Ahhh, that was fun, wasn’t it?
It’s GORGEOUS out here today – a beautiful day to get outside with some new rockin’ music and enjoy! So, I’m putting up the Scoop a little earlier today, so you can buy it, load it up and head on out. (Because, if you liked these tracks, you should DEF check out the rest!)
And awwwaayyyyy we go!
Track 1: “Pardon Me” by Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, on their month-old CD by the same name.
…this is the part where I smugly say “I told you so!” hehehehe.
Track 2: “High Rise” by Standing Shadows from their CD, Five Years of Darkness set to be released May 19, 2010.
Ash, I think I get where you were saying they sound familiar, but you couldn’t put your finger on it…per Antimusic.com : “The group could be defined as electro-obscura-shoegazer-rock, while conjuring audio reminders of groups like Silversun Pickups and My Bloody Valentine.”
Definitely hard to stereotype them into any one genre, which I like. Mari, I tend to agree with you – listenable, and may move up the scale with a few more listens. I’ll give them that this afternoon. (Oh, random factoid – their CD release party is this Tuesday night at the Troubadour in LA. Y’all head out if you’re in the neighborhood! More info on their webpage.)
Track 3: “Tell You Something” by The Morakestra, on their CD Witness to Connection, due for release on June 2, 2010.
Doesn’t anybody get an updated ’80′s vibe from this? I do – and for me, that’s definitely not a bad thing! More Texas boys here – the group’s founders David and Will Mora are twin brothers from El Paso. I’m digging the way you can hear definite influences – a dash of twangy country guitar, some hard hitting rock-like drums, a whisper of techno without overpowering – to make a very unique sound.
I think I like these cats. I’m thinking they may be on my “watch list.”
Track 4: “Little Lion Man” by Mumford and Sons on their CD Sigh No More
As a huge fan of “British Folk-Rock‘ already, I of course FLOVE Mumford and Sons…they of the Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn, Jay Jay Pistolet and Noah and the Whale ilk. This CD came out in Europe back in October, but was officially out here in the U.S. in February 2010. Anyhoo – they are a juggernaut, in the sense that a juggernaut can sneak up on you in a folksy kind of way…took the UK and EU by storm and are now touring the U.S with Sold Out shows at every turn. So, evidently… I have, if not GOOD taste, then at least POPULAR taste in music. Heh. Yay, me!
Track 5: “Pala Tute” by Gogol Bordello on their just released CD Trans-Continental Hustle
I LOVE Gogol Bordello. (<<<click link for proof.) Was sooooooo excited when this CD came out what – last week? (April 26, 2010. Yes, I’m going senile.) I think maybe you need to listen to a couple songs in succession, and by then – they’re under your skin, in your blood and just like family. Familia Undestructable, in fact. If you head to the website, you can hear three of their new songs stream while you poke around and get a feeling for their particular brand of “Gypsy Punk.” And, if you listen to the lyrics, you’ll get an eye opening view of a different kind of “immigrant”. I’ve got “Immigraniada (We’re Comin’ Rougher)” blaring right now – LOVE it. My head is bobbing, my feet are bouncing, and I’m ready to move!
In fact – I can’t waste all this energy typing – I’ve got cleaning to do. And I’ve got a great backing playlist to do it with! Ciao, amici – enjoy your afternoon! xoxoxo