January 12, 2007

New Music


Jeez I must be getting old....all I'm trying to do is find some cool new bands or music of any kind.....so far I'm finding very little. maybe my ears are worn out or maybe we are content just rehashing the same old crap.

Besides Gruff Rhys' new album and getting more and more into Midlake I am really struggling....What is going on? Have all the record companies lost their identities? Er, let's sign all the bands that sound like they are from the late 70's and pummel the audience into submission. My God things have got boring.

Currently I'm looking at the iTunes Hotly Tipped 2007 compilation....more like hotly tipped to die a death. I'm trying so hard to be stay open minded and even trying to convince myself I like some of what I hear, when I know it's shit. Any suggestions are warmly welcomed.

The quest is on.

See y'all soon.



Blogger coupon said...

James Brown
Grateful Dead
The Clash

1:47 AM  
Blogger Luke said...

Olly, you should checkout Busdriver their track Casting Agents and Cowgirls is unbelievable. The Bishop Allen 1 EP a month 2006 collection is awesome. Chad VanGaalen's new album Skelliconnection is pretty catchy. Deerhoof first leaked single Believe ESP from their upcoming album friend Opportunity is one the wildest tracks I've heard in a while.


1:50 AM  
Blogger Leocadia said...

Finding new music was one of my new years resolutions, but I know it's gonna be a painful process and I haven't felt strong enough to tackle it yet, so I have little insight to offer you, only sympathy. I will inevitably end up going in the opposite direction and digging up something old and wonderful that I've heard of but never really listened too.

On a side note, I've found sometimes (much to my annoyance) that it's necessary to listen to something about 4 times before you realise it's actually good. I thought Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline was crap the first time I listened to it, and the second, but I persevered because someone I trusted said it was good, and after I stopped trying to hear what I was expecting it too sound like I liked it for what it did sound like. Of course, part of me feared it was only the fact that it had become familiar that I liked it, but then I tried the same thing will Franz Ferdinand and even after the third time of suffering it, I still wanted to die rather than hear it again, so I guess that validates the theory that you have to know something to a certain degree in order to know whether you like it or want it to die. Unfortunately it also confirms my suspicion that I'm beginning to like Justin Timberlake's new single. Good Lord.

Good Luck

PS How's that fox working out for you?

1:55 AM  
Blogger Inma said...

hi there,

i'm spanish, so i hope you'll excuse my poor english...

i'd like to know if there is any chance you are coming to spain at some point.. we'd love it!! i saw you in Dublin, Ireland, and it was one of the best lives i've ever seen.. so please.. come soon!!

..and regarding new music.. well, this is not new stuff and probably you know them but just in case: "the soft machine"

... happy new year Gomez!!


3:26 AM  
Blogger Stefanie said...

what about bobby bare jr? it's definitely a different sound that most of what is out there these days.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well I'm kind of into Devendra Banhart and Sufjan Stevens, Broken Social Scene and Sigur Ross. They're perhaps not new or gutting edge but they're refreshing compared to what else is available. Bring on the new series of xfactor, that's real music! Hmm.

5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and there's a girl, katie something that sounds similar to Sufjan Stevens but I forget her name.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Cookee said...

I also LOVE Sufjan Stevens; perhaps you could try a Belgian guy called Ozark Henry (quiet and introspective but different) or Kora from New Zealand (sort of dub/reggae). Anthony & The Johnsons aren't new but his voice is amazing. And I also saw a guy called Ben something or other at the Borderline on Tuesday who was good, wish he'd do a solo album!

7:16 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

secret chiefs 3

9:51 AM  
Blogger Alessandro said...

Un saluto dall'Italia.

11:31 AM  
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11:31 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

My recommendation is Menomena - their upcoming record Friend and Foe (Barsuk Records) is so far my favorite this year.

3:27 PM  
Blogger choona said...

maybe you shouldn't limit yourself to "new" bands. It's nice to know who is hot and great before they rise and fall.. maybe some bands are out there that people mentioned but you were already inundated at the time with so much more new music you never got around to checking them out. so you could take the time to discover bands that are only new to you??

All the same.. weisz told me that Josh Pyke was somebody to look out for in australia... you give him a try?

I like helio sequence album "love and distance" - they are just two guys making all this sound a la black keys but that is where the similarities end. Helio Sequence are more digitally and poppy. maybe ease in to them with the song "Everyone Knows Everyone"

I'm off to see Notes On A Scandal - movies fill that no new music void! :o)

3:30 PM  
Blogger choona said...

and tell whoever it might be the message board needs revival! please.

in the mean time, who thinks that we should treat stepinside like the rebound girl and post in there?

3:32 PM  
Blogger Caryn said...

Amy Winehouse..she sounds old, but she's new..but in a good way.

5:13 PM  
Blogger dooger said...

Hey Olly, I am a first time caller long time fan.Since you guys are coming up here soon try a good old Canadian boy-Hayden.
Small request:Run the idea by Mr.Otewell to try a cover of "Shadowboxer" by Fiona Apple.I have been to EVERY Toronto show you guys have played and will be waiting to see how he "operates" (shit,bad joke) on March 5th.
Thank you for everything you guys have done.
p.s. I heard a live show from some site a while ago and I think Tom asked "Mr.Peacock are you ready?" That is the coolest thing i've heard and yes i am a wiener.
I'll have a Molson waiting.

5:48 PM  
Blogger tomsears said...

Hey Ollie you should check out The Wonderfuls! Your man Ottewell got a copy of our CD for Christmas this year!


They're really good! Not that I'm in the band or anything...which of course I am. ;-)

6:11 PM  
Blogger dooger said...

My last comment sounded like a 13 year old teenie bopper,sorry.

listen to "trees lounge" by Hayden
it' an oldie but goodie

7:13 PM  
Blogger sfkerry said...

On regular rotation right now:
The Long Winters
Magnolia Electric Co.
Ambulance LTD
The Roots
Cold Water Kids
Jarvis Cocker

10:03 PM  
Blogger sfkerry said...

Oh, I also forgot to mention. One way I like to find new music is to click on the links to other artists listed under "Listeners Also Bought", in iTunes. You mentioned you were getting more into Midlake. I would see what other people also bought when they picked up The Trials of Van Occupanther.

It's surprising what you can actually find and get turned onto that you may have missed otherwise.

Anyway, just a suggestion. Happy hunting.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Orange said...

Midlake is awesome.

11:47 PM  
Blogger earlthepearl said...

Grab this...

What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves

Nice 4 cd box set from Rhino Records.

Also, TV on the Radio, Silversun Pickups, The Slip, & Alejandro Escovedo are recommended.

4:26 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

went to see 0degrees of separation last night at the roundhouse.... you have to check out juana molina. never before have i been so mesmerised by someone working alone! amazing lady.
though i'm probably really behind the times and everyone already knows..... boo
btw. ben's gig on tuesday was just fantastic. miss you guys.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Bean said...

Hi Olly, we saw Mr Ottewell at The Borderline on 9th Jan, lovely small gig, absolutely brilliant. As for recommendations: - Jay Gipson (www.myspace.com/jaygipson) At the end of the gig Jay gave a copy of his CD to Ben, hopefully he will take a listen?!? OK so I'm bias because I know him but good blues tones that I'm sure you Gomez guys will appreciate. A mixture of blues, folk, rock, country and even indian classical influence his writing. His style is lap and bottleneck slide guitar and he's inspired by old artists such as Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Son House, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf to name a few, aswell as artists of today such as Ben Harper, Chris Whitley(RIP) Kelly Joe Phelps & Dave Matthews. A great live performer, either with his band or unaccompanied, this guy should be signed. More info @ www.worlddominationmusic.biz

6:55 AM  
Blogger Ian said...

I'd check out Adult Situations. They're the best unsigned band in New York, and it always feels good to get in on the ground floor with a band like that. They're on myspace. Check out "reconnected" and "piano etude"

12:43 PM  
Blogger devans said...

hey, i really hate to do this as it sounds a little pretentious and self-preserving, but check out our band - myspace.com/osmosismakemusic I think you might enjoy it, in some ways its similar to what you do. I love what you do. Cheers.

2:23 PM  
Blogger nowhereinparticular said...

Agree big time on Ambulance Ltd. Try out a New York band that scores music for films as well. Their album titled Diaries of Private Henry Hill will stop you in your tracks. They sing a soldiers diaries who ends up dying later in Iraq.


The site is pretty cool, but take a listen to Shots Fired. it's gets fuller as you dig into the album.

2:43 PM  
Blogger nowhereinparticular said...

Try Pandora's box


Each song in the Music Genome Project is analyzed using up to 400 distinct musical characteristics by a trained music analyst. These attributes capture not only the musical identity of a song, but also the many significant qualities that are relevant to understanding the musical preferences of listeners. The typical music analyst working on the Music Genome Project has a four-year degree in music theory, composition or performance, has passed through a selective screening process and has completed intensive training in the Music Genome's rigorous and precise methodology and procedures. To qualify for the work, analysts must have a firm grounding in music theory, including familiarity with a wide range of styles and sounds. All analysis is done on location.

3:29 PM  
Blogger stonew78 said...

If it's any consolation, I find little name, the owsley sunshine, and ENRi to be quite fun.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Hi Olly,why don't you listen to aussie stuff, you guys are always here, you must of heard of:
Josh Pyke,
Sarah Blasko,
End of Fashion,
Darren Hanlon,
Bernard Fanning,
John Butler Trio'
Dallas Crane....

7:34 AM  
Blogger Az said...

a few days late, but I've only just read this and couldn't resist my 2 cents worth.

Small Sips- The morning ripples- best album I've stumbled across in a long long time.

Nathan Hollywood- Nathan Hollywood Tom Cooney - Hold Me Down
both on-

Ned Collette- jokes and trials


all lovely local musicians (for me anyway)


10:07 PM  
Blogger mulletmaster said...

I'm probably a bit behind the times with this one, but I'm really into the Bedouin Soundclash at the moment. They play the tune for the T-Mobile mates rates advert (the one where the friends are talking on their phones and the buildings are collapsing so that they can walk over them) and it's called 'when the night feels my song's. It's a beautiful song, they're a great band. Not exactly new, just a bit underappreciated I think.


12:08 PM  
Blogger mulletmaster said...

Oh and by the way sfkerry and nowhereinparticular- thank's for briinging Ambulance Ltd to my attention, i love it! :D

12:26 PM  
Blogger stonew78 said...

Don't forget Band a Part and tapes 'n tapes.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I was just now listening to this great album and remembered your query--it's not new but you might like it: Anders Osborne "Ash Wednesday Blues" on Shanachie label. it's funky, rootsy, 2nd -line New Orleans stuff....and you gotta love a band that has a sousaphone for the bass lines!

9:32 PM  
Blogger cookie said...

22 pistepirkko
frou frou
remy zero

good huntings young padawan

3:12 PM  
Blogger jimb said...


hes like john coltrane meets roots manuva!

3:41 AM  
Blogger David said...

They have already been mentioned but they are worth mentioning again:

Ambulance LTD and Cold War Kids very cool stuff.

9:48 AM  
Blogger jasondent said...

I recommend Peter Bjorn and John. Good, diverse music from Sweden.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Bill Bangert said...

Just saw you guys tonight in Cincinnati. Sorry the crowd was so lame, I was at your Bogarts show in Cincinnati last May and the crowd was great. I think this crowd was a total slacker/stoner/O.A.R. crowd, and while I like some of their stuff, you guts totally kicked ass. Cincinnati can suck sometimes, but please come back again soon as a headliner again.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

Olly, I'm alot like you. God, please give us some new, creative, fresh music. Check out "Casket Salesmen. Not to hard, not to soft, just right. If you check it out, I hope you enjoy!
PS. My wife and I saw the band when you were here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Great show, as always. We had a few beers with Tom, but didn't have the pleasure of meeting you. Next time!

11:14 PM  
Blogger Travis said...

field music!
anders parker

also good tunes to be found at www.pandora.com ... i saw someone else mention this in the comments. i just have to strongly second that emotion. you will soon be addicted and finding more new music than you know what to do with.

1:03 PM  
Blogger susan said...

brief suggestion, to save you reading...

Try Beirut.

sus x

2:34 PM  
Blogger susan said...

brief suggestion, to save you reading...

try Beirut. awesome gypsy jangly.

2:35 PM  
Blogger sparkler said...

Hi Olly,

One of my favorites from last year was "Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound" by Soul Jazz Records. I also loved "Roots and Crowns" by Califone.

By the way, thanks to you and Blackie for the "I Am Kloot" recommendation off Amazon. Fantastic!!!


10:04 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

the secret machines
rose hill drive

8:40 PM  
Blogger sfkerry said...

i wasn't going to post again. but after hearing this band i just had to.

if you get a chance check out The Rosewood Thieves - From The Decker House. it's actually available on iTunes.

it's got a bluesy, john lennon, alt.country vibe. i'm definitely hearing the beatles influence for sure.

1:28 AM  
Blogger AboriginalJoe said...

Britta Persson is an amazing Swedish singer/songwriter. She has an EP on iTunes, but her full-length "Top Quality Bones and a Little Terrorist" is the most refreshing album I've heard in years. It's hard to come by, but totally worth it if you can track it down.

Also, anything on the Arts & Crafts label usually blows me away. I LOVE Jason Collett, Amy Millan, Feist, New Buffalo, Stars, and Broken Social Scene to name a few of my favorites.

I also agree with a lot of other people's suggestions. Ambulance LTD, Sufjan Stevens, Devendra Banhart, and Antony & The Johnsons are all quality bands that I think more people should try.

I hope this helps you on your quest!

2:36 AM  
Blogger rav4girly said...

Sorry can't help. Only listen to GOMEZ

12:55 PM  
Blogger stu said...

Pinback is my strong reccommendation to you, and their ability to layer their songs is beyond me. other than that, i like luke's suggestions. He sems to know whats up.

5:08 PM  
Blogger nowhereinparticular said...

Mulletmaster, love your suggestion of Bedouin Soundclash. tapes 'n tapes, do love so much. The song "cowbell" gets me. Coachella this year. Caught Secret Machines and LIVE they are stunning. Fun. COLD WAR KIDS! WOW. Thank you for that one David. And they will be in SF on FEb 23! Yipeee.

1:39 AM  
Blogger calvin the super genius said...

Okkervil River. Brilliant band, 'nuff said.

7:50 PM  
Blogger gomezgeek said...

my fav new thing out there is the Kazoo Funk Orchestra


they have like twenty three kazoos or something.

bran van 3000's first cd is older but really awesome. and they had all kinds of amazing producers, and people helping them on the album to also check out.

right now im listening to M Ward, but you may have already been there and back.

2:20 PM  
Blogger ave maria said...

I've also been searching for more music, i just need to expand my colection. Here's some good stuff not all new though.
modest mouse
brand new
jack johnson

4:45 PM  
Blogger Chaive said...

Mister Peacock...
I am gonna make you a disc for your Vancouver show... I'll try and dig ya up some good ol Canadian artists that you may like.
See ya in Vancouver on the 16th!!

12:55 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

I agree with gomezgeek, The Kazoo Funk Orchestra are pretty fantastic! But it's not just kazoos, there's ukulele, pedal steel guitar, melodicas and all sorts. Fun music!

8:32 AM  
Blogger hellsayeth said...

The Soundtrack of our Lives
Wayne Robbins & the Hellsayers
G,B & the Q
Trojan Dub Massive series

2:05 PM  
Blogger DanielGomez said...

Check out "The Rosewood Thieves"
P.S You guys were great at the Willtern and BEN & Ian were fantastic at the hotel Cafe. Been a fan from the start always looking forward to your new stuff.

12:57 AM  
Blogger TheExistentialDagger said...

The Reels
Mars Volta
The Strawbs old but sounds fresh
...And thanks for all the leads from others throwing their two cents into the musical fountain NOW GET YOUR ASS's To DENVER

1:51 PM  
Blogger klyde said...

Hey, Ollie, I know I'm coming on this one way too late, but there are a couple albums that have shined for me. They are not totally new, but as no one has mentioned them, I reckon I should. Here they are:
Eisenhower by The Slip (a near perfect album)
The Shephard's Dog by Iron & Wine (words don't do this one justice)
Andrew Bird (everything he does!)
(And of course) Wilco (especially their Sky Blue Sky--Jeff Tweedy & Nels Cline together is such a winning combo, and the rest of the band is great too!)
I am presently enjoying your tenth anniversary release altho not enough--hurry with the new album, PLEASE!! (And do NOT leave Gomez under any circumstances!!)


5:00 PM  

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