Artist Alert: Jonathan Jeremiah

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It seems that it would be fairly simple to find a biography on the internet for almost any singer/musician/band/pianist aka pretty much anyone who can carry a tune and has released a record, but Jonathan Jeremiah seems to be the exception. So far all I’ve learned about him is that he’s from London and is on Rosario Records, so that’s not a lot of information to go by.

His music, however, needs few words to explain just how fantastic it is. See has an old-world charm that makes me imagine a wood-panelled room with ladies in their most elegant gowns and pearls sipping on the finest whiskey while the tuxedoed men smoke their cigars. Somewhere in that mental image there’s also a couple dancing while James Bond chats up the ladies. Happiness is another song that perfectly showcases his rich vocals with a host of string instruments courtesy an orchestra.

Jeremiah’s mySpace page doesn’t, unfortunately, have many songs on it, but there are several remixes of Happiness that are worth a listen. Music hasn’t sounded so good in a long time, and I hope to hear much more from him in the very near future.

Artist Alert: Spoon

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My friends Jen and Mike have awesome taste in music, and, on my recent trip to visit them, they introduced me to one of my new favourite bands Spoon. Named after the theme song of the German movie Das Messer, Spoon are a quartet from Austin, Texas, who have been signed with Merge Records since 2000 and released their latest album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (?) in 2007.

I guess Spoon could be considered a rock band, but what I really like about their music is that is sounds different in each song while still sounding like Spoon. That may sound like an impossibility, yet Spoon manage to pull it off. You can listen for yourself on their MySpace page (I absolutely love The Ghost Of You Lingers), or watch a video for their cover of Paul Simon’s Peace Like A River. And the kind band that they are, Spoon if offering tons of free downloads of their music on their official website and on the Merge Records Spoon page. Enjoy!