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So there are a few things of glee today!

- First of all, I am now officially going to see Steeleye Span's 40th Anniversary Tour when it comes to London. I'm going with my Father, which will probably make a lot of people go o.O, but this is a fam thing. They were the first band he ever saw live, and I have been singing their songs since before I could form sentences because he used to play them all the time, so this is fitting.

- Secondly, there has been new music from both the Panic! boys and the ex-Panic(!) boys. You can listen to both on their Myspaces:

Panic! at the Disco
The Young Veins

I am immensely proud of all four boys, and love the directions they've taken. It's easy to see why they had to split to be true to their music - the Panic! record, 'New Perspective', is a cheerful indie-pop track, while 'Changes' - The Young Veins' offering - borrows heavily from the music of the '60s. Though not, surprisingly, as much from The Beatles as the previous Panic album; this track sounds as though it takes more from bands such as The Mammas and the Papas, The Kinks, The Byrds, etc. With both bands the technical aspects (instruments and vocals) are excellent. Of course, it's possible I'm biast, but I really do think that they're good.

- My third point is slightly related to my second, in that Panic! have finally announced that Ian Crawford (formerly of Panic!'s label-mates The Cab) will be replacing Ryan Ross on guitars for the duration of the Blink-182 tour, which means I can finally glee about it to the WORLD. Except for the fact that I am not going to be at any of the tour dates, because I live on the wrong continent. Fail. There had better be videos on YouTube, people. I'm relying on you.

I think that's enough for now. Back later with more band recs!
jinks: Ian Crawford holding a tiger cub (Ian tiger)
Music Tuesday!!

(EVERY day is music day here.)

So I was brought up listening to a wider range of music than most kids have access to. My parents both have quite different tastes in music, and my brothers - 10 and 6 years older than me - had still different tastes (although my mother does have quite a broad taste and has been known to dittybop to The Chemical Brothers, so it did cross over on everyone else's). My daily music fare consisted of such bands as The Beatles, Queen, Bon Jovi, Oasis, Def Leppard, Madonna, Duran Duran, Guns 'n' Roses, Fairport Convention, Bach, J. Geils Band, The Byrds, Mozart, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Marillion...the list goes on. As a result, I have a music taste which can only be described as 'eclectic', which I think is no bad thing.

But one of the main influences of my early years was a band my father loves - the first band, in fact, that he ever saw in concert. A band called Steeleye Span.

They're folk-rock in genre, and have had (I believe) 19 different line-ups since they formed in 1969. They were co-founded by one of the co-founders of Fairport Convention - Ashley Hutchings - who stayed with the band for three albums (Hark! The Village Wait; Please to See the King; and Ten Man Mop, Or Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again (which still remains the best album title ever in the history of ever)). The vocals have, through most incarnations, been provided by Maddy Prior (who is one of the most amazing female vocalists who has ever lived, in my opinion) and, currently, Peter Knight and Rick Kemp.

Their style is easily described as 'electric folk', but they are closer to being a rock band, in comparison with Fairport Convention who, while also coming under the umbrella term of 'electric folk', have much more of a traditional folk style. Steeleye Span have a slightly broader range: from a capella Latin carols, to joke songs where the singers pretended to be members of a children's choir, to folk ballads, to rock songs on which famous people guest starred (David Bowie on saxophone on the final track of 'Now We Are Six'; Peter Sellers on the electric ukulele on the final track of 'Commoners Crown').

This last album contains a ballad which gives me chills every time I hear it. Not only because of the story behind it (psychopaths and baby killings and gallons of blood) but because the music in the first and last parts is so very haunting. And so, without further ado, I give you:

Long Lankin, by Steeleye Span


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