New acquaintances

These past few weeks, I’ve been discovering new music. American, British, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish bands have passed by my ears, spanning the last 4 decades of music from classical to metal, from electronic to progressive.

A band that has caught my attention is Anathema. They started in the early nineties as a doom metal band, but their sound has since evolved to a kind of melodic, ambient alternative/post/art rock that I really like!

I still have much to discover from them, but this song stands out:

It reminds me of a heavier Radiohead (the good stuff, not like this), but they have their own touch – Do not consider them a Radiohead rip-off!

Hope you liked it! Next time I’ll be here with more stuff that I’ve recently discovered in my quest for new music. That, or maybe a re-edition of one the posts I enjoyed most doing, Astounding Songs, Amazing Covers (pun intended)…

Pretty Little Butterfly

Crazy Town The Gift of Game ButterflyIs your memory good? I’m bringing you today the one-hit band called Crazy Town, remember them? They released their first (of only two) album in 1999 and they toured supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers . One year after they released the single “Butterfly“, which samples part of Chili PeppersPretty Little Ditty (by then a 10-year old song, from the album Mother’s Milk, the first with Frusciante). Butterfly was a great hit in the U.S, in Canada, and in most European countries.

I bring you both songs today, as I like them both – Butterfly as a childhood memory (The Gift of Game was actually one of my first CD’s!) and Pretty Little Ditty as a great song from the great Frusciante and Flea 😉

Starting with the oldest (notice Flea at 0:14)

And finishing with the most recent

The birth of a genre

Hey y’all!

Long time no see, ha? Sorry for the long absence, but I haven’t got any spare time for ages, but it feels good to be back 🙂

In the last two weeks of July I went to Macau, China to do some work at the local university, and that also contributed to my absence here. I wasn’t able to see any local band while I was there, but a little search on the internet brought these guys into my attention – they’re WhyOceans,  a macanese post-rock/alternative band with a very nice sound. Please do check them out!

But, as good as these Macanese are, my post today is dedicated to an entirely different style: electronic music. Yes, I’m not usually very fond of electronic music, but in this past few days I’ve been buried deep in the music of Kraftwerk and I’m growing fonder and fonder of their music. Kraftwerk (and others, like Jean-Michel Jarre) paved the way for most of today’s ambient / new age / dance-pop / techno / house /dubstep /etc… Their 1978 album, Die Mensch Machine was also issued with english lyrics, and the song Das Model / The Model became an international hit.

As you can see, they were renowned for their driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western Classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. During my flight back home I heard this song around 10 times, which for me is a lot 😛 I even recorded my own cover, which you can hear here (do not expect a masterpiece – it was very roughly played/recorded).

To end this comeback post, check Kraftwerk live at Japan at the No Nukes.

See you next time!

Teenage Dirtbag

Loser (film)Today I bring you another memory from some years ago that you might remember – Teenage Dirtbag, from Wheatus.

The song was included in the soundtrack of the film Loser, which features both Mena Suvari and Jason Biggs (you probably recognize them from another movie).

Hope you like it 😉