Beats: The Pet Shop Boys!

I will always love their sound, I will always be a fan. And here they are again showing how relevant they still can be! Love it.

Pet Shop Boys – Together (Official Video) [HD]
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Beats: Music from everything

Proof that music can come from almost anything.  Snow White made into Trip Hop!

Beats: An old movie with a great soundtrack

A movie that I will watch over and over again is Stealing Beauty with Liv Tyler.  The movie takes place in Italy.  The soundtrack is amazing:  Portishead, Mazzy Star, Liz Phair, Cocteau Twins, Hooverphonics, Hole.  It’s sweet and innocent with the pressure at 19 to lose innocence.  There is so much about the movie I love.  I can play it muted and the scenery is so pretty that it needs no sound, but also you can play it without seeing it and the music and dialogue is so strong you need visuals.

And I leave you with this poem she writes in the movie:

The dye is cast The dice are rolled I feel like shit you look like gold.

Beats: Bear In Heaven

My husband and I have very similar tastes in music.  The only thing I don’t follow his love for is usually the black metal, and then some of it I see what he likes.  This band, Bear In Heaven has sort of an Experimental Rock sound and my husband is loving this song.  I totally get why….I too am joining his Bear In Heaven bandwagon!  So Enjoy.

Other new favorite music links:

8tracks allows you to make your own “mix tape” of 8 songs or more.

I have a few up here.

This is currently a favorite mix.

And this is my favorite person to follow as her mixes are all about an emotion and the mixes are haunting stories.  I have no idea how she finds the music.  I consider myself well versed in most genres of music and yet every mix I run across a handful of musicians that I have never before heard of.

What are you listening to right now?

Beats: New Music to Get You Going

Wow artists have been busy!  This is music that I will be obtaining to give a listen to within the upcoming weeks.  I’ll try to review what I can but really at least listen to the samples once they are up at the Amazon.com because everyone has different taste, but these are some current favorite artists. 

Released this week:

* Surfer Blood – Astro Coast – A new Indie lo-fi band that will be playing nearby at Cafe 11 on Monday 1/25/10.  I will give a review of the show since my husband really wants to go.  Sirus XM has played two songs Swim & Catholic Pagans and so far I like both songs. 

* Cold War Kids – (EP) Behave Yourself  – A digital only release.  I love these guys!  We have seen them live and they put on such an amazing show.  They are listed as Indie Pop but I think they have a little Blues Rock in them too.  I will be downloading for a listen soon.  If you haven’t heard of them start with Robbers & Cowards a wonderful 1st album.

* The Editors – In This Light & On This Evening – Brit Rock at it’s finest.  I have loved their sound before and am looking forward to another album.

Release Feb. 2:

* BT – These Hopeful Machines – Dance & Electronica that will knock your socks off.  BT’s music is heard on commercials, in movies, he’s a much sought after producer and I look forward to what he brings.  We’ve seen him live 3 times and I would go see him again and again.  His energy and music is contagious with happy.

*Midlake – Courage of Others – Indie Rock  lo-fi their sound is fluid and calm.  Sirus XM has played the single off this release (the name of the song has thus eluded me!) and it’s made me want the album. 

Release Feb. 9:

* Sade – Soldier of Love – R&B that in the past I’m sure her albums have contributed to many babies being made.  Sade’s voice is like a fine wine.  Her first album in 10 years and the single Soldier of Love is breath-taking! A must own album.  For the past 10 years Lover’s Rock has been a staple listen for us and I can say this album will most likely hold us for the next 10 years.

* Massive Attack – Heligoland – Electronica gone mainstream, but I have always called them Trip Hop.  I bet anyone that watches TV show House knows this band with opening song Teardrop.  I look forward to the deep sounds that they bring full of jazz, soul, hip hop and techno all mixed into beautiful beats.

*  Yeasayer – Odd Blood – Only described as Experimental Rock a band with a strange sound.  I have heard a handful of songs on Sirus XM and look forward to taking a listen to this album since the single that’s out keeps teasing me with sounds that tickle my ears. 

Do you have a favorite band that has an album coming out soon?  Who and what makes you keep listening? 

2009 Beats: Moved by Music

My 2009 Top 5 Albums    

I am pretty passionate about music, so is my husband for that matter.  We met at a club in 1996 dancing during Goth/Industrial night.  It has always been something we bond over.     

When I decided to create a blog with a purpose I knew music had to be one of the major subjects I covered along with my other major passions.     

So ending 2009 I want to leave you with my top 5 favorite albums.  3 out of the 5 I have already covered.  The other 2 albums were released earlier in the year before I started my blog and although the albums were on heavy rotation on my iPod, it just didn’t occur to me to go backwards and review albums that had been out for so long.     

   1. Patrick Wolf – The Bachelor   

My review is here.  I can’t believe it took me so long to realise his genius.  Oh boy, but when I did….I now own every piece of music he has ever put out.  I am over the top in love with his sound.  I cannot wait until the new album comes out slated for early 2010 – The Conqueror  

 

2.Florence and the Machine – Lungs   

What can I say about Florence that wasn’t already said here.  She is soulful and dark and I listen to her album nonstop. Really between her and Patrick Wolf they are always getting played on repeat.  I drive my husband crazy with them.  I am excited to learn from Wikipedia that she is heading to the studio in January to create album #2…get to it Woman! Hopefully a new album by late 2010 that is as brilliant as Lungs.    

3.Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer   

I didn’t really give an outright review of this super band.  I just gave a brief little shout out and told you to give it a listen.  I hope you did.  They are fun, their songs tell stories in an experimental way that makes me want to move in my chair when listening at work.  My husband is especially over the moon about them.  I think he made the music grow on me because of his constant playing of the album.  I think it was bound to happen anyway but T forced it faster.    

4. Passion Pit – Manners    

This album came out in May of 2009 and I consider it to be my happy music.  In a bad mood, in a down mood, put on some Passion Pit and it’s hard to not smile.  This is Indie Pop or Electropop at it’s very best.  You should at least know the song “Sleepyhead” if nothing else, it’s been featured in the Palm Pixi commercial on TV and was features as an iTunes discovery download back in February and I think that might even be the song that prompted me to download the album.  I challenge you to listen to this album and NOT be in a good mood!    

5. Fever Ray – Fever Ray    

I am not sure where to start with Karin Dreijer Andersson.  She is listed as Electronica, I don’t know that it is a correct explanation.  I would say Theatrical, Experimental, Alternative….hrm.  I love The Knife the band she is in with her brother and I flew to this album happy to hear a lot of the same sounds.  Distorted voice and strange noises with her accent make this such a different sound.  I love her uniqueness and have to say to give her a listen if you haven’t heard her before, she is hard to describe.     

Holiday Mention:   

Also I have to say Tori Amos had the most unusual Holiday album this year.  I thank her for putting herself to the challenge and coming out with such a beautiful album.  Midwinter Graces was reviewed by me here and I will surely listen to it for years to come.  I expect it will be my holiday go to!   

 

Beats: Tori Amos – Midwinter Graces

Tori Amos – Midwinter Graces can only be described as a return to her roots.  Her infamous and beloved Bosendorfer makes a pleasant return to her albums.  It was descibed as a Christmas album but I think it’s more than that.  It isn’t a religious album, it feels more like a celebration of winter or a Yule album.  I love the gentle calm feeling that the album has.  You are put into her world but in a good way not the quirky way that her past few albums have given us. 

She jumps around with sounds, we hear songs that are traditionally classic (What Child, Nowell),  some have a little Tori twist, sounding a little MidEastern Folk (Star of Wonder),  some have a big band sound (Pink and Glitter), medieval (Candle: Coventry Carol), and music from the Dark Ages (Emmanuel).   It all seems to mesh together in a nice flow that just gives you a wintery feel. 

I think old Tori fans and people not looking for a traditional Christmas album will really love this.  I give it 4 out of 5 Butterflies!