Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy new year - And some music for the occasion

If one word can describe these last days of the year over here that is WATER, it's been unexplainably raining non stop for weeks.....glooooomy. Aaaand even some snow. Who'd have thought.
Even so some musicians have weathered this curse and gone out on the streets of Madrid to play the last carols of the year. An example: Dawn Landes' (&Co) very inspired version of Rocking around.., not bad at all:

If the video works funny you can watch it here (there's also other artists)
A little late for a post on carols... but...ahem. Many new additions to the folder this year have been free downloads ..duh , my mind doesn't work tonight. Will finish the post tomorrow.
31/12/09: Guess's raining! Since I woke up, not stopped for a minute. Not good.
Will keep it short, things to do. So, people like Sweet Soubrette and Jem gave away a free Christmas new track on Christmas day (timing's everything, they say), or on a different day (as Camera Obscura "the Blizzard") and others a non Christmas one like Sondre Lerche his cover of Animal Collective's "Bluish" or Sia the previously only for twitterers (me not one of them yet) "You've changed". Of all those, I believe the best is Sondre's (how this guy projects warmth and good somehow). You should find all the links for downloading in their webs/myspace...or let me know. I'm feeling lazy.
Aaaand this morning it was Anna Ternheim who wished everyone a Happy NY giving away a live version of "You mean nothing to me", here. Breathtaking. But not appropiate for happy, she must have a Swedish sense of humour! -best save it for another day.
Big rainy thanks to all of them for their generosity. Will try to remember more.
(Pic: Christmas Tree at the Plaza de España, Madrid)
On second thought, Jem's is probably a better choice for tonight. Oh, and it's still raining!!!.
Champagne in the fridge everybody?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas 2: Norah Jones 2009 Youtube Christmas carol

Attempt nr 2 at Christmas post, was just sent this funny Norah Jones' carol link:

Reasons to post about it:
1. No Bird and the bee carol this year, which is like Christmas sans the tree...
2. Last Christmas posted The bird and the bee's cover of this very song. And reflected on French hens. This one's sans hens...but keeps the tradition. I also posted about Charlie's biting patterns somewhere!
3. It's made me laugh. NO hens, birds or bees but polite cats and smoking orangutans!. Could next year's version possibly beat that? Nope

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Christmas!

Mandatory post- kinda late this year. Butterfly Boucher & her lovely chorus have made it easier by uploading this pretty Christmas song:

We still have cinnamon and chocolate, indeed.
And 2009 is almost over. Effing unbelievable.
May add to this post, had all these things to write about (2009 hasn't been just another year for me) but..

Friday, December 18, 2009

Corinne Bailey Rae's new video "I'd Do It All Again"

“I’d Do It All Again,” the first single from Corinne Bailey Rae’s forthcoming album, The Sea, goes to radio this week, the full album to be released in January. The video for this song was made available yesterday:
Corinne Bailey Rae "I'd Do It All Again"

Corinne Bailey Rae MySpace Music Videos

I'm just going to quote after the info I received: "The video is directed by acclaimed film director Jamie Thraves, the man responsible for such iconic videos as Radiohead's 'Just' and Coldplay's 'The Scientist'. Talking about the video Thraves exclusively told MySpace "Corinne and I met just as I was formulating the idea. She told me she was fan of my work, said she thought it was very real looking, cinematic and quite dark and that's what she wanted for her video, nothing too sunny she said. I looked at her other videos and realised just how sunny they were and why she wanted to do something different for this song but on the day we filmed it was such a lovely sunny day - I told Corinne the sun just seems to follow her around, but it's okay because in sad moments the sun can underline sadness just as easily as rain.""

Seems the unanimous review for this new album is a rawer sound and a deep pain that dyes pretty much all the songs (as is only natural after recent events in her life).
I'm not too dazzled by this first single, though it's really nice to listen to and I'm very much looking forward to listening to the other tracks on the album.
She will tour extensively in 2010, backed by many of the musicians who played on the new album.

So, would you do it all again?
Tags: Corinne Bailey Rae The Sea, Corinne Bailey Rae I'd Do It All Again, Corinne Bailey Rae new video

Thursday, December 3, 2009