Polar Bear – Be Free

Along with Melt Yourself Down, Acoustic Ladyland, The Invisible and Portico Quartet, Polar Bear are part of the New British Jazz scene which is incorporating other elements just as electronica and post punk rhythms in their music. Having said that, …

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Diamond Mind – Better Alone

Remember when every blog and major media publication was stuffed with bands from Canada? Now that the great north isn’t mentioned as much, the question is if it still produces great bands. The answer is a big obvious yes! Edmonton’s …

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The Shy Lips – She was Born in Bahia

If you could summarise this track in one word it would be FUN – I was Born in Bahia is total unadulterated FUN. It’s got this super rubbery surf riff. It’s really dancey and it sounds a bit like first …

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The Black Keys – Fever

There are two types of Black Keys songs – one type is loud, ball busting and gutsy, and the other type is psychedelic, slightly weird and beat driven. Generally the latter occurs when Danger Mouse is at the production helm. …

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Only Real – Cadillac Girl

It’s a little bit difficult to describe Cadillac Girl. On one hand it has a sort of 80′s alternative feel, but then don’t expect any moodiness or dark sentiments, cause the lead singer raps in a goofy laid back way. …

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Fear of Men – Luna

Not since Grizzly Bear and the Arcade Fire have I heard a song which is this complex and manages to tug those darned heartstrings. This track works on so many levels. It’s a multi-layered guitar tune which reveals itself after …

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Nothing – Bent Nails

The first thing I asked when I first saw this video was whether the guy outside reading the newspaper is Kurt Vile (it is). Although that has nothing to do with the rest of this performance video, I thought it …

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How to Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure

Tom Krell’s (aka How to Dress Well) musical career has been an interesting one. Four years ago he was making spooky electronic pieces (then it was called witch house), and over time he has injected a more soul and funk …

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The Donkeys – Scissor me Cigs

The first thing that struck me while listening to The Donkeys is the laid back vibe of this track. I was somehow reminded of later Pavement, except prettier. The song ambles nicely, rather like a happy tortoise, but then amidst …

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James Chance & the True Groove All-Stars – I Don’t Want Nobody

Here’s a little blast from the past. During the heady days of the post punk era, there was an insane saxophonist called James Chance. Now although he played the sax like a deranged gorilla, he had tunes that would make …

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