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Noisettes – That Girl

Gosh I’ve been waiting for Noisettes to come out with a new track for ages! I’ve been a fan of this musical force for years now, I guess it was in high school where it all began though. I remember falling hard for the edgy lead vocals of Shingai Shoniwa because at the time there was truly nothing else like that on the music sphere. At least nothing that caught my attention in such a way.

Now the group has returned with this adorably catchy old school vibe of a track, and I couldn’t be more in love. For me, they’re definitely on the same level in terms of energy and talent as The Heavy. I guess the reason the two match each other in my mind is because they’re doing really similar things with music right now: working off the foundation of an older sound but revamping it and making it their own. The argument can be made that all sounds are taken from classics, and re-manufactured into something new, but I would actually argue against that. There are musicians whose sound truly strives for something else. It looks forward, rather than working off the successful waves of what the foundation has created. This means that risks need to be taken, and that sometimes leaves listeners disappointed. But when it’s done right, when the right amount of talent and honest soul is put into the music, the final product is fabulous.

But this is a conversation that I am constantly having, one that has several levels of complexity, where no answer is necessarily right. The fact that we even address this notion at all, is part of what makes music so beautiful. The language that not everyone can speak, but one that everyone can discuss.

Anyways, enjoy this charming little track from the Noisettes. Perhaps we all know the subject matter of this song, too. I know that it’s rang all too true in my life as well as my friends lives as of recent: the best friend we’re in love with. It hurts, and it doesn’t go away because we just want to stay being friends with them. They’re fun to be around, and they’re so perfect for you. It’s such a bittersweet feeling and subject matter, but Shingai Shoniwa and her band mates throw a sweet little tune to it, so we almost don’t realize how much it sucks to be that best friend.

That girl’s in love with you
That girl’s in love with you
I know that you’re too blind to see
I know that it’s so plain to see
That girl’s in love with you so madly.”

Reminisce. Wallow. Breathe. Laugh.

Most importantly, enjoy!

Noisettes – That Girl

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The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man

During an intimate performance at The Mercury Lounge on Monday night, The Heavy showcased some serious musical guns of steel for what wound up being a mind-blowing, not to mention meticulous, performance. I know you guys are familiar with the Heavy because they’re an EMPT favorite, but for anyone who’s just tuning in and doesn’t know, my friend (coincidentally named Ashley) said this the other night and I thought it was totally appropriate: “If James Brown, Cee Lo Green and The Black Keys all had a lovechild, it would be The Heavy.” The truth is that their live performance exudes just as much power and energy as you would imagine after listening to their recorded music. Front man, Kelvin Swaby, began the performance in a suave ensemble — suit and bowtie lookin’ real fresh — only to end the show sans suit jacket with an unbuttoned shirt. It’s like his appearance came apart according to how hard he was going in with each song, harder and harder with every bellowing sexy shout. That marks a true performer.

My favorite part of the performance had to be the encore. For some reason the venue was anti-encore I guess, because they almost played in total darkness. The band came back on stage greeted by cheers, but the lights remained off. They began singing, lights still out, and about halfway through the song, the lights came back on. I’m still not sure if that was planned, or if the venue people just gave in to allowing one more song…but it was awesome.

What Makes A Good Man is one of their latest singles, and I love it. I love the energy and the lyrics and how beautifully everything meshes together. No Time is just an all time favorite song off their last album, and it needs to be shared on this scorcher of a day.

Plug in and go go go to somewhere not hot!

The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man

The Heavy – No Time

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The Heavy – Short Change Hero

Feels weird that I haven’t posted in almost a week. There’s really no excuse. Well there is, I mean I’ve been totally swamped  with work and academia in this past week. But that’s the lamest of excuses. I feel like it’s only going to intensify in the next couple of weeks…but I’m kinda into it. Honestly, I’ve never been more eager to learn in my whole life. Maybe it’s just because I know that the end of my brain’s ability to be a sponge is nearing. I learned last week that I have about two to four years left of brain expansion, then it’s just shrinkage from then on. No more retaining, just forgetting. Is that sad? I don’t think so. It’s just real. You may as well live really hard in these next two years and experience, learn and interact as much as possible. I’m saying a weekend spent partying with your friends is beautiful, but what about going to a totally new place? Or learning about a group of people that you knew nothing about previously? New York City is such a playground. And I don’t mean just Manhattan — the boroughs are where it’s AT. Go to Brooklyn. Go to Queens. Explore, take a train across the country to the west coast. It’s only a few days time, and who knows, you may see a side of the country and yourself that you hadn’t seen before.

Anyways, music right? This track right here is beauty. I heard it last Friday and have been waiting to write about it since. I’m a sucker for bold punches that emerge from a deceiving intro…which is kind of what this is. It’s funky sexy in a should be in a Quentin Tarantino movie kinda way. When the cool rolls in with the actual vocals, all hope is lost and you just have to let it weave it’s lusty tune  into that part of your brain where songs get stuck.

I just really like these guys, and I’ve included a second track of theirs. Can ya dig it.

Short Change Hero – The Heavy

How You Like Me Now – The Heavy

Ciao for now beauties,

Ashley

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