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A Few Reviews…

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It’s been a slow start to 2013 for Buckets Of Moonbeams, so it’s a belated happy new year and a very many apologies!

There are posts on the way but in the meantime, here are a few reviews I’ve contributed to the ever excellent Live4Ever ezine:

First up is NME’s newly crowned ‘Godlike Genius”, Johnny Marr’s new album The Messenger:

The Messenger

http://www.live4ever.uk.com/2013/02/review-johnny-marr-the-messenger/

And next, is Yo La Tengo’s latest cut Fade:

Fade

http://www.live4ever.uk.com/2013/01/review-yo-la-tengo-fade/

Enjoy!

 

 

Buckets Of Moonbeams’ Festive Five: 5) Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love

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Finally the Festive Five is finished.

This is hands down, 100%, without a doubt THE greatest Christmas song ever.

Words can’t do it justice, so just enjoy it for what it is.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Buckets Of Moonbeams’ Festive Five: 4) Jesus Christ by Big Star

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Not your traditional logs on the fire, gifts ‘neath the tree, snow a-falling Christmas song then. It wasn’t a hit… it wasn’t even released until nigh on half a decade after it was recorded. And even then barely a soul heard it.

Further down the line, Big Star are a big(ger) deal, as is their album Third/Sister Lovers from whence this track came. It’s a ram shackle affair (to be expected at this junction in the band’s career) that mixes Anglophile guitars with southern fried Memphis horns over the top of which lead ‘Star Alex Chilton strains to sing “Jesus Christ was born today, Jesus Christ was born”.

And after all, that’s what it’s all about… right?

Buckets Of Moonbeams’ Festive Five: 2) Christmas Unicorn by Sufjan Stevens

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Here’s a track I encountered for the first time not two days ago! And lo, what perfect timing for ye Buckets of Moonbeams’ Festive Five!

Sorry about that… we’re back to a normal tone of voice now, and this track is a lovely slice of folk-meets-electronica spliced with snowy pipers straight outta midnight mass and of course, Stevens’ trademark oddball lyrics.

And halfway through, he pulls a dramatic musical handbrake turn and veers off into a Joy Division snow globe. Utterly bizarre. And all the better for it!