domenica 28 novembre 2010

Beady Eye

The relationship between Liam and Noel Gallagher has never been idyllic, and this isn't certainly a big news; with their brawls on stage, their brawls in the backstage and their brawls in hotels, the two brothers have never left us empty-handed, as far as gossip is concerned.
But now, after the recent dissolution of Oasis, caused by another big fight between the two, there's a big news: Beady Eye, the new Liam Gallagher's band, are out with a new single: "Bring the Light".
Beady Eye - Bring The Light


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mercoledì 3 novembre 2010

What a news!!!

The incredibly talented and prolific Damon Albarn, from Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad and The Queen, has announced his participation to a new project, which also includes the drummer Tony Allen and the bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea.
Although the group doesn't have a name yet (or, as far as we know, it hasn't been announced), Damon has confirmed that the album is on its way and that it has been completed in most of his songs.
Albarn has also announced that he's working with Gorillaz on their new album, despite Plastic Bleach has been released this year, and this also demonstrates the stakhanovism of the artist.
In addition to that, he also said that he hopes to return soon to work with The Good, The Bad and The Queen and that he's planning to come out with a solo album.
What an artist!!!


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martedì 19 ottobre 2010

Belle & Sebastien



They're finally back! Belle & Sebastien are out with their new album, called "Write About Love".

The waiting has been long, more than 4 years actually, but since they're back, let's talk about their LP. 
Their new songs do not distance themselves from what we have been used to listen: accessible, free and catchy songs that you feel you could listen to all the time.
But ('cause there's always a "but"), while their previous albums have been almost life-changing, as far as music is concerned, for all of us, this one isn't such a breakthrough: listening to it, it seems just to have turned the album and being listening to the other side of it; which isn't something very exciting, after a 4 year waiting!
Today I'm posting 2 songs of the new album...just let me know what you think!




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sabato 16 ottobre 2010

Go, if you gotta go...

If you listen to Mirrors, you'll realize how much they sound like a mixture between New Order and Depeche Mode. Nothing else to say...just listen to "Hide & Seek" and tell me if I'm wrong!
Mirrors - Hide & Seek



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giovedì 14 ottobre 2010

Wolfang Electro Phoenix

Here we go again...Phoenix continue to surprise us; the french alternative rock band members decided to keep cultivating the electronic vein that has always characterized their sound, but in an even more extreme way: in these days they're presenting some track so distinctly electro, but yet so distinctly "phoenix", that, I'm sure, their fans are going to love!
One of these is Love Like a Sunset Pt. 3, the song that I'm presenting you in this post: markedly electro in the sound, it follows the trail of the electro tradition also because it has almost no lyrics (at least until minute 4); it reminds me pretty clearly of the soundtrack of the trailer of "Somewhere" by Sofia Coppola (Mrs. Thomas Mars, frontman of Phoenix) that I've presented you in a previous post...I hope you'll like it, 'cause I do!
P.s. While listening, if you feel that you're missing Thomas' voice, just go to minute 4..! I do it, too (sometimes...)!


Phoenix - "Love Like A Sunset, Pt. 3"


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lunedì 4 ottobre 2010

R.I.P. Sparklehorse

Let's pretend it's March 6...(it's just that I wanted to post something from Sparklehorse).
Today a great artist committed suicide and left the world of international music bewildered. Mark Linkous was not just the frontman of Sparklehorse, but he also was the soul and mind of the band. He had a very complicated life, marked by a special event: in 1996, while supporting Radiohead on the first Sparklehorse tour, Linkous overdosed on alcohol, Valium and antidepressants and possibly other substances in his London hotel room. Rendered unconscious by the combination of drugs, he collapsed with his legs pinned beneath him, and remained in that position for almost fourteen hours. He was treated at St Mary's Hospital, London. Subsequent surgeries saved both legs but left him wheelchair-bound for six months; his legs never fully regained their original strength.
Linkous committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart outside a friend's house in Knoxville at 1:20 pm on March 6, 2010. He was 47 years old. According to a spokesperson for the Police Department, the musician was staying with two friends, who told authorities that he had been drinking heavily and had become upset after trading text messages with an unknown person. The friends said Linkous went upstairs for a short period, then told the two that he was going for a walk and exited through a back door. A witness saw him sit down in the alley near Irwin Street, pull out his rifle, and fire into his own chest. Linkous was declared dead at the scene.
Within a few hours of his death, a message attributed to the Linkous family was posted on the official Sparklehorse website: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today. We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There’s a heaven and there’s a star for you.” A number of notable musicians and people in the music world made statements mourning the loss of Linkous, including Patti Smith, Radiohead's Colin Greenwood, Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla, Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips and many more.
In honor of his enormous weight in the world of international music, I decided to post some of his greatest masterpieces.
(Thanks for pretending with me it's March 6!)


Sparklehorse - Sad & Beautiful World
Sparklehorse - Apple Bed

Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life


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martedì 7 settembre 2010

Blank


No inspiration at all...just a nice picture and a great song...that's it! Should I commit more?! Well, maybe...but isn't this a blog about music? Let's say that I want to keep it simple... ; )

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venerdì 27 agosto 2010

The premiere of "Congratulations"


Receiving an email from the staff of MGMT to inform me of the new video "Congratulations" has been such a surprise!
Until now just a few people could see it...but from now on, everybody can. You just have to go to MGMT official website or you can simply press the play button below and enjoy the show!


The song isn't bad at all...a lot better, actually, than "Flash Delirium", which I find being such a bad choice for MGMT's comeback!
The video is nice and it perfectly reflects the 2010 trend: the desert. 
I wonder why 2010, more than any other, has been the YearOfTheDesert: movies, music videos, photo shoots and almost everything took place in the desert...have you noticed?!

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martedì 10 agosto 2010

The end of the world is bigger than love

A few days ago I've watched a movie that I've been wanting to see since the first day it came out: "I Love Radio Rock". If you like old-fashioned music, that's the movie for you...
It's about a pirate ship anchored off in the North Sea that broadcasts rock music 24/7. It sounds like nothing special, but at that time (the 60s) the situation was slightly more problematic than today: rock music was seen by the government as music for drug addicts, young hotheads and dissidents. The soundtrack of this music, as you can easily imagine, is fantastic...I'm listening to it since the day I saw the film.
As I'm now drowned into this fantastic world of old-school music, I decided to post this song. It reminds me of the music from the 50s and the 60s in its rhythm and in its cadence, and it's also perfectly consistent with the music I'm listening to right now...Hope you like it!
Deerhunter - Revival

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giovedì 5 agosto 2010

Call me up before you're dead, we can make some plans instead



Finally, after almost a month, I'm back...I've had so much going on that I couldn't even stop for one sec and think about my blog...but I can tell you, I've been missing it a lot. It's nice to have a place to share your discoveries with your friends and followers. I promise I'll try not to stay away so long again!
Even if I've been away for so long, I don't have much to present you...in terms of numbers, I mean.
Today has been a pretty weird day...sunny, then rainy, then sunny again...and now, guess what, it's raining again.
As this day has been strange, I'm going to present you some "strange" kind of music, music that you don't listen to everyday. It's nice to occasionally drown into rhythms that we don't know, that are not familiar. And that's what I'm doing tonight...escaping (mentally, unfortunately).
Fol Chen - The Holograms (Primary 1 Rework)
Cosmetics - Sleepwalking


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domenica 11 luglio 2010

When vintage becomes contemporary

Today I'm going to present you one of the funniest video I've ever watched.
The title of this post is "When vintage becomes contemporary", and it's pretty easy to understand the reason why: the director has managed to combine his taste for vintage, that you can see in the clothes and in the dances, which are typical of the old passed times, with a supercontemporary kind of music, characterized by synth and touches of electro.
The result is amazing. 
Try to watch the video without audio and then to listen to the song without watching the video. You could not believe how can they bond together so well!


The Pass - Treatment of the Sun



The Pass - "Treatment of the Sun" PMA Premiere from Pretty Much Amazing on Vimeo.


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giovedì 8 luglio 2010

Crossfire

As promised in the previous post, here's the video for "Crossfire", the new single from Brandon Flowers, the frontman of The Killers.
Considering the names involved, I was expecting something more from you, Brandon!
Check it out!

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mercoledì 7 luglio 2010

We finally have a single...

...and we finally have a date! 
Brandon Flowers' new single is finally out; it's called "Crossfire" and it's the first song extracted from his solo album "Flamingo". 
We also have a release date of his album, which is September 14.
Waiting anxiously to know whether to wait in line for it or regret the times of The Killers, let's listen to "Crossfire".


Oh God! I almost forgot: tomorrow I'll also post the new video from Brandon, directed by the fantastic Nash Edgerton, with the participation of Charlize Theron!!! 
It must be something big...

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mercoledì 30 giugno 2010

Lovely leisure

Everything concerning Joy Division is something that deserves to be posted...
And this song is pretty good, though.


Perfume Genius - Mr. Peterson


"My work came back from class
With notes attached
Of a place and time
Or how my body kept him up at night

He let me smoke weed in his truck
If I could convince him I loved him enough
Enough, enough, enough, enough

He made me a tape of Joy Division
He told there was a part of him missing
When I was sixteen
He jumped off a building

Mr Petersen
I know you were ready to go
I hope there's room for you up above
Or down below". 



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sabato 26 giugno 2010

We love Sofia!


Francis Ford Coppola & Sofia

I know that I usually talk about music in this blog, but that doesn't mean that I can't present you some serious...some serious "stuff".

Some days ago I read about the new movie directed by Sofia Coppola. 
For those who don't know about her, she's the daughter of the legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, a world famous actress but most of all she's the first american woman in the history of The Academy Awards (the Oscars) to have been nominated for the Best Director award and to have won the Best Original Screenplay one. So I think you got how big it's to find out that her new movie is coming out...
Her new movie is called "Somewhere" and it's all about an A-class american movie star; one of those who live at the Chateau Marmont Hotel, doing sex, drugs & rock'n'roll...It might seem like the best (or the worst, depending on your taste) kind of life, but one day...one day Cleo comes in.



P.s. Just to tell you how this post is connected to music: Sofia Coppola has two daughters with Thomas Mars, who's the lead singer of Phoenix, who play the soundtrack of "Somewhere", while in the trailer you can listen to a demo song by The Strokes, called "I'll try anything once", a demo version of "You only live once".

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venerdì 25 giugno 2010

Balmy

Still studying...can't keep my head away from my duties...but that doesn't mean I can't pretend I'm on a beach, sipping my cocktail and chilling!
I'd define this music: easy listening for summer nights.
Keep Shelly in Athens - Fokionos Negri Street
Keep Shelly in Athens - Cremona Memories
Keep Shelly in Athens - Rainy Night


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sabato 19 giugno 2010

L'élégance du hérisson


"If you like cool camera tricks and fancy editing in your music videos, this clip for “Underwear” by Icelandic electronica trio FM Belfast may be your dream come true. It’s based on a simple concept with shots of people dancing alone in their underwear (and subsequently making fools of themselves) with some very clever edits then added in by the directing team of Daniel Scheinert and Dan Kwanadds. 
DANIELS, as they are called, use an array of techniques including variable speeds, retiming, time displacement, match cuts, and stop-motion that gives the video a very surrealistic vibe. The result is something that’s technically incredible and, to go along with the lyrics of the song, intimate and joyful. It helps that the track’s not half bad either. Watch the video below and download “Underwear” (plus one more from FM Belfast)."
Thank you, MFKWCRG!
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martedì 15 giugno 2010

New video from MGMT!

Hi guys, I've just received an email with the new video from MGMT and I thought I couldn't refrain from posting it...
It obviously comes from their new album, Congratulations, and it's called "It's Working".
Enjoy it, G.


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giovedì 10 giugno 2010

Florence is back!



After the huge success of "Lungs", Florence + The Machine are back with a new single, created for the soundtrack of "Eclipse", the third chapter of the "Twilight" saga. Although I've never seen any of the three films, not particularly meeting my taste, I have to say that they have done such a good job for "Eclipse", in terms of soundtrack! There are songs by the most important bands and artists of the moment, and even some "old glories"! And, think about it...most of the bands that you see in the soundtrack, have already been presented you by me! Yessss...


Florence + The Machine - Heavy In Your Arms
"Eclipse" soundtrack:
1.  Metric — “Eclipse (All Yours)”
2.  
Muse — “Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)”
3.  
The Bravery — “Ours”
4.  
Florence + The Machine — “Heavy In Your Arms”
5.  
Sia — “My Love”
6.  
Fanfarlo — “Atlas”
7.  
The Black Keys — “Chop And Change”
8.  
The Dead Weather — “Rolling In On A Burning Tire”
9.  
Beck and Bat For Lashes — “Let’s Get Lost”
10.
Vampire Weekend — “Jonathan Low”
11.
UNKLE — “With You In My Head” (feat. The Black Angels)
12.
Eastern Conference Champions — “A Million Miles An Hour”
13.
Band of Horses — “Life On Earth”
14.
Cee Lo Green — “What Part of Forever”
15.
Howard Shore — “Jacob’s Theme”



I'd never suggest you to go see the movie, but I'm surely suggesting you to go buy the soundtrack!


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domenica 6 giugno 2010

It's been three years...




...since the Klaxons released their breakthrough album Myths Of The Near Future. 3 years is a good while, leaving some big expectations/anticipation for the follow up Surfing The Void.  This past week they gave us all a little taste of what’s to come and here it is:
Klaxons - Flashover
Is it at least comparable to Golden Skans?! What do you think..?
Klaxons - Golden Skans (this is really hard to beat though)
(Thank you P.P.)


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sabato 5 giugno 2010

Shock me!






Everybody knows Interpol (and if you do not know them, find out immediately
 about who they are and what wonderfully deep music they play), but perhaps
 not everybody knows that they're not only working on their new album (which will apparently be the last one, since Carlos Dengler has announced that he'll leave the band after the release of it), but also that their world tour will soon stop in Italy.

We will have the chance to see "the four New Yorkers" playing live in Rome, on October 8 (but just a few songs, since they'll open the show for the U2), and in Milan, on November 17. 
"Indipendente concerti" is now selling the tickets for the Milan concert, so hurry up if you don't want to miss this great opportunity!
You can find all the tour dates on Interpol's official website.

Let's listen up to Interpol's new single, "Lights".

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giovedì 3 giugno 2010

Forgiveness


Hi guys, I'm sorry for not having posted anything through all these days, but I've been superbusy with my exams and I couldn't find a moment to dedicate to my music research; so, instead of presenting something meaningless, just to fill a post, I've preferred not to do it. Now I just have to pass one more exam and I'll be done! To help you forgiving me for my absence, I decided to create a post to try to contain some latest releases, so to keep me and keep you updated as much as possible.
Glad to be again on the spot,
G.


P.s. This post contains just two songs...I've not obviously been able to take some more time to research! Sorry again guys!


Psychobuildings - No Man's Land (they're from Nyc, and that is obvious...)


Junip - Rope and Summit (try to look beyond)

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martedì 18 maggio 2010

Dreamin' of swimming

I'm sorry guys for not having posted anything through all these days, but I've been really busy with studying and I think this situation will last at least until monday! I'm trying not to drown!!!

Btw, the song I'm presenting you today is part of the new album by The Fall, "Your Future Our Cuttler", and although I personally think that the entire album is really a masterpiece, I decided to extract this track because I believe that it is perfectly representative of the musical style, somewhere between rock and punk, of The Fall. Just like Wikipedia wants us to understand > [The Fall are an English post-punk group, formed in PrestwichGreater Manchester in 1976. The group has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. First associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years. However, The Fall's music is often characterised by repetition, an abrasive guitar-driven sound, and is always underpinned by Smith's vocals and often cryptic lyrics, described by critic Steve Huey as "abstract poetry filled with complicated wordplay, bone-dry wit, cutting social observations, and general misanthropy (sometimes more implied than clearly stated, but apparent nonetheless).]


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domenica 9 maggio 2010

A nice discovery


I must be honest: I didn't know Wolf parade before today, so I was rather surprised to learn that they are at their third album. And, as honestly as before, it sounds so good! Here's the review taken from P.M.A.
Wolf Parade’s seven years as a group have been seven years defining and perfecting a sound, a unique and stunning sound that doesn’t steal from the universe of Quebecois bands (of which they make up a vital part), but rather gives it a sharp, rapidly expanding edge. With the two teaser tracks leading into the band’s third full-length album, Expo 86, due for release June 29, Wolf Parade have taken the strange, volatile energy we love them for and channeled it into songs that are denser, fuller, and more mature.
“Ghost Pressure” is gentler, more electronic, driven by a computerized back beat, fleshed out with sharp guitar chords. It sounds like walking at night in the rain – like much of the band’s material, a powerful melodic melancholy, with an incredible bridge.
“What Did My Lover Say” is all sharp, distorted guitar, movement like limping, uneven steps. “I don’t think that I should be sorry for things I do in dreams,” Dan Boeckner sings. It’s twitchy, unapologetic, unstable, about to break – and endlessly listenable.
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