The Mellow Music

Sometimes we look in a beautifully manner to the world, i think i'm living one of that moments right now. Or, it's just because of new The Beach Boys compilation, Disney Girls, why are you so beautiful? Nothing is better than discovering some one of a kind tune!

Harry Nilsson - I'll Never Leave You
This song from Nilsson Schmilsson which is a near-perfect summary of everything Nilsson could do. A dear friend of mine from The States suggested this record before. Love the song!

Nick Drake - Been Smokin' Too Long (From Family Three 2007)
The album contains home and cassette recordings that Drake made prior to the release of Five Leaves Left, most at his family home in Tamworth, while eight tracks from the fabled "Aix Tape" round out the collection. Two songs are included by Drake's mother Molly, that highlight how strong an influence his family had on him.

Beach Boys - Disney Girls (from The Warmth Of The Sun 2007)

Von Südenfed - Tromatic Reflexxions

Roots Music / Disco House
Von Sudenfed are a trio formed by Andi Thoma and Jan St Werner from Mouse On Mars and The Fall’s brilliant, anarchic frontman Mark E Smith. The first single ‘Fledermaus Can’t Get It’ is perfect presentation to Von Sudenfed -- opening "Tromatic Reflexxions" in a great way. Guardian calls this record delirious Teutonic techno coda. The track on it cite themselves as dancing of neon lights, taking Mouse on Mars unbelievably amazing sound combining with Mark E Smith's obsessive vocal. There are other great songs as well, this is so various, and I love interesting music!
MM picks: The Rhinohead, Serious Brainskin, That Sound Wiped
mp3:Von Südenfed - The Rhinohead
Von Sudenfed - Fledermaus Can't Get It on Video Youtube
Von Sudenfed Myspace | Dominorecords

Shrek The Third - Motion Picture Soundtrack

New series of popular Shrek animated movie includes eclectic set of pop/rock songs, a classic Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin, joyful tunes of Eels' Royal Pain and Losing Streak, also one of my favorite songs "Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?" by The Ramones.

Gary Numan - Telekon

After two strong recordings The Pleasure Principle and Tubeway Army, Telekon was Gary Numan's best to admire his interesting music career starting of the lately 70s. Synths are speaking at the start of it with two massive Numan song The "Aircrash Bureau", "This Wreckage". And also two popular hit "I Die: You Die" and "We Are Glass" from Telekon, these are all great gifts for someone who wants to discover forceful vision of New Wave era in the early 80s, a synth pop classic.
mp3: Gary Numan - We Are Glass

New Rock Singles (May 28)

1. mp3: Apples In Stereo - Energy
Apples In Stereo beats the weekend with the song has a lot of energy inside of it. This song reminded me Weezer's heydays, very nice song.
2. LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
3. Tom McRae - Bright Lights
4. Mohair – Talk Of The Town (7”) [Limited]
5. Marilyn Manson - Heart-Shaped Glasses
6. Scissor Sisters - Kiss You Off
7. Armand Van Helden – NYC Beat
8. The Cribs - Men's Needs
A band that really copies The Strokes throughout, and i don't like this.
9. The Zimmers – My Generation
10. Little Ones – Lovers Who Uncover
The weakest video and song of the week, but i should put it anyway.

Nice Youtube Videos
Mohair – Talk Of The Town
Apples In Stereo - Energy
CSS - Let's make love and listen death from above
Scissor Sisters - Kiss You Off
The Cribs - Men's Needs
Little Ones – Lovers Who Uncover

New Crowded House

The new single from the reunited Crowded House is "Don't Stop Now". Produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Morrissey) "Don't Stop Now" features the new Crowded House line-up - Neil Finn on guitars and vocals, Nick Seymour on bass guitar, Mark Hart on piano and harmony, and new recruit Matt Sherrod on drums - plus a guest appearance on guitar by the legendary Johnny Marr. As befits the "Don't Stop Now" is a melodic tour de force, a hook-filled gem that gets better with every listen.

It's a good to choice "Don't Stop Now" as first single, and i liked the new album "Time on Earth". On 2nd July, Crowded House will release 'Time On Earth', their first release in over 10 years. It's been an iridescent record! While i dig it more, you should check it out brand new single.
mp3: Crowded House - Don't Stop Now

The Dresden Dolls Live

The Dresden Dolls are an American musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts, their music lyrically and musicially gives a exciting listen, and they call their style as "Brechtian punk cabaret". "A is for Accident" a collection of the Dolls' live performances from 2001 to 2003. And also if you wonder the singer Amanda Palmer's thoughts on artists like Joanna Newsom, Sigur Ros, Regina Spektor, check out Dresden Dolls' Diary.

mp3: Dresden Dolls - Missed Me (from A is for Accident)
mp3: Dresden Dolls - Mrs. O (from A is for Accident
mp3: Dresden Dolls - Mandy Goes To Med School
mp3: Dresden Dolls - Add It Up
mp3: Dresden Dolls - Girl Anachronism
For more live tracks visit Dresden Dolls Download Page

Clinic - Funf

Clinic are to release "Funf" next month a rarities album, b-sides from the band's first ten years together. The album includes twelve cool-kinda tracks, some of them sounds better than many songs on their studio record. That the craziest vocal, and their sound which reminds you a radio quality listen is actually gripping, they're really weird. I liked it a lot more than previous record, Visitations. Magic Boots from the same album reminded me New York punk bands! By the way, nice vocals!
mp3: Clinic - Magic Boots

The Durutti Column - Sporadic Three

Rating: 8.5/10
Review:
Durutti Column is one of the special names for me, on his music it's not hard to feel warm winds on your face. This collection contains exclusive tracks, outtakes, versions, and home demos. Reilly's off cuts contain more ideas than most of us have over the course of a lifetime. Like dreamy vocals from Cranes to Brian Wilson, dreamy guitars from Brian Eno to Phil Manzanera, Vini Reilly is one of the most alternative guitarists that i've ever heard. Isn't it so beautiful to hear all passions, colors, pain from pastoral descriptions on his guitar? Reilly really makes it strong, a very interesting collection that you should taste.
mp3: The Durutti Column - Birthday Present

Fairport Convention - Liege & Leaf

Classics
This is the last album from Fairport before their reshuffle in personnel and it seems to be a showcase for Sandy Denny, whose voice dominates every number. As a group they seem to have come a long way backwards since their first album. The exciting electric sound of those days has been replaced with the most traditional of traditional folk, which doesn’t make for too much animation– they’ve over-simplified. It’s an essential recording. The 2002 CD reissue adds a previously unreleased version of "Sir Patrick Spens" with Sandy Denny on lead vocals.

The Editors New Record

An end has a start, it sounds interesting when you read on the art work. So this is Coldplay's faster version with a lot more Ian McCulloch feeling on it? Or The Killers with a deep voice? I've listened a leaked version of "An End Has A Start"' and i think this is dull indie rock.

What i dislike most is every song recalls each other and you can hear sound of catchy, cooly, moody music for college guys, and for others, i'm not sure if there are interesting songs to dig in the new record. I already tired of listening Ian Curtis copying on every Editors song, but musically this is ever and never close to Joy Divison. There are two or three comely works such as Bones, Spiders and When Anger Shows. But it can't cover that college guy feeling 'look i just found a new band! and it's my favorite now'. The desicion is yours but it was a cold experience for me.
mp3: The Editors - Spiders

The Verve - Drugs Don't Work


I still love listening The Verve which was definitely one of the best british bands in the 90s. Every The Verve song reminds sense of drama, love and dreams. What i liked most is that you can listen to their songs when it's your bloody romantic mood. "Urban Hymns" (1999) is third studio record of the band, and following that they disbanded in1999. I love this song from the album even if lyrics aren't for me. Richard Ashcroft had released three solo record up to date, and if you ask me, his solo records are easy to forget. Now let your ears join to lush acustic guitars!
mp3: The Verve - Drugs Don't Work

Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax

There's just something so cheerfully and pointedly simplistic about "Relax" that it's next to impossible not to love.

Frankie seem to wallow and finally get swallowed up by their own silly schoolboy beliefs that innuendoes and words like “suck” and “come” are going to titillate what they see as our equally immature sense of good clean dirty fun. I suggest they look to either Ian Dury for honestly humorous vulgarity or Divine for no holds barred up front filth and stop sniggering like pimply adolescents who’ve just caught a glimpse of their neighbour’s knickers. written by Helen Fitzgerald
mp3: Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax

New Rock Singles (May 21)

1. mp3: Smashing Pumpkins - Tarantula
I haven't had any chance to listen Zeitgeist yet, but i know that Billy Corgan doesn't disappoint us. "Tarantula" is a shooting beggining for returning the new Smashing Pumkins lineup.
You can also listen non-radio rip version from Spinner.

2. Spoon - The Ghost of You Lingers (Youtube Video)
On "GaGaGaGa" none of the songs sound like The Ghost Of You Lingers, so this makes it their major hit. I think it's a creative video, but it's hard to find something memorable on it, yeah just some video effects and it reminds me visualization effect on winamp player. New Spoon sounds good, there are many likeable songs, but it's not what i want, though. For example
mp3: Spoon - Rhthm & Soul gives a good reason to think about of an upcoming melodic alternative pop record. It just flows, i like it.

3. Amp Fiddler feat Corinne Bailey Rae - If I Don't (Youtube Video)
I'm not a big fan of Corinne Bailey Rae, but, if a song is good, i just say it. This is attractive song features soul, r&b in the formula.

4. The Chemical Brothers - Do It Again (Youtube Video)
5. Dears – You & I Are A Gang Of Losers
6. Queens of the Stone Age - Sick Sick Sick (Youtube Video)
7. Gym Class Heroes - Cupid's Chokehold
8. Jesse Malin – Broken Radio
9. The Pigeon Detectives - I'm Not Sorry
10. Chris Cornell – Arms Around Your Love (Youtube Video)
Chris Cornell's Carry On is nothing better than previous Audioslave which was a terrible
record for me, and that time i noticed that this band no longer lives. For now, he's on his
own, however nothing changes again. Music for teenage girls. Crap!

Nick Lowe - At My Age

Review:
The British icon Nick Lowe returns with his new plush record, his first album in nearly six years. And again At My Age's bringing back the tradition of three-minute pop singles, they sound as Lowe, of course, his skill on music follows a melodic country-rock, adult pop record.

Its amazing atmosphere that goes perfectly on rainy days is the best side of "At My Age". People Change, Hope For Us All, The Other Side Of The Coin are amazing new songs of him, these are mellow, charming, moreover they show his experienced producing where you can remember his contribution on recordings for The Damned, Elvis Costello, and The Pretenders. Lowe has recorded more solo albums in his own very individual style to critical acclaim, and this is again what he is.
You can preorder his album at Yep Rock Records.
MM picks: Hope For Us All, The Other Side Of The Coin
Nick Lowe - People Change
Release date: Jun 26, 2007

Art Brut - Its A Bit Complicated

Rating: 8.1/10
Review

South London's Art Brut prove themself, and they ironically rock all the way while other britbands --Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, are licking their lollipops.

"Its A Bit Complicated" is very nice with full of rock'n roll hooks. Eddie Argos reminding to The Falls' vocalist Mark E. Smith with his snarling, nearly incomprehensible vocals. Their rapid guitars are here to control your emotions thoughtlessly. Ironic lyrics, go-go guitars, a fully grown record comes as this years' the most rockable record. Even if he never gives up his unmelodious and talkie vocal, you really go with his empty words. He's saying 'sorry if my accent's fooled' or 'punk's not dead', and you're almost about to answer 'no problem play on, you rock'. Almost every song sounds addictive and ready to rock with the soul of punk rock. "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" was hit that summer, and this is better. Art Brut's "Its A Bit Complicated" is a very good reason to stop listening those the increasing indie kids.
MM picks: Late Sunday Evening, Blame It On The Trains, St. Pauli
mp3: Art Brut - Jealous Guy
this is the 1300th post!
Official Art Brut

Leonard Cohen cover by Rufus Wainwright

Throwing your clothes to sofa, getting rid of dirt on your body, and turning up the volume of the song that makes you on cloud nine. Then something starts to change inside of you. Yes! I want to shout it loud, love this cover song very very much. Thank you Leonard Cohen, you're a genious and thank you Mr. Wainwright for representing this song wonderfully. "I'm Your Man" is a soundtrack album features Leonard Cohen covers in which you can find great Cohen covers by Antony, Beth Orton and Jarvis Cocker. 'Everybody knows, everybody knows, thats how it goes!'
mp3: Rufus Wainwright - Everybody Knows
...Also check out new Rufus album Release The Stars

New The Polyphonic Spree

Their name really fits with the bands' efforts, a polyphony sound , catchy orchestral pop, and dozen of members playing various instruments. The most colourful side of The Polyphonic Spree is their live performance, think of two dozen members are costumed in colourful clothes. Having a multiplicity of sounds, waving hello to 1960s' the most popular surf band Beach Boys, The Polyphonic Spree now ready to push their career with "The Fragile Army". It's a sometimes exhausting listen, but it's because of their polyphonics. "Get Up and Go" is something that like to sing with from the new record. If you like bands like The Flaming Lips, Spiritualized, and Mercury Rev, this should be your new addiction.
The album is scheduled to be released on TVT Records in June 2007.
(You can download the title song from www.myspace.com/polyphonicspree)
mp3: The Polyphonic Spree - Get Up and Go

Interpol Live

Bitter, fiery, mellow, up to blue skies, Interpol once again delivers a great indie rock collection
of songs on 2007's Our Love To Admire. Following our previous mention on New Interpol, we discover some live songs from the upcoming record plus a classic Interpol song "Say Hello To The Angels". Believe me "Pioneer To The Falls," sounds great that i almost felt flying on listening to this live performance. Interpol truly becomes a well-qualified indie rock band, they deserve this! As for now, "Pioneer To The Falls", "Mammoth" and "The Heinrich Maneuver" are all hooky and smooth.

mp3: Interpol - Pioneer To The Falls (live at Indio, CA 2007)
mp3: Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver (live at Indio, CA 2007)
mp3: Interpol - Say Hello To The Angels (live at Indio, CA 2007)

New Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney's new album, titled Memory Almost Full, will be released on June 5th. The album, which is being produced by David Kahne, who helmed McCartney's 2001 Driving Rain set, follows the framework of most of McCartney's work over the past 25 years, including full band tracks mixed with songs featuring McCartney on all instruments. The new set is McCartney's 21st mainstream solo studio album, and his followup to 2005's Grammy-nominated Chaos And Creation In The Backyard. A good recording that rocks in every part!
mp3: Paul McCartney - Only Mama Knows

New music makes you sinG

1. Battles - Atlas (youtube video)
2. mp3: Horrors – She Is The New Thing
3. Twentysixfeet - My Dead Organ (youtube)
4. James – Who Are You
5. Juliette & The Licks – Purgatory Blues
6. CSS – Let’s Make Love
7. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Me & My Imagination
8. Youth Group - Sorry
9. Cold War Kids – Hospital Beds
10. Snow Patrol – Signal Fire

Battles is a quartet comprised of drummer John Stanier of Helmet and Tomahawk, guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress, guitarist David Konopka of Lynx, and avant solo musician Tyondai Braxton. Twentysixfeet ,who is a quintet of all live in north London, primarily want to make noise/music that sounds quite powerful.
And also two great records get my attention on this week, they're Mirrored by Battles and The Fragile Army by The Polyphonic Spree.

Battles - Mirrored

Rating: 10/10
Post Rock/Experimental
Battles' first album, "Mirrored" is completely full of songs that are both catchy and experimental. Race In, Leyendecker are good examples; While "Race In," get your attention by joyful atmosphere of the music, "Atlas" has a nice vocal edge that reminds to us nothing we've heard before. However it's possible to see well-calculated guitar hooks, spaced rhythms and
gorgeous electronics on this record, moreover this is entirely melodic one. It's not like other hyped and dull experimental records. And if you like names like The Knife, Animal Collective, you'll fall in love with this.

This year, i haven't been surprised many times except "Mirrored", so clever and impresive with its cutting edges. A record that you can discover every time something new. Timeless!
MM picks: Race In, Leyendecker, Rainbow, Tonto, Tij
Battles - Atlas [live at Empty Bottle; Chicago]
Listen Atlas, Prismism on Battles Myspace
mp3: Battles - Leyendecker
You may also like:
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
The Knife - Silent Shout

Marc Almond - Stardom Road

This saturday we all become romantic because of an upcoming record, i've just finished listening to "Stardom Road" by English artist Marc Almond. Most of you know his major effort on 80's disbanded Soft Cell with their amazing album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (Check out 80s section). This new album featuring Antony and the Johnsons, Jools Holland, Sara Cracknel of St. Ettiene and a 50 piece Orchestra, and also it's a favorite cover songs collection. Even if it sounds very cinematic, pastoral and susceptible sometimes, "Stardom Road" is a good cover collection. And here comes an amazing jazzy duet from Antony and Marc Almond. The song has been better than his collaboration with Bjork for Antony Hegarty.
mp3: Marc Almond - The Ballad of the Sad Young Men feat. Antony Hegarty (highly rec'd)
www.marcalmond.co.uk

The Clientele - God Save The Clientele

Rating: 7.9/10
Modern Music Review
Summertime dreams are nearly to come true and warm weather begin to show its effect on music as always. Listening happy, sunny, songs make your day on a hot summmer day. A cold drink on your hand, and you only want having a good time like everybody else. There is an expression that we used to say in Turkish, every thing is in this world for people. And yes, we all deserve a good, high quality life, a good record to spend our time with.

Listening soft albums is always a good choice on summertime. You push to play button, take your seat and read your favorite magazine, looking to pictures to see something interesting. And on your backround music, suddenly a hit song starts to play from the same album . You say "oh it's great" to yourself. On "God Save The Clientele" not only he has a velvet voice, their arrangements are also romantic and melodic. The Clientele remind me last years' great records, for example Sleepy Jackson's, and one of my favorite summer record Puzzle Like You by Mojave 3. Their pure power pop sound roots from bands like Go-Betweens, Big Star, The Beatles, they can also be compared with Galaxie 500, Luke Haines, Mojave 3 and Felt and their labelmates Lambchop. But at the top of their musical influence, one name should be enough, dreamy and arcane treasure Gearge Harrison. While i fly with my parachute, i want "Bookshop Casanova" as my background music. It's the most energetic song on the new Clientele.

It's usually a lazy record. If you're looking for slow, dreamy music, grab "God Save The Clientele". These harmonies want to say something about love, and truly, god save the Clientele for better records in future!
MM picks: The Dance Of The Hours, Bookshop Casanova, The Queen Of Seville, Carnival On 7th Street
mp3: The Clientele - Bookshop Casanova

www.theclientele.co.uk [You can stream the whole album]

Manic Street Preachers Live

I hope you liked new Send Away The Tigers, and i was listening to The Great Western again, it reminded me all those beautiful songs. I decided to post some live songs of them. Especially "Everything Will Be" is worth a listen!

mp3: The Manics - Everything Will Be (Glastonbury 29/07/03)
"Everything Will Be", which the band previewed at the Glastonbury Festival 2003, appeared as a B-side to the single "The Love of Richard Nixon".
mp3: The Manics - Tsunami (2002 Hultsfredsfestivalen)
mp3: The Manics - Ocean Spray
And my final live The Manics song is a great great great live version of their major hit.

Live performances on Youtube:
Kevin Carter (Live at Glastonbury '99)
Faster (Glastonbury '94)
A comment on Faster video: 1 of the best British bands of all time and 1 of the best guitarists too. This performance of Faster is hard to beat.

Pixies - Bossanova

This is delicious and whimsical music. They said "Bossanova" as the weakest Pixies when it was released. It was definitely because of Doolittle's shocking effect on them. Or it was Kim Deal's the breeders which got more attention than Bossanova got. As a distinctive record, Bossanova is one of the best albums in early 90s. And it's still a great album, it never gets old and it knows how to steal your heart. Francis (Frank Black) has said Bossanova is his favorite. Velouria, underlining their ability to write timeless singles that filled the head and sent toes tapping incessantly out of time. It's a fitting and a perfect example of 90's alternative rock music.
mp3: Pixies - Velouria

New Marilyn Manson

I feel as if there's more like three albums' worth of material, [because] I don't want to cram a long record into a place that doesn't have the attention span for that. . . I'd like to return to the old-fashioned records that had eight or nine songs [that] were all very important. Not to say that I made records that had filler material. They were all based around a central idea, and the central idea in this one is my pain and its ability to be unashamed to repeat itself.—Marilyn Manson, MTV News

After his several heavy sounded records, we see that Marilyn Manson wants a change on his music. This change and regeneration again becomes around rock music. On "Eat Me, Drink Me", he's more melodic now and his compositions include a sound closer to modern rock or alternative rock. Sure, there are again heavy rock moments, guitar solos, but it's generally poppy and easy to get. Not "Eat Me, Drink Me" is entirely perfect. However, if there is a truth about his new style, it's summarized on "Evidence". Absolutely catchy!
mp3: Marilyn Manson - Evidence (Soon it'll be removed)

New Interpol

With their ceaseless guitar sound, with their vocalist, Interpol always remind me post-punk era, most probably it's closer to Ian Curtis, Joy Division era. They also remind me something near to explode, like some stuck weather in a small place, their sound explodes at the end of every song. That's why they're a unique band so far. "Turn on the Bright Lights" was a brilliant record, they perfectly did everything that a new band could do on a debut.
"We had keyboards on from the start which we've never done before. It's like a fifth member. There's a lot more texture, and interesting sounds, there's definitely progression and growth."
Now new album "Our Love To Admire" will be released on July 10, 2007. I've not listened to the new album yet. But i've heard this nice new single that again sounds like previous Interpol works, maybe this one is little anger than the others with heavy and stressful sound. Like on the art work, it's nature of the world. Eat to survive!
mp3: Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver
Also Check Live The Heinrich Maneuver on Youtube

Television Personalities

Are We Nearly There Yet? is the tenth album by indie legends Television Personalities. It was released in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2007. The album features brand new tracks along with covers of Bruce Springsteen and The Killers. And We liked the cover of "Mr Brightside", there are many other great cuts in the album indeed. So what we should to do is to listen this nice record.
mp3: Television Personalities - Mr Brightside

The one i really enjoy on Are We Nearly There Yet? is "The Eminem Song", a real joy, and it's a great feeling to present this kind of amazing bands on your blog.
mp3: Television Personalities - The Eminem Song

New rock/indie singles

1. mp3: Shitdisco - OK
2. Von Sudenfed - Fledermaus Can't Get It
3. Hold Steady, The - Stuck Between Stations
4. Lemonheads – Pittsburgh
5. Dinosaur Jr - Been There All The Time / Back To Your
6. Funeral For A Friend - Into Oblivion (Reunion)
7. Low vs Diamond – Heart Attack
8. Camera Obscura - Tears For Affairs
9. Franz Ferdinand - All My Friends ( LCD Soundsystem cover)
10. Ross Copperman - All She Wrote

Von Sudenfed are a trio formed by Andi Thoma and Jan St Werner from Mouse On Mars and The Fall’s brilliant, anarchic frontman Mark E Smith. You can listen to the cover version by going to the LCD Soundsystem Myspace page: www.myspace.com/lcdsoundsystem

The Afghan Whigs - Unbreakable: A Retrospective

This is their first ever compilation and is an extraordinary portrait of one of American rock's most distinctive bands. New two songs "I'm a Soldier" and "Magazine", recorded when singer/guitarist Greg Dulli, bassist John Curley, guitarist Rick McCollum, and drummer Michael Horrigan reunited last fall. Are these clouds look so great or my eyes are blinded by this new song? I'm a Soldier , which is a new Afghan Whigs cut, is another powerful rock song by them, blowing all emotions and echoing on the background. It reminded me "Something Hot" that is other hot Afghan Whigs good. This is charming at every moment!
mp3: The Afghan Whigs - I'm A Soldier

Rush - Snakes & Arrows

When will i stop influencing by music, yes i know the answer, it's "never". This love becomes stronger everyday, why this is so beautiful? Rock music is as candies in a black bowl, do you hear that song sounds like sugar! At the same time this is dignified. I must admit that i've been blown away by "Snakes & Arrows". The record is another heavy guitar, bass, and drums. An amazing instrumental work of Rush is song named "the main monkey business" gets standout new work. It's definitely an alive rock record. Amazing!
mp3: Rush - Faithless
MM picks: Armor and Sword, the main monkey business, faithless
Rush Official

The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters

Rating: 7.8/10
Modern Music Review
Once in a time, it was a very hot summer and i was totally obsessed on noisy bands. That wasn't the first time my meeting with noise rock. But it was truly amazing experience to order in my playlist all noise rockers that i've got during three months. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spiritualized, Mercury Rev, Ride and many others... The reason why you should love noisy music is it helps realizing important moments on your life. Your ears are becoming interested in every minor detail of noises. You think that it can't be, but believe me it's true. Noise rock has always been an inventive style for me. On the other hand, like all overused things are not safe, you shouldn't listen loud music more than three hours like me!

And today's writing reason is a scottish band which we mentioned on this blog before. The Twilight Sad, and it's truly music of twilight. "Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters" is their debut album on the hand, featuring a kind of crying noise rock. Moreover connection with shoegazing can be heard on their songs. Functionally they're not shoegazers, it's somewhat improved type of shoegazering featuring horns, accordions, piano and a modern sound. We already know that none of the styles stay same. So I loved James Graham's style of pronunciation, he again shows that emphesis is always important in rock music!

Although it paralyses you at times, one of the best things that you may find on their music is a powerful sound. Now it's important being a powerful band. Music becomes to lose its meaning, because people get very serious about music, they also think that everyone can make music. What they do is only fill their pockets. This is nice music in every part.
MM picks: Walking For Two Hours, And She Would Darken The Memory, I'm Taking The Train Home
mp3: The Twilight Sad - I'm Taking The Train Home (highly rec'd)

Sade - Smooth Operator

Sexy moments from 80s are calling for us!
There are songs which are reasons to feel yourself as a star of that night. And it's a moment as if spotlights only show you. But you're not performing, you're only dreaming yourself in a glorious world. Thanks to Sade, for creating the song that is almost a classic. This is one of that rare songs can offer calm four minutes while captivating you in its jazz, poppy and memorable atmosphere. Piano, sax, percussion and do you want for more, then here it comes an absolutely original vocal performance!
mp3: Sade - Smooth Operator

Siouxsie and The Banshees - Kaleidoscope

‘Kaleidoscope’ follows hard on the heels of the morale-boosting chart successes of ‘Christine’ and
‘Happy House’, both of which are featured here. ‘Christine’, the story of the schizophrenic with 22 clashing personalities, was breathtaking: strong, steady drumming, a running bass, a skilful acoustic guitar and Siouxsie’s compassionate vocals all evoke perfectly the song’s stark atmosphere.

‘Happy House’ was great pop as well, everything moving together to form its own distinctive sound. And now ‘Kaleidoscope’ – a series of sketches each evoking its own atmosphere and place. ‘Happy House’ kicks off Side One before ‘Tenant’ is ushered in with a slow, almost Public Image feel, with Severin contributing electric sitar, among other things. ‘Trophy’ is a McGeogh number with a recurring guitar motif and an exploration by Siouxsie of the futility of remembering past triumphs.

‘Hybrid’, though meticulously constructed, tends to outstay its welcome, while ‘Clockface’ seems trite, save for Siouxsie’s chanting. The side ends with ‘Lunar Camel’: slow, a trifle draggy, it lacks characteristic Banshee purpose or direction.
Side Two: ‘Desert Kisses’ boasts a great swirling feel of power and intent with Siouxsie’s voice reminding us of its unique quality. ‘Red Frame’ is almost Human League but with more depth and darkness, while ‘Paradise Place’ and ‘Skin’ are just classic Banshee pieces. Hypnotic, relentless, and incisive, both feature Steve Jones on guitar, revealing a hitherto unknown side of the (S)ex Pistol.

As the title implies, ‘Kaleidoscope’ aims to give the listener exactly that. A kaleidoscope of sound and imagery, new forms, and content, flashing before our eyes. Undoubtedly a lot of the album
is a success on those terms, but even after about ten plays it’s still hard to fully grasp ‘Kaleidoscope’ as a concrete whole. Or maybe that’s the beauty.

Pan's Labyrinth

Modern Music Favorite Movie of the Year

For today, i did a different post. I know, this is somewhat out of topic, is there anyone who dislikes this masterpiece? I've watched to the film five days ago, and i can still remember wonderful scenes from the picture. Although Pan's Labyrinth is essentially a re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland, contrasts between destructive side of war and fairy side of fantastic world have truly been life-changing experience for cinema-lovers. I've also seen standout works like 300, Babel, Children of Men and they're not amazing but impressive. In addition Pan's Labyrinth has won numerous film awards, including three academy awards; best cinematography, best art direction
, best makeup.
Pan's Labyrinth also reminds me dark atmosphere of my favorite classical records such as "Glassworks" by Philip Glass or Wendy Carlos's "A Clockwork Orange". They're all unique musical pieces. I don't know if you're interested in classical stuffs, but you should listen some distinctive modern composition records at least. Do you have one of these? There are many memorable scene on Pan's Labyrinth. It's very hard telling what are the effects of a movie on you by writing, however this is the best film that i've seen for a long time. Essential!
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Pan's Labyrinth Official Movie Site

Feist - The Reminder

Rating: N/A
Modern Music Review:
This is another stunning work of art from an indie icon, a canadian singer-songwriter (and Broken Social Scene member). There are so many stunning moments on The Reminder.

I hadn't felt so calmly until i listened to The Reminder. Not only i'm a music fan, you want more and more if you once discover great taste of good music. It just plays, and you just lie, you didn't need to do anything, you needn't have seen the evil side of world. You know that one of the greatest things to do is listening to a solid musical piece for a healthy soul. Why it may not be Feist's "The Reminder"? With its bold modern vocal style, and sentimental harmony, sometimes it's jazzy, and beautiful voice of a woman, she's Feist.

Except likeable single "My Moon My Man", The Reminder mostly interests picky music listeners. Otherwise you may say it's sleepy stuff. Come on, you won't be listening cheery stuff all of your life. There should be emotional moments, just the same. To the closing, it becomes slower and turns to a melancholic love songs best of. Closing track is so magical! Eventually this is so attractive!
MM picks: The Water, The Limit To Your Love, How My Heart Behaves
mp3: Feist - The Water
Video: Feist - 1234

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