Spotlight: Man Made

Man Made aka Nile Marr is only 19 yet has accomplished so much, having shared a stage with Broken Social Scene and Bright Eyes the young musician is now heading out on tour in January and February with none other than Howler. His music is lo-fi and moody yet it is exhilarating and refreshing, a real talent that won’t be hidden for long.

Check out his Facebook page here for tour details and to stream his EP.

Man Made’s EP is also available on iTunes.

“Don’t Thank God”

“Do Your Worst”

 

Top 15 Alternative Christmas Songs!

The Coca Cola advert has now been aired on TV which means Christmas is here. So I thought I would create a list of alternative Christmas songs where you can escape from the repeated drones of ‘Mistletoe and Wine’ and ‘Fairytale of New York’. Enjoy.

1. Low – Just Like Christmas

2. She and Him – Sleigh Ride

3. Mew – Snow Brigade

4. Bright Eyes – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

5. Death Cab For Cutie – Baby Please Come Home

6. Hot Hot Heat – Christmas Day In The Sun

7. Glasvegas – A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)

8. Rilo Kiley – Christmas Cake

9. The Wombats – Is This Christmas?

10. Sufjan Stevens – Put The Lights On The Tree

11. The Walkmen – No Christmas While I’m Talking

12. Bright Eyes –Blue Christmas

13. Oasis – Merry Xmas Everybody

14. Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas

15. The Killers –¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!

The Best and Worst Gigs

I like to flitter away my money on going to concerts, so I thought I would give a list of my top 5 best and worst performances.

We’ll start with the Bad:

  1. Warpaint – Anyone who read my Leeds Festival 2011 review will know what I made of this band that makes you suicidal.
  2. Bromheads– They tried their best bless ’em, on a positive I got to meet the drummer.
  3. McFly – I swear I was forced against my will with a gun pointed to my head. Still lots of alcohol numbed the pain (and screaming from my friend).
  4. The Qemists – Just shocking.
  5. Dizzee Rascal – Saw him at Leeds Festival 2010 and whilst some of his songs are ok, he just brought out the t*** in people.

Now for when spending the dosh makes it worth it:

  1. The Libertines – All dreams came true when The Libertines got back together and they didn’t disappoint.
  2. The Subways – It was raw, sweaty and powerful.
  3. Queens of the Stone Age – Josh Homme is one of the best guitarists
  4. Bright Eyes – Fulfilled my teenage dream seeing one of my favourite artists.
  5. Cage The Elephant – What an excellent front man.
  6. The Felice Brothers – OK this is a slight cheat but I got to see them on my birthday, was at the front,  painted the town red  and got to talk to the drummer.

The 10 Best Rain Songs

So it’s been a miserable week so far weather wise and in the spirit of the rain, which seems to be signalling the end of summer, I have made a list of the ten best songs containing the word rain in the title.

1.The Vines Rainfall – A little bit of a slower outing for the garage rockers.

2.The Jesus and Mary Chain Happy When It Rains – Who thought The Jesus and Mary Chain could ever be happy? It might be lyrically depressing but still an epic tune.

3.Led Zeppelin The Fool in the Rain – It’s Led Zeppelin enough said.

4.Regina Spektor Raindrops – A stripped down piano song that plinks along rather nicely.

5.Willie Nelson Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Just a really lovely slow country song.

6.Simon Joyner The Rain Asked For A Holiday – An intense song rich in colour and themes. 

7.The Cribs Curse The English Rain – My favourite lads from Wakefield create an upbeat indie rock anthem for those rainy days.

8.Bob Dylan Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Do I really need to explain this one?

9.Bright Eyes & Britt Daniels (of Spoon) Spent on Rainy Days – Great minds come together for this song that bursts to life after 30 seconds and last just over two minutes.

10.Ryan Adams Damn Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains) – A short slow song coming in at just over 2 minutes but its two minutes of pure pleasure.

Bright Eyes at the Royal Albert Hall – A Review

With dimmed lights, Denny Brewer’s voice resonated throughout the hall, you could feel that tonight was going to be amazing. Then appeared the band, surrounded by an impressive light show, that gave the effect of something very spiritual. Oberst appears to have grown up a lot in the past few years and this can be seen in his performance tonight, as he seems to genuinely enjoy himself as he runs, twists and turns on the stage as opposed to incoherent rants                                                                        and falling off the stage.

Tonight the songs sounded far better than the albums, partly due to the band itself and partly due to the excellent acoustics within the Royal Albert Hall. Lasting over two hours, the set list too seems very well planned, blending old and new giving the fans exactly what they want.

But the highlight has to be the final two songs: Road to Joy and One For You, One For Me. With Road to Joy exciting the crowd whilst one for you left the them in awe, as he touched and hugged them. After leaving the stage, Denny Brewer’s voice once again made an appearance, whilst everyone in the sold out hall stood for an ovation. A once in a lifetime concert that surpassed expectations.