Noah and the Whale is an indie- folk band hailing from London, England. They got their start in 2006 and began working on their freshman album ‘Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down’, which was later released in 2008. It made it to #5 on the official UK album charts.
Their second full length LP ‘The First Days of Spring’ was released in August of 2009. Charlie Fink, the lead singer, also released a movie that goes along with the entire album length, also called ‘The First Day of Spring’. According to Wikipedia:
“Fink decided not to feature female backing vocals on their second LP due to the painful but inspiring departure of Laura Marling to pursue a solo career. Her separation from the band did however inspire a change from their traditional sound, signaling a new direction in the bands music and lyrics.”
They indeed changed – Continue reading
As soon as I heard “Young Blood” by Naked & Famous, I instantly fell in love with the song. If MGMT and Passion Pit had a love child, this would be the band. You’ll immediately notice they have a similar sound to MGMT, but I feel that they hold their own and distinguish themselves with a more positive beat and lyrics (which is why it made my music review site).
Naked and Famous is a relatively new band from New Zealand that is rapidly getting an underground following. They have one album so far “Passive Me, Aggressive You” and is currently under the Universal Music Group label. “Young Blood” reached #18 on Amercian Billboard Charts (Alt) and has gone platinum in New Zealand. According to Wikipedia:
Their single “Young Blood” debuted on the New Zealand chart at number one in 2010—the first New Zealand artist in three years to do so. The Naked and Famous released their first studio album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, on 6 September 2010. On 6 December 2010, the BBC announced that The Naked and Famous had been nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll.
In terms of the positive message this song brings, I feel that this captures a snapshot of youth, Continue reading
Matisyahu can straight up jam. Lyrically, his songs are mostly about faith, God, and hope (which is why it made my music review site). Mathew Paul Miller (a.k.a. Matisyahu) was born in Westchester, PA and is a Hasidic Jew that sings reggae, how awesome is that combination!! According to Wikipedia he did end up saying in a 2007 interview that
he no longer “necessarily” identifies with the Lubavitch movement. In the interview, he stated that “…the more I’m learning about other types of Jews, I don’t want to exclude myself. I felt boxed in.”
Whatever sect of Judaism he identifies himself with, it seems to me that he’s a man of faith who is trying to promote a positive message through reggae. Has anyone seen him live? I’ve heard his concerts are amazing and next time he’s coming to Charlotte I would love to see him.
The song “One Day” is off his 2009 album “Light”, and peaked on billboards alt rock charts at 21. Continue reading
I was on my way to work today and a song came across “Life Is Beautiful” by Sixx:A.M. I actually didn’t know who sang this nor the title, so when I got int:o the office, the first thing I did was search to see who the heck sang that song! I normally don’t listen to a lot of radio so I felt way out of the loop when I realized that this tune is actually a few years old.
The reason why I was immediately drawn to “Life Is Beautiful” is A) It is just a good rock song and B) the lyrics were positive and just lifed me up. The main message of the song is that life is beautiful and you need to open you eye’s to see all of the good that’s around (that’s why it made my music review site). Continue reading
If you’ve ever watched a Peanut cartoon, then chances are you’ve heard a song or two by Vince Guaraldi. Skating by Vince Guaraldi is one of my favorite by him. Vince was an Italian Jazz musician and Pianist, who died unexpectedly at the early age of 47. I hope you enjoy the tune! More Vince Guraldi music. Continue reading
There’s a lot of good bands coming out of Australia recently….including The Temper Trap. You may be very familiar with their hit Sweet Disposition, which was on a bunch of commercial and the movie 500 Days Of Summer. That’s a great song, but the one that that I felt was the strongest on their 2009 album “Conditions” was the song Fader. Continue reading
“Valkyrie Missile” by Angels In Airwaves is the song that wanted me to start a music review site. Lyrically, I’ve heard of a couple interpretations of the song; one of them being that there are good things that come out of destructive situations (such as a Valkyrie Missile). We’ve all been in those situations and one thing to ponder is that good things WILL come out of what seems a destruction situation. Continue reading
O.A.R is an rock band hailing from Rockville, MD, and calls Ohio State University their alma mater. They made a big splash on college radio and a few of their songs bled over to main stream radio. Does anyone know what O.A.R stands for? It stands for their original band name: “Of A Revolution”. Continue reading
Sweet Thing by Van Morrison is my top 3 favorite Van songs of all time! You can find this song and on his second solo album called “Astral Weeks”, which is a must have in everyone’s music collection. Some argue that Astral Weeks is his best album behind “Moon Dance”, even though it was initially poor received. According to Wikipedia:
The 1995 Mojo list of the 100 Best Albums ranked it as number two, and it ranked nineteenth on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003.
One thing I love about Van Morrison Continue reading