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Just For Kicks – Miike Snow, Brazos & The Wooden Birds.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Tracks with tags , , on June 12, 2009 by musicmuleblog

I love getting into new bands, it can really turn a shit day around! My love affair has started with Brazos and another new band The Wooden Birds are in line to become affair number 2.  Also praise worthy is Miike Snow‘s track which is the soundtrack to that hilarious video I’ve posted. Continue reading

Just For Kicks: The Temper Trap, Wildbirds & Peacedrums & St. Vincent

Posted in Just For Kicks, Tracks with tags , , on June 5, 2009 by musicmuleblog

This week in Just For Kicks: The Temper Trap leak another song from their upcoming album ‘Conditions’, to celebrate their presence in the capital there’s a Wildbirds & Peacedrums upbeat percussive gem and last but in no way imaginable least there’s a gorgeous track from Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent. Continue reading

Just For Kicks: Music Mule’s Weekend Tracks, May 22nd.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Tracks with tags , , , on May 22, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Local Natives

You have to love May – another bank holiday, which means four tracks in Just For Kicks this week. It’s an American heavy line up but don’t worry there’s a Geordie named Beth Jeans Houghton in there too. Representing the yanks are Acrylics, Local Natives and Baby Venom. Continue reading

Just for Kicks: Bill Callahan – The Wind And The Dove

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , on May 8, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Sunday’s choice comes from Bill Callahan who is better known as Smog or sometimes (Smog) and is also Joanna Newsom’s fella. Bill has been making great melancholy folk music since Joanna was a twinkle in her daddy’s eye or not far off there (1988). But it sounds to me like maybe some of her orchestrated leanings from last album ‘Ys’ have rubbed off on Bill’s latest album ‘Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle’ and in particular this stunning track ‘The Wind And The Dove’ which features all kinds of eerie instrumentation, so much so that it makes me think of Raders Of The Lost Ark at times! Bill’s custom spoken vocals and understated guitar work fits in with it with surprising ease. It feels right.

mp3: Bill Callahan – The Wind And The Dove

buy: Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle    CD/LP iTunes

Just For Kicks: Django Django – Storm

Posted in Just For Kicks, Tracks with tags on May 8, 2009 by musicmuleblog

So there’s a bit of mystery around the band I’ve selected for Saturday’s track choice, the currently unsigned Django Django. Their myspace says they’re from Dalstonburgh-Dunderry which I’m willing to bet isn’t a real place but something to do with the fact that the band are from Dunderry, Ireland and have now re-located to the indie music hub that Dalston is becoming. Sherlock Holmes had nothing on me! Anyway I caught them play a good set at Camden Crawl a couple of weeks back despite an average sound system and if the quality of the tunes on their myspace are anything to go by then there will be a record deal not too far around the corner. Fingers crossed anyway. Hypnotic percussion and haunting echoed vocals surround a playful guitar line and a hint of the electronic.

For Fans Of: The Beta Band, Animal Collective, Archie Bronson Outift.

mp3: Django Django – STORM

Just For Kicks: Vega – No Reasons.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , on May 8, 2009 by musicmuleblog

vega-well known pleasures

Friday’s track choice this week comes from Austin based electronic maestro Vega. The man behind Vega is Alan Palomo previously of another top notch Austin outfit Ghosthustler. This guy evidently has a way with a beat and a catchy chorus. ‘No Reasons’ is perhaps his sunniest, poppiest tune yet. It’s taken from the bands forthcoming debut EP ‘Well Known Pleasures’ which will be out Stateside later this month on Vogue College Records. Could be a hit if it gets any publicity. I’ve also thrown in an old Ghosthustler favourite of mine for y’all to get a feel of.

For Fans Of: Empire Of The Sun, The Golden Filter, Ghostland Observatory.

mp3: Vega – No Reasons

mp3: Ghosthustler – Only Me To Trust

via: G v B

Just For Kicks – Bank Holiday Special

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , on May 1, 2009 by musicmuleblog


As it’s a bank holiday I’m picking four tracks for you lucky people this week including Shock Defeat!, The Horrors, The Big Pink and The Leisure Society. Here’s hoping for a sunny one…


mp3: Shock Defeat! – Fast Hands

Shock Defeat! are Felix of Hot Chip’s favourite London band. Sure with their funky bass lines, noodly guitars and relentless disco drum beats on some levels they sound a lot like their peers Foals and The Rapture. But it’s the quirky vocal delivery of Nic Carter and their slightly off kilter stance more akin to Talking Heads or Devo that makes them a vital new addition to the scene. ‘Fast Hands’ is taken from their ‘Rubber Headband’ EP. The band are as yet unsigned but will be presumably self-releasing another EP, ‘Olympic Village’ soon. Meanwhile go see them live, I’ve heard great things. Date below.

For Fans Of: Talking Heads, The Rapture, Foals.

live: Be @ Proud Gallery, May 23rd.

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