Chris Bathgate recorded a Daytrotter Session, which was released last weekend (click the image to visit the Daytrotter-site to listen/download). There's not much to say about this really, just that it is very beautiful. It's raining like crazy outside, but inside there's hot coffee, a semi-dark kitchen with just the light of the laptop and the sweet soft music of these 4 great songs. I could spent my entire day like this..
On several occasions it was pointed out to me that this is a potential Summersong for the year 2011. I have to admit that it has charm, but i don't really hear the potential. I gave it 6 chances while i was folding the laundry (so far the excitement for Monday night) and i decided it was worth putting up here & checking out the entire album (got this planned for tomorrow evening), which can be streamed on the Smith Westerns-website. I like this track, it's getting better every time i hear it, but will it go down in history of one of the defining tracks of this year's Summer? i doubt it..
Apparantly Bluebell is a friend of FOE, whose debut EP was on the blog last week. The music doesn't sound anything the same though, as Bluebell is much easier on the ears. The video however did really remind me of the things i've experienced on FOE's website, so there's somewhat of a link there. Doesn't really matter, cuz this is just a fine track. Which will even sound better on a hot summer night, too bad it's been raining all weekend..
Almost a month ago i posted Big Scary's track Autumn, which was a great song from their 2010 EP-collection. At the time the most recent news was that they were working on their 1st studio album, but now they have released their 1st single for it: Mix Tape. Hear it here and get it @ their bandcamp-page or via iTunes.
This has got to be one of the best things i've heard this month. White Mystery is rocking it's ass off and i'm loving it. This 2nd album of the red-haired brother & sister-duo from Chicago was released in April of this year and although i'm hearing it for the 1st time just now i'm really gonna be listening to it a lot in the (near) future. Within a few days this will have found it's way to my Favourites of 2011-list. Fantastic album!
Lotte Kestner has been mentioned earlier this year with her fine album China Mountain B-sides, which was released back in 2009. Two weeks ago she released a new EP, called Extra Covers, which (you guessed it) contains a collection of covers, 6 in total. The only song i reckonized was Beyonce's Halo, which is a daring choice, but she gets away with it. Another fine track is Black Metallic, which apparantly was originally done by Catherine Wheel, an early 90s rockband. I'm almost drifting off there in 90s melancholie, which is also a little bit the issue with this EP. I like Lotte Kestner, she has a beautiful voice and is capable of singing little masterpieces, but apart from the 2 songs i've mentioned she doesn't really do that on this EP. For a total listening experience i prefer China Mountain B-sides, but Halo and Black Metallic deserve some airtime, cuz they're both a great showcase for Lotte Kestner's talent.
My favourite album of last year was Kanye's masterpiece My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and before it was released 'Mama's Boyfriend', was one of the songs Kanye performed a few times, but eventually it didn't make it to the album. It's released now & it sounds really good. I can see why it didn't make it on the album, because it's a bit more oldschool. It would've fitted good in the older Kanye-albums (College Dropout), but nevertheless this is just a really nice summeresque oldschool Kanye-track.
A few days after i posted this, i read the following statement by Universal Music (Kanye's record company) on another blog, apparantly it's fake..: The version of the Kanye West recording "Mama's Boy" that arrived on blog sites earlier this week is entirely bogus and unsanctioned, and violates the artist's creative intentions. As is often the unfortunate case, an unknown party or parties got a hold of Kanye West's vocal track and added their own soundbed to it, effectively and falsely releasing it as a Kanye West track from the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions. The result in no way resembles the final song Kanye West intended his fans to hear, and he is deeply disappointed that one of the most personal, meaningful and special songs he has ever written would reach people in this way. Needless to say, measures are being taken to identify and prosecute the persons responsible for leaking this material."
Another fine hiphop-track, this time it's Lil Wayne with a sequel to Eminem's brilliant Stan. Although Lil Wayne is releasing a new album somewhere soon, this track is supposed not to be on it. Strange, because it's really good..
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