Something We Heard Before
We mentioned Remi the other day in our post on the Avalanches, and since I am lazy, I thought I should post about them a few days later. I am nothing if predictable! Anyway, as I mentioned in that post, Remi is an Australian hip-hop artist. He seems to play a good mix of the smoother hip-hop that I quite like and the more a-typical stuff that I don’t quite like. Can’t win them all!
Sep 7 2014 | By AJ
Yeah yeah, we’ve posted about the Avalanches before. But that was with our old posting style! Besides, you’re not the boss of me! Get off my back!
Thankfully, the Avalanches have not lost any of their brilliance since releasing their one and (currently) only album back in 2001. Sheesh, has it seriously been 13 years since this song came out? Good golly, they better have one hell of a follow-up album on the way. Anyhoo, since it would be remiss of me to simply post about a song/band that we’ve kind of covered before, I’ve dropped in a rather fantastic cover of the song by the Australian hip-hop artist, REMI. It is not a particularly easy song to cover, but this version is completely amazing, thanks to a willingness to divert from the source material at appropriate times.
Sep 6 2014 | By AJ
I am a sucker for stop-motion animation; there’s something inherently charming about seeing physical, normally inanimate objects come to life. Now it seems that Wagons have had the good grace to attach a corking bit of dirty blues rock to some stop-motion animation, so I am now, obviously, drooling uncontrollably.
Wagons are an Australian outfit playing mostly rock and Americana and good gosh they are fantastic. Just go and listen to the song below, and know that there is a small Australian tour coming up quite soon that your ears would most definitely benefit from attending.
Sep 5 2014 | By AJ
Given that I am partial to the allure of somewhat dark country music, I am most surprised that I have not given the music of Ms. Welch a thorough looking at. Or hearing at. Then again, perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised: I am not a good music writer!
Anyway, here is a track off her recent album, The Harrow and the Harvest. It’s pretty sparse in its instrumentation and composition, but boy, it is a magnificently toe-tapping good time. Those harmonies get me every darn time!
Sep 4 2014 | By AJ
Australia! Home of many things, including little ol’ me. Also home to many fine musicians, of which I certifiably do not post enough about! So, allow me to introduce you to the quite new Tulane with their quite lovely tune, But I Say. I get quite a Daughter vibe from this track. Daughter is ok, I guess. I mean, it’s not like I said I’d marry one of their songs if it were physically manifested as a girl. That’d be crazy!
Seeing as how I am totally just ok with Daughter and not completely fixated on them, I find myself in a similar situation with Tulane. How can I not be? There’s most certainly a lovely warmth and gentleness to this track that belies the “miserable” tag that’s been applied to it on Soundcloud.
Aug 22 2014 | By AJ
This song made the rounds a few years ago now, but that’s ok: stuff that’s good and popular at some point in history has that status in perpetuity. I mean, the Macarena is just as amazing now as it was back- oh darn.
Thankfully, Pack Up has retained it’s indelible goodness, what with its pleasing joyfulness and charm. It’s a toe-tapping, head-nodding, body-shaking good time, that’s for darn sure.
Aug 20 2014 | By AJ
Even if you live in the middle of a bubbling cesspit of grime and filth, putting on some classic blues will make the joint feel like the classiest lounge in the world. It really is the best way to kick back after a hard day on the job, whatever that job may be. Guaranteed to put you at ease! You know, unless you hate blues. BEGONE.
Anyway, allow me to welcome back the queen (well, one of them) of blues: Julie London. She’s featured on here before, where I made a note to buy an EP or two. Well, I’ve done just that, and it was totally worth it: I’m having trouble typing this post on account of how gosh darned chilled out I am.
Aug 18 2014 | By AJ
I do love happy coincidences. A friend of mine recommended this track to me, and being the credible music journalist that I totally am, I did some research on Mr. Laurance only to discover that he is a member of the New York-based jazz collection, Snarky Puppy, of whom we’ve posted about before. Does… does this mean we’re cool and on the pulse of what’s hip and in? I’m going to assume yes!
This is some very slick jazz indeed, mixing in some synth pop and downtempo for added bite and flavour. This is, perhaps, a little more spicy than what Snarky Puppy output, in case you need a rubbish comparison of some kind, though the piano kind of reminds me of Tagged under: Downtempo, Jazz
Robin Williams, Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
Aug 12 2014 | By AJ
Today, we lost one of the finest talents the world has ever seen. I will remember him for so many different things, but the first thing that sprang to mind when I was thinking of something music related was his manic turn as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin. His exuberance and wit was front and center in this film, and you can just tell that so much of what ended up in the animation of the Genie came about as a result of his creativity and spark.
So in honour of Mr. Williams, I present Friend Like Me from the aforementioned film. A stunning and vivacious introduction to the character of the Genie, yes, but also a beautiful snapshot of his unbridled talent and enthusiasm.
You will be missed, Robin.
Aug 11 2014 | By AJ
Oh, how I do love when music punctuates a mood better than words can. Not that I need an assassin right now or anything – possibly a timely example of how sucky words can be, sometimes!
Anyway, this is some more Junip, and we all know what that means: heavenly sounding alternative folk, the kind that might bring a tear of joy or sadness to your eye. It is a wide-open choice! And since I’m in charge of my eyes, I’m going to go with a combination of both.