July 31, 2012

Sheep & Raccoons


Some time ago, I defined myself as a raccoon. Can you guess? Constant extremely dark under-eye circles after averaging about four to five hours of sleep per night. Damn!

Has anyone actually tried counting sheep to fall asleep? Well, I have, and let me tell you: it doesn't work. I can last for about fifteen sheep before my brain loses interest and switches back to whatever thought or worry was keeping me up in the first place. The act of counting sheep is synonymous with sleep promotion in our culture, along with drinking warm milk and taking a hot shower. Nobody is quite sure how that happened. It might stem from shepherds of the olden days keeping track of their flocks before bedtime. But regardless of the concept's origins, the fact remains that this method won't help in the fight against insomnia. In fact, it might even exacerbate the problem.

Alrite, guys. I propose something different. What if instead of imaging a number showing underneath each woolly creature as it jumps, try to listen to one of these cool songs talking about sheep? Surely you'll keep going all googly-eyed. You won't go nuts counting animals, though.

July 26, 2012

Hanged For A Sheep As A Lamb

DAFUQ! I'm wondering how I'd not heard of Stealing Sheep till last nite when lurking the Internet in search of some info 'bout music festivals held in my city.

Genevieve is a greaaat way to start your week. Numerous factors have made me a little swamped at the minute. These three Liverpudlians ladies embody a warm yet whimsical style of nu-folk that evokes a certain sense of 60's psychedelia merged with an undeniably sweet and modern twist that brings to mind some of Slow Club's work. Moreover, the video is all hazy light, kaleidoscopes, hair tossing and plenty of balloons. And I like it. I like it a lot. 

This the second single from their forthcoming full length entitled Into the Diamond Sun, due for release on August 20. Watch for yourselves below.

July 22, 2012


Oh, how much I missed it! Finally made some time for writing. Thus, wipe that scowl off that sour puss of yours today. You're gonna smile. Hey, I'm back to bring you up to date on some of the main bands I've been concentrating on lately. Alrite, if you already follow this blog on Twitter or Facebook, you've been kept regularly informed about the latest albums and official video releases. But if you are still not a member of the group, don't waste a moment; hurry up and click here.

Straight off, Fun.'s We Are Young has been one of the most infectious singles of the year: an ode to defiant and youthful optimism. Yep, come hell or high water, it's really hard to dislike such boundless enthusiasm and cheerfulness. The band name clearly define their music. The more you listen to and dig into their songs, the more you'll be on cloud nine. True story.

Their first album, 2009's Aim and Ignite, did not experience substantial commercial success. Nevertheless, thanks to this stunning tune from their sophomore studio album entitled Some Nights, the New Yorkers are well on their way to achieve heights and climb up to the charts, leaving their mark upon the mainstream. However, IMHO, it is perhaps the weakest track on the album.

BTW, Have you already seen this striking cover? I love the way these tight, talented guys have made the song totally their own, building in their hooks and theatrics over and above the original.

A few weeks ago, the outfit world premiered their brand new video for Some Nights, which gives the album its name. It sees the song from the eyes of a young soldier sent off to battle, firing his own weapons and ruminating over the life he's left behind for the cruel nights he's caught up in. But despite being a video about war and its tragic outcomes, Fun. shows that it stands for the same message of exuberant youthfulness that runs rampant in their previous hit. Ah, just a word of warning: try to avoid it from minute 4:13. OMFG! Synthesized voice is quite horrible. Phew! The rest of the song is ok for me. Check it out!


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July 6, 2012


Guess what the following short stories have in common? All of them show casting selections! Many would-be actors, dancers and singers find them difficult and nerve-racking. Not surprising, considering they are risking it all in just a couple of minutes.

Alrite buds, now you can join an auditioning committee and make most of your judgments about these three bands in the first ten seconds of their performances. Do you accept the challenge? Consider your verdict and don't be cruel to the applicants!

Candidate # ONE
Owner of a Lonely Heart, originally released in 1983 by progressive rock outfit Yes. This is the remixed version out in 2005 by Canadian composer, producer and DJ Max Graham. BTW, those boys are proff. You'll see!

Max Graham - Owner of a Lonely Heart

Candidate # TWO
The music video for the anthem Starz In Their Eyes by Just Jack was released in 2007 and was the first single from the album Overtones. The clip really sums up what the current music industry is all about.

Just Jack - Starz In Their Eyes

Candidate # THREE
Here you have the brand new video for Electric Guest's The Head I Hold, where an anxious talent show competitor is waiting offstage as he watches fellow performers. All the while, his nerves get to him. What will happen?

Electric Guest - This Head I Hold