Time for a bit of….Bim
Check them out at – http://www.bimmusic.com/
Or, download Head Over Heels for free, here – http://www.bimmusic.com/freedownload
Bim’s debut album, Scatterheart, can be heard on their website, and there are other tracks of theirs on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/0TogCtOtsnsTnlJJD0G5Gu
Civil Civic have a new single out in July, check out the release here http://shop.civilcivic.com/. In the meantime you could do a lot worse than check out their debut EP, the economically titled “1”.
- Less Unless
- Baghdad Break
- Stacks ON
The EP can be checked out on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/4AsMofBSF82KTbDoS4tuCW
- Indie Rock
- Sunday Girl
- Eric Hlljes
- Foster the People
- The Selfish Replicators
- Young Empires
@CivilCivic.blogspot.com – http://civilcivic.blogspot.com/
@Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/civilcivic
@Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/civilcivic
@Twitter – http://twitter.com/civilcivic
I’ve just been checking out the new Human Life single, In It Together, on Spotify, and I must say it is a very enjoyable listen. Makes me want to fix up disco lighting, and a dry ice machine, in the lounge.
If you have Spotify, you can listen to the single, plus all the remixes here – http://open.spotify.com/album/0yyLUuQiESKJ233J026DkO
- Dirty Super Car
- Silicone Project
- Richie Beretta
- Jason Sundstrom
- Justin Faust
- Bit Funk
I just picked up on this band this morning. They are featured in The Guardian’s excellent New Band Of The Day column on the newspaper’s website – http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/apr/12/jj-new-band. JJ’s most recent release is titled, No 3. It their second full length album as the first release, No 1, was actually a single.
Although the paper bemoan the fact they have no Facebook or MySpace page, they do have a Wikipedia entry, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jj_(band), which gives links to various web resources. But, even better, well for Spotify users like myself, the band has all their releases on the service.
So, I’ve put together a playlist – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/00HNlDVxMIs0NfsIs8DjMP
If you want to check out similar artists, try the following:
- The Tough Alliance
- Air France
- Memory Tapes
- Washed Out
- Boat Club
- Lake Heartbeat
- Taken by Trees
- The Embassy
- Neon Indian
Over the past couple of days I have been perfecting a way to generating a 10 album playlist which explores other bands similar to a band I like or interested in listening to. The procedure goes something like this:
1. Pick a band.
2. Enter the band at www.last.fm and go to the band’s page.
3. Click on the Similar Artists ‘tab’ and make a note of the first 9 bands on the list.
4. Take this list, including the original band you picked, and for each band in turn use www.allmusic.com to find the first release that has the highest score on their album reviews.
5. This will give you a final list of 10 albums, one from each band, which you can track down and enjoy.
So here is the one I constructed starting with Esben and the Witch.
- Esben and the Witch – 33 EP
- worriedaboutsatan – Arrivals
- Three Trapped Tigers – Three Trapped Tigers EP
- Bear in Heaven – Red Bloom of the Boom
- Sian Alice Group – 59.59
- Delphic – Acolyte
- Errors – It’s Not Something, But It Is Like Whatever
- Lift To Experience – The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads
- Gold Panda – Miyamae EP
- Holy Fuck – LP
Remember, particularly with new bands, a different day may yield quite different results, as last.fm’s lists are generated based on constantly updating user data.
Brighton (UK) band Esben and the Witch have got various live dates lined up over the next few months, they are:
- Mar 22, 2010 – 8:00 PM @Koko, Camden, London supporting Wild Beasts. http://www.koko.uk.com/
- Apr 21, 2010 7:00 PM @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London w/ Efterklang. http://www.atpfestival.com, http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/
- Apr 23, 2010 7:00 PM @ La Fleche D’or, Paris – TBC. Information: +33 (0)1 44 64 01 02. http://www.flechedor.fr/Agenda/
- Apr 24, 2010 7:00 PM @ Paradiso, Weteringschans 6 – 8, Amsterdam, 1017 SG – TBC. http://www.ticketmaster.nl/
- May 7, 2010 6:30 PM @ O2 Academy, Oxford w/ The Big Pink. http://www.o2academyoxford.co.uk/
- May 8, 2010 7:30 PM @ Leadmill, Sheffield w/ The Big Pink. http://www.leadmill.co.uk/
- May 9, 2010 7:00 PM @ Garage, Glasgow w/ The Big Pink. http://www.garageglasgow.co.uk/gigs.php
- May 11, 2010 7:00 PM @ Academy 2, Manchester w/ The Big Pink. http://www.manchesteracademy.net/
- May 12, 2010 7:00 PM @ O2 Academy 2, Birgingham w/ The Big Pink. http://www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk/
- May 13, 2010 7:00 PM @ HMV Forum, London w/ The Big Pink. http://venues.meanfiddler.com/the-forum/home
- May 21, 2010 7:00 PM @ Liverpool Sound City, The Kazimier, Liverpool. http://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/index.html
- May 22, 2010 8:00 PM @ Stag & Dagger, Glasgow. http://www.staganddagger.com/
- Jul 31, 2010 8:00 PM @ Field Day, London. http://www.fielddayfestivals.com/
1. If I Had a Heart
2. When I Grow Up
3. Dry and Dusty
5. Triangle Walks
6. Concrete Walls
7. Now’s the Only Time I Know
8. I’m Not Done
9. Keep the Streets Empty for Me
The creepy electronic tones on Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson’s debut, Fever Ray, makes me think of a Doom Metal band that’s gone synthpop. I hear all sorts of musical reference points in both the vocals and the music as I listen to this album. A smattering of Propaganda here, a bit of Depeche Mode there, some Björk, a pinch of Katatonia, and some Kate Bush to name a few. It also takes me back to an alternative universe ‘80s era of ZTT Records, you know, around the time of Art Of Noise et al. But, in slow motion. Excellent stuff.
The Guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/mar/27/fever-ray
The Onion (A.V. Club) – http://www.avclub.com/articles/fever-ray-fever-ray,25935/
Delusions of Adequacy – http://www.adequacy.net/2009/04/fever-ray-fever-ray/
Drowned In Sound – http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14201/reviews/4136379
New Musical Express – http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14201/reviews/4136379
Tiny Mix Tapes – http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/fever-ray-fever-ray
Slant Magazine – http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/fever-ray-fever-ray
All Music Guide – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jnfrxzykld6e~T1
Dot Music – http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/090401/33/220xz.html
Prefix Magazine – http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/090401/33/220xz.html
Cokemachineglow – http://www.cokemachineglow.com/record_review/4328/feverray-feverray-2009
Dusted Magazine – http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/4859
3. Marching Song
4. About This Peninsula
“Marching Song” makes you think how cool it would have been if Siouxsie had fronted Bat For Lashes playing interpretations of Bauhaus songs, but then you think, actually no, Esben and the Witch are so much more than that comparison, and actually much more sinister sounding than any of those. On the track “Corridors”, there is sound like metallic-winged bats fluttering. Turn in, tune in, and hide under the sheets! The bats, the bats, the bats are coming…. mummy!
The great news is that the 33 EP is now free to download at: http://www.esbenandthewitch.co.uk/
[sic]Magazine – http://www.sicmagazine.net/articles/429/esben-the-witch-33
1. Clarion Call
3. This Momentary
4. Red Lights
Recycling and reimagining the best of New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Bloc Party and Klaxons, the debut Acolyte sees Delphic present their take on merging club-floor filler music and indie. Placed in the Top 5 of the BBC Sound of 2010 list, it’s not difficult to see why the band did well and why they should continue to do so. They seem to capture a certain mood that reflects the current pop music zeitgeist.
2. Deadbeat Summer
3. Laughing Gas
4. Terminally Chill
5. (If I Knew, I’d Tell You)
6. 6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know)
7. Should Have Taken Acid with You
8. Mind, Drips
9. Psychic Chasms
10. Local Joke
11. Ephemeral Artery
12. 7000 (Reprise)
Neon Indian’s Psychic Chasms manages to still sound distinct while drawing from a wide variety of sounds. I hear a whole number of similarities to other things vying in the tracks, like M83, MGMT, Maps, Daft Punk, 80’s Synthpop, 70’s glam, 8-bit Nintendo sounds, and disco all wrapped up in a trippy psychedelic haze. To sound both retro and futuristic at the same is a pretty amazing achievement. Say, are you boys on drugs?
Drowned In Sound – http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14886/reviews/4138421
Prefix Magazine – http://www.prefixmag.com/reviews/neon-indian/psychic-chasms/33465/