I’m particularly excited by the new album from Stereophonics “Graffiti on the Train”. Stereophonics have released eight studio albums, five of which topped the UK album charts. “Graffiti on the Train” debuted at number three. Unfortunately, they don’t tour often in North America…although I remain hopeful!
And here’s the non-acoustic version of their song Indian Summer.
With this new album release, Stereophonics are getting lots of media coverage in the UK – I find and read as much of it as I can online.
I’m loving the new release from Noah And The Whale!
I love finding new music. I always enjoy adding something new to my playlist and I’m particularly excited about singer-songwriter Alan Pownall. As well as a terrific voice, he has a presence that I can’t really put my finger on – I suspect that this North London performer would be great to see live.
Even his “discovery” story is interesting. He contacted London singer Adele via her MySpace page and ended up opening for her on her debut tour. His own debut album will be released June 25th.
My favourite song so far is “Chasing Time”. Unfortunately, I seem to be having some technical difficulties embedding the video into this post so you will have to listen to it here.
And here is “Colourful Day”.
I can’t remember where I first heard Japandroids but I immediately liked them – I love their sound and their energy. They got together in 2006 after meeting at the University of Victoria and released their debut LP “Post-Nothing” in 2009. I was really curious about their name so after some “google research”, discovered that it is a merger of two names – one chosen by guitarist Brian King (Pleasure Droids) and one chosen by drummer David Prowse (Japanese Scream).
They appeared on Jimmy Fallon on January 4th and although I saw the performance, I didn’t notice that Brian King wore a t-shirt with Vancouver street names on it and David Prowse gave a shout out on his t-shirt to CJSF, the Simon Fraser University radio station that he used to DJ on. Very cool.
Here they are performing “Heart Sweats” at a Seattle radio station:
And here they are at the same radio station performing “Racer X’:
Here they are on CBC Radio 3:
Things have been rather quiet at Dogtown Blogs lately – a direct result of the fact that things have been rather busy in the non-virtual world. I’ve been trying to time my new music posts with #musicmonday on twitter but that didn’t work out this week. Oh well, moving on…
So this week’s find is The Candle Thieves. I first heard of them through an article in the British paper The Guardian. They run a series called “First Sight” that hilights new artists and I’ve found a couple of good additions to my playlist through them. Their sound is described as “a guilty pleasure for deep thinkers” on their MySpace site (where you can currently get a free download of their song “Pull Back The Moon“.
The music video for their “The Sunshine Song” was nominated for Best Mixed Media Video at the 2009 UK Music Video Awards and I can see why – I think it’s such a great video.
Here’s a live version of their song “We’re All Gonna Die (Have Fun!)”.
And this is the boys playing live on the Staten Island Ferry:
I first saw this band mentioned in an article in Spin Magazine. Mark Hoppus (bassist for Blink-182) does a series for the magazine called “Hopp on Pop” where he shares some of his favourite musical finds. His description of this particular band was “Imagine the best parts of Coldplay, the Killers, and Keane (alliteration rock!!) put together in one group…” How could I not be interested after that comparison? The article also mentioned a number of bands that I already like (the Temper Trap, Matt & Kim and fun.) so I thought Mr. Hoppus’ recommendation would definately be worth a listen and worth sharing here.
Originally from Leeds but now based in New York, Your Vegas formed in 2004 and released their first album “A Town And Two Cities” in 2008. They are avid football fans and formed their own team called Champions United named after the football anthem they wrote, “Champion“. They played a charity match in 2008 against Hollywood United – an amateur team founded back in the late 1980’s by a group of British ex-pats that included members of The Sex Pistols, The Cult and Def Leppard. Other well known stars have continued the tradition and the team at various times has included Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones, Robbie Williams and Ziggy Marley to name just a few.
Here’s their song “In My Head“:
Here is an acoustic version of their song “Troubled Times“:
And here’s an interview with them from the summer of 2009:
I first saw a link to this band on Alan Cross’ Explore Music web site which described them as sounding like The Cars and Blondie – intriguing enough for me to bookmark the page and take a look. This Swedish band was formed in 1999 and have since released three albums, their latest Crossing The Rubicon was released in June of 2009. They also supported No Doubt on their tour in 2009 and Panic At The Disco in 2006 and Dave Grohl wore a red “Sounds” t-shirt in the Foo Fighters video for “Times Like These“.
The song “No One Sleeps While I’m Awake” was performed on Carson Daly and was also included in one episode of the television show “The Vampire Diaries“.
And here’s a high-energy performance of their song “Seven Days A Week” on Letterman:
Love the energy and the look!