Eoin Butler’s guide to downloads, singles and free audiostreams
Ron O’Neal (Live on The Daily Show) ★★★★ All nine surviving Wu Tang members were reunited without apparent rancour on The Daily Show last week . There was one mildly awkward moment when host Jon Stewart inquired about the absent 10th. “Oh, we got Dirty right here,” enthused Method Man, reaching to grab something under the presenter’s desk. (Fortunately, he produced a commemorative T-shirt rather than an urn.) On the evidence of this performance, their latest comeback is far from DOA. The sixth Wu Tang album, A Better Tomorrow, is due in November. youtube.com
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True Love ★★★ The sepia-tinged baby photos accompanying this YouTube video, coupled with the tinny, homemade quality of the demo recording, had me braced for a reedy-voiced amateur in the Daniel Johnston mould. But Tobias Jesso, when he eventually opens his mouth, proves to be a far more assured vocalist. (Think Dakota-era John Lennon.) The Vancouver-based songwriter is currently working on an album with ex-Girls bassist and producer Chet White. youtube.com
De Bom Bom Any Other City Records ★★★★ The Dublin noise rockers announced themselves with the fearsome Lawman back in January. This latest effort sounds like one of those agonised primal screams from the second half of Nirvana’s In Utero album. Five hundred copies of the 7-inch single go on sale September 1st. Before that, Girl Band play the Limelight in Belfast on August 18th.
The Guest ★★★ The new video from Anthony Donnelly’s Floor Staff project is about an expectant couple forced to come to terms with every parent’s worst nightmare when their baby boy is born a layabout indie musician. (The short film was apparently inspired by a hallucination director Bob Gallagher experienced during a shamanistic ritual. No comment.) And the moustachioed infants first words? I’m pretty sure I lip-read “I preferred their early stuff”.