The Moon and Monday – Magic Muffin

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Think Coldplay vocals (but more up beat) meets Justice rhythm loops meets Klaxons guitars… o-hell forget it… these   guys are really good and should be heard. Also, I can’t find a lick of info on them. I found this track at thesixtyone.com. The Sixty One is like digg for music, where anyone can join and “bump” (aka add points from your point pool) to make a song rank higher. You are allotted more points as you log-in each day.

The Moon and Monday – Magic Muffin

Kaada – Care

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What does country guitar picking, R&B vocals from the motown era, slide guitar, drum samples, and a 1950’s slow jam all have in common?   Well, they are used to make this wonderful collage by Kaada entitled, “Care’.   Kaada is from Norway and makes his own brand of electronica.   This track can be found on his 2003 release entitled, “Thank You For Giving Me Your Valuable Time”.   More recently Kaada has devoted his time to movie scores such as the motion picture “O’Horten” [2008].

Kaada – Care

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Thee More Shallows – The Dutch Fist

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Lo-fi keyboards (think Stereolab), glitchy guitars, mixed with dark vocals (think She wants Revenge mixed with Aracade Fire).   So what does it mean, it means oddly moving, atmospheric, and an audible delight.

Shame I only found this band about two hours ago.   Their latest offering is called “Book of Bad Breaks” and was released in 2007.

And for those that are into labels – their sound has been categorized as “Sadcore” (aka Slowcore).

Wiki definition:

The term slowcore, generally used interchangeably with sadcore, refers to a subgenre of alternative rock that developed from the downbeat melodies and slower tempos of late 1980s indie rock.

Wiki Bio:

Thee More Shallows are a three-piece San Francisco based experimental indie rock band formed in 2001, consisting of song-writer Dee Kesler, Chavo Fraser and Jason Gonzales. The key elements of their sound usually consist of soft, whispered introspective vocals against a backdrop of finger-picked guitar and synthesized elements, with influences ranging from classical to electronica.

[audio:http://www.audiodrums.com/audio/2008/01/thee_more_shallows_03_the-dutch-fist.mp3]

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Imogen Heap – Glittering Cloud (Plague of Locusts)

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So in lieu of the soon to be released track from Imogen Heap for the television show Heroes (which you can hear a preview of by watching Imogen’s video blog here) as well as her 3rd solo album due in March, I have a cut from a 4AD compilation that was released 0ct of 2006 entitled, “Plague Songs by Various Artist”.     The premise for this compilation was to have artists write a song of one of the ten biblical plaques from the book of exodus.     Rather interesting proposition I think to myself…

[audio:http://www.audiodrums.com/audio/2008/01/imogen-heap-glittering-cloud-the-plague-of-locusts.mp3]

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