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Band of the Day (8.24.10) Still Corners

24 Aug

BOD (8.24.10) Still Corners

Still Corners remind me of the early 80’s 4AD artists like Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance. First off, the vocals are angelic, dual harmonies create the rebirth of dream-pop queen Elizabeth Fraser. Fraser was a master of floating lyrics that grabbed your heartstrings without saying a thing. I don’t know what language she sang in, but it was the effortless airy vocals that made you cry every time. Fraser could sing my shopping list at the grocery store and I would cry. Still Corners is a special creation. Their dreamy London sound is made to break your heart. Enjoy two tracks and please please please download their new EP from BandCamp.

Hear: I posted two magnificent tracks, but if I were to suggest their best song…grab “Wish” here. It’s Swell Season meets The Cranberries, meets Elizabeth Fraser in 1:40 of perfection.

“Don’t Fall In Love” – Because break-ups are awful…maybe this track is a cool pillow to fall on when your heart is broken.

“Endless Summer” – The song that will make them famous.

Follow Still Corners:
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Band of the Day (8.13.10) Stornoway

13 Aug Oxford boys remind us why music is good.

BOD: (8.13.10) Stornoway

Teenage Fanclub fans rejoiced when the band announced and released their new album this year. They were probably the best kept secret of the 90s and even today. Grunge buried anything that didn’t have an amp with some level of distortion. I’m feeling like 2010 is shaping up to be similar. Bands with The Pet Sound, that melodic spacey repetition, with layers of sound taking the lead dominate today’s music market. Simple acoustic British bands are again being missed. Not anymore, Stornoway is a classic British sound, similar to Teenage Fanclub, Travis, Madness horns and Rufus Wainwritghtish vocals. Their poppy sound with clever songwriting bring us back to days of lore where music wasn’t managed by a Mac and albums were the only way to enjoy it. I miss those days, and Stornoway makes me feel good inside. Buy the new album Beachcomber’s Windowsill here, came out on 8.11.10

Stornoway come from the Cowley area of Oxford, England and they are:
Brian Briggs – Vocals/Guitar
Rob Steadman – Drums
Ollie Steadman – Bass guitar
Jonathan Ouin – Keys/Strings
with:
Adam Briggs – Trumpet
Rahul Satija – Violin

Hear:
“Zorbing” single from 2009.

Watch:
“I Saw You Blink” – Happy upbeat Brits…love the feeling I get from this track

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Band of the Day: (7.27.10) THE JIM JONES REVUE

27 Jul

BOD: (7.27.10) THE JIM JONES REVUE

I’ve been waiting two weeks to post the BOD story about The Jim Jones Revue. I swear the first time I heard them I thought someone ripped some vinyl from a 1965 classic that was missed by the masses. I listened again and didn’t hear any popping, I just heard something new that should have been and could have been the best rock/soul record of it’s time. So It’s now time we declare this as the best rock/soul record ever??? I don’t know if we can say that, but seriously, I love it and think you will too. Please be careful if you listen to it on headphones, be prepared for it to hurt your ears.

A little background on the boys from London. The band members JIM JONES : VOCALS / GUITAR, RUPERT ORTON : GUITARS, ELLIOT MORTIMER : PIANO, GAVIN JAY : BASS, NICK JONES : DRUMS claim to be in the punk/blues vain. I really really really beg you to just listen, close your eyes and imagine being in a smokey run down bar a little north of Mobile, AL circa 1964. Really it’s the band of the month for me, blows through all of them. It’s the wailing guitar, coupled with the banging piano and Jim’s screaming and wailing at top octane. Blues guitar, slapping piano and classic 60’s soul. I hope you enjoy them as much as me. If someone gave Little Richard some rage you’d have JJR.

Hear:
“Cement Mixer” – Dear God, this track will rock you. The build-up is out of this world then it delivers the punch to your gut.

“Elemental”

SAVED THE BEST OF LAST:
“Hey Hey Hey Hey” – This is their best track. BY FAR!

And if I’d convinced you to love this band…Daytrotter rules…free download of The Jim Jones Revue Session

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Band of the Day – (7.22.10) SLOW CLUB

22 Jul Brits XX/XY duo kinda rock

BOD: (7.22.10) SLOW CLUB

Was everyone getting nervous? Listening to innovative songs in Spanish, can be uncomfortable for many, but if you close your eyes, imagine the heat, grab a cold drink and just relax. I bet your Indie rock shell will crack and your ears will thank you. So today I take you back to the comfortable place of XX/XY duos. Acoustic guitars, birds chirping, we’re in love, we break up and now we’re back together. Create a cool band name, buy a drum machine, make t-shirts, get into a SXSW showcase, make the Facebook page and you’re in. Oh but here comes the uncomfortable part….SLOW CLUB actually takes traditional folk Omaha sounds and then rocks with electric guitars. It’s much like what Sleigh Bells did to The XX or The White Stripes did to The Carpenters. Slow Club does to Edward Sharpe. They actually sound better when they rock.

Brits who share lead, King and Queen perhaps? The band is made up of Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor. The band also incorporates crazy percussion instruments, glasses, chairs, etc. Love their dynamic and their ability to bang on the drums, wail a vocal and kick in the guitar. I feel like it’s a perfect Back to School sound. End of Summer, much bigger feel than two people.

HEAR:
“Giving Up On Love”

“Giving Up On Love” MP3

“It Doesn’t Have to Be Beautiful” – Follows a really nice Saddlecreek Folk sound…Tilly and the Wall maybe? Edward Sharpish…

“Our Most Brilliant Friends”

“Christmas TV” – They can also tug at your heartstrings…

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WATCH IT: (6.24.10) STEVE MASON – “Lost and Found”

25 Jun

Watch the video for “Lost and Found” it’s similar to a Peter Gabriel track with the same kind of visual vibe.

HEAR IT: (6.24.10) STEVE MASON (Full album stream)

25 Jun

Enjoy the Album Boys Outside – Please listen to “I Let Her In” great and haunting track.

Buy his new album on vinyl

BAND OF THE DAY (6.25.10) – STEVE MASON

25 Jun Heartbreakingly fantastic

Many of you know Steve Mason from that moment when Cusack declared his love for him in High Fidelty. The former Beta Band lead, takes on love and loss. His heartbreaking tales are sure to make that lonely evening more comforting. To know that someone is sharing in your pain is so nice. Enjoy his new album and the tracks I’ll post.