Posts Tagged ‘Ooks Of Hazzard’

As usual, here is our round-up of some of the best songs we’ve posted during April plus a couple of new ones. Thirty great songs all ready to go on one cracking playlist and impress your family and friends.

Without further ado…

Shabby Rogue – My Life As A Secret Agent mp3 (High octane, paranoia induced rock ‘n’ roll riffage)

Kurt Vile – Invisibility Nonexistent mp3 (Ramshackle bluesy psychedelia)

Woodpigeon – Empty-Hall-Sing-Along mp3 (Folk foot-stomper from outstanding new album)

Red Clay River – Rattlesnake Mountain mp3 (Sparse, shadowy, southern Gothic folk)

Sparrow & The Workshop – Devil Song mp3 (Morricone inspired galloping, cowboy blues)

Band Of Horses – Compliments mp3 (First track from much anticipated new album – signs are good)

Local Natives – World News mp3 ((Yet another) catchy, harmony filled gem from the wonderful Gorilla Manor album)

The Ooks Of Hazzard – Kids mp3 (Cover of the year so far? MGMT given a ukulele led, rough country makeover)

Phosphorescent – Mermaid Parade mp3 (Classic Phosphorescent. Classic modern country)

Jason Ward – Bless You mp3 (Lyrically brilliant folk ditty reminiscent of Blitzen Trapper)

Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For mp3 (New Sub-Pop darlings show what the fuss is about)

Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles – At The Wake mp3 (Perfect blend of Americana and indie rock)

The National – Afraid Of Everyone mp3 (Standout centrepiece from brilliant new album)

Peggy Sue – Watchman mp3 (Folk duo spit lyrical venom)

Chapel Club – O Maybe I mp3 (Top notch, classic British indie rock from much tipped newcomers)

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Forget It mp3 (Perfect backwoods porch Americana)

The War Crimes – Enamour Me And Roll mp3 (Sinister, unsettling and lyrically brilliant)

Meursault – Crank Resolutions mp3 (Scottish miserablist folksters deliver in spades)

Howling Owls – Family Tree mp3 (Another insistently compelling, down-tempo and black-hearted folk tale)

Grass House – A Cockroach mp3 (Unsettling excursion on a dark, sonically captivating journey)

Emily Reo – Witch Mtn mp3 (Experimental, ethereal, excellent)

Alessi’s Ark – Shovelling mp3 (Fragile and spooky folk)

Wind Up Birds – There Won’t Always Be An England mp3 (Particularly English tale of bigotry – topical enough!)

Tallest Man On Earth – Burden Of Tomorrow mp3 (Another gem from rasping folk troubadour. Dylan comparisons obligatory)

Unnatural Helpers – Sunshine / Pretty Girls mp3 (Snotty, brash homage to classic punk with added bonus of chorus of the month)

Morningbell – Hello Dali mp3 (Melodic, shimmering psych rock from Florida)

Colours – Desert Dessert mp3 (Three minutes of buzzsaw guitars and a shout along chorus. Awarded instant classic status)

Brother Dege – The Girl Who Wept Stones mp3 (Authentic stomping swamp blues. Like Seasick Steve’s nastier brother)

And lastly here are a couple of new ones

Memoryhouse – Gian Lorenzo Bernini mp3 (More gorgeous, chilled out, dream to immerse yourself in)

Delaney Davidson – Dirty Dozen mp3 (Classic voodoo rockabilly and filthy, x rated lyrics. What’s not to like?)

Covered in glory

Posted: April 28, 2010 in Music
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Although MM is not usually a great advocate of covers, these two have caught our ears for different reasons over the past few days.

The first is a strange folk band called Ooks Of Hazzard covering MGMT’s Kids. What is strange is there are nine of them (seven playing ukelele’s, one an accordian and one on drums) and they pull of what can only be described as a stunning, rough country version of the song. It is apparently becoming a bit of a Youtube sensation and you can click here to watch it.

The second is, in it’s own way, equally strange. Released earlier this month, it is by an hitherto unknown, quirky artist collective called Koot Hoomi. They are self-proclaimed Hall and Oates mega-fans and so set out with a vision of not only covering some of their beloved favorite songs, but also, as they put it, “re-imaging the catalog as it might exist in an alternate universe.”  Their creation, playfully titled, The Dark Side of Hall and Oates, comfortably lies somewhere between George Harrison and Middle Eastern-infused, dirty, indie folk. The project was largely recorded in living rooms and basements, using cheap instruments and an old-school analogue tape recorder, giving it a entrancing, low-fi allure. In addition to tackling the songs that actually spent some time on the charts (ie: Maneater, Kiss on My List, Out of Touch), Koot Hoomi has also reinterpreted a number of obscure cuts and b-sides, going all the way back to Daryl Hall and John Oates’ earliest Philly demos.

Now, we confess Hall & Oates were up there amongst MM’s most loathed bands of the 80s, so it took some considerable effort to listen to the album, but you know what…it is startlingly good. The Bird & The Bee might have done their own, better known, Hall & Oates tribute album, but they can’t match this cover of Maneater!

Enjoy folks.

Visit Ooks of Hazzard here. Buy the Dark Side of Hall & Oates here.

Download The Ooks Of Hazzard – Kids mp3

Download Koot Hoomi – Maneater mp3 (from The Dark Side Of Hall And Oates)