Sunday, 30 November 2008

When The Going Gets Tough...

Probably one of the finest pieces of music ever to be made is the awesome "When The Going Gets Tough" by the fantastic Boyzone. This is challenging music that every self-respecting music blogger should own in their collection, thats a fact. They are championed by music genius Louie Walsh for gods sake, how much more of recommendation can you get?

This band pretty much rewrote the musical bible upon releashing this wicked song, it literally raised the tidemark for every other musical artist on the planet. Drop this bomb during a set and you'll be sure to rock the crowd no end, they'll love you for it, honest.

Ronan Keating is an absolute legend, pretty much everyone should be refer to this great man as an influence. He'll be getting a statue soon, i'm building it actually.

Do yourself a favour this Christmas and buy everything related to Boyzone. They totally own right now.

If you like this post go and say hi to the excellent music blog, Eye May Listen. Those guys love this sort of stuff over there! And also congratulate them for beating Music Liberation in a recent bet as to who would come higher in the BT Digital Music Awards 2008. [We'll get them back next year!]

Fear not, normal posting from Music Liberation will resume soon!!

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Interview : Nate Frey

Today is the start of what I hope will be a regular feature on Music Liberation, Interview Wednesdays (Not that i'll be calling it that!). The feature really is as simple as it sounds, every Wednesday i'll be conducting an interview with a brand new artist to find out more about them and give them some more exposure.

To kick things off we recently spoke with indie folk rocker, Nate Frey, who is from Washington DC.

Q1. Describe your music in three words?

"Minimal, Melancholy, Human"

Q2. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

"Musical: Neil Young, Mark Kozelek, David Bazan, Idaho, Uncle Tupelo, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Spokane, lots of others...

Non-musical: EE Cummings, TS Eliot, Don Delillo, Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene."

Q3. What's on your agenda for the next 12 months?

"Hopefully I will get around to putting some sort of EP or full-length together within the next six months, if I can find the funds. I will probably record most of that at home. If/when that comes together, I'll put together some sort of small Northeast tour to go along with it, hopefully."

Q4. What role do you think bloggers have in the current state of the music industry?

"I'm not sure it's clearly defined yet. For awhile blogs seemed like they were going to end up playing a totally different role than traditional print music media, but it sort of seems like they are starting to follow the mold of various traditional media outlets as time goes on. The odds of someone of my stature showing up on Stereogum or Fluxblog or something these days are like, next to zero. Smaller blogs are basically playing a role akin to zines, mid-size blogs are more like Paste or something along those lines, and the huge blogs are basically Rolling Stone or Spin in a blog format."

Q5. Any new bands/artists you recommend checking out?

"True Womanhood from DC! Seriously, I can't say enough good things about them.

Also digging Jesse Malin, Bon Iver, These United States, and the newest David Bazan track, "American Flags", which just went up for download on iTunes this month I think. Among about a million other things."

Q6. If you could tour with any two artists, past or present, who would they be and why?

"Neil Young -- my hero. I don't even know what else to say about it besides that.

Spokane -- I wanted to say Mark Kozelek, but for me to be able to tour with Spokane, that would require Spokane to tour again, and that would be great, whereas Kozelek tours all the time. It was really hard not to give you his name though, I've been influenced by him in so many ways."

Q7. You have unlimited funds, what things do you have on your tour rider?

"Tour rider? Man, I'd be happy just to get paid at this point..."

Q8. What's your perfect sandwich?

"Cheesesteak with whiz and onions from Pat's in South Philly. Nothing else even compares."

Q9. If Music Liberation were an animal, what would we be?

"I'm gonna go with a sponge, because you all just kind of hang out and sort of soak up any good music that comes by you without any preconditions or anything."

Q10. How can we find out more about you?

"Go to Myspace. Read it. If you still have more questions, contact me through there. That's easiest."

Thanks very much to Nate for his interview, I thought his answer to the position bloggers have in the music industry hit the nail square on the head.

As an added bonus, Nate has kindly sent over a gift from his archives, a track he barely plays live anymore, "The Aftertaste Of Both". It's a great track actually, with some excellent guitar playing, and I hope Nate goes back to work with the song again in the future. For me I'd love to see the track extended to see where he could go with the guitar solo that trails off at the end of the song.

Next week we'll have an interview with Eureka Birds.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Fake Blood / Lillica Libertine / Diplo / Buraka Som Sistema

Time for some brand new bits of Electronic music for you to dance and trash your room to.

[BTW: The latest Music Liberation poll is hotting up, with Eye May Listen currently leading the way with 28%, closely followed by Stereokill on 24%, with Music Liberation on a lowly 16%. There are still 5 days left to vote, so get voting! ------------>>>>>]

MP3: Hot Chip - Touch Too Much (Fake Blood Remix) / Myspace

MP3: Lillica Libertine - Communication / Myspace

MP3: Buraka Som Sistema - Inna De Ghetto (Diplo Remix) / Myspace

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Single Review : Laetoli Steps

Earlier this year we featured the track "Rose" in the April edition of the Music Liberation podcast. Well the band who produced that rather brilliant track are now back with a new single.

Laetoli Steps are a London based band whose members actually come from as far afield as America, Holland, and South Africa. The band is fronted and formed by Rich, who was previously in My Rocket 88, and Garlic. The band have kindly sent us their new single "Bully Bully Bully" for review .

The track begins dramatically, with a scuzzy guitar whirling away over the top of some frenetic drums. It builds until the awesome Cellist, Mia Pixley, is let loose all over the track. From this point onwards her Cello drives the song. I think it's actually the first time i've really appreciated the sound of this instrument, it's really wicked!

Another standout quality from this track is how well it's been produced by Michael Hyland. For a band who contain some excellent musicians it's vital that all elements are heard and Hyland has done an excellent job. The vocals from Rich sound dark and mysterious, and fit perfectly around the rest of the song.

Laetoli Steps are an emerging new band who deserve as much exposure as possible to showcase their clear talents. The band are currently arranging a mini UK tour so i suggest you check their myspace for more information about that and their future releases.

Monday, 17 November 2008

New Wave Of Music #25

So Music Liberation has yet another new banner, I just wasn't happy with the last one. And I'm not totally convinced with this new one either, but it can stay put for now. What do you think? Leave me a comment below for your design analysis.

Anyways on with today's post with our usual selection of brand new music discovered over the last few days.

Shiema are a fresh young grungey rock band from London, who are just about to release their debut E.P "Make Them Swing Till It Hurts" digitally on December 1st. They have also produced a cool video for the single "Second Time Under Fire" which you can see here. As far as the single is concerned the band's sound is heavy, with some punishing riffs, but they are broken up with melodic singing. The main focus point for Shiema is their energy and desire to well and truly rock out.

We talked about Plugs a while ago when their first single "That Number" dropped earlier this year. Well now they are back with an E.P and single titled "Imaginary Friend" which comes out on November 24th. It's not groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, but it's good quality chilled out electro which has a rather filthy bassline, and with a bit of time is really rather catchy. It's a step up from their previous single and certainly show's the band have promise.

If you like your house music to have a big, fat, dirty bassline then you're going to like one of the newest producers/DJ's on the scene, the UK's very own, Kid Cola. He's reworked the new track from Secret Machines "Atomic Heels", effortlessly blending the original melodic indie tune into a dark sounding beast of a house track that is sure to get you raving on the dance floor. Keep an eye on Kid Cola because from the sound of it big things will be ahead of him for sure.

Changing the musical genre entirely we have Nate Frey, a self-confessed indie folker rocker from Washington DC. The beauty of Frey is his ability to gave you a few minutes to chill out through the sole power of his guitar and alluring voice. It's quite staggering discovering that he is only 23 years old considering the strength and ability of his voice. Whether he can break through into what is an already saturated market is unknown, but he certainly deserves a shot.

Friday, 14 November 2008

The Bronx - New Material

Released next week through Wichita is the third album from Los Angeles punk rockers, The Bronx. As with their previous two albums the record is self titled, and as such is being refered to as "III".

The Bronx are a gritty, rough sounding vehicle that will attack your eardrums given the chance. Their debut album was recorded with the band playing near enough live, with only a couple of tracks requiring more than one take to nail down. It was on the live scene where the band made an impression on the undergound with some chaotic performances, but it is only now that waves are being made on a larger scale.

The Bronx sound typically consists of guitars which are distorted and driven by wicked riffs and the pounding, intense drums of Jorma Vik. All that is pinned together by vocalist Matt Caughthran, who has a distinctive rough sounding voice that is strangely addictive.

You can pre-order the band's new album here and check their myspace here.

[P.S] - Just a reminder to vote in the latest Music Liberation poll in the right hand corner. You get to vote on which blog you think can destroy all others! (Not that I feel sorry for myself but some more votes for ML would be nice!).

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

New Music: Eureka Birds / Disasteradio

Here's a couple of awesome new bands i've discovered lately. Check them out, let me know what you think.

Eureka Birds

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Eureka Birds are a group of six like minded individuals who combine to create a rather splendid blend of piano infused melodic Rock. Their tunes are really chilled out and certainly help you unwind if you so need to. Not only are the vocals heartfelt and full of emotion, but it's also the music behind the lyrics that seems to tell its own story, with the composition seemingly set up in the vein of an orchestra. I fully recommend you check out their debut self-titled album.


Coming from New Zealand, Disasteradio is one of the freshest artists i've come across this year. Consisting of just one man, Luke Rowell, Disasteradio is a warped combination of 80's synth pop mixed up with the latest electro sounds of today. The tunes are quirky and aren't too serious, sometimes you need to listen to music like that to appreciate other forms of music. You can download tracks from the latest album "Visions" over here, and also check out the wicked video Luke made for the song "Awesome Feelings" here.

Monday, 10 November 2008

BBC Radio 1: In New DJ's We Trust - Jaymo and Andy George

Jaymo and Andy George, two of the main players behind the ever growing domination that is Moda and Moda Music, have been given a world stage to demonstrate their DJ skills as they now have their own show on BBC Radio 1.

Here's a bit from the beebs blurb on them -

"In April, Jaymo & Andy became two of the youngest people to ever record a live Essential Mix for Radio 1 - quickly catching the attention of the stations bosses. Fast forward four months and the duo have their very own show on Radio 1, and prepare to take their sound global! Crafted with the sole intention of fronting the world’s coolest music, the show promises to be as fun and unpredictable as their rumbustious DJ sets! With countless gigs at the worlds coolest clubs and an ever-growing discography of heavy-duty club tracks, it’s hard to predict where these boys will be in another 2 years!"

Their latest show aired last week, and you can hear it in full until thursday night on the listen again player HERE.

I suggest you check them out!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Drive A : Are You Blind

Earlier this year we talked about a fresh young band from Los Angeles called Drive A. Well the guys are now back with a new single, and a date for the release of their second album. "Are You Blind" is taken from the forthcoming album "Loss Of Desire" which is due for release sometime in February of next year.

For those of you new to Drive A, they are a fun energetic Rock band who make tunes with big riffs and up tempo beats. This new material see's the band returning with a more grittier, mature sound that for my reckoning kicks the new Guns N Roses record into touch. What do you guys think?

Monday, 3 November 2008

Exclusive : New music from Trash Yourself

Here at Music Liberation we have been following the progress of John Bourke and Heidi Cannon aka Trash Yourself for the last 12 months, since discovering their awesome remix of Blur "Song 2". Now we can exclusively share with you their brand new track "Forget It".

If you like your electronic music to be a little bit dark, royally mashed up, and totally insane, but maintaining that danceabilty factor, then your going to love Trash Yourself and their new track. What really sets this duo apart from their electro piers is that their tracks are so varied and experimental. They don't stick to a set formula and literally anything can happen during the duration of their songs. This is dangerous music where listeners are never given a chance to relax as they don't know what to expect next from Trash Yourself. And neither do we!