Must Hear: What Makes a Good Man? – The Heavy

If you haven’t yet heard The Heavy’s How You Like Me Now?, you probably don’t watch many movies/TV shows. The British band struck gold with their 2009 single, which was featured on several television shows and in several movies (including Horrible Bosses) and are back with their latest song What Makes A Good Man?

 Presumably not all their songs consist of unanswered questions, but they’re certainly enjoyable. What Makes A Good Man? is soul, rock, funk, and blues all rolled into one, and it hooks you in before Kevin Swaby even asks the question. Luckily for us, the good men of The Heavy (sorry, I couldn’t resist) are giving the song away for free on their website. All you have to do is play a quick memory game to unlock the download.

If you haven’t yet heard The Heavy’s How You Like Me Now?, at least take a listen to What Makes A Good Man? I’m pretty sure you’ll be left wanting more.

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Blast From The Past: Texas

It’s difficult to find a band that makes music like Texas did (does?). This Scottish band has been around since the late 1980s, and I’m happy to report that the quality of music has certainly not wavered.

The first Texas song I heard was Say What You Want, which was released almost a good decade after the band formed. I instantly loved it. The last Texas song I’ve heard was Getaway from their 2005 album Red Book. They’ve since gone on hiatus to pursue personal projects, and Sharleen Spiteri – she with the most beautiful voice ever – has released two solo albums since. It’s been too long since we’ve heard new Texas material and I, for one, can’t wait until they announce a new album.

Also, the video for In Demand features Alan Rickman. One thousand points to Slytherin!

 

 

 

Must Hear: I Belong In Your Arms – Chairlift

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Formed in Boulder, Colorado in 2005 and now based in Brooklyn, New York, Chairlift is an indie duo (formerly trio) that is slated to be the next big thing in synthpop/electronic music a la MGMT. They’re off to a good start, having been signed by Columbia Records, who released the band’s second full length album, Something, in January 2002.

I Belong Your Arms is the third track on Something, and while I’m not sure if it’s slated to be released as a single, it certainly should. Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly, the duo that is Chairlift, have created a song that, despite it’s name, is not only far from cheesy it’s fun, catchy and, according to the guys at Pitchfork, one of the band’s big hits at SXSW. It certainly makes me want to see them perform live so that I can sing along.