January 31, 2006
The Knight In Plaster - A Nasty Piece Of Work
I downloaded quite a few songs yesterday and this was the only decent one I found.
F - Shoegazer
Great one posted by Peter. Reminds me a bit of Up On The Downside by Ocean Colour Scene. Just better!
Statedlife - Gone
A very nice and beautiful instrumental piece. If vocals were added this could be a relly great one.
We Are Trees - Piece Of Plastic
Described as dark, melodic pop influenced by the Stones (Roses and Rolling). Not a bad description really!
The Greens - Didn't Like The Feeling
Nice acoustic pop song from this UK band.
Washhouse - All I Want
Brilliant and catchy acoustic pop song from another UK band. 80 Kbps only, which is quite a shame!
Duels - Potential Futures
Catchy indie rock song from yet another UK band. For a moment the UK has overtaken the throne from the Swedes!
It's been a while since the last time I voted for Tjeklisten, but this week I had to do it again. My 5 votes went to:
Leisure Alaska – Return Of The Power (MP3)
Grand Avenue – After The Rain
Mads Langer – Breaking News
Kent – Dom Som Försvann
Alpine – Mondays Look The Same
January 30, 2006
The hype and expectations for the debut album Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not have been enormous and commercially the band has met every expectation and now officially holds the record for the fastest selling debut album in the UK.
In general I don’t let hypes influence my purchasing behaviors (normally I wouldn’t give a damn), but for whatever reason I was tempted by the media hysteria and decided to buy the album myself to check it out. And I guess you are a bit more trustworthy when you start ripping the album, because you’ve actually listened to it!
Now I’ve given the album its first spin and these are some of my immediate thoughts:
-If the energy on the album could be transformed into electricity, there probably would be enough to supply central London for a week or two.
-The energy prevents the album from being a complete waste of time (and money), because the great and truly memorable songs are sorely missing. It's impossible NOT to start tapping your feet, but the catchy melodies are just not there.
-Best song is the last track of the album; Certain Romance. It’s probably the closest the band has gotten (so far) to write a melody that you’ll end up humming in the shower.
Am I disappointed? Not really, because I pretty much got the album I expected.
January 27, 2006
Luxembourg - Succes Is Never Enough
Pretty nice rocker from this British indie 5-piece.
Indigo - Something New + Get In There
Another really great sounding indie band. Got stuck listening to this band, so no more discoveries tonight! More songs by the band can be found here or here.
I'm very, very busy at work today so there really is no time for posting anything new. Instead I strongly recommend that you download the above song, which is my favorite of the moment and probably the best new song I've heard so far in 2006.
January 26, 2006
The songs available are nice, uplifting and very catchy pop songs (Chris called it the Dreampop-album of 2005) and really should appeal to a much larger audience than the band has been able to reach so far. So download the songs, lean back, start tapping your feet and enjoy!
Moi Caprice - My Girl You Blush
Moi Caprice - To The Lighthouse
January 25, 2006
He's from the United Kingdom.
He has written (at least) 2 very nice acoustic folk/pop songs.
Hopefully more information (and songs of course) will be available one day, but this doesn't stop me (and shouldn't stop you either) from enjoying those two beautiful songs!
Pete White - Go
Peter White - Hold Your Hand
January 21, 2006
The Picture - It's Alright
I found this band in Chris' friends list. Good one Chris!
Ten Percent Less - Burn Brighter
If you trust everything you read this band is a legendary indie-emo band from Isle of Wight. Never heard of them and to me this sounds like a rock band inspired by the music of the 70's. I might be wrong, but who cares as long as the music is really great? And this stuff is!
The Anxious Animator - The First Act
This one fits the category "interesting" perfectly. Not sure whether I really like it or not, but the song sure caught my attention!
The Fridaynight Club - Aeroplanes
However there is absolutely no doubt that I like this one! The only information I can find about the band is that it is a indie/alternative/rock band from the UK. That's all I know!
Decoration - Intercom
A really nice pop song, by this UK band!
I've finally updated my list of Current Favorites. 4 new songs by Barfly, Currents, Division Day and The Fridaynight Club have been added!
January 20, 2006
It's snowing a LOT today, so this morning while driving to work I listened to Snow Fell (It's Night) by The Consultants.
When will the music industry ever learn that free MP3's aren't such a bad thing? One of the most played songs on Danish Radio is Destroy Everything You Touch by Ladytron, which has been available for free on the web for a long, long time. Maybe this means that the artist will sell fewer copies of the single (who buys those anyway?), but it certainly helps the artist to reach a much larger audience! And I very much doubt that it will hurt the number of copies sold of the album! You can download it for free here if you haven't done so already!
I really need to update my Current Favorites list. Hopefully I'll find the time to that during the weekend!
Doesn't the piano/keyboard on Tell No One About Tonight by Swedes Le Sport sound a lot like the early stuff by OMD?
January 19, 2006
Barfly seem to be mighty popular at MySpace, but as the ignorant person I am this band is completely new to me, so I thought it was OK to mention these guys after all! If you mix the music of Puressence and JJ72, there should be a good chance that the result will be something sounding like Barfly. So obviously I think this is really great! Apparently a debut album is being/has been recorded, which definitely is something to be looking forward to!
Don't You Move
Something Good Again
Indie pop performed by a band from Finland might not sound as a tempting combination, but Cats On Fire easily proves that there is absolutely nothing to "fear". Actually it's quite nice for a change that a great sounding indie band isn't Swedish!
The Smell Of An Artist
Never Land Here
January 18, 2006
Currents - You Are The Bridge
Sounds a LOT like The Editors.
Irene - Baby I Love Your Way
Short, but nice and catchy. A typical summer song. Labrador rules indeed!
The Karelia - Love's A Cliche
Apparently the former band of Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand. I probably like this one better!
Decibully - Love Of Everything
Influences: "all the good 90's indie rock. pop & bubblegum. classic rock & reggae. country boys in cuban heels. big beat! jazz chords hanging. bebop ala trip hop via hip hop from the rooftop shout it out!"
January 17, 2006
January 16, 2006
I mentioned Colorguard by Division Day in my post Friday and if you haven't listened to this song yet, you really should do so now. It's just brilliant and it'll be added to my Current Favorites list very soon.
A new track by Electric President called Metal Finger is available at Myspace.
If you like the song by Electric President there should be a good chance that you'll like Largs Hum by Scottsmen Swimmer One.
January 13, 2006
Division Day - Colorguard
A brilliant song from the forthcoming debut album Beartrap Island by LA band Division Day. Influences are multiple, but doesn't this sound a bit like Grandaddy?
The Boyfriends - Once Upon A Time
With their own words they sound like "4 men in a room. There is only one place to sit". The music is not as chaotic as this may sound, but this song rocks pretty nicely.
Like Honey - Airport
A new day and another band from Sweden pops up!
Elefant - Lolita
This is the new and very good single by Elefant.
For (unspecified) personal reasons the band decided to split up at the beginning of this year (so it’s actually a little less than two weeks ago), so there might still be a fair chance that the decision isn’t final. And I'm probably not the only one who's a bit puzzled, because apparently a single is to be released this month, but the farewell message at webpage doesn't really leave much room for discussions!
However the voice of Courtney Hutcheson, the drums and the My Bloody Valentine influenced guitars would make a reunion great news for lovers of classic shoegaze, because everything I’ve heard so far sure indicates that this band has (or more accurate; had) a lot of potential.
The band only released a one EP (I'm not quite sure, but I think it was just one) and most of the songs recorded can be found at the webpage or at myspace.
Decline and Fall
January 12, 2006
Budapest - 1979
A fairly decent cover version of the brilliant original by The Smashing Pumpkins.
IKO - Hologram
Fronted by ex-Buffseeds singer Kieran Scragg, IKO delivers a nice, quiet and beautiful first output from debut album I Am Zero (to be released in March).
The Radio Art - Let Go
Not a day without some Swedish Indie pop in my playlist! And once again this is a really great one!
Anubia - Goodbye Now
I've mentioned Goodbye Now by Danes Anubia before and the song is definitely good enough to be recommended one more time!
Somehow it feels almost too good to be true that the band's entire catalogue of 8 songs is available for free from the band's webpage, because these guys are just brilliant!!
Allies (No Tomorrow)
Hide (this one is my favorite!)
Without A Sound
January 11, 2006
Francis 7 - Splitting In Two
I haven't added much to my Current Favorites list for a while, but this song quickly changed that. The band describes the music as "atmospheric dreamy new wave post-punk dreampop shoegaze" and it's difficult to add anything! 6 minutes of utter brilliance!
Tales Of Jenny - Noone Appreciates The Sky
A catchy one from this bunch of young English lads. The rest of the stuff the band has recorded can be found here.
Second Language - In A Little While
Another song added to my Current Favorites list. If you haven't guessed it already this is (for a change) a Swedish indie/pop/folk band. And a great one I should add! More songs can be found here.
The Elderly- Wellington
Yet another Swedish indie band. Need I say more?
The Skydivers - If You Want
This band is not from Sweden and sounds more like U2 than indie! Listening to something else is nice every now and then!
Pale Sunday - The White Tambourine
Finally I'm heading for Brazil to get back on the indie track. Once again an almost unknown band surprises me with a brilliant song! Rounds up today's post very nicely indeed!
January 10, 2006
Something old and something new......
Kiona - In This Car (Remix) (MP3)
Danish powerpop. I'm having difficulties getting into the rest of their stuff, but I'm working on it!
Celestial - Lake Como (MP3)
This is one of my "new" Swedish favorite bands. I've mentioned the band before, but this is simply wonderful indie pop, so I'm not finished recommending it!
The Book Of Daniel - 3rd Of December (MP3)
Another Swedish band playing indie music. Lots of those bands around these days!
Phonodrive - Up And Away (MP3)
This German band is really, really great. Lots of songs can be found here.
I Am Bones - Replica (MP3)
This band seem to be mighty popular in Denmark among critics and other musicians. Not bad at all, but not really that fantastic either.
Tiger Baby - Chinese Fairytale (MP3)
I mentioned this Danish band a long time ago and if you are not already familiar with Chinese Fairytale, which is a nice danceable pop tune, you should give it a try!
The Whacked Band - Jenny's Gone (MP3)
A have quite mixed emotions towards this rather primitive recording. The melody is catchy in a Pulp kind of way, but once the singing begins the whole thing pretty much turns in to a novelty!
January 9, 2006
Palo Alto - Catalan (MP3)
Another band from Leeds/Manchester. Plays a kind of shoegazed influenced rock and though I'm not really high on the rest of their songs I must admit that I like this one a lot!
The Radio Dept. - Pulling Our Weight (MP3)
It's quite difficult finding decent information on this band, but I think this is an "oldie". Still very, very good though!
The Trembling Blue Stars - The Ghost Of An Unkissed Kiss (MP3)
Nice indie pop band which I believe has been mentioned by (more or less) every blogger in the world already!
Popgun Pillow - Wake Up (MP3)
Recommended by Coast Is Clear. The band name is terrible, but the song is very catchy!
Early Day Miners - All Harm (MP3)
I sort of like the guitar on this one. Not too impressed with the other songs I've heard by this band though!
Clockwork - I Know You (MP3)
This one reminds me a bit of the early Manic Street Preachers.
January 8, 2006
One Look It's Love (MP3)
Trouble With Girls (Stream)
January 6, 2006
Anotherstory - Do I
The Attorneys - Stay + The Way I Want
The Lodger - Many Thanks For Your Honest Opinion
"Stolen" from Coast Is Clear.
Smackwater Jack - Shark In My Sock + 4 more
Models Inc. - Who'll Put the Goblet on My Grave
Hinterland - Sirens
Another one "stolen" from Coast Is Clear.
Page France - Junkyard
Talking To Teapots - Come On Common Sounds
January 5, 2006
Ruined By Martin (Webpage/Myspace)
In Search Of (MP3)
CC Delight (MP3)
Burn The Sun (MP3)
January 4, 2006
Return Of The Power (MP3)
Celestial at Myspace
Lake Como (MP3)
Dream On (MP3)
January 3, 2006
I Am Jack
January 2, 2006
The Long Way Home (MP3)