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Example – Birthday Card October 14, 2007

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I discovered this white rapper who hails from the mean streets of Fulham when someone invited me to a gig he was doing in my home town. So I thought I’d check out his releases which is when I saw the video for his track “I Don’t Want To”. Observe:

After seeing the first few seconds, I put him down as someone who looked not unlike a retarded junkie, but when his rap started I realised the dude had skills. I managed to get hold of his album “What We Made” which is great – Example has a real flair for story-telling and a pretty good flow on him and the production on his tracks by “Rusher” are varied and entertaining. A good example is both the above track and the one I’m posting now about the ills of forgetting to get a birthday card for your girlfriend and booking a table at Nandos to compensate. Yeah, it doesn’t turn out too well.

Example – Birthday Card
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Sigur Rós October 10, 2007

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Sigur Rós are an Icelandic band who I’m sure most people have heard )about now, if not from being featured in the BBC’s documentary “Planet Earth” (“Glósóli”), then maybe from the BBC’s Wimbledon adverts (“Sæglópur”) along with many feature films including “Vanilla Sky” (“Svefn-g-englar”, “Njósnavélin”) and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (“Starálfur”). The thing about Sigur Rós is that their sounds create such deep atmospheres and massive sonic landscapes that their music almost tailer made for films.

I first had my taste of Sigur Rós after the hearing the quite awesome “Vanilla Sky” soundtrack which everyone should check out. From that, I got my hands on their second studio album “Ágætis Byrjun” which to this day stands as one of my all-time favourite albums. It really is nothing like you’ve never heard before. The tracks are both so mellow and so dramatic, both so beautiful and so dark. Anyways I thought I’d share a few tracks which are hosted on the official Sigur Rós site for all to enjoy. The music is really chilled out so I recommend you get yourself in the mood before you start listening.

This first song is from that very album and featured in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”. It is quite possibly the most beautiful thing you’ve ever heard (that’s right, I’m making the assumption that everything you’ve heard in your life up to this point is not as beautiful as this) and plays like you’ve just had the most amazing epiphany.

Sigur Rós – Starálfur.mp3

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The next two tracks are from their third album “( )”. The first is very mellow and similar in mood as the above track and featured at the end of the “Vanilla Sky” movie (more info here).

Sigur Rós – untitled #4 (a.k.a. Njósnavélin / The Nothing Song).mp3

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This second track is slightly darker and one that starts slow before building towards an explosion of sounds.

Sigur Rós – untitled #8 (a.k.a. Popplagið / The Pop Song).mp3

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And finally, this track is again from their second album and has quite a jolly and optimistic mood to it. It sounds like the perfect track to conclude a film where all ends well. Check it out and you’ll get what I mean.

Sigur Rós – Olsen Olsen.mp3

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Incubus – Patomime (Live) October 6, 2007

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A live recording of a track from one of my favourite bands of all-time now. The reason why I regard Incubus so highly is due to their ability evolve and mature their sound and almost reinvent themselves as a band with each album. They have taken some stick and lost a lot of their following who were fans of their earlier work, but this is an inevitable consequence of their constant experimentalism and merely makes my respect for them even higher. Anyways, this is a non-album track entitled “Pantomime” which was recorded in 2004 in Japan. It’s quite a ‘spacy’ track with many interesting sounds and starts slow before building up and up towards crashing guitars by the close.

Incubus – Pantomime (Live in Japan)
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