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Train – Hey, Soul Sister June 25, 2010

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So anyways, did you like Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours? How about Bedouin Soundclash’s When The Night Feels My Song? And we all know everyone likes Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Well then you’ll like this. It’s that simple. I discovered this track from a promo video advertising my first university’s summer ball so props to whoever chose the track. If you recognise any of those earlier tracks then you’ll know what to expect – a strumming banjo, a  carefree vibe and a fresh, feel-good sound:  perfect for the summer.

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Train – Hey, Soul Sister

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She & Him May 28, 2010

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She & Him are a duo consisting of actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. I discovered this band after listening to the 500 )Days of Summer soundtrack which also featured the awesome “Sweet Disposition” by the Temper Trap. A cover of a Smiths song “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” by She & Him was also on the soundtrack which prompted me to go out and research a little more about the band. Having no idea that Zooey Deschanel (one of the lead actresses in the film) was also a musician, I was pleasantly surprised by the music they had produced. They’ve now released two albums (simply titled Volume 1 and 2) which both feature sweet, sugary, sun-filled dittys across the length of both LPs and I’ve been hooked on them ever since. There’s two tracks I’ll be sharing now, one from each album, and each will give you an idea of what to expect on both releases. Both tracks convey the same light and hazy feel and it makes for great music for the upcoming summer. (Tip: keep an ear out for the mouth-trumpet solo in “This Is Not a Test”).

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She & Him – This Is Not A Test

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She & Him – Ridin’ In My Car

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Kina Grannis – Valentine February 9, 2010

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Kina Grannis is someone I discovered some years ago on the site Digg.com when the site creator Kevin Rose spoke about her on the video podcast Diggnation. She made a rather cringe-worthy song dedicated to the site which got a lot of diggs (votes) providing her with plenty of exposure. A couple of years later and another story was posted on Digg about a new single and video announced from her called “Valentine” (released at an appropriate time) which is one of those tracks that I feel compelled to share. This song is an incredibly infectious little ditty, and has echoes of the demo version of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” which I posted some time ago, with its incredibly laid back and stripped down sound. The previews of the other tracks I heard from the album on her homepage sound beautifully produced and with a really organic sound, reminisent of the album Coco from Colbie Caillat I’ve blogged profusely about previously. This song flows easily over the air with it’s summery, mellow sound and if this track is any indication of what the rest of the album may sound like, I’m intently waiting on hearing it.

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Kina Grannis – Valentine (Zipped Download from Official Site)

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[ From the Album “Stairwells” | Pre-order Album Here ]

Sublime – Santeria February 7, 2009

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It’s always a strange thing when you discover music that you think is awesome only to find that when you go away to check on what the artist is up to at the moment, you discover their death that happened several years before, as is the case for the  lead singer of this band. This track comes from the bands self-titled post-homously released album which is full of feel-good tracks with a funky, sun-drenched sound. This particular track is my favourite from the album and shares similar traits to Griffith Project’s track  “First Train Stop” which I posted about here.  It has a great reggae, laid-back groove fitting for the sound of a late summer afternoon. Clocking in at just over 3 minutes long, this is something to quickly get you out of the winter blues I’m experiencing in the UK right now. Enjoy.

Sublime – Santeria
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Norwegian Recycling – No Taylor, No Scar February 2, 2009

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I randomly came across this artist when trawling through a torrent site and was intrigued when I found that this one track featured three artists I’ve already done posts about on this blog (Jack Johnson, Missy Higgins and Wyclef Jean of the Fugees) mashed up into a single, surprisingly cohesive song. The artist, who is a bedroom-producer currently still studying for a career in music production, definitely shows flair and promise in these mash-up tracks he’s created. He’s released 3 albums (this taken from the most recent and brilliantly titled “Appetite for Reconstruction”) and can all be downloaded from his multiply site account here. This particular track I’m sharing is my favourite, featuring the songs “‘Taylor”, “Scar” and “No Woman No Cry” (with Men at Work’s “Down Under” thrown in at the end for good measure). The mix isn’t completely polished but I feel that this only adds to the tracks charm. It carries an upbeat and good natured feeling, particularly of Missy Higgin’s “Scar”, right through to the end.

Norwegian Recycling – No Taylor, No Scar
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[ From the Album “Appetite for Reconstruction” | Download Album free and legally here]

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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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Missy Higgins August 6, 2008

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Apologies for the lack of posts recently. The main reason is that I have not been struck by any new music that I felt compelled to share lately and it is only when I am genuinely excited about a song or artist that gives me the urge to post music on this blog. So instead of waiting for something to hit me, I thought I’d share some tracks from an artist that struck me some time ago when listening to Hitz Radio during my uni years. )Whilst I probably wouldn’t recommend you listen to the station now unless you want to hear some unadulterated commercial pop, rock and rap tunes from the U.S., I did funnily enough discover both this artist as well as John Mayer who are popular in many other territories across the globe but are almost unheard of here in the UK.

Missy Higgins is an Australian artist whose song “Ten Days” I discovered on Hitz Radio and found was good enough for me to further research into her then newly released album “The Sound Of White”. The tracks on this LP are mainly somber piano ballads which I’ve found to be skillfully and maturely written for such a young artist (the first track “All For Believing” won a competition in her High School when she was just 16).

The first track I’m going to share was the first ever single released and one that is in a complete opposite disposition to the rest of the album. It’s an incredibly fresh, upbeat sounding summery tune that evokes a carefree and emancipated feeling.

Missy Higgins – Scar
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This second track is taken from her second album “On a Clear Night”. This LP sees Missy Higgins be more varied in her sound with tracks that are built around guitars and various other instrumentation as opposed to just the piano. The overall feel is less heavy then the first album and this track I’m sharing now definitely has the similar feeling of joy and ease that can be heard in “Scar”.

Missy Higgins – Steer
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This final song taken from her first album is on that I’ve decided to share last because it’s something quite special. In this track Missy paints the picture of a ten year-old seeking refuge from experiencing abuse at home. The track is haunted by the lyrics “somebody’s bed will never be warm again/the river will keep this friend” and it is lulled over a calm and carefree strumming guitar that provides relief from the somber atmosphere created by the bleek lyrics.

Missy Higgins – The River
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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 ]

Music from my travels… May 5, 2008

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This may be the most random post I’ve made on this site but I feel I must share the soundtrack of my trip to Malaysia. To be honest, the tracks listened to while sipping Tiger beers on the beaches of Kuantan and Port Dickson among others mainly consisted of two albums – Colbie Caillat’s Coco (which got an obscene amount of plays) and Bob Marley’s greatest hits )(which got an equally obscene amount). Colbie Caillat I have already posted about and I seriously recommend that you check her out for some really summery, easy-going music (now that the season is almost upon us). What was surprising is the success she’s had over in Asia (you would always hear one of her songs played quite frequently on the radio/MTV Asia) and the relative lack of success she’s had in the UK by comparison. I can’t quite put my finger on why this may be the case but I can only think of how saturated the market is here with sub-par singer songwriters that when someone comes out with a genuinely good album, it’s easy to get unnoticed and swept under the rug.

So anywho, I guess I better share at least one of the Bob Marley tracks that was played in frequent rotation. He’s a pretty easy recommendation to make if you want something to play in the background when it’s a glowing day on the beach. I’ve noticed that it just gets everyone in the mood to enjoy the atmosphere, relax, and have a good time with those around you. It makes for an almost cathartic experience. Tracks that were on constant repeat included: “Three Little Birds”, “One Love/People Get Ready”, “Buffalo Soldier”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Jamming”, “Waiting in Vein” …and of course, this. Enjoy.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Is This Love
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While walking around on my travels, I often heard the faint sound of steel pans playing here and there which got stuck in my head. It’s a situation which I’m sure many people have been in where you recognise a melody that, even at just a few notes long, you’re sure you’ve heard before but irritatingly you can’t put your finger on where. Well I somehow managed to have an epiphany which led me to the unlikely source of the soundtrack to the 1993 film “True Romance” which, I think you’d agree with regards to this particular track, plays quite a fitting tune for a summery vacation.

Hans Zimmer – You’re So Cool
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Finally, I want to share a track that I only had the pleasure of discovering some six or seven years ago while on a previous excursion to Malaysia . It’s a really good example of how different audiences from across the globe get exposed to different tracks that, I can only assume, the record labels believe would do better in certain territories over others. Jennifer Paige is someone you may remember who had success with the hit single “Crush”. She quickly dropped off the radar here in UK, however she was still being promoted in other continents which led me to the discovery of this track “Stranded” – a brilliant cover from the artist Plumb. Despite being released so long ago, and despite it’s lack of success in comparison to “Crush”, I still find this a glorious pop song that I would have regretted not hearing due to the simple fact it wasn’t promoted in my region. It’s an interesting example of how much music we are conditioned to by record labels who decide what they think would perform better in different territories, and what we may be missing out on if we don’t have the opportunity to come across it by our own means.

Jennifer Paige – Stranded
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Wyclef Jean – Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant April 27, 2008

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It wasn’t until I was out traveling in Malaysia when I heard that Wyclef Jean had a new solo track out and was back on the radio. The fact that I missed the whole fanfare that he had released a new album late last year of incredible variety and quality maybe down to my own lack of keeping tabs on an artist who I’ve enjoyed the works of for many years and who has been around for as long as I can remember. )It could also be the fact that despite an album of such quality, it hasn’t had anywhere near the recognition it should have deserved here in the UK, and as recent sales figures suggest, not nearly enough on the other side of the Atlantic either. Memoirs Of An Immigrant is the second volume of an album released well over 10 years ago so some may believe it’s well overdue (something that Wyclef apologises for in the record) but it has spawned tracks that literally cross genres (sometimes even during tracks) of all sorts from Rock, Pop, Rap, Reggae, Latin and even Bhangra. It also features artists that you’d believe were seemingly out of place on an album such as this including Serj Tankian (of System of a Down), Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel) and Norah Jones. It’s hard to pick the tracks that I want to share because of the sheer number of great ones. You’d be missing out if you don’t check out this album immediately.

This first inspiring track features southern rapper T.I. and has an incredibly singable chorus (something that’s not a rarity on this album). It has a paced out, laid-back beat lined by the strumming of an acoustic guitar, and T.I.’s smooth ad-libs feel right at home when playing off Wyclef’s preaching vocals.

Wyclef Jean – Slow Down (Feat. T.I.)
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[ From the Album “Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant” |
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The second track I’ve decided to share is similar in mood to the first and features Jazz singer Norah Jones. It’s a quite a breezy, summery track and one that rolls off your back maybe a little too easily at times but leaves you feeling light and relaxed by the end of it. Other picks from this album include: “Sweetest Girl”, “Fast Car”, “Heaven’s in New York” …and much more. You’ll be missing out if you don’t check this release out soon.

Wyclef Jean – Any Other Day (Feat. Norah Jones)
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[ From the Album “Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant” |
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