Artist Alert: Landon Pigg

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I have the biggest crush on Landon Pigg.

Seriously. Big. Crush. With his new album The Boy Who Never, Landon returns with swoon worthy music that just makes your heart felt. Whoever the subject of his songs is is one seriously lucky lady and obviously a fantastic muse.

Blue Skies is probably the best song I’ve heard about trying to move on from a relationship, and it made me wonder – if he can write to eloquently about break ups, imagine what he can do with falling in love? The answer is Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop, which, the first time I heard it, literally gave me the chills. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also very cute.

You can hear some of Landon’s music on his mySpace page and watch the video for Falling In Love on YouTube. Don’t forget to visit his website for a free download of A Ghost from his new album.

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Must Hear – Ambling Alp – Yeasayer

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Even though I’d never heard of Yeasayer before, I had to take a listen when I read glowing reviews about Ambling Alp on several different blogs. I’m very glad that I did.

With an interesting blend of electronic and rock, Yeasayer are an experimental band from Brooklyn who claim inspiration from diverse sources like Bollywood soundtracks from the 70s, Mapfumo records, and Celtic music. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it’s really not. Ambling Alp has strong lyrics and strong vocals with just the right amount of quirkiness to distinguish Yeasayer from bands like MGMT, who they have in fact toured with.

Ambling Alp is slated to be the first single of their second album Odd Blood, to be released in 2010, and the band is offering a free download on their website.

Must Hear: Carby – Discovery

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Discovery’s Carby has been playing non-stop on my iPod for weeks now, and I never tire of it. It’s simply one of the most fun, upbeat songs I’ve heard in a long time and is guaranteed to make me dance whenever I hear it. Carby has (I can say from experience) managed to have conflicting outcomes on my moods as is appropriate to the situation – it’s cheered me up when I’ve been sad and calmed me down when I’ve been upset or angry. Strange, but somehow the song has done that.

Discovery comprises one part Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij and one part Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles, with VW’s Ezra Koenig guest vocaling (if that’s a word) on Carby. Being a VW fan, I listened to a few different Discovery songs, and while none of the others really stuck with me, Carby refuses to leave me alone. I’m not complaining, and no one I’ve introduced the song to has either. There’s no video for the song, but someone has put it up on YouTube. Do yourself a favour and listen.

Live from BlackBerry

I know exactly how terrible I have been at blogging! It’s not lack of content – far from it – but lack of time, a true yet unacceptable explanation.

Thankfully, WordPress has this fantastic app for BlackBerry (from where I’m posting this) so hopefully I will be more regular now. Sorry again!