With the album To Lose My Life only around the corner, White Lies have treated us to a New Year treat with a free album track, From The Stars. I've heard a couple of the other songs off the album other than the singles and I'm pleased to say they don't disappoint. I was worried they might sound a bit samey but this is something new from one of the most hyped new bands.
Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Not sure this counts as a tune but as you count down to the New Year, why not do it to the sound of Big Ben?
MP3: Big Ben at midnight
and of course you then need a good sing-song (or a bad one in this case, Auld Lang Syne kicks in at the end)
Happy New Year
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Try the "baking of"
MP3: My Favorite Things - Lorrie Morgan
Monday, 29 December 2008
Ever wondered what track Marks and Spencer use for their adverts? If you're one of the many (cough) people who read this outside the UK then probably not but for those of you a bit more local here it is. I stumbled across it the other day when I was looking through my music collection to make my Dad a compilation CD.
MP3: Albatross - Fleetwood Mac
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
MP3: Shut Up and Let It Snow - The Ting Tings
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Monday, 22 December 2008
MP3: Just Like Christmas - Low
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Irn Bru have made many excellent adverts over the years and this is no exception. It's Irn Bru's take on the Snowman, enjoy. Oh for those from other countries who don't have it, Barr's Irn Bru is made in Scotland from girders.
Saturday, 20 December 2008
This is the best YouTube version I could find of this song that didn't scare me with pictures of men in women's underwear. This is a classic by Bob Rivers that I remember Simon Mayo playing every Christmas. The best Christmas parody? I think so.
Friday, 19 December 2008
Why this makes me and everyone in our print room at work laugh I don't know but it does. The question you should be asking yourself is Why does Santa need a donkey? because the reindeer cannot climb the hills of Italy. Obviously.
MP3: Dominic The Donkey
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
I feel I have to tell you all how much I dislike Keira Knightley, I'm sure it's quite irrational but I can't stand the woman. I think it's partly her voice, partly her smile and also that she's not a proper woman. I'd take the curvy Martine McCutcheon over her any day, not that I'd get the chance. Anyway, I do like Love Actually, I know it's a girly film but at Christmas it has the right mix of humur and feel good fact that's needed on these cold nights.
Bill Nighy is a lucky man, he has the two best lines of the film. One when he's being interviewed on radio about Britany Spears and one when he's on TV with Ant or Deck. I would quote them here but it's Bill Nighy's timing that makes them so great.
Incidentally I read in Richard Smith's book, You Can Get Arrested For That, that the American's love us Brit's saying "actually" so if you want to be like Colin in the film and pull a fit American gal then head for the states and say actually a lot.
MP3: Christmas Is All Around - Billy Mack
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
I can never decide which is my favourite Christmas film, sometimes it's Elf and a lot of the time it's Scrooged. Bill Murray is great in it and, as all good Christmas films should, it gives you a warm glow inside at the end.
The above link doesn't seem to be working at the moment, if you've searched high and low for the song let me know and I'll send it you.
Monday, 15 December 2008
This track is the main theme song that runs throughout the film, composed by the great composer John Williams (it must have been Hans Zimmer's turn to have the week off).
Sunday, 14 December 2008
OK, some of you may have been behind me when I claimed that Gremlins is a Christmas films, some of you may even be behind me if I said Die Hard was a Christmas film (it is set at Christmas after all) however how many of you consider About A Boy a Christmas film? None of you? Good. I don't either but the soundtrack does have an original Christmas song on it. Let me explain, the film is based around Hugh Grant's charachter who does nothing all day as he lives off the proceeds from his Dad's Christmas song, Donna & Blitzen. Don't bother correcting me if I've got those facts wrong, it's really not worth it. Anyway, the song is actually written by Badly Drawn Boy not Hugh's father, well unless BDB is actually his father, maybe that's why he goes under a pseudonym! Wow, a What's Wrong With the Mainstream exclusive! BDB is Hugh Grant's Dad! Cool.
Oh and the BBC and ITV obviously agree with me. ITV2 had the film on the other day and BBC are using the Badly Drawn Boy track as their Christmas theme.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Friday, 12 December 2008
If there is one thing we love in our house it's Christmas. As soon as December 1st arrives we're straight out to get our real tree and it's up with the decorations. Then it's weekends full of Christmas shopping with family as they all visit to enjoy our Christmas wonderland. We even plan out our choice of films and high on the list is always Elf. It is such as light hearted, wonderful Christmas film with my favourite line "I like smiling, smiling's my favourite"
This track is taken from the scene where he is hit by a taxi, sorry if I've spoiled the film for you if you've not seen it before. A real jingle bells, piano tinkling version of the classic.
Thursday, 11 December 2008
What happens if you blend Massive Attack’s progressive beats with Amy Winehouse’s soulful sounds?
You’d get latest musical creation coming out of Bristol, Dr Meaker
Well that's what there press release says, I feel Dr Meaker has more of a reggae influence than anything else but, thanks to their promoters you should be able to listen to his music on the player below.
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Elektroorganik are Dave Fellows (left) and Dean Gardner (right) and they produce soulful, funky, house music (my description not theirs). Again, not the kind of music that gets great coverage on my blog. They've recently kitted out their own studio and are going from strength to strength.
"Over the past year they’ve had releases on Queep, Double Shock Recordings and their latest track "Revolutions" on Duffnote, featuring a host of soulful remixes. "Revolutions" is the 4th ElektroOrganik release to feature the musical talents of Christian Fontana, a singer/songwriter from London who regularly teams up with the boys to deliver their unique sound. Revolutions also appears on Ministry of Sound’s Stereo Sushi Volume 11 compilation. Recognition of their work has been proved through remixes by the likes of Richard Earnshaw, Danny Jones, Roberto De Carlo, MIAR, Tim Richards and Tom Belton." - taken from their MySpace site.
How do I know ElektroOrganik? I'm friends with Dean through a friend of my wife's.
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
Following on from Laid Blak, we now have Call The Doctor. A very new, unsigned band who I have just managed to get my mits on a few of their demos. The band includes former front man for The Vigin Stages, Rob Hallworth who is now concentrating more on writing and only adds backing vocals and guitar to lead singer Rachel Aberhart. Rachel's vocals are really strong and judging by the pictures she looks a great lead singer.
Sadly I can't bring you a picture of the band as a whole but these pics are taken from their MySpace site. Below is a demo from the band and also a demo from The Virgin Stages limited edition demo CD. They played at The Louisiana don't you know. Visit Call The Doctor's MySpace site.
MP3: 4 Leafed Clover (demo) - Call The Doctor.
MP3: To Never Know - The Virgin Stages
How do I know Call The Doctor? My wife is a former house mate of Rob's (and two of the other band members of The Virgin Stages).
Sunday, 7 December 2008
"Laid Blak takes it's inspiration from city street life. From people, from history, from the good and bad in everyone, from humour, from heavy weight musicians through the years, from the blak and the white, from harmony and from the fight.
Whether your thin or fat or white or black, don't worry about that, just let your body rock nonstop." (Joe Peng - Lead Vocalist)
"Laid Blak represent 'good vibes' street music. The central influences come from Reggae, from RnB, from Hip Hop and Soul. The music has been described as 'Street Soul'. It is Bristol Music, where JA meets UK. As a group of musicians and vocalists we have been brought up on Marley, Studio One, Stevie Wonder, Carnival Music, Marvin Gaye, Gospel and church music....so we just mash it all up and see what comes out......" - take from their MySpace site.
As you can read above their music isn't the usual kind of music that appears on this blog but I recommend trying the track below, it's a two minute taster, if you like it they're on iTunes.
MP3: Red (sampler) - Laid Blak
Or get a full length free mashup by DJ Bunjy
How do I know them? I play football with Bar, their guitarist, or as I know him, the Maradona of the Downs.
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Friday, 5 December 2008
By far and away the best freebie of '08 has to be The Charlatans "You Cross My Path" album. It can be risky giving away hours of work, thousands of pounds spent in the recording studio and blood, sweat and tears no doubt. However it has made me a fan again of The Charlatans and don't feel too sorry for them, they released a BBC sessions album shortly after to take advantage of any new fans as well as those ever so loyal fans. The album is no longer available free on XFM's web site I am told so if you've not got it yet I recommend buying it.
I've posted one song from this album already (This Is The End), I'm not sure which is my favourite but Bad Days always sticks in my head after I've listened to it.
I would say the only freebie that can even come close is White Lies giving away Unfinished Business. Such a good track to give away, it certainly worked with me, I can't wait for the album.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
I was first made aware of Cloud Cult back in February by All Things Go and slowly over time I grew to like the song Zack had posted. I then searched out a few other songs by Cloud Cult and then in September, yes it took that long, I bought the album. My wife and I haven't stopped listening to it since. It is such a beautiful album, it is such a shame that their music is the reflection of tragedy. The lead singer and partner lost their child back in 2002 and speak of their grief in their songs. This, the final song on the album is written as if it is their son saying goodbye (that's my interpretation). A friend of mine recently lost his son and it always makes me think of him and hope he's OK. Sorry if that's just depressed everyone.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
If you want to make a playlist out of these songs you could also add Breathe (a little deeper) by Blamless (on my Cooling Towers playlist) and Acrylic by The Courteeners although as that track was on the album either as a secret track or on a second CD I wasn't sure if it counted. Also didn't the Zutons release an album and then add a track afterwards? I seem to remember Schonberg getting it as a Christmas present from a relative and it had the new cover but the old CD inside...