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Hannah Montana does the african savannah


Now that’s a search engine-friendly way to mark a return from this blog’s semi-enforced hiatus — work, life and travel are such inconvenient priorities — and what better way than this track from a veteran of these pages?

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ latest LP, Push the Sky Away, is a reassuring return to form by Australia’s greatest export, following 2004’s uninspiring though critically acclaimed Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus and the largely forgettable 2008 offering, Dig, Lazarus, Dig.

Although references to driving to Geneva have the air of a songwriter in comfortable shoes, there is enough in this track to remind you that Cave was once one of rock ’n’ roll’s most terrible enfants terribles. But tempting as it was, “making the hot cocks in the flophouse bleed” would probably not have been a good choice for this post’s headline.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds :: Higgs Boson Blues

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Also claiming a national title are Spain’s When Nalda Became Punk, surely the finest pop purveyors to grace the Iberian peninsula since Maria Rosa Marco Poquet grabbed a share of the 1969 Eurovision spoils.

The band released A Farewell to Youth, their debut LP, in February.

And since we’re on the subject of countries not usually associated with magnificent guitar pop, here’s a jolly free single from The Philippines’ finest.

And an equally excellent offering from 2010.

Which is as good an excuse as any to play US band Ivy, whose cunningly titled but no-longer-available 2002 LP, Guestroom, comprised covers of songs by the likes of Orange Juice, House of Love and The Cure.

Ivy :: Let’s Go to Bed

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