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Electric Litany To Release New Album, Stream New Single

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London-based four-piece Electric Litany are critical darlings, considered to be a “cult band on the rise,” with the likes of Alan Parsons (The Beatles, Pink Floyd) describing them as “the next Radiohead.”

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Sterling Fox Releases Radiohead Cover

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Alt-rock psych-pop artist Sterling Fox just released his cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” the first of several standalone singles set to release throughout the first half of 2015. You can stream the track below.

You may recall Sterling Fox is a renowned writer/producer, penning hits for artists like Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, Avicii, and Madonna, as well as being the mastermind behind the Gym Class Heroes’ ear worm, “Stereo Hearts (ft. Adam Levine).”

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Sky White Tiger Releases New Single

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Singer/songwriter Sky White Tiger recently released his latest single, “Don’t Matter Much,” from his recently released EP, Child Of Fire. You may recognize Sky White Tiger’s name from his performances and tours with Radiohead, Bowie, Polyphonic Spree, St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear, and more. Now, he’s putting his all into his solo act.

Watch the lyric video for the new single below!

 

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day One-Hundred! (The Grand Finale)

It’s here! The final day of the challenge, and the only day with more than ten songs on it! I am so excited for today’s playlist because it is the end. Only eleven more songs to go…

1. Viva La Vida – Coldplay

I can prove my neediness in saying that when this song came out, I proclaimed it the centerpiece of my history homework playlist….and anytime I read a book about history (because I love history), this song gets put on. Not only are the vocals amazing, but the lush music and the way it seems to capture this aspect of history and legend just makes this stand out. It’s easily one of Coldplay’s finest songs.

2. Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine

This is a song I play typically when I go for a run (“Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father, run for the children, for your sisters and brothers…”). I love the power behind this song. Florence Welch has vocals that are beyond enviable, and the range she expresses on “Dog Days…” is incredible. Add in the gorgeous music and unique personality brought out even further by every line and every note, and this is a classic.

3. The Fear – Lily Allen

Lily Allen has many great songs, but I must admit, The Fear is hands down, one of my favorite songs she has ever come out with. She is great at providing social commentary, but this song really pushes the limits that little bit further, with sarcasm oozing out of every line. It’s brilliant. In fact, It’s Not Me, It’s You may have been the best album she ever released.

4. Summertime Clothes – Animal Collection

Well, you can’t finish off the 1001 Songs Challenge without at least one more “Do I like this or do I not?” track. I’m pretty sure I like it. The introduction is a bit bizarre, but once the vocals kick in, there’s something intriguing about that does draw you in. It doesn’t seem to fit in with the songs on today’s playlist (so far), but I suppose it stands out in a good way.

5. Rain Dance – The Very Best ft. M.I.A.

I’ve never been a big M.I.A. fan; nothing personal against her, it’s just not my cup of tea. However, I do quite like this track for how unfamiliar its sound is to me. I like songs that strike me as different, and this definitely fits the bill. Of course, the vocal harmonies of The Very Best are really what kept me entertained throughout the track.

6. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

One of the only Jay-Z songs (that isn’t with Linkin Park) that I will ever say I love. The pounding piano melodies and electric vocals, the rapping that seems to fit perfectly, and the anthemic tone of the song are amazing. This is why this song has become the song in New York (next to “New York, New York” of course). Add on to the fact that without this song, we may never have had Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.”

“It’s so great that ‘Empire State of Mind’ is huge and that everybody has the New York song, but what the fuck? What about LA? What about California? And it’s been a minute since we’ve had a California song and especially from a girl’s perspective. We took the references of Prince, which is always a great reference, and we took a lot of the ’90s, … almost that house music, some of those references.” – Katy Perry to Rolling Stone, April 2010.

7. Tenalle Chegret – Tinariwen

Apparrently, this means “The Long Thread.” What I like about this is the obvious blues influence. It almost strikes me as odd that the American market wouldn’t pick up on this, if not at least for film soundtracks, especially as they could have remixed it to be an even cooler track. It has obvious appeal to it. Musically, the blues aspect is incredible, and the vocal harmonies are even more impressive. There’s definitely something to be said for Tinariwen’s sound; they’re strong and consistent in their style, not wavering in overall tone either.

8. Harry Patch (In Memory Of) – Radiohead

Radiohead have this profound ability to haunt and inspire. On “Harry Patch (In Memory Of),” there is a lush melody that sounds fit for something like Les Miserables. It is truly gorgeous. Thom Yorke’s soft, brinking on high-pitched vocals add extra dimension to the track overall, further presenting a melancholy, but heroic tale, penned to be from the perspective of a WWI soldier in the trenches (Patch). It’s probably one of the best tributes I’ve ever heard, being both deeply heartfelt and inspiring. This is more of what should have been put into the 1001 Songs… book; more songs that made people feel something.

9. Go Do – Jonsi

I remember hearing this a lot when it was on trailers for films and such, and I loved it. I am happy to say that I still do. It is a great track. Jonsi has an amazing vocal range, and when paired with such stunning instrumentation (worthy of a whimsical score), I feel like he cannot go wrong. There is something about this song that seems to mix a million emotions into one, covering a full spectrum and illuminating my headphones with pure power. In many ways, the thing that makes this track stand out best is the way it accomplishes so much without sounding like it’s been overthought. The arrangement of the whole thing sounds so natural and beautiful, it is hard to resist.

10. Me & The Devil – Gil Scott-Heron

Bluesy with an ominous tone that will both haunt and delight you. Gil Scott-Heron has a really gruff quality to his voice that makes it sound both fresh and classic, if that makes any sense. There is also a very well-written/delivered spoken-word poem at the end of the song, which just adds to the pure quality of the overall track.

 

And last but not least (well, maybe least, we’ll have to see what the song is…):

The 1001st song:

Stylo – The Gorillaz

This is supposedly about over-population, which I can kind of get from the lyrics. Bobby Womack and Mos Def appear on the track, which probably helped it in terms of popularity amongst people who weren’t already into The Gorillaz. It has a funk undertone to it that really gives it an edge that may not have previously existed. However, the same could probably be said for the vocals, which all meld wonderfully. I also like the classic hip-hop style that is easy to kind of pull from the track. Pretty good way to finish off the challenge, especially as this has been an OVERLOAD of songs.

 

 

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And that’s all for the show folks! G-g-g-goodbye now!

Just kidding (kind of). This week, I am hoping to make a video about the 1001 Songs Challenge and what I liked, hated, and wish I’d seen more of. I will also be going back through every entry and piecing together a list of my favorites from the overall challenge.

If you’ve followed along with me, please #1001SongsPS and let me know what you thought about the whole damned thing. 😉

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Ninety

So now that I’m all caught up, I am all ears, without distraction, on today’s playlist. Now that the end seems very near, and I can actually see the end, I am both excited and sad. I am excited to get an hour of my day back, as well as to have completed this challenge. However, I am also sad, because now the challenge is over, and I won’t know what to do with myself (total lie: working hard, more writing, and maybe even picking up my guitar or key-board again….). Let’s begin!

1. F*ck The Pain Away – Peaches

Yup. We’re starting today off with the F-bomb. It is hard to believe that this is actually a one-woman band. It’s not to say this song is awful, but it’s really not my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, I like that she promotes staying in school, but I couldn’t listen to this on a run or something…or imagine what it would be like in concert. Do I even want to?

2. Feel Good Hit of The Summer – Queens of The Stone Age

I remember my cousin playing me this song; she was going through a bit of a rocker stage, and when she showed me Queens of The Stone Age, I was monumentally confused as to why a group of men were calling themselves “Queens” (“…But they’re men! Shouldn’t they be ‘Kings of The Stone Age’?”) Let’s keep in mind, I was between the ages of five and seven when I asked my cousin this question to which she really didn’t have an answer. This is one of those songs I’m not overly sold on. I love how catchy the instrumental is, but the vocals don’t really do anything for me.

3. Ms. Jackson – OutKast

Okay, it took me a few minutes to remember this one, because I really just wanted to listen to Panic! At The Disco’s “Ms. Jackson,” that is so frigging catchy. OutKast’s version is memorable, to say the least. I think most people remember it for it’s “I am for real…” line, but I’m really not crazy about this song. I’ve never really been into it either. However, I do like that it is a man’s plea to the mother of the girl he has hurt, with an apologetic tone.

4. Romeo – Basement Jaxx

While the vocals on this track are very well-done, I found the song to be a bit too repetitive, especially with a forgettable instrumental. I find this to be a bit of a shame, because I do like the overall feeling behind the song; “letting go” of a breakup and moving on.

5. Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue

With a mom who was a big Kylie Minogue fan, I had to listen to this song more than once. It is pretty catchy, in all fairness, with it’s memorable dance beats, “la la la”s, that surprisingly has held up well over the years. Of course, it launched Kylie Minogue (and the rest of her family, funny enough), into the global spotlight, and influenced a plethora of dance-pop artists.

6. Vuelvo al sur – Gotan Project

A very well done instrumental. I was impressed by the quality of the music, the visual it painted with each note, and just the overall style it had. After a lot of songs that haven’t really suited my listening tastes, it was nice to hear one that had a real feeling behind it. When the vocals eventually do kick in they are velvety smooth to perfection. What I love about Gotan Project is that they produce brilliant tango music, adding beats to it that you would never even think of placing in a typical tango track. This is an innovative group.

7. Clandestino – Manu Chao

The singing featured in “Clandestino” are lovely to listen to, and almost make the topic of immigration sound pretty. Despite only being about two and a half minutes long, it immediately packs a punch musically.

8. Iag bari – Fanfare Ciocarlia

“The Big Longing,” I am told this means. Starting off with hearty instrumental, added in with muted vocals that seem to build, this is a surprisingly catchy tune. In a similar vein as Gotan Project, there is definitely a dance element there, just thrown in with more of a traditional feel. However, I find that the blending of the multi cultured members all bring about a track that is just as innovative as something Gotan Project would put out.

9. Oica la o Senhor Vinho – Mariza

Beautifully done, with plenty of melodic style and gorgeous, controlled vocals. Not only is this lovely to listen to, but it has a classic feel that I can barely imagine the 2000s being capable of producing. It is a wonderful tune that I imagine being suited to many generations. That’s what makes a true classic; when it can cross generations the way this song can.

10. You and Whose Army? – Radiohead

Never a bad thing to finish off a playlist with some Radiohead. “You and Whose Army?” is both wonderfully melodic and truly haunting. It has a presence to it, which is no easy feat when it comes to penning a song. The vocals definitely add to the eerie feel of the song. I could listen to this for hours on end without a problem.

 

And so ends Day Ninety of the challenge. I feel like today was half a good mix and half…not so great. It probably doesn’t help that I am completely exhausted and just want to listen to one of my own mixes, but I just really didn’t think tonight’s playlist was on par with previous nights. The main disappointing thing is that so many great songs have been missed out, and most likely at the expense of putting in some really awful ones.

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Eighty-Six

I know, I’m catching up all at once. Tuesday was the day from hell. It was a day where I experienced loss in a way I never had before–with weepy eyes, sore muscles, and the desperate urge to sleep the days away. Thankfully, I am getting out of my funk, and ready to go again. The 90s are flying by, and before I know it, I will probably have to make a video for the 2000s.

 

1. Block Rockin’ Beats – The Chemical Brothers

While the beats on this track are good, if not reminiscent of a spy-film from the early 2000s, if I had to hear the same line again and again (which this song does), more than once today, I think I would sooner stick in ear plugs all day. I need more variety lyrically, if I’m honest. However, as said, the beats are good, and there is definitely something cinematic about the instrumental portion of this song.

2. Breakdown – Mariah Carey

I was wondering when Mariah Carey would pop up on this list, with her high pitched vocal runs and diva-style. “Breakdown” definitely has an original sound, although it doesn’t seem very original now that we’ve got Ariana Grande on the scene, with most people pointing out she may be Mariah 2.0. Either way, there is a vulnerability and honesty to this song that garners it easily half, if not all the respect that it deserves.

3. Chan Chan – Buena Vista Social Club ft. Compay Segundo

Beautifully unexpected from the 90s. I honestly didn’t see a song with such a classic feel to be on the list. The guitars and vocals on this track are stunning; the instrumental is lush, while the group dynamics of the vocals really round out the song overall.

4. Between The Bars – Elliot Smith

Soft, but a stand-out track. Elliot Smith puts forth a style that is both endearing and haunting. I really liked this one, and I think it is a perfect fit in the 90s, showing the rising popularity of the more indie sound and scene.

5. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys

I’ve grown up with this song playing, but the one memory that clearly stands out to me when I hear this is when I was doing my personal training course. One of the guys in my class had great mixes that he used to play when we all worked out. One day, this came on, and we all just kind of froze. Not this guy though; the person you’d least expect knew every bit of choreography and danced his little hear out, singing as loudly as he could. This song is one that everyone knows, showing the rise of the boy band. Most people dance to this like it is the dance anthem of the century, but what do you think?

6. 4, 3, 2, 1 – LL Cool J ft. Method Man, Redman, Canibus, and DMX

Not my least favorite hip-hop track by far. Mind you, I tend to enjoy LL Cool J, and I do think this song is pretty catchy, although that could be the subtle reggae beats that paint the song with a bit more character.

7. Simarik – Tarkan

Very dance-friendly, laced with rhythm. Tarkan’s vocal ability is strong, and even if you don’t understand what he is singing about, it’s easy to become a bit entranced. Of course, most of us are probably more familiar with Stella Soleil’s English cover, “Kiss Kiss.” However, as good as the cover is, it comes off a bit like a dish that seems to be missing just a little bit of something.

8. Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls

This was a childhood anthem for me. My cousin and I loved to dance to this as kids…and watch The Spice Girls Movie on repeat. No matter who you are, you have to admit that this is a fun song to use act goofy to. The group vocals are fantastic though, and the Spice Girls were also a complete machine. They weren’t just a band, they were a BRAND, redefining marketing for other acts/artists.

9. Given To Fly – Pearl Jam

At the start, this seems as though it has the potential to be quite melancholy. However, as that music comes crashing in with a power, there is a euphoric musical epiphany that opens the song up to be a lot more than it is. Every time I hear this song, it reminds me why I love Pearl Jam, and why this song is so well done; it shows a shift in their sound, while also managing to still sound like a Pearl Jam track. Of course, most people will comment on the obvious Led Zeppelin influence, but I think it still manages to hold its own against the classic rock band.

10. Paranoid Android – Radiohead

Radiohead seem to produce eerily creative tracks with ease. “Paranoid Android” is definitely a perfect sequel to “Creep,” with just as much attitude and style. The guitar is impressive as hell, but it’s the general vibe of the song, and the way it seems to slip in and out of different tones that make it such an intriguing, powerful listen.

 

While I really enjoyed listening to this playlist, I know I could not have listened to it on Tuesday. I just didn’t have the energy, or even the patience to listen. I know for fact that the more boppy tunes would have been spoken about with a melancholy tone, which is not what this challenge is about.

Overall, Tuesday’s playlist more fits my memories of the 90s, but also s0me of the songs I enjoy the most on my iTunes. What did you think?

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Seventy-Seven

Nothing like a good Sunday. Mine was pretty decent, at least…even if I did get caught in the rain. I went out today and got some new sneakers from Nike, which I’m super excited about it, as well as some Under Armor gear. However, the heavens fully opened when I was leaving and I got DRENCHED. Then I came home, got ready for the movies, and went out to see Tammy, which was great, by the way.

But anyway, enough about the 21st century. Let’s get back to the last decade of the 20th!

1. Move Any Mountain–Progen 91 – The Shamen

In my honest opinion, I feel as though this band wasn’t sure what genre they were aiming for, if they had a target in mind at all. Don’t get me wrong, the song was lyrically impressive enough to be enjoyable, but the instrumental wasn’t really my cup of tea. But the message of the song was good; definitely empowering.

2. How I Could Just Kill a Man – Cypress Hill

Hip-hop all the way, although it does incorporate an edgier guitar. I must admit, I was slightly impressed by the seamless blending of two tones. The chorus isn’t very well done, but I won’t harp on about that.

3. Cop Killer – Body Count

Very aggressive, especially in reference to the police. While I understand the aggression towards officers who used discrimination as a means of deciding who was guilty and who was innocent, I wasn’t remotely amused by how violent this song was. I would understand if it was a matter of survival, but killing/violence is just not something I condone.

4. Pretend We’re Dead – L7

With a grunge/punk attitude, the introduction alone makes a strong selling point. The vocals may not seem that strong, but there is a Joan Jett-feel to them. It’s pretty catchy, at least.

5. My Drug Buddy – Lemonheads

What a great 90’s song. It really is a classic, if you think about it. The vocals are great, especially when both the female and male vocals harmonize during the chorus. I could honestly just keep playing this.

6. Shake Your Head – Was (Not Was)

I’m starting to think the 90s were more dance-music obsessed than I had ever thought. I daresay the 90s could hold their own with the recent “dance music” craze. It’s not bad, it just sounds like something I’d expect to hear in an older gym. When the lyrics kick in, I’m surprised to hear some solid vocals that definitely hold their own. I definitely started to enjoy it more when the vocals kicked in.

7. Motorcycle Emptiness – Manic Street Preachers

The more alternative-rock style of this track is more my style than the previous track. I just love the instrumentation and how it perfectly frames the strong vocals and lyrics. This is catchy and amped up in a way that, while very 90s, carries a modern feel to it.

8. Creep – Radiohead

This is a classic. I love this song. Not loving “Creep” would be like not loving koala bears or something; it would just be bizarre. There is such a unique, demanding presence to the track; every line seems to pull you in.

9. Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine

I’m not sure if I love this because it has a rock-rap crossover feel, or if I don’t really want to listen to it. In all fairness, I feel like this may have ignited a bit of the trend we see now in rock music, but it’s also the type where you have to be in the mood for a track like this.

10. Connected – Stereo MC’s

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it. It was a boppy, clever song that I enjoyed both musically and, despite its repetitiveness, the lyrics.

 

Well, after the eventful Sunday I’ve had, it was nice to chill out and listen to some music. Now to gear up for Monday. What songs do you jam out to on rainy Sundays? I normally go to softer music during storms, especially if they have a nice guitar solo.

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SXSW Takeover: Chugg Music Showcase

The buzz for the last few weeks is all around South By Southwest (SXSW), which kicks off on March 7th! Rather than release information day by day, Planet Stereo is going full-on SXSW today so that you can get all of the latest news on the artists that will be floating around the event. SXSW Takeover Time! For more, please check us out on Facebook.

 

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Celebrating Chuggi’s 50 Years in Rock & Roll, Chugg Entertainment is excited to announce the line-up of this year’s official “SXSW 2014 Chugg Music Showcase.” The showcase will be held at TenOak (409 Colorado St.) on Thursday, March 13th from 7pm – 2am, featuring bands from Australia, Canada, and the United States. The showcase line-up includes The Griswolds, Lime Cordiale, Sidney York, The Creases, Parade of Lights, and JP hoe. To RSVP for the showcase, please visit: http://bit.ly/1mwabqd.

 On February 20th, in a major move to expand into the US market, Michael Chugg announced on that Chugg Music will launch their label in North America on 25th February, which as since contributed to their international growth, with distribution by Super D / Alliance and MGM.

Chugg Music has been instrumental in helping to launch the international careers of many of its artists, including platinum selling five-piece, Sheppard, and Sydney indie-pop group, The Griswolds. Chugg Music also represents Deep Sea Arcade, Hey Geronimo, Major Leagues, Lime Cordiale (recently featured as one of four ‘must-see’ Australian acts of the festival on the official SXSW website), and have recently signed New Zealand folk-pop band, Avalanche City (Gold album, #1 in NZ).

Michael Chugg is a well-known public figure in his own right, running the PR machine for many of his tours and often being the media’s ‘go to man’ for opinion on the music industry or the state of the nation. After co-founding the Frontier Touring Company in the mid 1970s, Michael Chugg went out on his own in 2000 and founded Chugg Entertainment, from there going on to garner a reputation both internationally and on home soil as one of Australia’s most prominent rock promoters. From club shows to stadiums, festivals, special events and everything in between, Michael Chugg and his business partner Matthew Lazarus-Hall have worked with some of the world’s biggest acts from Elton John, Robbie Williams, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Bette Midler, Prince, Coldplay and Radiohead.  The company has also co-promoted some of the biggest charity events Australia has seen including Wave Aid, Live Earth and Sound Relief.

 

Showcase Lineup: 

8pm                JP hoe

9pm                Lime Cordiale

10pm              Sidney York

11pm              The Creases

12am              The Griswolds

1am                 Parade of lights

 

Keep up with Chugg Entertainment on social media:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chuggentertainment

Twitter – https://twitter.com/ChuggEnt

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TRACK: Lake Malawi – “Always June”

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Lake Malawi is the brand new band that is going to leave you in awe. Led by a two-time MTV Award Winner and two-time Nominee, Albert Cerny, the band seems to be on the path to success, having already opened for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, performing at the Great Escape Festival, as well as garnering support for The Guardian and VICE Magazine, and being promoted by Coldplay.com. It would seem that this band cannot be slowed down.

Produced by Charlie Russell and Brad Spence (Alt-j, Radiohead, Kasabian, Coldplay, Beady Eye), the upcoming debut single “Always June” is the epitome of modern indie-pop-rock. From the opening notes, listeners will find themselves entranced, but it is truly enchanting when the song really kicks in. There is something very human in the emotions expressed; a desperation, and an inner-battle.

The beats steadily and subtly placed in the background round the song out, and it’s this effect that bring it full circle. A beautiful addition to any playlist, it will soon be on everyone’s iTunes Repeat List. With the contrast between the optimistic and upbeat lyrics and the almost bittersweet, melancholy lyrics, Lake Malawi make it incredibly difficult to resist their refreshing sound.

It will be available everywhere for sale and download on 23/03/2014, but you can check it out below!

 

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/lakemalawimusic/always-june

 

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