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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Pelle Carlberg - Clever Girls Like Clever Boys Much More Than Clever Boys Like Clever Girls [link to streamable from Pelle Carlberg's own website]

A quick look back suggests that there has been no B-ingAYD since 2013. This is a shocking state of affairs. Especially since I have at least one guest tune queued up.

Clever Girls Like Clever Boys Much More Than Clever Boys Like Clever Girls is a track ChrisC unearthed on t'internet a few months ago, and I love it. It's one of those cute, summery tracks that is just what you need on a June Friday afternoon. There are some other listenables on his website.

Clever Girls... is far and away the stand-out track of the album In A Nutshell; however, the album is a jolly pleasant slice of twee indie pop. If you like that kind of thing, I'd definitely recommend it as an addition to your summer listening.
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It's Friday! It's about three four o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you were invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Gene - Fighting Fit [mp3 download, or listen to a live recording on YouTube]

I was having external hard-drive issues the other day[*], and couldn't stream music. So I was listening to last.fm which was frankly havin' it all a bit twee and playing me The Lovely Eggs and Cars Can Be Blue and The Wave Pictures. Then all of a sudden it kicked off into Fighting Fit.

I never really got into Gene at the time, they were one of those names I knew but I could never really bring a song to mind. Then I realised I knew this song, but had never matched it to its name.

Anyway, having it dropped on me completely out of the blue brought a huge wave of nostalgia with it, for university, and the 90s, and the days when I could get home from a club by walking. Being in a new office and trying to pretend to be a grown-up (at least for now) I didn't Boogie At My Desk. But anyone paying close attention would have noticed distinct hints of grinning.

[*] At least, I thought I was. I turned out to be having USB hub issues.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you were invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Boothby Graffoe - Spelling Sheep [link to mp3 download expired, or YouTube link may still be active]

Boothby Graffoe is my kind of comedian. He doesn't pick on people, he doesn't ruminate on how amazing it is that everyone keeps bits of string and old nails in drawers. He walks on stage with a guitar on, does chunks of surreal stand-up and occasionally lapses into song. Some of the songs are silly, some are thoughtful. Many are both.

This is his song of insomnia, which is something I know a few people on my friends' list are suffering at present. I'm not sure it'll be a good solution to insomnia, to be honest, but it's a cute song. And gently boogieable, I think.

This song comes from the oddly-named Songs for Dogs, Funerals..." but for once I don't recommend you go and buy it. Quite a few of the songs are a bit... odd out of context. Instead, I recommend you go and buy a ticket to see Boothby Graffoe somewhere. He's ace :)

(The title of this song is, according to the album, Spelling Sheep but it seems to be credited other places as A to Zzzz. The title in the metadata of the mp3 is flippin' ridiculous, and I strongly suspect that Mr Graffoe himself may have done the Gracenote entry for the album...)
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you were invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Malcolm Middleton - No Modest Bear [link to mp3 download expired, or YouTube link may still be active]

I can't help noticing that - despite all this talk of Helen Love - there's a whole lot of no boogying going on round here. Sorry about that, folks.

So today I offer you Malcolm Middleton. I can't honestly remember how I encountered the gentleman; I'm inclined to blame [livejournal.com profile] zotz, but that might just be because I hold him generically responsible for all Scottish bands. Mr Middleton was one of the people involved in Arab Strap, but I'm not honestly sure I knew that until I read it on Wikipedia just now.

I have the albums Sleight of Heart and Into The Woods (from which No Modest Bear comes), and I'd wholeheartedly recommend both of them. He's good live, too.

If you like No Modest Bear, then you could try out Follow Robin Down for something a little slower, or A Happy Medium for a rather trippier sound.

Not to mention his Christmas hit We're All Going To Die - I mean, seriously! A deeply bile-filled song featuring Kim Noble dressed as Santa Claus, what more could you actually want for the festive season?
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you were invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Menswe@r - I'll Manage Somehow [link to mp3 download expired, or YouTube link may still be active]

Yes, hold on to your hats, boys and girls... I'm suggesting a Menswe@r song which isn't Daydreamer[*].

Also I'm, er, suggesting a Menswe@r song. About that... see disclaimer about BAYD tracks never being all that credible.

But I'm a big fan of I'll Manage Somehow. It has a very particular sound which I've never quite been able to place; possibly it sounds like a lost Beatles track. I'm not actually a particular fan of the Beatles, but this song always makes me think that it must be summer.

And it is, and I'm about to go on holiday. So, as is often the way round these parts, let's dance like it's 1995.

[*] Would you believe? They had, like, 3 albums or something. I am only familiar with Nuisance. (I checked on Wikipedia: 2, not 3. And the second was only released in Japan. Though I'm suspicious that my household may have a copy in it.)
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you were invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Gaz Brookfield - Be The Bigger Man [link to mp3 download expired, YouTube link may still be active]

Er... what? It's Friday? And it's 3 o'clock already? Who did that?

I blame (a) work for getting in the way and (b) the extraordinarily nice Thatcher's cider our lunchtime pub-of-choice was serving.

Anyway. This is a track rather hastily selected from my hard drive. I've mentioned Gaz Brookfield before (recommended for fans of Frank Turner, see Frank and Sam for details). He is basically a one-man-with-guitar outfit, singing songs of his own composition. They're a bit folky, and a bit autobiographical, and very entertaining.

And his last album is called Tell It To The Beer, and the print on the CD cover looks like a top-down view of a pint. What's not to like ;)
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to a guest tune from [livejournal.com profile] ceb:

The Savoy Ballroom - The Tale of the Graveyard Waltz [link to mp3 download expired, but YouTube link may still be active]

I hadn't heard of The Savoy Ballroom, but CEB's recommendations are usually worth a listen so downloaded Roustabout, and have been rather enjoying it. The only thing I have against The Tale of the Graveyard Waltz is that it's not a waltz. But world of popular music is pretty low on 3/4 tunes.

It's got real live instruments, and engaging lyrics, and catchy tunes, and nice walking bass. Good for fans of, say, Bitter Ruin. Or people who like knitting Actually, I think the male singer's voice sounds exactly like Voltaire's, but don't tell CEB that because I don't think she'll like it.

This is the last of the guest-recommendations for BAYD, so if you've still got a brilliant dance-along song up your sleeve, please do share it.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Sons & Daughters - Chains [link to mp3 download expired YouTube link may still be active]

I feel that this week I should be introducing you to something groundbreakingly new and exciting that I met at Glastonbury. However, due to lack of availability on my downloadable-music-emporium of choice, that's going to have to wait until I've been to a record shop.

Instead, I have brought it to my own attention that we haven't yet boogied to Sons & Daughters, a most excellent boy/girl-fronted Scottish band. I've seen them live quite a few times, and they're great.

This track comes from the album This Gift, but I'd also highly recommend The Repulsion Box.

If you'd like some more, try Dance Me In or the slow-burning, scary Rama Lama (live version; actual music starts around 30s in).
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you were invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Allo Darlin' - Capricornia [mp3 download expired, YouTube link may still be active]

Something rather gentler today, suitably for boogying quietly while looking out at the early summer sunshine. While it lasts :)

I met Allo Darlin' at an all-day gig at the 100 Club a few years back (the line-up was basically "loads of bands I don't know, plus Ballboy headlining"). Allo Darlin' turned up looking very French in stripey t-shirts. In fact, I seem to remember they were French, but Wikipedia says they're from London.

I downloaded a few tracks, and more or less forgot about them until the Rough Trade Album Club popped their new album through my door last year. It's called Europe (they really do want me to think they're French) and is a very pleasant slice of pretty, twee indie pop.

And it's got windmills on the cover. I like windmills.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Radio 4 - Enemies Like This [link to mp3 download expired, or YouTube link may still be active]

I met Radio 4 by accident... wow, nearly 8 years ago (they were a headline band, I was there to see the support). And I'm slighttly surprised to find that we've never boogied to them.

Anyway. They are a New York band, with spikey guitars[*] and drums. Lots, and lots of drums. Recorded, they don't have the hugely overwhelming effect that they have live, but they've still got an enjoyably driving sound. If Enemies Like This is a bit poundy for you, try the gentler Grass is Greener instead.

Looking at Wikipedia, it seems they haven't released anything since 2006's Enemies Like This, which is a bit of a shame. They are not defunct, allegedly, but they don't seem terribly funct either.


[*] I'm sure with some suitably ropey amps there's a Feedback from Radio 4 joke to be had somewhere.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Mixtapes - I'll Give You A Hint, Yes [link to mp3 download expired, YouTube link may still be active]

Another of my Banquet Records finds: Mixtapes. I can't remember how Banquet described them, but the internet says "Ohio pop-punk". I'd say a Tullycrafted version of Less Than Jake. I'm a sucker for any band with a boy/girl vocal combo :)

I bought Even on the Worst Nights and have been revelling in the sort of bitter, cheery, sad, passionate highschool music that seems to suit the intermittent attempts at summer we're having. If you enjoyed I'll Give You A Hint, Yes you might also like to try Anyways.

It seems Mixtapes have a new album out, too, and you can stream a track from it, should you be so inclined.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Portasound - Messerschmitt [link to mp3 download expired, YouTube link may still be active]

One of the CDs I picked up in Banquet Records last weekend was Portasound's debut EP The Second Renaissance (you can listen to the whole thing online via that link - I recommend it).

I'd never heard of Portasound, but something about the note Banquet had stuck to it drew me in. Disappointingly, they returned the be-stickered copy to the shelves and sold me a crisp new one, and I can't now remember what the note said.

Anyway, what I seem to have bought is a four-track EP of instrumental, electronic music which is at once quite ambient and poundingly rhythmic. At under 4 minutes, Messerschmitt is the most bite-sized track on the EP, and probably the most consistent.

A review online describes them as being perfect for the soundtrack of a hypothetical movie of the animated Ulysses 31. I can't honestly say that's a concept which sprang readily to my mind, but now someone's mentioned it they're dead right.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger [link to mp3 download expired, YouTube link may still be active]

Well, I don't know about you, but I am celebrating the first UK number one in 2013 that I've actually known: Get Lucky. It is, of course, the return of everyone's favourite dancing French robots Daft Punk.

I know that the canonical Daft Punk floor filler is One More Time, and that's got some great bits (ok, mostly a great bit when the melody comes back after an extended absence). But for joyous electronic funkiness and vocoded[*] nonsense, I've come round to Harder Better Faster Stronger as my BAYD choice.

The only Daft Punk album I own is Musique Vol. I 1993-2005, which one can have from Amazon for less than £5 these days. It's got all the big hits on it (discluding Get Lucky, of course), plus a good handful of repetitive drum-based woogling. All the Daft Punk you really need, in my estimation :)

[*] OK, I have no idea what technology Daft Punk actually use to make that noise. It probably isn't (just) a vocoder. And I'm not even sure if "vocoded" is a word.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Two Door Cinema Club - You're Not Stubborn [link to mp3 download expired, but YouTube link may still be active]

I'm a bit behind the times on this one; Two Door Cinema Club were the band of the moment about two and a half years ago. I was expecting to listen to their rather more recent album this morning, but I don't seem to have a copy at work. So instead I stuck with the fun, jangly Tourist History.

I think a little snippet of You're Not Stubborn was used as the theme for the BBC's coverage of Glastonbury in 2011. Or maybe it was one of the other songs. I know it took me ages to place it.

Anyway, the album is all about the upbeat guitar music. I've just learned from Wikipedia that they use a drum machine rather than a real drummer - which should, with hindsight, have been obvious :)

I was delighted to get an email from the British Computer Society about BAYD this morning. Disappointingly, on closer insepction, it turned out to be about BYOD.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to a guest tune from [livejournal.com profile] bateleur:

Infected Mushroom - Never Mind [link to mp3 download expired, YouTube link may still be active]

Bateleur actually suggested several different tracks as suitable for at-desk boogying. Of this one, he said:

"This is the track most likely to make me literally boogie at my actual desk, so it has to make the shortlist."

I listened to it, and thought... what? Who'd boogie to that?

Still the idea of guest BAYD posts was to come up with new and interesting tracks that didn't fit into my usual rut of taste, to I persevered and listen to Army of Mushrooms.

It's what I think of as "programming music". If you ever look at my last.fm profile and find I'm listening to Front Line Assembly, I can pretty much guarantee that I'm churning out code by the bucketful. (FLA doesn't make me write code faster, by the way, it's just the sort of thing I want to listen to when I'm doing so already.)

Anyway. I've been listening to Infected Mushroom, and you know what? It's grown on me. I have been boogying at my desk :) Further listening: check out their cover of The Pretender.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Stornoway - I Saw You Blink [link to mp3 download expired, or YouTube link may still be active]

I'm a bit busy at work this week (it's all serial cables and network protocol analysers round here at present). So let's just say that we'll have a nice, gentle boogie today.

This comes from Beachcomber's Windowsill, Stornoway's first album. Which is all rather lovely, and quite peaceful and pleasant. Oh, look, there's another album out. I don't know anything about that (yet).
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to:

Pete and the Pirates - Motorbike [mp3 download, or listen to it on YouTube]

I have a rule - or at least a guideline - for checking out new bands. If you tell me about a band, and say they're good, I'll check them out. But as well as that, I'll investigate any band that I hear about in passing from three separate and at least vaguely-reputable sources.

I think I first heard (or, more probably, read) [livejournal.com profile] satyrica talking about Pete and the Pirates. And then someone else (maybe [livejournal.com profile] zenithed?). And then Andy von Pip[*] and I thought right, better go and investigate.

Disappointingly, I did it just in time to find that they'd released the excellent One Thousand Pictures and then promptly split up. So I was a bit late to that party.

However, One Thousand Pictures is jolly excellent. It's poppy, but also melancholy and a bit guitary and a bit dark and all-round very listenable. There isn't really a stand-out boogyfest, but there are a few good contenders of which Motorbike is just one. Others are Half Moon Street and Come To The Bar, if you fancy some further listening.

[*] Occasionally, people accuse me of being well-informed about new bands. I realise you're not supposed to show people how the magic works, but actually, I'm not particularly well-informed. I just read The Von Pip Musical Express.
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Shall we have a little unscheduled boogie?

I think we shall.

Hefner - The Day That Thatcher Dies [link to mp3 expired]

Do I think it's right to celebrate someone's death? Actually, no, I don't. You might celebrate someone's removal from power, say, if it was brought about by their death. But I don't feel comfortable celebrating someone's death.

Especially not the death of someone who, despite the shadow they cast over my childhood, is borderline irrelevant on the political stage today.

It's a good song, though.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to a guest tune from ChrisC:

The James Taylor Quartet - Blow Up [link to mp3 expired, YouTube link may still be active]

(For the avoidance of confusion: The James Taylor Quartet does not involve James Taylor. At least, not that James Taylor.)

This is a bit of a con in many ways; for years ChrisC has been suggesting tunes for BAYD. However, that's a side effect of our having largely overlapping[*] taste in music, talking about music a lot, and having access to each other's CDs.

However! On any number of occasions when I've been wandering around the flat on a Friday morning asking "What shall we boogie to this afternoon?" he's suggested Blow Up.

Go on, he says, it's great. He met it in The Coven[**] in early university days, and finally learned what it was after asking the DJ on a number of separate occasions. It's a fun floor-filler, and ideally suited to at-desk boogying.

And I've always said "... nah" because although it's upbeat and it's got woogly Hammond organ I just don't really get it.

ChrisC's top tip is to buy Mission Impossible for all the instrumental Hammond Organ fun you could possibly want, and then ignore everything else the JTQ ever did. (If you're curious then yes, it does include the theme from Mission Impossible.)

And if you fancy providing the next guest tune, you should recommend one.


[*] According to ChrisC, I like good music and all that gothy shit.
[**] A now-sadly-deceased nightclub in Oxford, home to various club nights including the fabulous Panic! organised by the Indie Music Society when we were first years.
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It's Friday! It's about three o'clock! It's time to Boogie At Your Desk!

You what? )

If you like the track, go out and buy the album it belongs to - I'll try and recommend a suitable CD to purchase for any BAYD track.

The link to the mp3 will expire at some point in the future.

Today you are invited to Boogie At Your Desk to a guest tune from [livejournal.com profile] undyingking:

Those Dancing Days - Hitten [mp3 download, or listen to it on YouTube]

What UndyingKing says about Those Dancing Days:

"They were a band of schoolkids who had a brief flurry of fame a few years ago, but then split up. I watched this again for some random reason a few days ago, and was reminded how brill it is."

I remember him recommending them at the time, and seem to have a handful of demos downloaded back in the days when bands just, like, had websites with mp3s on them. Nowadays, they'd probably have a Facebook page, and a link to Sound-why-on-earth-would-you-want-to-adjust-the-volume-anyway?-Cloud.

Anyway, I liked Those Dancing Days' slightly 60's-inspired, gentle, girl pop right up until the point I saw them live a couple of years ago... when they were disappointingly lacklustre and vim-free. However, most of the demos I have seem subsequently to have appeared (along with a bunch of other tracks) on In Our Space Hero Suits (great name), so I should probably pop out and buy that.

So should you :) And if you fancy providing the next guest tune, you should recommend one.

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