Wednesday, July 27, 2011

OK Go - All Is Not Lost (New Video)


As all of their videos - very very great and creative!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Travis

Back in the days when Coldplay were a new band and their first album started to be recognized by the British there was also Travis. Both were slightly similar though distinctive.
Coldplay became superstars around the world and - I'm sorry to say it - morphed into U2 (listen to their "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall EP" and tell me it's not like U2! And don't get me wrong, I like the boys, but I hope they find back to where they came from), while Travis followed their path in a good way. 


Travis are Fran Healy (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Dougie Payne (bass guitar, backing vocals), Andy Dunlop (lead guitar, banjo, keyboards, backing vocals) and Neil Primrose (drums, percussion).
The origin of the band name is the Harry Dean Stanton character Travis Henderson (film: Paris, Texas).

The debut album Good Feeling entered the top ten in the UK, the second album The Man Who entered at number one and spent 104 weeks in the UK Top 100. All of the following records were nearly as successful as number two, except Ode To J. Smith in 2008 (with this record they left the Major Label and got independent with their own one).
After three very quiet years (except Franhealy's solo debut Wreckorder) Travis announced in June 2011 a world tour. No official words regarding a new album, but I would be surpised if this would not happen soon.


Songs for a lonely island: Sing, Driftwood, Eyes Wide Open, Chinese Blues, Side, Writing To Reach You, My Eyes, Colder, Selfish Jean, Turn, New Amsterdam, Don't Be Shy (cover version)

Main album discography:
  • Good Feeling (1997)
  • The Man Who (1999)
  • The Invisible Band (2001)
  • 12 Memories (2003)
  • The Boy with No Name (2007)
  • Ode To J. Smith (2008)


 And for those who don't know Travis - here is the Best Of (called Singles):


A breeze of fresh AIR

Air is the English translation for lug, luften, Luft, ilma, de l'air, udara, aria, aeris, hava.

AIR

Air is also French and can be translated as melody.

And AIR is finally also an acronym for Amour, Imagination, Rêve which translates to Love, Imagination, Dream, which is a French band founded by Nicolas Godin und Jean-Benoît Dunckel.

Since their first LP in 1997 seven records:
  • 1997 Premiers Symptomes
  • 1998 Moon Safari
  • 2000 The Virgin Suicides
  • 2001 10 000 Hz Legend
  • 2004 Talkie Walkie
  • 2007 Pocket Symphony
  • 2009 Love 2

AIR is hard to sort by genre: it's ambient, electro, pop and trip hop.
The duo uses mainly analogue synthesizers (Korg, Moog), also Wurlitzer and Vocoder, which create
smooth, mellow and dreamy songs.


Listen to their best three records here:








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Review: Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5:55

The French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (daughter of the famous French actor Serge Gainsbourg) announced her second record in early 2006 (her first album was from 1986). I was a bit curious about it, especially because of the people who worked with her on the songs: Air, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Hannon (from Divine Comedy) - and Nigel Godrich (producer of Radiohead, REM, Beck, Air, Travis, Jason Falkner or Zero 7). So I waited (still remember, it was a very very long time between announcement and the release date). And I wasn't disappointed!


The album is all about the time between sleep and awake. This very special time in the middle of the night you can't sleep: you look at the clock radio and discover it's too late to go to sleep again before sunrise.

Songs for a lonely island: 5:55, The Songs That We Sing, Morning Song (or better: the whole record from start to end)