Another Crowded House

The current season of Later with Jools Holland is halfway there and features another international selection this week. I first came across Crowded House when Don’t Dream It’s Over was a hit in 1987 and the band from the southern hemisphere had even more success when Woodface (1991) yielded a number of hit singles. However, Temple of Low Men, their second album, is my favourite of theirs. The group disbanded in 1996 while Neil Finn (pictured above, second from left) pursued a solo career. They reformed again in 2006, minus founding member Paul Hester who had taken his own life a year earlier. Intriguer is the title of their recently released sixth album. Next up are three New York-based acts. The National are led by singer Matt Berninger (far left) and he also writes the songs. They’ve been going for a decade and made the breakthrough with their Boxer (2007) album. This is Happening is LCD Soundsystem‘s third and, it seems, final album. Essentially, the band is the baby of New Yorker James Murphy (middle) and its sound draws from such apparently disparate influences as punk and dance. The previous album, Sound of Silver, was a critical and commercial success and includes one of my favourite songs from the last few years, All My Friends. Kelis (second from right) hails from Harlem and is on the show to promote her new album entitled Flesh Tone. Tracey Thorn (far right) was a founding member of the duo Everything But the Girl and has sung backing and lead vocals on songs by many other bands, most notably Protection by Massive Attack. Love and Its Opposite is the title of her third and latest solo album. Like Thorn, the sixth and final guest is also from England. Pete Molinari plays a mixture of country and blues and his third album will be released next month. Pete was a late addition to the show and I found out he was on only after I had put the above picture. So, if you want to see what he looks like then you’ll have to tune in to the show or go to his website. Here are a few songs by three of the acts appearing this week

Pretty In Pink (Psychedelic Furs cover) – The National

No Love Lost (Joy Division Cover) – LCD Soundsystem

The Only Living Boy In New York (Simon & Garfunkel cover) – EBTG