"This Life" by La Rocca

Well, on an occassion such as this, I must make my second post in one day! I just came across a video by La Rocca. I have been waiting for something by them to surface since April of 2006 when I first heard “Non-believer.” La Rocca is an Irish rock band, formed in Dublin, Ireland in 2002. Band members include Nick Haworth, Alan Redmond, and brothers Bjorn and Simon Baillie. So, off the album that will be released on Dangerbird Records (the same label for Sea Wolf) on September 30, 2008 called Ok, Okay, I give you “This Life.”


Vampire Weekend

Ok, so I am a little behind on posting the available Vampire Weekend videos. So, I am going to post them all at once for ya. A few months ago I posted “A-Punk.” That was their second official video. “Mansard Roof” was the first.

Next was “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.” I’ve watched this video several times so I was surprised when I realized I had not posted it yet.

Last but not least, the newest video, “Oxford Comma.”

Here is the same song performed by a group of students who sing a capella covers and call themselves The Carleton Singing Knights.

AND stay tuned for the video release of the new song, “White Sky.”

“The 59 Sound” by The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem is a Punk-rock band from New Jersey made up of frontman Brian Fallon, base player Alex Levine, drummer Benny Horwitz, and guitarist Alex Rosamilia. If you saw Against Me! when they came around at the tail end of their tour with the Foo Fighters you were lucky enough to see these guys as the supportive opening act. If you missed it, all you punk rock fiends can catch them on tour with Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, and Trice. Those in Houston can see it October 27th at the Verizon Wireless Theatre.

Anyway, the new album is called The 59 Sound as it is reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s with its use of soul and blues. It was released last Tuesday, August 19, 2008. It’s the second full-length album following Sink or Swim from 2007 and the SeƱor and the Queen EP from February of 2008. Here’s the official video for the title track.


"Love Is Noise" by The Verve

The Verve has a new album. Fourth is their first album since the wonderful Urban Hymns from 1997. You must remember “Bittersweet Symphony.” If not from knowing The Verve than you know it from the last scene in the movie Cruel Intentions. “Love Is Noise” is the second track and first single off the album that was released yesterday, August 26, 2008.


"Where do you go?" by Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong

Way back in February I was enjoying a song and a fun music video by these guys entitled “Lucio Starts Fires.” Then I saw them live in Austin and they did not impress me. Not to mention the fact that they took FOREVER to set up their equipment and I was ready for something worth the wait. Needless to say, I put them on the back burner and now they are trying to lure me back with this one.


"Another John Doe" by thenewno2

You Are Here is the debut album by thenewno2. It was released on August 1, 2008. The entire album was written, produced and performed by band members Dhani Harrison (George Harrison’s son) and Oliver Hecks. This single, “Another John Doe,” was released March 31, 2008 on iTunes.

Dhani is featured in the fall issue of Fashion Rocks. It’s a ten page spread titled “Here comes the Sun,” which is, of course, a Beatles song off Abbey Road written by his father.


"The Corner" by Staind

Ok, I am in LOVE with Staind’s new album, The Illusion of Progress! I posted “Believe” on August 1st. Since then I’ve been listening to the whole thing on imeem. I’m really enjoying this ballad, “The Corner.” I LOVE Aaron Lewis’ voice. There’s no video for it yet but I came across a tribute made by a high school friend of Aaron Lewis, or probably just someone who feels important by association. Hey, I’d be guilty of it too. This ‘friend’ claims that the photographs in this tribute are of the actual corner he’s referring to in the song.


"Pieces" by The Bridges

The Bridges is made up of four siblings (Natalie, Stacey, Jeremy, and Isaaca Byrd) and one cousin. Brittany Painter is the cousin and lead singer. She and the sibling harmonies make for a nice poppy-folky-country-rock sound. Limits of the Sky is their debut release.


“Angels on the Moon” by Thriving Ivory

This post is for my sister. She finally knows what she’s talking about when it comes to new popular releases because she get’s up to work-out everyday at the crack of dawn and watches VH1 JumpStart. She likes this one. So Linds, this one’s for you.

By the way, this is from Thriving Ivory’s self-titled debut released June 24, 2008.


1983 In Music

It’s my birthday!! I’m 25 today! That’s a quarter of a century folks! So, I thought I would post a ‘1983 in Music’ entry. Madonna released her self-titled debut album on July 27th in 1983 when she was 25. This album included 5 singles: “Lucky Star,” “Borderline,” “Holiday,” “Burning Up,” and “Everybody.” You can wish Madonna herself a happy birthday as she turned 50 on Saturday. If you really love her go see her Sticky and Sweet World Tour. For those in Houston it’s November 16th at Minute Maid Park.