Kali Uchis – ´After the Storm´

Kali Uchis – ´After the Storm´

  We first saw this American – Colombian (¡Viva Colombia!) pop singer on thisismyjam a few years back, and to be honest, although she seemed original, we didn’t take much notice, but that all changed last year while watching Jools Holland´s 25 years celebration show. She was brilliant, and since then we have been keeping an eye on her. Kali Uchis & Jorja Smith performing “Tyrant” on Later… with Jools Holland “The women I looked up to growing up were Frida and Billie Holiday, or Kelis. People wanted and admired them for how beautiful they were, but at the same time, Read more »

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The Music Miscellaneous blog #1

The Music Miscellaneous blog #1

This week we take a look at the downfall of a legendary music publication and explore how changing tastes and technological progress have decimated contemporary music journalism in the UK. News this week that the N.M.E., the UK’s longest running and most iconic music magazine, is to go out of print and exist online only was sad but hardly surprising. Having been reduced to a free, pamphlet-like magazine given away in libraries and such, the writing had long been on the wall, its demise as inevitable as that of the music culture it once championed. First printed in 1952, it Read more »

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Behaviour by Pet Shop Boys

Behaviour by Pet Shop Boys

In 1990 I owned this cassette. An original one. I was thirteen and did not have many of those. This was a treasure that I would discover in my room by myself.  I played it over and over. It was a precious and I remember hesitating to throw away. It is, hands down, my favorite album from stylish, influential, and electronic-pop royalty that are Pet Shop Boys. With underrated lyrics, I dare you now to find an album which starts with a song of the caliber of Being Boring.     I have been thinking of writing about this album Read more »

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´Minimal´ by I Am Harlequin

´Minimal´ by I Am Harlequin

Fashion designer´s I am Harlequin may be minimal, but is far from simple. I Am Harlequin – Minimal In her own words the track “represents a bit of a departure from the traditional I Am Harlequin style – the opera-inspired tones, epic choirs and a general sense of grandeur. ‘Minimal’ is none of that. It is as the title of the song suggests – minimal.” I Am Harlequin or IAH is the alter ego of Germany born but London based music artist and fashion designer Anne Freier. The video was released on October 20th and director Sean Clancy plays with educational children shows. A Read more »

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Time Capsule – 1972

Time Capsule – 1972

  After a short break, we are back and ready to resume writing here. We will start our new time capsule series in 1972 because Paul was born that year. Also, it was a leap year, and apparently the longest year ever. (with 2 extra seconds). The year was marked by violence, starting with the infamous “Sunday Bloody Sunday” on January 30th, when 27 unarmed civilians were shot by the British Army during a civil rights march. Which of course, was followed on February 2 by the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin, and after that, countless attacks, bombs, and deaths. The Read more »

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Thundercat with Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins – ‘Show You The Way’

Thundercat with Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins – ‘Show You The Way’

The bassist-extraordinaire teams up with a pair of yacht-rock legends for the low-slung funk of ‘Show You The Way’, with this new sequel video. Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner has been making quite a name for himself in recent years having previously spent 11 years playing with punk/thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies as well as making a nme for himself as a top session musician, working with Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar amongst others. His third solo album Drunk  – from which this track is taken – was released earlier this year, and now we have this brand new video, directed by Katarzyna Read more »

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‘She Won’t Go Away’ by Faye Webster

‘She Won’t Go Away’ by Faye Webster

This song is hanging in my mind. The video makes me think of the seventies, and the song makes me want to sit in the park, lay on the grass and listen. She makes me think of Natalie Prass.  She did spend a semester in Nashville, so perhaps that is why. Maybe something in the air? I would not be surprised. Faye Webster is a 19-year-old singer from Atlanta who went back to her hometown to develop her career there under the label of her friends’ Awful Records. Maybe working with Hip-Hop artists makes her folk sound current and relevant.   This video Read more »

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Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd

Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd

We continue our albums series with a look at Pink Floyd’s 1972 masterpiece Dark Side Of The Moon.   “There is no dark side of the moon… as a matter of fact it’s all dark” So what is your favourite album? For music lovers that age-old question is one that most will tell you has no clear answer. Such are the vagaries of musical taste that it does little more that elicit a response loaded with provisionals and caveats. It’s not easy when so many great examples exist. However when push comes to shove, and if I simply had to Read more »

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‘Controller’ by Hercules & Love Affair feat. Faris Badwan

‘Controller’ by Hercules & Love Affair feat. Faris Badwan

After a two-year break, Hercules & Love Affair (DJ Andy Butler´s disco/dance/house lovechild) released a video for their single ‘Controller’ featuring English front-man for The Horrors, Faris Badwan.   The video is directed by artist Rei Nadal and has Emmy award winner cinematographer Franklin Dow as Director of Photography, but if you look at the video, the dancer with the bandages feels reminiscent of a  Lucian Freud painting. Except for the giant floating dark lips and platinum teeth, which pretty much makes me think of Nine Inch Nails and  Marilyn Manson also. Will it be another Blind? I don’t think anyone can predict that, Read more »

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‘Just A Little Bit’ by Thomas Dybdahl

‘Just A Little Bit’ by Thomas Dybdahl

Thomas Dybdahl releases a video and new single from his acclaimed album The Great Plains. Hailing from Norway, Dybdahl has been around for a decade and a half-ish now with The Great Plains being his seventh studio album. His voice is rich and engaging and his music full of warmth and pathos and languid emotion. That said, this new single sees Dybdahl getting almost, well, funky, the geeky lo-fi groove coming across a bit like Beck meets Whitest Boy Alive. We love it, and the album, and Dybdahl generally. We hope you do too. Share the loveFacebookTumblrTwitter

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‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’ by Kasabian

‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’ by Kasabian

Only a few days have gone by since the band released its new video, and it’s already stirring controversy among mental health workers and institutions, who think the video taps into wrong stereotypes. The English band from Leicester had a great year last year and this album is a reflection of it. Guitarist and vocalist Serge Pizzorno said: “I wrote a proper feel-good album. It’s just the pure positive and complete opposite of what’s going on at the moment because that’s where I was as a human being. “This was my reaction against the rest of the world.” I think maybe Read more »

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‘Echoes On’ by Cones

‘Echoes On’ by Cones

Cones is the sound of Los Angeles brothers Jonathan and Michael Rosen and ‘Echoes On’ is their infectious debut single. Not only that, but it comes with a fabulous hand-drawn animated video created by Jonathon who also happens to be an accomplished artist and animator, having created videos for Toro Y Moi, Delicate Steve, and of course Eleanor Friedberger with whom the Rosen brothers used to play. ‘Echoes On’ is taken from a forthcoming E.P. called ‘Whatever You’re Into’. We hope an album follows some time soon. Share the loveFacebookTumblrTwitter

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‘Name For You’ by The Shins

‘Name For You’ by The Shins

The Shins have released two versions, each with its own video, for their new song, They have done the same to all the songs on their new album ‘Heartworm’. Every song will have two versions. We applaud this and can’t wait to listen to their different takes on each song. No longer the naive – happy-go-lucky-band we feel in love with around the time of, and maybe because of Garden State, the band and front man have decided to embrace the dark side. Version A This version has a more straightforward guitar and a deeper groove. Kind of grungy even. But Read more »

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‘Stone Men’ by Dappled Cities

‘Stone Men’ by Dappled Cities

Australian 5-piece indie outfit Dappled Cities are back with their first new music in six years. Having released their first album, A Smile, all the way back in 2004, and then 3 more since, all critically lauded, Dappled Cities have been at this for a while now. It would be tempting to call them Australia’s best-kept secret or something equally cliched but the truth is they settled in the States some years ago where they have now become one of their best-kept secrets instead. Hopefully this new single, coupled with an intriguing video featuring a man seemingly alone in an Read more »

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‘The Bar Is Low’ by Pissed Jeans

‘The Bar Is Low’ by Pissed Jeans

The new single from this American noise-rock band is taken from their forthcoming album Why Love Now. Pissed Jeans, who get bonus points for that band name, have been with Sub Pop for a decade now, and Why Love Now will be their fourth long-player for them (their fifth in total). ‘The Bar Is Low’ is the first single to be taken from it and the accompanying video is a hilarious swipe at macho-man masculinity set in the gym. It’s the infectious thundering riff driving the song that is the winner here though, and this should be played at high-volume Read more »

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