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16-11-2011: Album Feist - Metals


Think it's 2 weeks ago now that I received my copy of Metals, the highly praised new album by Feist (beautiful website, you should check it out!). As always I am slow with my review of the album, basically because I don’t see the point in it. Anyone remotely interested in 2011s music will have read a review on this album and it was probably a positive one, cuz I don’t think I’ve read any bad review yet. Although I make a habit of going against the grain, I can only agree with the rest of the world on this one. This is a beautiful album.



The first few spins I had to get used to it a little and I was expecting it perhaps to be too slow for me, but I can honestly say that I love every moment on it. I listen on a daily bases and I have never been bored or annoyed by one bit. It would be a possible Best of 2011-album, but the not being annoyed by it actually makes this less inspiring than the other competitors. The other great albums of the year took time to win me over, Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes being the best example here, I really had to force that album upon myself a few times. Eventually it won me over and I am completely in love with it and there is a fair chance this is the album that has received the most airtime all year @pluginbabynl HQ.



Metals however was pretty brilliant from the 3rd spin I gave it & has continued to stay brilliant. It makes me wonder though, if I will still love it as intense in a few months, as I do now. Everyone knows that love and appreciation grows if something takes more time and effort, I’m not sure this also counts for albums, as I can not tell the future, but it’s a good thing I still have a few weeks left to decide on this matter. For now, I can only agree with blogs and magazines around the globe, this is Feist’s best album (so far) and she will definately score high on year lists. As she should!


14-11-2011: Monday Morning Kick-Off [MM-KO] White Denim - No Real Reason



Monday Morning Kick-Off with a nice track that starts off easy, but gets a little tougher with every minute that passes. perfect for a Monday morning, cuz this is basically how the Monday works, right? Have a good one with this cool track by White Denim (whose singers voice really reminds me of Keith Caputo).


13-11-2011: Bad Passion - Liquid Fire


Bad Passion - Liquid Fire

Bad Passion is a new project by Digits. This time he's teamed up with Lesley (who also does other things) and just like his solo-EP, this is a very nice & intimate collection of great songs. If i had to make a choice i'd probably enjoy this collaboration better than the solo-EP, but it's no easy pick. Go listen for yourself, get a free download of the entire EP at their website.


13-11-2011: EP Schradinova @ Kytopia


Janne Schra aka Schradinova recording her song 'Beat the devil' in the Kytopia Studio. They recorded 5 songs together and all songs are equally beautiful. It is a combination of talents so logical, that it made me wonder why i was so surprised to find out it works so well. It is 20 minutes of great music, clearly enjoyed as much by the musicians themselves as by the listeners (at least by me, that is..). Download the full (free) EP at kytopia.com!


11-11-2011: R. Kelly - Shut Up


R. Kelly - Shut Up

Great new R. Kelly-track in the style of his only great album U Saved Me. He gets back at his critics & shouts out to his fans. Good 'comeback'!


10-11-2011: Album Small Houses - North


Sometimes i come across an album that is so breathtaking, that it seem the word 'beautiful' has been invented just to describe this specific record. This is Music (with a capital M) that is probably best enjoyed at night, although i've been caught listening to it all times of the day since it was released just a little over a month ago. This album does something really special to me, something i can't describe in any way, i can only relate it to the feeling i had last year with All alone in an Empty House by Lost In The Trees. An album so rich and so special that it doesn't matter when and where i hear it, i'm instantly in love-mode, just beacuse the music does it to me. An album that i listen to so intense, that i hardly realize that it's going to end sometimes. And when it ends, it feels like waking up after a beautiful dream.

My girlfriend recently told me that i write about music sometimes in a way that she would like me to write about her. therefor i will stop explaining now why i absolutely love this album, i don't want her to be jealous. listen. love.


10-11-2011: Cities & States - Ghost Town


Just like the previous post was just about 2 great songs, here's another one. Cities & States have released a few nice songs throughout the year, but Ghost Town is surely the finest. It's easy-going indiepop that's not groundbreaking, but pleasently on the ears. And ain't that what music is all about..?


10-11-2011: New Hands - This I've Heard / Through the Woodwork


Sometimes a song is just a good song. New Hands have succesfully crafted two and were kind enough to share it with the world. Not a clue of they can see the number of plays the songs get on their bandcamp-page, but i succesfully added about 7 or 8 in the last 2 hours, and i would probably add another few dozens if i didn't download the tracks just now. Hope this young band comes up with more of this, cuz if i'm enjoying it, i can't be alone..!


07-11-2011: EP Alabama Shakes - Alabama Shakes EP


Perfectly beautiful in a whole different way than my previous described love for The White album is this 4-track EP by The Alabama Shakes. But not an inch less beautiful. One of the best voices i've heard all year supported by an extremely talented band has made this EP a 14-minute trip i can take over and over again. The Alabama Shakes are definately on their way to greatness, cuz there's no way this band is not gonna make themselves millions of new fans. This is an EP best played as loud as your stereo can take, whatever time of day it is. But it doesn't really matter how, when of where you'll play this, just as long as you listen to it. It deserves to be heard. Simply brilliant EP, can't wait to hear more!


07-11-2011: EP The White Album - The Album


It is such a strange thing that this incredibly beautiful folk album was released mid-summer. On July 29th to be precise. That albumcover of a home in the snow fits perfectly, as this EP is best enjoyed in the deep dark cold night. I know it, cuz i've been doing it for a few weeks now. These 6 songs are each beauties in their own way and one can only hope that this Danish 3-piece band releases more material soon. If you like the softer Fleet Foxes-tracks, this is the best band to listen to, and me personally i can't get enough of what The White Album has released. Dare i use the word Masterpiece? I dare. With a capital M!


07-11-2011: Monday Morning Kick-Off [MM-KO] Cannon Bros - Out Of Here


Been listening to this Cannon Bros-track for some time now and i really like it. It's part of a 6-track EP released August last year, so it's a little older than most stuff on the blog, but it's to good to ignore. Besides, it seems they're releasing a debut album in the near future, so that does make this a legit moment to write about it, cuz the other 5 tracks of that (free) EP are as good as this one and if the band releases an album with the same high quality songs it's gonna be a good one. Check out their bandcamp-page for the full free album. It's worth it!


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