Garage meets Indie-Pop und irgendwie schleicht sich noch ein naseweiser Punk in dieses quirlige Trara. So tönt die britische Band The Fireworks, die in puncto Dynamik und Überraschungsmoment ihrem Namen alle Ehre macht. Ihre kurzen, knackigen Songs gleichen Partys, die sofort zur Sache kommen, bei denen der Raum binnen Kurzem in Alkohol und Konfettis getränkt scheint und sämtliche Gliedmaßen allerlei Verrenkungen huldigen. In dieser Manier klingt das am 10. Februar erscheinenden Albumdebüt Switch Me On, zu dem sich prima eine kesse Sohle aufs Parkett legen lässt. Schlaglicht 2: The Fireworks weiterlesen
No words… just love, love, love for the video!
Christmas is almost over and it’s time to mothball all the Christmas tunes soon. It’s strange that we anticipate Xmas for at least four weeks, but on the eve of the 26th of December there’s an abrupt ending. One day later we start with all the preparations for New Year’s Eve. We are officially done with Christmas for another year! But hold on. Provided that the end of the world isn’t near and there’ll be another holiday season it makes sense to bookmark the Provo City Christmas Concerts playlist on YouTube for next year or even purchase the CD, which supports Sub for Santa, a Christmas charity that provides gifts for children, elderly, and disabled in the Utah County area. Local musicians from Utah have recorded new renditions of Christmas classics and many versions are quite remarkable. Joshua James for example, a singer-songwriter we’ve featured in the past, delivers a haunting version of We Three Kings, Madilyn Paige & Stephen Nelson contribute a classy interpretation of The First Noel, The National Parks accounts for the original folk song It’s Christmas, and I Like You. Auld Lang Syne, performed by Bat Manors, is another track that’s a perfect fit for end of the year celebrations. Christmas might be almost over, but these Provo City Christmas Concerts are definitely worth keeping in mind for next year’s Christmastime.
Thank you Stubby (head over to his page he has some more freebies from Christmas John for you)!
Lot’s of new Christmas songs have been released yesterday. Quite a surprise, a bit late? Or just right in time. Well, in Germany the Christkind brings the gifts on Christmas Eve (Heiligabend), the 25th and 26th of December are usually reserved for eating lots of unhealthy food, meeting friends & family and complaining about the bad tv program. Happily this year the new Christmas songs from Kasabian, Metric, Christmas John and some amazing Christmas mixes keep me from watching tv. BTW I have no idea about your TV program, here in Germany it’s always Die Hard (1-4), National Lampoon Christmas Vacation and Single Bells/ O Palmenbaum. The latter are German-Austrian movies which are surprisingly funny and enjoyable. Happily our dear friend Stubby works 24/7 to find the best Christmas tunes of this season. I think he never sleeps, maybe he’s the real Santa and there’s some special magic involved. He’s also right about telling us that we were wrong about complaining about the whole “no new Christmas classics since 20 years”. Actually there are some hot candidates for the (imaginary) “New Christmas Classics”-Award. Besides Low’s Christmas Album, Frightening Rabbit’s “It’s Christmas, So We’ll Stop” already made it to the “shortlist”. And there are lot’s of Sufjan Stevens Christmas songs, but that’s another story. It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop has already been covered seversal times, the Only Objects version is quite nice, new and free. Free Mp3: Christmas John (Frightened Rabbit) – It Gets Cold weiterlesen
What the hell, I’ll start now with the song below, “The Fatal Gift.” It doesn’t really sound at all like anything else we’re doing and stands alone. It’s unfinished but I like it enough the way it is to play it for you now. The question is, did I accidentally write a dark Christmas carol last summer? Looks like we’re about to find out.
“Did I accidentally write a dark Christmas carol last summer?” – Yes, Emily, you did and it’s just beautiful. Stream: Metric – The Fatal Gift weiterlesen
Paper City – Merriest Carriage in the Bloom
I recently complaint about this Christmas music season not being complete, about missing something. Well, there are some beloved artists that I missed this year. I was quite disappointed when I noticed that Paper City had deleted their webpage and FB. Paper City had been one of the regular guests on this blog. Something to look forward to. Sadly we won’t getting any new material this year but we get a free download of Merriest Carriage in the Bloom which is taken from their 2013 release Sing Me A Carpenter Christmas. A big shout out to Santapalozza who pointed me at the new compilation which I failed to find earlier. Free Download: Black Apple Holiday Comp’14 weiterlesen
We love’d to thank all of you beautiful people who joined our journey through this year’s season. We are wishing you all the best, may all your wishes come true. As special Christmas gift we found some more obscure Christmas tunes for you. With great pleasure we proudly present the Neuköllner Nudler EP which has been recorded just around the corner and this Christmas I won’t even add jokes about hipsters. Most German musicians would rather cut their tongue out than recording a Christmas song but there are a few exeptions and just today we found a very unusuall math-rock interpretation of the traditional carol O du Fröhliche.
Wir möchten uns bei allen wunderbaren Menschen bedanken, die uns auf unserer Reise durch die Adventszeit begleitet haben. Wir wünschen euch das Allerbeste – und dass all eure Wünsche wahr werden. Als besonderes Weihnachtsgeschenk haben wir noch ein paar obskure Weihnachtsklänge für euch gefunden. Mit großer Freude präsentieren wir euch die Neuköllner Nudler, deren EP hier um die Ecke aufgenommen wurde, dieses Mal unterlasse ich auch Scherze über Hipster. Die meisten deutschen Musiker würden sich eher die Zunge herausschneiden lassen, als einen Weihnachtssong aufzunehmen. Zum Glück gibt es Ausnahmen. Heute haben wir ganz frisch eine sehr ungewöhnliche Math-Rock-Version von O Du Fröhliche entdeckt.
æ – O Du Fröhliche
Maybe I am too choosy, maybe I am too moody. But really, I am disappointed. I was really looking forward to hearing the new Paste Holiday Sampler. It had been a great gift in the past two years. Just the other day I told my dear love-and-co-blogger how sad I was that Paste had dropped their Christmas tradition of releasing a great compilation with fine Christmas tunes. And now, one day before Christmas it’s up and disappointing. There are a couple of great tracks on it, for sure, BUT we already featured those on our blog. Nothing new, nothing spectacular. I somehow have the feeling something is still missing in the holiday music list 2014. I can’t even tell what it is. We had great songs this year and still. Maybe I got infected by the “No Christmas hit single for twenty years”-virus which is spreading widely these days. I guess Guuzbourg started it with his question as to why there aren’t any new Christmas classics. Funny how the “big media” steal topics from bloggers without digging deeper. While NME, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Star and many others are busy with remembering the good old past and blaming capitalism for the dead of the christmas single, SomeVapourTrails and Guuzbourg nominated Low’s Christmas album for “NEW CHRISTMAS CLASSICS”. And still there’s this unanswered question. Aren’t there any christmas songs with the potential of becoming a mainstream hit single or is the music business too stinky to spend enough money for a decent promotion campaign? Or are too many holiday tunes just drowning in the overload of Christmas releases which are published each year? Maybe Jingle Bells Rocks!, the amazing documentary about legendary Christmas songs and Christmas music lovers, made us realize that we all are missing something. And each year Stubby, Christmas A Go Go, Christmas Underground and a few other passionate bloggers are trying to find it.
Christmas is almost here and our job is nearly done. We’ve cherry-picked those we like most among all new Christmas songs out there, we’ve tried to spread the word. Based on my observations there are a lot of Christmas tracks available, but most of them are pretty uninspired covers or rather boring original material. It seems that we have to dig deeper each year to find exceptional Xmas tunes. But on the other hand there are annual contributions that reliably satisfy Christmas music enthusiasts. For the seventh time there’s a compilation called XO For The Holidays. Volume VII offers once again a good mix of interesting renditions of classics and new tracks, Pat Kearns delivers a stripped version of Low‘s Just Like Christmas, Alejandra O’Leary translates the good old Spector sound into indie rock (Baby Please Come Home) and Hawks Do Not Share thrill with Christmas Eve, Montmartre.The latter is a great thoughtful snap-shot of a vague longing. XO Publicity is a PR firm from Portland that year in, year out knows how to make the season a bit brighter. We definitely like to hunt down new Xmas music, but it’s good to know that sometimes good music is just a bookmark away. (For more details of Volume VII I suggest to read the blog post on Stubby’s House of Christmas.)
Traditions should not be taken lightly. Especially in many parts of Europe there’s some sort of cultural rift. Many people value the local centuries-old Christmas customs and those people are not very fond of the North American way of celebrating the holidays. They can’t stand the Coca-Cola Santa Claus, they prefer reindeers on the dinner plate rather than watching them pulling Santas sleigh. Here in Germany people don’t need mistletoes to start smooching. But because of Hollywood and Bublé and all the American companies which are operating globally, Christmas traditions over here have changed gradually over the past 50 years. There are a lot of folks who embrace it though. You might love it or hate it! The one thing I don’t like about American Xmas style must be the omnipresent kitsch. I prefer the sentimental, festive but never exuberant character of Christmas. And that’s the reason why I don’t recommend drippy soulful Christmas tunes on this blog. But there are fine exceptions. Hill & Hale and their Merry Friends for example have made an upbeat album called Christmastime that mixes swing, big band sound, soul and pop. It’s sometimes jaunty, sometimes touching and it certainly knows how to spread holiday vibes. Dwan Hill and Missi Hale have made this record for their friends and family and because of this unstrained approach the whole thing never gets gooey. The result ist an American Christmas no one here in Germany needs to be suspicious of. Traditions should not be taken lightly, but sometimes it’s worth to take a look across the pond.