Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Don't have to tell you, I love your precious heart

The Fruit Bats - Never Tear Us Apart
originally released by INXS on the album Kick (Atlantic, 1987)

Just stumbled over this on You Tube. This always was my favourite INXS song, perhaps even the only one I really liked. You should keep in mind that INXS is a band that I have never really checked out, just heard the random song on radio from time to time. Still, I always loved this song, and actually kind of was a bit ashamed of it, that probably was in my younger days when I thought that appearance really mattered and that you lost credibility if you listened to the wrong things. Now I simply don't care about those things and just think that great music is great music regardless of who and what might be playing it.

But I have to admit that I liked, no I actually loved the Fruit Bats rendition of this song. Better than the original I might add.

See for yourselves. You can check out the original underneath the video.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New discovery

Tall Tales and the Silver Lining - Fall In
(Beehouse Records, 2010)

This band, fronted by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Trevor Beld-Jimenez, hails from Ventura, CA. This band also really sounds like they are from Ventura, CA. For me, a music lover sitting over in cold Norway, this is the sound I hear when I dream about California. And believe me, I dream a lot about California.

Fall In is an album that grips you the first time you'll hear it, but the great thing about it is that it even get better every time you spin it. From opener "My Constant" until the closer "Love is Not a Sin" Tall Tales takes us for what feels like a drive up and down the 1o1 along the California coastline. My favourite song on the album is "What You've Found" which is a really really great jangly sixties kind of pop song.

Sometimes jangly and other times reflective, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining reminds me of a lot of other favourite bands like Vetiver, Beachwood Sparks, America and Wilco. Maybe a little touch of the good ol' Grateful Dead and Neil Young also. A great band and a great album that you probably haven't heard the last of.

Check them on myspace

Oh yeah, what about that album cover. Isn't that the best thing you've ever seen.

Friday, April 2, 2010

A compliment for you

Band of Horses - Compliments
from the forthcoming album Infinite Arms (Brown Records/Fat Possum/Columbia, 2010)

Watch the new video from one of my favourite bands Band of Horses. I really like the song and I love the video. Can't hardly wait to hear the rest of the new songs. Hopefully they'll be playing a lot of them when I'm going to see them here in Oslo the 16th of April.

Until then, here you go: