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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ben Folds, Nick Hornby, & Pomplamoose



Things You Think is a VideoSong, a new medium with 2 rules:
1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).

2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).

Ben's new record comes out Sept. 28th! You should get it, trust us! We've heard a handful of the songs (yeah, we're bragging. so what?), and it's freaking sweet. Nick Hornby (author of Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy, and a bunch more) wrote all of the lyrics on the album, and Ben took care of the music. Super rad combination, totally big time.

Things You Think

Special thanks to Ben for working with us! It was way too much fun to have you recording in our studio. Man, what a treat!

Things You Think
Music by Ben Folds
Lyrics by Nick Hornby

Sunday, August 29, 2010

My New Guitar Hero


Good old Ozzie does Crazy Train at Ozzfest in Hartford, CT. With Yuto Miyazawa the 10 year old Japanese Guitar Phenom.  Wow! just Wow!




Yuto Miyazawa (Japanese: 宮澤佑門Miyazawa Yūto) is a Japanese child prodigy in music. Miyazawa was born on February 21, 2000, in Tokyo, Japan and currently lives there with his parents. Miyazawa was named "The Youngest Professional Guitarist" by Guinness Book of World Records in August, 2008.
Since his discovery, Miyazawa has performed with numerous music legends over the past year including G. E. Smith, Les Paul, Galactic, Deep Banana Blackout, and Ozzy Osbourne.
He has appeared at Madison Square Garden, the famous B. B. King's, Chris Noth and Steve Walter's The Cutting Room, Rodeo Bar in New York City, and at the Gathering of the Vibes festival this past summer.
In May 2009, Miyazawa appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he performed "Crazy Train" playing guitar and singing lead vocals. He named his musical idols as Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads, and showed his guitar to be an official Rhoads edition polka-dot Gibson Flying V. After the performance, Ozzy Osbourne came on stage to give words of encouragement and awarded him a plaque framed in gold. Yuto appeared on stage at Blizzcon 2009 with Ozzy to play "Crazy Train" as the first encore performance. In 2010, Yuto came back on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and played "Paranoid." He also played "Crazy Train" with Ozzy Osbourne at Ozzfest 2010. [Wikipedia]

Fascinating Aida


Today some Brit humor in song from Fascinating Aida.
 Even if you don't get a fecckin' 50p flight this is still relevant.
A big thanks to my buddy Baz for guiding me to this.
I thought it was hilarious.

Cheap Flights


Dogging


Fascinating Aïda was founded in March 1983 by Dillie Keane, along with Marilyn Cutts and Lizzie Richardson. The members have varied frequently, but the lasting two have been Dillie Keane and Adele Anderson, who joined the group in 1984. The trio started performing in a West End wine bar, but they soon caught the media attention, and performed on television for the first time in July 1983. Over the years, they gained a growing fanbase and national popularity, earning three Laurence Olivier Awards nominations for Best Entertainment in 1995 and 2000. They were voted Most Popular Act 1985 by City Limits magazine and also earned a Perrier Comedy Award nomination. The group broke up in 1989 and was subsequently reformed in 1994, and performed for a further ten years, releasing a number of albums, before breaking up again in 2004. Their final show, One Last Flutter, ran from 13 November to 6 December 2003 at the Comedy Theatre in London, when original member Marilyn Cutts joined the group for one last time. When asked in a 2006 interview if the One Last Flutter show in December 2003 had been the group's last ever show, Dillie Keane responded, "It might be! I don’t know! I’m not being deliberately obscure – it depends if I fancy it and I don’t at the moment." Since then she stated on the welcome page on the Fascinating Aïda official website that "Next year will be our 25th anniversary so we really want to do a new show to celebrate." The page was recently updated to give information about the performances and locations.
The group wrote songs for radio and television programmes such as Stop the Week, After Hours, People Like Us and TV-am. The group were the subject of several BBC documentaries. All the current members are also established actresses, mainly in musical theatre. Dillie Keane is also a writer, having written a column in The Stage magazine for ten years, and written two books, The Joy of Sequins in 1995 and Fascinating Who? in 1985. Keane says she now spends her time "juggling acting, cabaret and writing". The group have an official mascot - a pure bred Irish setter called Dillie, born in 1999. [Wikipedia]

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Whirl


Time for some new shoegaze music. Thanks to WFLM for the inspiration. Gotta admit I enjoyed this album immensely!

Northern California band, Whirl have just released a new EP entitled “Distressor”. Considering how new this band is, “Distressor” predicts that Whirl will be a name that most people in the shoegaze scene will know by the time the year is through.

The opening track, “Preface” has Kate Radley-esque talking vocals over Bloody Valentine-inspired riffs. The following track, “Leave”, sounds like Chapterhouse if they formed in 2009 and vocals remind me a bit of Aberdeen with added reverb. The 3rd track,”Blue”, has an opening riff sounding like something from the Smashing Pumpkins’ b-side collection Pisces Iscariot, while the rest of it provides a dreamy, shoegaze landscape full of promise for this new band. [Girls Sold Out]

Here is one of the tracks.
Leave


And one more.
Ghost


So now I have your interest, check out the album, and download it if you like for at least ten cents.

<a href="http://whirl.bandcamp.com/album/distressor">Preface by Whirl</a>

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pixie Lott


Looks like Pixie Lott is gonna attempt to break it wide in the USA. Gotta say good luck to her.
She seems to have the talent and is easy on the eye. Her debut album Turn it Up is being re-launched in the USA.

Broken Arrow


Gravity


Turn It Up

Pixie Lott performing her brand new single 'Turn It Up' on Britains Got Talent and naturally Piers and Simon cannot keep their eyes off her.

Pixie Lott (born Victoria Louise Lott; 12 January 1991)is an English singer-songwriter, dancer and actress. Her debut single "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" was released in June 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. Her second single "Boys and Girls", also topped the UK charts in September 2009. Her debut album Turn It Up was released in September 2009. It has so far reached number six on the UK Albums Chart, spawned five consecutive Top 20 singles, and has been certified double platinum.
Lott has become a household name in the United Kingdom, and is often credited for her live performances and style. Lott appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor, covering for a pregnant Dannii Minogue.
Lott will release Boys and Girls as her debut US single in August 2010. The release is set to coincide with the TV Premiere of her first film, Fred: The Movie. In January 2010, Lott was named one of 2010's "Faces to Watch" by US magazine, Billboard. Lott's album, Turn It Up, will be released in the US early 2011. [Wikipedia]

Hurts


Here's a new group, to me at least, who have a pretty cool sound.
Give a listen to Hurts.

Blood, Tears & Gold


Just to show it's not all electro they show some harp skill. Just a brief clip.
Harpa Göteborg


Better Than Love - Live


Hurt are from Manchester, UK they are an electro-pop duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson .
Formed in 2009, elegant and enigmatic HURTS have their sharp suits, slick hair and stark visuals. Theo and Adam present a striking contrast to the glow-in-the-dark pop stars who have run amok across the charts of late. Looking like they would rather be on the cover of Vogue Hommes than NME or Smash Hits, the pair resemble Tears for Fears as shot by Anton Corbijn. Hurts have recently released their first single “Better Than Love” and are touring the UK and Europe during the summer of 2010.

Before HURTS, singer Theo and synthesiser Adam were in (scruffier) bands Bureau and Daggers, the latter of which supported Gary Numan. However, on a trip to Italy, they discovered “disco-lento” (slow disco), became fixed on a more austere and stylish European aesthetic and Hurts were born.

Musically, they construct melancholic 1980s-inspired electro-pop with songs that they say are inspired by the British mentality of being “not too bad”.

“How are you doing? Not too bad. For a while you think that’s not very interesting,” Theo says. “But it can be very interesting because it’s on a knife-edge of hope and despair.” [Last.FM]

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dancing Pigeons


The Dancing Pigeons hail from Cannes, France.
"With a handful of bedroom-recorded electro pop songs in spring of 2008 the Pigeons attracted a lot of attention. Within only a few months they supported international acts as The Mae-Shi, So So Modern, Ladytron and Digitalism in well-known German venues. And all that without releasing any records!


Besides highly acclaimed late-night party and club appearances from Berlin to Paris, the band debuted last years festival season with huge success and is now in the progress of recording their first studio record."
They provided the music for this totally awesome video.
A foreboding yet strangely humorous depiction of a seemingly pointless modern day sword fight, shot at 1000fps.

Ritalin

Dir: Tomas Mankovsky / UK / 2010
Produced by Blink

Son House


A great day for some blues.

Eddie James "Son" House (1902-1988) may have been the most powerful of the Delta Bluesmen. While not as flashy a guitarist as some of his peers such as Bukka White, or as well known proteges (Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters both were schooled by Son), Son's playing had a fierce edge to it. His voice and lyrics are powerful. .....more

Check out this great video from 1967 from one of the greatest.

Death Letter Blues

Son House performs "Death Letter" in an archival clip from Night Music.

Levee Camp Blues

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I Am Arrows


I am Arrows new album Sun Comes Up Again was released August 16.
I Am Arrows is an indie rock band founded by former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows in June 2009. Eleven days after he left Razorlight, it was revealed that Burrows had signed to Universal Records – the same record label as his ex-band.

Green Grass

Join them on Facebook for a free EP.
This is the official video for "Green Grass" by I Am Arrows. Find the hidden bonus content in it now!

It's taken from the album "Sun Comes Up Again" which is released 16th August. I Am Arrows are supporting Muse at Wembley Stadium in September 2010 and Andy Burrows will be playing with We Are Scientists at Glastonbury too, so check it out!

Bruises


Nun - performed live in the rain!


This is 'I Am Arrows' performing 'Nun' in the middle of a thunderstorm!

If you like the tune (and can hear it above the wind!) then you can download the studio version for FREE from http://www.iamarrows.com

Azure Ray


Azure Ray has a new album released today Drawing Down The Moon.
This is one beautiful track from it.

Don't Leave My Mind


Here is an older, but no less beautiful track.
New Resolution


Finally a couple of songs live in San Francisco July 2009.

Sleep




Azure Ray is an American indie duo, consisting of musicians Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink. Azure Ray started in Athens, Georgia, in 2001 and later relocated to Omaha, Nebraska and joined the music scene there, leading to collaborations with Bright Eyes and Now It’s Overhead, among others. Their sound is sparse and understated, with intimate lyrics, elements of alt-country and folk Americana, and occasional forays into minimalist electronica.


Azure Ray disbanded in 2004 and Maria and Orenda have released solo albums on Saddle Creek Records.


Azure Ray reunited in 2009 after a hiatus of more than five years and began touring again with other Saddle Creek artists as supporting members, notably Andy LeMaster of Now It’s Overhead. They are currently (as of July 2009) working on a new album. [Last.FM]

[Inspiration]

Cheetah Whores


Cheetah Whores wear their musical hearts on their sleeve while combining 70’s punk, 60’s R&B, psychedelic sounds and good old rock and roll. Cheetah Whores have been a staple in the Rochester, NY music scene since early 2006.

They sound a bit like the B-52's crossed with 15 other bands. Why do we do comparisons?
Just listen, this is great summer music.
And my prediction? The Cheetah Whores will be around long, long after Sharktopus the movie has long gone.
Visit their web page and listen to Hot Rod Hell Kitten.
The band are: Lizzy, Meg, Joey, Therese, Gary and Heather.

The song is great, Rock Lobster with a bite.
Sharktopus - The Song

Cheetah Whores created this tune for the new movie Sharktopus. Soon to be released on the Syfy Channel.

Dunno about the movie? Great trailer, but can the resulting movie measure up. Good news Roger Corman.
Sharktopus - The Trailer


CONCERT REVIEW:

Cheetah Whores at Water Street 
- 2010
It wasn't a huge crowd, but I was still impressed with the hundred or so who braved the outdoor suction to catch the Cheetah Whores with Velvet Elvis at The Club at Water Street Wednesday night. "I'm here to support the Whores," I overheard a girl say as she handed her ticket over at the door. "You gotta love the Whores." And I do. I mean, who doesn't? This band is a beautiful disaster that prevails in spite of itself. To watch the band play is to see it teeter on various precipices. And the direction the band is taking lately has seen it switch from a soul train to a lowrider. The sound seethes with a primal, psycho-sexual beat. It reminds me a bit of The Cramps. The lap steel is a nice touch, especially when wielded as a theremin. The vocals are a nice touch when wielded as a come-on. The drums are a nice touch when wielded like a tantrum. 

By Frank De Blase

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Thermals


The Thermals are a rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States, formed in 2002. The group is currently comprised of Hutch Harris (vocals and guitar), Kathy Foster (bass), and Westin Glass (drums). Original guitarist Ben Barnett, of Kind of Like Spitting fame, left shortly after More Parts Per Million was released in 2003, reverting guitar duties back to Hutch. Drummer Lorin Coleman joined the group in 2006, after the original drummer, Jordan Hudson, left the band. Coleman and the band parted ways in 2008.

Hutch and Kathy finished writing for the album, Now We Can See, which was released on April 7, 2009. It was produced by John Congleton.

In November 2008, it was announced that The Thermals had signed to Kill Rock Stars, and that Westin Glass (formerly of Say Hi) had become the new drummer. [Last.FM]

They have this really cute video. Gotta say if that was me I'd have destroyed the bathroom.

I Don't Believe You

First video from the upcoming album Personal LIfe. Starring Carrie Brownstein and directed by Whitey McConnaughy.

Here's one more track.
Never Listen To Me

Holly Miranda


Holly Miranda was featured back in January, but now that her album The Magicians Private Library has finally come out I figured you could use a reminder.
Such a beautiful voice, in addition to the guitar talent.

Sleep on Fire


Waves

From that awesome Fiume Nights gig.

No One Just Is

Chapin Sisters


Abigail and Lily Chapin have been singing and performing together since they can remember. Growing up in a family surrounded by musicians, they probably couldn't help it.Lily and Abigail Chapin

Their father, Tom Chapin, is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter; their uncle, Harry Chapin, was the singer-songwriter famous for "Cat's in the Cradle"; and their grandfather, Jim Chapin, was a well-known jazz drummer.

Originally a trio with sister Jessica Craven, who's taking a leave of absence to spend time with her new baby, the Chapin Sisters are known for blending folk, pop and blues into deep, beautiful harmonies, oftentimes with haunting lyrics.

"(The Chapin Sisters) lyrics are far more wry and textured than the group's arrangements, which veer toward overly polite. The effect is tantalizingly close to beauty, with all the schematics and textures outlined precisely but not colored in" - The NY Times

Check out this recent clip from a PBS show.


With less than a month till their sophomore record, Two, hits stores, The Chapin Sisters have released their latest single, "Palm Tree". Heartfelt and earnest, the song illuminates the sisters' signature harmonies and beautiful compositions.


Abigail and Lily will continue to showcase the new record into the fall, as they embark on their own tour, as well as continued support for She & Him (as both openers and part of their backing band). They will also celebrate the new record with two album release shows in both San Francisco (9/15) and their hometown of Los Angeles (9/16). [Press Release]

The album will be out on Lake Bottom Records.
You can legally download the single "Palm Tree" from here. I think you will enjoy it.

Why Have You Left the One You Left Me For?

Playing with I See Hawks in LA at the Roots Roadhouse festival on August 2, 2010

Look out for them on these Tour dates:
August
25 Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room (opening for Jackie Greene)
26 Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Music Series (part of She & Him’s backing band only)
28 Omaha, NE - Anchor Inn #
29 St. Louis, MI – St. Louis, MI (part of She & Him’s backing band only)
30 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater (part of She & Him’s backing band only)


September
1 Nashville, TN - The Ryman Auditorium (part of She & Him’s backing band only)
2 Nashville, TN - The Basement
3 Atlanta, GA - The Red Light Cafe !
5 Los Angeles, CA - LA Times Food and Wine Festival (part of She & Him’s backing band only)
15 San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord !
16 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo ! (album release show)


October
9 New York, NY - City Winery (John Lennon Birthday Benefit)
12 Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square !
14 Shelbourne Falls, MA - Mocha Maya
15 Boston, MA - The Red Room
17 San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival (part of She & Him’s backing band only)
22 Portland, OR - Arelene Schnitzer (part of She & Him’s backing band only)
23 Seattle, WA - 5th Avenue Theatre (part of She & Him’s backing band only)
24 Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre (part of She & Him’s backing band only)
25 Arlington, VA - Iota Club & Cafe !
27 Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar !
28 Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel
30 Easton, MD - The Nightcat !


November
1 Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe !
2 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark !
3 Kent, OH - The Kent Stage
4 Oberlin, OH - Cat in The Cream Coffeehouse !
5 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern !
9 Zumbrota, MN - Crossings at Carnegie !
10 Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club !
13 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club !
14 Evanston, IL - S.P.A.C.E !


# opening for and part of She & Him's back up band
! The Chapin Sisters only

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Living Sisters


Some truly laid back tunes for a Sunday afternoon.
Give a listen to The Living Sisters.

The Living Sisters may be the most experienced “new” group you’ve ever heard. Los Angeles-based singer/songwriters Inara George (The Bird and The Bee), Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond) and Eleni Mandell have cumulatively spent decades writing, recording and singing around the world with their respective groups. Now, after years of seed-planting, the accomplished trio has finally recorded their Vanguard debut album, Love To Live as The Living Sisters. [Last FM]

Blue


How Are You Doing?


Starman
Gone away for the usual reasons, no replacement avaiable. So must go with another song. 7-12-2012 Bear
So I think this one is a very appropriate song.


Que sera sera Three of LA's best singer-songwriters have teamed up to form the Living Sisters. Inara George of The Bird & The Bee, Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond and singer Eleni Mandell will harmonize on a beautiful set of songs from their full-length, Love To Live, on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

One Night Only


This is the official video for 'Say You Don't Want It' by One Night Only and it features the model and actress Emma Watson. The single is released on 16th August and the band's eponymous second album will be released on 23rd August.


Say You Don't Want It

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Highway to Hell


OK, so you all know the song right?
Bet you never heard the Ukranian Folk version!



OK, just in case you missed the original version.

Journey


Just finished watching a "live" concert by Journey on Paladia.
Awesome as ever, but couldn't get over how much Arnel Pineda sounds like Steve Perry.
Totally amazing, what's the odds. All I can say is Doors, start scouring You Tube maybe there is another Jim Morrison out there.  So anyway here are two versions of "Don't Stop Believing".


Steve Perry



Arnel Pineda

Ane Brun


It's been a while. But Ane Brun is still making beautiful music.
Check out this Norwegian TV clip.

Gillian


And I have no idea where this came from, but as ever it is beautiful.
She has such a perfect voice.

Linger with pleasure

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Smiles


The Smiles are:
John McGrath - guitar, vox,
Will Sturgeon - bass, vox
Echo Edwards - drums, fish
Brendan Kirlin - guitar

Singing bright California type songs, maybe they can bring the sunshine back.
Give them a listen

Cala Cola


They have a new EP out called Hermosa. I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess it's named for a beach. But good clean fun.


<a href="http://thesmiles.bandcamp.com/album/hermosa-ep">Cala Cola by The Smiles</a>

Eels


Eels (often typeset as eels or EELS) is an American rock band formed by singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, better known as E. Other members rotate frequently, both in the studio and on stage.
Eels appear on several film soundtracks, including American Beauty, Holes, The Anniversary Party, Road Trip, Knocked Up, Yes Man, The End of Violence, Hellboy II, Hot Fuzz, and the first three Shrek movies. ....... more

From their upcoming album Tomorrow Morning check out the great video for track five. It truly lives up to the title.

Spectacular Girl


Thanks Impactus

You can't just have one.
Dirty Girl

Eels performing Dirty Girl - Live At Town Hall. (C) 2009 Vagrant Records (US)

The Tallest Man on Earth and Jaw Lesson


What do you get when you combine The Tallest Man on Earth, Jaw Lesson and Megafaun?
Magic, that's what.

So here we go from the fabrIQ Festival March 7, 2010
Song 1: Graceland (Paul Simon cover)
Performed by: The Tallest Man On Earth and Jaw Lesson (Amanda Bergman, formerly known as Hajen)
Song 2: The Longest Day
Performed by: Megafaun

High quality video from fabrIQ's Geheim (Secret show) at fabrIQ festival 2010
This festival is initiated by Poppodium W2 and Belmont Bookings the Netherlands.
And what a great version of Graceland.

Song 3: Creature Fear (Bon Iver)
Performed by: Megafaun, Jaw Lesson and The Tallest Man On Earth


Big ups to w2video for uploading those two videos.

I'll Be Glad

Tallest man on earth with Amanda (Jaw Lesson) - I'll Be Glad - Bonnie "Prince" Billy cover.
Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden, February 2, 2010

I'll Keep It With Mine

Final song of the night, sang with Amanda Bergman.
Cover of Bob Dylan's "I'll keep it with mine".
At the Varsity in Minneapolis. Sometime in the end of May 2010.

Mats, Tack igen för den lysande förslag.

Antony and the Johnsons


Antony and the Johnsons new EP is called "Thank You For Your Love".
This is the title track from it. Such an amazing voice.

Thank You For Your Love

Thank You For Your Love is comprised of Super 8 footage that Antony shot upon his arrival to New York City as a teenager in the early 1990's.

And I couldn't resist adding one of his most memorable songs.
You Are My Sister

From the album "I Am A Bird Now".

David Ford


It's time for a David Ford fix. It's been too long. I'm gonna keep featuring him until you guys turn him into the mega star he deserves to be.

Songwriter - check, singer - check, funny guy - check.

Making up for lost time


Nothing at all

Spontaneously filmed in London after finishing the Panic video one day in early April 2010. 'Nothing At All' is taken from David Ford's third album 'Let the Hard Times Roll'

Let's get it on

David Ford and friends - Let's Get It On - Milk & Cookies 9, Bush Hall, London, 18/12/2009
Covering the Marvin Gaye classic.

The Call


Sad news today for Call fans and for lovers of music everywhere. Another great voice has left us.
(CNN) -- Michael Been of the 1980s alt-rock band The Call -- and father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Been -- died Thursday. He was 60.
The elder Been was on tour in Belgium as the sound engineer for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club when he died of a heart attack backstage, said publicist Juliana Plotkin.
The Call had several hits in the early 80s, including "The Walls Came Down" and "Let the Day Begin," and earned many notable musicians as fans along the way.

Some of their music to help ease the pain.

I Still Believe

Live At The Ritz, May 29th, 1986.

Let The Day Begin

National TV 1989/90.
"Let The Day Begin" The Call's 1989 release became the band's biggest crossover hit. With its insistent bassline and driving guitars, "Let the Day Begin" was a rousing track that was a memorable introduction to the band's fifth album. The album consists of some of The Call 's strongest material and the undercurrent of optimism and big arena rock hooks results in it being their best bid for wider success.

The Walls Came Down/Scene Beyond Dreams


The Call formed in Santa Cruz in 1980 by vocalist/guitarist Michael Been (1950-2010), Scott Musick, and Tom Ferrier. Been and Musick were originally from Oklahoma. Been was previously a member of Chicago band Aorta, and then, between 1969 and 1971, of Lovecraft, the successor band to the psychedelic rock group H. P. Lovecraft.
Beginning with their self-titled debut in 1982, the Call went on to produce a total of 10 albums by 2000. The eponymous premiere album was recorded in England, and Been later recalled that the band was in an exploratory phase at this point. Been noted in a 1988 interview, "The Call was a compassionate album, but it probably came out as anger." Peter Gabriel liked the band so much that he asked them to open for him during his 1982 "Shock the Monkey" tour.
The next album, Modern Romans, was notable for its political content. Been later stated, "There was a great deal happening politically - Grenada, Lebanon, or the government saying the Russians are evil and the Russian government probably saying the same about us. That kind of thinking inspired me to write the last lines of 'Walls Came Down'." [Wikipedia]

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Black Mountain


This is just way too cool to miss. Despite the look and feel and sound this is not from the seventies. It is however totally awesome psychedelic rock with classic rock influences.
If the rest of the album is as good as this track, then I'm on board.

Black Mountain is a Canadian psychedelic rock-band composed of Stephen McBean, Amber Webber, Matt Camirand, Jeremy Schmidt and Joshua Wells.
By day, three members of the band work for an organization (Insite) that meets the basic living requirements of the chronically poor, drug addicted and mentally ill near Vancouver's Main & Hastings intersection, in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. In an interview, the band said: "After work we all try not to think too hard about the effect it has on our lives. It keeps us grounded."
Black Mountain has released two LPs, Black Mountain (2005) and In The Future (2008), and 2 EPs Druganaut (2004) and Bastards of Light (2008) on the Jagjaguwar label. A split single with Destroyer was released in Fall 2004 on Spirit of Orr. The "Stormy High" single was released in 2006 on Suicide Squeeze records.

Old Fangs

Video for "Old Fangs" by Black Mountain from their Outside Music release Wilderness Heart. Directed by Mike Bruce. Produced by Zoe Bower and Russell Sanzgiri.

For more information on Black Mountain:

Couldn't resist that cover after the previous post.  What a segue.

Jaw Lesson


Jaw Lesson - aka - Hajen (real name Amanda Bergman) is a beautiful young lady with an amazing voice. Earthy, husky and sexy but don't get too carried away since she is engaged to The Tallest Man on Earth.

Here she is singing live on a Swedish TV music magazine show Garage.
Scapegoat

Hajen spelar live i musikmagasinet Garage.

Achers and achers!

Jaw Lesson (Hajen/Amanda Bergman) spelar "Achers and achers!" för www.dt.se i egenskap av Lucia 2009. Video av Stina Rapp.

Jaw Lesson playing "Archers and archers!". Video by Stina Rapp

Here she rehearses with The Göteborg String Theory for a concert 17 April 2010 at Göteborgs Konserthus.
Rats and Rifles


Another great track, but no video is this one Where I Dig by Jaw Lesson

And finally today at Storsjöyran (Intiman) in Östersund, Sweden, July 30, 2009.
Ten Month Pregnant


A small portion of the photo at the top will indicate a clue as to why Hajen became Jaw Lesson.
Thanks again Mats.

She, Sir


What time is it? It's shoegaze time.
Today we have She, Sir from Austin, Texas.
The current band live line up is:
Russell Karloff- voice, guitar, bass
M. Grusha- voice, bass, guitar, tambo
Jeremy Cantrell- guitar
David Nathan- drumset

Check out this fan made video for
It's My Way of Staying Connected


Boystown

Video for "Boystown" from She, Sir's second album, Ev'ry Thing In Paris

Klaxons


Pretty amazing band out of New Cross, London, UK.
Klaxons are a dance punk band based in London. The band consists of Jamie Reynolds (bass, vocals), James Righton (keyboards, vocals) and Simon Taylor-Davies (guitar) with drummer Steffan Halperin being officially added in 2007.

They had a new video (Echoes) last month and a new track Surfing the Void drops on Spotify today.

Echoes


Atlantis To Interzone

Live At Bowery & Studio B

Last.FM:
Reynolds, Righton and Taylor-Davies formed the band in New Cross, London, United Kingdom, in 2005 Their debut single, “Gravity’s Rainbow” was released on 29 March 2006 as a 500 copies limited 7-inch vinyl, decorated by the band themselves. Their first first EP, Xan Valleys, was released on 16 October 2006, and contained their first two singles alongside some remixes.


Following the release of numerous 7-inch singles on different independent record labels, as well as the success of previous singles “Magick” and “Golden Skans”, the band released their debut album, Myths of the Near Future on 29 January 2007. The album won the 2007 Nationwide Mercury Prize.


After headlining their first tour (the 2007 NME Indie Rave Tour), as well as playing numerous festivals and headlining tours worldwide, the band started working on their follow-up album in October 2007.


HMV describes Klaxons as “acid-rave sci-fi punk-funk”, a phrase lifted directly from Tim Chester’s Radar feature in NME, while their MySpace page touts ‘Psychedelic / Progressive / Pop’. However, they are one of the isolated acts being referred to as ‘Nu Rave’, a genre term coined by Angular Records founder Joe Daniel, who released the trio’s first single.
[Thanks Impactus]

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Tallest Man On Earth


Don't ya just love technology. I have to thank technology (IM conversations) and a chat yesterday with Mats for introducing me to todays amazing artist.
The Tallest Man On Earth is an artists name, not a claim to fame.
I am really bummed, because he has been around for a few years now, but riding under my radar.
This guy has amazing talent. When Mats suggested I give him a listen he gave the link to his MySpace page, where I listened to King of Spain and then The Gardener.
And I was hooked!   And so will you be.

First up
King of Spain

The Tallest Man On Earth @ Bush Hall, London on the 15th March 2010.
Event organized by Bird on the wire. Filmed and edited by Flashmama.

The Gardener

Music Inn on West 4th Street in Greenwich Village

Searching around for info on The Tallest Man On Earth I came across this album review for his first album Shallow Graves, which further whetted my appetite:
Over the last half-century, the tag “Dylanesque” has been slapped on so many mediocre folksingers clutching battered Moleskines that it’s become a meaningless joke, a critical hiccup, a silly, lazy way of invoking an age-old raspy voice/acoustic guitar combo. It’s gotten so bad that, in 2008, yammering on about the cliché of dubbing someone “the next Dylan” has become a cliché in itself. Still: It’s exceptionally hard to talk about Scandinavian folksinger the Tallest Man on Earth (also known as Kristian Matsson) without mentioning Bob Dylan’s early years, mostly because Matsson manages to embody Dylan’s effortlessness so well (Dylan was trying really, really hard, sure– but he sang like he didn’t give a shit), infusing his songs with a detachment that, miraculously, is neither cold nor alienating. Like Dylan, Matsson is so natural a songwriter that these tracks feel predetermined, tumbling out of his mouth with an ease and grace that’s increasingly uncommon. masterpiece. [Bolachas]

And the more I listen to him the more convinced I am he is a genius.
Here is an earlier appearance on Swedish TV.

It will follow the rain


And still in Sweden as beautiful sunset video for another track.
Where Do My Blue Bird Fly?


If I've tweaked your interest enough he is starting a tour this Friday 20, August at Pukkelpop in Belgium and is going all over Europe and the United States and Canada until December.
Notable dates in US are maybe
The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA - September 14, 2010
Antone’s, Austin, TX  - September  20, 2010
Park West, Chicago, IL - September  24, 2010
and many many more, to see the full list visit his MySpace page and scroll down a bit.