Category Archives: Music

Love at first listen

She could put me to sleep. No, she isn’t boring. She is soothing. And quite frankly I need something which will relax me and allow me to fall asleep naturally. Her voice is absolutely beautiful!

Priscilla Ahn

She is currently on tour opening for Alexi Murdoch. (Another fave of mine).

And I have to say, to me, they both should be headliners.

If you want to take a listen, I suggest Rain.

Just as beautiful and mellow as Priscilla, I have found that Sarah Blasko also has the vocal chords of a song bird. Her song “Amazing Things” is nothing short of incredible.

A couple weeks ago I heard the song “Sideways” by Let’s Go Sailing. (Even though Rock Insider was talking about it back in November!) I loved it. Love it! I am telling you. There are just some songs/artists that have a way of creeping into your ear all stealth-like and winning over all the auditory parts of your brain.

Let’s Go Sailing’s album “Chaos in Order” will be released this month on March 27th.

*sigh*

Copyright woes

You know how much I love music. Obviously.

And I am not for illegally downloading music (though I admit I have done that in the past) so when it comes to copyright issues I can see both sides of that double-edged sword.

But to set things in motion to shut down streaming music on the internet through sites like Pandora…well that hurts. Because you can’t illegally download a song off of Pandora. In fact, with a lovely mashup, you can buy the songs from eMusic if you like them on Pandora. Let me make it clear that they are not forcing a shut down, but the are enforcing a pay-per-play-customer rate. So if 500 people are streaming from Pandora then Pandora would have to pay. Eck!

Garage Spin has the story here, “Internet Radio Gets Royalty Rate Smack Down”.

And to sign a petition against this craziness go here:
SaveTheStreams.org

Can you spell that again?

I sent “Polaroids” (it’s a song, get your mind out of the gutter) to a friend a couple weeks ago and it was because I loved it so much. It’s not the typical Indie sound that I have become accustomed to over the past couple of years, but it is music I welcome with open arms.

The band is Slaraffenland and they’ve been around for awhile, but haven’t been given much notice or hype. So I’m going to tell you, they rock, they are fun…you need to give them a listen. =o)

So I’m uploading “Sleep Tight” for you to check out. If you like this, I promise you that you will like “Polaroids,” too…and “Watch Out” and “Show Me the Way.” I like the whole album!

Their album “Private Cinema” will be out in the US on May 15th.

Feeling better about Wilco

Most of you know that Wilco has an album coming out on May 15th.

The album will be titled “Sky Blue Sky” and this is the cover art.

When I bought “A Ghost is Born” I wasn’t very impressed. It just didn’t get me moving either physically or emotionally. And those are two elements which I require, as I think all people do.

The songs will be:
1. “Either Way”
2. “You Are My Face”
3. “Impossible Germany”
4. “Sky Blue Sky”
5. “Side with the Seeds”
6. “Shake it Off”
7. “Please Be Patient With Me”
8. “Hate it Here”
9. “Leave Me (Like You Found Me)”
10. “Walken”
11. “What Light”
12. “On and On and On “

And I can vouch for a few of them. I have “You are My Face” which I adore. And I also very much like “What Light” and “Walken.” So, at least for me, this album will be a Wilco success. Listen on MySpace.

March…April….May

March 29th you’ll be able to buy Laura Veir’s new album “Saltbreakers.” I have been listening to “Don’t Lose Yourself,” “Saltbreaker” and “Wandering Kind” and I have to say I recommend the album. But how can you not love a woman who has the acoustic talents of Laura and such a mellow voice PLUS she writes her own music!

You will go wherever you need to go and you will buy “Because of the Times” which is the latest album by Kings of Leon. Somehow I managed to grab three of the songs early… And I can personally vouch for them that Ragoo and True Love Way are awesome songs, though the single is “On Call” which came out on the radios earlier in February. The album will be available for purchase on April 3rd in the US.

And upcoming for May is “Au Revoir Simone” who has knocked my socks off with their song “Backyards Of Our Neighbors.” That song is available for download on their site. I’ve also gotten my hands on “Fallen Snow” which is such a sad song about lost love. And “The Lucky One” so light, so wispy, I wish I could play a casio like these girls can!

You can give them a listen on MySpace of course. And their album “The Bird of Music” will be availble for you to purchase in May in the US, but you can purchase it on their website from the UK.

Periodic Table

Even when I was majoring in Neuroscience at UD I just couldn’t pass chemistry. (Which is why I’m now a web developer =o) I could ace biology and physiology and even now I can tell you so many things about the way the brain function it would keep you asleep for days.

But isn’t Zinc an element on the periodic table?

Who knows?

What I do know is that The Zincs are a rocking band that has a broad range in music from acoustic to electronic. And as most British/GoneUSA bands tend to be, they are wowing the crowds at a fast speed and will surely be talked about for many moons to come. The mixture of sounds they put together is something that immediately had me hooked.

See for yourself.

The Zincs – “Beautiful Lawyers” (off their album “Dimmer” from 2005)

And then go to InSound and buy whatever you can scoop up. Because there is no reason to continue missing out on the sounds of Nathaniel Braddock, Nick Macri, Jason Toth and James Elkington (with the croon of your favorite-British-Not-to-be-disclosed dreams!)

P.S. Their latest album is set to come out on March 20th.