Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Dov Waterman and Me Raabenstein are the two musical cohorts behind Kaisen. Both musicians are accomplished experts in their chosen musical fields, and this collaboration brings out the best in both. Me is the brains behind the Nonine record label, as well as an ambient composer, and Dov is a skilled and multifaceted musical jack of all trades specializing in the piano. The collaboration of these two musically disparate individuals is as unlikely as it is obvious. The pairing of such diverging musical minds has the potential to cause schizophrenic and unbalanced music; however, communication of the mind and soul transpired, allowing Dov and Me to work together with such harmony, thus creating an album that neither of them could have produced single-handedly.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thurston Joseph Moore (born July 25, 1958) is an American musician best known as a singer, songwriter and guitarist of Sonic Youth. He has also participated in many solo and group collaborations outside of Sonic Youth, as well as running the Ecstatic Peace! record label. Moore was ranked 34th in Rolling Stone's 2004 edition of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
Demolished Thoughts is an acoustic rock album produced by Beck Hansen and recorded in 2010 in Massachusetts and Los Angeles. The title derives from The Faith's "It’s Time".
Monday, August 29, 2011
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.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Yellow Ostrich started out as a vehicle for the solo bedroom ramblings of Wisconsin native Alex Schaaf before blossoming into a full-fledged rock band, based in Brooklyn and draped in breathless buzz. But unlike, say, its fellow Badgers in Bon Iver — whose forthcoming album hits like a tidal wave of lush, gorgeous production — Yellow Ostrich retains its taste for the simple and stripped-down. It may have just become a trio with the recent addition of Jon Natchez, a bassist/horn player from the bands Beirut and Bishop Allen, but its songs still clatter and charm the way they did when Yellow Ostrich consisted of Schaaf standing on a stage and looping his sounds, Andrew Bird-style.
info: http://www.npr.org/ (Stephen Thompson)
Saturday, August 27, 2011
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.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Stornoway is a British alternative indie folk band from the Cowley area of Oxford. It consists of singer and guitarist Brian Briggs; multi-instrumentalists Jon Ouin and Oli Steadman, and the latter's brother Rob on drums. The band is usually joined by trumpeter Adam Briggs and violinist Rahul Satija. Named after the Scottish town of Stornoway on the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, which appears on all UK televised weather reports and shipping forecasts, the group incorporates string instruments and keyboards, supported by a typical pop backline of guitar, drums, and bass guitar. The band had never visited Stornoway when they decided to name themselves after the town. The band is signed to the British independent record label, 4AD.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Emma-Lee Moss (born c. 1984), known by her stage name Emmy the Great, is a London-based singer-songwriter. She has released two albums, First Love and Virtue.
Moss was born in Hong Kong to an English father and a Chinese mother. Being into music from a young age, she would take the train to her nearest Tower Records so that she could buy the only non-Chinese music they had and, as a result, she got into bands such as Weezer, The Smashing Pumpkins and The Lemonheads. While in Hong Kong, she attended primary school in Kowloon. She emigrated with her family to London at the age of 12 and grew up in the English Shires - at one point living in a canal boat in Oxford.
She has performed as a member of the indie folk group Lightspeed Champion, acting as their vocalist for a brief period in 2007 alongside Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. She then went back to focus on her work as a solo artist under the adopted nickname Emmy the Great, which she says came about when "I wanted to be a backing singer and I wanted to have something to hand to people... ‘Emmy’ is a name they called me at university, which I hated, and ‘the Great’ I added on because I hated ‘Emmy’ so much."
Her second album, Virtue, was released on June 13, 2011, while the MP3 blog RCRD LBL helped promote the album on April 18, 2011, when they released a free download of the track "A Woman, a Woman, a Century Of Sleep".
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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. He was also a member of The Telescopes.
In 2006 Hemming moved to London to work with multi-instrumentalist and producer Christian Hardy; the pair have subsequently built a live band drawn from members of Brighton's Willkommen Collective and further afield, notably Mike Siddell who previously played violin with Hope of the States and currently performs with The Miserable Rich, Lightspeed Champion and Troubles. Other members of the band play with The Miserable Rich, Sons of Noel and Adrian and more.
The Leisure Society have been recipients of considerable critical acclaim since the release of their first single (see Discography), being dubbed the English answer to popular U.S acts such as Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles and Fleet Foxes.
In interviews on their recent European tours Nick Hemming & Christian Hardy have alluded to a darker, more expansive second record which they began recording in January 2010.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
X-Wife is a rock band from Portugal. Current members are: João Vieira (vocals/guitar), Fernando Sousa (bass), Rui Maia (Synthesizers/ drums/drum machine).
In the early 90's João Vieira was involved in a few bands, namely Centerfold where he handled vocal duties. The genre could be loosely defined as Britpop but none of the bands ever got a record deal. In the mid 90's Vieira went to London to study graphic design. There he got involved with several bands and even formed another band under the name Centerfold. Unlike the original Centerfold, this band was mainly a 70's glam rock thing. As with the first incarnation of Centerfold, little success was achieved. Still while in London, together with a friend (Stuart), he founded what was known as the Club Kitten where he DJ'ed under the nickname DJ Kitten. The club soon got the attention of the British press.
In January 2001 Vieira returned to Portugal, and set up a new Club Kitten in the Triplex disco in the city of Porto where he continues to perform under the name DJ Kitten. As in London, Club Kitten was a great success and DJ Kitten now performs all around the country at clubs, festivals and events. Around the same time as he set up Club Kitten, and after many long conversations about music, Vieira and Fernando Sousa (at the time in a band called Stealing Orchestra), decided to start jamming together. After meeting Rui Maia in a bar, X-Wife was complete (the official date of birth of X-Wife is March 2002). Starting from a set of demos that Vieira recorded on a minidisc while in London, the band began their rehearsals. In one of those rehearsals a record label (Nortesul) manager showed up (on the recommendation of a mutual friend) and two months later a record deal was presented to the trio. In 2003 they released the Rockin' Rio EP, which includes the tracks "Rockin' Rio", “Eno” and “We Are” . The track "Rockin' Rio" received considerable radio airplay and "Action Plan" received massive radio airplay despite the fact it wasn't released as a single. The album got good reviews from the press, and a tour of clubs and summer festivals followed. On the 10th April 2006 they released Side Effects, with "Ping-Pong" selected as the first single. "Ping-Pong"'s excellent video clip was directed by Kalle Kotila & Malakias (las palmas films). "Realize" was the second single taken from Side Effects, with André Cepêda, directing the video clip. Side Effects was released in Spain by PuPilo Records in 2007. X-Wife's third album, Are you ready for the blackout? was released in late September 2008, and debuted in the top 25 in its domestic market.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Gemma Hayes' much anticipated fourth studio album, Let it Break, will be released on 27th May and is an evolution of Gemma's unique style of music, combining prog rock, folk and electronica. The album is a collaboration with producer David Odlum, and features Paul Noonan of Bell X1 and Ann Scott. Shock To The System is the first single to be taken from the album Over the years, Gemma's songs have appeared in countless TV programmes and films from Grey's Anatomy to One Tree Hill and most recently The Vampire Diaries and the upcoming Abigail Breslin movie, Janie Jones. Her debut LP, Night on My Side, received much critical acclaim from all corners, garnering a UK Mercury Prize nomination and earning her an award as Ireland's best female artist. Gemma's subsequent release, The Roads Don't Love You, earned her yet another best female artist nod.
Gemma recorded the album in Blackbox Studios, France and Westland Studios, Dublin. Produced by David Odlum and Gemma Hayes, Let It Break was recorded and mixed by David Odlum and mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering Los Angeles. Let It Break will be released on Gemma's own label, Gemma Hayes Music.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Danças Ocultas is the name of a portuguese musical group formed by Artur Fernandes, Filipe Cal and Francisco Miguel Filipe Ricardo. Danças Ocultas accepted the challenge to explore, imagine and develop new musical languages, transforming the world by developing sound and all the possibilities of machine invented in the nineteenth century - the diatonic accordion, in Portugal known as concertina.
info: http://pt.wikipedia.org/ (translated)
Saturday, August 20, 2011
13 & God is an American and German electronic collaboration group between Weilheim, Germany-based The Notwist and Oakland, California-based anticon members Themselves. The group is signed both to anticon and Alien Transistor. They are joined live by Jordan Dalrymple who now plays Dax Pierson's parts following a 2005 Subtle tour accident which left Dax quadriplegic. As of 2010, Jordan has officially joined, and has been contributing in the studio. Console also appears to no longer be a contributing member of the group.
The band's name stems from the concept of the 12 apostles and Jesus Christ forming a group that comprises 13 mortal men as well as God. Distinguishing between The Notwist and Themselves in the context of which group is the '13' and which is 'God' is thus disingenuous; in the example above, God is inherently contained within the '13', creating a symbiotic relationship so strong it is unable to be severed. As 13 & God are not a Christian group, but do explore elements of philosophy, spirituality and existentialism, the name 13 & God is generally considered to be more of a reflection of those elements, as well as the concept of 'identity' itself.
In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Doseone was quoted as saying "in 2010 there will be a brand new shiny 13 & G record out in the world." On the third of February 2011, a new album entitled "Own Your Ghost" was announced to be released on Anticon on May 17, 2011. The album is set to feature ten tracks, including a song written and performed on the 2007 tour, entitled "Sure as Debt". This announcement was accompanied by a preview clip of the song "Armoured Scarves" from the album.
Friday, August 19, 2011
David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt, 23 February 1958, Beckenham, Kent) is an English singer-songwriter and musician who came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and main songwriter in the group Japan. His subsequent solo work is described by critic Jason Ankeny as "a far-ranging and esoteric career that encompassed not only solo projects but also a series of fascinating collaborative efforts." Sylvian's solo work has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, including jazz, avant-garde, ambient, electronic, and progressive rock.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Amatorski is a young Belgian band formed in 2008, with a melancholic and narrative style, and some reminiscences of Portishead, Sigur Rós, or Radiohead. Amatorski consists of Inne Eysermans (songs, producing, voice, piano, guitar, accordeon), Sebastiaan van den Branden (guitar, programming, voice), Hilke Ros (double bass, synth bass, voice), and Christophe Claeys (drums, vibraphone, trumpet).Though their name means ‘amateurs’, they reached the finals of the Belgian rock contest Rockrally in 2010.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
They appeared from out of nowhere, yet within a year Applause have managed to carve out a niche for themselves on the Parisian scene. Their first EP, including the impeccable single Lighthouse, was a frequent feature on the airwaves and created some ripples in the music press. The Franco-Belgian group, who are based in Brussels but formed in Paris, have hit on a winning combination, with a superb lead voice that some liken to Jeff Buckley, resplendent compositions that sit between white soul and hot rock, and a sprinkling of mystery. The group’s French singer Nicolas looks back: "The group started in 2006 after a concert by Néry (Ed’s note: former singer with Les VRP) at La Maroquinerie. His musicians were looking for a singer for a new project and I was looking for a group. It was perfect timing."
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Patrick Wolf (born Patrick Denis Apps on 30 June 1983) is an English singer-songwriter from South London. Patrick utilises a wide variety of instruments in his music, most commonly the ukulele, piano and viola. Known for combining electronic sampling with classical instruments, Wolf's styles range from romantic folk to techno-pop.
Patrick Wolf was born in St Thomas' Hospital, South London, into a creative family. He started his musical education with violin lessons and church choirs and made his first theremin at age eleven, and first began recording songs with his violin, voice, and car boot sale organs on a four-track tape recorder at age twelve. At fourteen, he joined and performed with pop art collective Minty. Two years later, he dropped his music A-Levels, which he was studying at Davies Laing and Dick Sixth Form College off Bond Street, and left home. During this period, as well as working in Super Lovers clothing store in Covent Garden, Wolf earned money from busking in a string quartet and formed a group called 'Maison Crimineaux', a noisy trio built on destructive ethics around white noise and pop music. He also continued to write and record his own material. A Maison Crimineaux gig in Paris was attended by electronic maestro Kristian Robinson (aka Capitol K), who would then go on to release Wolf's debut album Lycanthropy.
On 6 April 2011, Wolf announced via his website, that the release date for Lupercalia is now 20 June 2011 worldwide (excluding USA).
Monday, August 15, 2011
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, August 14, 2011
Mayra Andrade (born 1985 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cape Verdean singer who lives and records in Paris, France.
Andrade was born in Cuba but grew up in Senegal, Angola, and Germany. However, she spent around two months of the year in the Cape Verdean island of Santiago. The first song she remembers singing is "O Leãozinho" by the Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso, whom she has cited as a musical influence. Andrade often performed as a teenager and won the 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie songwriting contest at 16, beginning voice lessons in Paris at 17. During this time, she also met the composer Orlando Pantera and began collaborating with him. Andrade then began to perform in various Portuguese-speaking regions, including the Cape Verdean cities Mindelo and Praia as well as Lisbon. She won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (English: German Record Critics Award) in 2007. She also won the Newcomer award at the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2008.
In 2011, she collaborated with Trio Mocotó on the track "Berimbau" for the Red Hot Organization's most recent charitable album "Red Hot+Rio 2." The album is a follow-up to the 1996 "Red Hot + Rio." Proceeds from the sales will be donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Automatic Loveletter is a rock band, with acoustic and emo influences, based in the United States of America. The band formed in Tampa, Florida, in 2007, led by vocalist and guitarist Juliet Simms, her older brother and lead guitarist Tommy Simms, drummer Ryan Metcalf, and bassist Clint Fowler.
The band was first called Stars and Scars and recorded its first rock song together in December 2005, naming the song after the band but written by lead singer Juliet Simms. They also recorded "Tin Lizzy", written by Tommy.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Biffy Clyro are a Scottish rock band from Kilmarnock, comprising Simon Neil (guitar, lead vocals), James Johnston (bass, vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums, vocals). After their first three albums, the band expanded their following significantly with the release of their fourth, Puzzle in 2007. The album went gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 units. Biffy Clyro's popularity was built upon further in 2008 and 2009 with the release of the singles "Mountains" and "That Golden Rule", which both reached the top 10 of the UK singles chart. Their latest album, Only Revolutions, reached #3 in the UK chart and went gold within days of its release in 2009, later going platinum in 2010 and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Cesária Évora (born 27 August 1941) is a Cape Verdean popular singer.
Her bright voice and physical charms were soon noticed, but her hope of a singing career remained unsatisfied. A Cape Verdean women’s group and the singer Bana both took her to Lisbon to cut a few tracks, but the recordings failed to catch the ear of a producer. In 1988, a young Frenchman of Cape Verdean extraction invited her to Paris to make a record. At 47, she had nothing to lose. Having never seen Paris, she agreed...
Nicknamed the "barefoot diva" for performing without shoes, Évora is perhaps the best internationally known practitioner of "morna."
A Portuguese-speaking artist, Lura stands at the crossroads of Portuguese and Cape Verdean culture. Born in Lisbon in 1975 (the year of her country’s independence), she remains strongly attached to her family’s native land and the culture of Cape Verde. At the age of seventeen, she was already dancing and singing backing vocals for Juka, a Sao Tomé zouk singer. Giving up her swimming studies, she took the plunge into the musical deep end and soon acquired a reputation as a singer in her own right. In 1996, she recorded a first urban album of r&b and Afro-Portuguese zouk.
A well-received duet with Angolan singer Bonga, then partnerships with her fellow countrymen Tito Paris and Paulinho Vieira caught the ear of José Da Silva, head of Lusafrica and Cesaria Evora’s producer, and he signed her to his label.
info: http://en.wikipedia.org/; http://www.myspace.com/
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Cat's Eyes are an alternative pop duo formed in early 2011 by vocalist Faris Badwan (known for his work with English Indie rock band The Horrors) and Italian-Canadian soprano, composer and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira.
The band were formed after Badwan introduced Zeffira to the 1960s girl group music. Zeffira became intrigued by the likes of The Ronnettes and acts produced by Joe Meek and Phil Spector and soon began work on a demo version of a track (which eventually became "The Lull") in a similar style, which on completion she emailed to Badwan.
Using Zeffira's classical music contacts the band were able to perform a short performance using a church organ and choir at the Vatican, in front of several important cardinals Following much positive press on the performance they offered free downloads of two songs via their website. One a cover/remix of Grinderman's "When My Baby Comes" and the other an original composition - "Not a Friend".
On 28th February 2011 the duo released an E.P. entitled Broken Glass on the Polydor label it was recorded at Peter Gabriel's RealWorld Studios with producer Steve Osborne. The Broken Glass E.P. featured three original compositions and a cover of a previously unreleased demo song by The Horrors - "Sunshine Girls". It met with positive press and was followed by a the release of Cat's Eyes, a full length album, in April 2011.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Gorillaz is a British musical project created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. This project consists of the Gorillaz music itself and an extensive fictional universe depicting a "virtual band" of cartoon characters. This band is composed of four animated members: 2D (lead vocalist, keyboard, and melodica), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar and drum machine), Noodle (guitar, keyboard, and occasional vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion). Their fictional universe is explored through the band's website and music videos, as well as a number of other media, such as short cartoons. The music is a collaboration between various musicians, Albarn being the only permanent musical contributor. Their style is a composition of multiple musical genres, with a large number of influences including: dub, hip hop, alternative rock, electronic and pop music.
Their latest album, The Fall, was released in December 2010 as a free download for sub-division members, then in April 2011 as a physical release.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Arcade Fire is an indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It consists of the husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara, and Sarah Neufeld. Arcade Fire came to prominence when they released their debut album Funeral in 2004 to critical acclaim. The band plays guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin, and hurdy-gurdy. Most of their instruments are taken on tour, and the multi-instrumentalist band members switch duties throughout shows.
Arcade Fire has won numerous awards, including the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, the 2011 Juno Award for Album of the Year, and the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Album for their third studio album, The Suburbs, released in 2010 to critical acclaim and commercial success. In earlier years they won the 2008 Meteor Music Award for Best International Album and the 2008 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year for their second studio album, Neon Bible. They also received nominations for the Best Alternative Music Album Grammy for all three of their studio albums.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Jo Hamilton is a British vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Birmingham, England. Her official debut album Gown was released in September 2009 by independent production company and label Poseidon to 4 star reviews in the UK from Mojo Magazine, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. In December 2009 she released an EP of Christmas songs which BBC Radio 2's Janice Long put on her Album of the Week list for the week of 14 December.
Jo is the daughter of a Jamaican mother and Kenyan father, although both families trace their roots back to Scotland. The first decade of her life was spent in the Scottish Highlands, Between stints abroad, Jo attended Gordonstoun School, near Elgin in Morayshire, Scotland, to which she was awarded a music scholarship aged 12. Jo went on to study viola at Napier University in Edinburgh, and then won another scholarship to read viola performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire, in the city where she is currently based.
Jo Hamilton has supported Damien Rice, Michelle Shocked, and Colin Vearncombe (Black). She also contributed viola to Kirsty McGee's first album, and was invited by Fairport Convention founder (and discoverer of Nick Drake) Ashley Hutchings to sing lead vocals and play guitar and viola with first the Albion Band and then his new bands the Rainbow Chasers and The Lark Rise Band on several European tours.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Recounting stories from the dusty, obscure corners of colonial times, The Doomed Bird of Providence set off on an exploration of early Australian history, darkly probing its more abject and harrowing aspects. The resulting music is brooding, dramatic and heavily indebted to Ennio Morricone, Jacques Brel, Scott Walker and the English Folk Revival. Buttressed by accordion, ukulele, bass, guitar and violin, singer Mark Kluzek rants and laments the death and degeneracy of settlers and convicts alike in this hostile, unrelenting environment. The Doomed Bird of Providence shed light on obscure corners, to mythologise and empower previously hidden stories. And to bring forth all that is disturbing, mysterious and tragic.
'Fedicia Exine' is about the little known daughter of a convict, Maria, who was a slave in British Honduras when she was transported for murder and who later married a whaler. The song attempts to create a sense of identity for the mysterious girl, for whom there are no records after birth, from the geography of Hobart.
The band has grown into a five piece including Daniel Merrill (Dead Rat Orchestra) on violin and Richard Acton (formerly of Limn) on guitar. Will Ever Pray also features the talents of Rachel Laurence (Viola) and Tony Ramsey (Guitar).
Friday, August 5, 2011
Taking their cue from the indie pop bands of yore (particularly twee pop acts like the Softies, Talulah Gosh, and the Field Mice), Seapony sound every bit as dreamy, soft, and sweet as their name implies. Seapony formed in 2010, when Danny Rowland and Jen Weidl moved to Seattle. They teamed up with bassist Ian Brewer, Rowland's childhood friend and former bandmate, and the band was born. The newly minted trio wasted no time in recording an album's worth of tunes. Shortly after posting a handful of finished tracks online, the band was picked up by then-fledgling label Double Denim Records; Seapony's debut 7" single, Dreaming, was released on that label soon after. The band's profile enjoyed a healthy boost thanks to the single; by the time 2011 rolled around, Dreaming was featured on Pitchfork and made its way into the rotation on college radio stations. Seapony played their very first live gig soon after, rounding out their live lineup with the help of their friend John on drums. The band's debut full-length album, Go with Me, was released on Hardly Art in 2011. (By Margaret Reges)
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are an indie pop band from New York City. Their first album was a self-released EP which came out in 2007 through the Painbow label. Their debut self-titled full length album was released on February 3, 2009 via Slumberland Records. The band name comes from an unpublished children's story of the same title that a friend of singer Kip Berman wrote. The group's self-titled album peaked at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. On September 22, 2009, they released Higher Than the Stars, their second EP. The band released their second album, Belong, on March 29, 2011.
Kip Berman – vocals and guitar
Peggy Wang – keyboards and vocals
Alex Naidus – bass
Kurt Feldman – drums
Christoph Hochheim - guitar
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Noah and the Whale are an English Indie folk band from Twickenham, London, England formed in 2006. The band consists of Charlie Fink (vocals, guitar, ukulele), Tom Hobden (fiddle/keys), Matt "Urby Whale" Owens (bass guitar), Fred Abbott (guitar/ keys), and Michael Petulla (drums).
The name 'Noah and the Whale' is a combination of the title of one of the band's favourite film, The Squid and the Whale, and the name of the film's director , Noah Baumbach. They are also avid fans of the film director Wes Anderson, who helped produce The Squid and the Whale; the group's e-mails, and many of their MySpace blog posts are signed "Sic Transit Gloria", a phrase frequently used in Anderson's film Rushmore.
In January 2010, it was announced that Noah and the Whale were heading to the recording studio soon to prepare their third album, for which the band was considering the title Old Joy, however, in an interview with the website SoonerMusic.com, lead singer Charlie announced that the album would be called Last Night On Earth. On 3 December 2010 the band released a track from the upcoming album on their official website, titled "Wild Thing".
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Peter John Murphy (born 11 July 1957) is an English rock vocalist. He was the vocalist of the rock group Bauhaus, and later went on to release a number of solo albums, such as Deep and Love Hysteria. Thin, with prominent cheekbones, a baritone voice, and a penchant for gloomy poetics, Murphy is often called the "Godfather of Goth."
On February 11, 2011 the official Peter Murphy site announced that Murphy would tour a 29-date jaunt across North America to support his upcoming album Ninth, which had a new release date of June 6 and 7 for the UK and US respectively after Murphy signed on to Nettwerk Music Group's label roster on March 2. In further support of the upcoming album, Murphy released the song "I Spit Roses" as a digital single through online retailers on March 22, as well as single "Seesaw Sway" on May 23. Murphy will also be embarking on an 8-date in-store performance and signing tour beginning in New York on June 7 and ending on June 29 in Los Angeles.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Gomez are an English indie rock band from Southport, comprising Ian Ball (vocals, guitar), Paul "Blackie" Blackburn (bass), Tom Gray (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Ben Ottewell (vocals, guitars) and Olly Peacock (drums, synths, computers). The band is distinguished for having three singers and four songwriters, employing traditional and electronic instruments. Their sound is versatile and evades typical music genres falling into blues, indie, alternative, rock, folk, psychedelic and experimental.