When your week begins with a Dutch band called Samba Salad that sings a song referencing broccoli and the song is called Bloemkoolsamba, you can’t be blamed if you consider giving up for good your quest to discover new music. That’s exactly what happened last week when I heard a weekly theme-based podcast called the Contrast by a bunch of mp3 bloggers who choose a topic weekly and introduce their own takes on the songs they play related to the topic. I don’t know who chose ‘broccoli’ as a topic for the podcast that week but the bloggers were hard put to play songs on the podcast that referred to that particular vegetable. I ended up listening to crappy songs titled Mr Broccoli, Choppin’ Broccoli and also some themes from James Bond movies, the tenuous connection there being Albert R Broccoli who produced most of the Bond movies. I’ve written about the Contrast podcast before but this was the first time it disappointed. Read more
As I write this (and roughly a week before you read it), the mother of all music festivals is underway at Austin, Texas. It’s the South by South-West festival, commonly referred to as SXSW, and has been on for the past 23 years. In 1994, in addition to music, SXSW included film and interactive media conferences and has now become an important fixture on the world’s film festival circuit. But it is the music that is at the core of SXSW and what really excites me about this annual festival that happens in March. Read more
I’d never have thought songs about breaking up could be so sonically joyous if I hadn’t heard Fitz and The Tantrums’ debut extended play album titled Songs For A Break Up Volume I. Fitz And The Tantrums are a Los Angeles band and their debut work is actually downloadable for free off their website. They’re a soul band that recreates the purity of the sound of that genre as it was in the nineteen-sixties and seventies.