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Category: TUESDAY Tunes

Tuesday Tunes : Crushing on Haim, artist of the month.

by kranARI

Man this band is something to be reckoned with. I accidentally ran across them at the Florence & The Machine gig at the O2 this past winter. Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana are both talented individuals in their own respect but also as a unit.

Haim

The relationship they held with instruments was the first thing that caught my eye and the second was how much they looked alike. Of course, I later found they were related, but their resemblance goes well beyond looks. You see it in their facial expressions while they perform so passionately live and you can tell these girls are in it for the fun as well as for their passion for the music they play. This video explained a lot for me, how they got started out, how it all roots back to their family’s love for music, how they grew up surrounded by instruments and how the band came about.

Haim

My favourite part is their mom and dad talking about their offspring band-the dad is such an adorable man of what seems to be Middle Eastern decent-and I just had to chuckle at his stern, very matter of fact comments throughout.

Their sound is unique, based somewhere in between classic melancholy rock and a more contemporary indie folk genre which doesn’t really exist. They are young and in my opinion redefining a genre. Their production has an old fashioned vibe if you listen to their EP, which I just proudly purchased on iTunes, called Forever. There is something very exciting about EPs as they have a fresh, unrefined touch to them and you know if you buy them you are really making a difference and helping a young blossoming artist make their way…So go check them out!

These are some of their most famous music videos which I recommend you have a look at.

FOREVER

FALLING

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Tuesday Tunes : Losing musical geniuses to the US of A.

by kranARI

It frustrates me that we are losing great artists like Adele and Florence Welch to the US of freaking-A. This being said, I am half American. However, living in the UK, I feel that when a country produces an artist as brilliant and as talented as the two ladies above, they should be capable of keeping them, don’t you think?

florence welch Vogue by Norman Jean Roy, September 2012

 Vogue by Norman Jean Roy

For one, Florence Welch might be signed to Island Records (based here in the UK) but lately, it feels as if she’s been touring the US forever! She hasn’t done a UK gig in a while and my fear is that now that she’s charmed the pants off US audiences, she might never return…

On the same level,  Adele seems to have a similar effect on American audiences. The genre of her music and vocal stylings have made her a major hit in the US and it is the “appropriate” thing to do – when you decide to conquer America, usually you can conquer the rest of the world.

Adele Adkinscourtesy of Katie McCaffrey

Are we going to ever get these artists back or will the lure of the musical Happy-Meal contract glue them to the continent over the pond. These are sad, sad times…

Tuesday Tunes : Cover That!

by kranARI

One of my favorite things to do is browse youtube for cool song COVERS each month. These are some interesting ones that I ran across and thought you might like. Enjoy.

AVRIL LAVIGNE

Avril+Lavigne+Z!NK+Magazine+Photoshoot+2009property of Z!NK magazine, source last.fm

Avril does a pretty decent cover of Ke (dollar sign) ah, “Tik Tok” for Radio 1’s Live Lounge. It kind of bugs me that she has to read the lyrics though…

ADELE

adele-billboard-magazine-march-2011-inside-picturesproperty of Billboard magazine, source LOFT 965

Adele covers Cheryl Cole’s “Promise This”. Though I love Adele’s singing voice and her second album is rocking, I really have issues listening to her speak. Is it just me? Very very talented gal, she is.

ELLIE GOULDING

Ellie Gouldingsource 17 songs online

Love, love, love Ellie Goulding! She has such a unique voice, tone and talent. She does a good job covering Rihanna’s hit “Only Girl” again on BBC Radio 1 Lounge. I think maybe what doesn’t work in this specific cover is the choice of accompanying strings.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS

taylor-momsen-nylon-magazine-may-6property of Nylon Magazine

Taylor Momsen is an interesting artist to cover this song. Her rough voice gives the song a twist but I’m not quite sure that I like it. What do you think?

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