Daily Roundup: 1st January 2009

By on Thursday, 1st January 2009 at 8:12 pm

Stephen LongA new year, and hopefully an even more successful year than 2008 was for TGTF. We spent New Years in London catching the fireworks on the Embankment. Amazing times, and was quietly amazed to see two of my favourite new bands, Passion Pit and Chairlift making the mix by the DJs (okay, the second isn’t quite as new, but new to us!)

MP3: Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
MP3: Chairlift – Bruises

However, as much as we love Bon Iver’s Skinny Love, we think it hardly fits the profile of party music – still, that’s my only rant. We were like kids in a chocolate factory with the likes of Friendly Fires, Blur, Oasis, Passion Pit, Justice, Simian Mobile Disco and more all were mixed together… heaven!

One of the side affects of me cavorting off to London was that we forgot to close the survey for 2008 on time. So, it’s been open for an extra day, apologies for that. Anyone would have thought we’re the BBC running competitions.

We’ve just started going through the 85 responses, with some interesting points coming up – it seems most people dislike the colour scheme, so we need to brighten that up. You all seem to like the new bands stuff and ticket alerts, so we’ll keep them going for sure! The two £10 iTunes vouchers went to Andy and Lauren, so sorry to the others who weren’t as fortunate – we’re hoping to be able to offer some new giveaways later this month, so keep your eyes peeled.

In other news, Stephen Long (pictured top right, who we introduced here) got in touch to offer us a free download of song “Passport Photographs”, which is below. Expect us to keep you up to date with his forthcoming EP, “Songs To Suit Your Mood” in coming weeks.

MP3: Stephen Long – Passport Photographs

We were introduced to Marina and the Diamonds (pictured top) over the break, and fell in love with her sound. She’s a bit of a crazy one – a combination of Greek and Welsh who spends her time between songwriting, hand-creating merchandise and selling vintage clothing.The Guardian said she has a “seriously warped mind in the body of a fox”, and her sound is rather unique – she takes on piano ballads, synth heavy bass lines, brass, bird calls, chanting and ooohs and ahhs in varying vocal ranges. Think Imogen Heap meet Bjork with a hint of a few other artists I can’t think of right now. Have a listen and let us know what you think.

As you can probably guess, we spent much of the holidays (yes, it’s an American phrase, but it fits well for those who aren’t big Christmas / NY fans!) finding new music, and catching up on stuff we may have missed in 2008. We also stumbled across We7, a great service that seems to be like on-demand radio – choose what song / album / artist you want to listen to, and it plays them, peppered with advertisements. They were ad-free for a bit of the Christmas break, and offer a great chance to have a “taster” of an album you like or re-hear a song you love. We love last.fm, but much of the music on the site only has 30 second snippets, which is a shame. Check it out and enjoy.

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