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.
I don’t know that I’ve ever done a TBT post, but I am today!
Also, the other day I took one of Buzzfeed’s many ridiculous & pointless quizzes (that I’m hopelessly addicted to), What kind of Girl Scout cookie are you? My result: a Do-Si-Do, otherwise known as Peanut Butter sandwich cookies. It kind of hit the nail on the head though, especially the underlined part:
The gritty side of you is that you can be stubborn at times. The fact is, most times you’re way IS the right way and other people just need to wake up and figure it out. Luckily you also have a smooth side that is patient and pretty persuasive, so normally people come around to seeing things your way.
FINALLY! Confirmation! I have a feeling I will be using this until the day I die. 🙂
And now for some music. You may have noticed more than a few mentions of The 1975 on this blog. There is a reason, and that reason is that I love them & have since I first heard them on BBC Radio 1 about a year and a half ago. Obsessed may be more a more appropriate term, if I’m being honest. The lucky bastards have joined those exclusive, and very special, life-saving ranks of my all-time favorites whom I just can’t seem to get sick of & always help me get thru, well, everything. So, on that note, here’s a little gem from one of their EPs that I’m particularly found of.
Happy “day before Friday!”
Today marks the release of the first solo, full-length album from the incredible Noah Gundersen! Ledges is streaming on Spotify, and it’s available to purchase from iTunes. Do yourself a huge favor, and please buy this album TODAY! His music is genuinely stunning. It’s so honest, and full of emotion, and simply gorgeous. You will not be disappointed!
How about a weekend recap? Not that I did anything all that interesting.
- I lost count of how many hours of music festival footage I watched this weekend. I know that it was at least 12 hours & I’m positive I’m forgetting some.
- I also recorded an episode of Crossroads with Lady Antebellum and the Queen of Rock & Roll (and my spirit animal), Stevie Nicks. I may have watched/listened to it 5 times this weekend. But I admit nothing.
- I also may have forgone cleaning my house in favor of a weekend-long Pinterest binge.
- Lastly, The Walking Dead is FINALLY back. (Spoilers Ahead – leave now is you haven’t seen last night’s episode!) I really liked (“liked” isn’t really the correct word, since it was a bit heartbreaking) seeing a bit of Michonne’s backstory & seeing that vulnerable side. And I was thrilled when she finally found Rick & Carl at the end. But I’m a bit
disappointedpissed with the episode, too. I needed to see the rest of them!! And by the rest of them, I mean Daryl, Glenn, & Maggie. How could they not include them in the mid-season premiere?!
One thing that I missed with weekend was the Beatles Tribute on CBS. (Though if you listen to the likes of Flavorwire, I didn’t miss much.) And there is very limited footage of it online thus far. BUT Spin did post a few videos they found, including the Arctic Monkeys singing All My Loving. No, your eyes do not deceive you. The Arctic Monkeys singing The Beatles. And being that I am more than a little biased when it comes to AM, I love it. Watch while you can.
While we are on the subject: my rock-laced playlist I mentioned last week has been growing as I keep thinking of more & more & more to add. My desk at work is covered with sticky notes of music to add while I eat lunch today. And I still have NME’s top 100 songs lists for both the Nineties and the Noughties, as well as the first 300 or so songs on their list of 500 greatest songs of all time left to peruse at some point this week. It’s starting to swell, which means it’s time to start editing out the stuff I keep skipping. It’s a wee bit painful, but it’s necessary for a successful playlist, sometimes.
I think that about does it for me today. On second thought, one last thing: here’s a little funny to brighten your Monday.