All posts tagged: Music

Headphones at the Ready: November 2017 Vol.II 

Contrary to last week (see Headphones at the Ready: November 2017 Vol.I), a number of this week’s new releases actually had me smiling contentedly and tapping my feet to the beat on the train downtown, last Friday night. Here’s a quick heads up – re: a couple of the latest albums I really think you should check out. Paloma Faith – The Architect (Deluxe)   Blue Lips – Tove Lo Now, I’ve been a Paloma Faith fan ever since ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful’ was released, back in 2009 (and my faith – no pun intended – in her has just been renewed by this latest offering) but Tove Lo had somehow managed to fly under my radar – until sometime in early 2017, when I chanced upon ‘Cool Girl’ on Google Play Music and looked her up. I like my pop a little dark sometimes so I appreciated the vibe I got from her – and when I saw this I just knew I had to check it out. Suffices to …

Headphones at the Ready: November 2017 Vol.I

It’s official: This week’s new album releases have failed me, miserably. Corrs’ “Jupiter Calling” had me crying a little inside, with only a couple of the songs mildly reminding me of what I once loved about the band, “Synthesis” by Evanescence was mildly better, but still nothing to write home about and what I heard of Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” was most definitely no “1989”. So… this week’s Headphones at the Ready is going to be all about the singles, instead. There, at least, things proved to be slightly more encouraging… Here is, in no particular order what caught my attention: Tokyo – Dan Croll Weightless – Adam French Lemon to a Knife Fight – The Wombats Good Together – Shy Martin Strangers – Sigrid  

Headphones at the Ready: Halsey ~ Badlands

I have just realized how long it has been since I last did a ‘Headphones at the Ready’ post, so today I thought I’d introduce you to a great new artist I discovered a couple of weeks ago: Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (aka. Halsey), a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from New Jersey. I was online, replying to comments and checking out new followers’ blogs, when I bumped into a post featuring the video for ‘Ghost’ – a ‘Room 93‘ EP song and one of the first singles to come out of ‘Badlands‘, Halsey’s first proper album (I’d love to link back to said blog post but can’t, since I failed to make a note of the URL at the time). Long story short, I clicked on the video, was immediately drawn in and opened up YouTube to check her out some more. Turns out ‘Badlands’ is pretty amazing. Officially classified as electro-pop, her music is ethereal and gritty, all at the same time. She kind of reminds me of Glasgow- based Chvrches (another amazing band, by the way) …

Headphones at the Ready: February 2015

Introducing a new feature sometimes takes a bit of catching up (as evident from my last post). Completing the process, here are my February favorite new album releases: Now, I have just realised I can directly post albums and playlists from Spotify here (and, hopefully, they’ll work), so I’ll try that for this post. Do let me know if you face any problems or if you just prefer the Spotify/ Soundcloud combo of the January post, though. Note that the Elwins’ ‘Play for Keeps’ album is not included in the above playlist, since I couldn’t find it on Spotify. You can, however, listen to it here if you’re so inclined. Enjoy and let me know what you thought (or if you share any of my favorites)!

Headphones at the Ready: January 2015

January was a bit of a “slow” month for me, music wise, but it did usher in a couple of new releases I enjoyed and thought I’d share with you all. Now, since ‘Headphones at the Ready’ is a new feature, let me clarify: I’m far from a music expert so there won’t be any reviews here (lengthy or otherwise). Just a list of new albums that have caught my eye & provided me with a soundtrack for the month(s) in question. Feel free to take me up on any/ all recommendations and let me know what you thought, in the comments below… January Milo Greene – Control Night Terrors of 1927 – Everything’s Coming Up Roses The Sidekicks – Runners in the Nerved World If you wanna get a taste of what these sound like, you can listen to the songs below (not necessarily my favorite, just what I managed to find on Soundcloud) or check out the full length albums on Spotify (you can click on each album name above, to be taken …