Regardless if you like them or not, it’s hard to deny the greatness of Coldplay and their unrefined ability to produce great music. Sure, lots of people like to blame Chris Martin‘s marriage to Gwenyth as a reason for a “mediocre” release with X&Y, but I still think it’s pretty damn good. Anyways, here are some tracks from various B-Sides as well as singles/EPs.
[MP3] Coldplay – Easy To Please (Apparently, this “first single” got them signed?)
[MP3] Coldplay – Your Love Means Everything (feat. Faultline)
[MP3] Coldplay – Things I Don’t Understand
Amongst reading Ted Leo‘s site, only to discover new tour dates were posted and he is writing showtunes (Hearts of Oak: The Musical??), he also had a nice little politically active article posted that you can read here.
It’s been 2 years since The Shins
last released an album but James Mercer
said, “I told SubPop, ‘We go on tour so consistently that when we get home we’re not rarin’ to jump into the studio, OK?’” Needless to say, The Shins are currently working on their next album, as previously announced and I just now got around to reading a funny article in Rolling Stone
about the band’s use of marijuana and it’s influences on their music.
“Sonically, Mercer is exploring new territory, with more synth, piano and finger-picked guitar than on previous records. And where their creative process is concerned, the band wants to return to the laidback feel of recording their debut. “Oh, Inverted World, was a lot of sitting around with headphones on, smoking pot at five in the morning,” Crandall confesses. “Sometimes it’s crap, and other times it’s great.” Mercer adds, “Instead of mixing in a hurry, we want to get back to the ability to treat each sound with special effects and have it be a more atmospheric-sounding record. We really think of ourselves as a psychedelic band. That’s the shit we listen to.”
Or, as Hernandez puts it, “Our roots are getting high and listening to Pink Floyd.”
Pretty radical, eh dudes? The album is going to be released this summer, at some point, with the title being debated between Sleeping Lessons or Wincing the Night Away, both being direct reference to lead singer James Mercer’s insomnia.
In other news, Sia (who made iGIF’s Top 25 Songs of 2005 at #10), is finally getting an official U.S. release after taking England by storm. Just a few months ago the Austrailian native feared her second full length album would never see American soil, but after her song Breathe Me made impacts through various TV shows (i.e. Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, etc.), the album is now being slated for a U.S. release.