First, some Boy Least Likely To b-sides. Have I mentioned lately how totally, wonderfully adorable their SXSW showcase was? Incredible. (Kathryn was there too, and got a picture...)
The Boy Least Likely To -- Rock Upon A Porch With You
The Boy Least Likely To -- Every Grubby Little Memory
I spent part of Sunday pawing through the 7" records at Waterloo, where I discovered The Research, who also happen to be on the cover of the latest issue of Plan B (or, well, the latest one that's out here and not then new one with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover). Unfortunately, I missed them during SXSW -- my plaintive, repetitive refrain. I've read The Research described by namechecking Brian Wilson and the Ronettes -- that sounds about right to me -- though Russell Searle is maybe a bit more Stephin Merritt-ish up an octave than Brian Wilson-y. Alternatively, The Research is succeeding at doing what I think Mates of State were attempting (but ultimately failed) to do on their latest. Anyway, The Research are kind of rip-roaring mad -- or Searle is anyway -- which is totally fine with me.
The Research -- The Way You Used To Smile
The Research -- True Love Weighs A Tonne
Finally, I have decided that the following could be the best thing EVER. I wish I'd thought to do it. I mean, if I did a mash-up, it would probably turn out like this.
Pink vs ELO - Don't Start Me Down (2005 Booty Von Dralle Mix) [via Digital Eargasm]
For those of you that have already heard Shearwater's latest, Palo Santo -- is it just me, or does this review miss the boat entirely in a horrifically oversimplistic way? If I was going to point fingers at Mr. Meiburg for aping anyone, it certainly wouldn't be Jeff Buckley!