Musings about music.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

New Kate Nash

Yes! Do Wah Doo the first single from the new album is streaming at Spin.com.



Album will be out April 20th and it's one of my most anticipated 2010 releases!

You can hear some pretty rough demos for a couple other new songs on her myspace but they were recorded in a garage, on garageband and the quality isn't so great.

Artist To Watch - Lauren Zettler

I've seen Lauren perform with several musicians (Ingrid Michaelson, Bess Rogers, Allie Moss) that I love but I had never heard any of her solo work. A few nights ago I purchased both of her albums, On Your Back Porch and Call Me Out, on Amazon and I seriously felt like hitting myself for not listening sooner.



She's freaking amazing! Do yourself a favor and buy her albums. You can check out her Myspace here. And both of her EPs are available on Amazon and Itunes.

This one is my favorite but I like all of them.



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I can't wait to see what this girl does next, I'm certain it's going to be wonderful :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tea With Cinnamon - Katzenjammer

This song has given me a new appreciation for the accordion, and I like it!

Artist to Watch - Jaymay

I am totally addicted to this song.



It's from the album Autumn Fallin' which came out in 2008. The whole thing is really, really good, highlights for me are the one I linked and Blue Skies, but there isn't a song on it that I don't like.



Jaymay is a New York musician and you can check out her Myspace for more songs. She has another album in the works and I am anxiously awaiting it's arrival.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tegan & Sara @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg 2/15

I wanted to review this show, but it was so amazing I have no words. I can't even tell you how fantastic it was. I love that they played some older stuff that I hadn't ever heard live, including This Is Everything which is one of my all time favorite Tegan and Sara songs.



I wont lie, it made me tear up a bit when it started. If you get a chance check out the rest of wojo4hitz's videos from the night. As well as hundreds of other amazing Tegan and Sara videos :) Jamie's Youtube page.

Friday, February 12, 2010

An Evening with Tegan and Sara

Is it Monday yet? Seriously can't wait for this!

An Evening with Tegan and Sara
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mon, Feb 15, 2010


Tegan and Sara - Call It Off

Mike Sol | MySpace Video


I'll be at the Philly show on Tuesday as well, you can expect reviews of both :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea


The road to Corinne Bailey Rae's sophomore album was not an easy one for her to travel. She began working on material for it shortly after her debut in 2006 but two years ago was struck by tragedy when her husband, musician Jason Rae, passed away after an overdose. Rae took a complete break before choosing to complete her album The Sea and her grief is clear on this album.

I was a huge fan of her debut, her fresh jazzy sound reminded me of a newer Billie Holiday. She was singing jazz like it was meant to be sung, not trying to remake it into something too much like pop music. Her sound has changed on this new album. It's not bad, and it's clearly still her but rather then channeling Holiday I would compare her more to Joni Mitchel.

The opening track Are You Here is almost heartbreaking given her story.

I’d Do It All Again is Rae's first single from the album. It displays a soulful and more familiar sound. The song was actually written in the wake of a big argument with her husband two prior to his death, and its inclusion shows her determination to keep everything honest and unsentimental. The song closes with the prophetic line, “You’re searching for something I know won’t make you happy”.



In I Would Like To Call It Beauty her mourning laces every word, “So young for death, we walk in shoes too big, but you play it like a poet, like you always did.” Ouch.

That being said the tone of album isn't as overly depressing as one might think, and there are certainly some upbeat moments like the infectious and fun, although a little out of place, Paris Nights/New York Mornings.

The Sea closes with the title track, one of the first tracks to be written for the album it actually predates her late husband's death and is based on a story of her grandfather's death in a boating accident while her aunt watched from shore. IN a sort of intense irony the song explores grief and powerlessness in the face of cruel fate. “The sea, the majestic sea, breaks everything, cleans everything, crushes everything, takes everything from me.”

The album is not exactly what I was expecting, but it's filled with raw emotion and she has a stunning amount of talent. There is a real maturity to this album which portrays grief and longing but also a knowledge that life goes on.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Angus & Julia Stone - And The Boys

Ah! I don't know how I missed this. SUPER excited to hear that Angus & Julia Stone are releasing a new album this March. I have adored every single thing they've ever done, I hope this means another US tour, I would LOVE to see them again!

Check out the video for the first single And The Boys.



Down The Way, you can't come soon enough for me!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Artist To Watch - Hesta Prynn

Hesta Prynn is not new to the music scene, she's been performing with Northern State since 2001 but she is releasing her first solo album very soon and if the first single Can We Go Wrong is any indication this album is going to be mega awesome.

Check it out at Filter magazine, free MP3 download!



I think I've listened to this song about 100 times already, it's so good.

Also this record is being co-produced by Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara (yay!)