Two Songs For The Weekend: Why Not Sure

As the title suggests, I have selected two songs for this weekend. And of course, why not sure. So I have decided to mix things up a (very) small bit, with two bands that I respect and adore very much. I could rabbit on and try to justify my selections but it is probably best that I leave the bands speak for themselves.

 

  • Travis – Love Will Come True

 

  • The Hot Sprockets – Cold Cold Winter

 

Normal writing activities will resume soon I promise. But until then, sit back and enjoy the music. (I was going to say enjoy the ‘soundtrack’ but the rhyme was a bit too cheesy for my liking).

 

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A Song For The Weekend: There Goes Our Love Again

I know the weekend is technically over but it’s still Sunday night, making it the weekend. And so bearing this point in mind, here is this weekends offering. Taken from White Lies new album, Big TV, here is the KFMB’s (Keelan Foley Music Blog’s) SFTW (Song For The Weekend) ‘There Goes Our Love Again’. I wanted to post the title track from the album but I could not find an official link. So there you go. Be sure to check out the rest of the album as well as the music video below. And as always, be sure to let me know what you think with an ole comment…enjoy!

 

  • White Lies – There Goes Our Love Again

 

A Song For The Weekend: Disco

saint yorda

The blog felt a bit cold, almost lifeless, for the past few months and I could not figure out why (Well apart from the fact that my posts have been far less than frequent). But one of the more noticeable absences would have to be the patented, world-famous ‘A Song For The Weekend’. Whilst I am more than glad that the submission volume from unsigned and independent artists has sky-rocketed, I have found that the joy of musical discovery has been somewhat vacant from my listening habits. And so, drawing the only plausible conclusion from the above, I have decided to restart the very segment  that enabled my blog to grow in the first place.

The honor of opening (re-opening) this ASFTW category falls to Cork band, Saint Yorda and their new single ‘Disco’. With its Caribbean-esque steel drum intro and upbeat indie-pop ‘vibes’ it’s hard to see this track as anything but a classic summer tune (even though it’s now technically Autumn and also raining quite heavily outside). But anyway, the band are signed to local label fifa Records (nothing to do with football as far as I know) and the single is due for release on the 23rd (which happens to be yesterday). I think that says it all. You can find out more about the band on Facebook, their official website and Bandcamp. Alternatively, you could just scroll down a couple of inches and watch the video for their new single. Either way, enjoy!!

Saint Yorda – Disco

A Song For The Weekend: The Fallen

I recently came to the startling realization that my blog is lacking one vital component. Well it’s missing many but I just happened to spot this one. So what absence an I talking about? From the title of this post you may come to two very different conclusions. One, you may take the reference to The Fallen as an homage to the villainous robot/decepticon  from the Transformers films. Or two, you may already be familiar with the song  and thus have drawn the correct conclusion. The song is called ‘The Fallen‘ and the glaring omission from my blog is of course the Scottish band ‘Franz Ferdinand‘.

Below I have added a less than ordinary lyrics video that uses some interesting visuals to get the point across. Have a watch, have a listen and let me know what you think of this weeks song.

A Song For The Weekend: Of Monsters And Men

So I’m, guessing you have all heard the name ‘Of Monsters And Men‘ mentioned on more than one occasion over the course of the summer. If not, then I’m sure you heard the song ‘Little Talks‘ being blasted out of the radio every ten minutes. If you are still answering no and or shaking your head in utter confusion then you must have a) been really busy this summer or b) you don’t own a radio. Either way you are about to hear the song now. Well in a couple of minutes depending on how fast it takes you to read to the end of this post. Well anyway, before I go any further, here is a bit of background on the band (According to Wikipedia)

Of Monsters and Men is a six-piece indie folk/indie pop band from Iceland, formed in 2010. The members are co-singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, co-singer/guitarist Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, piano/accordion player Árni Guðjónsson, and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson. During their 2012 tour, the band added trumpet player Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir.

The band won the Músíktilraunir in 2010, an annual battle of the bands competition in Iceland. In 2011, Of Monsters and Men released an EP entitled Into the Woods. The band’s debut album My Head Is an Animal (2011), peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 album chart and also reached European charts. Its lead single “Little Talks” was a commercial success, reaching the Top 20 in over five countries and No. 1 on US Alternative Songs.

Got all that? Good. For those of you who already know of the band, I am sorry you had to read all that. And for those of you eager to hear the song I’m sorry but this is actually an acoustic version they performed on the BBC during the Reading festival. If you want to hear the original then look them up on YouTube (Little Talks has over 18 million hits so it shouldn’t be too hard to find). The reason I have put up this acoustic version is because I have grown tired of the original (I’m guessing I’m not alone here). This acoustic version casts a new light on the over-played song and also showcases the bands immense talent. Agree with me or not but either way the acoustic version is below. So have a listen and let me know which version (if any) you prefer.

A Song For The Weekend: Yes, It’s Back!!

Okay as the title may suggest, It has been a while since my last SFTW (Song For The Weekend, I have no idea why I decided to abbreviate it when I was just going to post the full title in brackets anyway) post. The reason for this lengthy absence of weekend suitable tracks is because I have been busy. It’s no excuse really, but the best I can come up with on such short notice (which of course is a lie as I had many weeks to formulate a plausible excuse. The truth is that I am just lazy. But what do you expect? It is the weekend after all!!)

To make things up to you I have not one, not two but three songs for you this weekend. But wait there is more. (You should probably be sitting down for this next part) To make things a little more interesting all three songs are from different decades. So how about that? The three decades in questions are the 10’s (As in 2010 not 1910, which you probably already guessed) the 90’s/00’s (No I am not claiming that both decades go musically hand in hand. There is just a bit of debate regarding the release date of the second song. You’ll see for yourself later) and finally (my favourite musical decade) the 60’s .

  • Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle

Bombay Bicycle Club are an English indie band who have been on a constant rise since they played opening slot at V festival back in 2006. I am only a recent convert to the band and for me one song sticks out above the rest as a bubbly, fun and perfect for the weekend song. That of course in Shuffle.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

Californiacation (The album) was released in 1999, the single was released the following year. Now you see where the confusion originated from. Pushing all that aside, Californiacation is a great song and easily the best thing to come out of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

  • The Sonics – Have Love Will Travel

Ah finally some sixty’s tunes.  It’s been a while since I posted anything form that golden decade for music. Have Love Will Travel was originally written and recorded by Richard Berry in the late 50’s. Years later it was adopted by the American garage-rockers, The Sonics , and transformed into that iconic generation defining anthem we know and love today. Need I say anymore? I could, but as we established above, I’m having a lazy weekend. So I will leave it here.

A Song For The Weekend: Elbow

For this weekend I have decided to go with a trio of Elbow tracks.  Once again they have been lighting up the summer festival scene with some impressive performances, especially at Isle of Wight. I don’t think there are too many people out there who are unfamiliar with Elbow, so I will emit the bio this time. The three songs I selected below aren’t exactly my favourite Elbow songs (well apart from the last one). I selected the three to showcase the bands diversity and talent. let me know what you think?

  • Open Arms

 

  • The Birds

 

  • One Day Like This