Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Thundercrack Playlist #9

9th one. Enjoy. Check out the bonus track thrown in too. 50mb
(I switched to mediafire because of the long waiting times associated with Rapidshare. Hopefully it'll be quicker now. If anybody has a preference for either of these sites, let me know)

1. Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Diablo Rojo

One of the best live acts I've seen, these two make an absolutely amazing sound with just two guitars. To really appreciate them, you've got to see them live. They're known for their covers of songs like Stairway To Heaven and Wish You Were Here . A truly fantastic duo, if you get the chance to see them, make sure you get there and also pick up their album. Really good.

2. The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy! (Live)

Already featured on the first playlist, here's a cool live track they recorded back in 2007. They have a new album due out soon, and a tour is underway. I've seen them twice live and both times they've been fantastic. Highly recommended again.

3. Matthew Ryan - American Dirt

Just brought out a new album, Matthew is someone I heard about a few years ago when he brought out 'Concussion' which is a great album. Haven't heard all the new album but the stuff I've heard (including this track) sounds really good. He's released a number of albums and is getting some well deserved acclaim at the moment. Tour in America begins soon so check the site for details. More dates to be announced soon, here's hoping for Europe.

4. White Lies - Death

Very new British band, their debut single 'Unfinished Business' is due out next week. They have a number of tour dates in the UK coming up but there isn't much info around about them. i really like this track so I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for them in the future.

5. Jordan Zevon - The Joke's On Me

To mention it first, Jordan is the son of the great Warren Zevon. His music however, should be judged on it's own merits and I think it holds up really well. He's obviously inherited some of his dad's sense of melody, with this track being a really great pop song. It's on his new album 'Inside's Out' which is out this week. Certainly worth checking out.

6. Josh Rouse - Hollywood Bass Player (Live)

I was a big fan of Josh Rouse until I saw him live a couple of years ago and it was absolutely atrocious. To be fair, it was a combination of a poor venue, a bad crowd and just no connection. That put me off him for a while, but I've started listening to him again recently and remembered just how good he is. This was probably the song that got me interested again. I've read good reviews of his live shows since so I'm writing it off as one of those nights and if he ever comes back again, I'll definitely be in attendance.

7. Joe Crookston - Mostly

From Ohio in the States, Joe has released an excellent second album this year entitled 'Able Baker Charlie And Dog' which this track is taken from. He brought out his first album back in 2004 which I haven't heard yet but got a good deal of praise from NPR. He has a lot of gigs coming up in America so check his site for the details.

8. The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement

Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane (The Rascals) have come together as The Last Shadow Puppets with their debut album due out next week. Really like this single, high hopes for the album next week. Some cool videos up on their website worth checking out.

9. Jesse Malin - You Can Make Him Like You

Taken from his new covers record, here's Jesse singing a Hold Steady song. While I prefer the original, it's an interesting take on it and he puts his stamp on it. An excellent artist, Jesse has released some really great albums and is another excellent live performer. I've seen him 2 or 3 times and he always puts 110% into it. This album is probably for fans, if you don't know him get one of his solo albums, can't go wrong with any of them. If you're already a fan, this is well worth picking up for the rarity of the songs played.

10. Lex Land - Could've Had Me

Very talented young musician, Lex has just released her debut album 'Orange Days On Lemon Street' in the last few weeks. Been listening to it on her site and it's really good, this track being of my favourites. She's got a really fantastic voice. Check out a couple of more tracks on her site and then order the album. One to keep an eye on in the future.

11. Radiohead - Lucky (Live)

Taken from one of their recent BBC shows, this is one of my favourite Radiohead tracks. Not much more to be said about this band. Touring extensively this summer, most shows are sold out though. Going to be epic concerts no doubt.

12. Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous (Live)

Love this band (and Jenny Lewis in particular). Never seen them live (missed them by a day last year) but I'm praying they come to Ireland after their US tour is finished in the summer. Their last album was brilliant, it showed a band willing to push the boundaries of their sound and with such talent, it was always going to be a success. An essential band.

13. Bonus track - Absolute genius. Album out soon.


Fads said...

good work, as usual.


Neil said...

Thanks fads. Glad you like them.