By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 22nd February 2011 at 10:00 am
The Answering Machine just released their second album, ‘Lifeline’, yesterday on Heist or Hit. (You can read our review of ‘Lifeline’ here.) They remixed the song ‘Fragrant’ for their buddies Dutch Uncles, and we’re offering it up as a free download below. ‘Fragrant’ came out as a single last October (review here), with Dutch Uncles’s album ‘Cadenza’ slated for release in early May.
By Mary Chang on Monday, 21st February 2011 at 10:00 am
Detroit singer/songwriter Alex Winston came to our attention via her covers of tracks by artists as varied as Jack Penate (she’s tried her hand at ‘Pull My Heart Away’) and Mumford and Sons (go here for her rendition of ‘White Blank Page’ filmed for HeavyRoc). But perhaps you are more familiar with the American’s voice from the Hyundai adverts featuring her tune ‘Choice Notes’?
However you’ve come to know her, know this: she’s been tipped by many for what the Guardian calls her ‘Anglophile sensibility’. In the track ‘Locomotive’ that you can listen to and download below, she sounds like a more poppified version of Kate Bush. If she hasn’t covered ‘Running Up That Hill’ yet, I imagine it’s on her short list of future covers. Also included below is the Jaybird remix of ‘Locomotive’. Compare, contrast, comment and enjoy.
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 16th February 2011 at 10:00 am
It’s been many moons since Peter Bjorn and John‘s fifth album, ‘Living Thing’. They’ll be releasing their sixth, ‘Gimme Some’, in March on StarTime International. But before that, they want to whet your appetite with this teaser track, ‘Breaker Breaker’. While PB&J are best known for their dance tunes (‘Young Folks’, ‘It Don’t Move Me’), this one shows them going to a more classic, rock ‘n’ roll direction. Love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 15th February 2011 at 10:00 am
Last Thursday I was *this* close to seeing Pendulum in my hometown, opening for Linkin Park in DC. (Well, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park couldn’t sing and the whole ‘do was cancelled. Disappointed doesn’t even begin to describe it.) However, the below remix by Dutch DJ Chuckie makes me feel a little better. It’s a retool of my favourite track from ‘Immersion’, ‘Witchcraft’. The lyrics take a backseat in this one – what do you think, is it effective? Listen to and download it below.
By Mary Chang on Monday, 14th February 2011 at 10:00 am
Legendary Canadian alt-rock country and folk band Cowboy Junkies released a new album of covers, ‘Demons’, last month in America. It’s a tribute to the band’s late, dear friend Vic Chesnutt, who tragically ended his life on Christmas Day 2009. But out of tragedy comes some of the most beautiful music. The Cowboy Junkies are offering up their version of ‘Flirted With You All My Life’, a song about love and regret. We all make choices in this life. Maybe today you’ll be making an important one or two in your own?