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Review: A Classic Education @ The Cake Shop, New York. March 14th 09

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , , on March 15, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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free mp3: A Classic Education – Stay Son

For Fans Of: Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Ra Ra Riot.
It’s Saturday night in New York’s Lower East Side and the place is as buzzing as you’d hope it would be, full of ‘hipsters’ out for a good time. Tonight on Ludlow there are two gigs going on six doors down from one another. First there’s London based We Have Band at Pianos and then Bologna’s A Classic Education playing as support to locals My Teenage Stride at Cake Shop. Both foreign bands are, like me, on their way to SXSW in Texas and have taken the opportunity to come and dip into the Big Apple’s vibrant music scene along the way.

A Classic Education shouldn’t be as good as they are, I mean surely an Italian band with a Canadian front man = recipe for disaster? Not the case it would seem. They kick off at break neck speed with ‘Victories’, front man Jonathan’s voice due to poor (everything cranked up to 11) sound levels only just managing to rise over the formidable wall of sound of the violin, guitars, keys and drums around him. But the only way is up from there on in. During the infectious ‘We Can Always Run To Hawaii’, a love song we’re told, the band’s pop side shines through filling the long, narrow room with a warm wave of noise. The band throw in a daring cover ‘Radio Toi’, originally a French song translated years ago into Italian for a famous film (I missed the title I’m afraid) and now back into English by the band. Linguistic show offs! The song is a resounding success that indeed sounds like it belongs in A Classic movie.

There’s enough energy, depth and emotion in their songs to make this band a genuine success story. The perfect example of this is single and standout track ‘Stay Son’ with it’s soaring strings and beautifully delivered chorus of ‘Never mistake the fears rolling down your cheek, never mistake the tears rolling down your cheek’.

As long as they get a better sound quality I can’t see how they can fail to win hearts in Texas. Bring it on!

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Just For Kicks – MusicMule’s Weekend Tracks, March 13th.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by musicmuleblog


free mp3: Rogues – Not So Pretty (Feed Me Remix)

Rogues are another talented unsigned UK band – although I can’t seem to find out exactly where they’re from at the moment! Two guitars, bass, drums and big vocals. There are two brothers In their number too – Pearse (guitar/vox) & Thomas (drums) MacIntyre. This version is a near perfect remix from London DJ Feed Me. Can’t stop playing the sucker!

buy: Not So Pretty 7″

free mp3: A Classic Education – Stay Son

This really gets into your head and stays there. This band are from Bologna although you couldn’t tell from the American vocal style. It’s infectious orchestral indie pop. They impressed me as support to Crystal Stilts at The Windmill recently.

For Fans Of: Decemberists, Shins, Band of Horses, Ra Ra Riot.

buy: Stay Son 12″ EP

free mp3: Caleb Engstrom – Hoof

This is a really special track from young Caleb Engstrom of Iowa who promises to be one of the highlights of SXSW for me. Beautiful alt country/folk with thoughtful lyrics and a wonderful voice. Currently unsigned and unreleased over here but hopefully not for too much longer.

For Fans Of: Jose Gonzalez, Bon Iver, Elliot Smith.

buy: Building Day One (import)

Review: Crystal Stilts + A Classic Education – Windmill, Brixton. Feb 13th

Posted in Gigs, Music Reviews with tags , , , , on February 15, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Crystal Stilts, The Windmill, Feb 13th 09

Crystal Stilts – Converging In The Quiet

Tonight is Crystal Stilts’ first ever London gig. It’s been sold out for a few weeks now and on the Windmill mailout punters are told there is NO CHANCE of getting a ticket on the night. The buzz around the band has been building since Rough Trade record shop got their debut album ‘Alight of Night’ on import in the second half of 2008. It became their album of the week and around the same time started attracting praise from further afield, Pitchfork calling them ‘moody-sounding fuckers who make fabulous stripped-down garage-pop’. The album gets its official UK release tomorrow, February 16th, through Angular records.

A Classic Education, The Windmill, Feb 13th 09

First though support act A Classic Education are here to get us into gear and their Arcade Fire meets Vampire Weekend style, while a stark contrast to the headliners, helps to do just that. Frontman Jonathan’s voice is quite similar to that of Colin Meloy (Decemberists) and he’s an enigmatic, talented performer. I’ll definitely be looking further into this Bologna based outfit. With the crowd now raring to go the scene is set for Crystal Stilts to make this night theirs. Continue reading