Items filtered by date: March 2018
31 Mar
Published in Song of 2day
The Frantic Five is a garage rock 'n' roll band, formed in Thessaloniki in 1994. The band is now more active than ever, releasing exquisite vinyl and throwing blasting gigs all around!
30 Mar
Published in Song of 2day
The album was a critical success, and the band toured with Metallica shortly, playing in front of huge audiences. Even so, it wasn't until the song "Epic" was released as a single in January of 1990 that Faith No More's popularity took off in the U.S., thanks in large part to heavy rotation of the video (which even received some negative attention for a brief scene of a fish flopping around out of water) on MTV. Another successful video for "Falling To Pieces" followed. Members of mega-rockers Metallica and Guns N Roses named Faith No More among their favorite rock groups. The band received a Grammy nomination for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock performance. By the end of the year, "The Real Thing" had gone platinum in the U.S.
29 Mar
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Bangalter and Homem-Christo were originally briefly in an indie rock band named Darlin'. When the group disbanded, it left the two to experiment musically with drum machines and synthesisers. The duo released their debut studio album Homework through Virgin Records in 1997 to highly positive reviews, and spawning singles "Around the World" and "Da Funk". The duo's second album Discovery was even more successful, driven by the release of the hit singles "One More Time", "Digital Love" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". In March 2005, the duo released their third album Human After All to mixed reviews. However, the singles "Robot Rock" and "Technologic" achieved considerable success in the United Kingdom.
28 Mar
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Combining literary, socially engaged texts with innovative and genre-breaking music, for nearly 40 years she has held a unique place, covered every kind of style, while at the same time maintaining her own identity on each and every recording, whether it be the samples (before sampling became a concept) and electronically treated acoustics of The Sitting Room (1982), to the ground-breaking analogue synth classics of Sleeper In Metropolis (1983) and Our Darkness (1984). Consistently looking for new ways of expression and communication through the emotion of music and language, Anne seeks to not only challenge herself but her audience also. Going between extremes of the minimal Scandinavian jazz influences of Unstill Life (1991) to the pastoral and poetic interpretations and translations of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry on Just After Sunset (1997), to the full-on electronics and sparse acoustics of The Smallest Acts Of Kindness (2008), very few artists have covered such a wide spectrum over such a long and consistent career. At the end of 2010, Anne Clark released the first chapter of a vibrant and on-going project Past & Future Tense, the first release on her own label, After Hours Productions. Rather than turning out yet another compilation or collection of back catalogue, she decided, in this special anniversary year to invite young and innovative musicians, producers and DJs to take her material, all her material, not the most obvious numbers and to not just “remix” them but completely re-interpret them. The result a fresh, exciting and contemporary view by a new generation of an artist who in her turn influenced them and their development in the endless possibilities of electronic music.
27 Mar
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Björk and Syrian singer Omar Souleyman have teamed up for a joint album to be released later this year. This will mark Souleyman's pop debut – and, presumably, his first time singing with a former member of the Sugarcubes. It's "the first-ever major western pop release to feature Syrian dabke and Iraqi choubi music", according to a press release received by Pitchfork. Beyond our excitement for the braiding of Souleyman's raucous Arabic techno and Björk's meticulous art-pop, we are equally thrilled by the mention of a "major ... release": it's one thing for Björk to issue a one-off remix download, and another if she and Souleyman have spent time recording together. All we know for the moment is that the project promises a limited 12in vinyl record, CD and digital download, before the end of 2011. Björk is Iceland's biggest musical export, but Souleyman is much less well known in the west despite a serious cult following. The Icelandic singer discovered the dabke MC on YouTube, she told NPR in 2009: "What's refreshing about [Souleyman] is the party," she said. "It's really alive and very urgent. And he's not above using synths, electronics, drum machines and YouTube. He's really eager to make something that's vibrant."
26 Mar
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Sonic Youth's sound was generated by their vast collection of unique and exclusive instruments; from guitars altered to meet the needs of the unique tunings employed to effects and amps designed to around their whims, Sonic Youth used a wide array of custom instruments in creating their sound.
25 Mar
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Xylina Spathia (Greek: Τα Ξύλινα Σπαθιά, English: The Wooden Swords) were one of the most popular Greek bands, coming from Thessaloniki, that were distinguished for their special and personal sound, which was unprecedented for the Greek music of the era. Along with Trypes, they are considered to be the most popular band in Greece, which became very popular in the 90's. Their music combines elements from pop, rock and electronic music, maintaining a Greek melodic "colour" at the same time.The personal and experiential lyrics of Pavlos Pavlidis are distinguished for their poetry and the pictures that they give.Generally the band's songs develop an emotional atmosphere, that is sometimes expressed with extroversion and bold rhythms and some others with a calm innerness. From 1993 until their break-up, in 2003, the band released 5 albums (4 studio, 1 live) and 1 CD single. Although they had a big commercial success from early on, the group avoided to get exposed to the media and maintained their artistic autonomy, seeking to evolve their sound from album to album and during their live performances, where they used to experiment and improvise with their songs. The original line-up of the group consisted of: Pavlos Pavlidis (vocals, guitar), Vasilis Gountaroulis (keyboards, samplers), Christos Tsaprazis (bass) and Panos Tolios (drums, percussion 1993-1997). Members of the band had also been: Stavros Rossopoulos (guitar 1993-1994), Takis Kanellos (drums 1997), Giannis Mitsis (drums 1998-2003), Kostas Pantelis (guitar 2000-2003) and Nikos Kyriakopoulos (percussion, backing vocals 2001-2003). Session musicians that appeared in the band's albums are: Dimos Gountaroulis (cello), Giorgos Tolios (percussion), Giorgos Papazoglou (percussion), Rita Hatzinikoli (percussion), Fotis Siotas (violin) and Aristeidis Hatzistavrou (classical guitar).
24 Mar
Published in Song of 2day
Molly Nilsson (born Lilly Molly Maria Nilsson 14 December 1984) is a Swedish singer-songwriter and musician. She has an independent record label — Dark Skies Association, founded in 2009. Nilsson currently resides in Berlin, Germany. Nilsson writes her own songs and produces her own music, video-clips and album covers and organizes her tours herself. She also manage her own independent record label Dark Skies Association.
23 Mar
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Tony Simon, better known by his stage name Blockhead, is an American hip hop record producer and disc jockey from Manhattan, New York. Aside from his solo efforts released on the Ninja Tune label, he is most associated with producing tracks for Aesop Rock. He has been a member of the groups such as Party Fun Action Committee and The Mighty Jones.Simon was born and raised in Downtown Manhattan.He is the son of the late Sidney Simon, a well-known sculptor in New York City, and Renee Adriance, a social worker.He has one brother and five half siblings. At a young age, he loved hip hop in both the lyrical and musical aspects. In his early teens, Simon and his friends formed a group called the Overground, where he started making music.As an aspiring rapper, he enrolled in Boston University and encountered Aesop Rock, another BU student. At this point, Simon quit rapping and focused on producing music. According to him, his stage name comes from the shape of his head: "While it's not square, it's pretty close."
22 Mar
Published in Song of 2day
Lord Huron is an American indie folk band based in Los Angeles. The group's debut album, Lonesome Dreams, was released in 2012 on Iamsound in the US and Play It Again Sam in UK and Ireland in January 2013. The band’s name was inspired by Lake Huron, the lake which band founder Ben Schneider grew up visiting, where he would spend evenings playing music around the campfire.The band's third album, Vide Noir, will release on April 20, 2018.
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