Archive for the ‘Alternative’ Category

Dear and the Headlights

By • Feb 22nd, 2009

Dear and the Headlights are a very cool indie rock band I was lucky enough to hear over at the NPR Second Stage Podcast (seriously have a listen). The track I heard was “I’m Not Crying. You’re Not Crying, Are You?” and in places it sounds more like an song that an English band would […]

Water Method

By • Feb 20th, 2009

Have you ever discovered that you have been listening to a band for a couple of weeks and then suddenly realise that you have no idea how you found them? Meet  Water Method, I honestly don’t know how these guys ended up on my playlist, not a clue. Don’t get me wrong, I am having […]

Woven Hand

By • Feb 15th, 2009

One of the more amazing things that shows up every so often in the NPR RSS feed are there “Desk Concerts”. Basically it’s what the name implies, a performer comes in sits at a desk and then does three songs (sometimes more , sometimes less). NPR videos the performance and it goes up on the […]

Wendy Ealey

By • Feb 14th, 2009

Wendy Ealey has a voice that takes me back to smoke filled folk venues of Melbourne 30 odd years ago. With good reason, she has been a performer on the folk scene both in Australia and in Britain since the 70’s.

Hers is a big beautiful voice that resonates with passion as she sings songs penned by herself and others accompanying herself on guitar. Political songs nestle comfortably with love songs to form a quilt of human experience.

A song written by Mary Caruana with Brent Parlane called “Bigger Than This” can be found on on her MySpace site, is a ballsy dig at the treatment of “illegal” immigrants. “Child of My Heart” is the story of grief felt by an infertile woman.

The Guggenheim Grotto

By • Feb 11th, 2009

The Guggenheim Grotto showed up a couple of weeks ago on NPR Second Stage and didn’t they just make my day. I had this stuff on the MP3 player faster than you could blink. Kevin May and Mick Lynch began playing together on the Dublin songwriter circuit back in 2003.They recorded a a 5 track […]

Ziggy Stardust Remixed – Suffragette City

By • Feb 8th, 2009

Hand’s up everyone who likes mashups? Well I do. I am fascinated by the whole idea of taking two (or more songs) and creating something new  out of it. It turns out I am not alone. Head over to  Ziggy Stardust Remixed and listen to say, Suffragette City. This was always one of my favourite […]

Oren Lavie – Her Morning Elegance

By • Feb 6th, 2009

Jools sent me this video – it made me laugh like a maniac. Press play, watch the video and then we will chat. OK that was fun wasn’t it? Now press play again and this time listen to the song.  Maybe you should head over to and actually get it playing in the background. […]