Monday, December 29, 2008

Bruce Springsteen - Life Itself

This is the fourth song off Springsteen's new album that's been released so far. It's obviously a strategy to combat the impact of the inevitable leak of the whole album. It's a good song too, with a darker sound than the pop of Working On A Dream and My Lucky Day. Shaping up to be a great album.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Albums of 2008

30. The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia

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

Dr. Dog Live

One of my favourite shows this year was Dr. Dog in Whelans. This is a recording of their show in the Paradiso in Holland. Well worth watching.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Broken Social Scene - Churches Under The Stairs

Great album

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Death Cab For Cutie - Cath

Bon Iver - Skinny Love

Haven't really got Bon Iver yet but I really like some of his stuff. This is definitely one of the best songs of the year.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ryan Adams Videos

Ryan's got a new YouTube channel and is uploading loads of rough songs and videos. Including this gem.

Have a look at the videos here

The Gaslight Anthem - The 59 Sound - Live On Conan O'Brien

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Little Joy - No One's Better Sake

One of my favourite albums of the year, here's the new video for No One's Better Sake

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Welcome Wagon - Sold! To The Nice Rich Man

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

The Raconteurs (feat. Ricky Skaggs & Ashley Monroe) - Old Enough

A new version of one of the best songs on Consolers Of The Lonely

Monday, December 1, 2008

Bruce Springsteen - My Lucky Day

New video for Bruce's newest song.

And the video for 'Working on A Dream'

Wolf Parade - Vicar Street 29th November 2008

Incredible performance by Wolf Parade on Saturday, thought they were absolutely superb. I've always preferred Dan's songs to Spencers's and it was the same in concert with Language City an early highlight. A great 'This Heart's On Fire' which Dan dedicated to his late mother was really well received. The highlight for many was 'I'll Believe In Anything' which is amazing on record but on a different level live. Hopefully the three year gap since their previous gig won't be repeated.