Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Thundercrack Playlist #8

8th playlist. As always please support all these fantastic artists by buying their cds and checking out the links posted. Enjoy

1. Fleet Foxes - Mykonos

One of the big buzz bands of the moment, for once it's entirely justified. Their 'Sun Giant' EP is absolutely fantastic and deserves all the rave reviews that it's been getting elsewhere. They're from Seattle and their debut album will be out in June. Until then, I'd highly recommend the ep. They have tour dates in America, here's hoping they make the trip across to Europe soon.

2. Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation

Another member of the fantastic Sub Pop roster, Blitzen Trapper have been around for a long time and have released three albums, the most recent of which is 'Wild Mountain Nation', released last year to critical acclaim. I missed this band for a while, heard of them through this song. Great song it is too. All their albums and some really cool ep's are all available on their website. Well worth checking out.

3. Colin Meloy - We Both Go Down Together (Live)

Taken from his recent solo album release, 'Colin Meloy Sings Live!' this track sees the Decemberists frontman take one of the band's song's and make it work in a solo context. Loved the last Decemberists record, not the biggest fan of their earlier work though and while I like this record, I couldn't say it's great. He does cover a large variety of songs and it's definitely worth a listen. If you like this track, you'll like the album.

4. My Morning Jacket - Bermuda Highway (Live)

One of my favourite bands, this track is taken from a KCRW session feat. Jim James and Carl Broemel. Great session, the whole thing is available on the fantastic Live Music Archive site along with a lot of their other shows. New album is due soon, said to be one of the best live bands around. I've never seen them so here's hoping they'll tour extensively for this album.

5. Scout Niblett & Will Oldham - Kiss

Scout is an English singer-songwriter who's released a number of records. This track came out last year as far as I can remember and is really powerful. I'm a huge Will Oldham fan and I think this is a great song. Don't know much about Scout Niblett but she sure sounds like she's worth a further listen. Check out her MySpace for a few more songs and her tour dates as she has a pretty extensive tour planned.

6. Drive-By Truckers - Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife (Live)

An extraordinary band, they recently released their 8th album 'Brighter Than Creation's Dark' which is fantastic. Famed for their live shows, they've just announced a tour in America and Europe as well. An excellent back catalogue, you should also check out the album they were involved in as Betty LaVette's backing band, released last year. Another excellent album.

7. David Bowie - Dead Man Walking (Acoustic & Live)

This is a fantastic recording of Bowie playing 'Dead Man Walking' acoustic. Obviously not much needs to be said about the genius of Bowie so just enjoy the song.

8. Amos The Transparent feat. Amy Millan - After All That, It's Come To This

Another in the seemingly endless line of good Canadian bands, Amos released their debut album last year 'Everything I've Forgotten To Forget'. This track is taken from that album and features the fantastic Amy Millan, who also brought a very good album back in 2006.

9. Elliott Smith - Between The Bars (Live)

One of my favourite musicians and one of my favourite songs, everybody should own some of Elliott's records. A truly gifted artist, he's created some of the best music of the last 15 years.

10. Camphor - The Sweetest Tooth

Just released their debut album 'Drawn To Dust', I've only heard a few tracks and it sounds great. They're based in New York, with Max Avery Lichtenstein being the chief songwriter. Have the potential to pick up a large following by the sound of them. Definitely one to keep an eye on and I think well worth picking up the album.

11. Frightened Rabbit - The Modern Leper

Cool band from Glasgow, they've got an album coming out next week called 'The Midnight Organ Fight'. Couple of great songs that I've heard off it already so very excited about this album. Tour dates on both sides of the Atlantic so check them out and see if they're coming to a town near you.

12. Band Of Horses - Funeral (Live)

Already featured Band Of Horses on the first playlist so not much more to be said. One of the best bands in the world today, this is an amazing track and one of my favourite songs. Fantastic performance, one day I'll get to see them live.

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