Tuesday, 30 April 2013

It's Blitz

Hey everybody! It's Stu back again, I've been away for a little while scouring the Internet for some more delectable tracks for you all to savour. I do believe that I have found some real stunners for this week's edition! There have been issues with the poll for the last couple of weeks, Blogger is letting me down, so we aren't going to have a poll this week, rather just comment with your favourite track so i can tally it all up!

Lets start with track number 1...

1. Major Lazer - Get Free

We start this week off with a warm up that is certain to be easy on the ears. 'Major Lazer' provides us with this beauty of a track, Major Lazer is just about the hottest and hippest name in music right now, after just tearing up Coachella (Yes we all wish that we were there) their name is on the lips of all the people who really matter in the music industry. 'Major Lazer' is Diplo's latest incarnation and See's him making a blend of Electro and Jamaican Dance-hall which is as easy on the ears as a good pudding is for the stomach. Enjoy the great beats and hauntingly good vocals on this one!

2. !!! - One Girl/One Boy

Yes, I have no idea how to pronounce that band name either! All I know is that this band is about as funky as you can get...From the first chord the funk begins and it doesn't stop till well after the song has actually finished because the funk stays with you...that is how funky this band are!

3. Daft Punk - Get Lucky

The French boys are back!!! Oh yes it has taken 8 years for the genius of Daft Punk to be heard on an album! Finally we get to enjoy their beats once more...Their first single features the genius of Pharrell on vocals and at around 2:20 the songs goes to a whole new level! It makes me want to go and dance in the road under the streetlights.  I can't dance so that is a big thing! Yeeeeooow time to 'Get Lucky'.

4. Cold War Kids - Something Is Not Right With Me

Cold War Kids are the epitome of American Indie. They have won over audiences with album after album of fantastic tracks which just force you to get on your feet and sing along! 'Something Is Not Right With Me' comes from their 2008 album 'Loyalty To Loyalty' and is one of my favourite tracks of theirs....It also helps that the music video for it features  bunch of guys setting stuff on fire, that's always a winner! 

5. Yeah Yeah Yeah's - Gold Lion

Where to start with the 'Yeah Yeah Yeahs'?? I guess that I can begin by saying that 'Karen O' is a goddess of indie really, she is utterly ridiculously spectacular as a leading lady! The band has been around since 2000 and has released 4 albums to favourite is 'show your bones' which was released in 2006, the single 'Gold Lion' comes from this album! Oh wow is it a track and a half, a stirring drumbeat and vocals to give you shivers...just go listen and adore!

That's for this edition! See you all again soon! Don't forget to comment with your favourite track of the week and why! 

Monday, 15 April 2013

Attack of the Matt

Welcome back everybody!

The long wait for a new post is definitely worth it because we have a guest writer this week! This guest is none other than the fantastic Mr Matt Hardy! He is one seriously talented writer who just happens to have a great, actually superb taste in music! 

So here goes Matt...

I find it amusing that I've been asked to do a Weekly Stew. This seems like a place that people come to sample some of the more gorgeous things extracted from the music world. Since I’m not in the vanguard of such exploits, it wouldn't be smart to entertain any thoughts that suggest I’m some kind of machine in these fields – not that you ever would. What you find here will probably resemble, at best, a modest gem stone and not a diamond. The good news is that there are diamonds, and that, even if this is a grubby gem stone, it still shines pretty bright – at least to me.

Music is medium, and that’s why we love it. The following is a mix of tracks that are fresh, vibey and vintage. Tracks that I find myself streaming on Youtube way too much, trying to learn on guitar, and singing until they’re dead. Enjoy!

1. Vampire Weekend – Step 

So, Vampire Weekend have dropped two new songs from their forth coming album, which unfortunately also has the word vampire in it –a pity. Certainly though, this song is delicious and mouth-watering and flavoursome and pleasant in all material (and emotional) respects.

2. The Strokes – Slow Animals

The strokes make me want to be a groove master. This track is from their new album, and it doesn't feel right to put just one of the songs up. You really should listen to the whole thing to vibe it properly, so please – listen to it!

3. Jack White – Sixteen Saltines 

She’s got stickers on her locker! And the boys’ numbers there in magic marker!

...aaaaand here is a live version because Jack White is best heard at full volume from 5 metres away!

4. Guards – Not Supposed To 

Guards are another fun, catchy, pseudo-alternative creation of the 2013th year, keeping consistent with our first teen experiences as a millennium. It makes sense that we’d be going through something of an awkward stage in general doesn’t it? This is a sick song though, from what I’m sure is a radical album!

5. Arcade Fire – Modern Man 

For the last song I thought I’d drop the masters. It’s helpful every now and then to restore a bit of perspective in these matters. Lately bands have been trying hard. And so, just in case we fall for all the horseplay around, we should remember to test it all in a purer light. Yeeesssssssssa!

Well that was Matt's great was that!? Yeow! See you all again next week for another edition of The Weekly Stew! Don't forget to vote for your favourite track!