The Black Atlantic – Darkling, I Listen (Stream + Track Listing)

Posted by Indie Music Finds | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 05-12-2011

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As mentioned previously, The Black Atlantic are preparing to release their new EP Darkling, I Listen. The EP won’t officially be released until the 13th of January 2012 but The Black Atlantic have made the entire EP available to stream online for free from now onwards. The track listing for the EP is 1. The Aftermath (Of This Unfortunate Event) 2. The Flooded Road (Built on Sand) 3. Darkling, I Listen 4. An Archer, A Dancer 5. Quiet, Humble Man and you can listen to it through the SoundCloud widget below.

Darkling, I Listen can be pre-ordered from The Black Atlantic shop here on either CD or vinyl that are being pressed right now. Upon purchase, you’ll also be sent links to download the MP3′s, WAV files and artwork immediately.

Roger Waters – The Dark Ride of the Loon

Posted by Indie Music Finds | Posted in Guest Post, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 01-12-2011

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Roger Waters The Wall 2012 Tour

When Roger Waters embarked on his Dark Side of the Moon tour back in 2006, a new era in album tributes was born. Those who attended the Dark Side concerts remember a startling visual accompaniment to Waters’ awesome band and their massive sound. Now, in 2012, tickets to Roger Waters The Wall tour are selling out fast as Floyd fans and others clamor to be amazed all over again. The Wall tour revives the iconic 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name. It is the fragmented history of a rock star named Pink.

Pink suffers from a mixture of psychosis and post-traumtic shock. He struggles to deal with life in the shadow of loneliness by adopting wild and detached behavior. The death of his father during World War II drives the story forward into a crazed materialistic trip littered with dark poetry and violence. The Wall’s most powerful image remains the marching hammers that steamroll their way across a broken landscape like Nazi stormtroopers. Expect to encounter these visions when you see Roger Waters live in concert. The drama of the tale, coupled to some of the best songs of the last thirty years, will once again take audiences deep on an intense voyage that transcends music and creativity; Roger Waters’ own personal history bears many parallels to that of Pink, and this provides a rich fuel for an epic modern journey.

Pink Floyd began life as a spark between Waters and Nick Mason when they met at college in London. Several small mutations later – including the acquisition of one Syd Barrett – Floyd were the resident band at a Kensington all-night club. Their meteoric rise to the leading edge of the British psychedelic movement happened naturally; audiences loved Barrett for his onstage exuberance and over-indulgent flights of fancy. The association with LSD and an artsy, progressive scene was no accident. Led by Barrett, Floyd were ahead of the curve, and their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was packed with images of gnomes, bicycles, fairy stories, witches’ cats and military code.

Floyd went from strength to strength, losing Barrett along the way to mental illness and replacing him with David Gilmour. In time Roger Waters emerged as the true voice of Pink Floyd. It’s fitting that it is Waters who has managed the most impactful concert tours in the years since Floyd disbanded, with Dark Side of the Moon and now The Wall being the crowning glories. Roger Waters tickets are high price tickets, chiefly because they give the audience a full-blown experience rather than just a concert. The recent news that David Gilmour tickets are also on sale for his upcoming tour is an indicator that Pink Floyd may yet reassemble and blow our minds again. But it’s probably just a silly dream. Then again, isn’t all of life just a silly dream?

Goodluck Jonathan – The Futures Got No Love For Us

Posted by Indie Music Finds | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 22-11-2011

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Goodluck Jonathan - The Futures Got No Love For Us

Goodluck Jonathan new single ‘The Futures Got No Love For Us’ is out on the 28th of November ahead of their second album that’s set to be released in 2012 through Something Nothing Records. It’s a bit of a challenge to find more about Goodluck Jonathan online as they decided to use the same name as the current president of Nigeria. Goodluck Jonathan offer a great varied and textured sound that although being vaguely similar to Bloc Party, also contains a lot of originality.

While I’m a big fan of this song, it has a really quite weak video in comparison that can be seen here. It was shot in black and white for no apparent reason and in it some hair is styled, a rollup cigarette is smoked, an obviously expired passport is burnt, and some small labels are attached to a pier.

The GAG Quartet – le Internet Medley

Posted by Indie Music Finds | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other, Other Finds, Rock | Posted on 18-11-2011

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Le Internet medley genius song/video produced by the Israeli rockers The GAG Quartet. It’s an incredibly tight and well produced video with some hilarious, and often quite subtle, meme references throughout. Le Internet Medley has been on youtube for just 9 days now and has already racked up over 5.5 million views.

As far as I can make out, the medley goes: Nyan Cat, Ievan Polkka (Leek Spin), Keyboard Cat, Trololo, Chacarron Macarron, Numa Numa, Rebecca Black’s Friday, Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up, Chocolate Rain and then back to Nyan Cat. There’s allegedly 40 memes in total but sadly still no Milhouse.

Oh and I stumbled upon this video through a friend who makes some pretty cool, homemade music here.

Sigur Rós – Inni (Live Album) – Review + Track Listing

Posted by Indie Music Finds | Posted in Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 15-11-2011

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Sigur Rós - Inni - Live Album

Inni, the next instalment to Sigur Rós’ now lengthy discography is finally here. It’s the band’s first truly live album and the second live film after Heima (2007), and is quite simply amazing. Inni, which literally translates from icelandic to english as “inside”, is thought of as the opposite of Heima by the band.

Whereas Heima was all about Sigur Rós themselves in their homeland of Iceland, Inni aimed for a raw approach showing nothing but the band performing and trying to give the viewer the experience of actually being there. They even performed as just a four man band without the accompanying string and brass instruments we grew familiar with on Heima.

Sigur Rós - Inni - Album Review

The stripped down feel of Inni extends to the monochrome aspect of the footage which quite extraordinarily was first filmed in HD digital, then converted to 16mm film and then re-filmed from a projection through various mediums such as glass.

An incredible amount of work has gone into the post-production of this album which is the main reason I had shivers, technically known as frissons, for half an hour straight while first listening to it. Whether you obtain this album legally through the Sigur Rós website or illegally, make sure it’s at 320kbps. (your ears will thank you for making such a noble decision)

Some bands seem to release live albums as filler between their studio albums but this is anything but. Inni is possibly the best Sigur Rós album yet in terms of sound quality and balance which is so perfect that despite keeping it’s intensity, often doesn’t feel like a live album at all and the audience applause, which is usually annoying in a lot of live recordings, is restricted to just between tracks and isn’t at a deafening volume.

The album features songs from all 5 of Sigur Rós’ studio albums and closes on Lúppulagið which unfortunately is the only song not to appear on any of their previous works. The song selection for Inni seems to show the heavier side of their music and despite including the mandatory Hoppípolla, has a darker and often trance like atmosphere reminiscent of the second half of ( ).

Inni was released worldwide on November the 8th 2011 and in the USA on November 15th.

Sigur Rós - Inni - Track Listing

CD 1    1. Svefn-g-englar  2. Glósóli  3. Ný batterí  4. Fljótavík  5. Við spilum endalaust  6. Hoppípolla  7. Með blóðnasir  8. Inní mér syngur vitleysingur  9. E-Bow

CD 2    1. Sæglópur  2. Festival  3. Hafsól  4. All Alright  5. Popplagið  6. Lúppulagið