Archive | April, 2010

04 / 19 / 2010

19 Apr

Recently, it has been very hard to find music that I actually have an urge to listen to. I’ve been desperately trying to find something new and catchy, something I actually like…

Usually when I find myself at a loss for music I turn to my old man – whose music blog presence impresses me. Pops’ recommendations vary from desperate transient love for mediocre songs, that sound amazing at the time amongst the detritus of other new music; to golden nuggets of awesomeness that sit on my playlists for extended periods of time. So his recent suggestion Apples In Stereo, who have a few new tracks floating around the Interwebs, was a beacon of hope.


To understand why I didn’t like their new songs is to understand me. I judge bands heavily on the singers voice (who doesn’t?), but according to my brother I judge in very weird ways. I don’t like Five For Fighting but I like Phoenix. I don’t like Owl City but I like Radiohead.

What this means then, is that the whiny, girly, high pitched drone of the new Apples In Stereo doesn’t peak an unrelenting urge for me to lend an ear. Sorry dad.

So I have some other new songs, until my dad’s next collection of suggestions. I haven’t fallen in love with any. But love takes time, doesn’t it?

Greg Laswell has made some very solid music in the past. “Comes and Goes (In Waves)” and “How The Day Sounds” are two songs that have permanent spots on my all time favorites playlist. Here are a few new songs from Take A Bow, which seem to have a darker feel to them. “Off I Go” reminds me of Adele’s “Hometown Glory”, which is good; and “Around the Bend” is definitely growing on me. Thoughts?

Greg Laswell – Off I Go:

Greg Laswell – Around the Bend:

Heard this in a recent TV show, pretty basic, but very pretty (could only find it on YouTube).

Shiny Toy Guns – Season of Love:

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (RAC Mix):


The Buried Life – Music

13 Apr

There are a select few shows that constantly play some really great music. The most recent of which being The Buried Life. The show is really great and inspirational to begin with, so if you haven’t already watched it – check it out. It follows the story of four boys answering the question “What do you want to do before you die”. They created a list of 100 things and set out to accomplish them. While fulfilling their list, they also help others they meet along the way answer the same question “What do you want to do before you die”. The boys have played basketball with Obama, toasted at a strangers wedding, and told a joke on late night television. While at the same time, they reunited a father and son who had not seen each other in 17 years, reunited 4 older men who had spent their youth together, and flew a girl to visit her mothers grave – who had been killed by Hurricane Katrina. Some really cool stuff, check it out here.

The music from the show is just as special as the show itself, so here are a few artists that I’ve really gotten into.

Aside from their remixes, Miike Snow have released a self-titled debut album. It is very laid back and summer oriented – which is perfect. It is definitely not the best album I have heard of late, but it has some gems on it. Here are a few of my favorites:

Miike Snow – Song For No One:

Miike Snow – Animal

This band named fun. is from New York, and their singer Nate Ruess was previously from The Format. Some great songs off this album on the show:

fun. – All The Pretty Girls:

fun. – Light A Roman Candle With Me:

I don’t have much information on this band other than the fact that their name is Donora, they released an album in 2008, they are from Pittsburgh, and I like these songs (one of which is used in the intro of the show):

Donora – I Think I Like You:

Donora – Shhh:

Finally, the show featured a song by Passion Pit, whose album “Manners” has been solidified in my top albums of all time. If you haven’t heard of them, well, I envy you for the discovery of an amazing band – listen to it LOUD. The first song is one of the softer songs from the albums, but also one of my favorites. I’ve also added another more upbeat song from “Manners”. Buy this album, you won’t regret it:

Passion Pit – Swimming In The Flood:

Passion Pit – Folds In Your Hands:


New Music from Old Favorites

7 Apr

The first concert I ever went to was one by the Stars. They were just as good live, as they were on all their albums. So following In Our Bedroom After The War comes their new album The Five Ghosts set for release June 22, 2010. Here is the single “Fixed”:


Sigur Ros was never one of my favorites (but don’t let Lavurn know). Their lead singer Jonsi, however, has released a solo album titled Go and it has some really beautiful songs:

The single, “Go Do”:

And a beautiful string driven, “Tornado”:


Keane – Night Train

6 Apr

Keane is easily one of my favorite bands. Sure they make some pretty basic pop music, but it is too good to ignore. I religiously listened to Hopes & Fears, and Under the Iron Sea when they were each released. Which led me to avidly follow their blog leading up to the release of Perfect Symmetry. But when the album came out I was disappointed. There were still some really great songs on it, mainly “Better Than This” and “Again & Again”, but then there were some really awful songs. The french spoken middle-eight in “Black Burning Heart”…? All of “Playing Along”. The Sesame Street style “Pretend That Your Alone”, that seemed more gimmicky than catchy. ALL of “Playing Along”.

And usually with Keane their softest songs would still be something special, because of how beautiful Tom’s voice was (Hamburg Song, She Has No Time), but even “You Don’t See Me”, the closest attempt at that, seemed more like a song out of the Lion King, than a memorable ballad.

I wanted to love the album, I really did, but aside from the few songs that were actually good, it was very hard to (and even “Better Than This”, sounded like a Bowie ripoff) It seemed as though the boys were just trying way too hard to lose their pop-choirboy image; which was foreshadowed through their posts leading up to the album. Change can be really great, and can save you from becoming the next Oasis, but only if you do it properly (e.g. Radiohead).

So I got only slightly excited when the Keaners announced their next EP titled Night Train; reading that it was born out of their Perfect Symmetry tour. The single “Stop For A Minute” is a collaboration with K’naan (who made some really great tracks on his album Troubadour), it’s alright.

The glimmer of hope comes in the form of another song from the EP called “Clear Skies”, which sounds like a reborn Keane. Some great Tragically Hip sounding drums from Richard, some great lyrics from Tim, and some brilliant singing from Tom. It seems to combine the grittiness that made UTIS so great, with the beauty of Hopes & Fears, and I like that.

So here is the single:

And here is the better of the two:

I guess only time will tell where the fellas decide to go next with their music.


The Temper Trap

5 Apr

The Temper Trap is a band I recently discovered alongside Two Door Cinema Club meaning they have not been getting many plays due to distraction from the latter. So I recently rediscovered them when playing my March playlist again; and I am glad I did.

The first song on their album Conditions “Love Lost” is a taste of the rest of the album, mixing U2esque guitars with the falsetto voice of lead singer Dougie Mandagi. A great combination to welcome the warm weather. All in all the album has some really great stadium sized anthems, intertwined with some really beautiful ballads, such as “Fools”, that call back to Coldplay’s “A Rush Of Blood To The Head”. Anyways here are my two picks from the album (best to be played loud while driving):

Sweet Disposition:


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