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Song of the day: Oh Faithful Lone Ranger Friend

Hello kids,

Well let’s keep rolling with some of the key singles of this year. At number 30 of NME’s top 50 tracks of 2012 is Everything Everything‘s first single Cough Cough off their soon to be released second album Arc. The band should ring a bell as they have been featured twice on SOTD before, with Suffragette Suffragette (ya they really like repeating words) and the amazing Clock Opera Remix of their MY KZ UR BF (which is a regular in my DJset).

So I am happy they are back from their two-year break with some amazing electro, staccato  indie rock jamming. The guys still have it and its great to hear it. But what made me even more excited than Cough Cough is their really just hot release of Kemosabe the second single.

Wondering what Kemosbae means? Well I looked it up and apparently it is the term of endearment used by the intrepid and ever-faithful fictional Native American sidekick, Tonto, in The Lone Ranger. It is translated as “trusty scout” or “faithful friend” in Potawatomi.

Well now you know.

Song of the day: Baby how you suck my blood

Hello kids,

So continuing from yesterday long charts ramble I found yet another band that falls in the same category as Palma Violets. Peace are new, they are British, there is a lot of people raving about them and they are being coined as the future of indie.

I must say I have been listening them non stop and I am quite excited about them myself, they mix all the sounds I love. Their first release was Bblood which was then polished and rerecorded as Bloodshake. Everyone was screaming FOALS at this time and for good reasons. Listen to Black Gold and you’ll hear it. Then came their EP named EP Delicious and with it came comparisons to The Maccabees, WU LYF and Vampire Weekend (all fantastic bands). Well all of this positive press got them to tour with bands such as the Mystery Jets and The Vaccines. So let’s just say they are doing very well.

To top the year NME put Follow Baby at their 47 and Bloodshakes at 43  and California Daze at 13 of their top 50 Best Tracks of 2012.

Myself, I’m a huge fan of 1998 (Delicious) 10 minutes of beauty.

I will definitely be looking out for these guys!

Song of the day: I want to be your friend

Hello kids,

Now that you’ve thrown away the wrapping paper, onto to the next festive event which is New Years. With it comes reflection on the year that has past and CHARTS. In fact CHARTS, CHARTS, CHARTS. Now for very strongly opinionated person like myself you would think that I love giving you my top hits of the year. But I really HATE IT.

I see ranking  music as hard as picking who is your favourite child (in a REALLY big family). I mean Emma is so damn cute but I love Tommy’s naughty streaks and he makes me laugh (calm down everyone, I don’t have kids yet). I’m too much of a new era music kid to like rating and ranking music. That was for the old days, when there were fewer, bigger superstars and less of the middle stuff. Now with the internet and no barriers to entry there are MANY more bands then there ever has been and less obvious stand out acts (unless you mean negatively standing out – those are rather obvious).

Me being a music expert I can’t even give you my favourite artist. NO WAY. On average I digest 1-3 albums a week. There’s just too much to process and rank. I’d have sleepless night thinking about it, I’d have to write long apology letters. It’s just torture really. And then as if that wasn’t hard enough you got to think whether you do top artists? new or already existing? top albums? top singles? I mean this is just MONTHS of work – I’ll be done by next year this time.

But what I do like to do is read over other people’s top lists (I know it’s a bit selfish really). Just to check I haven’t missed out on big huge obvious fish in the pond. And also to mock some people’s poor music taste and be out raged on some ranking and non-ranking. Just the usual chart fun.

So I had a look over NME’s  top 50 Best Tracks and Pitchforks top 100. First of all I am happy that I covered a lot of the songs on our daily Song of the Day. Or at least most of the good ones. However I obviously missed out some goodies so I’ll be squeezing those over to you now.

And luckily I did cause it happened to be that I hadn’t even heard of Pitchfork’s number 1 band, apparently the most exciting band to watch for next year. They are called Palma Violets, an English band that formed last year and were just playing fun gigs for family and friends as they felt there was no band they could believe in. Well one of their friends must have had a good ear because they got the attention of the very important label Rough Trade (The Strokes, The Libertines amongst others) who signed them immediately. Its similar height of buzz as there was for Citizens! last year. Their début album 180 will be released in February next year.

General opinion seems to be that they could propel British Indie guitar sounds back to the top of the charts.

Let’s see if that works out, for now here is Best of Friends

 

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

Song of the day: Take one for the team you're a cog in the machine

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Hello kids,

So guess what – its FEATURED FRIDAY. And today I got you a kicker from Marvellous Marco.
I heard this one around and loved it but was so happy with Marco sent it to me so now I know it comes from the awesome Django Django.

Django Django are a British psychedelic quartet that released their first self-titled album at the start of this year.  Since then people are going crazy about them – even the love to be haters NME who gave them a 8/10. There is some good fusion in their sound – some strange noises, some strong down drumming beat to keep you bouncing, some art-pop, some echoy vocals and the clear indie sound.

 So why don’t you check it out.

 Here is Default.

 Bounce your way into a wonderful weekend.
And if you are in Geneva – don’t forget Selah Sue.

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

Song of the day: Freightened Eyes

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Hi kids,

Sorry for the late entry today – things were busy this morning.

So I assume you should all know Beach House by now. You will remember me praising and giving several songs from their Teen Dream album as well as giving you the remix they did with Toro Y Moi (Master of None).
Not to mention the release of the first single Myth from their highly anticipated new album Bloom.

Now I am happy to inform you that the full album has been released – and I was a bit selfish and wanted to digest it first before giving it out.  The internet’s take on it is that it is being raved about just as much (if not even more) than Teen Dream (except for the intensely love-to-be-different/difficult NME that although have a positive write up decide to score it 7/10).

Again I will repeat myself that after already seeing this band preform live twice I would happily go out of my way to watch them a third time. They are, especially Victoria, nothing short of mesmerizing– and I would love to hear these new sounds live.

This new sound is more lush and intense with a greater use of synth, loads of great guitar and of course some amazing percussion that we love them for. But really the apple is not falling far from the same impressive tree. It’s the same patient and five elements hippy yet deep and luminous sound. And that is not surprising after Scally’s comment of “I hate it when bands change between records, that’s not the way we work.” Clearly not.

So here is my favourite The Hours

Enjoy

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

Song of the day: No you girls never know, how you make the boys feel

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Dear Song of the Dayers,

People say, better late than never. So I give your afternoon song on crazy busy day.

So after the big hype around the Paleo line up – I thought I’d make a fun theme out of it.
I will be giving you a song from each of the great artists featured in the programme until tickets go out (25 April – next week wed) to lure you into attend most of the days. In case you haven’t heard already  – the tickets sell out in about 30 minutes so you very much need to be prepared!

There really are some great artists included and as always I will do my best to convince you to invest into experiencing music live, as this is truly when your appreciation for music and artists is really developed.

Although I must say that Paleo is not your typical, or far from my favourite, festival. The right atmosphere is very much missing and too calm and passionless for my liking. However if I was here (which I unfortunately am not) I would definitely attend most of the days. There is no doubt that it will be a great (although not optimal) concert experience nonetheless.

So without further ado let me start with the first featured great band: Franz Ferdinand.

I assume you will all know them after the many prizes (NME, MTV, BRIT etc) and recognitions they received. But let us not undermine their importance or greatness, and of course that you all have bobbed around to TAKE ME OUT.

Here is: No You Girls

That’s all for now

MasMusic