Friday, May 28, 2010

Music Weekly: The National

The Guardian's music weekly podcast this week has an interview with the wonderful, The National.

You can listen to it here, or subscribe via iTunes

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Season Remake Candi Staton's "Young Hearts Run Free"

The Swell Season have remade the pop-disco hit, "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton.

Its all part of Levi's Pioneer Sessions: The Revival Recordings. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be various artists remaking hits from the past decade including, Nas, She & Him, Dirty Projectors, The Shins, Raphael Saadiq, John Legend and The Roots, Jason Mraz, and many more.

The first two songs in the series will be released this week - hip hop superstar, Nas, covering "Hey Young World" by hip hop trailblazer Slick Rick and folk rock duo, The Swell Season's rendition of the 70s disco hit, "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton. Both songs will be available for free download, May 24th and May 27th respectively, at


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Listen to Two New Arcade Fire Songs, "Month of May" and "The Suburbs"

Paste Magazine (my favourite music magazine) has got hold of 2 new Arcade Fire songs from their forthcoming album.

“Month of May” - it sounds very unlike Arcade Fire. Almost like early REM. Kind of punky and very edgy, with a live feel.

This Band and its new song by c20917

“The Suburbs”

Another song by c22113

Gorillaz replace U2 at Glastonbury

Gorillaz are stepping in for U2 at the Glastonbury Festival!

I have to say its a bit of a shame. I was really looking forward to U2 at Glastonbury. They even wrote a song specially for the festival. And I've never seen the fuss about Gorillaz. Still...

check out this live clip of Gorillaz (including Paul Simonon & Mick Jones) doing "Melancholy Hill" & "Clint Eastwood (ft. Tiny Tempah)" on Jonathan Ross. It's even embeddable!


The Band performs "Melancholy Hill" & "Clint Eastwood (ft. Tiny Tempah)"

(with Paul Simonon and Mick Jones from The Clash):

Friday, May 14, 2010

The National - High Violet reviews digested

A few reviews in for The National's new record - High Violet from people I trust.

Pitchforkgave it 8.7 - which is really high for them, saying "when they aim for powerful or poetic, they get there. High Violet is the sound of a band taking a mandate to be a meaningful rock band seriously", and "gorgeous, structurally sound vignettes."; and

Paste magazine gave 81/100 saying "the new album’s peaks absolutely rival Boxer’s best tracks" and "High Violet has the potential to elevate the band’s profile".

NB - also check out The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Get Portal, on a mac, for free!

To celebrate the launch of Steam on Macs, you can download the award winning game of the decade, Portal.

Portal used to cost money. Until May 24th, it's free. End of story.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Can you believe it?


Free album from Amazon MP3

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Amazon are giving away an album today. So Indie It Hurts: Roir Rocks Volume Two. What are you waiting for?
Open House Festival Lineup

The linup for Belfast's Open House Festival has now been confirmed and it's a real corker. For Americana fans, this is the gig of the year.

Kicking off will be The Dave Rawlings Machine, fronted by long-time musical partner of Americana singer songwriter Gillian Welch, playing an exclusive Irish debut on Saturday 11th September.

Sharing the stage will be musical compadres
, Old Crow Medicine Show, creating the perfect union of “old-time string music and punk swagger.”

But it doesn't stop there. Oh no. Did we mention:






Tickets are
just £20 online from and feature our recession-friendly booking policy - no booking fees, no transaction charges and no hidden costs.

Also, another exciting addition to the festival line-up is Lissie, the “guitar toting Americana lovechild”, marking her first visit to Belfast. She appears on Wednesday 8th September in the intimate surroundings of McHughs basement bar, with new local boys Napoleon.

The 12th annual Open House Festival will take place from 7th – 12th September 2010, throughout the arts & cultural flavoured Cathedral Quarter. The main festival venue will be the new 2,000 capacity festival marquee in Custom House Square – the biggest music marquee ever to be erected on the site.  

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