Better known as one half of eccentric duo Fiery Furnaces, Eleanor Friedberger will release her debut solo album Last Summer on November 14th. Preceeding the album’s release is the autobiographical lead single ‘My Mistakes’ – a wonderfully catchy, playful and ditty piece of indie-pop and a superb song.
I’m looking forward to hearing the album in it’s entirety. If this is anything to go by, there should be lots to look forward to.
Last month, October 22nd to be precise witnessed the second ‘Barrygruff Presents’ show in Flanagan’s, Newbridge.
It was another huge success on all fronts. The place was packed to the bloody rafters, it was hard to believe it was only a Thursday night. Both performances from No Monster Club and We Are Losers were fantastic, it is not often you get to experience their music stripped back so wonderfully. There are a couple of videos below so you can see and hear for yourself. There’s no definite dates or acts booked for #3 yet but were working on it and when we know, you’ll know.
A massive thank you to Stephen Connelly for all the hard work, Tim Crowley for the sound/recording, Joe Dunne for the videos and to everyone who came down on the night (and anyone I’ve missed out).
We Cut Corners have become a reliable source for both great songs and excellent videos.
Their new gentle little single, ‘Pirates Life’ continues this trend. It is accompanied by a stunning video from Polish artistic duo Kijek / Adamski, unbelievably the entire video was hand drawn, frame by frame using markers on paper – impressive stuff.
‘Pirate’s Life’ is taken from We Cut Corners’ debut album, Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards, which is out November 11.
The Black Keys are back with the first taster from their forthcoming album, El Camino, due out in early December.
‘Lonely Boy’ is the first proper cut from the follow up to 2010’s Brothers. It is a catchy, energetic and racey blues rock song, just the kind of thing that we have come to love from the duo. Let’s just say it is sounding pretty on the first 30 or so listens.
Last year legendary UK electro duo Orbital released their first new material in seven years, a double A-side single last year. They have announced they are follow that with a brand new album, their first since 2004′s Blue Album.
To celebrate this and news of a UK tour in 2012, they have offered up a free track, ‘Never’, from their forthcoming new album. The track finds the Hartnoll brothers in top form, it’s a sizzling synth driven electro tune that builds to a sublime climax.
You can watch the video and listen and download the track below.
This year’s #keepingitpeel marks the seventh anniversary of John Peel’s passing, and for the second year running the John Peel Day for bloggers is taking place.
Peel was probably the most influential radio DJ in history and had a huge influence on fans of music and bands alike. His love of, and attitude toward music made him a unique figure. He took music at face value not caring what others thought, if he liked it, that was good enough for him. It is this which continues to impress me most, if only there were more in the world willing to emulate this attitude, after all, music is a completely subjective topic.
How best to honour his memory and legacy? It would be most fitting to introduce some new and interesting artist, but blogs tend to do this on a daily basis. Instead, here’s a few tracks from Half Man Half Biscuit’s many ‘Peel Sessions’, quite fitting really as without the great man I would never have heard what have become one of my favourite bands which he coined, ‘a national treasure’. I would be inclined to agree.
Originally from Bath, but now living in Brighton, beat maker Slugabed (aka Greg Feldwick) produces a distinctive style of glitchy, bass-heavy, chilled-out electronic music. Those lovely people at Ninja Tune are giving away ‘Depth Perception’ as a free download. It is taken from the EP and you can grab it below.
Sun Too Bright, Turn It Off is released 24 October 2011 on Ninja Tune.
The album is called The Martyr and will be made up of selected extra tracks and previously unreleased material. There’s not much more available at the moment but it will feature material from the likes of Killer Mike, Dead Prez, Brother Ali, Styles P and will feature production from DJ Green Lantern, J. Dilla + others.
The first taste of what to expect came last week when Technique dropped ‘Toast To The Dead’ via twitter. It’s an ode to those who have passed on, delivered superbly over beats from the late J. Dilla. This is a really excellent track from a real hip hop master.
Norwegian 4-piece Casiokids have returned with a new single and news of a brand new album.
‘Det Haster!’ sees them retained the simplicity of their approach into creating a synth heavy electronic gem with great upbeat electro-pop melodies. Any one who remembers ‘Fot I Hose’ and ‘Finn Bikkjen’ from will not be surprised.
‘Det Haster!’ will be out on October 24th and will be followed by LP, Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen, in early 2012.
One of the new discoveries of Hard Working Class Heroes ’11, The Depravations are a four piece indie folk band based in Galway. Since forming in 2007 they have released two EPs and are currently recording their debut album, expected before the end of 2011.
Far from their name would suggest, they make gentle indie-folk music with rich sounds, stories and harmonies. Inspired from a combination of influences; ’50s and ’60s, surf music, old country and blues, it is quite reminiscent of some of the softer numbers from The Coral et al.
Their Mosey EP is free to download from BandCampand a debut album is due before the end of 2011.