Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
29. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
28. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
27. Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
26. Lisa Hannigan - Sea Sew
25. Bloc Party - Intiimacy
24. Teddy Thompson - A Piece Of What You Need
23. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
22. Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
21. Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Flight
20. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Pilgrim Road
19. Black Mountain - In The Future
18. DeVotchKa - A Mad And Faithful Telling
17. Fleet Foxes - self-titled
16. Little Joy - self-titled
15. R.E.M - Accelerate
14. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
13. Conor Oberst - self-titled
12. Aimee Mann - Smilers
11. Dr. Dog - Fate
10. She & Him - Volume One
09. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
08. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
07. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology
06. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Lie Down In The Light
05. The Gaslight Anthem - The 59 Sound
04. TV On The Radio - Dear Science
03. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
02. The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
01. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Gospel music wouldn't be one of my favourites but when I saw Sufjan Stevens produced the record, I decided to have a listen. And it's good. Mainly to do with Sufjan as his mark is all over the album. The husband and wife duo, the Reverend Thomas Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique, both have good voices and allied to Sufjan's production it makes for an excellent listen.
Here's one of the standouts from the album:
The Welcome Wagon - Sold! To The Nice Rich Man
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Former Wilco member Jay Bennett has released his new album for free on rockproper.com. It's a strong album from a really good songwriter. I always thought it was a pity he left Wilco because he added a lot to the group. I haven't really kept up with much of his solo work but seeing as this one is free, it's a pretty good place to start. Here's what Jay had to say about the release.
It is stark, stripped down, and acoustic based—more so than any other record I have made. I really wanted to capture the simpler and more emotional nature of the songwriting, and I knew that the only way I could do this was to put it together quickly, with no second-guessing, and no heavy deliberating about minor details. Consequently I would have to learn to embrace the resultant imperfections—and I have. All of the vocals are done live to my own acoustic guitar accompaniment, so it has some "warts," but, in my effort to not forsake integrity for technical perfection, the album ended up feeling more honest, immediate, naked, and cohesive to me. I am very proud of presenting myself without my typical voluminous bells and whistles. I am left wondering why I haven't done this more often in the past.
As I've really wanted to help out my studio partner, Matt DeWine, and his partner Casey Meehan, with their new "download record label," rockproper, that's just where you can find this new album: http://www.rockproper.com. Again, it's called "Whatever Happened I Apologize," and did I mention it's free? I hope you enjoy it.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I've been listening to this album a lot recently. Probably closest to folk music but elements of blues and country in the mix as well for sure. He's a great musician and a fantastic songwriter. His voice is unique and it all adds up to a great atmospheric album. Here's a video of him performing one of the stand out tracks from the album called Lavender.
He has a couple of mp3s up on his website including this unreleased track.
Mr. David Viner - Easier To Cry
Monday, November 17, 2008
There hasn't been too much new music that's interested me in the last while, but recently there's been a couple of good releases. This is definitely one of them. Little Joy is Strokes' drummer Fabrizio Moretti's side project who along with Rodrigo Amarante and Binki Shapiro has created a really great mellow (in the best sense of the word) short record. It's 11 songs clocking in at 30mins and it doesn't waste a second. There's definitely an old school influence to the record and it ranges from 60s radio pop to reggae. A really good debut album. Who needs the Strokes when Fabrizio and Albert Hammond Jr. are making such good music on their own.
Little Joy - Next Time Around
1. Outlaw Pete
2. My Lucky Day
3. Working On a Dream
4. Queen of the Supermarket
5. What Love Can Do
6. This Life
7. Good Eye
8. Tomorrow Never Knows
9. Life Itself
10. Kingdom of Days
11. Surprise, Surprise
12. The Last Carnival
A Night with the Jersey Devil
Springsteen said, "Towards the end of recording Magic, excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O'Brien heard the new songs, he said, 'Let's keep going.' Over the course of the next year, that's just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year's tour. I hope Working on a Dream has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we've ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end."
Working on a Dream is Bruce Springsteen's twenty-fourth album and was recorded and mixed at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA with additional recording in New York City, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. [press release from www.shorefire.com]
The album drops just five days before Bruce and the E Street Band play the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIII. A preview of the album's title track came last night on NBC's Sunday Night Football, a 90-second edit of the song over halftime highlights:
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Fantastic. Will definitely be on many a gig of the year list. Starting just after quarter past 8, The Cardinals unleashed a two hour set of near perfection. Straight from the opener 'Cobwebs' it was clear Ryan was in great voice and the band was in great form. The excellent sound in the Ambassador allowed them to really express themselves. There wasn't much interaction with the crowd, past a couple of muffled "thanks" from Ryan but I didn't mind it too much. The music was more than enough.
Nearly every song was a highlight, but I still had a few favourites. 'Fix It' was incredible, his voice was particularly great on that one I thought. 'I Taught Myself How To Grow Old', 'Come Pick Me Up', 'Crossed Out Name', 'La Cienega Just Smiled' were all fantastic. Special mention has to go to a stunning version of 'Wonderwall' and also to 'Stop' which had the entire audience in wowed silence. They finished with an explosive version of 'I See Monsters' which wrapped up the show perfectly. He could have played for another two hours and I wouldn't have had many complaints. The band is easily one of the best bands around today and the two songs Neal Casal sang were really good as well. Not many bands or artists could reach the level The Cardinals managed last night.
On stage - 8:20PM GMT
2. Everybody Knows
3. Born into a Light
4. Please do not Let Me Go
5. Fix It
6. Natural Ghost
7. Goodnight Rose
8. Off Broadway
10. I Taught Myself how to Grow Old
11. Sun Also Sets
12. Come Pick Me Up
13. Grand Island (Neal Casal)
14. Go Easy
15. Sink Ships
16. Crossed Out Name
17. Stars Go Blue
18. Let it Ride
21. Cold Roses
22. Freeway to the Canyon (Neal Casal)
23. Like Yesterday
24. La Cienega
27. I See Monsters
Off at 22:33
Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, this wasn't easily transmitted on Friday night. The venue was woeful, the Green Room in the Academy. It really seems that they had a spare room in the building and decided "Hey let's make this into a music venue". Bad idea, with it's low ceiling, poor sightlines and ridiculously low stage, it made for a pretty uncomfortable night and left most of the audience not able to see a thing. Possibly because of this, there was an audible chatter through nearly all of the gig, particularly noticeable during the couple of acoustic songs. I'd definitely go see them again and would recommend their albums but I couldn't help feeling it was a bit of a missed opportunity for a really great gig.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Another new Bruce song, premiered at an Obama rally on Sunday, called Workin' On A Dream. Quoting the always reliable backstreets.com
"The song has been recorded for the follow-up to Magic, which Springsteen has been working on this fall, an album expected to see release around the time of the Presidential Inauguration in January 2009. "
Great time to be a Bruce fan.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Download the song at brucespringsteen.net
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Went to see Aimee Mann last night in Tripod. A great show (although I had to leave early to make the last bus, curfews in Tripod were abandoned last night). Sharon Shannon was supporting and she was very good but she played for well over an hour so Aimee was always going to be finishing late. When she finally got on stage about 10.15, she started off well and only got better. A particular highlight for me was the sequence of 'Freeway', 'Save Me' and 'Wise Up'.
Her new record is really great and the songs she played from it last night all sounded great. She even took a couple of requests and deftly handled a couple of drunks near the front. Her stories were frequently funny (anybody know she had been asked to write a song for Shrek 3, although it was later rejected?) A very entertaining show and a very decent-sized crowd. Wasn't full though so the move from the Royal Hospital made sense. Hopefully next time she'll get on a bit earlier so I can see the full show.
She did a Daytrotter session not so long ago, performing songs from her new album. They're well worth downloading, which you can do here
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
One of the most impressive alt-country bands I've heard in recent times are Band Of Annuals, hailing from Utah in the US. Front and centre to their appeal is the vocal interplay between frontman Jay Henderson and keyboardist Jeremi Hanson. Comparisons to Whiskeytown can be made and I'd recommend their album 'Let Me Live' which you can get here. Their debut album has also been re-released and can be bought here.
Band Of Annuals - Blood On My Shirt
Band of Annuals - "Blood on My Shirt" Live
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Eels are to give away a free download of four tracks recorded live in Manchester for one week only from today (October 21).
The four track EP giveaway is to celebrate the release of a deluxe limited edition four vinyl version of their acclaimed Blinking Lights and Other Revelations album which is available now, signed by frontman E and numbered 0001-2500.
The four track EP is taken from the exclusive Manchester 2005 album which has previously only been available as part of the three vinyl version of Blinking Lights.
The EP tracklisting is:
'Climbing To The Moon'
You can get your free Eels download by clicking here until October 28.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I think there's been a distinct lack of real quality Irish bands breaking through in the last while. I don't think the music scene in this country is as strong as it could be, due to a number of factors, not least the lack of support for bands at live venues. When there's so much established international quality bands playing gigs here, it's difficult to get people out to a gig by a band they may have only heard a couple of songs from. Without real support at the live venues, it's hard for bands to gain real foothold. Of course, there's also the fact that if an Irish band were absolutely amazing, word would spread. And for me, I haven't heard too many Irish bands that really excite me (there's been a few, who I'll write about in the next while.)
In this context I bought the new limited edition Sweet Jane EP 'Black Boots + Black Hearts' from Tower Records at the weekend. I'd heard a couple of songs from them before and had been impressed. The EP however is fantastic. There's five songs and I think it's one of the best Irish releases in a long time. Sometimes it's hard to describe exactly why music is good, most of the time it just is. This is one of those times and I'd highly recommend picking up the ep while it's still available (it's only physically on sale in Tower in Dublin and through their website, with only a limited number available. It's available through iTunes etc as well). It's always impossible to predict what the future holds for bands and how people will react to the music. I'd get right behind this band though.
Sweet Jane - You're Making This Hard
Been listening to the debut album by Those Dancing Days, 'In Our Space Hero Suits' a fair amount in the last few days. It was an album I had been looking forward to for a while and it certainly hasn't disappointed me. The songs are short, sharp and catchy, evoking the best of 60s girl group pop with Linnea Jönsson's brilliant vocals at the forefront. There are more than a few rough edges and a few of the songs would have to be considered filler but there's enough good songs to make it a worthwhile listen and a promising debut album.
Those Dancing Days - Run Run
Those Dancing Days - Hitten
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
01. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead from Chunk Of Change EP
02. Cut Off Your Hands - Happy As Can Be from Happy As Can Be EP
03. The Decemberists - Valerie Plame from Always The Bridesmaid - A Single Series
04. The Donkeys - Walk Through A Cloud from Living On The Other Side
05. John Mellencamp - Longest Days from Life, Death, Love And Freedom
06. Mumford & Sons - White Blank Page from their debut ep
07. Kathleen Edwards - Unknown Legend Live
08. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Magick Live
09. Sam Beeton - What You Look For from What You Look For single
10. Arcade Fire - Maps Live
11. Mates Of State - California Live
12. Joshua Radin - I'd Rather Be With You from Simple Times
13. Pete Yorn - American Blues, Vol. 1
14. Superdrag - Filthy And Afraid from their upcoming new album
15. The Rosebuds - Lifelike from Life Like
16. Yarn - Can't Slow Down from Empty Pockets
17. Todd Snider - Fortunate Son from Peace Queer
18. Woodpigeon - Home As A Romanticized Concept Where Everyone Loves You Always And Forever from Songbook
19. The Killers - Spaceman Live on SNL
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Really like this song from the Horse Feathers album 'House With No Home' and the album is very good as well but there isn't much variety over the course of it to really grab my attention. Certainly fans of this kind of sparse Americana should definitely seek out the album.
Horse Feathers - Curs In The Weeds
Monday, October 13, 2008
One of the few bands who are worthy of all the hype surrounding them, Scotland's Broken Records are a band to watch. So far they've only released an ep and an assortment of singles but all have been uniformly excellent and bode extremely well for their debut album. Using a range of instruments including guitars, bass, violin, cello, accordion, mandolin, piano, trumpet, glockenspiel and drums, they create a sound combining traditional European folk with modern Scottish alternative music (so their MySpace says anyway). It's an interesting mix and they put it all together brilliantly. They're supporting the excellent Okkervil River in the Academy on November 7 so it should be a great night of music. Credit to the Song By Toad blog for the mp3. The video for their new single 'Lies' is also below.
Wolves (BBC 6Music Session)
Friday, October 10, 2008
These two songs are off the latest self-titled album by The New Year. I haven't heard the whole thing but it's got some good write ups and I've enjoyed their past work so looking forward to getting it. The album is out now.
X Off Days
The Company I Can Get
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Fans of Kings Of Leon (especially the first two albums) should take note of this band. With the same kind of southern garage rock sound, American Bang will probably be stuck with the comparisons for a while but they're a very good band who write some great rock songs so soon enough they'll be able to stand on their own. They've got an ep coming out this month with their debut album due out next year. There's a few more tracks on their MySpace and on their official site so check them out. Very impressive.
American Bang - The Stones
Move To The Music
Monday, October 6, 2008
Mentioned these guys a couple of times before but I finally got their album and had a listen so felt they were worth another post. Listening to the album, the immediate point of reference would be The Killers. In fact, at times this sounds like Sam's Town II. Which is no bad thing in my eyes anyway. Coming from New Jersey, Springsteen will always be mentioned in connection with them and they pay homage to the main man a number of times on the record such as on 'Meet Me By The River's Edge' with the line "No surrender my Bobby Jean."
I think this is a great album and it's great to hear a young ambitious band not afraid to write big rock songs. Their energy and enthusiasm seeps through every note. They aim high and for me, they achieve it. There's some great songs on the record and they sound made for the live setting. They're doing a small tour in the UK in December so hopefully some promoter will bring them over here for a show. Would be one hell of a gig.
The Gaslight Anthem - Old White Lincoln
The Gaslight Anthem - Miles Davis And The Cool
Video for The 59 Sound
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The excellent Rocky Votolato is playing Upstairs at Whelans tonight and is well worth going to see. He's a real talent and his last two albums have been absolutely fantastic, with last year's The Brag And Cuss having a more expansive band sound than 2006's more stipped down Makers. He's an Italian-American singer-songwriter and his style would probably be best termed as alt-country, folk. Tickets are only €15 so if you're free I would recommend going along. Check out the song and the video for the fantastic 'White Daisy passing' from his 2006 album Makers
Rocky Votolato - White Daisy Passing
Friday, October 3, 2008
Blitzen Trapper are quickly becoming one of my favourite bands and they put on a brilliant show last night in Whelans. Sure, it was sparsely attended but they didn't put any less effort into it and played a great hour long set, with the majority of the material coming from their newest album Furr, which is fantastic. They're well versed in classic American music, and much like Dr. Dog, adapt all these different styles into their own mix. The album jumps from folk to country to hard rock and the live show is much the same. They have a great energy which comes across really well both live and on record. I really couldn't recommend Furr enough and whenever they swing by Ireland again, hopefully they'll be packing out venues.
Notable mention also to the support band Absentee who put on a very good show as well. They're a good band and lead singer Dan Michaelson has a strong voice, sort of a cross between The National's Matt Berninger and Richard Hawley. It works best on the more uptempo songs which came across really well. The only major fault I found was his vocals were impossible to make out but certainly a band to keep an eye on. Initial impressions of their new album I got last night are very favourable.
Blitzen Trapper - Furr
Absentee - Bitchstealer
One of the most promising Irish bands around at the moment, Land Lovers have recently released their debut album Romance Romance. Falling into the synth-pop-rock genre, the Land Lovers have written some brilliantly catchy pop songs with some great guitar hooks. It's essentially a home recording but sounds great. They're definitely an Irish band to get behind.
They're playing Whelans in November and the album is available in Tower Records and Road Records in Dublin. It's also available online through their MySpace for only €7 so it's well worth picking up. A highly recommended debut.
Land Lovers - Dark Secret
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Brooklyn's Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's mix of alt-country, blues and garage rock produced an excellent self-titled debut album which has recently been released. The album is brilliantly loose with songs going in all sorts of different directions with Miles' voice brilliantly suited to the ramshackle nature of the record. His songs deal with homelessness, drugs, isolation and this dark nature to his songs can draw comparisons with some of Ryan Adams' work, alongside songs by Tweedy and Townes Van Zandt.
Somebody to keep an eye on in the near future, he's only in his mid 20s and if he can keep on making music it'll be interesting to see where he journeys to.
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Buriedfed
Buy the CD here
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
One of the new artists that I'm listening to at the moment is Sheltered In Sound which is the musical guise of Toronto's Sean Nilsson. He's released his debut album Field Recordings From The City and it's a great album. The music is very intimate and sparse. The songs stand on their own which is quite rare in new artists which alongside his voice makes him stand out from the hundreds of other singer-songwriters. There's an atmosphere in the record that's hard to come by. Download a couple of tracks from the album below and you can order the album here.
Sheltered In Sound - Falling Stars
Sheltered In Sound - Requiem In A Flat Minor
Sheltered In Sound - Dancing In The Dark
I'm a big fan of Rilo Kiley and of Jenny's first solo record so I had high expectations for this one. And it lives up to those expectations, but only in parts. There's some great songs on the record but there's also a few that bring down the overall quality. It's worth getting for the 5 or 6 great tracks and even the lesser tracks are still far above the reaches of many female songwriters due to Jenny's great voice. Not as well rounded as her solo debut but she's definitely testing herself with the different genres and that's a very good thing.
She's playing The Button Factory on October 19th and tickets are still on sale. I saw her on the last tour and she was fantastic and I would expect the very same this time. She's a natural performer.
Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
Carpetbaggers (from LA 12/9/08)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I loved the first Nightwatchman record and this is a definite progression from that album. It's a lot more musically diverse than the last record while keeping the same political angle on some of the songs. Morello shows he can write strong personal stories and some fantastic hooks as well. The album is out now and is highly recommended. Saint Isabelle is one of the catchier songs on the album. You'll be singing the chorus for days.
Tom Morello The Nightwatchman - Saint Isabelle
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I've always liked Teddy Thompson, enjoyed his albums and was interested to see him live, if not amazingly excited about it. But he really impressed me, putting on a fantastic show for 90mins or so. His songs can range from folk to country to pop to rock and his voice adapts fantastically to each genre. His voice is his greatest asset but he's written some great songs and had a good band behind him.
Despite a fair few technical difficulties, Teddy kept his good humour all the way through and was all round very entertaining. Highlights would have to include I Should Get Up, In My Arms (which he played twice for some reason lost on me) and a stunning version of Leonard Cohen's 'Tonight Will Be Fine'. In my opinion, his songs can sometimes sound a bit flat on record but live they really come alive. All round a great set from a very talented songwriter.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Bloodshot Records are releasing a retrospective double cd of this forgotten 80s rock and roll band. It's out on the 7th October.
"Situating themselves at the crossroads where Johnny Thunders and Son House intersect, Charlie whipped up a bad voodoo vibe of heroin rock and midnight blues. These guys were one of the undiscovered giants of the late eighties." --Peter Buck, R.E.M.
Charlie Pickett - All Love All Gone
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
A track has been made available from Lamchop's upcoming album called OH (Ohio) and it's very good. Always been a fan of the band but some of their albums have passed me by. Looking forward to hearing this one though. It's out sometime around the start of October and they're playing Tripod on the 1 November.
Lambchop - National Talk Like A Pirate Day
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
One of my favourite discoveries are this band from Illinois in America. Led by lead singer Ryan Groff, they have their roots in Americana/folk but are now making a move in the indie rock scene. I got their album Nothing For Design last week and I've been mightily impressed with it.
They've got a great knack for writing a catchy pop song (listen to 'Vampire In My Town' below) alongside more serious, acoustic driven songs like 'Cannonball' which is a really great song. I also got The General EP showcasing one of the songs from their album due out this year. Again, it's one of my favourite tracks of the year so far. I'm looking forward to the album and hopefully it'll be a big enough success for them to make it across the Atlantic.
elsinore - The General
elsinore - Cannonballs
elsinore - Vampire In My Town
You can buy Nothing For Design and The General EP at CDBaby. Learn more about the band through their MySpace
Friday, September 19, 2008
This excellent track is taken from their soon to be released album of the same name. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Elizabeth Powell has a really strong voice, reminding me of Kathleen Edwards, and the album should be worth a look when it arrives on the Saddle Creek record label in early October. Involvement on the album from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) should also encourage a few people to check them out.
Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I saw Lisa perform today in the fantastic Road Records store where she played about 5 songs with her band. Her voice really is something special and if you can get to any of her many gigs coming up you really should go. Out of the songs she played, this was the one that struck me the most. Been listening to the album since I bought it this afternoon and it's really good, some fantastic songs.
Lisa Hannigan - I Don't Know
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Saw this band when I was in Paris and it was a great gig with this song being the definite highlight. Their album In The Future is also one of the best records of the year. Check out the song below.
Black Mountain - Tyrants
Also, I've decided to discontinue the playlists that I've been putting together since January. I've enjoyed doing them and I have a few that I'm really pleased with (and a few which are a bit more questionable now). I'm going to post an mp3 every day of a different band instead and every now and again I'll put together another playlist when I think I have enough good songs to put on it. Thanks to everyone who has been downloading them and I hope you found a few new worthwhile bands. I'll continue to be posting what I think are the best new groups alongside some of my favourite albums of the year and as always I'm open to suggestions.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
New album coming out from Blitzen Trapper later this month entitled Furr. Their last album Wild Mountain Nation was very good so I'm hoping they can build on that. This is the title track off the album. Also they're playing Whelan's on the 2nd of October. Tickets are still on sale last time I checked.
Blitzen Trapper - Furr
Monday, September 15, 2008
Crooked Fingers have always been a band on my radar that I've never really got into but have always meant to. They have a new album (Forfeit/Fortune) coming out next month so hopefully that'll be the spark I need. Download a track off the album below
Crooked Fingers - Phony Revolutions
Sunday, September 14, 2008
One of the albums I'm most looking forward to hearing is Speaking In Cursive from Ohio's Two Car Garage. It's out at the end of October and is shaping up to be a great album. Best comparisons are probably Drive-By-Truckers and Lucero but there's a whole host of other influences in there. Download 'Your Humble Narrator' from the upcoming album and 'Should've California' from 2007's III.
Two Car Garage - Your Humble Narrator
Bonus: Two Car Garage - Should've California
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Will Oldham is one of the most prolific songwriters around but, at times, can be very inconsistent. When he gets it right though, he writes songs that can be matched by few. The album where this track comes from, 'Lie Down In The Light' is one of his best releases in a number of years and one of the best albums of the year.
Bonnie Prince' Billy - You Want That Picture
Friday, September 12, 2008
The Gentle Guest - Down At The Still
Bonus: The Gentle Guest - Longfellow from the 'Our Little Ruckus EP'
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Dr. Dog's album Fate gets better every time I listen to it and is going to be high in my end of year list of great albums. Yes, they've been accused of being too in debt to The Beatles and The Beach Boys etc but I think they've got just the right amount of appreciation for these bands while coming up with something original themselves.
I'll be honest and say this album was my first introduction to the band (this being their fifth album) so I can't claim to have been there from the start but I'm glad I'm there now. Songs like 'Hang On', 'The Rabbit, The Bat and The Reindeer' and 'The Ark' really make the band stand out from a lot of the bands around today.
They're playing Whelans at the start of November and with tickets only costing €13.50 it's sure to be a good night. Download the track below and take a look at the video from Letterman.
Dr. Dog - The Old Days
My Old Ways from 2007
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Hard Working Class Heroes Festival is taking place this weekend all around Temple Bar with a huge variety of bands playing in various venues. There's some real talent on the Irish scene at the moment and this festival will showcase some of them along with an 'invasion' of Scottish bands which will add further to the festival. Entertainment.ie are running a download chart of songs by the artists featured so that's well worth a look to find a few more bands and also more info on the artists I've featured below. Here are some of my potential highlights for the weekend. Find the full festival schedule here.
The Dagger Lees - Stagger Stomp
Fiona Melady - Rush
Fiach - So I
Frightened Rabbit - Modern Leper (Scottish Invasion)
Heathers - Margie
Carly Sings - Apple Tree
Fred - Skyscrapers
Sweet Jane - Heartbreak
The Spook of The Thirteen Lock - The Hare
Also check out Sons & Daughters who are closing the festival on Sunday night. Considering you can see as many shows as you want (or at least what time will allow) over the three nights for only €45 euro, it's well worth looking into. Day tickets are only €20.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
MP3: Calexico - Red Blooms
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Download it here
1. Murder By Death - Comin' Home
2. Fiona Melady - Rush
3. The Gaslight Anthem - Old White Lincoln
4. Motel Motel - Harlem
5. The Felice Brothers - Frankie's Gun!!
6. Giant Sand - Increment Of Love
7. Ribbonpigeon - Signal Fire
8. Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris - Love Hurts
9. The Submarines - You, Me And The Bourgeoisie
10. The Gentle Guest - Down At The Still
11. James Hunter - Jacqueline
12. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Kiss Me Again
13. Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes
14. Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons - Home In The Woods
15. Jason Isbell - Chicago Promenade
16. Jeff Hanson - If Only I Knew
17. Slim Cessna's Auto Club - This Is How We Do Things In The Country
Monday, September 1, 2008
Springsteen has wrapped up his nearly year long 'Magic' tour and has performed some of the best shows of his career during the course of the tour. I've been lucky enough to have seen 7 shows on the tour and each one was fantastic. I've put together a small live mp3 album of some of the songs that I feel best sum up the tour and others that were just great performances. The tracklisting is:
1. Then She Kissed Me
2. Radio Nowhere
4. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
5. Something In The Night
6. Reason To Believe
7. Because The Night
8. Livin' In The Future
9. Incident On 57th Street
10. Long Walk Home
11. Detroit Medley
12. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
13. Dancing In The Dark
14. American Land
You can download it from here
Thanks to all the tapers and uploaders for these great bootlegs. Much appreciated. Most of these performances are taken from the fantastic bootleg of the show in San Jose in April 2008 and also the radio broadcast of the 4th July show from Gothenburg. These shows along with nearly every other Springsteen concert ever, can be downloaded at the amazing BTX MP3 Index.
Also here are a few of my favourite videos from the tour
So Young And In Love
Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
Incident 0n 57th Street
Born To Run
Born In The USA
Reason To Believe
Then She Kissed Me
Crush On You
I'm Goin Down
I'm On Fire
For You , Paris from Willem2 on Vimeo.
I'm A Rocker
i,m a Rocker , Antwerp from Willem on Vimeo.
Point Blank , Antwerpen from Willem on Vimeo.
ThunderCrack from Willem on Vimeo.