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Song of the day: Phoenix are back with entertainment

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Goooood Monday Morning everyone,

Need some good news to wake you up. Well how bout hugely popular French indie rock band Phoenix will be releasing their fifth album Bankrupt! next week Monday. I am assuming that I don’t need to explain who the Phoenix are after their mightily successful last album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix that rocketed them to the middle ground between commercial and indie.

Well while we wait for the release they have made for us a cute little video to accompany their first single release Entertainment.

Well that’s nice and happy clappy.

 

Song of the day: I always want the things that I can’t have

Hello kids,

So I know I promised to give you the second good news of the week. But right now I’m still stuck on Citizens!

I am so incredibly excited for Thursday night’s concert.
I hope to see you all there.
Here is (I’m in Love With Your) Girlfriend.

MasMusic
I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Song of the day: She Said! She Said! Take me with you

Hello kids,

So this week is an exciting music week. First of all because on Thursday there is Citizens! playing at L’Usine here in GENEVA and second of all will come tomorrow. Yes that is right, for once you don’t have to go all the way to Lausanne for great live music.

SO YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE (apart from the fact that the tickets will sell out soon) to finally go and watch live music just like I have recommended so many times! So hurry up and buy tickets here and see what all the fuss is about.

So that name should ring a bell, as I gave you their first single Reptile in the past. That hot single was enough of a big deal for them to be called out as Top 20 most exciting band for 2012 by NME last year with Franz Ferdinand helping them out produce some songs.

So if that is not enough reasons to go, have a listen to my favourite on the album that for some reason has not got enough attention She Said, and I’m sure it will win you over

 MasMusic
I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Concert Review: Julia Stone//The Rocking Chair//Vevey//11 October 2012

Charming.

That’s the one word I would use to describe last night’s concert. I would recommend Julia Stone as the official definition for this adjective on Wikipedia. Or something of that type.

Let’s start from the beginning. First the venue: The Rocking Chair in Vevey. Vevey?!? I hear you ask. That’s right. This beautiful ghost town does occasionally do more than reminisce about the good old days of Charlie Chaplin and act as a Pleasantville for Nestle employees.

Earlier this year it hosted the wonderful Nox Orae festival which I raved about a lot. And again it had the pleasure of hosting the grace of Julia Stone. It’s a small intimate room but they seem to manage to get some serious gems. And I am sucker for small intimate concerts so did me just fine.

Anyways, so the concert started with the supporting act named Paul Thomas Saunders. At first as he peacefully strum his guitar and sang to a slow sad song accompanied by his blond bangs shy vocal companion the first thing I thought is, he’s got a great clear voice. But then to be honest it all just merged into one very depressive 30 minutes all about heartbreak and disaster and the girls which he use to like when he was 16 (when he seems only to be 17). It really peaked when I was starting to think that slitting my wrist was what he was trying to get me to do and he began a song with lyrics along the lines of: today is a good day my father died today. I realized at this point it’s too much for me. There was no variety, it was all very sad and with only a guitar to add something to the atmosphere and it all ended up being flat.

Hopefully as he grows up he’ll learn to develop his talent with a little more light and shade and depth.

Now onto Julia. Oh darling Julia. I had seen her about a year ago with her brother Angus at D!Club in Lausanne (you might know their famous Big Jet Plane, which surprisingly enough she did not sing). And they had been such a sweet duo. Angus, brilliant and shy and Julia skipping around the stage and melting everyone’s heart with her endearing personal stories and adorable geek style giggle. Even though they sang a couple songs together it was clear already back then that they were more two solo acts using each other for a boost and companionship. So it was no surprise when Julia started touring on her own this year.

Nothing much has changed, Julia is still as cute as ever. However the added sound of a 3 piece band behind her is really powerful and complementary (especially the piano – although I have a bias). She starts with a sweet charming song and then second up ahead is what I came to watch. She sang Blood buzz Ohio, a cover of The National. As I hold The National on a very high pedestal (and so does the general Indie public) I would be very wary of trying to cover the song. But she definitely does it justice and does what every good cover tries to achieve: she makes it her own, it’s different, it’s new, it’s original. And she delivers it oh so powerfully.

Talking of covers she also does her famous Greece cover of You’re the One that I want that is oh so cool. She also does a solo on the piano of one of her older song called Chocolates & Cigarettes that really shows of her raw talent. Her voice and her on the piano, amazing. Another highlight was the wonderful Let’s Forget All the Things That We Say and It’s all Okay.

I am once again amazed that her voice has such a distinct tone and resonance. Sometimes it seems that Julia’s voice is a cave and the sound echoes first in her mouth and then through the whole place. She makes it looks so easy to careless sing and put on a beautiful melodious show but every now and again she breaks from her sweet, innocent cartoon voice and really BELTS it out. And that’s when you realize just how much power and control her voice has and shivers go up my back.

She also still has her adorably sincere love stories. Julia doesn’t stop at bewildering our ears with each song, she steals our heart  in the breaks with her oh so honest and charming failed love stories. They mainly revolve around her feeling very strongly for a guy (lucky bastard in my opinion) which leads her to write a song for him. Then he either doesn’t understand it’s about him and sends her back a random song, or his new girlfriend shows up as she is about to perform it to him. Poor thing. However she so refreshingly admits and basks in her imperfection and embarrassing moments which is so rare in stars and singers these day, all interjected with her loud, uncontrollably geeky humor that we all can’t help but fall in love with her.

And so we all clap loudly after every song and especially just before the encore to get her back smiling and giggling back on the stage.

We tried a second time to convince her to come back, but didn’t manage.  So no Wasted for me.

And so as we drove back home with her resonating in our ears and pieces of our heart.

Song of the day: The founder of FAT big beats

Hi kids,

So as much as I try bring you up to speed with the new indie tunes, and remind you of where they come from,
sometimes I need to pause and pay homage to breakthrough classics who shaped music as we know it today.

One of those key influencers is Norman Cook alias Fatboy Slim. Cook was on the forefront of the big beat DJ explosions of the 90s.
You all know his songs, you all know his crazy videos (Praise You and Weapons of Choice winning video awards for good reasons).
But after last night’s London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony where he took over that huge Octopus (which Bloc Party teasingly claimed was homage to their new single on their FB page) and brought down the house at the young ripe age of 50 – you got to show the man respect. He still has faaaat beats.

So let’s do it with his smash hit The Rockafeller Skank.

MasMusic

I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Song of the day: Golden beats

Hello kids,

Its Featured Friday and today we have a great contribution by Brand New Ben (different from Bouncy Ben who previously contributed).

So they band is called Gold Panda, and we love their electronic melange of sounds. It reminds me a bit of Four Tet.
Things blew up for Panda in 2009 when they released the You EP. And for good reason. The title track is hot and I just cant get enough of it.

So here it is: YOU

MasMusic

I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Song of the day: Tripped over my shoe laces

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Hello kids,

So in recent conversation with good friend Vdog the topic of hurting his ankle came up – and since my mind thinks in music, bands and songs it immediately reminded me of this great band Fujiya & Miyagi and the single called Ankle Injuries off their 2007 album that I use to love to listen to called Transparent Things.

So it seems they have 2 new albums since then – so I will now put in some time to digest and pass on over some cooler new tunes.

In the meantime how bout you listen to my favourite from that album: Collarbone

Fun and informative – I recommend it to all medicine/biology students out there haha.

Enjoy

MasMusic
I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day