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YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: The Reindeer Section.

March 31, 2009 Leave a comment

The Reindeer Section.
Scottish indie rock band.

Reindeer Section

Founded by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody in 2001. He describes the band’s sound as “pretty much all very slow, quiet, folky-type stuff. Stuff that I really love listening to, like Low, for example, and Neil Young and Joni Mitchell and all that end of things. It’s sort of inspired by those records rather than by the American rock music that inspired me to start a band in the first place.” The Reindeer Section arose – according to Lightbody – out of a chance get-together of musicians at a Lou Barlow gig in Glasgow in 2001, at which Lightbody drunkenly laid down the challenge to others to “make an album together”, to which everyone said “yeah yeah”. Lightbody “went home and next day wrote the album” and later convinced Johnny Davis of Bright Star to fund a recording session and release the proposed album. The group met over three days of rehearsal and ten days of recording to produce the first album.
(wikipedia)

In addition to Lightbody and some of his Snow Patrol mates, this supergroup has a rotating roster of musicians from such bands as Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, Arab Strap, and Idlewild. It keeps with a pattern of slow, moving rock, but it remains affecting anyway.

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(off the album Y’all Get Scared Now, Ya Hear!)
“Will You Please Be There for Me”
(off the album Son of Evil Reindeer)
“Cartwheels”
“I’ll Be Here When You Wake”

NEW ARTIST ALERT: Rosi Golan.

March 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Rosi Golan.
Singer/songwriter born in Israel.

Rosi Golan

“Rosi is indeed a long way from home, but certainly in the right place to showcase her unique talent for rich, dark melodies and a voice that not only draws you in, but still haunts you the next day.” (last.fm)

Her voice is astoundingly delicate. As it echoes in my headphones I wonder if the very song itself will suddenly break into pieces, splintering into a million pieces. It never does. Instead, her voice floats over what should shatter and weaves a beautiful tune, even if it is made of glass.

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buy The Drifter and the Gypsy on amazon
“Been a Long Day”
“Hazy (featuring William Fitzsimmons)”

COVER: “Kokomo” – Adam Green & Ben Kweller.

March 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Any self-respecting human being has no doubt heard of the Beach Boys. Created from the sunshine of a thousand California days (metaphorically speaking), their poppy beats serve as a soundtrack to the summer heat and beachy times. But here Adam Green (also known for the founding of the Moldy Peaches with Kimya Dawson), along with his friend Ben Kweller, covers the song without losing the happy fizz that makes the song a classic.

Adam Green and Ben Kweller

Even though spring is only just raising its head, there are those of us looking ahead to the next vacation, to the days that never quite end. For a few minutes, let’s pretend we’re already there, on the beaches of Aruba and Jamaica (ooh I want to take you….).

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Ben Kweller on wikipediamyspace
“Kokomo” – Adam Green & Ben Kweller.

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SPOTLIGHT: The Open Door EP – Death Cab for Cutie.

March 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh, not another music blog singing the praises of DCFC! Alas, my good readers, it is true. I am as steadfast a fan as they get, listening to their albums at least once a day. However, today I come with a purpose: the impending release of a new EP, titled The Open Door.

Death Cab for Cutie

Containing songs not featured on their most recent (and spectacular) album Narrow Stairs, the EP has four never-before-heard releases as well as a demo of “Talking Bird.” Once again, Ben Gibbard delivers the simplistic charms packaged neatly into one hell of an emotional punch. A band that hasn’t faltered in the face of ginormous popularity growth, Death Cab brings it home everytime, and it’s why they are one of my favorite bands.

Death Cab for Cutie on wikipediamyspacelast.fmwebsite
buy The Open Door on amazon (released April 14th, 2009)
“My Mirror Speaks”
“Talking Bird (Demo)”

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SOUNDTRACK: Gilmore Girls.

March 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Officially titled “Our Little Corner of the World: Music from Gilmore Girls”, this soundtrack keeps you close and personal. Unlike many other soundtracks, you don’t have to have watched the show to understand the music. In fact, as an avid watcher of the show, I have issues finding the music within the episodes themselves. This is a good thing. The music stands alone, instead of being integrated into the context of a serialized show.

Gilmore Girls

With music from John Lennon,  The Shins, Yo La Tengo and others (it took me quite a while to figure out which ones to post), this indie gem is full of the kind of music that keeps small-town kids connected to the bigger picture.

Gilmore Girls on wikipediaIMDb
soundtrack on wikipediaamazon (many more wonderful bands await you!)
“Oh My Love” – John Lennon.
“Know Your Onion!” – The Shins.
“My Little Corner of the World” – Yo La Tengo.

FEATURED SONG: “A Storm Is Gonna Come” – Piers Faccini.

March 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Piers Faccini.
English singer, painter, and songwriter.

Piers Faccini

Though Faccini sings in English, his father is Italian and his production company is based out of Paris. Though potentially unimportant, this gives a glance at the kind of rich layered music you’re in for. URB Magazine has said that Faccini has a “heartbreaking voice that shelters and simultaneously shatters”, and I can’t think of anything better to say. They say that he has a “quiet, whispering, plate-shifting soul” and the music portrays that extraordinarily.

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(from the album Two Grains of Sands, due out April 7th, 2009)
“A Storm Is Going to Come” – Piers Faccini.

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FEATURED ALBUM: The Sparrow & the Crow – William Fitzsimmons.

March 25, 2009 Leave a comment

The Sparrow & the Crow – William Fitzsimmons (2008).

William Fitzsimmons

(biography off artist’s website)
“William Fitzsimmons is one of the oddest people you will ever meet. Born the youngest child of two blind parents, William was raised in the outskirts of the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Due to the family’s inability to communicate through normal visual means, William’s childhood home was filled with a myriad of sounds to replace what eyes could not see. The house was suffused with pianos, guitars, trombones, talking birds, classical records, family sing-a-longs, bedtime stories, and the bellowing of a pipe organ, which his father built into the house with his own hands. When his father’s orchestral records were not resonating through the walls, his mother would educate him on the folk stylings of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel.”

With a beard like that, you’d expect William Fitzsimmons to exude prairie music, folk stylings that speak of dry countrysides and worlds away from the common modernity we’ve grown accustomed to. But don’t pigeonhole him quite yet. Instead of something orchestrated in a meadow, Fitzsimmons highlights the lesser-expressed happy counterparts that make him unique. Instead of a stereotypical experience, you get something different and enjoyable. Embrace the folk.

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buy The Sparrow & the Crow on amazon (available April 7th, 2009)
“After Afterall”
“If You Would Come Back Home”