Midnight music with a scent of one of my musical heroes Eels. Sam Billen released Places last year and it's a perfect midnight record. A Light Went On is one of my favorite songs on the album, but the entire record is a beauty. Check it at http://sambillen.bandcamp.com/album/places.
Last month Generationals released their new album Heza. They day before I celebrated my birthday and received (among other cool things) a book about Spinoza. This morning I'm enjoying both with a cup of coffee. If the rest of the week is as relaxing and inspiring as this moment, this is gonna be a great week. I hope you have one too!
9 weeks untill the North Sea Jazz Festival and the countdown continues with a little bit of soul from this 2009-release by singer-songwriter Diane Birch. It has nothing really exciting going for it, but I can't get enough of this song. If she were to play the North Sea Jazz Festival (she isn't, like just about everyone I'll be featuring on this so-called NSJ-preview), I would definately be on 1st row!
Today started out completely fucked up. I woke up early due to a co-worker calling in sick, just dropped my freshly baked breakfast on the floor and I'm all out of coffee. Don't you just hate those things? Good thing there's always great music to make me feel better. Enter: Mark Martyre. I guess tomorrow, is another day.
Mark Martyre shared has latest album with me a few months ago, and now that I've spend the last 3 months falling slowly in love with it, it's time for you to enjoy it too. And hopefully fall in love like I did.
Singer-songwriter Mark has recorded an album with 10 great songs. While browsing to select the songs I wanted to use here I ended up listening over and over again to the entire album. I couldn't decide which fine tunes to implement. I ended with these three, but basically, you should listen to the entire album. It's a beauty!
It is 10 weeks untill the start of the finest festival of the year, the North Sea Jazz Festival. So to celebrate we're slowly getting closer to what is every year one of my personal highlights, here's a great tune by the John Raymond Project, who is unfortunately not playing at the festival this year. John Raymond is a young and talented musician who released his debut album Strengh & Song with the John Raymond Project last year. The album received great reviews and I can understand completely why. Be sure to check out the entire album, if you like this one track, just click the album cover above. 10 more weeks people! 10 more weeks!!
Today my country will be drunk. In an hour the Queen will officially resign, followed by the Prince accepting his new job as the King of our little country. You may have read about it. It is a great party and I expect to celebrate it with a few beers, good friends & great music. To get myself in the mood I played this album by Alex Culbreth & The Dead Country Stars this morning over coffee and today's newspaper. Great way to start any new day, even if there's no new King at the end of it.
Alex Culbreth is the male half of The Parlor Soldiers and with his Dead Country Stars he's recorded a modern alt-country album with great up-tempo songs that make you wanna dance and beautiful slow intense songs making you stare into the great white desert with nothing on your mind.
This album has been on heavy rotation for months now, as it was released back in December already and it's a great record from start to finish. Closing track "By & By" is a fine, somewhat slow song with a positive vibe to it. Singing along and dancing is highly recommended. And when it's done, playback is just a mouse-click away.
The Boxer Rebellion are releasing their 4th album Promises on May 14th and after their 1st great song Diamonds was shared with us last month, I've received the 2nd song "Keep Moving" in my email last night and it's another great song. That upcoming album is becoming more interesting with every song they release, is it May already?!
One of last years highlights was SEESAW and The Rest are still releasing videos for the album in an attempt to eventually have a video for each song on SEESAW. This is video number 4 and it's a great vid. Cool images, weird story, birds and explosions. And off course the great song that comes with it and supports the images very well. Watch it. Enjoy it. Watch it again. Best remedy for those dreadfull days Thursdays tend to be..