rock posts

TV on the Radio

Sunday, September 19th, 2004 by Paul Irish

post-rock // experimental indie

Unexpected sounds. Melodic distortion. TV on the Radio is at its root, two black men making what some describe “black rock and roll.” I’ll call it an amalgamation of a number of musical genres: punk, electronica, soul, African, indie rock.
TV on the Radio constructs a weighty sound reminiscent of the gravity and sincerity of mainstream acts like U2 and Radiohead as well as the intelligent, experimental playfulness of artists like Prince and Andre 3000.

TV on the Radio – Staring at the Sun
TV on the Radio – Staring at the Sun (video)
TV on the Radio – Satellite
The lead, Tunde Adebimpe’s blog

Nick Drake

Sunday, September 19th, 2004 by Paul Irish

acoustic rock // 70’s folk rock

Gentle voice. Calm melodies. You should know him already: Nick Drake had a short, yet prolific musical career; one that saw its biggest response after his apparent suicide in 1974. He was signed at the age of 21, and only produced three complete albums — but each is full of aural beauty. I was first turned on to him by this incredible complilation aptly named Acoustic. (You’ll love it)
Drake’s somber songs have a chillingly beautiful sound that will completely clear your mind. Listen and release.

Nick Drake – Road
Nick Drake – Riverman

Kings Of Convenience

Saturday, September 11th, 2004 by Paul Irish

acoustic // indie folk rock // downtempo

Warm harmonies. Beautiful melodic lines. Everyone one else is blogging it, why can’t I? The Kings of Convenience have received a boat-load of press lately, and its fully-deserved. Erlend Øye, one of the members, has bounced off onto a solo career, releasing a DJ Kicks album and his own, Unrest. There isn’t a shortage of comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel, but that’s because the two duo’s sound incredibly similar vocally. Dare I say that the harmonious of the KoC are even better than their 1960’s counterpart.
Feel like you’re snuggled close to your sweetheart in swathes of curduroy in the cool summer breeze. Grab this.

Kings Of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From