Wednesday, November 30, 2011

St. Vincent - Cheerleader

Annie Erin Clark (born September 28, 1982) is an American multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who performs under the moniker St. Vincent. She was a member of The Polyphonic Spree and also part of Sufjan Stevens' touring band, prior to forming her own band. Clark currently resides in Manhattan.
Her debut album, Marry Me (2007) was released to critical acclaim, and was followed by the more commercially-successful Actor (2009). Her third album, Strange Mercy, was released on September 13, 2011.
Clark has opened shows for such acts as Television, Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Jolie Holland, John Vanderslice, Xiu Xiu, Death Cab for Cutie, Cristina Donà and Grizzly Bear. She also worked with Bon Iver on the song "Roslyn", which appeared on the film soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: New Moon.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sarabeth Tucek -- At the bar

Sarabeth Tucek is an American singer and songwriter. Her self-titled first album was released in 2007, with a second album Get Well Soon in 2011.
Influenced by Dylan, Cat Stevens and Neil Young, her singing voice has been compared to Karen Carpenter and her style to Cat Power and Neil Young. In 2009, after moving from Los Angeles back to her hometown, Sarabeth released an early version of a new song, "The Doctor", on the French label Wool and played some shows in that country. Following a break, she recorded her follow-up album Get Well Soon outside of Philadelphia, once again with Luther Russell at the helm. She contributed several songs to the soundtrack of the film Shit Year, directed by Cam Archer, which went to the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. After appearing on tribute records to artists as diverse as The Cure, Cy Coleman and Roky Erickson, her second album Get Well Soon, dealing with the aftermath of the death of her father, was released in March 2011, following which she toured the UK.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Atlas Sound - Angel is Broken

Bradford James Cox (born May 15, 1982) is an American musician best known as the lead singer and guitarist of Atlanta, Georgia-based psychedelic and ambient band Deerhunter. He also pursues a solo career under the moniker Atlas Sound. Cox formed Deerhunter with drummer Moses Archuleta in 2001. The band has released 5 LPs along with several singles and EPs. Atlas Sound is a name Cox has used since he was ten to refer to his own music, but his first full-length produced under the name was Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel, released in 2008. Cox's method of creating music is stream-of-consciousness, and he does not write lyrics in advance.
"Atlas Sound" is the musical solo project of Cox, although he has used the name to represent his music since he was a child. He had access to a cassette player with two tape decks, which he used to layer guitar and drum sounds, and his own voice. In listening to some of these old tapes (of which Cox believes he has over five hundred in storage) he found "Some of it is absolutely, terrifyingly bad, but sometimes I'm just like, 'Wow, that's cool.' That's actually how some Deerhunter songs happened. 'Spring Hall Convert' [from Cryptograms] was like that. That was a tape I made in ninth or tenth grade." Cox writes his music stream-of-consciousness, not writing lyrics in advance, and constructing songs by adding more parts until he feels "it's getting crowded." The name of his project is derived from the brand of tape player he used, Atlas Sound.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hobocombo - Bird's Lament

Hobocombo is a Moondog’s tribute trio.
It was born on April 2010 for Verona Risuona Festival, which took place on the streets of the city of Verona, Italy.
The context inspired them to create an hommage to Louis Hardin’s music, rearranging some of his pre-minimalist tunes, canon based songs and his odd snaketime rhythms with drums, double bass, electric guitar and voices.
The result are beautiful and hypnotic songs, with a contemporary psychedelic feeling.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bill Callahan - Free's

Bill Callahan (born June 3, 1966), is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, who has also recorded and performed under the band name Smog. Callahan began working in the lo-fi genre of underground rock, with home-made tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders. Later he began releasing albums with the label Drag City, to which he remains signed today.
Callahan started out as a highly experimental artist, using substandard instruments and recording equipment. His early songs often nearly lacked melodic structure and were clumsily played on poorly tuned guitars (possibly influenced by Jandek, whom Callahan admired), resulting in the dissonant sounds on his self-released cassettes and debut album Sewn to the Sky. Much of his early output was instrumental, a stark contrast to the lyrical focus of his later work. Apparently, he used lo-fi techniques not primarily because of an aesthetic preference but because he didn't have any other possibility to make music. Once he signed a contract with Drag City, he also started to use recording studios and a greater variety of instruments for his records.
In 2007, Callahan released Woke on a Whaleheart, his first solo album released under his own name. Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle followed in April, 2009. Both recordings were licenced through Drag City, worldwide. In 2009, Callahan contributed cover songs to four separate tribute albums to Judee Sill, Kath Bloom, Chris Knox, and Merge Records.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Madina N'Diaye - Destin artificiel

Madina N'Diaye was born in Mali and she is one of the very few professional Cora players in the traditional culture of Mali.
Madina N’Diaye, lead by her love of Mandingues’ melodies, claims and holds an original status in the West African musical landscape. She is today the only Malian woman on stage who plays the Cora, one of the most emblematic instruments in the Malian musical heritage. Madina opens the way to a new phenomenon in Mali: Women’s access to musical instruments traditionnally reserved for men and the “griots” caste. Despite the wrath of some traditionalists, she has made herself known as a talented songwriter, composer and performer. Mali and her commitment to the feminine cause are at the heart of her music. Taught by famous masters like Toumani Diabaté and Djélimadi Cissoko, Madina develops her own personal expression and today, she offers us her first album « Bimogow ».


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Other Lives - Dark Horse

Other Lives are an American indie rock band from Stillwater, Oklahoma. The band formed in 2004 as Kunek and released one album in 2006 under that name. Other Lives' self-titled album was released physically April 7, 2009 by TBD Records and digitally March 17, 2009. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Joey Waronker. The lead single "Black Tables" was featured on the 16th episode of season three, "Things Fall Apart" of the television show Ugly Betty, the first episode of season five, "In the Light" of the television show "Covert Affairs", Dream a Little Dream of Me, Part 1 of the television show Grey's Anatomy. and the episode Every Picture Tells A Story of the television show One Tree Hill.
Other Lives finished working on their latest album Tamer Animals in February 2011. The album was released on May 10th 2011 in the USA and August 29th 2011 in UK/Europe.
In September 2011, Other Lives launched their Wirewax interactive website which was built around the band's official video for "For 12" and allows users to access audio and visual content within the video.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Deer Tick - Choir Of Angels

Deer Tick is an American indie folk band from Providence, Rhode Island led by guitarist and singer-songwriter John McCauley. Deer Tick's music has been described as a combination of folk, blues, and country.
Deer Tick originated as a John McCauley solo project in December 2004. Beginning his touring career with the help of Brendon Massei (Viking Moses), McCauley had toured extensively across the United States by the age of 19. In DIY fashion, he released three cassettes and numerous CD-Rs in this time period, and the project eventually evolved into what is now known as Deer Tick. After almost one year of continuous touring McCauley returned to Providence with a newfound confidence and a number of songs including "Dirty Dishes", "Art Isn't Real (City Of Sin)" and "Ashamed". Deer Tick would soon earn comparisons to pioneering indie and alt-country acts such as Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse, and Uncle Tupelo.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Alex Turner - Submarine Trailer

Alexander David Turner (born 6 January 1986) is an English musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter of the English rock band Arctic Monkeys. He has also recorded with a side-project called The Last Shadow Puppets and as a solo artist.
Alex Turner is the only child of Penny and David Turner, who taught German and music respectively at Sheffield secondary schools. He was raised in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield.
He attended Stocksbridge High School in Sheffield (1997–2002) and was later remembered by his English teacher, Steve Baker, as "someone unconventional, a little bit different, with a brightness and a cleverness that would serve him well. He had a very original sense of humour. Alex was never particularly vocal, but you could sense when some pieces of poetry moved him. One day, I read out a John Cooper Clarke poem, 'I Wanna Be Yours'. I thought I'd risk doing it in John Cooper Clarke's drawling style. Some years later, Alex interviewed John Cooper Clarke for Mojo, and he said he'd sat there in class that day, thinking: "Wow!" It means a hell of a lot to think you might have helped someone by passing on a love of language.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Panda Bear - Slow Motion

Noah Benjamin Lennox (born July 17, 1978 in Baltimore, Maryland) also known as Panda Bear, is an experimental musician and a founding member of Animal Collective.
Lennox's fourth album Tomboy was due to be released "near the end of 2010". He started performing material from Tomboy on December 5, 2008 at a show with No Age in Miami, FL. During a brief European tour in January 2010, he played three shows consisting almost entirely of new material. On March 7, 2010, a tour setlist with titles for ten of the new songs was posted on Panda Bear's MySpace blog.[11] Panda Bear has also played Primavera Sound Festival in 2010. The single "Tomboy" and the b-side "Slow Motion" were released in July 2010. It was announced in August that singles "You Can Count on Me" and "Alsatian Darn" would be released via Domino on September 28. The limited 500 copies of "You Can Count On Me" sold out in less than a day. The single "Last Night at the Jetty" was released December 2010. The single "Surfer's Hymn" was released March 28, 2011. Panda Bear's fourth album "Tomboy" was released April 12, 2011 on his own label, Paw Tracks.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Leisure Society - Dust On The Dancefloor

The Leisure Society is a band formed by Nick Hemming, formerly of early 1990s indie band She Talks To Angels which included actor Paddy Considine, film director Shane Meadows and bassist Richard Eaton. Hemming wrote and performed music for the films A Room for Romeo Brass and Dead Man's Shoes.[1] He was also a member of The Telescopes.
The band's debut single 'The Last Of The Melting Snow' was honoured with a 2009 Ivor Novello nomination for 'Best Song Musically & Lyrically'.
The band recently covered Children's classic "Inchworm" from Hans Christian Andersen for American Laundromat Records charity CD "Sing Me To Sleep - Indie Lullabies" which releases worldwide on May 18, 2010.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Future Sound Of London - Heart Sick Chord

The Future Sound of London (often abbreviated to FSOL) is a prolific British electronic music band composed of Garry Cobain (sometimes styled as Gaz Cobain) and Brian Dougans. The duo are often credited with pushing the boundaries of electronic music experimentation and of pioneering a new era of dance music. Although often labelled as ambient, Cobain and Dougans usually resist being typecast into any one particular genre. Their work covers most areas of electronic music, such as ambient techno, house music, trip-hop, ambient dub, acid techno and often involves extreme experimentation; for example they have, since the turn of the millennium, experimented with psychedelic rock under their Amorphous Androgynous alias. In addition to music composition, their interests have covered a number of areas including film and video, 2D and 3D computer graphics, animation in making almost all their own videos for their singles, radio broadcasting and creating their own electronic devices for sound making. They have released works under numerous aliases.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Enrico Coniglio - The Girl From Murania

Guitarist, environmental sound recordist and sound artist, Enrico Coniglio (1975) is a musician with an interest in the aesthetic aspects of the landscape.
Starting from his curiosity in experimenting within tonal variation of ambient and atmospheric music, with a particular referral to the soundscape of the Venetian lagoon, his music aims at investigating the loss of identity of places and the uncertainty about the evolution of the territory. Enrico Coniglio is member of AIPS and FKL.
Over the last years he has worked with artists such as Nicola Alesini, Joachim Roedelius, Arlo Bigazzi, Guido Marzorati, Piero Bittolo Bon, Kyle Gregory, Marco Strano, Massimo Liverani, Rick Walker, Elisa Marzorati, Arve Henriksen, Rena Jones, David Bickley, Emanele Errante, Oophoi, Gigi Masin, Janek Schaefer, Alessio Ballerini, Attilio Novellino, Nigel Samways, Giovanni Lami, Yasuhiro Morinaga, Isnaj Dui and others. He has performed at festivals and art exhibitions, most notably at Planet Love (Ireland), the Big Chill (UK), Hydrophonia festival (Spain), Flussi (Italy).


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Paramount styles - These starry nights

Paramount Styles is an American indie rock band from New York formed by Scott McCloud of Girls Against Boys.
McCloud recorded the debut with Alexis Fleisig (Girls Against Boys), Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses, The Psychedelic Furs) and some others. Live the band consisted of Alexis Fleisig, Geoff Sanoff (Edsel, Stratosphere) Simon Lenski (DAAU) playing cello, and Chris Smets (Star Club West) on lead guitar. In 2008, during the US tour John Schmersal (Enon) also participated as well as Geoff Sanoff, Michael Hampton and Julia Kent. In spring 2009, the band tours through Europe.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me

Florence and the Machine (stylised as Florence + the Machine) is the recording name of English musician Florence Welch and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music for her voice. Florence and the Machine's sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. The band's music received praise across the music media, especially from the BBC, before they gained mainstream success. Specifically, the BBC played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing.
The band's debut album, Lungs, was released on 6 July 2009, and held the number-two position for its first five weeks on the UK Albums Chart. On 17 January 2010, the album reached the top position, after being on the chart for twenty-eight consecutive weeks. The album has been in the top forty in the United Kingdom for sixty-five consecutive weeks, making it one of the best-selling albums of 2009 and 2010.
Lungs won the MasterCard British Album award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. At the 53rd Grammy Awards, Florence and the Machine was nominated for Best New Artist. Additionally, the band performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Frank Turner - Wanderlust

Frank Turner (born 28 December 1981) is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke, Winchester. Initially the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, Turner embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band's split in 2005. To date, Turner has released four solo albums, a rarities compilation album and four EPs. Turner began recording for his new album England Keep My Bones, in January 2011. It was released on 6 June 2011 in the UK, and 7 June 2011 worldwide.
During his May 2011 tour, Frank played a new song, tentatively titled "Rod Stewart." This song later became retitled as "Sailors Boots" and features as the B-side to "If Ever I Stray"
"England Keep My Bones" entered the UK chart at number 12 on its week of release, Franks highest charting album to date.
Frank has also announced plans to release a rarities compilation titled "The Second Three Years."


Monday, November 14, 2011

Fink - Perfect Darkness

Fink, AKA Fin Greenall, is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and DJ from St. Ives, currently based in Brighton. Since 2006, the name Fink has also referred to the recording and touring trio fronted by Greenall himself, completed by Guy Whittaker (bass) and Tim Thornton (drums). Fink is signed to independent record label Ninja Tune Records. Greenall is also a sought-after songwriter for other artists, having most recently written for John Legend, and Ximena Sarinana.
Fink was born 1972 in Cornwall and grew up in Bristol. Fink's household was a musical one as his father was a folk musician and his mother was a music manager. As a teen and during his career's early years, Fink listened to house, acid jazz, Orbital and The Orb, which he described as a generational thing. He earned his degree in History and English in Leeds and signed with Kikin' Records, as EVA, shortly thereafter. Fink's musical background began with remixes, DJ sets and electronic hip hop. He also worked as a club promoter in London.
Fink's recording career began with Ninja Tune's release of his debut album Fresh Produce in 2000, a well received chill-out set that fitted neatly with the output of the label. However, it was his second release, 2006's Biscuits For Breakfast, that defined his style and began to bring his name to a wider audience. He became the label's first traditional singer/songwriter.
A fifth full-length Fink album, Perfect Darkness, was released through Ninja Tune on June 13, 2011.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Boys and Frogs - "In Dreams"

Phoenix, Arizona band, Boys and Frogs has been creating music since their conception in January, 2009. Being disconcerted with their previous bands, founding members Michael Alexander and Carissa Encinas decided to assemble a group. With the addition of third member, Daniel Seckler, they began recording and playing live music immediately.
Only months after forming, these self-produced recordings were released as "In Desperate Need of a Car Crash" in November, 2009. The diverse styles each member contributes to Boys and Frogs may explain why their fans have a difficult time categorizing the band into a genre.
Boys and Frogs has been compared to artists such as David Bowie, The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, and The Beach Boys to sounds such as The Smiths, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, and The Format. These sounds, combined, bring you a musical style that has never before been created.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gotye - Bronte

Wouter "Wally" De Backer (born 21 May 1980), also known professionally by his stage name Gotye (pronounced /ˈɡɔərtijeɪ/ gore-ti-yeah), is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter. He has released three studio albums independently and one remix album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. De Backer is also one-third of Melbourne indie-pop band The Basics, who have independently released three studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002. He has won an ARIA Award. He is also nominee to 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards as the Best Asia and Pacific Act.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Gang Gang Dance - Thru and Thru

Gang Gang Dance is an American experimental music band based in Manhattan, New York City. The band is known for its distinctive sound which features synthesized electronics and percussion, plus the varied vocal styles of singer Lizzi Bougatsos. They have toured internationally and released several albums.
In 2010, the band received publishing royalties from British group Florence and the Machine. Members of Gang Gang Dance noticed that a line ('how quickly the glamour fades') in "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" was lifted from their song "House Jam" and approached Florence and the Machine's label who acknowledged that infringement had occurred. Florence Welch, the bands singer and main songwriter, had openly talked about her love of the band in interviews prior to the discovery, and Gang Gang Dance are thanked in the liner notes of copies of the album printed before they contacted her management. Welch claims she always intended the band to be credited and receive royalties, saying the fact they didn't until the mistake was highlighted was an error on the part of her management.
In 2010 Gang Gang Dance signed with UK label 4AD. A limited-edition EP, recorded in 2007, was also released on the UK Latitudes label. The band were chosen by Animal Collective to perform at their All Tomorrow's Parties festival in May 2011.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dex Romweber Duo "The Death of Me"

John Michael Dexter Romweber (born 1966 in Indiana) is an American rockabilly/roots rock musician (primarily playing electric guitar) from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dex is best known as one-half of the seminal two-piece Flat Duo Jets. He currently fronts the Dex Romweber Duo with his older sister Sara Romweber.
Dexter's current band, The Dex Romweber Duo, began as Dexter and drummer Crash LaResh, who performed with Dexter from 1995-2007. The original Duo toured extensively and recorded several 7 inch releases and recorded two full length Albums ("Chased By Martians" and "Blues That Defy My Soul"). Crash LaResh left the band in 2007 and was replaced by Dexter's sister, Sara Romweber. In 2009, the pair released their debut album, titled Ruins of Berlin, on Bloodshot Records. The album featured guest appearances from Exene Cervenka of X, Cat Power, Neko Case, and longtime friend Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids. The band toured the U.S. twice in support of the record, playing support for The Detroit Cobras on the second tou
In 2011 the Dex Romweber Duo released their second album on Bloodshot Records, titled "Is That You In The Blue?"


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Middle East - 'Blood'

The Middle East were a musical collective based in Townsville in Queensland, Australia. Forming in 2005, the group played locally and completed several East Coast tours of mainly Christian festivals throughout Australia. Motivation behind the naming of the band is unclear. Many have speculated this is to appear politically minded and/or up to date with current affairs because the band has nothing in common with this region of the Earth. It is likely the name relates to the band's origins in the middle of the eastern coast of Queensland. In early 2008 they released an album called The Recordings of The Middle East before splitting up. Eight months after this decision was made, the band reconvened and later re-released an abridged version of the debut album, The Recordings of the Middle East as an EP in May 2009 through Spunk Records (AU). This EP was released in North America on the 27th of October, 2009. Their first full album, I Want That You Are Always Happy was released in Australia and New Zealand on 8 April 2011. The band played their last show on July 31, 2011, at the Splendour in the Grass festival in Woodford, Queensland.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chris Garneau - "Fireflies"

Chris Garneau is an American singer and songwriter and musician. Garneau's sound combines elements of folk, Americana, pop, baroque, and carnival music. Since releasing his debut album, Garneau has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Europe, and Asia.
Garneau cites Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, Nico, and Chan Marshall as influences. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and recently finished his second full-length album, titled "El Radio," which was released July 7, 2009.
Garneau, a native of Boston, lived with his family in Paris during grade school, and later New Jersey before moving to New York City. Garneau discovered a love of music at a young age while learning to play piano. After high school, Garneau briefly attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but left after completing one term and moved to Brooklyn, NY. There he began writing music and playing live shows at small venues in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan, including CBGB's Gallery and the Living Room.


Monday, November 7, 2011

The National - Fake Empire

The National is an indie rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1999 and currently based in Brooklyn, New York. The band's lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger, a baritone. The rest of the band is composed of two pairs of brothers: Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf. Padma Newsome, from sister band Clogs, often contributes strings, keyboards, and other arrangements and instrumental flourishes.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Carl Barat - Shadows Fall

Carl Ashley Raphael Barât (born 6 June 1978) is an English musician, actor and author. He was the frontman and lead guitarist of Dirty Pretty Things, and recently debuted a solo album, but is best known for being the co-frontman with Peter Doherty of the garage rock band The Libertines.
He released his self-titled, first solo album on 4 October 2010. In an interview with C.B.Liddell of Metropolis magazine he described the album as "the first album I've done that is kind of introspective rather than escapist." In the same interview, he also talked about "stepping away from big loud guitars" as the album is stylistically more diverse and less rock-oriented than previous work.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Efrim Manuel Menuck - Heavy Calls & Hospitals Blues

Efrim Manuel Menuck (born 1970) is a Canadian musician involved with a number of Montreal-based bands, most notably Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. Menuck is also a frequent record producer, working with musicians from Montreal and abroad.
In 1994, Mauro Pezzente, Mike Moya, and Menuck founded Godspeed You! Black Emperor, an influential instrumental rock ensemble. Their first album, All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling, is the earliest recorded document of Godspeed You! Black Emperor.[3] Self-released in December 1994, the cassette was dubbed only 33 times. It was not until the release of their official debut album, F♯ A♯ ∞, that they began receiving recognition for their work.
On August 5, 2009, Silver Mt. Zion violinist Jessica Moss gave birth to her and Menuck's baby, Ezra Steamtrain Moss Menuck. The couple took him on tour with Vic Chesnutt. Menuck's first official solo project was released via Constellation Records on May 24, 2011. The album is entitled Plays "High Gospel".


Friday, November 4, 2011

the bird and the bee - Again & Again

The Bird and the Bee is an indie/Synthpop/alternative musical duo from Los Angeles, consisting of musicians Inara George ("the bird") and Greg Kurstin ("the bee"). Kurstin, a producer and keyboardist who has worked with Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Beck, Barenaked Ladies, The Flaming Lips, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Red Hot Chili Peppers, is also a member of the band Geggy Tah. George and Kurstin met while the two were working on her debut album and they decided to collaborate on a jazz-influenced electro pop project. Their debut EP, Again and Again and Again and Again, was released in October 2006 and their debut album was released on January 23, 2007, on Blue Note Records.
In 2010, the band release Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates, an album of Hall & Oates cover songs.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Squirrel Nut Zippers - Ghost of Stephen Foster

The Squirrel Nut Zippers are a band formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by James "Jimbo" Mathus (vocals and guitar), Katharine Whalen (vocals, banjo, and ukulele), Chris Phillips on drums, Don Raleigh on bass and sideman Ken Mosher.
While the band's eclectic fusion of Delta blues, gypsy jazz, 1930s-era swing, klezmer, and other styles makes them hard to categorize, their unique music found a niche in the late 1990s, when the band met with national recognition and commercial success, sometimes associated with the Swing Revival of the same period.
After a hiatus of several years, the original band members reunited and took to the stage again in 2007, playing select dates around the United States and Canada through 2008.
They played the last night of The Voodoo Experience held at City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana over Halloween weekend 2009.
In late February 2009, Chris Phillips sent out an e-mail announcing a forthcoming live album, titled You Are My Radio, recorded in Brooklyn in December 2008. The e-mail included a link to a free download of "Memphis Exorcism" from the album. The album title was later changed to Lost At Sea and was released on October 27 through Southern Broadcasting/MRI. They also announced their plans for a new studio album in 2010. The band taped a new performance for NPR's Mountain Stage which aired in mid-November.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Other Lives - As I lay My Head Down

Other Lives are an American indie rock band from Stillwater, Oklahoma. The band formed in 2004 as Kunek and released one album in 2006 under that name. Other Lives' self-titled album was released physically April 7, 2009 by TBD Records and digitally March 17, 2009. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Joey Waronker. The lead single "Black Tables" was featured on the 16th episode of season three, "Things Fall Apart" of the television show Ugly Betty, the first episode of season five, "In the Light" of the television show "Covert Affairs", Dream a Little Dream of Me, Part 1 of the television show Grey's Anatomy. and the episode Every Picture Tells A Story of the television show One Tree Hill.
Other Lives finished working on their latest album Tamer Animals in February 2011. The album was released on May 10th 2011 in the USA and August 29th 2011 in UK/Europe.
In September 2011, Other Lives launched their Wirewax interactive website which was built around the band's official video for "For 12" and allows users to access audio and visual content within the video.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Vaccines - Somebody else's child

The Vaccines are an English indie rock band who formed in West London in 2010. The band's debut album, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, was released through Columbia Records on 14 March 2011 and reached number 4 in the UK Album Chart. They are currently the biggest selling new band of 2011. They have drawn comparisons to The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Strokes and Ramones. The band, however, describe their influences as "'50s rock 'n' roll, '60s garage and girl groups, '70s punk, '80s American hardcore, C86 and good pop music". They have toured extensively and opened up for the likes of The Walkmen, Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys.