Guest blogger redux: Chris from England
Around this time last year, I featured a "guest blogger" post by my pal/faithful reader Chris in England, who regularly takes the time to make me fabulous and varied mix CDs which arrive in the mail at random intervals and never fail to brighten my day. I am a firm believer in the power of good music in your mailbox when you least expect it to make any day immeasurably better.
Chris and I have remarkably similar musical tastes (meaning his are also superb, obviously). In addition to the old-goodies he throws in, his mixes also serve as a much-appreciated barometer of what is new and interesting over in the UK and the Manchester area (often before it fully hits over here). It's really one of the best things going in my mailbox.
Chris always sends along commentary with his mixes; he is a closet music blogger dying to get out. It would be criminal not to share all this goodness with you folks, so enjoy.
CHRIS FROM ENGLAND GUEST-BLOGS AGAIN
his comments in italics
Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
I am in love with the glorious stick-in-your-head nature of this song. I'd listened to The Fratellis before and wanted to write something, but nothing sums them up better than what Chris writes: "Watch out for the track from The Fratellis - a bit like Supergrass playing '70s glam rock." That is exactly spot-on what I hear when I listen to this -the most apt description I've heard yet for these boys from Glasgow- but could never articulate it so perfectly. So I'm just gonna let him introduce you to this infectiously fab tune.
No Matter What - Badfinger
"A very old song (one of the first songs I bought as a very very young child), Badfinger was signed by Paul McCartney to Apple and responsible for one of the saddest stories in rock history (two members of the group killed themselves in later life, etc). Anyway I think the song was 'power pop' well ahead of its time. You can feel the Beatles influence in the production."
Silent Sigh - Badly Drawn Boy
Part of the three-song sequence of Manchester artists, Chris calls this "a wonderful singalong -- the best Badly Drawn Boy song ever." I find it surprisingly Prince-like (not a bad thing).
Emily - Stephen Fretwell
"Scarborough-born Fretwell: name-checked by Ryan Adams and a bit like Damien Rice." Lovely and wistful and wonderful.
Dear readers, Chris and his services are available for rental if you need a great long-distance musical correspondent. Oh wait, actually he's not -- but I'll pass along the goodness if he keeps sending me the goods.