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06-07-2013 // Track: Anton Walgrave - Celebration

It's weekend for the non-vacation people of the world. It's sunny as hell & we spend about 10 hours at the beach bbq-ing and party-ing yesterday. In a few minutes I'll be leaving on the next trip & I don't expect to be home soon. The Summer is finally here, let's celebrate with a great new track by Anton Walgrave. One of Belgium's finest singer-songwriters.

04-07-2013 // Album: Ugly Heroes - Ugly Heroes

After 2 days of listening pretty much non-stop to this hiphop-album I knew I struck gold. Thanks to a good friend who tipped this, I finally heard a great hiphop-album that is actually released in 2013. Based on the major opinion Kanye's new album is also worth hearing, I'll get to that later. For now, I'm still hooked on this.

This album sounds a lot like the conscious rap that was coming up 20 years ago with Mos Def, Common & Pharaohe Monch. The sound of that last group was probably a big inspiration to Ugly Heroes. No matter where it comes from though, what matters is what it sounds like today. And it sounds good.

Usually I just type a few lines and let you enjoy the music and form your own opinion on the things I put on this blog. But this album has me to hyped up that I want to keep on talking about the great lyrics, the fine beats with that oldschool-vibe taking me back to the 1st time I listened to Common and Mos Def and how mind-blown I was back then.

I won't though. You just listen to to these four tracks and you'll probably decide to check out the entire album at http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/ugly-heroes. You should!

Great. Fucking. Album.

01-07-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Peter and Kerry - I Don't Know

Monday Morning Kick-Off by Peter and Kerry. It sounds and feels sunny, just the opposite from what I see outside my window this morning. Good thing there's always a sunny track to be found on the webs to brighten up the horrific Monday mornings. Have a good week!

28-06-2013 // Track: Soft Shoulder - Repeat #2

So I had the official Plug in, Baby! Vacation 2013 Tune all figured out long before this day finally was here, but last night everything changed when I heard "Repeat #2" by Soft Shoulder. This track is haunting, mesmerizing, intense, loud, sweaty, cold, hard, rock. It has it all, and more.

Vacation kicked in an hour ago, but already several of those have passed by, and will again within the next 3,5 weeks. I'm keeping up the neighbours with this all night (even though I ain't there to hear it), they will know I'm let out of my cage for the upcoming time. Haunting as Fuck! I love it!

26-06-2013 // Track: Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - Prolong

The next insanely beautiful song by one of the best groups of musicians walking the face of the earth at the moment: Bridie Jackson & The Arbour. While they're gathering 1000s of new fans per minute this weekend at Glastonbury, I'll be enjoying this great song they've released yesterday. It has the same "turn off the lights, burn candles & stare into nothing"-intense beauty as previous single Scarecrow, but it's a little slower, a little darker. Perhaps even more suitable for midnight listening. With the world asleep, your phone in a dark corner and some red wine as your only companion.

Sometimes beauty is so easy. Or at least, it seems to be..

25-06-2013 // Album: Woodpigeon - Thumbtacks + Glue

Woodpigeon was here last year in February with the beautiful song For Paolo and in February of this year he released a new album called Thumbtacks + Glue. The album takes a few spins to get into your head, but once it's in there, it'll refuse to leave.

The thing with this album is that Woodpigeon lets it start with track 7 (out of 10): Robin Song. I understood from several other artists that they do this because they want to start off with the 'best' or most appealling track of their album. Makes sense, but the downside is that it's easy to miss more of this album, and after a while I just start off at track 7, shrinking the album down to a 4-track EP. A beautiful 4-track EP.

When listening to the entire album from start to finish I can't help the feeling that the album just really sets in at Robin Song. I wonder if that is something only I feel, or that the those last 4 songs are simply the finest the album has to offer.

Decide for yourself: a great 10-track album or a beautiful 4-track EP. What is it?!

21-06-2013 // Track: Blinker The Star - Future Fires

"Future Fires" is a highly addictive track by Blinker The Star, a Canadian rock band evolving around Jordon Zadorozny. A new album was also released earlier this year, so if you're into this fine pulsing track, be sure to listen to Songs From Laniakea Beach. I have and it's worth it!

19-06-2013 // Album: Tiny Ruins - Haunts [EP]

Tiny Ruins have released an album back in 2011 and this 6-track EP is a collection of older songs and B-sides, released exactly 2 months ago. That full album is now another addition to my "Must-Hear"-list (which is over 200 albums long..), because the 6 songs on this EP are 6 beauties.

Definately my personal favorite is the short, but beautiful song "Days Are Long, Nights Are Longer". It's a declaration of love to someone, and like most people I can relate to the feeling described so perfectly here. The song feels like one of those insanely beautiful French lovesongs, usually performed by just a lonely girl and her guitar. Perfection in under 3 minutes, impressive as hell!

Another song with that same 'French girl with acoustic guitar'-touch to it. I am a sucker for music like this and Tiny Ruins plays it so fine. That 2011-release is getting some decent airplay this weekend, meanwhile I'll still be enjoying this beautiful EP for the next months to come.

17-06-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Cattle & Cane - I Will Rise

Great Monday Morning Kick-Off by UK-band Cattle & Cane. No matter the weather, the Summer definately kicks in with this song. Have a good week, my friends!

16-06-2013 // Track: Fitness Club Fiasco - Goldmine

Fitness Club Fiasco is a band including Old English-bandmember Matt Henderson and he gave me the heads up on this 1st single, coming from an album they're still working on which hopefully will be released later this year. It's a synth-pop tune that makes you dance, takes it down a little and explodes in the final minute. A great first track & a fine way to get to know this new Canadian 5-piece. Hello Fitness Club Fiasco!

11-06-2013 // Album: F&M - Вечер В Москве (An Evening in Moscow)

One of my favorite cute little bands is F&M. They play folk music with a little twist, leaning towards country on their beautiful 2011-release Wish You Were Here and taking on some Russian influences on this 4 track EP suitably called An Evening In Moscow.

Also the same variation as on the previously mentioned album. Lead vocals coming from different band members, giving each song something different. But it's clear the band is finding the right voice and person for each song.

This is a 4-track EP and track number 4 is actually a song also included on Wish You Were Here, so this EP is about the other three brand new songs on it. And with this so-called review you've heard them all..

that can only mean one thing. Just like any previous work from F&M, this is a great release. And I've just found out a few days ago they are working on a new album. How great is that!!? In my not very humble opinion, Fucking Great! Just like this release: Fucking Great!

09-06-2013 // Must-Have of the Month: Coyote Armada - Kye Oats

This would also work great for a Monday Morning Kick-Off, this song definately gets better played as loud as possible. Don't let this fool you though, it's the only song on this 5-track EP with Nicholas (who is undoubtfully the rapper), the rest of the album is much more folky.

That does not mean it is not as beautiful as Millstone, although I have to admit that it is my favorite song of the album. Opener "North" is at least as great. Pure folk, just like the other 3 songs on the album.

This whole Must-Have of the Month-thing is part of a bit of a financial challenge for me, due to ex-girlfriends and banks I need to save a lot of money. Which had me decide to not buy the shitload of albums I used to do for at least the next 12 months. Being the silly little music lover that I am, I granted myself one purchase per month, preferably just the download-option (instead of the vinyl-versions I usually ordered). The whole situation sparked the Must-Have of the Month-idea and here I am typing crap you're barely interested in.

But the basic thought is: I allowed myself one album this month, and this is it. Kye Oats by Coyote Armada. Great. Fucking. Album. (although I usually skip the last minute of track 3. Reservoir / A Low Fog Coming , because it's a bit of a drag..)

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