- Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper
- Foo Fighters – Best Of You
- Green Day – Brain Stew
- Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – What If We Could?
- Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
- Paul Simon – Graceland
- Sigur Ros – Sé Lest
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dosed
- Biffy Clyro – Glitter And Trauma
- Radiohead – The National Anthem
I wasn’t at Woodstock in 1994 for many reasons (being an 11 year old and living in the UK being two of those reasons) but it would have been a pretty special experience. I’ve watched quite a few of the videos of the festival and here are 3 of my favourites:
Nine Inch Nails. I don’t know how you feel but I love this performance: the filth, the rawness, the carnage. Trent said he’d thought it was their best and then when he watched it back thought it was terrible but I think it’s amazing. It’s a strong opening that leads to a great set.
Green Day. The infamous mudfight with the crowd. The best bit about Green Day is that they always sound exactly like Green Day – great show.
Red Hot Chili Peppers. The lightbulb costumes are moronic but the set is pretty decent – there are some great moments (especially Under The Bridge).
There is some awesome music out there right now. My top two albums are:
- Chvrches – “The Bones Of What You Believe ” :- especially album track “You Caught The Light” and “Mother We Share“
- Nine Inch Nails – “Hesitation Marks” :- especially the single “Copy of A“
Both of the above artists are featured on the FIFA14 soundtrack too, which brings us to some other FIFA14 highlights:
- American Authors – “Hit it“
- Crystal Fighters – “Love Natural”
- Dan Croll – “Compliment Your Soul“
- Jamie N Commons – “Rumble And Sway“
And there’s also a ton of new music well worth a listen:
- The Ramona Flowers – “Brighter“
- Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
- Cairn String Quartet – “Mother We Share“
- Jon Hopkins – “Immunity”
- Vampire Weekend – “Step“
- Paul Leonard-Morgan – “She’s A Pass” (from the Dredd soundtrack)
- Breathe – “Puscifer“
Every now and then I realise just how much awesome new (and old) music I’ve been listening to… check out this little batch to hear for yourself!:
Sigur Rós – Brennisteinn
Brett Domino Trio NAILING Purple Rain
Gooding – Ride On
Gooding – Mountain
Book Group – Year Of The Cat
Stereophonics – Indian Summer
Counting Crows – Miami
Frontier Ruckus covers Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
Night Beds cover Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Houndmouth covers Billy Bragg & Wilco
Frightened Rabbit – Holy (alternative version)
Jillette Johnson – Pauvre Coeur
Houndmouth – Penitentiary
The Saints – Know Your Product
To The River from JWATNL – all shot in the reflection of an eye!
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls – Live from The Forum, London
Last week I clicked through a genre of music in Bandcamp, listened through a bunch of albums and found one I really liked, something that happens to me most days to be honest. But the artist was one that I realised I was reading about synchronously in another tab as I started listening to the band – spoken word poet Shane Koyczan, who appeared at this year’s TED talks.
The album is all about bullying and growing up and mental health and self and is really worth a listen – the track “Remember How We Forgot” is a truly beautiful song.
- Tom Milsom – Take Me Out… Tom’s done it again – some summery beats for February!
- Sigur Ros – SR7… a preview of what to expect from the new album!
- The Postal Service – A Tattered Line of String… new Postal Service for the first time in 10 years!
- Blanck Mass – Blanck Mass… Land Disasters is awesome!
- Roo Panes – I’ll Move Mountains… some very contemplative folk!
- Monarchy – Disintegration ft. Dita Von Teese… I didn’t know Dita could sing!
- How To Destroy Angels – Welcome Oblivion…a mighty fine album!
- Marlango – It’s Alright… some beautiful Spanish tuneage!
- Daughter – Still… a cool video to a beautiful song!
A bit of an odd song but Amanda Seyfried can definitely sing. 🙂
The start of 2013 has been an awesome time for me finding new music – something that I’m very grateful for as I’ve been spending long hours doing some somewhat monotonous tasks at work. I love finding new music a lot and it’s something I can best liken to people who like collecting things – it becomes something that’s not really an obsession, more something that’s just a baseline in the psyche. I’m not one of those people who stop liking a band/singer/author/comic/whatever when they become popular – recognition is the reward for years of hard work for most artists. I’m also someone who tries not to idolises people – I know that the people that I admire have their flaws just like everyone else – and I don’t know if that’s the reason but I try to seek out new music… and as a result my taste is definitely being expanded over time. Anyway… here are some highlights of bands/tunes/albums that you need to check out:
- Frightened Rabbit have a brand new album out! 🙂 Without question these guys are my favourite band and Pedestrian Verse doesn’t disappoint. I went to the HMV in-store to see them play last week and was impressed as always. It feels even more developed than previous albums and I love the approach of using the whole band to write songs together. My favourite tracks are probably Nitrous Gas and Late March, Death March.
- Chvrches: New single Recover is fab – lots of girly Scots-accented vocals and strong electronic backing. I can’t wait to hear the EP/LP/album.
- HAIM: Don’t Save Me is more elctro-pop of a less grungy/more polished nature.
- Kate Boy: Northern Lights is good, In Your Eyes is fantastic. Yet more electro-pop but a little more chilled out than Chvrches.
- Sweet Sweet Moon: This is really more of a rediscovery – I first saw the awesome “They Shoot Music” video a few years ago but didn’t realise that Sweet Sweet Moon had an album out. The album is good but lacks the rawness and power of the street performance of Psalm For The Elks Lodge Last Call – I’m still stunned by the simultaneous singing and violin playing.
- The Weakerthans: The Sweet Sweet Moon cover of Psalm for The Elks Lodge Last Call led me to the original band, The Weakerthans – a band who have a sound comparable to The Wallflowers if you imagine Ben Gibbard singing for them. Left & Leaving is well worth a listen.
- Katy Bar The Door: It seems like things haven’t gone the way the band wanted (presumably to do with a record contract) so the end result is that the band’s album wasn’t really released with the triumphant fanfare that it deserves… but it’s out and I guess that’s the main thing as a listener. One of my favourite tracks from Orienteering is the track The Nearly Men’s Society (possibly slightly apocryphal, possibly I’m reading too much into it!) – something about this song just sounds so quintessentially Scottish. The whole album is fantastic and is really well finished – I wish these guys all the best for the future, they definitely deserve more people to hear their greatness.
- SONOIO: How I hadn’t heard of SONOIO until last week I have no idea. Anyway, SONOIO is a solo project of Alessandro Cortini (part of the Nine Inch Nails lineup) and that’s all you need to know. Much awesomeness. Especially on Enough.
- Fake Major: It’s sad to say goodbye to a band like Endor (especially since it seemed like they had so much more to give) but the news of a new band, a new track (Little Researcher) and a record label is all very much a positive.
- The Antlers: I’ve been rediscovering The Antlers (so not really new music) but if you haven’t heard Bear you really should!