Saturday, November 1, 2008

Greg Laswell

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Greg Laswell has been getting several heads up from his critics and of course fans for a long time now. Usually I would like to juggle an artist a few times because frankly you cannot trust alone the world wide web. But if there's anything else, he had proven himself to be worthy of all those critical acclaims and praises and had completely risen from cliches as well.+/-

Greg Laswell

The mezmerizing soundscapes create a dazzling embrace, resulting in a lush tapestry that entwines music, mood and emotion. That finds Three Flights from Alto Nido to be one of the loveliest albums to be released, a very short leap away from sheer nirvana.
It comes and goes in waves
I am only led to wonder why
Why I try
Comes and Goes in Waves
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Id Be Lying
The One I Love

Time to Move On

~raphos
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Friday, October 31, 2008

Andrew Bird

Knowing I havent post him yet, I decided to show some love. Multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird is releasing his new album, "Noble Beast" next year. Since the beginning of his career, Andrew Bird released overall nine albums. He grew up listening to classical repertoire, Hungarian Gypsy music, early jazz, country blues, south Indian and others which lead his music to be seasoned with prolific lyrical artistry and brilliant arrangements. I admit, I have a strong affinity with artists playing violins and not to mention he also whistles in his songs. +/-

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird’s songs are small Chinese treasure boxes and illustrious Spanish buffets. Elaborately decorated, orchestrated with art, rich with a multitude of hidden drawers, filled with tiny, unexpected boxes and surprises, his songs glide on with episodic movements.
If I need your advice
I will let you know
Oh No
Core and Rind
Imitosis
Heretics


~blogotheque

Happy Halloween!!

Halloween for me has always been a break from school and monotonous activities and a chance to do random and impulsive things. Since its too early to amble (its currently 6pm here), I would just like to kick things off first. Mr. Vega was kind enough to send his debut EP, 'Automatic Jukebox'. You probably know him through his remixes this past summer for Justice, Radiohead, The Kills, La Preist and others. You can download the EP legally because he is promoting this on his own with no distributor or label backing. Have fun peaches.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Inbox Love: Castledoor

Oh no, don't let that title scare you. Who said you cant find gems in your inbox? Now, who are they? First of all, Castledoor, an independent band based in California was formed back in 2004. Second, they bring forth the almost perfect indierock track 'Dumpster Diving' which music vid premiered this Sept. Lastly, this band makes my heart swell with those infectious beats. Plus they're hipsters yo. How did I ever miss this band.+/-

Castledoor

What's the hold up? They've gotten only a few mentions, which certainly isn't matched with what their music merits them. Punchy pop progressions and the band's jovial disposition make for indie-pop gold. I don't like to pigeonhole, especially when the indie-pop label is involved - it's just not up my alley. But Castledoor? They're different. They leave the foolishness and inanity behind opting instead for savvy, well-written pop songs.
Dumpster Diving

~comepickmeup

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Premature Deduce on The Fame

I wanted to do a pre-halloween post for you guys but seeing I'm not the only one having that agenda, I lost the drive. Maybe later.+/-

Marching on, Lady Gaga's all over the net even months before her album's release. I got an earful of 'The Fame' (you know how it is) and pondered few thoughts. Lady Gaga's noteworthy for her up-tempo track 'Just Dance' wherein you cant decide if you're listening to a bubblegum pop/r&b or to an inspired bjork-ish alum (erase that), and alien-like vids with all that somehow unfinished wardrobe and im-not-human moves. I cant begin to explain it really. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate the creative streak. In the album, there are some tracks where Gaga attempted to take on slow songs and even contemporary ones. I thought I was shuffling my player. Everyone loves variation I guess. Is that what you call mainstream? Obviously, Lady Gaga's have different influences but the manner of fusing all these elements is what made me like Gaga. It's too early to tell though. One album isn't enough to cement her mark in her artistry. I can't blame you if you don't like her. Perhaps let's just enjoy on what she's got to offer.

Money Honey
Boys Boys Boys

Tigercity

Recently I stumbled on Tigercity's myspace and found out they just finished mixing their new full length record. Its being mastered shortly, and is currently untitled. This is the unconfirmed track list. 'Pretend Not to Love' was released back on September 09, 2008 and brought along fun tracks such as 'Other Girls' and 'Are You Sensation'. Who didn't dance to this tunes?+/-

Tigercity

Sounding like Bee Gees, Prince and Roxy Music, Tigercity's funky, electro-driven indie-pop was born of a desire to avoid what Gillim calls the "scratchy post-punk guitar sound" New York bands have been milking for the past few years. The group's earliest tracks relied heavily on synthesizers and computerized beats, but their move to New York brought the addition of drummer Aynsley Powell and guitarist Andrew Brady, and with them a progressively refined combination of New Wave's mechanized sheen and funk's organic grooves.
Are You Sensation
Red Lips
Other Girls

~rollingstone

Monday, October 27, 2008

MUST DISCOVER ARTISTS VOL. IV

Let's just make this clear. I do not render artists in this category to better than the ones I post singly. Filtering what's awesome among rubble and rubble of popular indie music and alike is my hope.

Emiliana Torrini
I reckon you know I like Torrini. A female songstress and folk-pop songs?
Go ahead, I imagine everyone loves her by now.+/-

Emilana cheerfully describes being sat with a friend in a cemetery in Nice, staring at the gravestones and huge epitaphs; "these beautiful angels and tombstones, how silly - that's all life comes to. People really want to believe there is something more, it makes them lazy about the moment".
On a mission for my summer kiss
I close my eyes and wet my lips
But then I miss
And you laugh at my face
Me and Armani
Jungle Drum
Big Jumps
Unemployed in Summertime

Mr. Oizo
I kept exchanging Dr. from Mr. Dr. Oizo. If that's the case, I suppose the effect would be much different, like hearing the almost drug-induced "Bruce Willis is Dead" after. Even though the track gives me the creeps, I think there are far more dance-induced songs of Dr. Oizo. He is epic.
Though it's a sure bet he'll linger in the minds of most only for his omnipresent Levi's advert and 1999 European chart-topper "Flat Beat," music-video director Quentin Dupieux turned in some excellent electronic productions as Mr. Oizo.
Jo
Cut Dick
Two Takes It
Little Bit Of Feel Good Remix (Jamie Lidell)

Department of Eagles
A band who spends roughly four years to finished an album (Ear Park) must be something. I have been ignoring this band for months but their songs are unbrokenly shoved in front of my face. What did I learned? Department of Eagles creates trancing songs conveying the simple pleasure and mystique of life.
Ear Park is a colorful and expansive album, an intimate and personal collection of songs; much of the material that Daniel brought to In Ear Park draws on memories from his childhood, especially those relating to his father, who passed away in 2007 and to whom the album is dedicated. Many of Fred’s contributions relate to similar themes of nostalgia and mortality, giving the album at times an elegiac feel. Ear Park is also full of joyful moments, lush production and concise songwriting.
And in the morning comes
You don't need to breathe so easy
No One Does It Like You
Teenagers
The Horse You Ride
Sailing By Night

The Renassiance

American hip-hop emcee, singer, actor, and hip hop producer, Q-Tip is said to be releasing new album "The Renassiance" this Nov. 4. Some might not know that his name symbolizes his power to penetrate into one’s ears (as the Q-Tip cotton swab). Wiki is great. A known legend in Hiphop scene, Q-tip worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Raphael Saadiq, D'Angelo and Amanda Diva in this new album. So if you care to listen to a lil bit of Hiphop, blues and soul, catch the date.+/-

Q-Tip

Q-Tip (born Jonathan Davis on November 20, 1970 in New York City), is an American rapper, actor, and record producer, and is the former leader of the group A Tribe Called Quest, from which he was also known as “Abstract”. He converted to Islam in the mid-1990s, and changed his name to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed. The Q in Q-Tip’s stage name stands for Queens, the borough of New York City from which he hails. He also refers to himself as The Abstract (originally The Abstract Poetic) and Kamaal the Abstract.
Believe (feat. D'Angelo)
Gettin' Up
Life is Better (feat. Norah Jones)
Move

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Built For The Sea

I love this band. They are one of the few whose music (name also) speaks for itself. Take heed that they are dubbed as a non-pretentious mellow rock band. I swear I don't sugarcoat my posts so you got to take my word when I say this band makes dreamy and captivating music that will haunt you senseless. Be sure also to listen to their remarkable cover of 'Baby Its Cold Outside'.+/-

Built For The Sea

Built for the Sea’s sound can be described as dreamy indie pop music with Rose’s beautiful, haunting vocals at the forefront, backed by melodic instrumentals. The band’s passionate and lush live performances can captivate an audience, which has resulted in a loyal local fan base. Built for the Sea has been just as supportive of the local community as it has been of the band, making a case for reciprocity and the importance of friends. 'It’s not just about making money and promoting your own band – it’s about community,' says Rose. 'Make friends – make real friends – and actually go out there and support other bands.
i really i cant stay
(but baby its cold outside)
ive got to go away
(but baby its cold outside)
Release
Baby Its Cold Outside
The Re(Adjust)
Pictures

One More Drink



One More Drink by Ludacris

Bitter:Sweet

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I guess I've been watching too much foreign tv since I have been discovering these artists. One of them is Bitter:Sweet. Bitter:Sweet's artistry can be described as a scrumptious symphony with gorgeous hooks, then polished with seductive lyrics. Did I just say 'scrumptious'? Anyhow, whenever I listen to this duo, all I can think is spending an afternoon siesta laden under the sun with yummy grubs. Sorry, too far-out.+/-

Bitter:Sweet

Since coming on the scene last year with their debut album, Bitter:Sweet has received a plethora of accolades from the press who claimed The Mating Game as “perhaps the best album of its kind since Portishead’s ‘Dummy’ was released more than a decade ago” and URB magazine who called the album, “delicious.” Bitter:Sweet's trademark sound is an intoxicating blend of Shana Halligan's melodically sweet-and-sexy vocals paired with the duos sassy genre-bending production work. Kiran and Shana have created Bitter:Sweet, one of the most seductive interpretations of retro swank and hot beats since James Bond was Sean Connery.
The truth is that I go to heaven
Every time you look at me
Heaven
The Bomb
Dirty Laundry
Mating Game
Trouble