By Mary Chang on Friday, 25th March 2011 at 10:00 am
TV on the Radio will be releasing a new album, ‘Nine Types of Light’, in mid-April. And they’re being very generous in giving away a track, ‘Caffeinated Consciousness’, from the album. Listen to the stream on the YouTube video below, and then if you’d like to download it, provide your email address in the widget below.
By Mary Chang on Thursday, 24th March 2011 at 10:00 am
This is definitely unusual for TGTF, just saying this ahead of time. You know him for his roles in Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster. And apparently he is the highest paid actor in an American television program for his leading role in medical drama House. But this spring Hugh Laurie will be stepping out in fine fashion, releasing a New Orleans blues-style album of covers called ‘Let Them Talk’ on the 9th of May.
Yesterday, Laurie played his first live gig to promote the album and a small number of headlining shows in Britain (including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on 2 May and London’s Union Chapel on 4 May). The gig was streamed live on the Guardian’s Web site and we’ve been told the performance will be back online Friday here if you’d like to watch it then. In the meantime, you can listen to and grab the track ‘Guess I’m a Fool’ (originally by famed American blues singer and pianist Memphis Slim) for free from the widget below. Also below is a trailer for the album where Laurie talks about his inspirations for the new project.
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011 at 10:00 am
Hands down, I prefer Goldheart Assembly over Fleet Foxes. If you agree with me wholeheartedly, or perhaps you think I’m mental and wondering what I’m going on about, just have a listen to Goldheart’s newest single, ‘Harvest in the Snow'; they’ve just released a gorgeous video for it. The band is also so kindly offering up the track for free download in exchange for your email address. Cheap as chips, right?
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 22nd March 2011 at 10:00 am
One of the hottest new bands around, The Naked and Famous from New Zealand, released their debut album, ‘Passive Me, Aggressive You’, on Fiction Records earlier this month. And I’m sure you’ve heard their radio hit ‘Young Blood’. Here’s the more chilled out version of the song, remixed by none other than White Sea, the current nom de plume of Morgan Kibby (M83). It’s so chill, the almost choir-like vocals at the start remind me of the intro to Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’. Listen and download the track below.
MP3: The Naked and Famous – Young Blood (White Sea remix)
By Mary Chang on Monday, 21st March 2011 at 10:00 am
Even if you’re not a synth geek, you have to respect OMD as trailblazers for their contributions to the early days of mainstream electronic music. If I’ve whet your appetite for the band via my review of their show at the 9:30 earlier this month, check out these remixes of tunes from their most recent album, ‘History of Modern’. French Horn Rebellion interpret ‘If You Want It’, Krystal Klear remix the title track from the album and self-admitted OMD fanatics Monarchy try their hand at remixing ‘Sister Mary Says’. Stream and download these remixes below.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 18th March 2011 at 10:00 am
Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Vincent Frank (aka Frankmusik), hasn’t it? If you’ve been keeping an eye on his Twitter, you know he’s been living the jetsetting life, heading off to Germany next week. Hello.
But he hasn’t been lazy in his time away from the music media spotlight. This week he made public – and for free download too! – two new tracks, ‘Right or Wrong’ and ‘Friends Like This’. I’m guessing these will appear on his sophomore album purported to be released this year, ‘Do It in the AM’ (no confirmed release date yet). He announced the free downloads with the headline “Dark Pop Has Arrived”.
It’s up to you if you agree. Grab the new songs from Frankmusik here.