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Thursday, January 8th, 2009

You Are Watching A Programme For Exactly An Hour

Emmy The Great preps First Love, celebrates Hour Of Bauer

Photo By Laine HurleyLaine HurleySo after long, long last we’re less than a month out from the release of Emmy The Great’s debut album First Love. Longtime readers (or anyone who’s been here for the past year) know that I’ve been anxiously awaiting this record for what seems like forever, making do with a makeshift compilation of singles, compilation tracks, demos and live recordings.

But the February 2 release is locked in – it’s already available to pre-order via Rough Trade (with bonus live disc!) and the final tracklisting was recently announced – and I’m pleased that I’m only familiar with six of the 13 tracks, so more than half the record will still be new to me. And I’m also pleased that “24” made the cut – it’s one of my favourite Emmy songs, using the television show as a launching point for a poignant and pointed farewell to a dysfunctional relationship. It’s Emmy at her most mesmerizing, an opinion that puts me completely at odds with this otherwise mostly positive Gigwise review of the album. What can I say, besides that I’m right and he’s wrong.

The MP3 is an audio rip of a videotaped performance from the online program Welcome To Our TV Show, which appeared to be just documents of living room concerts from English artists – watch the Emmy clip (starts at around 1:10) but there’s lots of good stuff to enjoy in the archives.

The Daily Growl has also declared this an Emmy day, and is offering audio rips of a recent BBC session to add to the collection. Which will also bring my percentage of the album’s songs heard up a tad.

MP3: Emmy The Great – “24” (live on Welcome To Our Show, January 2008)
Video: Emmy The Great – “24” (live on Welcome To Our Show, January 2008)

As for the show from which the song draws its inspiration, I justifiably washed my hands of the whole thing after the abominable sixth season but was still persuaded to check out the 24: Redemption TV movie that ran a couple months ago… and it wasn’t bad. Stuck with a two-hour timeline, it was lean and focused and actually pretty engrossing, so I’ll be giving it one more chance when the new season starts up this Sunday night – but it’s on a very, very short leash. The fact that this season is set in DC rather than LA gives hope that the useless mooks from CTU won’t show up too much, but there’s plenty of time for things to go horribly, horribly wrong.

Trailer: 24 season seven

NME lists off their top 10 new acts to look out for in 2009, led by Florence & The Machine, who I’ve already told you to look out for. BBC also thinks she’ll do well this year, placing her third in their “Sound of 2009” new music list.

Pre-orders of Sky Larkin’s debut The Golden Spike will get you the album in MP3 form immediately, as well as a live recording of the album to go along with it. It’s out February 9.

Rumour is now fact – Glasvegas will make their Toronto debut on April 3 at the Mod Club. Tickets are $21 and go on sale this Saturday, January 10. There’s interviews with the band at The San Jose Mercury News and Kansas City Star.

Filter has a typically entertaining interview with Oasis’ Noel Gallagher.

XLR8R gets nostalgic about shoegaze, gets in touch with members of Ride, Chapterhouse, Lush and Slowdive amongst others and charts the scene’s rise, fall, and recent resurrection.

The Guardian checks in on former Long Blondes guitarist Dorian Cox, still recovering from the stroke that felled him last Summer and led to the band’s dissolution.

Electroqueer talks to Patrick Wolf about forthcoming album Battle and getting beaten up by security at a Madonna show.

Robyn Hitchcock discusses the new Venus 3 album Goodnight Oslo, due February 17, with Chart.

By : Frank Yang at 8:17 am
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  1. robert says:

    seems like just yesterday we were in austin seeing emmy together, like BLOGFRIENDS SHOULD

  2. monkeyinabox says:

    Ahhhh…a 24 comment. Yep, I had pretty much given up on the show too, however last night I finally decided to watch the Redemption special and damn you Jack Bauer, I was pulled in once again. Sort of felt a bit like the Blood Diamonds plot. Hmmmmm…. just watch when CTU is brought into this season and Chloe is the director! Be afraid.

  3. Chris says:

    There’s this great moment about an hour and six minutes into the 24 redemption special where one of the kids that jack is saving is the camera man.

  4. Chuck says:

    “Abominable” would be a kind way to express my feelings about the sixth season, but your vote of confidence for Redemption is promising so I’ll probably give it a shot.

  5. Patrick says:

    http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/148317-video-neil-finn-and-friends-ft-radiohead-members-jeff-tweedy-johnny-marr-fake-plastic-trees-live-radiohead-cover

    Jeff Tweedy singing Fake Plastic Trees with Johnny Marr and members of Radiohead

  6. Dent Head says:

    The record to look forward to in 2009:

    The Medicine Man “Forever Brother”
    Dent Records 2009
    Download

  7. Chalky says:

    Emmy The Great is doing a bandstand busk in London this Sunday, here’s the link:
    http://bandstandbusking.com/
    Check out the coming soon section

  8. Anonymous says:

    sky larkin link is broken.

  9. Frank Yang says:

    apparently I don’t know their URL off by heart after all. fixed.

  10. Gwen says:

    No nice version of “Two Steps Forward”, though. Oh well, at least she’s actually releasing an album. Perhaps this will convince some of my friends to listen to her.

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