Kings of Leon are one of those bands that grasp your attention, it may be their distinct sound or their genes of good looks. They have a way of oozing their sense of style into their music, creating some amazing country and blues influenced rock. April 2 they'll be releasing their much anticipated third album titled "Because of the Times", which comes from the saying that if an album does well it's "Because of the Times" or if it bombs, it's "Because of the Times." They've extended their roots and have gone for a bigger sound as Caleb screams in the second track "Charmer", yet they still maintain their smooth bass lines and rhythmic guitars. This album is another Kings Of Leon classic, a reminder of why they're a great band with that touch of appeal. As drummer Nathan explains "I don't care what you write, just make sure you make us sound sexy". Here's some new stuff below including the latest single "On Call".
I'm not normally one to make a post with videos, Sandra seems to do that, but there are two videos that have grabbed my fancy in the last couple of days. They are both oh so good in their own way and both funny, seriously. Bright Eyes video for Four Winds is something out of the ordinary, if you were seeing Bright Eyes live would you be throwing stuff (including fluffy dice) at him? Most likely not. Secondly, The Arcade Fire track Intervention which was recorded live on an American up late show and see's Win Butler absolutely crack it with his guitar and smash it to pieces, priceless. Enjoy. Also, I will make a post possibly tomorrow with some music I have been thoroughly enjoying as of late.
I woke up this morning in a real Sufjan Stevens mood today, I have no idea why. Possibly because im seeing rain for the first time in about two months or the fact that i have the flu at the moment. I decided to listen to every single Sufjan album i owned and five hours later, I feel better. I am constantly amazed at Sufjan's work, he truly is a genius. I don't think I know anyone else in this world that plays as much instruments as him or put together some real heartfelt songs. So today, I'm posting all my favorite Sufjan songs for your listening pleasure.
Ok, I've thought this through and to make it easier on myself (whilst better for you, the readers), I've decided to do the mixed posts every few days or so. It works out better for me because I can concentrate more on my schooling and it works out better for you guys because you get so much love in one post.
I purchased the next installment of the Leave It All Behind compilations Modular Records are releasing yearly. Volume 2 came out two days ago and much like Volume 1, it contains some of the best Indie-Dance tracks you'll ever come across. Some of the tracks are rare, some of them are recent, and some are from last year. Either way, it's a well structured cd and I'm loving every minute of it.
Dan Kelly And The Alpha Males are possibly the most cleverest band around. Everything Dan does is just genius, but thats to be expected for he's uncle is none other than Australia's finest singer/song-writer Paul Kelly. I've saw Dan Kelly perform at this years Big Day Out festival and i must say, he is one hell of a character, especially when he told all the Trivium fans to "f**k off!". Classic.
When Greg Kurstin and Inara George came together, they didn't exactly form what we now call The Bird And The Bee. Greg (bird) helped Inara (bee and daughter of the late Lowell George) with her solo project and album "All Rise", he's also produced some stuff for the likes of Lily Allen, The Flaming Lips, Beck, Jenny Lewis and the list goes on really. It was over the shared love jazz they decided to work together and create songs such as Fucking Boyfriend and Again & Again (also remixed by Peaches) on their debut EP. Just last month they released their first full length album self titled. Filled with 60's jazz influences, bossa nova and electronica with similar charming vocals to those of Imogen Heap and Emily Haines fronting music from The Blow and Mates of States. The talented L.A. duo create wistful dreamy pop, subtle harmonies submersed in the art of love.
Speaking of other things in art. Tomorrow the annual Tropfest is happening in all states of Australia. It's a short film festival showcasing well...anything and everything. For details check out the website. I went last year only for a while since it was ruined by heavy rains. Tomorrow should be completely fine, I hope.
I wouldn't be surprised if the collective age of Gold Coast, Australia's Operator Please is lower than mine, but hey, as that Aaliyah song goes, age ain't nothing but a number right? Having won a Battle of the Bands competiton held in their high school, these kids play a refreshingly adorable brand of guilt-free indie pop and, led by singer Amandah, contains enough spunk to keep them from being annoyingly cutesy. As stated on their MySpace profile, "We'll bring the chips and fizzy drink, you bring the PARTY TIME!" Enough said, let's dance.
Well, as far as all the Quickie With's go, this one by far would be the hardest and best one. Albert Hammond, Jr. is one difficult guy to track down, but everything seemed to work out fine and Albert was more than happy to have A Quickie. Here is the interview, also, previous Quickies are underneath.
A few days ago I made a promise to do my very best to keep this site updated all the time and really, it's not going to plan. So, to once again make it up to everyone, I have chucked together a bunch of songs that I have been enjoying in the last few days.
One band that has really grabbed me lately is Cold War Kids. I don't know what it is about them that has my attention, but they've got something. Theres no doubting their indie rock, but they have twist and turns in their songs that almost makes it feel foreign. A delightful band indeed. These guys will be the next Strokes or Kings Of Leon or Bloc Party.
I have extremely jumped on late with the Camera Obscura bandwagon. I don't know why I have left it until let to get on board, perhaps it was the fact that their cd's are expensive in Australia. But, I gave into temptation and have quickly realised just how talented these guys are. Lead singer Tracyanne brings that something extra to the band that makes them so much sweeter.
Only half way through her current tour, Sarah Blasko has announced more dates in April after she showcases her stuff at SXSW. Playing pretty much everywhere in Australia, she will be once again on the road for a long period of time promoting her newest release What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have. Dates can be found here.
Possibly the biggest thing to ever rock the hip-hop world, Uffie has dropped yet another track upon us to get everyone warmed up for her album release sometime in the year. The new song is titled Dismissed and much like every other Uffie song, it contains attitude, bad mouthing and same fine funky beats.
M.I.A. is soon to drop her new album Bird Is The Word (title most likely to change). The follow up to Arular sounds really really good, I know thats not very discriptive, but it seriously is. I'm highly anticipating this release. I can see this album pushing M.I.A. further up in credibility and popularity. If you haven't enjoyed her music yet, please! do yourself a favor and listen to these songs!
Also, to readers of the blog, I pose a question. Which way of posting do you rather more, mixed band posts (like today's) or the usual way of just one band? Please do leave a comment on which you prefer. Thanks.
It was late 2005, Sydney band Expatriate (now a quartet) released their debut "Lovers Le Strange" EP with a album cover based on the artwork "The Lovers" by René Magritte. Favourite the track The Spaces Between; I found myself going on a two hour road trip with a bunch of friends up the coast just to see them play. If I can clearly remember the night was intense, full of energy. Everyone was dancing in the midst of moist sweat in a summer heat small venue in Newcastle. I can't really see much of that happening now but their shows are still great, the last I saw being at Big Day Out. Yesterday they dropped their second EP "Play A Part" (no fancy album art this time though), with the first two tracks "Only Wanna Love Ya" and "Play A Part" already receiving loads of radio play. I think of The Killers when I listen to this record, vocals alike and a few chords and riffs. The song writing itself has developed and added a sense of romanticism (which I assumed the first EP to be, due to the title). I'm undecided on this record. I like it, yet to love it.
You can listen to the EP on myspace, and check out some dates since they're currently on a national tour, then playing at some major festivals including SXSW. Also look out for their first full length album later this year.
I'm sure all of us here at Off The Record are incredibly sorry for the lack of updates as of recently, I know I'm sorry. We're all back at school now and things have gotten harder, thus meaning we have had hardly anytime at all to update this site. We try our best to post as often as we can. So to make it up to everyone who might be getting a little worried, heres a post with some song's I have been digging as of late.
Angus And Julia Stone have just released their second EP "Heart Full Of Wine" and have already been touring like hell in support of this release. The pair write some of most beautifully pop-driven acoustic songs you'll ever hear. They are incredible talented and just hopefully they might make it big overseas.
Yet another reasonably new band, Oh Mercy are yet to release another official, but they always seem to be uploading new tracks all the time on their Myspace. Here's the newest of the lot, which was uploaded last night in fact, and it see's the band sticking to their soft acoustic rock with driving vocals and soothing beats. Definitely a band to keep your eyes on, theres guys are my favorite local band, so make sure to give them some support.
Ah Bloc Party, you always seem to amaze me. Not happy with the new album? Been wondering what happened to their sound that was "Silent Alarm"? Ponder no more people! It seems the band has been hiding at least 12 tracks from us all, but as per usual, tracks always seem to get leaked on the net. The tracks are very similar to "Silent Alarm" and I'm a little disappointed that these didn't even make the final cut for "A Weekend In The City". Nevertheless they have been leaked and people are going for gold! Here are my three favorites which didn't make it. Heres a link to Hype Machine to download some more of these hidden tracks.
Klaxons are a band that grabbed my attention late in the game. I noticed everyone jumping on board with these guys, claiming them as the best new thing, but I wasn't too sure about them. That is until i listened to Golden Skans, which is just a brilliant track. Background vocals in this song have been playing over and over in my head all week and the film clip is quite funny too. Also the band has released a cover of Justin Timberlake's My Love, which is very similar to the original, but still good.
Getting ready for the release of their album, No Shouts, No Calls, in April this is quite an anxious time for Electrelane. So what better for the band to relive a bit of stress than to take A Quickie With me. Keep an eye out for Electrelane for they will be playing a few selected shows here and there to warm up for the release of the album.
I only realised yesterday that the Psapp song Cosy in the Rocket from their 2006 release The Only Thing I Ever Wanted, is actually the song that plays over the opening credits of the TV show Grey'sAnatomy! This English duo has been hitting me with their incredibly hypnotic tunes brimming with simple creativity and blissful electronic beats. Do include the unusual samples which are, surprisingly, used well in such situations. Galia Durant's voice is also quite charming, rich with sultriness. What you can also revel in is the great songwriting over quirky instrumentation. Psapp develop songs with such beautiful melodies and tasteful noise that it's impossible not to find the duo and their musical genius a delight to listen to.
I can honestly say that I have been a fan of Bloc Party since the very beginning. A lot of people would claim it to and yeah they're probably telling the truth, but your not truly there number 1 fan unless you become one of their Myspace friends right from the start (I was their 21st friend, haha). Anyway, A Weekend In The City is their newest release, very anticipated and incredibly over hyped. And what's this I'm hearing about Kele being gay!? I've given the album a few listens now and well, it's nothing special. They've changed their style a bit, still got the same guitar licks that people love and the funky beats to keep you dancing, but it's a little boring. I was a huge fan of Silent Alarm and I always had that on rotation, it hardly ever left the stereo, but after a couple of listens to the new cd, I was more then happy to take it out and put something else on.
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