On Sabbatical

Musically Inclined is going to be on hiatus for a few weeks while I tackle finals – unless I get totally fed up of my books and decide blogging is a better career option – and then take a vacation. It will be back and hopefully with much more new music I manage to find on my trip, because I will definitely be hunting for some.

Wish me luck!

Artist Alert: Bon Iver

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Listening to indie bands can often be a tedious task, beacuse for every good band/artist out there, you’ll come across multiple that are just awful. Thankfully, Bon Iver falls among the former. Bon Iver is the type of band you can listen to in any mood. They’re mellow when you’re sad, yet you can sing the same songs aloud at the top of your lungs if you’re happy.

Signed to indie label Jagjaguwar, Bon Iver (pronouned as bon hiver is in French) is the music project of Justin Vernon, joined live by Sean Carey and Mike Noyce. In 2008, Vernon released the album For Emma, Forever Ago, which contains one of my favourite tracks Skinny Love. In February 2009, he released the EP Blood Bank, the title track of which I think is even better.

Blood Bank is available for free download on Jagjaguwar’s website, and you can hear more of their music on their mySpace page.

Artist Alert: Chester French

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Chester French have an interesting story. The duo, comprising of D.A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey, met in 2003 as freshman at Harvard, and began performing in local bars (with three more members at the time). It’s not quite clear to me how they went from being a 5-member band to a duo, but over the years they released their debut EP Chester French’s First Love and the album Love The Future before attracting the attention of the likes of Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and Jimmy Iovine. Signed to Star Trak, Chester French released She Loves Everybody in 2008.

Boston DJ Clinton Sparks, famous for his “Get Familiar” catchphrase, has released the Chester French Jacques Jams, Vol. 1: Endurance mixtape, which is available for free download from the Chester French website. It features artists such as Common, Lady GaGa, Pharrell, Talib Kweli, Jermaine Dupri, Diddy, and Kardinal Offishall and is definitely music worth listening to!