Archive for June, 2011
These guys have crazy energy, in your face everything, and eternally ready to rock. New Politics fist fight song about lies sold by the establishment to the people is guaranteed to either piss you off or make you cheer them on. Either way, kick as music and just the right energy mix for this week’s Song of the Day set. Personally I’m on the side of people, not the governments that convince people to bomb other people. The thing that makes it tough for many people to understand is that the media in the US is heavily filtered and restricted by the US government, we have freedom of speech but the spectrum of discussion is limited by the 4 people that own 99% of all of the media, newspapers, magazines, and TV shows we absorb.
Singer Songwriter Jo Hamilton’s music is light, playful, intimate, captivating, and fully featured. Her songs are anything but standard, each one introduces a variety of styles, intros, creative harmonies, instruments, and melodies. Her voice is reminiscent of Annie Lennox and Feist but with the creativity and playfulness of Bjork. One can only appreciate the artfulness of her music video and use of non-traditional instruments.
Jo Hamilton’s debut album “Gown” features this song along with several other journeys in sound and harmony that are sure to pleasantly surprise. Perhaps Jo’s eclectic style can be attributed to her multi-cultural and always traveling up-bringing which took her around the world to places that most people would never imagine could be combined together into one lifetime.
Take a look at this short film which covers the making of her album Gown to get a better feel for who Jo is and get a deeper glimpse into her enchanting world.
Jo’s album was released under the creative audiophile record label Poseidon Records out Birminham UK.
The Bulby Awards first annual contest between websites is under full swing and in the final stretch this week as many different websites including T.CO, Twitter’s URL shortener domain, Joan.CO of Joan Rivers, and many more compete for the top spots in 10 different categories from Best Content to Best Startup Resource to Best Social Idea. Song of the Day is proud to have been nominated for the category of Best Content against several other up and coming websites including an Irish Social News website, a Columbian news blog website, a Bahamas travel blog website and several others! The competition is fierce among these startup websites, and Song of the Day was off to an early lead against Pappas.co a blog that appeared to be the creation of the design team at another online company. Pappas.co soon took the lead as I personally didn’t bother sending out any more “Please vote for me” updates on my blog. But now, seeing that I’ve been knocked into 3rd place tidily by the upstart Irish lifestyle and general interest blog Socialable.CO, I feel it’s my duty to at least give this another go and see what my fans and I can muster. I know there’s a lot of music lovers out there just waiting to put their vote in for Indie bands all across the nation. Let’s see where I can ring the freedom guitar and stomp on the distortion pedal to get more of my followers on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere to chime in for the music they love.
Even if I don’t win, it’s been a great honor to be recognized for my efforts in getting my love of great lesser known music out to the public. The message of my blog is simple, there are thousands of bands you’ve never heard of that are much better than what you hear on the radio and TV, and these bands need your support. Music is culture, and our culture cannot be found on the radio or on TV right now, tens of thousands of amazing bands exist right now that are never heard for the simple fact that major record labels and their subsidiary radio stations only care about making money and playing formula music that satisfies the widest possible audience.
Please take a moment to vote for Song of the Day in the Bulby Awards at Opportunity.CO.
I just noticed Tania Zygar on a friend’s Facebook page and decided to investigate. I was very impressed. Part of the credit goes to “tyDi”, AKA – Tyson Illingworth, the #1 DJ in Australia who’s hit it big on Armin Van Buuren’s Armada record label. The combination of talent and experience with both of these young musical heavy-weights is all you need. It really doesn’t get any better than this. If you think it does, please share the love in the comments below or on the Song of the Day Facebook or Twitter page. We all love great music and there’s no reason to keep it all to yourself.
Dead and Divine know how to knock things over with their sound, like your consciousness, your mom’s expensive china, and a bunch of other things designated to rhinos and 5.0 earthquakes. Their heavy jilted relentless hard hitting blows leave just enough room for your adrenaline to squeeze through your arteries as you [insert the most exhilarating experience you can imagine]. Your life only happens once, you only have this one moment, what are you waiting for, what’s stopping you? Nothing but you! What do you want to do, line em up and take ‘em one by one.
Broken down to its bloody bones, this song is about a guy who relentlessly keeps coming after a girl only to be shot down, or who had the girl for a brief time but has been bumped to the back of the long line of suitors again. They all want her, but he’s the only one killing for her chemical fix. Allow the metal to illustrate.
Maybe a lung, maybe a slew of tongues, maybe some old fashioned lonesome.
Really, its you who keeps dragging me back by my larynx and my lack of common sense.
Everyone has been dying to have you but I’ve been the only one killing for it.
Line ‘em up, one by one.
Hell hath no waste like us.
Ain’t being empty fun?
Dead and Divine appear to be from Burlington, ON, CANADA but recently spent a lot of time in Portland Oregon recording their first full length album The Fanciful in 2007, then entered the Toronto based label Distort and produced The Machines We Are and in August this year their soon to be released album Antimacy
Driving down a psychedelic road through time and space in that place where monks are while deep in meditation Himalaya releases you into their world of sound, passively enveloping you in with a warm welcome and understanding, guiding us through the realm of our minds where all things are known free and at peace.
Himalaya is the name of the musical group out of Brooklyn New York, self classified as psychedelic / rock / shoegaze, which hits the mark. Other bands share the moniker but thankfully this one has the full social media package. Here’s Himalaya on Facebook and Himalaya on Twitter. And the Himalaya MySpace page has a good playlist of their songs waiting.
Just by the look of it, The Kickback is just getting started as evidenced by their advanced songwriting, addictive rhythmic syncopation, and killer vocals. Because a band this good, has these types of humble beginnings for only so long. There’s a time limit on this thing folks, so get in there and get your autographs and front row live show spots while you still can.
These guys, out of South Dakota living in Chicago just released their 2nd EP last year “Great Self Love”, which was preceeded only by their 1st EP “Alliteration, Etc…”. You’ll find their new songs worth setting to repeat via their Official MySpace playlist. I wouldn’t so much classify them as an indie rock band because of their style, which has more of a lazy salsa bar kind ring, spicy and well timed. Although they do classify themselves as Indie, so I’m not that far off, but then they list “Showtunes”, which I’m a little confused about. Maybe the band can email me and expand my mind on that genre. Maybe it means, “The ease with which each song can be inserted into the soundtrack of most films.”, I do not know sir.
Maybe if you like The Kickback on Facebook and comment on their page they’ll tell you all about it.
This playful tune comes from a band that got its humble start in the form of a mix tape for a girl. The band, Throw Me A Statue grew from 2005-2007 on a local Seattle DIY record label Baskerville Hill with a friendly local following of friends attending shows which grew and started getting press. In 2007 the group got picked up by another record label out of Indiana Secretly Canadian and re-released their album in February of 2008 which has led to good reviews and an international tour.
I’ll just copy the rest of their story directly from the space age font on their Official Throw Me The Statue bio page.
In the beginning of 2009 the band began work on the follow-up LP and headed into the studio for the first time. With Phil Ek (The Shins, Built to Spill, Band of Horses) on board as co-producer, the group consisting of Reitherman, Aaron Goldman, Charlie Smith and Jarred Grimes sought to enlarge the scope of TMTS’ lo-fi bedroom pop. The resulting full length record entitled Creaturesque will be released in the US and Europe by Secretly Canadian on August 4th, and soon thereafter in Aus/NZ by PopFrenzy and in Japan by MerryGate Records.
After reading the lyrics for this song and watching the music video a few times I feel like I just had a fruit wonderful smoothie rich in love-sick adolescent hormones and high-school memories, it’s healthy for the body but the sugar high leaves my thoughts a little fuzzy. I can’t quite put my finger on a proper clinical analysis of the whole affair but I found a line here in my notes that seems to sum it all up, “I love this song, stop thinking, just enjoy it”. I guess when you’ve got a Lolita on your brain there’s not much thinking required.
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