22-07-2014 // Album: The Tourist Company - Space Race|
One of my favorite albums from 2013 was Brother, Wake Up by The Tourist Company. Two months ago they've released their new EP called Space Race: We wrote this record about the race to the moon and the incredible optimism in an idealistic future that went along with it.
The Tourist Company plays fine uptempo folksongs and the new EP brings us not only 4 new songs, but also a new band member: bassist and multi-instrumentalist Josué Quezada. with the addition of the new member the music has gained some depth and power. Not something that was missing on the last record, but it's always a good thing when a band tries out something new. For me, the new record sounds like an improved version of what this great band is capable of. I look forward to a full album in this new setting and the great things they'll record. Space Race is 15 minutes of Fine Music.
The Tourist Company: thetouristcompany.ca // facebook.com/thetouristcompany
21-07-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: My Brightest Diamond - Pressure|
It has been 12 weeks since the last Monday Morning Kick-Off, I'm a little ashamed of myself. Let's dance on this grey morning to "Pressure" by My Brightest Diamond: celebrating (sort of) the last week of my Summer vacation before returning to work next week. I hope yours has just started today, but mostly I hope you have a great week!
16-07-2014 // West 37: Live: Andy|
Just last week Matthew de Zoete played an intimate live show right here in my living room and next week, on Wednesday 23rd, it is time for the 2nd living room show. Andy is releasing her new album City Love soon and to celebrate this joyfull event she's going in a little tour.
I've had the pleasure of hearing her play live a few times and each time was incredibly beautiful. This is something completely new though, as she'll be bringing 2 band members with her and I can only assume she'll be playing a lot of new songs.
For more info on her full tour, visit her facebook-page. For Wednesday, this is all you need:
Date: July 23rd
Time: 20.00 hr.
Location: West 37, Hoorn.
Entrance: Pay what you want
We have room for about 15 visitors, so be quick!
Sign up by sending me an email via jeroen[AT]pluginbaby.nl, or use the contact-options via facebook facebook.com/pluginbabynl or twitter (@pluginbabynl).
And to those unfamilair with Andy's talent, here's "London":
14-07-2014 // Plug in, Baby!: 4th Anniversary|
Today was a good day. A great day. For personal reasons, for music reasons. I have cried a little, I have laughed a lot. And will continue doing both for the hours to come. Another year has passed, great music has been shared through this blog and hopefully touched your heart, like it has mine. Let's sing and dance, think happy thoughts and discover more great music together for the next 12 months to come. Let's celebrate in style!
13-07-2014 // Track: Leagues - Spotlight|
Great tune from a live set at The Smokestack by Leagues.
10-07-2014 // Album: Building Pictures - West Orchard|
John Gribbin is an Irish guy living in Brooklyn. He sings song as Building Pictures and released his debut album West Orchard last November. Classic singer-songwriter stuff. We've all heard it before, but there's something in his voice that makes this album irresistible. That and a handfull of beautiful songs makes this record very much worth hearing. I've been hooked for weeks on "In Her Veins". These last few weeks I just click play and listen to the entire record, while I sing along with John. He comforts me, tells me great stories, makes me laugh and he makes me cry. All in less than 40 minutes. Beautiful record!
Fav. tracks: In Her Veins, I'm All Ears, Closing Doors.
Buidling Pictures: @buildingpics // facebook.com/buildingpictures
01-07-2014 // Must-Have of the Month: Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - New Skin|
The album title for the 2nd Bridie Jackson and the Arbour fits the music perfectly. The band has evolved themselves massively and taken on a new skin with their 2nd record. They have succesfully shifted their sound to become easier on the ears without loosing that special something that makes Bridie Jackson and the Arbour completely unique.
Although the album is softer and lighter, it still sounds dark and romantic with a haunting twist. Since their (extremely beautiful) debut record the band has grown a lot. The harmonies of their voices are working together on a higher level and the band sounds more like a team. The album didn't hit me as hard as the previous record did, but I am too familair with their sound for them to surprise me (unless they release a death metal record with dance beats next year).
This new record is a huge step forward for the band without loosing anything from that unique sound that makes Bridie Jackson and the Arbour one of a kind. Each song takes my breath away and I can easily listen to this day and night for weeks to come. The best thing a great band like Bridie Jackson and the Arbour could do was release a record like this. I am so much in love with it, I take it with me everywhere I go.
Beautiful. Beautiful. Record.