By Filipa

The Walkmen – In the New Year
 

The Walkmen are an indie rock band from New York City. The band formed in
2000 with three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater—Paul Maroon (guitar,
piano), Walter Martin (organ/bass), and Matt Barrick (drums)—and two from
The Recoys, Peter Bauer (bass/organ) and Hamilton Leithauser (vocals,
guitar). All but Bauer attended St. Albans in Washington, D.C.

They prefer the sound of vintage musical instruments, particularly the
upright piano, and have often recorded at Marcata Recording, a recording
studio built in Harlem in 1999 by the three former members of Jonathan
Fire*Eater and later relocated to upstate New York.

 

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By Tânia

Elvis Presley – Crawfish (Pilooski Edit)

Cedric Marszewski, aka Pilooski, has made a name for himself worldwide thanks to his mastering of the “edit” technique which consists in changing old musical treasures into aphrodisiac and hypnotic dance floor hits.
He has the gift for transforming a soul jewel and a disco nugget into psychedelic odyssey, or is it the other way around?
Pilooski restores the soulful and experimental side of club music.

Elvis Aron Presley, also known as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was an American singer, song producer and actor, who began his music career at Sun Records in the spring of 1954 when Sam Philips recorded Elvis performing several of Elvis’ favourite songs with Scotty Moore (guitar) and Bill Black (bass). During an active recording career that spanned more than two decades, Presley set and broke many records for both concert attendance and sales. He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. 

Elvis remains a popular and enigmatic star. His legend has only grown stronger since his death.

 

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By Marta

Xavier Rudd – Messages
 

Xavier Rudd  is a soulful Australian surf/roots artist from Torquay, Victoria, which is near the famous surfing location, Bells Beach. Rudd’s music is compassionate and always manages to render emotion in his fans. His songs include stories of the mistreatment of the indigenous people of his homeland; they tell of humanity, spirituality or the environment. The songs are written and sung with compassion and they urge the celebration of life. Rudd is skilled with a variety of instruments, include guitar, shaker, didgeridoo, Weissenborn slide guitar, Tongue drum, stomp boxe, djembe, harmonica, ankle bells, and slide banjo. It’s an experience to watch him perform his songs live, as he plays various instruments simultaneously, using a unique stage setup. But the real magic comes when he opens his mouth and his soulful voice spills upon his audience. As a teenager, Rudd really got into songwrighting. He started performing at his school, with solo gigs following. He drew inspiration from artists such as Leo Kottke, Ben Harper, Natalie Merchant and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley, as well as music from diverse sources, such as Hawaii and Native American music. As with most solo singers, Rudd has experimented playing in a band. Though it was a short- lived experiment, as Rudd quickly found that it wasn’t the right way to go for him. “What I do now is just more me,” he says. “And it sounds full.”

 

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By Luís Martins

Maybeshewill – We Called For An Ambulance But A Fire Engine Came

Maybeshewill are an instrumental band from Leicester, UK. Maybeshewill’s music is characterised by the use of electronic elements alongside more traditional ‘rock’ instrumentation. The band’s music is also littered with references to film and popular culture.  They released their first record Japanese Spy Transcript on the band’s own label, Robot Needs Home Records in 2006 with Tanya Byrne on bass guitar and Lawrie Malen on drums. The 4 track EP was well received by press and attracted the attention of Nottingham’s Field Records who released “The Paris Hilton Sex Tape” as part of a split 7” single with Ann Arbor later that year. In August 2006 a re-mastered version “Japanese Spy Transcript” was released in Japan on theXTAL label  which was set up specifically for the release by The Media Factory Group. 
A three track double A-Side CDR single, ‘Seraphim & Cherubim / Heartflusters’ was released by the band on 21st September 2007 on Robot Needs Home Records, which featured two songs from the forthcoming album as the title tracks, as well as a remix of Japanese Spy Transcript-era track “The Paris Hilton Sex Tape” by Robin Southby under his Turboshinboy alias. This release was intended as a teaser for the album.The band have described their sound as “instrumental rock with electronics”, while Drowned In Sound described them as sounding “like Mogwai would if the latter had ever found love in an arthouse cinema. And then were beaten around the head with a keyboard”.

 

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By André Reis

Clint Mansell (OST ‘The Foutain’) – Death is the Road to Awe  

Clint Mansell is a musician and composer.
Mansell was the lead singer and guitarist of the British band, Pop Will Eat Itself. Mansell also broke into the world of film scoring when his friend, director, Darren Aronofsky, gave him the opportunity to score his debut film, “Pi”. Despite some acclaim, Mansell’s score went widely unnoticed by both fans and critics. Mansell’s score for π was followed up by his score for the next Darren Aronofsky film, Requiem for a Dream. The score became a cult hit, as it was appreciated by scores of composers. The trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers used a remixed version of the track “Lux Aeterna”, re-recorded with a full orchestra and choir. In October 2006, the cue was released on the iTunes album release from Corner Stone Cues, appropriately titled “Requiem for a Tower”.
Mansell also composed the score to Doom, something that brought him musically very close to the original game composers – Doom 1 and 2 game music author Paul Burdette and his later followers – Quake soundtrack author Trent Reznor, Quake 2 and 3 soundtrack performers Sonic Mayhem, and Doom 3 soundtrack author Chris Vrenna.
Other notable achievements include the theme for the film The Hole and the music for the pilot episode of CSI: NY. His latest release is a soundtrack for another Darren Aronofsky movie, 2006’s The Fountain (performed by Kronos Quartet with Mogwai).

 

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By Chalita

Sloppy Joe – Burnin’ Ship 

Difference, what so many search for, can be found in the music and attitude of Sloppy Joe. 
They formed at the sound of ska and reggae with fullness of sound from dud, but quickly they had extended their range in influences. This is so vast, they end up loosing themselves in the mix of the all sonorities, the personal references, spread as they are in a all new multicultural, brand mark of the band.
The music of Sloppy Joe is pop and popular; comprimising and promising with race and multicultural, its universal, several versus; from land; from the end of land, portugal, the rest of the world.
Their live performances are described as a mix of gipsy wedding and a circus backstage, showing nowdays, volved a few years of roadtrips, other serenity and consistency, without loosing the exuberance from other times.
Where the Black Uhuru mix with the Mler Ife Dada and Manu Chao.

 

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By Rory

Mahalia Jackson – Didn’t It Rain

 

Mahalia Jackson was an American gospel singer, widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre. She grew up in the “Black Pearl” section of the Carrollton neighborhood of uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, and began singing in a Baptist church. In 1927 she moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she sang with The Johnson Brothers, one of the earliest professional gospel groups. The Johnson Brothers broke up in the mid-1930s, and Jackson began her solo career, recording for Decca in 1937. The result, “God’s Gonna Separate the Wheat from the Tares”, was only a moderate success, but Jackson became a popular concert draw. “Move on up a Little Higher” ( 1948 ) became a huge success, however, and stores could not stock enough of it to meet demand. Jackson rocketed to fame in the U.S. and soon after in Europe. “I Can Put My Trust in Jesus” won a prize from the French Academy, and “Silent Night” was one of the best-selling singles in the history of Norway. With her mainstream success came an inevitable backlash from gospel purists who felt she had watered down her sound for popular accessibility. The late 1960s saw a downturn in her popular success. She ended her career with a concert in Germany in 1971; when she returned, she made one of her final television appearances on The Flip Wilson Show.

 

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