Category Archives: The Guggenheim Grotto


…that has been quite a long break! Although it seemed to me that I have been listening to music constantly, I couldn’t really concentrate on what I was listening to. Shame, really, as there’s been quite a few good things around, like the arrival of Northern Portrait‘s clear-vinyl 7″-single Life Returns To Normal (aahh… the good, old vinyl-collector’s days… 🙂 ), or the announcement of Champagne Riot‘s new EP, to be released on that wonderful Matinée label. Blog-buddy Morten has already covered those stories, so I don’t have to repeat it.

Northern Portrait – Life Returns To Normal (MP3)

Of course, the mailbox has been growing constantly as well; I managed to listen to some of the stuff (but once again, not really concentrated), and found that other blog-buddies have already been covering these stories, like Peter 1 with i am poet, or Peter 2 with iLiKETRAiNS. So instead of writing some more about the same, I’m just going to tell you that you should check out these articles and artists.

Something no indie-pop-lover should miss is the new release from Eardrums Pop, the Tiny Fireflies EP. Three beautiful songs that will make your heart smile. Go and get ’em!

There is still more stuff I’d like to cover, but with so much going on besides music, it really is hard to concentrate. Keep your fingers crossed that things might be looking up again over the next few days and weeks. In the meantime, here’s one of the most beautiful songs from 2010… aptly named Concentrate!

The Guggenheim Grotto – The Universe Is Laughing (MP3)

Revisiting The Grotto…

During the work on my reload I came across this post, and thought why not check whether there’s any news from this great Irish band. Well, it looks like the Guggenheim Grotto is in the midst of touring, so work on a new album is probably on the backburner right now. Still, I realized that I haven’t even bought their 2008 release Happy The Man, and decided to take a closer look at that. The debut, Waltzing Alone, was (and still is!) a wonderful piece of music, so it certainly doesn’t do any harm to remind me and you of this band. And… they are still offering the A Lifetime In Heat EP for free, and since this one contains my two favourite songs from the band (see below), now’s the best time to get familiar with the Grotto. You know you want to!

Download A Lifetime In Heat EP

The Guggenheim Grotto – A Lifetime In Heat (MP3)

The Guggenheim Grotto – And A Tear Isn’t Such A Bad Thing (MP3)

Whatever Happened To…? Continued Part II

I obviously didn’t have time to continue this series yesterday (bet you’ve noticed!), so I’m gonna finish it up today. Here are some more:

The Guggenheim Grotto
Let’s head over to Dublin. A lot of news comes from The Guggenheim Grotto. Album #2 is well underway and might get a 2008 release; one of their older songs has been featured on a Starbucks compilation album, together with other UK artists like Amy Winehouse, Damien Rice, The Fratellis and many more; and Philosophia, another track from the debut album, will be featured in a movie called The Education Of Charlie Banks, btw. the debut flick of a certain Fred Durst (yep, excactly that one!). Oh, and Philosophia has been pre-installed on the demo-units of Apple’s iPhone as well… it really looks like the Grottos have been busy bees lately! Quite rightly so… I really want to hear more of this band!!!
The Guggenheim Grotto – And A Tear Isn’t Such A Bad Thing (MP3)
The Guggenheim Grotto – A Lifetime In Heat (MP3)
The Guggenheim Grotto – Cold Truth (MP3)

The Music
Whatever happened to them??? Welcome To The North, the second album, was released four years ago, and since then, no new music from The Music. Well, not quite. The band has been sorting out their lives in the meantime, has just finished mixing the third album, and are currently touring the UK. We’ll probably see the release of the new one soon, and I’m pretty curious of hearing how the band has evolved. Rob, the lead singer, says in one of his blogs that it’s very strong stuff, but then he wouldn’t say anything else, right?

The 2006 debut album The Cause: The Effect from this UK outfit was an interesting one; especially Walking In Silence caught my ear. So, is there more? Neither the official homepage nor MySpace gives anything away… no news on the next album or on the band at all. This might mean that they are currently tucked away in a cosy studio, cut off from the outside world, or that they simply have decided to abandon the project. Guess we’ll have to wait and see if anything happens here…
Veldt – Walking In Silence (MP3)
Veldt – Play For Today (MP3)
Veldt – Good Morning (MP3)

sorry, there won’t be more today. But I might continue this series in the near future.