Something We Heard Before
Kings of Lowertown
Feb 24 2014 | By AJ
Sometimes, just sometimes, you need a song to slap you in the face, tell you ‘that was a warm-up’, then proceed to pummel your face in, while you sit there, completely blown away in awe of the experience. Funnily enough, that happens to describe this very tune!
Kings of Lowertown and their dirty blues/roots style have featured here before, and for good reason: they’re brilliant. Mississippi Flood feels very much like a ZZ Top tune (there’s more than a passing resemblance to La Grange in the guitar riff), and it should be a very good reminder of what real rock sounds like, not the namby, mincing crap that gets played today!
Feb 23 2014 | By AJ
Holy crap, either/or got redesigned! Also, holy crap, there’s a new post! But enough of that, let’s talk about one of America’s (the band, not the country) most famous songs.
The group seem to have the market on classic, road tripping Americana music cornered, which is perfectly encapsulated by this tune. It’s so darn iconic, much like their other, equally iconic tunes.
Jan 21 2014 | By AJ
Man, I totally forgot about this group. I saw them ages ago, performing on Spicks and Specks (an Australian TV music show that has been responsible for many a post on this site). They performed a rather delightful a cappella version of Metallica’s Enter Sandman, which I thought to be pretty awesome! I then promptly forgot about them, until yesterday’s post reintroduced me to them by way of related videos. Oh YouTube, you are so good.
So here they are, with a song that’s more up their musical alley (that alley being blues and jazz from the ’50s and ’60s). My sources inform me that they’ll be launching an album quite soon: bring it on, I say! For now, enjoy this gorgeous live rendition of one of their original songs.
Jan 20 2014 | By AJ
I’m pretty sure I’m in love with Kimbra. Not in any kind of weird, serial-stalker kind of way. Well, maybe a little bit. It’s hard not to be smitten, particularly when she’s belting out a deeply intimate, acoustic version of one of her songs.
Wandering Limbs appears on her album Vows with a fair bit of studio engineering behind it. While it is certainly not to the detriment of the result, this acoustic version knocks it out of the park with its sensuality, rawness, and Kimbra’s stunning presence. <3!
Jan 13 2014 | By AJ
I fell in love with this song (and the music video) ages ago. And so did millions of other people, considering the video has clocked up a monumental 25 million views. While there’s far worse things on YouTube with equal or more views, we’ll chalk it up to some people having good taste and a proclivity for hitting repeat.
This is a very sweet and tender song, with the most perfect video to compliment it. Oren Lavie is an Israel singer (amongst other things) who really ought to release more music! 2007 marked his first (and currently only) release, The Opposite Side of the Sea (from which this song features), and I have absolutely no idea whether or not he’s still doing anything, musically speaking. It certainly would be a grand loss if he weren’t, so get cracking, Lavie!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! It is once again time for either/or to delve into the big box of posts from the previous year to pick out our favourites: welcome to Something We Heard In 2013!
Like 2012′s best of post, we are taking a look at anything we posted in 2013, not just the stuff that came out that year. Mainly because most of what I’ve posted came out in any year but 2013. In addition to this post, don’t forget to check out the big theme weeks we published in 2013: Beatles Week and Elliott Smith Week. Tally-ho friends, and onto 2014!
AJ’s favourites for 2013, in no particular order
Hugh’s favourites for 2013, in no particular order
Happy New Year!
Jan 2 2014 | By AJ
Holy crap, it’s 2014! Welcome to the future, everyone! We are a year closer to hoverboards, and that is just too darn exciting.
We’re going to take a couple of days off while we write our best of post, because we were too lazy to do it in 2013. But that is sooooo last year!
Dec 31 2013 | By AJ
It’s safe to say that I’ve just become a big fan of Junip. There is not one dud track on the two albums worth of music that I’ve heard from them so far: it just boils down to choosing one to pimp here on either/or.
Here is one of their latest, self-titled release. Like yesterday’s, it’s slick and undeniably cool, but it’s all graced with González’s serene vocals. Heavenly!
Dec 30 2013 | By AJ
It’s pretty much assured that I’m going to like whatever endeavour José González lends his considerable talents to. Case in point: this band, which he fronts with Tobias Winterkorn. Not that I know who that is, or expect you to. Just saying that it’s not just him!
My rambling aside, it’s actually a rather important distinction to make. While anyone who knows González’s music would immediately latch onto the fact that it’s his vocals and guitar in this song, it’s a far more uptempo and slicker presentation than his usual modus operandi would gift us. It is quite fantastic!
Dec 29 2013 | By AJ
Having just done a Nick Drake binge, I can safely say that he is one of the most pure, sophisticated and truly honest musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. His music is not pretentious or burdened by commercial prospects of success. Instead, it’s beautifully evocative, simple but truthful, and utterly heartfelt. He left an indelible mark on the music world, though he certainly hasn’t reached the level of popularity he truly deserves. Maybe it’s better that way though: discovering his music on your own rather than having it force-fed by some ridiculous DJ makes it all the more pleasurable.