Category Archives: Band Of Horses

Slowly, Slowly…

…I’m crawling my way to all the new stuff that has been flooding in over the past weeks. First of all, there were some announcements of new albums to look forward to:

Delays: Star Tiger, Star Ariel will be out on June 7th. Album opener Find A Home (New Forest Shaker) is yours for free if you give the guys your e-mail. Visit the official homepage for details.

Teenage Fanclub: woohooo, this is great news! Shadows is the name of the new album, out on May 31st. Baby Lee, a first song, is available for free here. And what a great track it is! Bring on summer!

Band Of Horses: their latest baby will be called Infinite Arms, and will see the light of day on May 18th. Check the Hypemachine for various download-sources of Compliments.

Secret Machines: no new album in sight, but a new single that definitely rises hopes for more. Like I Can can also be found on the Hype. Also check out Terrible Light, the B-side.

Oh, and before I forget, here’s the latest offering from the Viola Music Club; quite a change to their previous releases! :[

Viola – Chaos Shall Reign! (MP3)

Sup-er Sexy Site Of The Day!

WOW!!! Here’s something creative: indie-label SubPop has gone all 90ies for an artist sampler release. Ah… this reminds me of those glorious early days of the internet. Click below and feast your eyes! (and don’t forget to download the truly great sampler, btw.!)

hey… they forgot to include Band Of Horses! Shame!!! I’ll do it, then:

Band Of Horses – No One’s Gonna Love You (MP3)
Band Of Horses – The Great Salt Lake (MP3)

See Me! Hear Me! Read Me! Smell… Not Me!!!

SEE! …the new video for Band Of HorsesIs There A Ghost:

Band Of Horses – Is There A Ghost (MP3, for those who still don’t have it!!! 🙂 )

also check out the new official homepage!

HEAR! …new songs by Swedes Pocketful, and Brooklyn’s Dirty On Purpose:

Pocketful – The Final Song (MP3)

visit DoP-Myspace for three new songs!

READ! …the impressive guest-list for prog-project Ayreon‘s next album, 01011001, to be released in January next year:

Daniel Gildenlow – Pain of Salvation
Tom Englund – Evergrey
Hansi Kursch – Blind Guardian
Anneke van Giersbergen – Agua de Annique
Jonas Renkse – Katatonia
Bob Catley – Magnum
Jorn Lande
Floor Jansen – After Forever
Steve Lee – Gotthard (he’s Swiss, you know!)
Magali Luyten – Virus IV
Ty Tabor – King’s X
Simone Simons – Epica
Liselotte Hegt – Dial
Marjan Welman
Arjen Lucassen
Tomas Bodin – The Flower Kings
Derek Sherinian – Planet X
Joost van den Broek – After Forever
Michael Romeo
Lori Linstruth
Ed Warby – Gorefest
Jeroen Goossens – Flairck
Ben Mathot – Dis
David Faber

Ayreon – Carried By The Wind

SMELL! …the fresh autumn air outside now that the fog has cleared. And enjoy the crackling sound of fresh-fallen leaves under your shoes!

The Falling Leaves – The Fallen Leaves (Instrumental) (MP3)

Not From The U.K.!

Honestly… could you say no to a pair of lovely, innocent girls like the ones pictured above if they’d ask you to promote their music? Yeah, thought so… neither could I! And of course the songs they’ve sent me helped as well. So here are Hearts Of Palm U.K.!

The two girls go by the names of Erica Elektra and Ambi D.… I’ll leave it up to you to decide if they’re their real names or not. They sure sound pretty cool, don’t they? And so does the music: Erica‘s voice blends perfectly with her keyboards and beats, while Ambi adds her share with the help of triangle, tambourine, guitar, keys and even glockenspiel! The result is lovely lo-fi-pop with electro-beats, completed with a hint of dance and two spoons full of folk.

The two friends have known each other since junior high; Erica has been playing the piano since she was three years old, and started to write songs at the age of 16. She was a lead-singer/guitarist for The Fancies and played alongside bands like Sleater Kinney and the Donnas before she recruited her friend Ambi to make music as Hearts Of Palm U.K.

But enough of the talk, let’s get straight to the music. Here are two songs recorded at KXLU radio station (wherever they may be…), and make sure you also visit the band’s MySpace and listen to the brilliant Portugal 1! And while you’re there, leave a comment to the girls… I’m sure they’d like it, as long as you don’t ask them about the U.K.! 🙂

Hearts Of Palm U.K. – I Flow (MP3)

Hearts Of Palm U.K. – Jonathan (MP3)

And for those that have been living in a hole for the last couple of days, or simply have missed it for other reasons: here’s the first single from Cease To Begin, the next Band Of Horses album, to be released on October 5th. Great tune, me thinks… and with the songs I’ve already heard at the concert earlier this year, I’m pretty sure the album will not disappoint!

Band Of Horses – Is There A Ghost (MP3)

Band Of Horses Live

So I went to see the Band Of Horses‘ only concert in Switzerland yesterday. I did miss Midlake in April, so I made sure that this wouldn’t happen again with my other favourite band from 2006!

I remember the Boa in Lucerne as a good concert location (saw Calexico & Iron And Wine there last year). It’s spacious, and you get good views to the stage even from the back. Well, that is if there’s enough people at the concert. What I completely forgot about is that there’s also a smaller room with a smaller stage, and since there were only about 50 or so people attending yesterday, the Band Of Horses played in that sticky, sweaty and smoky room… hmm…

The concert started with Wayne Robbins & The Hellsayers. a band from North Carolina. Their mix of folk and indie-rock was quite good, and the guys seemed to have fun on stage. They didn’t completely knock me out of my socks, but I’ve seen far worse. Listen to some songs below.

Then it was time for the Horses. Crammed on the stage, the guys around singer/songwriter Ben Bridwell were obviously in a good playing mood. Might have been the beers that they’ve had before (I’ve seen them a few times out in the lounge, and everytime accompanied by a bottle! 🙂 ), or the fact that Switzerland showed its best side when they arrived (snow-capped mountains and sunshine). Anyway, they were very convincing from the beginning, and didn’t loose that until the end of the show.

Of course they played all the hits from their debut (and that means almost every song! 🙂 ). There were also a couple of new ones from the next album, to be released in October, and they sounded quite interesting. One of them reminded me of old Supertramp voice-wise, and I mean that in a positive way! The other one was a witty, almost jazzy and fun uptempo-number. Looks like there’s another great album coming our way!

After about an hour, the concert was over, and although I could have done with some more songs, I was glad to leave the room. A concert in a smoker’s lounge just isn’t my idea of fun. The gig itself was good though, and I’m really looking forward to that new album now.

Here’s a pic I took yesterday… no, it’s not a zombie, it’s Ben Bridwell! 😀

So tonight, I’m going to see Anathema, but thankfully in another, bigger location. Concert review will follow!

Band Of Horses – Monsters (Live)

Band Of Horses – The Funeral (Live)

Band Of Horses – The Great Salt Lake (Live)

Band Of Horses – The Funeral (Studio Version)

Band Of Horses – The Great Salt Lake (Studio Version)

Wayne Robbins & The Hellsayers – Jesus

Wayne Robbins & The Hellsayers – Time Is A Bird In Your Eyes

Wayne Robbins & The Hellsayers – Sunset Ode

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