Why You Should Be Listening to The Head and The Heart

Every so often there’s a new band that comes along out of nowhere and gets stuck in a loop in your head. And no matter what you try, you simply cannot get bored with what you’re listening to. Previously, it was Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, or the Broken Bells. This time around it’s a new Seattle-origin band called “The Head and The Heart”. I managed to pick up on this band off the SXSW 2011 showcasing artists torrent, … Continue reading

Stargazing?

I actually wanted to write about the new Antlers, which will probably happen eventually, but then I discovered this album. For those of you not familiar with the stargazing music genre, think electronica meets indie meets pop-folk. Think Galaxie 500, Luna, Wondermints, Young Galaxy – even Grandaddy. All great bands. I don’t know why I haven’t heard about Wild Light before – Adult Nights was released back in 2009, and what a cool album indeed. Apparently one of Paste magazine’s … Continue reading

The Naked And Famous: 2011’s Sonic BOOM!

New Zealand’s The Naked and Famous are, so far, my favourite new band of 2011. Their debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You pulls together everything that’s good about popular music at the moment, while at the same time not coming across as commercial. Whether you hear their first single “Young Blood” in a club, at a friend’s house or on 5FM, the track is the epitome of cool every time. Their sound is a mixture of dreamy dance-pop, dark sonic … Continue reading

Sneak Peeks at the New R.E.M. Album

March 8 will see the release of R.E.M.’s latest album ‘Collapse into Now’, and interestingly, this will be their final contracted album on the Warner label. If you’re sitting back and going “Whatever, REM blah blah blah dead old boring…” you’d better sit up and take note. Guitarist Peter Buck calls it “song for song, the best thing we’ve ever done”, with bassist Mike Mills agreeing it’s “our best record since Out of Time”. That’s a hefty statement when you … Continue reading

What do Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Calexico, and Iron And Wine’s Sam Beam all have in common?

Calexico, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams – to name but a few of the guess artists on Amos Lee’s new album Mission Bell. Amos Lee is a singer-songwriter from America with soul, funk and jazz influences. Lee’s 4th album, released on Blue Note Records caught my attention because it is produced by Joey Burns from Calexico, with Calexico providing the backing music as well. Lee’s previous albums didn’t impress me much – it became a … Continue reading

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