Mumford and Sons provide a brilliant and musically diverse bookend in today’s show. We have a wonderful vinyl play live in the studio, New Music with Lala Lala and Tom McGuire and the Brassholes, an unusual cover track and some good ol’ USA Indie with Modest Mouse. We’d also appreciate some feedback so please rate the show and hit us up on Instagram.
- Devil’s Spoke / Sneh Ko Marg Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons and Dharohar Project
- Bizarre Love Triangle Frente!
- Whiter Shade of Pale King Curtis
- History Sticks to Your Feet Modest Mouse
- Dove Lala Lala
- Ric Flair Tom McGuire and the Brassholes
- Not with Haste Mumford & Sons
Enter The Black Scorpion
Oh boy did we enjoy Tobin’s surprise track by Tom McGuire and the Brassholes. Such a rowdy stomper of a tune, dripping with style, glam and pomp. And with good reason, it’s namesake, the inimitable Ric Flair. Certainly, Ric himself would undoubtedly approve of this tune. Ric Flair is an ex-wrestler with a high degree of ring presence and, forgive the pun, flair. Known increasingly for his in-ring antics, most notably his dirty tactics and rulebreaking. Consequently, this earned him the title of Dirtiest Player in the Game.
Flair’s persona became increasingly lavish as time progressed. He is known for wearing overly ornate outfits. Fur-lined robes often decorated with feathers, sequins and other decadent accoutrements. Similarly, his strutting and signature “Woooooooo” yell have become trademarks of his performance. As a result, fans still bellow this yell if any wrestler performs one of Flair’s signature moves such as the knife-edge drop. For instance, you can certainly hear the “Woooooooo” yell in the song! Furthermore, his entrance to the ring was often heralded by the playing of Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss. Made famous by the Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey, it is also referenced in the track.
limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’, son-of-a-gun (who kissed all the girls worldwide and made ’em cry)
Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons and Dharahar Project
What a track! A brilliant cover of Laura Marling’s Devil’s Spoke from her excellent I Speak Because I Can LP. Listen to the original here. But we’re here for Dharohar Project, aren’t we? A collection of Rajasthani musicians based in Delhi. They have collaborated on a number of occasions. The band still performs and tours regularly. Mumford and Sons took a leaf out of George Harrison’s book, recording in India.
The EP from which today’s show opener comes from was recorded in a makeshift studio in Delhi. Subsequently, the EP contains four tracks and comes highly recommended by Record Box HQ. Dharohar Project also performed with this line up at the 2009 iTunes Festival. They really drive this track along with Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons gradually falling by the wayside. Wailing vocals and polyrhythmic percussion turn an unassuming acoustic track into a real foot stomper. Our rating? Top marks, get it in your collection.
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