All Songs Considered is always enjoyable – the particularly noteworthy recent episode New Mix included songs by The Beatles, Oscar Isaac from the new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, and The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy covering The Kinks. There was also a brief mention of Cian Nugent, a great Irish guitarist I hadn’t heard of before. You can hear and purchase his music at Bandcamp or Amazon. There are also several song streams on Cian’s Soundcloud page, including this song…
When I first discovered Allison’s music in 2005, it was through her covers of Tori Amos songs. Allison just posted her cover of Tori Amos’ “1,000 Oceans” to her ever-growing SoundCloud page and you can stream it below. As impressive as the cover is, it pales in comparison to Allison’s own music – such as the classic Allison Crowe mp3s I posted last week. In case you missed it, you can also hear her cover of “Hallelujah” in this post and, more importantly, download several new mp3s in my review of her new album, Newfoundland Vinyl.
By now most Muruch readers have heard Allison Crowe’s cover of “Hallelujah,” as we’ve had the privilege of posting her gorgeous, definitive version of the Leonard Cohen song many times over the years. The song is now available for streaming on Allison’s SoundCloud page. It was Allison’s YouTube video of “Hallelujah” that first caught the attention of Man of Steel director Zach Snyder and landed our favorite Canadian singer-songstress a role in the new Superman movie. It boggles the mind why the film’s studio didn’t put Allison’s cover of “Ring of Fire” on the movie’s soundtrack or at least release it as a single. Check out the “Hallelujah” stream and video” below. And you can still download several new mp3s in my rave review of Allison’s new album, NewFoundland Vinyl.
I love movie music and I love a Capella performances, so this is one of my favorite discoveries of the year. Petra Haden’s vocal performances of movie themes may sound like a novelty but it’s a starkly beautiful album, particularly on lush themes such as “Cinema Paradiso.” (Note: Vic loves her cover of the Psycho main title) Petra is Charlie Haden’s daughter, and a former member of The Decemberists, Tito & Tarantula and That Dog. You can hear Petra’s cover of the Superman theme below…
Brendan heard Lianne La Havas on All Songs Considered and rightly guessed that I would love her music. Her voice falls somewhere between Leela James and Corinne Bailey Rae, and her music is soulful piano pop. You can stream “Lost & Found” below and hear clips from Lianne’s entire Is Your Love Big Enough? album at her official site
From the opening note of Do You Dream In Color?, Laurie Rubin’s voice held me in thrall. The title track, a poem written by Rubin and set to music by Bruce Adolphe, is astoundingly good. You can stream the song below.
Piano accompaniment on the album is provided by Marija Stroke & Noam Sivan. Sivan composed the disc’s final work, “In The Mountains of Jerusalem,” using Leah Goldberg’s poetry for a 4-track song cycle. In addition to these original compositions, Rubin adeptly performs a series of selections from Joaquin Rodrigo and Gabriel Faure.
Rubin also utilized the title (a question she was asked by a young girl) for her memoir.
I love the new crop of unknown bands that have been emailing me lately. Boardwalk describes their music as “shoegaze,” but this languid femme melody reminds me more of an electro-Mazzy Star. The California trio (Mike Edge, Amber Quintero & Mark Noseworthy) was just signed to Stones Throw Records and their self-titled debut album will be released later this year. Can’t wait to hear it.
I love that the few bands who actually follow my review submission guidelines (found on the About page) are really good. Broken Tempo was the most recent to email me their music and I love their new single, “You.” The Greek band’s sound reminds me of early Evanescence or Lacuna Coil. I hope they’re working on a full-length album. I even like the dubstep remix, even though I usually hate remixes. You can hear the original and the remix below.
I didn’t know anything about Blue & Gold until they emailed me their new single, “Ghost Man.” Since I love the song so much, I’m going to give you the same uninformed, undescribed listening experience for once. I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from this Brooklyn band in the future. Just listen…