• Introductions: Leona Naess

    21 Aug 2009, 05:56 by rfduck

    Leona Naess is not the artist for those concerned with looking "tough" or "manly." Her music is straight-up girly, pretty, and has not a bit of edge. That's OK with me. If listening to Leona Naess makes me look like less of a man, it's a small price to pay for great songs.

    Now, I don't mean to imply that there's something wrong with men who listen to music made by women. I do so all the time. I'm just saying that there are moments when I listen to Leona's music and say to myself "this music is really not meant for my ears." No matter the case, Leona Naess makes some wonderful music.

    Leona Naess, 35 years of age, has a very diverse background to say the least. She is the daughter of a famous Norwegian businessman and mountain-climber (Arne Naess), was born in New York City and was raised in London. At one point, she was the step-daughter of Diana Ross. These connections are interesting, but not necessarily a large part of her story as a professional musician. …
  • The best albums of 2008

    3 Jan 2009, 16:36 by yourcrowbar

    #10 > tie: In Ghost Colours, Cut Copy and "Couples", The Long Blondes
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    Years go by and I listen to less and less electronic music, but In Ghost Colours gave the genre a shining moment in 2008. Can Cut Copy be called an "electronic music" band? With all the guitars on the album, it's hard to tell. But this was the record that made me dance the most in 2008, with great hymns-for-the-dancefloor such as Lights & Music and the wonderful Unforgettable Season, with its New Order inspiration. This is an album for the good times.

    As for The Long Blondes, the band said goodbye in 2008. Their sophomore album, "Couples", was another proof that the band had a bright future ahead. Dorian Cox's lyrics are still full of acid commentaries on love and sex, addressing situations such as not betraying your boyfriend (Guilt) and the…