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? 

Beats: In Love with Patrick Wolf

PW

Patrick Wolf - The Bachelor

Have you ever had a moment where you question where you have been for the past 4-5 years?  I did, the other day when after seeing the name Patrick Wolf pop up on blogs that I follow I finally looked him up.  I gave an immediate “WTF Shana!” to myself.  How dumb was I to not grab up his music so long ago? 

Patrick Wolf is a brilliant musician who’s music is is so hard to place in one specific genre.   He jumps from one genre to the next, one song sounding folk-pop the next sounding industial and the next sounding like a prayer put to a gypsy beat.  He uses Northern European instruments like viola, violin, harpsychord and accordian that give his music this otherworld-like sound.  I can only compare him slightly by saying if you like the vast genres that are covered by say Radiohead or Bjork that you will most likely enjoy his style as well.  His songs cover subjects of self, nature, supernatural and do so on this magical level that grab you by the heart and pull you in beat by beat.  I imagine gypsies whirling dirvish to some of his songs and can see little goth kids do the speaker box dance to others.  I love every second but if you need to take a listen to just one or two songs off this album “Oblivion” with Tilda Swinson narrating just gives me chills and album title “Bachelor” make me feel Patrick’s heart is worn on his sleeve.  Take a listen, tell me what you think! 

Five out of five big Blue Morpho Butterflies for this hidden gem!!!