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Elvis Costello

Listening to John Prine’s “Hello In There” provoked me to play another song about aging – Elvis Costello’s “Veronica” from Spike (1989).  It was co-written by Paul McCartney (who also plays the Höfner bass for it).  

Missing from this posting of the video is Costello’s closing monologue.  “Sometimes, she’d just sit there and she wouldn’t say anything. I wouldn’t say anything.  And you could try to work out what was going on in here head.  But I think it’s something we don’t understand; not yet anyway.”

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Battleships

“In Time” is the Sydney band’s first single after three of its four members left the group late last year.  Jordan Sturdee is the only remaining original member. 

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Violent Femmes

This first new music from the Femmes in 17 years is a 12-inch vinyl EP called HAPPY NEW YEAR NEXT YEAR.  It is a special release for this year’s Record Store Day (April 18).  In addition to the title-track, it contains three other new songs (“Good At/For Nothing,” “Fast Horses,” and “Love Love Love Love Love”).  We can now stream that last song.

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Best Coast

“Heaven Sent” is the second single off the Los Angeles duo’s third album, CALIFORNIA NIGHTS (due out May 4).  The first is the title-track.

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Hanni El Khatib

The San Francisco native (now in Los Angeles) released his self-produced third album, MOONLIGHT, on January 20.  The title track also has a video.

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Monoblok & Pslktr

The duo (AKA Yann Aubertot and Benoît Mascot) from northern France released a video for its single “Relapse”, last month. 

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Crushed Beaks

Earlier this month, this blog featured a stream of “Rising Sign” – the lead single off the London band’s debut album, SCATTER (due out February 9).  Now there is a video for a second song off the LP, “Overgrown.”

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