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Griffith Project – First Train Stop June 19, 2008

Posted by The Rish-Dizzle in blues, reggae.
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So here’s that track I found on that random porn site. Don’t ask me how I came across it… or indeed why I’m telling you that I found it there, but it is a great track that probably doesn’t deserve the association I’ve given it with the erotica industry, as it isn’t by any means sleazy or has any indecent associations with it (…aside from the one I’ve just mentioned). In fact, when I first found this track, I had a hell of a time trying to get my hands on a copy as it was promptly removed from the site in question, but I managed to finally get hold of it some months after I first heard it (from their official site no less) and realised why I became obsessed with trying to track it down. This is an excellent tune that is a really chilled out, laid back jam with a soft reggae beat. The verses are bridged with casually tossed off guitar solos that feel almost therapeutic when combined with the soothing vocals of the male lead. The band have actually made this track, along with the entire album it’s taken from, free to download from their site so I recommend you check it out. The songs all share a similar sound to “First Train Stop”, most with a chilled out Blues feel, while others border on to a more upbeat, funk-rock style. My picks include “Westside“, “What Goes Around Comes Around“, “Backyard Party Song” and “Everlasting Seed” which crosses into an improvised Jazz sound.

Griffith Project – First Train Stop.mp3
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[ From the Album “High Socks On A Tenspeed” | Download: Official Site ]

Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends June 8, 2008

Posted by The Rish-Dizzle in rock, soft rock.
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It feels kind of pointless recommending tracks off Coldplay’s new album as it’s more then likely that everyone will eventually hear it on their own accord anyway, but I do feel somewhat compelled on this occasion after getting my hands on Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. )I’ve only played through it a couple of times but already I know this will be an album I’ll have on repeat for quite some time. After hearing the first couple of tracks released as singles (“Violet Hill” and the fantastic “Viva La Vida”) it was easy to see that this album was going to be far different in mood then their previous, X&Y. Whereas “Parachutes” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head” had a more stripped down production and organic feel to the tracks, X&Y was far more layered, sometimes overpowering you with complex sounds and deep imagery. “Viva La Vida…” is a welcome step back from this, with more varied use of instrumentation and tempo creating a feel thats overall lighter in tone, more flowing and comfortable then X&Y, and more enjoyable as a result.

The first track I’m going to share was one of those Coldplay songs that sends shivers down your spine whenever you hear it. Similar to Chris Martin’s production in Jay-Z’s “Beach Chair” off the album “Kingdom Come”, this track has a massive landscape, and it immediately hits you with its organ-lined beat, booming bass and epic sounds.

Coldplay – Lost!
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[ From the Album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” |
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The second track is an example of the positive, hopeful tone you’ll hear throughout the album and features a running piano moving the song along with an upbeat rhythm (that for some reason reminded me of Let Loose’s “Crazy For You” …but don’t let that be off-putting) and once again, a large sonic landscape (which we can most likely pin down to Brian Eno’s influence in production) created by building, echoing guitars lining the background. There are several other gems dotted throughout the album so (needless to say), make sure you check it out.

Coldplay – Lovers In Japan
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[ From the Album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” |
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Abandoned Pools – Start Over June 7, 2008

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It never ceases to astound me of the most random places that I can find good, good music. I mean, once I even found this awesome track on some random porn site… but that can wait for another post. This track is one I discovered from watching a cartoon I’ve previously mentioned on Audio-Therapy called Clone High which is where I also discovered the fantastic Campfire Kansas by The Get Up Kids. I’m not sure why but whenever Bill Lawrence is involved with a TV project, he always seems to include great accompanying music to set the perfect mood of the scenes. This track featured at the end of the final episode and so feels very conclusive and slightly somber. It’s by Abandoned Pools who was the former bassist of the Eels (who spawned the great track “Fresh Feeling”, appearing on the Scrubs Soundtrack a while back – so there’s the Bill Lawrence link once again). It includes distorted beats, buzzing guitars and strings setting the hazy landscape, and sonically it’s all very absorbing, similarly to how Darren Hayes’ Who Would Have Thought sucks you in from the first seconds of the track when the beat kicks in. I’ve yet to properly sit through the album Humanistic from which this is taken but the tracks definitely share a similar vibe and maybe worth checking out.

Abandonded Pools – Start Over
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[ From the Album “Humanistic” | Buy CD: ]