Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater Live [VIDEO]

23 03 2014

Came across this video on YouTube this morning of Jonathan Meiburg of the band Shearwater performing a live radio performance on KEXP in Seattle. It’s a precursor to the bands album of cover songs called Fellow Travelers and the performance is just breathtaking, totally chilled Sunday morning listening.

I love this intimate style performance and actually wish bands and artists would release some of this material in EP or even full length format I would simply just grab it with both hands. I think the appeal comes from the rawness of the sound, you get to really hear the musicianship and the quality of a vocal, a lot of music today is far too overproduced in my opinion.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.


What Happens at the End of the Road?

5 03 2013

Well what happens is we go and see Sigur Ros that’s what!

Couldn’t believe it when I saw them as the headline act at this years End of the Road festival. Not only is it great to see Sigur Ros on the bill it’s even more greaterer (don’t think that’s a word but it should be!) that they are playing within my own county of Dorset, the venue is less than an hour from my house, at hopefully the sunniest time of year. Simply cannot beat that.

Of course there is more than Sigur Ros, but it them we all really want to see right? Looks like an awesome array of musical artists, comedians and other fun stuff.

Since we have had our son my wife and I have frequented less concerts/gigs/festivals than we used to, comes with the territory. However, he is now of an age where he may well enjoy the festival atmosphere at the right venue. This one looks perfectly built for kids as well as big kids so we are considering a family camping break – that’s what we will tell him – to the End of the Road festival.

Anyone been before or going this year?

On Rotation

14 02 2013

I now have what I consider to be a vast CD collection, over 1250 titles now. A collection that is actually situated in my office, which can be a distraction. From time-to-time I grab a pile of CD’s and put them on my desk to play on rotation, most days I can only get through one album due to how busy work is but there are times when I can put stuff on back-to-back when it is that little bit quieter. Lets have a look at what I am continually playing at the moment.

I have always loved Godspeed but this album has taken me a bit of time to get into, still the same Godspeed sound just less fluid in my opinion – they are still on my list to see live however!

My favourite album out the bunch above has to be XX – I know I keep going on about this band but their music is so fragile something within it has really resonated with me, the standout track on the album in my eyes is Infinity and I have posted a video of The XX performing it live at Glastonbury in 2010 just below:

What are you currently listening to on repeat? We all have something! please post your thoughts in the comments.

The XX: Tiny Desk Concert

13 02 2013

One of my earlier posts in January 2013 alluded to this band after I picked up their first album at Christmas. They have recently completed a short set as a Tiny Desk Concert over at NPR and furthered my belief that this is one awesome band creating a unique fragile and personal sound. Watch the two track set below:

Merry Christmas – a little belated

26 12 2012

Merry Christmas – I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, I know I did, very relaxing with my family. Of course I got a load of music to listen to but as yet have only managed to get through one album – comes from the demands of an 8 year old son!

I received a link to a video on YouTube via the comments of this blog and I thought it was so good I would embed it for your pleasure below. The band is Under Byen, a group I wrote about earlier in 2012.

The track is a very haunting and somewhat disturbingly beautiful interpretation of the Leonard Cohen song I’m Your Man. It is performed live and sung in Danish and the Danish title translates as Jeg Er Din Mand. You can watch and listen to it below, thanks to Morten for the link.

Walk The Moon @ Crystal Ballroom 11/21/12

26 11 2012

Seattle Music News

When I discover a new song I usually abuse the hell out of the song by listening to it on repeat for a week or two. I will not even attempt to look up any other songs from the band in fear that the band is only a one hit wonder. When I discovered Walk the Moon’s song Anna Sun via a Youtube suggestion I did not look up any other music for at least 4-5 weeks. The song was so good I could not imagine their other songs being close to the greatness as Anna Sun. It was not until an hour before their concert on November 21st 2012 at the Crystal Ballroom that I was eating dinner when I looked up the rest of their music. To my excitement, my fear was completely wrong. The rest of their music was like a breath of fresh air. I…

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