkrog”, the latest single from QUINQUIS (aka Émilie Tiersen), is a beautiful, moody piece which Tiersen describes as being “… about finding the energy in environment and nature”.

QUINQUIS just recently singed with Mute Records and has announced a series of upcoming European tour dates for the new year. Check out the video for “Adkrog” below.

Song Of The Day: Eels – The Magic

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When Eels mastermind E sings “I get it, don’t sweat it. I’m not your cup of tea” in the opening lines of their latest single “The Magic”, I get the impression this is something he’s likely had to say about his own band.

At this point, Eels have stuck around long enough to have a cult following while also decidedly sticking to their own guns and doing whatever pleases them musically – ie. not everyone’s cup of tea.

Sticking with the tea metaphor, the blend that Eels have put together on latest single “The Magic” is certainly tasty enough to please fans of the band, who will be able to hear it live in the new year when Eels will tour in support of their forthcoming album Extreme Witchcraft.

Extreme Witchcraft is out January 28 via PIAS and the band’s own E Works Records.