Last night taught me several things. Firstly, that Underachievers, Please Try Harder is a wonderful evening, and you should definitely get yourself along to it if you have not. Also, I now understand that I am far from efficient at DJing, and would like to apologise for all the missed links between songs, bad choices and general ignorance that went on. Most people were upstairs anyway, but if you were there and managed to catch me, I am so sorry. Lastly, but most importantly, it taught me that Judy and the Blumes are brilliant and amazing and the best thing ever.
Well, it’s already something that I suspected. I went to see Casiotone for the painfully alone with my girlfriend a while back, and due to car troubles, Owen and his band were very late in getting to the venue. With a lot of time to fill, Charlotte from Judy and the Blumes stepped in to avert a disaster and turned it into a wonderful evening for all. Unfortunately, we’d already had a lot to drink, so we couldn’t remember who to scour myspace for the morning after. Anyway, if you’re a massive, crippling Los Campesinos! fan like myself, then you might already know of Charlotte, what with her being referenced in a song on their last album (‘Charlotte says it’s more constructive…’) and having a track dedicated to her on the new record.
Anyway, enough about that. Judy and the Blumes make some nice sounds about some nice and not nice things. ‘Your New Girlfriend’ is pretty much the best song you could ever write about an ex-lover who has moved on to someone who, in the bands words, ‘is better looking’ than you. It’s all quite simplistic, two girls on acoustic with some ad-hoc percussion. The fact that Jam on Bread’s Ukelele was used in the set pretty much says it all – they’re glorious.
Not only that, when the band were soundchecking, I started to get a song ready to play – which they then went and covered without my knowledge. Anyway, I asked Charlotte if she could send me over the file so I could relive the moment over and over again, but it turns out she couldn’t locate it. So she recorded a new version. I would like to call this an exclusive.
Judy and the Blumes – Love Connection (fileden)
Just to confirm, it is the Casiotone version that’s being covered, so it’s a cover of a cover, which is about as good as music can get. Also, there was a file posted on the Los Campesinos! website a few months back, in which Charlotte covered the band’s Heart Swells, which is wonderful. Anyway, I may as well post it too, whilst you’re here:
Charlotte from Judy and the Blumes – BST (GMT +1) (Los Campesinos! Heart Swells Cover) (fileden)
Head over to their myspace for some feminist rap on ‘Rappers not rapers’ and the exquisite ‘Your new girlfriend’. Ace. (Myspace)