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Saturday Shuffle May 26, 2007

Posted by iweenie in Amel Larrieux, Dig it!, indie, Joan as Police Woman, mp3, music, Spoon, The National.
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1. Spoon – The Book I Write

2. Joan as Police Woman – The Ride

3.  Amel Larrieux -If I were a Bell

4.  The National – Abel

Travis May 11, 2007

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Travis

Last week, Travis released their 5th album titled “The Boy with No Name”. The first song to come out of the album, “Closer”, is reminiscent of previous hits such as “Why Does it Always Rain on Me” and “Side”. The video of Closer was produced by Michael Baldwin and features a cameo by Ben Stiller, who just happens to be a fan of the band and agreed to appear in it for free. When I came upon the video of Closer, I realized how much I loved Travis’ earlier work…and Fran Healy’s dimples.

The video:

Grab “Closer”:
mp3. Closer – Travis

Ali Love May 7, 2007

Posted by iweenie in Ali Love, Dig it!, east london, electronic, funk, indie, music, soul.
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Ali Love

Ali Love emerged from the East London scene in 2006 and made K-hole a summer anthem. In late October 2006, Ali released his first EP titled Camera on a Pole. The EP includes 3 songs and a Mustapha remix of K-hole. Its a shame that US’ iTunes don’t have him up for downloads but you can try uploading his EP through 7digital.com. Just a heads up though: I tried to download stuff through 7digital but they gave me a hard time, all i have now is a useless wma file, inconvertible to mp3 format. So, for now, Ali Love’s myspace will suffice. Check Ali Love out, he has 2 new songs up, both are strikingly reminiscent to the Ramones…on Ketamine and with a disco ball backdrop of course.

Ali Love’s myspace

Islands May 6, 2007

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Here is what today is serving up:

The band Islands is from Montreal, Canada (their Canadian accent is really evident on the song Don’t Call me Whitney, Bobby). Islands sprouted out of the kindred x-ray vision of Nick Diamonds and J’aime Tambeur, two rag-tag youths from the weird side of the tracks. Previously, they’d worked together in sludge-crust band The Unicorns. This time they’d be exploring a music best cataloged as other, in what seems a tribute to the timeless sound of great pop music. The album combines rhythms and sounds of cultures in the southern and eastern hemispheres, as well as a dash of rap. Listen to their stuff on myspace or grab this song:

mp3. Rough Gem – Islands

Montag May 3, 2007

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Antoine Bédard

Antoine Bédard of Montag

Hailing from Montreal, Canada is Montag, a one man band lead by Antoine Bédard. Bédard has released 3 albums: “Are you a Friend?” (2002), “Alone, Not Alone” (2005), and “Goodbye Fear” (2006). You can get his 2005 and 2006 releases on iTunes. His newest album, Going Places, is scheduled to be released this summer, June 5th, 2007. This album will consist of a compilation of Montag’s collaborative work with many great indie bands including Final Fantasy and Au Revoir Simone. Montag’s latest project is a song he wrote for The Peppermill Record’s “52 short weeks” album. It doesn’t look like he will be coming to the U.S. any time soon, so pre-order the album, check out his website and myspace, and grab these songs:

mp3. Going Places – Montag

mp3. Best Boy Electric – Montag

 

EP.13 Peter Bjorn and John, Fujiya and Miyagi April 28, 2007

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Prepare to get your heads blown up to pieces: Peter Bjorn and John w/ opening act, Fujiya & Miyagi will be performing at the Empty Bottle on May 8th, 2007 @ 10:30pm. But guess what? Tickets are sold out. Surprise, surprise, right? Why did I not think of this ahead of time for heaven’s sake? So, if you’re reading this and you happen to be one of the smart ones and you got your tickets way back when, take some good pictures and send them to us. Or even better, send us a video. Become a proud contributer to the music blog sphere. Even though this is a “newbie” blog, you’ll still get credit for it. But seriously ppl, are they not the best combo ever? Pete Bjorn and John paired up with one of the hottest electronica bands around!

Peter Bjorn and John

Check out their web pages for more information and gig dates!Useful resources:
Peter Bjorn and John (official website)
Peter Bjorn and John myspace page
Fujiya & Miyagi (official website)
Fujiya & Miyagi myspace page

Grab these:
mp3. Peter Bjorn and John – Amsterdam
mp3. Fujiya & Miyagi – Collarbone

Ok, last note: if any of you have an extra ticket, or perhaps change your mind about going, let me know because i am willing to pay you extra.

EP.11 YACHT, The Mary Onettes, Rufus Wainwright April 25, 2007

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Bechtolt
Mark your calendar! Jona Bechtolt of YACHT and Rufus Wainwright will be releasing their newest albums on the same date: May 15!!!
But meanwhile, check out Rufus’ latest video:
Going to a Town

And rekindle your love of Bechtolt’s creative tunes:
mp3. YACHT – I Love A Computer

Spotlight:
The Mary Onettes
Another unique Sweden based band: The Mary Onettes.
These guys started out in 2000, influenced by numerous 80s and 90s music including Stone Roses and The Cure. Their debut album titled “The Mary Onettes” was released today (April 25).
If you want the 80s back, grab this:
mp3. The Mary Onettes – Lost
(2 minute tidbit, enough to get the feel. Full length posted upon request :))

EP.10 Drop the Lime, The Knife, Boys Noize April 21, 2007

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Finally! This post is dedicated to all you beat addicts out there!

Drop the Lime is Luca Venezia, a New York based electro/grime music producer. If you love Girl Talk than you’re probably familiar with Drop the Lime. If you’re not, visit DTL’s myspace to get a feel of his sound.

mp3. Drop the Lime – Just Pump it DJ Mix >>(from Trash Menagerie, 43:10)
Track list will be posted upon request 🙂
Next is The Knife, another great electro band. This sibling duo come from Stockholm, Sweden. Aphex Twin is listed among their music influence, so it isn’t surprising to hear such striking resemblance.

mp3. The Knife – Heartbeats
Not their most recent song, but probably their best so far.

Last one: Boys Noize, or Alex Ridha, a German based electro music producer and DJ. Ridha has made remixes for Kaiser Chiefs, Shiny Toy Guns, Bloc Party, and many others. His debut album is set to be released sometime this year.

mp3. Feist – My Moon, My Man (Boys Noize Remix)
This, if I ‘m not mistaken, is Boys Noize’s most recent remix.

EP.9 Laakso, Natalie Walker April 19, 2007

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I was going through Sonic Youth’s myspace like the stalker that I am, and found Laakso. I’m not quite sure about these guys. Their melody may sound pretty catchy but the lyrics are major turn-offs. I mean, for example: “…let’s go to Milano, its fashion week. And so am I. Weak, in need of love…”. That sure is original. After seeing their video Italy vs. Helsinki, I was just…perturbed?

Speaking of being perturbed, I found out that a lot of people have never heard of Natalie Walker. Take a listen. She is great!
*Her Myspace
*Official Website

EP.8 The Lovekevins, The Fine Arts Showcase, Audrey April 18, 2007

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Today’s post is dedicated to the up and rising Swedish bands.

The Lovekevins. I’ve heard some say that they sound like Weezer meets Fountains of Wayne but I ASSURE YOU they do not. Hear for yourself.

mp3. The Lovekevins – Tamagotchi freestyle (radio edit)

I heard The Fine Arts Showcase on a friend’s podcast. They’re first album Radiola was released in 2006. Their newest album, The Fine Arts Showcase Sings The Rough Bunnies, as the title entails, will cover songs by the indie group The Rough Bunnies and will be released this spring. If you like Editors, you should like these guys. Listen to the first song from their newest album:

mp3. The Fine Arts Showcase – Dance with Your Shadow (originally by the Rough Bunnies)

Finally, we have Audrey. The looks might say Camera Obscura but give them a listen, and you’ll quickly realize that they’re music is nothing close to that genre.

mp3. Audrey – Box and Fights