Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Irrepressibles 'In This Shirt'

The Irrepressibles is a 10-member strong orchestral ensemble that does a brand of melancolic dream pop. Mirror Mirror has just been released and borrows a little bit from Anthony & The Johnsons or even David Bowie.

It's obvioulsy very grand and dramatic but ever so pretty

Here is their single 'In This Shirt'

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Postal Service : "Such Great Heights"

I've had enough of Owl City. Their song is played over and over again everywhere. It's not that it's a bad song, as far as pop goes, it's even actually good. No, it's just that every single time I hear their Firefly I think of The Postal Service and I remember that they have NO intention of giving us another records and it makes me sad.

The Postal Service is Death Gab For Cutie singer Ben Gibbard and Headset producer Jimmy Tamborello. In 2003, they released a wonderful album titled Give Up on Sub Pop.

Lead single was "Such Great Heights"

and just because it's sunny today:

Come back The Postal Service, pretty please....

Monday, March 15, 2010

Laura Marling new album streaming

Laura's new album I speak Because I can will be released next week but today you can listen to it in full on The Times Online by clicking HERE
I remember listening to 'Hope In The Air" when she last played in A'pen and loving it, it's still one of the strongest tracks on the album.

She's playing at the Botanique on April 6th, get a ticket whist they are available, she's just great live!

Here's the first single : "The Devil's Sopke"

Laura Marling 'Devils Spoke' from Ben Magahy on Vimeo.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Darwin Deez 'Radar Detector'

25 yr old New Yorker Darwin Deez loves wearing daft sweaters and dancing. He also can hold a tune and makes lovely pop songs, you know those kooky songs that stay in your head and make you smile for the day? yeah, those ones.
His self titled debut album will be released in Belgium in May and he'll pop by Brussels on April 22nd for a show at the BOTA

WARNING: do no try and replicate those dance moves at home without medics nearby.

Monday, March 8, 2010

R.I.P Mark Linkous

Woaw when I woke up to the news of his death yesterday morning it was like being punched on the face. He's the third gifted musician to pass away in 2010 afetr Chesnutt and Reatard and it's just too much.
He was also the very good friend of someone who's dear to me and eventhough I never met him I felt like I did. He has left behind many good albums and was working on the next Sparklehouse installment at the time of his death.
Time to have a look at his discography:

This is one of my favourite songs of his (from the " Good Morning Spider album') and quite apt:

Goodbye Mark, and thanks for the tunes

Thursday, March 4, 2010

James Levy " Except"

I was really surprised yesterday to see James Levy play just before Turner Cody in this little theatre in Brussels. I met James 5 years ago when he released his first album ' Rotten Love' on One Little Indian and I worked on his UK tour. It's a fine album with 3 VERY good songs [ "On the Dancefloor", " Wednesday" and the title -track] Last night, his music was completely stripped bare with him and his acoustic guitar on stage but it worked and it gave to some of his songs an extra dimension.

He's got a new album out 'Blood Red Rose' you can find out more about him on his myspace.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Gonjasufi 'Ancestors'

New signing on Warp Gonjasufi has the sort of voice that tells a million stories. To release his first album 'A Sufi and A Killer" Gonjasufi got help from The Gaslamp Killer, Mainframe and Flying Lotus but his voice and his delivery remain the focal point of the album. There is definitely an enigmatic and mystical atmosphere on the couple of tracks I've heard so far and it really works in transporting the listener to new musical landscapes.What a treat!

The beats and other electro & hip hop ingredients don't override the eastern influences and coarseness of the compositions, the result being quite psychedelic.

For your hearing pleasure:

His website