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[The] Caseworker – Boats

In the past I have mentioned on shotwithsound that I still get excited that people send me their band’s music to check out and share with people if I like it, and said that this is often quite difficult to do given the nature of the blog. That said, sometimes the planets align and a great song pops in to my inbox with a photo that seems made for it landing at the top of my memory card at the same time.

So it was with [The] Caseworker’s Boats (makes a mental note to copy the band’s name so I can just paste the fussy spelling!). The band makes crisp indie music that reminds me a bit of early REM, but at times they sound a little more jangly and cutie than that too.

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The XX – Islands (Live)

There’s not much more to say about the XX that’s not been written, blogged or delicately whispered over electro beats, so I’ll keep this short! As you will inevitably know, in an eminently sensible and thus utterly unpredictable decision, the Mercury Music Prize judges awarded the now trio with album of the year earlier this week.
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The Beatles – Birthday

I wouldn’t normally dream of using material by any of the greats of modern music on shotwithsound – far be it from me to attempt to link one of my photos with works of art by the likes of Dylan, the Stones, Ace of Base, or even little known Scouse skiffle act The Beatles – but as today is a special day, I’m going to make an exception.
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Let’s Go Surfing

The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing

This might be the most relevant post yet on shotwithsound – not only was the image above taken only three days ago, the Drums are, according to sixteen seconds spent perusing Google (a ‘search’ engine), the BBC (a ‘broadcaster’) and the NME (an aging ‘Musical Express’) one of 2010′s big things and they are touring the UK this month too!

They are also from sunny Florida. And sing songs that sound like they’re about sunny California, so superficially at least (and superficial is all we’re interested in on shotwithsound), they shouldn’t have much to do with the south coast of England in February.

This weekend though, two things happened in Bournemouth that changed that – meterological conditions drove away the clouds and drove up a swell and a sweet offshore breeze, and I spent Saturday afternoon taking pictures of the results while I perhaps should have been watching football followed by rugbyball.

Hence a song that sounds so much like the Beach Boys that Brian Wilson is probably talking to Brian Wilson* about its beatific middle eight right now appearing here mere days later accompanied by a photo of a cut back splashing in the four o’clock sun. Let’s Go Surfing came out a while back, but it fits the image pretty ideally, and is a slab of summer when I need it most in chilly February, and It’s also got the best whistling I can think of on record since Bob Sinclar’s Love Generation!

As one of the next big things, there is plenty on the internet about The Drums, from their Myspace where you can get their UK tour dates, to a million mentions on Hypem, but they do not yet have much music for you to purchase aside from one EP available on The Drums - Summertime! EP.

When they do release an album though, you should buy it – because their debut will wind up soundtracking your summer when either actually arrive.

*To be clear, this is a terrible, innapropriate joke about schizophrenia in a genius not a failed attempt to name more than one Beach Boy with the surname Wilson.

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