I’m currently away on holiday, so I’ve picked out one of my favourite posts of the last year for you to enjoy – so whilst I’m not here, you can still get some good music – and if you’re a new reader/listener, it might be something new to you, or encourage you to browse through the archives. I will be back in the beginning of September!
Being described as “one of the best covers of all times”, The Postal Service’s rendition of Phil Collin’s “Against All Odds” certainly tries its best to please. The Electronic/Indie-pop duo of Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) puts their distinct style on to a classic song, and completely redesigns the song. I’ve listened to it so many times since my friend sent it my way – and that’s exactly the type of song that I want to place on to Something Chewie. Here’s hoping you will enjoy “Against All Odds” as much as I do: Download MP3
A favourite around these parts, Scott Matthew (not to be confused with UK singer Scott Matthews) has had several tracks featured on Something Chewie. In early 2008, he released his first studio album, aptly self-titled. Fortuitously, the album was finally released in the UK this month, so now we (and Australia, New Zealand and Japan) can also get their hands on it. Once again, his gentle tones mix with his awesomely powerful music â€“ backed by a variety of musicians to complete some mellow, sorrowful, but also uplifting pieces of music. Todayâ€™s track is taken from his new album, and since its now available in the UK too, there should be no excuse not to buy it! Enjoy todayâ€™s track, â€œAbandonedâ€:
Nashville based Black Magic produce some indielicious bizarre music â€“ and have a sweet story to boot. They first met in 2006 and exchanged only brief words, but in 2007, one half of the future band, Chris, found a song on MySpace and ended up listening to it over and over â€“ and has luck would have it, it was from Dexy, the other half of the future band. They exchanged lots of packages and gifts â€“ and one of Dexyâ€™s favourites was a magic wand. When Dexy moved to Nashville with the help of Chris, they picked the appropriate name of Magic Wands. And further more appropriately, recorded a song â€œBlack Magicâ€ which is todayâ€™s track:
British five-piece band, Benâ€™s Brother, so named after lead singer Jamie Hartmanâ€™s bigger brother Ben, released their first album â€œBeta Male Fairytalesâ€ in July last year. A typically British alternative rock/pop band, the album included some great songs, quite often in the key of Keane, but thatâ€™s no bad thing. When it was released in the US later, a bonus track was included, that strikes me as even better. It was released in the UK, but just missed the top 40, reaching #41 in the charts. Apparently the band has another single on the horizon, but it might not see a release until 2009, when I guess its fairly likely another album will follow closely behind! For now, enjoy todayâ€™s track, â€œStutteringâ€:
A far gentler track, at least to start with, in todayâ€™s â€œExistentialism on Prom Nightâ€. Youâ€™ve already heard the backstory for Straylight Run, so it wonâ€™t be repeated today. Instead weâ€™ll focus on the music. This is my personal favourite track from their entire repertoire, a brilliantly powerful piece of music that really builds up its momentum. The song is from their first album, which also has a few other spectacular tracks, as already featured, way back when. Last month, on June 10th to be precise, the band reportedly went into the studio to begin work on their third album â€“ which is always exciting news when thereâ€™s new music about! For now, I hope you will enjoy todayâ€™s track:
Alternative Pop Rock Electro Indie (phew!) act Fresh Body Shop from Paris gives a awesomely rocking ensemble in their 2007 album, â€œTastelessâ€. Whilst researching the band from their Jamendo profile, my limited French understanding made me think I had gone completely insane… but letâ€™s not consider that for too long, and get on with the music. Lyrics, helpfully for the uninitiated in English, their album is an awesome mix of both ambient music and heavy hitting tunes, like the second track, â€œThe Gameâ€ (which can be heard on their MySpace) Although slightly jarring, the jolt it gives you is a bizarre feeling, and creates an excellent atmosphere for the entire set of music. Todayâ€™s track, â€œMr. Weirdoâ€ is an example of the… weird music they produce. And, hey, eclectic music is what weâ€™re all about here on Something Chewie! Enjoy todayâ€™s track!
I swear I could have chosen any song from the album I wanted to feature today, Copeland’s 2005 album “In Motion”. It just so happens to be that on this particular day, I chose this one, for no reasons like the words it might include. I’m several hours late, but with good excuse – having had my tooth taken out today, I’m in quite a lot of missing-tooth-related pain (that’s both physically and mentally!). Send me pity, I’ll send you love! Fortunately enough, the good rocking tunes of Copeland are getting me over my problems! Enjoy today’s suspiciously picked “Choose the One Who Loves You More”:
If you’ve been following Something Chewie, you’ve heard Joey Eppard on here not once, not twice, but thrice before. Well, here he is again, taking the roles as guest vocals for indie/electro/techno/pop/whatever the hell you want to call it one-piece artist Cosmo Vitelli. Also known as Benjamin Boguet, the French-born artist lived in CÃ´te d’Ivoire for 10 years, before moving back to France and strengthening his love for music, and by the late 90s, had submitted several demos to labels, one of which “Donâ€™t eat animals anymore, eat children” got the attention of the Solid record label. In 2003, he released his first full length, “Clean”, which just so happens to feature our man, Joey Eppard on today’s track, the lovable, but complete with typical dark undertones, “Robot Soul”:
Sorry for the lack of new songs for the weekend, but as I previously mentioned, moving can be quite a chore; I’m all settled in and ready to bring a great song for today’s track! Being described as "one of the best covers of all times", The Postal Service’s rendition of Phil Collin’s "Against All Odds" certainly tries its best to please. The Electronic/Indie-pop duo of Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) puts their distinct style on to a classic song, and completely redesigns the song. I’ve listened to it so many times since my friend sent it my way – and that’s exactly the type of song that I want to place on to Something Chewie. Here’s hoping you will enjoy "Against All Odds" as much as I do:
I’m keen to re-present Beulah because today’s track is just good enough to get you in the mood for… anything! You already know the story of the band’s beginning but let’s just have more time to enjoy the music! Today’s track is again taken from 2001′s "The Coast is Never Clear" and is called "Gravity’s Bringing Us Down" but don’t let it! Enjoy!
My apologies for the lateness and shortness of today’s post – the sites been inaccessible for me for some time, and now I have to get an early night. I’m moving into my new accommodation this week, and although I try to keep on posting, if I miss a day, I’m very sorry!