Spin posted this yesterday: a map of the most distinctive artist per state. This is not the the most popular artist by state. It instead shows “the artists that are most popular in a given state versus the other states.” And there is a caveat – the map shows “the top most distinctive popular artist for a state that hasn’t already been selected for a more populous state.” Therefore, it is slightly misleading, in that there isn’t quite as much difference state-by-state as the map suggests. Even so, it’s fun to look at, and see where your tastes fit in better. Apparently, even though there are several artists on here that I really like, I don’t really fit in any state. Not surprising, honestly. I’ve known for quite some time that I actually belong in England, or somewhere in the UK. 🙂
In other music news, M83’s track from the Divergent soundtrack, “I Need You,” has been revealed! Of the songs we’ve heard thus far, it’s my favorite. But then, I love most every by M83.
And now for even more music! It’s quite the change of pace from M83. Celebrate diversity! And before we get to it, I have to say: I love Twitter. You tweet about music, get followed by independent or unsigned artists & end finding so much more music to obsess over. And this is exactly what happened this morning!
Say hello to IDIOM! Their bassist, Grant Knight, followed me on Twitter, so naturally, I went to give them a listen. Not what I was expecting, but immediately loved their music. First listen to the first song is all it took. I am now a fan & want to see them live. But, seeing as they are in the UK and I’m stuck here in the US–at least for now–it’s not going to happen anytime soon. And now, instead of listening to one of my folk playlists as planned, I’m rocking out (literally) to their Movement EP, which just so happens to be below! Give them a listen, oh, and be prepared for some screaming :).
One more thing worth noting/celebrating: the Arctic Monkeys pretty much cleaned up at the NME Awards last night. 😉
Double posts today! This just couldn’t wait until tomorrow.
Check out the cover of the most recent issue of NME. In case you have been living under a rock the past week, it’s referencing Arctic Monkeys lead singer/guitarist Alex Turner’s now infamous acceptance speech from the Brits. (It was amazing – quite possibly the best acceptance speech EVER.)
And so another (work) week begins! Or, at least it did yesterday. And I already feel like it should be Friday. Now, I think that’s enough about work.
Something very exciting has recently happened involving
one of my favorite indie record label, Dirty Hit Records. They have just signed a fantastic alt-rock band to their label! I’ve been listening to them the majority of the morning thus far–they released an EP around this time last year–and I was surprised to find out I already know (and more importantly, love) one of their songs (see below). As for the rest of their catalog, I am quickly LOVING it. I’m not dying for their debut LP.
Hailing from London, the alt-rock gem I’m taking about is Wolf Alice! More specifically: Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis. And trust me, you should give them a listen! And follow them on Twitter & SoundCloud. You can even get a free download by going to there website :). What do you have to lose?!
And just to entice you, here is the video for their song “Blush.”
Is it really only Tuesday?! Because it feels like it should be Thursday. I even keep re-checking the calender, just to make sure. So far, it’s still Tuesday. And the only good thing about that, is that it’s Live Lounge day on Radio 1, and today was The 1975. And it was glorious, as expected. And next week should be pretty awesome, too. But more on Live Lounge later.
The Brit Awards are tomorrow, and I was pretty sad that I wasn’t going to be able to watch. But thankfully, the Brits are going to be broadcast LIVE on YouTube! It’s going to be in the middle of the afternoon, so I won’t really get to “watch” it, but at the very least, I get to listen while I work. And hopefully clips of all of the performances will be available afterwards. Because I will be damned if I miss seeing the Arctic Monkeys opening the show. And Bastille. I’m looking forward to them, too.
Fearne Cotton’s show this morning on Radio 1 didn’t disappoint. She had a
mostly smashing playlist going this morning. And it reminded me of an artist I’ve been meaning to share! Say hello to Mutual Benefit! Jordan Lee & co. make beautiful, poetic music that feels amazing, and is just plain lovely. Their 7-track debut LP, Love Crushing Diamonds, is definitely worth a listen. I’m particularly fond of “Let’s Play/Statue of a Man,” and “The Light That’s Blinding,” as well as their single, “Advanced Falconry.” Check out Pitchfork’s proper review here.
Now, let’s get back to Live Lounge! It was fantastic. And why wouldn’t it be, with a sleep-deprived The 1975 performing? First up, they did a slightly different version of their track“Settle Down,” which was great. But then it was time for the mystery cover! (AKA the best part of Live Lounge.) I wasn’t sure if they could surpass their last cover in the Live Lounge, which was a better-than-the-original version of “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Verdict: it blew “What Makes You Beautiful” right out of the water. And I’m going to venture a guess and say that, for me at least, their version beats the original yet again. (I haven’t actually heard the original yet, but I have it pulled up & ready for a listen when I finish here.) So, without further ado, here is The 1975‘s phenomenal cover of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be.”
I keep telling you: these guys are incredible. Have I convinced you yet?
The National sure picked the right day to release the video for there latest single, I Need My Girl. (Which just might be my favorite song by them.) I really like the video, especially the “ghosts” of everyone’s movements. And, it fits in perfectly with my current obsession with black & white – it’s almost like they made it just for me.
And one more for you: Bastille’s cover of City High’s What Would You Do? I completely forgot about this song until I came across there cover. The video is an acoustic version of the cover, while the SoundCloud player has the fully produced version.