Sunday, January 14, 2007

Randomiser #14: 14 January 2007

Today's song: The Futureheads, "Meantime"

Spiky, northern indie throwbacks who like their close harmony vocals. There's a school of thought that says this is all a bit backwards-looking, and too self-consciously quirky (and there's more than a grain of truth in that, when it comes to their videos). But I don't care. I really liked the first Futureheads album, and if they're basically just reviving an old genre with modern production values, they're doing it damned well. It's a thin line, but they feel to me like they do this kind of thing because it's their natural style, not because they're a nostalgia act.

"Meantime" was a single - not surprisingly, since it's one of the more straightforward songs on the album. You'd think I'd be able to find the video on YouTube, but strangely, Futureheads videos seem to be very thin on the ground over there. Especially odd because it took me about thirty seconds to find the video freely available here in, of all things, Quicktime.

Okay, it's not what you'd call groundbreaking, but I really like this one.


- It's late, so not much... but here's the link to today's X-Axis, with New Excalibur, Wolverine: Origins and Warren Ellis' Thunderbolts. (To think, Ellis is the guy who used to mock superheroes as wearing "pervert suits" - and now he's writing Penance for a living. Mind you, I quite liked it, but that's no reason not to take the cheap shot.)

- Koopa did indeed make the top 40, at number 31. Since their midweek position was 17, that suggests an extreme example of everyone who cares buying the record on the first day - so maybe these new rules aren't going to change things quite that drastically after all.