Posts Tagged ‘music

24
Dec
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 39

Although posts will be a little more sporadic over this festive period, we will still do our best to bring you a handful of musical gifts.

As we edge towards the end of 2009, which has turned out to be a truly wonderful year for The Recommender, we thought we would provide you with a quick thank you.  We list below two tracks that have popped up on the blog radars in recent weeks, together with two outstanding videos.

These two tunes are of the kind that get many repeats and it’s rare to have a matching video that is as equally addictive.  Enjoy..

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DELPHIC

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HOT CHIP

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There’s going to be some huge and rather lovely things coming out of this blog in the new year.  2010 will not only see our facelift completed, but it will also be the year in which The Recommender blog will launch it’s monthly parties in Brighton.  Look out world, you have been warned!!!  In the mean time, HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!

18
Dec
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 66

NEDRY

Phew!  We are a little out of breath here at Recommender Towers.  Mainly because we’ve just had it whipped from us upon hitting play on Nedry’s songs.  We call them songs, but that’s a little misleading, they’re really life-changing experiences!  The kind of experiences you get when dipping your LCD-fuelled head into a bucket of jelly, whilst someone rams a mains electricity cable up your ass!  It’s not for the flimsy music fan out there.  It’s for the intellectual, for the strong silent types, for those wanting to know what fresh air really tastes like.  The kind of fresh air Nedry supply drifted down from the top of some mystical Japanese mountain and it washes over you like a baptism of fuzzy lusciousness.  Upon listening to their track A42, (mp3 listed below), you will hear it’s analogue drum roll beginning, with it’s distortion and drifting keys.  It’s simplicity defined, but once you get past this initial stage we suggest you tuck your head between your knees, plane-crash-bracing-stylee, as the tune drops it’s warped bassline and booming beats.  It’s dark and moving stuff, but it’s Ayu Okakita’s lifting vocals that truly blow you away.  She joined Chris and Matt from her native Japan earlier in 2009 to begin realising their sound and what has developed hasn’t been heard, or even attempted, since the likes of Bjork or Portishead.  It’s bravery is astonishing, its beauty impossible to resist.  Thankfully this has been noticed and picked up by Huw Stephens of Radio One and additionally earned them a tour supporting 65 Days Of Static in 2010.  Their debut, Condors, is officially released in Spring next year. (MB)

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:      NEDRY – A42 ysi

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THE WOO! WORTHS

OK let’s get the name out of the way.  It’s not good.  That’s a given.  It’s a small hurdle obstructing our enjoyment of The Woo!Worths, but it certainly was a hurdle worth leaping because we’ve landed in a world of brilliantly bright sunshine pop.  Playful electro synthesisers and grooving disco rhythms dance around us whilst we float away on Jo’s delightful Belgian-tinged ah-ooos, harmonised with Rich’s distinctive gentleman’s club vocals.  Meanwhile, Steve’s guitar manages to keep us from feeling like we’re being taken for another ride to the bank by yet another chart-assailing, soulless collection of electro-poppers.   He drags us back down to the ground with jagged stabs and squealing solos.  They make the kind of music Daft Punk would have created had they entered the sweet shop just as it exploded, rather than indulging in their usual studio mushroom clouds.  It’s a much more organic experience and live they manage to achieve the rarest of things;  Namely, a band that makes the crowd dance; not nod, skank, mosh or rock out, but actually dance.  Having already won ‘Rankin Live’, being chosen from the final line-up by legendary photographer Rankin himself, this trio have a lot to look forward to next year including an appearance at one of The Recommender’s shows.  With them being a Brighton-based band it couldn’t work out any better.  We can’t wait.  Neither should you.   (MA)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        THE WOO! WORTHS – PLASTICINE ysi

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THE SWEET SERENADES

Some music changes your life, some music moves you to tears, some music shuts you up, some music thunders right through your rib cage, and some music plays your heart like an instrument.  Well, to be honest, this ain’t that type of music.  However, this is music that makes the edges of your mouth curl upwards and lifts your mood out from it’s Monday blues into the kind of fiery red that Friday gives you.  There will always, always be a place for music like this.  Boyhood friends Martin and Mathias, from Stockholm in Sweden, have been shifting music our way for many years, with one single, one EP and finally with their debut album, Balcony Cigarettes, released on Leon Records. The album is awash with enjoyable tunery as it shuffles through it’s ten consistently neat tracks.  This is music made for the fans of rattling indie rock that Kings Of Leon mastered, and the kind of speedy, light guitar flickering that The Strokes play, with the kind of sunny indie that The Magic Numbers surfed into town on.  On some tracks you could probably add some Neil Young references in there too, but that would perhaps be one comparison too far.  Um, whoops!  OK, so it’s more life-affirming, as opposed to life-changing, but if the wheel kept getting re-invented we’d end up with something square and unusable wouldn’t we!?!  Let them fill those indie folk gaps in your life, sit back with a tin of your finest beer and smoke along. (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        THE SWEET SERENADES – MONA LEE ysi

26
Jul
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 1

OK, here’s a new section I wanna start up. It’s a teeny-tiny mini-post for things that float past my ears that I simply cannot resist posting about. It’s not enough for it’s own ‘Recommender’ or ‘Gig List’, but well worthy of my fingers being wagged in its direction fervently. So here it is in all it’s glory – no explanation, no reasons, just click away and kick back…

SOULWAX vs THE ROLLING STONES : http://www.zshare.net/audio/15999391c52e8d50/

How good was that!!!???

Phew – I feel so much better now…
Mike

01
Jun
08

THE RECOMMENDER – Number 3

Welcome once again.

Sorry for the rubbishly-long delay in getting this latest post up. I’ve had no end of computer problems this last month, so been out of action. Frustrating I know, but I return with a goodie bag of the sweetest delights for you…

This time we are sticking with a relatively themed post again. If you recall it was Yorkshire last time – this time around its Australia!! I won’t be creating a theme for every Recommender, only if a grouped batch of cool bands floats my way is all. So this time Australia are in the spotlight. Again, I’m not trying to be the first, coolest or trendiest blog, so I know plenty of you out there will have heard of the following acts, but I love em too much to ignore, so thought they deserved their own post. More underground stuff in the next Recommender – promise…


CUT COPY
– I’m going to begin with these guys, coz apart from being totally ace, they are also the most established act getting a mention today. A Melbourn bunch of melody makers creating indie-dance-punk-whatever-you-call-it  on the Modular Recordings label. They’ve toured with giants such as Daft Punk, Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party to name but a few which should give you a level of just how great they are. They are two albums in now (except for a mix album they’ve done for fabric), with their debut BRIGHT LIKE NEON LOVE (2004), followed more recently by IN GHOST COLOURS (March 2008). Both are worth your time. I attach a fantastic remix of one of their recent singles, ‘Lights & Music’, done by German DJ Moulinex (he’s also worth checking out if ya fancy your disco…)
 
 

Cut Copy

 Find them here: www.myspace.com/cutcopy or www.cutcopy.net 

 Hear them here: http://www.zshare.net/audio/12945224d4505529/  

 

 THE PRESETS Another well established Oz outfit. This Sydney based two-piece have been busy making fantstic electro-indie over the last few years. Label mates with Cut Copy on Modular Recordings, they have plenty of stuff available out there, so go hunt out either their debut album, BEAMS, (released back in May 2005), or their brand spanking new album, APOCALYPTO, (released April 2008). Both are totally freaking brilliant. They are also adding many dates on a global tour to push the new album, so look out for them in a city near you soon. I’ll add the Brighton leg’s details of that tour on my next ‘Gig List’ post. 

  

THE PRESETS

 Find them here: www.myspace.com/thepresets

Hear the here: http://www.zshare.net/audio/12946671dc6491ea/


THE MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS
– About as cool as they get! I adore them and all they stand for. A Melbourne 3-piece making sublime keyboard-led, funky-guitar, danceable ace-ness. They look great, sound like they are from another world and kick ass live too. Go find their debut album, DYSTOPIA, which finally got a UK release in May 2008. I’m not attaching MP3’s here, just one of their videos, coz they too are brilliant. Enjoy.

Midnight Juggernauts

Find them here: www.myspace.com/midnightjuggernauts or at www.midnightjuggernauts.com

See them here:  

 


G.L.O.V.E.S
– OK, the last of this Aussie-themed post and we are going to close with an Electro DJ who rips it up like Godzilla on the dance floor. Once again, Melbourne based (that city must have something in the water me thinks!). Real name Yama Indra, he is normally found playing keyboards for the band Damn Arms(mentioned them in previouse posts below…) who have a lighter touch than the harder sound he produces as a DJ. He’s done mucho remixing of bands ad is often found to have generated something fresh and kick-ass out of the bands hes chopped up. I’ll attach one of his original tunes. Nice.   

OK, thats your lot for this post. Hope you enjoyed this foray into the exciting Australian music scene.
Next post will be a return to all things new, so look out for The Recommender number 4.

G’day mates…
Mike

 

 

 

29
Mar
08

THE RECOMMENDER – Number 1

…So this is the BIGGIE.  Every now and again I’m posting this thing called ‘The Recommender’. It’s just me pointing out a small selection of super-white-hot new bands or DJ’s. They are lovingly plucked from the underground for you to sample.  Only THE bestest stuff I locate gets on here, so allow me to trawl through the endless dross that’s about and pluck the finest littles gems for you. Aren’t I kind…

PUNKS JUMP UP

These London scenesters are all about magical remixes.

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Find them here: www.myspace.com/punksjumpup

Hear them here: http://www.zshare.net/audio/1212436442f2dbd9/

SOUTH CENTRAL

This Brighton duo are ripping up clubs across town like no other. Superb electro sounds. Check em out.

SOUTH CENTRAL | South Central

Find them here: www.myspace.com/southcentralmusic

Hear them here: http://www.zshare.net/audio/9734653dbc139a/
 

PONEY PONEY

Hailing from Paris, in what seems like the coolest city scene in the world right now, alongside Brooklyn and LA. A breezy indie-punk outfit that have something interesting to show us. Enjoy. 

Find them here: www.myspace.com/poneyponey

Hear them here: http://www.zshare.net/audio/12124091b9482109/
 

I will also be adding a couple of smaller highlights and mentioning others worthy of note…

Heads up for DJ/Promoter HENRON. He’s doing ace things at The Ocean Rooms in Brighton right now. Electro-tastic. Good man!

Also worth pointing out THE ANSWERING MACHINE and also the band with THE best name I’ve heard in ages, PARTS & LABOUR. Go search them out on Myspace – they are both worth your investagative time.

Hope you enjoyed. Until the next one then….

Mike

p.s. More info found at www.myspace.com/miguelos if you’re really keen…

29
Mar
08

THE GIG LIST – Number 1

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Hi Everyone

OK here is the first ever edition of ‘THE GIG LIST’ on my blog. The aim of this is to simply point out a couple of upcoming gigs, local to Brighton, that I believe will be well worth your investigation.

The rest is over to you – Check out the bands, locate the tickets, get to the venue, etc. My aim is only to make you better informed. Nice.

This week I’m pointing out two gigs that should prove to be outstanding.
 

The first is a pair of giants in the dance industry and kings of the remix –SOULWAX, or as some of you may also know them – 2 MANY DJs. The Belgium duo have been experimenting and chopping up dance floors like nobody else across the world for years now. Thank your lucky stars you have a new opportunity to see them once again in Brighton…

ACT:                        SOULWAX / 2 MANY DJs
VENUE:                   Concorde 2
COST:                      £ 17.00
DATE:                      Wednesday 23rd April 2008
WEBSITE LINK:       www.myspace.com/soulwax

The second gig is an NME promotion coming to our town. It is part of their ‘New Noise Tour’. This Brighton leg involves four upcoming bands, one of which is the Toronto two-piece, CRYSTAL CASTLES, a fantastically brilliant electro-punk outfit. Another on the bill I am particularly fond of is new indie band, FRIENDLY FIRES. Well worth a few pounds of your money.

ACT:                   CRYSTAL CASTLES, FRIENDLY FIRES, TEAM WATERPOLO, WHITE LIES
EVENT:                    NME New Noise Tour
VENUE:                   Concorde 2
COST:                      £ 9.00
DATE:                      Monday 5th May 2008
WEBSITE LINK:      www.nme.com

I hope this helps fill at least one night out for you, (if not two!). Remember, I’m always interested to hear if you are joining us.

If you’re really keen on finding out more about my musical tastes and recommendations, then please go to : www.myspace.com/miguelos

Until the next time,
Mike

27
Mar
08

Hello world!

WELCOME !

Congratulations on finding this new, fresh and hopefully darn helpful blog. It’s a music blog, mainly covering new Indie and Electro/Dance music, but before you start thinking it’s just another, please think again…

This blog will mainly comprise of 4 things:


1) THE RECOMMENDER –
I’ve been doing this on Myspace’s blog section for some time, but figured it’s worth its own page. Basically, I’ll be trawling through the interweb and grabbing all manor of snippetts from the world of music, washing them down, and sorting them into a couple of top-notch recommendations for your ears delight. It will always be new music bubbling in the undeground, readying itself for you pleasure. You will no longer have to wade through the ether of endless spamming promoters and industry fluff. Just pop here every now and again and check out what I highlight. Your ears will be thankful.

2) THE GIG LIST – OK, this is similar, but this time I’ll be searching out and recommending the highlights of upcoming gigs listed in my local city of Brighton. Again, only the best will get on here and again it will be mainly new acts/bands/DJ’s. I will be abusing my local connections and keeping in touch with every outlet for all the best venues. I promise to work hard so you don’t have to.

3) HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – This section will be like a mini-post. A showcase of more random highlights I’ve found. These things won’t deserve their own ‘Recommender ‘or ‘Gig List’ posting and therefore won’t have quite as much detail. It could be a music clip, a new tune, a top 10 list, a new site, anything to do with music. More just a pointer, rather than an in depth piece of information, but yummy and wholesome all the same.

4) Q & A – This will be far less frequent. It will be posted up only when I’ve had a chance to interview new bands and DJs about what and why they do what they do. Its a chance for you to get a little closer to the new acts breaking into your scene. Usually just a dozen or so questions. It’s not overly intrusive, just the good old basics, but much fun all the same. I’ll also try and add a video or something to allow you to check them out for yourselves.

Take these or leave them, but it’s free, it should be enlightening and I promise nothing on here will be a waste of your investigative time. My only hope is to make you a tiny bit better informed than you were before…

Feel free to comment, subscribe, share the love, or totally leave it – it is your choice. I just hope you enjoy…

All the best,
Mike




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