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Old Music, New to Me…

Listening to Pandora has opened me up to some bands I had never heard of before. Not everything these bands play is great, but like most groups that catch my eye, they have a few standouts. Also, it’s becoming more and more clear that I’m more into bands from overseas. Is it that American music just isn’t that good or am I just a music snob?

The Knife – Heartbeats

This is just kind of a trippy song from this Swedish duo with a slow euro beat. The studio version is good, but I prefer this live version. Sounds a little less produced.

The Sounds – Hurt You

Another Swedish band and they’ve actually been around for a decade. Yet, this is the first I’m hearing of them. Guess I’m not the music guru I think I am. This song was actually part of a Geico ad a couple years back.

Tokyo Police Club – Juno

I heard about this Canadian band a while ago, listened to a few things, but never really liked much of what I heard. This however, is a great, albeit short tune.

The Knife – Colouring of Pigeons

Disclaimer: This is an extremely bizarre and long song (11 minutes.) I include it because it’s basically four songs in one. It starts off with cult-like chanting, then at the 3 minute mark it goes into a hybrid of 80’s new wave and something they might play at an underground club in Prague, 3 minutes later the song turns operatic (singer Karin Dreijer Andersson has a pretty amazing voice), it goes back to asian/new wave, then comes to a finale with an ear-piercing reverb. Below is all 11 minutes, but you should probably press play and then check facebook because the fan-made video doesn’t do it any favors.

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices

This band is completely different from the others and probably the most “catchy” on this list. This Scottish band came on the scene in 2009 and had a song in the opening of a “Sons of Anarchy” episode (not that I’ve ever seen the show.) Great song to crank with the car windows down when the weather’s warm. That seems a long way off…



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New Band Choices…

Haven’t heard a ton of great new music lately, but a few bands have tickled my musical fancy in the past few weeks. The first is Mumford and Sons. They’re an English band who sound like they should be Irish. Lots of twangy banjos. Not usually my thing, but they have a good alternative feel to them. The ones that top my list are below, “Little Lion Man”, “White Blank Page” and “Winter Winds.” There’s a lot of raw emotion in their songs and I like that. However, occasionally Mumford and Sons stumble when they teeter toward jug band status on a few tunes. Take a listen to my top picks below.

Another band I’ve been listening to is “Yeasayer.” Again, they definitely have something to offer, but fall short of an album that offers a cover to cover listen. Top tunes, “One”, “Ambling Alp” and “Madder Red” (Just do yourself a favor and do NOT watch the official band video for this song, it stars Kristen Bell, but is too weird for words. It may not leave you for some time. Anyway, you’ve been warned.)

And finally, this band seems to be becoming more mainstream by the minute, but “Florence & the Machine” deserves to be noticed. The lead singer sounds like a variety of singers from Poe to Tori Amos to Enya. Great voice. My top four “Cosmic Love”, “Dog Days Are Over”, “Two Lungs” and “Heavy In Your Arms” (another video that’s very creepy.)

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Songs I Can’t Stop Listening To…

Sometimes tunes just get into your head and you have to hear them again and again. That hasn’t happened in a while. These tracks are worth checking out. May not be for everyone, but I’ve been digging them.

ARCADE FIRE – THE SPRAWL II (MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS)

KELE OKEREKE (LEAD SINGER OF BLOC PARTY) – EVERYTHING YOU WANTED

KELE WITH DJ TIESTO – IT’S NOT THE THINGS YOU SAY


THE FOALS – SPANISH SAHARA

And finally blow out the speakers in your car with these Sleigh Bells tracks.

SLEIGH BELLS – INFINITY GUITARS

SLEIGH BELLS – KIDS

SLEIGH BELLS – CROWN ON THE GROUND


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