Wednesday, August 4, 2010

All By Myself

So I must first apologize for the long delay in posting as I was recently out of commission for a while and will be AWOL again for a bit. To make up for the time past and going forward I will be updating everyone with quite a few new bands. The London Apartments, Simple Kid, Red House Painters, Sparklehorse are a string of bands that are basically solo projects for some amazing artists. First there is The London Apartments who are a Canadian band that Justin Langlois uses as a moniker. Very mellow and with a voice that just soothes listener's ears. They have 2 albums Romanticism Aside and Signals & Cities Are Forever plus an EP Logistics and Navigation. Check out the soothing sounds below:

"(Put A Jacket On)"

"Streetlights Are Soldiers"

"Summer Takes All My Time"

"Telephone Lines"

"Oh, The Brightest Light"

Next is Simple Kid from Cork, Ireland which is the moniker for Kieran McFeely. He does all of the recording himself on an 8 track which he then feeds into his computer to add additional sounds. Simple Kid as 2 albums simply titled 1 & 2. Catchy doesn't even begin to describe it:

"Truck On"

"Staring At The Sun"


"Lil' King Kong"

Red House Painters is basiclly Mark Kozelek's project that has been around for some time with a revolving group of backing musicians. They also have a sweet, soothing sound that lulls the senses. They have 6 albums Down Colorful Hill, Red House Painters aka Rollercoaster, Red House Painters aka Bridge, Ocean Beach, Songs For A Blue Guitar and Old Ramon. Also along with playing music Mark Kozelek has appeared in 2 Cameron Crowe movies, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky & Shopgirl. He's also released several solo albums and more recently formed Sun Kil Moon. Definitely recommended listening with fall soon approaching. Have a listen:

"Medicine Bottle"

"Katy Song"

"Uncle Joe"


"Have You Forgotten"

"All Mixed Up (The Cars Cover)"


Mark Kozelek - "Up To My Neck In You"

Sun Kil Moon - "Ocean Breathes Salty (Modest Mouse Cover)"

Last but not least is Sparklehorse who is the project of Mark Linkous. They had a modest hit with "Someday I Will Treat You Good" in the US. They toured with Raiohead after they released their first album. He managed to release 6 albums Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot, Good Morning Spider, It's A Wonderful Life, Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain, Dark Night Of The Soul (with Dangermouse and David Lynch) and In The Fishtank (with Fennesz). Always a very sad character in music and in life Mark overdosed on a combination of anti-depressants, valium, alcohol and heroin in a London hotel room. Unconscious and with his legs pinned beneath him for almost fourteen hours, the resulting potassium build up caused his heart to stop for several minutes after his body was lifted up. The ensuing surgery almost caused him to lose the use of both legs and left him wheelchair-bound for six months. Sadly Mark ended up committing suicide March 6, 2010 by shooting himself in the heart. Sad end to such a great span of music that was just getting better. Listen to the beauty below in all senses of the word:

"Home Coming Queen"

"Someday I Will Treat You Good"

"Sick Of Goodbyes"

"It's A Wonderful Life"

"Dog Door (with Tom Waits)"

"Don't Take My Sunshine Away"

"Little Girl (from the Dark Night Of The Soul album)"

"Goodnight Sweetheart (from In The Fishtank)"

Hope these open your eyes and ears to a bit more than you previously knew.

Listen Up!

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