Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Glastonbury Discovery

So I went to Glastonbury for my third year in a row... One of the best things about Glastonbury is the fact that you can find many new bands on some small secluded stages.

The first band for me to discover was "Mad Dog Mcrea", Irish folk, with foot stomping consequences! The flute playing is amazing.

Also, I was lucky enough to stumble upon this next band whilst looking for food after Morrissey's set. I ended up staying for the whole performance as it was amazing. The band is called "Molotov Jukebox", they managed to get the small crowd (which grew bigger) dancing from start to finish with some very upbeat and lively music combining an accordion, violin and trumpet. Thats what I like to see!

Sunday, 19 June 2011


So, it's Glastonbury very very very soon.

I am super excited to see TV on the Radio as I have never had the chance... Should be an impressive set!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Horses Shoes.

Found "Horses Shoes" a while ago so feel they deserve a little mention.

I really like this music. So mellow and "gazey".

Friday, 17 June 2011

A Genuine Freakshow


Last night, in support of Cats and Cats and Cats I was stunned and overwhelmed with A Genuine Freakshow's sublime performance.

It's an over used term in my opinion mostly because of how much Jo Whiley used to say it to EVERY live lounge performance but I literally had goosebumps from start to finish...

The whole performance was tight and powerful. The instrumentals in particular providing the most memorable inspiration.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Lovely song. Sad Video..

The Wave Pictures - generally known for quirky guitar riffs, but, here is a different one which possesses a gentle sound.

Such a sweet love song.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Modest Mouse.

Best. Band. Ever.

Songs to suit every mood.

I hope America appreciates having them on their land.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Generation Music

When we look back at different era's of music, we associate each decade with a certain style of music. 50's was rock n roll, 70's was Punk etc. Was it the case back then that everyone liked the same genre of music and therefore dressed the same?

It seems whenever you talk to someone about their era of music from when they were young, that they are proud of it, proud to have been there when it was all happening.

The worrying thing for me is that what does our generation have to show for it in terms of music? As far as I can work out it completely varies from person to person but for me this era will be defined by dubstep. Dubstep seems to be the biggest thing music wise right now. I know plenty of people who totally dislike dubstep but it seems the majority do. Does this mean I will be associated with "The Dubstep Era"? I hope not!

Some people who I talk to about the music they listened to when they were growing up tell me that they weren't interested in that scene or that music and that they listened to other music. Yet when you read about that era all you hear is that people were all doing the same thing.

It certainly isn't the case in this era so I hope we don't all get labelled as part of "The Dubstep Generation"

Thursday, 9 June 2011

The Mountains & The Trees

About a month ago, I was very lucky to have the chance to put on The Mountains & The Trees for an intimate gig in Southampton at Guava - formerly Hamptons.

Not only was the performance perfect and very gratefully received by the welcoming and silent crowd, but the weather was somewhere near perfect. It might seem odd to mention the weather for an indoor gig but as Guava has the windows behind the stage it adds to the atmosphere. On this particular May evening we had a thunder storm which just complimented the atmosphere created by Jon Janes (TMATT).

Since the gig his album has been played regularly by myself.

'Goodbye Little Town' is certainly a song which I can relate to and I think many people will be able to. The only video version I can find on Youtube is of a session...just need to wait 40 seconds, but then it's oh so good!

A song from the album that I am thoroughly enjoying at the moment is "Minimum Wage Lovers" possibly the best and most suitable student love song?

Enjoy x

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Really been getting into Bejamin Francis Leftwich today...

Heard him a while ago doing a live session for Mark Riley on 6 Music, after seeing he was playing Green Man Festival I have started listening more intently so to speak!

I hear a similarity to Bon Iver and City & Colour. Most people I know who like City & Colour generally like him because of 'Alexisonfire' so would probably not admit to liking BFL...

Now all I need is my Green Man ticket!!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011


I want to go to this. Next year...if I save a lot of money...maybe?

Few photo's from this year's festival are up on NPR's website, looks like the perfect place for a festival. Damn you Seattle!


Monday, 6 June 2011

New Bright Eyes

So, its taken me a while to get hold of Bright Eyes new album....

I must say, I wasn't really sure what to expect but I am really enjoying the album.

Conor Oberst still has his genuine and almost quivering voice with a more fuller sound from the instruments!

I really want to know where the sampled voices come from though....I'm assuming it's something from Scientology......?

One of the songs that really stood out to me for having a bit of a different sound was "Jejune Stars"

Friday, 3 June 2011

Film Soundtracks

For me, a good film is made better by the sound track.

A few films that I have seen recently with great soundtracks are:

1: Away We Go - I watched this film on the basis that John Krasinski was in it, (seeing as I am a bit of an American Office geek...)

A featured artist in the Soundtrack is Alexi Murdoch, what a wonderful musical backdrop Alexi and his music add.

2: Garden State - A film I watched after hearing it had a good soundtrack and I was certainly not dissapointed.

Alexi Murdoch featured yet again as well as The Shins and Iron & Wines cover of Postal Service - "such great Heights". People who moan about covers annoy me. This is a great cover.

3: Once - such a cute film about a busker in Dublin. It's quite a sad yet warming ending somehow!? The soundtrack is from lead actor Glen Hansard's band 'The Frames'.

The Wave Pictures

I had the fortune of seeing The Wave Pictures recently at Southampton Joiners. It was an amazing show, showing off in my opinion some sophisticated ad interesting song writing as well as some intricate and tight instrumental performances on all instruments. David Tattersall in particular impressing with his guitar skills.

One of the more catchy numbers of the evening for me was "Little Surprise"

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Chilling to The Low Anthem

Nothing beats doing nothing and listening to The Low Anthem.

On those long days where I find myself with nothing to do I personally love listening to The Low Anthem, story telling folk at it's best.

The First album has some real smooth songs on it and "Senorita" is one that has really started to grow on me.

This band deserve a lot more recognition!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011


Today I have been listening to Battles... Very much a band that I knew of but maybe didn't listen to as much as I should have as I am fully loving the album "Mirrored" and certainly the song "Atlas".

Ones imagination can go wild listening to this song!