Monthly Archives: July 2012

Song Of The Week #20

Without knowing it, many of you may have already heard this artist’s work. It is my  pleasure to present to you:

Holly Brook – It’s Raining Again

This talented singer-songwriter may be more familiar under her stage name, Skylar Grey.

Yes, this is indeed the same Skylar who co-wrote Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie”, Diddy’s “I’m Coming Home” and Lupe Fiasco’s “Words I Never Said”.

Fear not however, as this early work of hers is an altogether different (and quite honestly, better) experience – one filled with haunting melodies and serene harmonies laced over heavy piano chords.

It’s Raining Again is from her 2010 O’Dark: Thirty EP.


– Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #19

Allow me to introduce to you the song that single-handedly brought me to the synth world:

The Pass – Trap Of Mirrors

As much as I’d like to tell you all about them, I can’t.  These guys are literally invisible on the web – I don’t even know how I came across them anymore. Quite frustrating, really, but anyway, here’s something I can tell you: they are an amazing psychedelic synth pop four-piece from Louisville that bear a strong resemblance to daft Punk (not surprising, seeing as they are The Pass’s greatest influence).

To date, they have had  two albums, both signed  to sonaBLAST! records.

Trap of Mirrors is from their second album ‘Burst’ released on September 21, 2010.


 – Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #18

On today’s menu:

The Head And The Heart – Couer D’Alene

I don’t often go searching for folk-pop, but when I do, I manage to recover quite a few tasty treats. The Head And The Heart are one of these.

According to my research, this band hails from Seattle, Washington, and was formed by Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russel in 2009.

After self-releasing their eponymous debut album by word-of-mouth in June of the same year, the group had the pleasure of being signed in to Sub Pop Records two years later, whereupon they re–released the album along with one bonus track.

As to The Head And The Heart’s sound, I quote directly from their Facebook fan page: “think a folksy Beatles or Crosby Stills Nash & Young with more instrumental force”.

I don’t think I could’ve described it better.

Couer D’Alene is the second track on their self-titled album.


– Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #17

For all you Psych fans out there, a bit of trivia: (almost) every episode in the series contains a pineapple.

Strange but true. At least, I think it’s strange, and I’m assured it’s true. At any rate, my favorite pineapple-related piece has to be:

The Downtown Fiction – Happy (Without You)

This song is yet another gem I discovered whilst YouTube browsing. Again, I cannot stress the fact that there is just so much good music out there waiting to be discovered. Anyway, it was the album cover that really caught me: there was something strangely attractive about a chalk-drawn pineapple that made me think ‘I might wanna listen to this’.

The Downtown Fiction is a pop rock band hailing from America, founded by high-school friends Cameron Leahy and Eric Jones in 2008. Like many others, they started off on MySpace, where their fan base began. To date they have had four Eps and one studio album.

Happy (Without You) is off their 2011 EP ‘Pineapple’.


 – Jonathan

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Pick-Me-Up Song #3

Should an artist manage to merge funky riffs, groovy bass-lines and an addictive beat into one, they would have undoubtedly have found the recipe for the perfect good-mood song.


Listen here.

Jerk It Out by Caesars is probably the most accurate example of said recipe. For ten years this little piece has been the source of countless hours of fun – most notably in the video game industry, where it has appeared in at least five different games.

The thing I enjoy most  about this Swedish group is the fact that their sound is so reminiscent of that funky, ‘old school’ feel.

Cheers to the bright side!

 – Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #16

Now this one’s just a classic – It’d be pure sin to forget the following:

The Temper Trap – Sweet Dispositions

The Temper Trap is an Australian indie rock band formed in 2005, that has had the immense pleasure of instant success. Their debut ‘Conditions’ was released on June 9, 2009 and received with overwhelmingly positive reviews, in no small part thanks to its lead single Sweet Dispositions, which boosted them to #6 on the UK Charts.

Sweet Dispositions is the lead single from their debut album.


 – Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #15

It’s always a welcome surprise for me to discover incredible bands via movies. Having said that, allow me to introduce to you a group I looked up after watching the film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World:

Metric – Help I’m Alive

The actual song that had appeared was ‘Blacks Sheep’, however this one’s just as fun.

Metric is a four-piece Canadian indie rock band formed in 1988. To date, they have released five full-length albums, with their first (Old Underground, Where Are You Now?) managing to win them the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album.

Help I’m Alive is the first single from Metric’s fourth studio album Fantasies, released on April 7 of 2009.


 – Jonathan

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