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My mood should be RIGHTEOUS because Elbow just won the Mercury music prize for The Seldom Seen Kid. How many times have I said that this was an amazing, heart-warming and beautiful album? I am now listening to them on Radio 2 singing One Day Like This slightly drunkenly in the style of Chas and Dave. Radcliffe and Maconie are just as overjoyed for them. I LOVE THIS BAND. They are fantastic live, they make you laugh and they can make you cry just as easily. And I know this means I am going to have to share them now, but I'll live.

Just in case you have not been assimilated yet, here are four magnificent tracks from the album:
Grounds for Divorce, used in the trailer for the current Coen Brothers film
Some Riot
Mirrorball. This is beautiful.
And finally, a slice of joy in recorded form, and the song of the summer for all sports broadcasters: One Day Like This
Buy this album. It will make your life better.


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Sep. 9th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
I bought this album because I loved the pre-release mp3s of "Grounds for Divorce" and "The Bones of You" JUST THAT MUCH. When I heard "Grounds for Divorce" coming over a new movie trailer, I was indignant that some random movie trailer was BESMIRCHING THE WONDERFULNESS of one of my favorite songs with its random movie dreckiness, and my indignation was not completely soothed by discovering it was the new Coen Brothers movie.
Sep. 9th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
See, I was just thinking "Yay! new people will get to hear adored band" but you are right. Maybe even the Coen Brothers isn't enough to make it okay.

It's like House uses Teardrop by Massive Attack -- I didn't know until I ahemed a US version of the show once because they changed the theme in the UK -- and I was incandescent that they had used the beloved song of my twenties, which has Liz Fraser and should never be taken in vain, for emo medical wankings.

non tl;dr -- I *know*.
Sep. 9th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Totally non-tealdeer!

Do you have the live recording of "The Bones of You" from a BBC radio session or something? (Does the BBC do radio, or is it called something else for that?) I like it even better than the album version, even though it's scratchier.
Sep. 10th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
I don't and I can't find it on the usual ahemmery. But yes indeed, the BBC does radio (arguably more than it does telly). I think what you're after is the Maida Vale session from Radio 1. Most of the good sessions seem to be Six Music, Live Lounge or Maida Vale, if you're spelunking.

I don't know if you can see this but if you can, you will understand why I have a MASSIVE CRUSH on this man.
Sep. 10th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
No, no, I have it! I meant, do you want a copy? :)

I will check out the page when I have a spare moment.
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Oooh. Yes. Also please. Would you like some rarities. I have Teardrop, a cover of Amerie's One Thing and the infamous Independent Woman cover, or some stuff off the EPs
Sep. 9th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Ooh ... thank you!
Sep. 9th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
OMG I am never going to get to see them live anywhere small and cozy now.
Sep. 10th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
You might. Are they successful in the US?
Sep. 12th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Not successful here, no. So it's more like I'll never see them in a small venue where they actually play shows, which would NOT be here. Sigh. Although, I still see Tom McRae here with 40 people, so maybe Elbow will play similarly tiny places when they get over here. Which they better do, the big losers (who are winners).

Next time you're going to see them, let me know. You know I am always looking for an excuse to visit you & the city!
Sep. 9th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this, and for introducing me to Elbow when you made those CDs for me, lo, these many years ago.
Sep. 10th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
A pleasure. I love them so. Even though they never bloody play my favourite song live.
Sep. 12th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Sorry if you've told me before, but what's your favorite?
Sep. 12th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
"My Very Best". I'm not surprised they never play it though, the lyrics are about a break-up and pretty raw
Sep. 12th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Even *I* can barely listen to that song, and I didn't write it or know the people involved (if it's even about a real situation). Now if only I could find my Leaders CD I'd listen to it again for the first time in ages. (I really need to organize my huge-piles-o-cds.)
Sep. 12th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
It's gorgeous though, and so angry and sad.

And yes, you do need to sort out your CDs. Not that I can talk. Most of mine are stored at my parents, pending the bloody house renovation that feels as if it might never get done
Sep. 10th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
You are bad for my bank balance. I just bought the CD.
Sep. 10th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
hmmm let's see, do I feel guilty?

That would be a no.

It will make. your life. better.
Sep. 10th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
I don't doubt it, especially since I've just synced it to both my iPods. I'm also seriously thinking of buying the other three CDs.

Finally, what are you doing us so late on a school night, young lady?
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
I am ill, actually, have been for a day or two, but the main difficulties have been solved by not eating. It's also only 3am. The night is middle aged.

Observe my continuing heartless lack of guilt at you spending money on Elbow. At least buy Leaders of the Free World and I'll upload a bunch of rarities for you. Can't say fairer than that.

Okay, back to listening to the avant garde music of my intestines, and writing stuff about fictional people who don't belong to me.
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
:: pats you ::

I'll buy Leaders tonight. Feel better!
Sep. 10th, 2008 08:36 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. I was listening to this album on my commute this morning and it is fabulous. I'm particulalrly addicted to The Fix.
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
I love The Fix. Someone in the Guardian this morning was banging on about its internal rhymes. I love that the lyrics are good enough that you can talk about that sort of nonsense
Sep. 11th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
This news makes me more happy than I have been for some time :D
Sep. 11th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
I know. England actually playing well the other day and Elbow winning the Mercury Music Prize, and if we can actually get a week of sunshine it will feel as if some corner has been turned.

Welcome back. I was dead pleased to see you.
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