Today is official Muse day. I’m really curious to hear The Resistance; I’m a big fan of Queen‘s masterpiece A Night At The Opera, and from what I’ve heard, there must be quite a few references to that album. I’ll get my copy of The Resistance this noon, and will be spending the afternoon with it (if work will let me do so…).
Kalle from Unisex Mailorder is blogging! Check his site for great indie tipps. It’s in German, but I suppose everyone can spot the band-names and links. 😉 The blog will also be added in the blogroll with the next – long-overdue! – update!
Another tipp from Ryan Benjamin: a pretty new song from The Good Graces called… well, Pretty New Song. It’s taken from the Bring On The Tambourines EP which you can get at Eskimo Kiss Records. Nice stuff indeed!
The Good Graces – Pretty New Song (MP3)
The Good Graces – I Miss The 90s (MP3)
More later… or not! My Firefox had a serious problem, so I had to de- and reinstall everything. Thankfully, all the bookmarks are still here, but the extensions are gone. Will keep me busy for while… 😦
Wow, I just have to post this: due to the FF-crash, I have temporarily switched from listening to music via my PC to the radio, and guess what: I’ve just found a station that plays Mew!!! It was Beach from the new album, and it was actually the first time I ever heard Mew here on the radio. Does this mean that I need to listen to more radio again???
Another busy week almost over, and finally a bit of free time to write something here. Couldn’t really do some serious research on new sounds, so here are just some bits and bobs:
MAPS will have a new album out soon. It will be called Turning The Mind, and the first single Let Go Of The Fear is now streaming on MySpace, or available at various download-stores. Kind of curious what it will sound like… We Can Create was a really fantastic album!
The Lunar Pilots is a UK Band and delivers some quite appealing indie-rock-tunes with just a hint of synth. Their latest EP Perfect Dream/Only You has just been released and is available at download-stores. Here are two songs off the EP, and you can find more information on their MySpace.
The Lunar Pilots – Perfect Dream (MP3)
The Lunar Pilots – Hollow Tunes (MP3)
I really should get a grip on my MySpace-Account, but I found it very painful lately to crawl through all that news and listen to all the music that I apparently should. And some of those artist sites are really terribly designed so that I’m already turned off before I’ve even heard the first notes of the music. Well… I guess I have to do it anyway soon. Keep your fingers crossed…
So let’s see what Last.FM recommends:
a new demo-track by great Florida band The Monday Photo: Tale Of Hope (MP3)
and a demo by Letting Up Despite Great Faults: In Steps (MP3)
and a nice, summery indiepop-tune by Jamie Long: Years (The Sound Of Arrows Remix) (MP3)
That’s it for now, hope next week will be better!
Here’s quite an unusual version of that Kate Bush
classic, Running Up That Hill
. The Danes from Spleen United
played it together with their friends The William Blakes
at a Danish music show. Good one!
Spleen United with The William Blakes – Running Up That Hill (MP3)
Seattle band The Arrogants is no more, but as a farewell gift, they have made all their songs available for free. Get them on their homepage!
The Arrogants – The Distance Between Us (MP3)
The Arrogants – Lovesick (MP3)
More new songs from UKs Small Crew. Here’s the third official single, completely with the B-Side.
Small Crew – Rambling (MP3)
Small Crew – Sunday Strut (MP3)
Ambient-Rock-band Fram also has a new song out. It’s called Darkside, and it’s on their myspace (stream only). Also stream-only is the new one from Dredg. I Don’t Know is the first song from their long-awaited new album. The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion will be out on June 9th.
Sad news first: A Plague Of Angels, one of the first blogs I’ve added to my blogroll, is closing its doors for good. Although molotov‘s posts have gone from witty text to mp3-only-posts recently, his discoveries were always of high quality. I think Blogger’s new deleting-policy finally got the better of Plague Of Angels, but who knows… maybe we will see the resurrection of the angels somewhen and somewhere in the future! I definitely will keep my fingers crossed! Thanks for the last five years, molotov!!!
Looks like Morten had a great time at the White Lies concert this week. Even better he picked up that great album by Wintersleep!
White Lies – Death (MP3)
Wintersleep – Weighty Ghost (MP3)
Here’s an interesting song from German band Ghost Of Tom Joad. Apparently, they’re one of Germany’s favourite indie-darlings, and once you’ve listened to Into The Wild, it’s easy to see why. Their latest album, Matterhorn (yes, that famous mountain in Switzerland!), has just been released and is available on iTunes and Amazon.
Ghost Of Tom Joad – Into The Wild (MP3)
Swedish label Luxxury offers two new tracks from My Darling You! Two EP’s have just been released, and you get one song from each. Information on how to get the rest of it on the label-site.
My Darling You! – Spring (MP3, from A.K ART)
My Darling You! – Dressed4Success (MP3, from Saying Things You Don’t Want To Hear)
Disappointed by the latest Killers album? Then visit Dreamtime Mix to get a new remix of 2004 smash-hit Mr. Brightside. Excellent work, as always!
Like every year in January, I realize that I have missed at least one great album of the past year. At least it looks like I’m not alone with that 🙂 . Morten also has discovered a great one from 2008, and Lost In Your Inbox lists several missed gems. And me? I’ve just realized that Amy MacDonald‘s debut album is quite brilliant! Looks like I’ve got to risk an eye to the more mainstream-orientated charts from time to time…
I’ve mentioned Gothenburg-band Swedish For Beginners back in December briefly, but their first single Magical Machines has slowly crept into my heart and doesn’t want to leave anymore. So some more credit is in order, and their label Wonderland Records has released another fine song for our listening pleasure. Highly recommended!!!
Swedish For Beginners – Magical Machines (MP3)
Swedish For Beginners – Special Offer (MP3)
Swedish For Beginners – Happy Factory (MP3)
Swedish For Beginners- This City Is Not For Me (MP3)
Talking about Swedish: I’m now part of Radio Schweden, a new Laut.FM-radio-station. The station is the project of various Laut-Forum-users from Sweden, Germany, Austria and of course Switzerland. The basic playlist gives you a fun mix of 80s, Scandinavian Pop, Rock-, Funk- and Jazz-Classics… simply everything that sounds like fun! You can also leave your wishes in the comments, and we’ll try to fulfill them.
We also have special shows running; there’s my Denmark Special on Tuesday at 10pm and Friday at 8pm, and the Lazy Scandinavian Sunday, starting -yep- on Sunday at 2pm. And if you’re in the mood for a trip back to those good, old 80s-Disco-days, catch my Italo-Disco-Mix on Saturday at 10pm… don’t forget your neon clothes!
We will add more shows on the go, and I’ll keep you updated on this. There’s also a blog for the radio station; it has just started and is in German only, but we will add more features like playlists and schedules in the future. Check back often!
And now, start listening to Radio Schweden!