Saturday, July 26, 2008


I've been listening to Ashby quite a while now, only now I found the time to share their dreamy indie pop songs with you. Enjoy!
Ashby is a Scottish-American indie pop duo comprised of singer Evelyn Pope and producer collaborator Bill Cowie. Based in Boston the pair have recorded two albums both released on stylish German imprint Marina Records and both have garnered wide critical acclaim. First release in 2001, “Power Ballads” featured a strong range of pop songcraft with an atmospheric approach to production employing a wide range of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. A second album “Looks Like You’ve Already Won” followed in 2005, this time emphasising more use of acoustic instruments, woodwinds and horns and allowing for more collaborators. Guests included Blake Hazard of The Submarines. The London Times cited the album as one of it’s albums of the year.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lindsey Ray

A friend of mine, Dieter, also a reader of this blog; recommended this girl to me.

At the tender age of five, Lindsey Ray declared to her family, "When I grow up, I'm going to be a singer." Focusing early on her singing, Lindsey grew up performing regularly in her hometown of Belfast, Lindsey began writing and composing her own original songs, a step she needed for her own satisfaction. She wrote one of her first songs, “A Song for Sam,” after the death of a friend in the fall of 2005. Finally, with nothing but a piano and herself, Lindsey was able to become the true artist she was always meant to be. Lindsey caught the eye of Original Signal Recordings when she uploaded a video for "Wake Me Up" Now in the process of writing and recording her first album, Lindsey strives to stay true to herself and to write real music that touches the soul. Her newest song "Goodbye From California," co-written with Justin Gray (Joss Stone, Emma Bunton), was recently featured in the season finale of MTV's The Real World: Hollywood.

@ Los Angeles, USA
Indie, Pop
Goodbye From California (mp3)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Mood

The Mood has been making quite a name for itself in New York City's music scene. This five-piece boasts infectious pop tunes infused with a sunny rock 'n' roll vibe that has audiences dancing far and wide. The effortless vocal harmonies of cousins Marco Argiro and Corinne Callen gracefully complement gritty guitars, grooving bass lines and pounding drums. The Mood has been receiving radio airplay in various college radio markets, and four tracks off its "Get In" EP were recently featured on MTV's The Real World. The band has had memorable performances at SXSW, CMJ, and shared the stage with artists such as Simian Mobile Disco, This Is Ivy League, and Tom Morello’s the Nightwatchman. The Mood's latest album was produced by the band itself and recorded and mixed at Edison Studios in New York City. The new tunes showcase an individual and collaborative musical evolution that fans at live shows have come to know and love. The new record "Synaesthesia" is due out July 1, 2008 on Outright Rock Records.

@ New York, USA
Rock, Pop, Indie
Masquerade (mp3)
Suddenly (mp3)
Official Website

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Jacob Golden

Jacob Golden is a result of listening to some radiostation....

Born in California in the early '70s and raised on pop radio and later hip-hop, Jacob Golden developed his appreciation for music through a variety of sources that culminated first with Jeff Buckley and then, through Buckley's version of "Lilac Wine," Nina Simone. "Nina is the master of expressing a sad song," says Golden, explaining that for him it's about "capturing the most emotional and real and genuine thing. Not about technically, was that a good vocal?" David Kosten (Faultline), the producer on Golden's debut EP, "Jacob Golden", influenced his search for the essence of the emotion, rather than a pristine sound.

Monday, July 7, 2008


A few days ago, I discovered this wonderful band, and immediately fell in love with their sound. Surprisingly they're not signed yet, because all songs on their debut EP are great!
Castledoor is an independent band based in Silverlake, California, formed in September 2004. The band consists of Nate Cole (lead vocals/acoustic guitar), Gabriel Combs (guitars/keys/vocals), Quinn Schwartzel (bass), Joel Plotnik (drums), Lisa Cole (keys/vocals), and Coury Jane Combs (vocals/synth) produce an unique organic, melodic genre of music. Originally, they were only releasing music through their MySpace and PureVolume profiles, however on July 25, 2006, they released their debut EP, "Follow the Dove" on CDbaby. Fortunately, Castledoor went into the studio in February 2007 and their next release, the "Till We Sink" 7" will be out July 29th.

Christa Couture

Another gem, discovered through MySpace.

Couture was born with music in her blood. Her mother sang in sixties folk trio and her father performed ceremonial music his whole life. Christa was writing songs before she could write the alphabet and spent her childhood in choirs and her teens performing and studying musical theatre. At 21, she left Edmonton for Vancouver where she picked up a guitar for the first time. In 2002 Couture released her EP "Starter" and moved to England to learn the trade of singing in smoky pubs. A year later, overflowing with inspiration, she returned to Canada to record again. She released her debut album "Fell Out of Oz", she confronts and contemplates surviving cancer, kissing boys, kissing girls and abortion. She spins heartache, fear and hope into a passionate, compelling tapestry of music and lyrics. "The Wedding Singer & The Undertaker" is Couture’s second full-length album, released May 20th, 2008.

@ Vancouver, Canada
Acoustic, Folk, Indie
Day 4 (mp3)
Sad Story Over (mp3)
Official Website

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Upcoming CD Releases





Basia Bulat - Heart Of My Own (Jan 25)
Beach House - Teen Dream (Jan 26)
Bettie Serveert - Pharmacy of Love (Jan 7)
Field Music - Field Music (Jan 15)
First Aid Kit - The Big Black & Blue! (Jan 25)
Husky Rescue - Ship of Light (Jan 25) -
Laura Veirs - July Flame (Jan 11)
OK Go - Of the Blue Color of the Sky (Jan 12)
Scout Niblett - The Calcination of Scout Niblett (Jan 19)
Vampire Weekend - Contra (Jan 11)


Allison Moorer - Crows (Feb 9)
April Smith - Songs For A Sinking Ship (Feb 23)
Blaudzun - Seadrift Soundmachine (Feb 21)
Caitlin Rose - Dead Flowers EP (Feb 15)
Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea (Feb 1)
Electric President - The Violent Blue (Feb 23)
Fionn Regan - The Shadow of an Empire (Feb 8)
The Go Find - Everybody Knows It's Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight (Feb 5)
Holly Miranda - The Magican's Private Library (Feb 22)
Jenna - Brother
Jessica Harp - A Woman Needs (Feb 15)
Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose - Bridge Carols (Feb 8)
Lifehouse - Smoke & Mirrors (Feb 2)
Los Campesinos - Romance Is Boring (Feb 1)
Marina & The Diamonds - The Family Jewels (Feb 15)
Michelle Branch - Everything Comes and Goes (Feb 23)
Mintzkov - Rising Sun, Setting Sun (Feb 22)
Nneka - Concret Jungle (Feb 8)
Pieta Brown - Shimmer (Feb 8)
Sambassadeur - European (Feb 23)
Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago (Feb 15)
Steso Songs - Now It's Dark (Feb 17)
Shout Out Louds - Work (Feb 23)
The School - TBC (Feb 15)
Under Byen - Alt Er Tabt (Feb 8)
Via Audio - Animalore (Feb 23)

MARCH 2010

Adie - Just You And Me (Mar 9)
Adrienne Pierce - Oh Deer
Alessi's Ark - Soul Propietor EP (Mar 29)
The Annuals - Sweet Sister (Mar 30)
Amy Macdonald - A Curious Thing (Mar 5)
Angus & Julia Stone - Down the Way (Mar 15)
A Weather - Everyday Balloons (Mar 1)
The Bird & the Bee - Interpreting The Masters Volume 1 (Mar 22)
Blood Red Shoes - Fire Like This (Mar 1)
Cady Groves - The Life of a Pirate (Mar 23)
Cara Salimando - Dust (Mar 23)
Ellie Goulding - Lights (Mar 1)
Emma Pollock - The Law of Large Numbers (Mar 1)
Hari and Aino - All That Remains (Mar 20)
JJ - JJ no 3 (Mar 9)
Jenny Owen Youngs - Last Person EP (Mar 2)
K's Choice - Echo Mountain (Mar 26)
The Knife - Tomorrow, In A Year (Mar 1)
Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can (Mar 2)
The Living Sisters - Love To Live (Mar 29)
Lisa O Piu - Behind The Bend (Mar 16)
Lou Rhodes - One Good Thing (Mar 15)
Love Is All – Two Thousand & Ten Injuries (Mar 22)
Meredith Andrews - As Long As It Takes (Mar 16)
Paper Aeroplanes - The Day We Ran Into Sea (Mar 22)
The Ruby Suns - Fight Softly (Mar 2)
Rufus Wainwright - All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu (Mar 23)
Seabear - We Built A Fire (Mar 5)
The Secret History - World That Never Was (Mar 16)
Sharleen Spiteri - The Great Movie Songbook (Mar 1)
She & Him - Volume Two (Mar 23)
Skyler Stonestreet - You. (Mar 20)
Sonya Kitchell - Convict of Conviction (Mar 23)
Susanne Sundfor - The Brothel (Mar 24)
White Hinterland - Kairos (Mar 9)


Amy Correia - You Go Your Way
Dark Captain Light Captain - TBC

APRIL 2010

Alessi's Ark - Soul Proprietor EP (Apr 5)
Amy Cook - Let The Light In (Apr 6)
Cary Brothers - Under Control (Apr 6)
Chely Wright - Lifted Off the Ground (Apr 30)
Diana Anaid - Diana Anaid (Apr 20)
Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away (Apr 23)
Kate Nash - My Best Friend Is You (Apr 16)
Laura Imbruglia - Lighter Side Of.. (Apr 13)
Lucky Soul - A Coming Of Age (Apr 19)
Martha Tilston - Lucy & The Wolves (Apr 26)
Operator Please - Gloves (Apr 27)
Pearl and the Puppets - EP
Peggy Sue - Fossils and Other Phantoms (Apr 20)
Pieta Brown - One and All (Apr 6)
The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme (Apr 21)
Sally Seltman - Heart That's Pounding (Apr 6)
Sandy Dane - Beautiful and Ugly (Apr 16)
Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature (Apr 6)
The School - Loveless Unbeliever (Apr 2)
Scouting For Girls - Everybody Wants To Be On TV (Apr 12)
Shelby Lynne - Tears, Lies & Alibis (Apr 19)
Sixpence None The Richer - Lost Treasures (Apr 13)
Tunng - ... And Then We Saw Land (Apr 6)
Vicky Beeching - Eternitiy Invades (Apr 6)

MAY 2010

Club 8 - The People's Record (May 18)
CocoRosie - Grey Oceans (May 11)
Emi Meyer - Passport
The Forest & The Trees - The Forest & The Trees (May 10)
Greg Laswell - Take A Bow (May 3)
Jack Johnson - To The Sea (May 31)
Jennifer Knapp - Letting Go (May 11)
Katie Melua - The House (May 21)
Keane - Night Train (May 10)
Kim Richey - Wreck Your Wheels (May 17)
Leela James - My Soul (May 26)
Nada Surf - If I Had A Hifi (May 3)
The Salteens - Moths (May 11)
Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature (Apr 6)
Sandi Thom - Merchant & Thieves
Sofia Talvik - Florida (May 18)
Tracey Thorn - Love and it's Opposite (May 17)
The Weepies - Be My Thrill (May 25)

JUNE 2010

Anni Rossi - Heavy Headow (Jun 29)
Gold Motel - TBC
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (Jun 8)
Lissie - Catching A Tiger (Jun 7)
The Magic Numbers - The Runaway (Jun 4)
The Pipettes - Earth vs. the Pipettes (Jun 28)
Sarah Harmer - Oh Little Fire (Jun 18) -NEW-
Sarah Maclachlan - The Laws of Illusion (Jun 15)
Sia - We Are Born (Jun 4)
Stars - The Five Ghosts (Jun 22)
Venice Is Sinking - Sand & Lines (Jun 15)

JULY 2010
Frazey Ford - Obadiah (Jul 20) -NEW-


The Arcade Fire - TBA
Josh Ritter - TBC
Molly Marlette - TBC
Nick and Liesl - TBC -NEW-
Olivia Broadfield - TBC
Poema - TBC
Rose Kemp - Golden Shroud
Skilla - TBC
Switchfoot - Vice Verses
The Holloways - TBC
The Late Call - TBC
The Rescues - TBC
Tu Fawning - TBA


Saturday, July 5, 2008


Firekites is a Newcastle emerged collective revolving around the acoustic musings of four main players…Tim Mcphee (The Instant), Rod Smith, Jane Tyrrell (The Herd) & Jason Tampake (Josh Pyke) and are the latest signing to Aussie label Spunk! Tucked away for the past two years, Firekites have been persistently self-recording their first musical offering – a debut LP, "The Bowery". Sonically rich & musically diverse, Firekites have drawn together disparate, sometimes juxtaposed, influences resulting in a record that covers some unexpected ground. Blurring the lines between lo-fi jazz, folk pop and subtle electronica. The release The Bowery was named after the first art-deco coffee-house of its kind in Newcastle and was an appropriate backdrop for the initial sessions. Ten self-recorded tracks take their place on the debut LP out now through Spunk!

@ Newcastle, Australia
Indie, Jazz, Pop
Last Ships
Same Suburb Different Park
Official Website

Releases Archive

JUNE 2009

Butterfly Boucher - Scary Fragile (Jun 1)
Channah - No Way Back EP (Jun 3)
Gossip – Music For Men (Jun 22)
Holly Williams - Here With Me (Jun 16)
Julie Feeney - Pages (Jun 29)
Kate Earl - EP (Jun 9)
Laura Jansen - Single Girls (Jun 26)
Little Boots - Hands (Jun 8)
Lizzy Park - This & That (Jun 22)
The Lovely Feathers - The Fantasy Of the Lot (Jun 2)
Marina & The Diamonds - The Crown Jewels EP (Jun 15)
Masha Qrella - Speak Low (Jun 5)
My Sad Captains - Here & Elsewhere (Jun 14)
Noisettes – Wild Young Hearts (Jun 22)
Oh Bijou - Beacons (Jun 1)
Paolo Nutini - Sunny Side Up (Jun 1)
Patrick Wolf - The Bachelor (Jun 1)
Pete Yorn - Back and Fourth (Jun 23)
Philippa Hanna - Taste (Jun 15)
Regina Spektor - Far (Jun 22)
Ryan Bingham - Roadhouse Sun (Jun 2)
Simone White - Yakiimo (Jun 15)
Sonic Youth - The Eternal (Jun 9)
The Lovely Eggs – If You Were Fruit (Jun 1)
The Sounds - Crossing The Rubicon (Jun 1)

JULY 2009

6 Day Riot - Have A Plan (Jul 6)
Brooke White - High Hopes & Heartbrakes (Jul 21)
Emmy The Great - The Edward EP (First Songs) (Jul 20)
Florence and the Machine - Lungs (Jul 6)
Lisa Mitchell - Wonder (Jul 13)
Sarah Blasko - As Day Follows Night (Jul 10)
Slow Club - Yeah, So (Jul 6)
Susan Enan - Plainsong
Tara Busch - Pilfershire Lane (Jul 27)
Tiny Vipers - Life On Earth (Jul 6)


Adrienne Pierce - Oh Deer
Amber Rubarth - Good Mystery (Aug 21)
Chasing Pandora - Time (Aug 3)
Dash & Will - Up In Something (Aug 28)
Dolores O’Riordan – No Baggage (Aug 24)
Imogen Heap - Ellipse (Aug 24)
Ingrid Michaelson - Everybody (Aug 25)
Kate Earl - Kate Earl (Aug 18)
Kate Walsh - Light and Dark (Aug 30)
Leeland - Love Is On The Move (Aug 25)
Leslie Mendelson - Swan Feathers (Aug 30)
Lightning Dust - Infinite Light (Aug 3)
Mindy Smith - Stupid Love (Aug 11)
Múm - Sing Along To Songs You Don’t Know (Aug 24)
Mute Math - Armistice (Aug 18)
Noah and the Whale - First Days of Spring (Aug 31)
The Postmarks - Memoirs at the End of the World (Aug 25)
Sally Shapiro - My Guilty Pleasure (Aug 24)
Sam & Ruby - The Here and the Now (Aug 11)


A Fine Frenzy - Bomb in a Birdcage (Sep 8)
Amy Millan - Masters of the Burial (Sep 14)
Astrid Swan - Better Than Wages
BarlowGirl - Love & War (Sep 8)
Bethany Dillon - Stop & Listen (Sep 8)
Brandi Shearer - Love Don't Make You Juliet (Sep 1)
Chantal Kreviazuk - Plain Jane (Sep 21)
Cocoon - Back to Panda Mountains (Sep 7)
Colbie Caillat - Breakthrough (Sep 14)
Gemma Ray - Lights Out Zoltar! (Sep 7)
Grand Archives - Keep In Mind Frankenstein (Sep 15)
Joshua James - Build Me This (Sep 5)
Joy Williams - Songs From This/Songs From That
Kings of Convenience - TBC
Lady & Bird - La Ballade de Lady & Bird (Sep 14)
Leah Andreone - Avalanche (Sep 1)
Marié Digby - Breathing Underwater (Sep 8)
Meja - Urban Gypsy
Mika - We Are Golden (Sep 21)
Miranda Lambert - Revolution (Sep 29)
Nerina Pallot - The Graduate (Sep 28)
Paramore - Brand New Eyes (Sep 29)
Peggy Sue - TBC
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Break Up (Sep 7)
Port O'Brien - Threadbare (Sep 28)
Remi Nicole - Cupid Shoot Me (Sep 7)
Rose Melberg - Homemade Ship (Sep 21)
Ruth Notman - The Life of Lilly (Sep 21)
Sea Wolf - White Water, White Bloom (Sep 22)
Shannon Wright - Honeybee Girls (Sep 21)
Spiral Beach - The Only Really Thing (Sep 22)
Taken By Trees - East of Eden (Sep 8)
The Swell Season - Strict Joy (Sep 29)
Switchfoot - Hello Hurricane
Vampire Weekend - Contra (Sep 29)
Vivian Girls - Everything Goes Wrong (Sep 8)
Wallis Bird - New Boots
Washington - How To Tame Lions (Sep 11)


Ariana Gillis - TBC
Brandi Carlile - Give Up The Ghost (Oct 6)
Charlotte Hatherley - New Worlds (Oct 19)
Cerys Matthews - Don't Look Down (Oct 5)
Clare and the Reasons - Arrow (Oct 2)
Kings of Convenience - Declaration of Dependence (Oct 20)
Laurell - TBC (Oct 13)
Lights - The Listening (Oct 6)
Natalie Imbruglia - Come To Life (Oct 5)
Nejra - In Hindsight (Oct 14)
Nat Johnson and the Figureheads - Roman Radio (Oct 19)
Orenda Fink - Ask the Night (Oct 6)
Said The Whale - Islands Disappear (Oct 6)
Skilla - To Our Mums and Dads, Brothers (Oct 14)
Sufjan Stevens - Run Rabbit Run (Oct 6)
Sufjan Stevens - The BQE (Oct 20)
Tegan and Sara - Sainthood (Oct 26)
Teitur - All My Mistakes (Oct 5)
The Clientele - Bonfires on the Heath
The School - TBC
Train - Save Me San Franciso (Oct 27)
The Young Republic - The Balletesque (Oct 21)


Jamie Cullum - The Pursuit (Nov 9)
Plumb - Beautiful History (Nov 3)
Snow Patrol - Up To Now (Nov 10)


Alex & Sam - TBC
Anna Nalick - Broken Doll
Beth Orton – TBC
Cajun Dance Party - TBC
Courtney Jaye - The Exotic Sounds of
Eisley - TBC
Greg Laswell - TBC
Gregory and the Hawk - TBC
Greta (from THS) - TBC
Guest. - TBC
Holly Brook - TBC
Kate Havnevik - TBC
Lex Land - TBC
The Like - TBC
Lucy Schwartz - TBC
Mechanical Bride - TBC
Pearl and the Puppets - TBC
Rose Elinor Dougall - Without Why
Sandi Thom - TBC
Seabear - TBC
Sixpence None The Richer - TBC
Smoosh - TBC
The Narrative - TBC
Thirteen Senses - TBC
Uh Huh Her - TBC