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29-05-2011 // Album: Other Lives - Tamer Animals


After listening to For 12 several times a day over the last 2 weeks i decided to post it on the blog and just as i always do when writing a little something on a band i've discovered, i spend some time on Other Lives' website first. To see of i can hear some more music & maybe learn a little about the band and the albums they have released or might be working on. This evening i found the player above with 3 songs from their recently released record Tamer Animals (which is also the title for the least appealing track if you ask me..) and that makes 3 great songs i have heard of this band now. Unfortunately, that record is only released in the USA so far, Europe will have to wait till (don't hold your breath) August 29! There is a possibility i've forgotten about them by then, but who knows.. For 12 is truly a great song and the other 2 are good enough to help me remind this European release by the time it's August.


29-05-2011 // : Louise Burns - What Do You Wanna Do


Back to the 1960s with this great track that has me dancing several times a day for the last few weeks, Louise Burns has recorded at least one great song on her 1st record.


29-05-2011 // : Chamberlin - Bitter Blood

Chamberlin - Fools

Chamberlin - Dust

Chamberlin knows how to write a decent emo-rock song. That may sound bad, but it's not. The 2 songs above are probably the best songs of their debut album Bitter Blood, released on March 1st. Though i have to admit i have not heard the entire album, but there are several songs to be listened on their website and these 2 are definately my favourites. The singer has a great voice and it really works well with the music, which for some reason takes me back to my youth and reminds me of something i haven't heard in a while, yet not knowing what it is that this is linking me back to.. Anyway, based on these 2 great songs Chamberlin deserves to be heard, they've been getting a lot of airtime @pluginbaby and i'm definately gonna continue following their progress and new music they might release.


27-05-2011 // Album: Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts

Thurston Moore - Benediction

Thurston Moore - Circulation

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore has released his latest solo-album this week, called (you guessed it) Demolished Thoughts (produced by Beck!). And with me not being a very big fan of Sonic Youth (despite all the credits they deserve, i just never got around to really listening to them, who knows i might love their music..) i was not expecting to much of this to be honest. But i am pleasantly surprised by the 2 sweet songs that were pre-released, which you can hear up there. If i had to describe Sonic Youth with as little as i know about it, i would use the word 'noise', so i was really amazed by the complete abscence of it in these 2 songs. Especially Circulation is an amazing song, with a certain tense and urge in it, i simply can not get enough if it.

You can hear the entire album online, as it's being streamed by NPR, and as i said, it has hit the stores already. So if it takes your fancy, get your copy today (i sound like a bad advertisement now, don't i?). My iTunes has just informed me that it's done, it's 7.35 now and the 1st buy is in. This just might become a really bad day for my bankaccount, but a great day for my record collection..


26-05-2011 // : Theodore - All I Ask


Just had 5 minutes left to share this nice track by Theodore. Now racing back to work, tomorrow i will make up for the silence with some great music!


24-05-2011 // : Dry The River - Bible Belt [live]


Absolutely loving this song for some time now and this live version is even better..!!


24-05-2011 // : The Golden Dogs - Permanent Record


It does bother me a little when a band does not really do anything with their website, because in these modern times it is the perfect way to connect with your fans. And i'm pretty sure The Golden Dogs have fans, cuz their music is good enough for it! Permanent Record is a great song and i'm really curious about the rest of the recently released album Coat Of Arms. Too bad they're really making it hard for me to get it (you seem to be living in ... (it actually gave me dots), please wat a few secs so we can forward you to a website that is about other bands and still will not offer you an option on hearing or downloading or buying our album... pfff...


23-05-2011 // : Radical Face - Welcome Home


This Radical Face-song is fairly old, but since i've just discovered it tonight and can't stop playing it over and over again, i'm still just gonna go ahead & put it on here. Cuz it's all about discovering music and i'm pretty sure this one has gone fairly unnoticed so far. The 1st real Radical Face record is promised to be released somewhere around September, which is good because i can see myself walking around in a dark rain with the wind blowing the dead leaves all around my head while listening to this fantastic song (and hopefully great record).


23-05-2011 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: [MM-KO] Black Lips - New Direction


This new track by punkband Black Lips, released somewhere last week, is the perfect Monday Morning Kick-Off for this week. You can sing along really easy, you know you have to play it really loud and & you can dance to it. which i was doing just now.
Have a good week!


22-05-2011 // : Yuna - Decorate


This only lasts 1m38 but it's such a beautiful song. I can easily listen to Yuna's lovely voice over and over again..


21-05-2011 // : Big Scary - Autumn


Big Scary have released 4 seasonally themed mini-EPs in 2010 and then afterwards released a compilation of those 4 EP's. It is on that compilation-album where this great track Autumn can be found (and you can dl it for free from their website). Even bigger and better news is that they are currently working on their debut-album. No EP, no compilation, just a whole album of songs hopefully as good as this. I can't wait to hear it..!


19-05-2011 // : Ambrose Akinmusire - Confessions To My Unborn Daughter


A few weeks ago i was trying to set up some weekly Thursday-morning item on Jazz. Because i love Jazz-music, but for some reason it hardly gets through on the blog and i'm a little unsatisfied with that. Since my workday on Thursdays usually starts at 12 o'clock i spent all morning reading the paper, drinking coffee and being totally relaxed (Thursday is also the least productive day at the office, go figure..). A nice relaxing Jazz-album on the stereo would be the perfect match and writing something about that should be really easy then, right..?

So far i have not yet succeeded with this idea, but i'm hanging in there, especially since i've discovered Ambrose Akinmusire yesterday evening. His debut-album When The Heart Emerges Glistening was released April 5th and gets good reviews all over the world. Unlike rockbands and singer-songwriters, jazz-musicians have the horrific habit of not putting any songs out on their website for those interested in their music. You can listen to 30 seconds of a few songs, which in my humble opinion is not only very stupid, but also very stupid (yes, i did mean to state 'stupid' twice). It makes it hard to form an opinion on this album, but based on the 1 track i could find on YouTube i can relate to those reviews.

I wonder why Jazz-musicians (but also their record-companies) are not more open-minded on how to distribute their music. I've seen the same things with other Jazz-bands and artists. Unlike the rest of the music-scene they hardly try to promote their music. Websites are small, never get any updates and they do not use tools as Twitter or Facebook. They do not release a song via the widgets that so many bands use nowadays. If you subscribe to the newsletter, you get a link and can download a song for free, are there better ways to get your music heard & reach those interested in your music? You have their emailadress now & they will remember who you are, cuz they have heard one of your songs. It is a concept that is being used by the smallest of the smallest folkacts in the deserts of Ontario, aswell as by internationally acclaimed millionsellers like The Strokes. I got all worked up about this earlier this morning, because i had a hard time finding some more decent material by Ambrose Akinmusire. There are live-recordings on Youtube, but those are from years ago and those tracks are not on the album. The quality is not that good and it's not put on Youtube by the artist himself or his record-company, hence the quality.. How is it possible that the jazz-world is not seeing the full potential of the internet?

i was planning on writing something about this, but not really at this point because this post was supposed to be about Ambrose Akinmusire. He's made a new record. I've heard one song and i'm liking it. I have no idea where in the Netherlands i could buy his record, and i'm not gonna get it on the internet, as i would like to hear the entire album before i buy it. So good job Ambrose on this one track. Bad job Blue Note Records (just only a major player in the jazz-industry, you'd think if anyone would be on top of this, it would be them) for not even trying to seduce me or anyone else slightly interested in this album.
For the record, yet i can buy it on iTunes, but same goes for Ambrose's website, i can hear 30 seconds of a song, hearing the first 30 seconds of a jazzsongs that lasts 5 minutes is pretty useless..


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