Category Archives: 2010

The Difference Between Us by The Dead Weather

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No video for this song. The song ends at 3:37, so no need to keep listening.

The Dead Weather wake the dead in a good way with this hard-core tune. This is off their second album, Sea of Cowards.

This band is made up of musicians from other popular bands:  Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Jack White (on drums) of The RaconteursDean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age, and Jack Lawrence of City and Colour. They’re set to release a new album some time this year. I’m not a big fan of the rest of their stuff, but this song really does kick-ass.

Girls Like You by The Naked and Famous

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In interesting video where we slowly zoom into the band in an apartment complex.

The Naked and Famous take us on a journey with this killer song, easing in slowly, and ending up somewhere else. This is off their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You.

This Kiwi band have only released two album thus far, both full of great Synthpop sounds. Their music has appeared in numerous TV shows, including an episode in the 13th season of Canada’s own Degrassi. They’re currently on tour coming to a city near you.

Let’s Go Surfing by The Drums

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Not sure why they’d film a surf rock video at nighttime. Kind of boring.

The Drums start with a simple guitar surf-lick and some whistling to suck you in, and never let you go. The vocals also complement the music well. This is off their EP, Summertime! as well as their debut self-titled album, The Drums.

This American band have released two albums, and two EPs, chock full of tunes to surf to. If you’re looking for variety, don’t bother, as this band’s specialty is surf rock served on a hot plate.

This Orient – Foals

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Boring video with a lot of nature shots. Not sure what it’s supposed to mean.

Foals provide a great hook at the beginning of the song, and it continues throughout. This is off their album, Total Life Forever.

This UK group have released 2 albums, and many EPs with their latest scheduled to come out next week. They have some catchy tunes, but for the most part, this band isn’t really my cup of tea. Pity.

Lay Me Down by Graffiti6

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A live studio version of this song.

Graffiti6 bust out the acoustic instruments, but I wish they’d have better recording equipment. This is off their first and only album, Colours.

With just the one album, and one EP under their belts, this English band will only get better. They have won numerous awards in the UK, and done the American late-night talk show circuit. Can’t wait for their next album.

I Begged You Everything by Bad Books

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No video for this song.

Bad Books play this sad acoustic ditty. The melody is slow and sad, and the lyrics are emotionally charged. This is off their first album, the self titled, Bad Books.

This band is composed of Kevin Devine and members of Manchester Orchestra. They’ve only released 2 albums so far with the latest II just coming out this year. This collaboration essential sounds just like the mellower side to Manchester Orchestra, and it’s very hard to tell the two apart, but I’m not really complaining, as I love both versions.

New Low by Middle Class Rut

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I don’t quite understand the video, but it looks pretty in high-def.

If you’re looking for a song to rock out to, search no further. Middle Class Rut offer up this dynamic tune. This song is a mellower sample of what they’ve put out so far. It’s off their first and only album, No Name No Color.

This California duo has only released one album, but 6 EPs. Their alternating vocals and extremely hard edge give them an almost punk feel. If you want to disturb your neighbours late at night, blast these guys through your speakers.

Heathen Child by Grinderman

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From dull, boring, clichéd videos, to fan made videos, to no videos at all. I now present to you, the greatest video ever made.

Grinderman lay down a thick slab of grungy rock music. The sound effects are a bit distracting in the video, but this is one kick-ass song. It’s off of their 2nd album aptly titled, Grinderman 2.

Fronted by Nick Cave, this British band is made up of former members of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. They’ve only released 2 albums so far, and both have a much harder sound to their former band. I can just imagine all of their music appearing on the soundtrack of Jason Statham‘s next action movie.

Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits Of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele by Amanda Palmer

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Instead of spotlighting a song, let’s hear a whole album without any distracting images.

Amanda Palmer (one half of The Dresden Dolls) broke up with her record label and decided to celebrate by releasing a bunch of Radiohead songs on ukulele. Her magic ukulele. Probably pried from Tiny Tim‘s cold dead hands.

She’s released 1 solo album, as well as 2 albums with the Dresden Dolls

If you’re a Radiohead fan and a fan of the ukulele (yes the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive), then you’ll love this. Give it a listen…