A Pale Ghost

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds | Posted on 13-05-2009

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The Slow Rise To DeclineThe Slow Rise To Decline, the debut full-length album from independent artist A Pale Ghost was released online today as a free download from Mental Shed Records. The album, a sad and haunting acoustic masterpiece, features many of the favorites A Pale Ghost has been playing out around Oregon and Wisconsin, including the dark and brooding anthems of Day After Day and Never Seen Again.The Slow Rise To Decline is an honest, if not unsettling portrait of beauty, desperation, and hopelessness.



Go – A Pale Ghost

It can be downloaded as a DRM-free MP3 album from Mental Shed Records here

The experimental precursor, the They Make Great Ant Hills EP, was released online last week, and be download here

The Bothersome Man

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Other Finds | Posted on 12-05-2009

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The Bothersome Man is an unusual Norwegian film released in 2006. It was the debut of director Jens Lien and shows an interesting view of life in a soulless city. It is of course in Norwegian but I don’t really mind subtitles. I saw it around a year ago late at night on BBC1 and I don’t think I ever would have come across it other wise. I’m very glad that I did though so I wanted to make sure other people could find out about it.

The film’s protagonist Andreas finds himself in a city with little idea of how he got there. He has is given all the things he needs, an apartment, a job and a girlfriend, yet something is missing and nobody else seems to notice it. The film follows him in his attempt to escape the sterile city and this materialistic life style. Much of The Bothersome Man is metaphoric so I suppose it can be interpreted as you will. Personally it reminds me a lot of the Radiohead track Fitter Happier.


Fitter Happier – Radiohead

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Reachback

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 11-05-2009

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ReachbackReachback are a London/Essex based four piece pop punk collective with a sound similar to that of Paramore or Blink 182, only fresher. They started writing their material in February 2008  and have acquired quite a following after just their first few gigs.



Faking Will Get You Nowhere – Reachback

Reachback have a few more dates between now and July in the south-east of England and a mini tour booked for mid-August. Many of these dates have still not been booked so if you own a venue in the U.K, contact BRJ Essex to book.

Reachback on MySpace

Test Icicles

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 10-05-2009

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testiciclesTest Icicles were a short lived British out fit. They only produced one album “For Screening Purposes Only” in 2005 and then disbanded in early 2006. They did however, make a big change to the current music scene. They mixed a lot of genres together like punk, indie and some grime and some say they started this whole screamo thing, although Test Icicles actually did it quite well. 



Your Biggest Mistake – Test Icicles

The also have a rather witty name however, according to the label, the name “Test Icicles” is derived not from the word testicles but rather from an alleged practice of early man of “testing” icicles for strength and fitness for use as weapons. This is most likely bollocks itself… 

Legs XI – The Libertines

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds | Posted on 08-05-2009

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the-libertines-sepia-poster-c11737612-741918Legs XI was a demo session recorded in the early days of The Libertines. It was never officially released but can be easily downloaded on the internet for free. The session was 8 tracks long and had a distinctive swing feel to it with Doherty feigning a Sinatra-esque vocal style. The session also features the former Libertines cellist Vicky Chapman. This session could have been released as an album or EP in its own right and features some of my favourite Libertines tracks



Music When The Lights Go Out


Hooray For The 21st Century


Love On The Dole


Bucket Shop


Sister Sister


Anything But Love


France


Seven Deadly Frenchmen

“If you still love me, by morning, oh you’ll find me waiting in the garden by the cherry-blossom tree. Bring tin cups of wine and cigarettes, come to me in pirouettes oh my darling, save all your love for me.”

The Legs XI session as well as all other Libertines and Babyshambles sessions can be downloaded from this site for free and legally, enjoy.

Another track well worth listening to is ‘Your My Waterloo’ it’s very pretty.


You’re My Waterloo