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Justin Nozuka – Golden Train May 16, 2009

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I heard this track on my own recommended station on Last.fm which I recommend highly because if you like the music that you’ve heard on this blog then you’ll definately like the tracks they play there. To this day, no matter how many times I am bored with my own collection of music and decide to pop on that station, I end up finding so much great music that leads me to new artists so I recommend you check it out. As I’ve said, this is a track I heard on that very station and it lead me to seek out the album of this artist which I’ve found to be of similar quality but none were quite as catchy, as seemily organic and as joyus as this song. It starts off with a gentle and honest tone but picks up halfway through with a bouncy acoustic guitar rhythm that hits you where it matters and resonates through your body like every good new track you hear should. Check it out.

Justin Nozuka – Golden Train
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[ From the Album “Holly” ]

Jack Johnson – Mudfootball (Live) September 18, 2008

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I recently got my hands on some pre-“In Between Dreams” releases from Jack Johnson as I heard the track “Posters” being played on the rather awesome Radio Paradise which I recommend if you fancy some alternative laid-back tunes. The album “In Between Dreams” along with Frank Turner’s first LP “Sleep is For the Week” were the soundtracks that featured heavily on my hungover mornings at uni which I played in constant rotation annoying anyone within the immediate, and non-immediate, vicinity of my room with my incessant… well I was going to call it singing but it sounded more like a drunken lout shouting at the top of his voice in an effort to drown out the pain of a throbbing headache. One track that was missing from my version of “In Between Dreams” that featured as a bonus track on the UK release is this: a live recording of “Mudfootball”, who’s original (as well as “Posters”) featured on his previous album “Brushfire Fairytales”. I came across it in the most random of places – whilst on hold to the company Bizzenergy when having to call them at work. Now being on hold is always frustrating, made even more so by the sorry excuse for music they choose to play to you while you wait, but hats off to Bizzenergy for playing music that I actually wanted to stay on the phone to listen to and for allowing me to discover the missing gem from my version of “In Between Dreams”. It took me a while to track it down but I’ve managed to get my hands on it to share to you, my luscious readers. It’s an upbeat, fun sounding live recording featuring a bouncing harmonica, a great sounding live guitar that hits around the minute-and-a-half mark, and a sense of spontaneous and effortless riffing that’s played at ease – something you can only capture in live sessions.

Jack Johnson – Mudfootball (Live)
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[ From the Album “In Between Dreams” (UK Bonus Track) |
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Dario G – Voices (Acoustic Version) July 4, 2008

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I was first acquainted to this song after hearing it at the close of the film “The Beach”. At the time I didn’t pursue the track as I didn’t know who the track was by, or realise how awesome it was, which is why it took me a while to research and rediscover it. After hearing the tune of the softly played guitar at a restaurant diner in Prague (don’t I sound incredibly cultured right now…) and struggling to figure out where that soothing, tropical sound was from, I did my research and found it to be by the same people who brought out the hits “Sunchyme” (which hit number two in the UK charts back in that magical time when Top of the Pops was still being shown on a Thursday night) and “Carnival de Paris” (which featured as a theme song to the Football World Cup in 1998). Anyway, once again it’s a really chilled out cathartic sounding tune, one that fit the closing to the motion picture “The Beach” perfectly.

Dario G – Voices (Acoustic Version)
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[ From the Album “Sunmachine” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

I decided to share the previous song after hearing a live set performed by Coldplay last month (sorry for the excess Coldplay posts) when they did their new live rendition of their hit “Yellow”. I’ve managed to get my hands on a recording of it, and you can hear the definite similarities between the two tracks, both managing to convey the same feelings of inspiring, hopeful and happiness in their sound. And both definitely worth checking out.

Coldplay – Yellow [Live at Brixton Academy – 16-06-08]
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[ From a live recording on BBC Radio One ]

Whisky a Go Go – Cracks in the Ceiling February 19, 2008

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This is a track from a band in Leicester, UK who may or may not still be active. They were actually briefly under the management of my flatmate Dave from university (which is why I probably can no longer find any info about them anywhere :-P). They won a couple of the Battle of the Band competitions around the area and made an EP called “Cracks in the Ceiling” from which I managed to salvage a song from which I simply call “Track 1” as I don’t actually know what the title is. I’m glad I can share this song because there pretty much would be no way for people to get to listen to it otherwise. It’s a brilliant recording, very pure and stripped down with good vocals and nice acoustic sounds.

Whisky a Go Go – Track 1.mp3
[ From the Album “Cracks in the Ceiling” ]

We Are Scientists – Hoppipolla (Sigur Rós Cover) November 8, 2007

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This track is from the unlikely We Are Scientists and was recorded for their B-sides and rarities album “Crap Attack”. It’s a cover of a Sigur Rós song “Hoppipolla” which featured on the BBC documentary “Planet Earth”. They’ve done an awesome job at creating their own making of the song. The track is very chilled out in comparison to the original (which you should also check out if you haven’t yet) and the acoustic guitar is incredibly relaxing and soothing.

We Are Scientists – Hoppipolla (Sigur Rós Cover)
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[ From the Album “Crap Attack” | Buy CD: ]