Archive for January, 2012

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Frank, AB

This band oddly enough is from Toronto.  I am not sure how they picked this name.  The song of the week is based on a real event in Canadian history.  There was a landslide in the Rocky Mountains near a town called Frank in 1903 that killed 100 of the 600 residents.  The Rural Alberta Advantage has produced two albums and the song of the week is off their first album called Hometowns.  The song of the week is called Frank AB.

The Rural Alberta Advantage released another album in February last year called Departing and the again the song that is getting the most attention is Tornado ’87 about a Tornado that went through Edmonton…hmm I wonder what disaster they will write about next.

Thanks to Mitch for sending me this one.  Mitch also sent a cool video that the song of the week was used in…check it out.

Snow Patrol – Called Out in the Dark

Some groups have instant success and some have to keep at it for a while. Snow Patrol are an alternative rock band from Bangor, Northern Ireland. Formed at the University of Dundee in 1994 as an indie rock band, the band is now based in Glasgow. The band’s first three records were commercially unsuccessful. The band then signed on to the major record label Polydor Records in 2002.

Snow Patrol rose to national fame with their major label debut, Final Straw, in 2003. The album sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album, Eyes Open, (2006) and its hit single “Chasing Cars,” propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Album Charts and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. There lastest album release last week is called Fallen Empires and the first release of that album is “Called Out in the Dark” and it is the song of the week.

The Maccabees – Pelican

The Maccabees are an indie rock band from London, England. They have released three albums so far, Colour It In in 2007, with a follow-up, Wall of Arms, released on 4 May 2009. Their most recent album Given to the Wild was released on 9 January 2012.

The first release off the album is called Pelican and it is the song of the week.

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – This is What She’s Like

I am sure that everyone has heard of Dexy’s Midnight Runners and their most famous song “Come on Eileen”.  Dexy’s produced three albums.  The first was called “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels” and included the hit Geno, followed by their most popular album called “Too-Rye-Ay”, which included the hits “Come on Eileen” and “Jackie Wilson Said”.  Their final album released was called “Don’t Stand Me Down” and was a commercial failure.  I own all three albums and my favourite one is “Don’t Stand Me Down”.  There is a song on the album that is 12 minutes and 24 seconds long called “This is What She’s Like” and it is the song of the week.  It is a great song once you get past the idle chatter at the beginning of it.  Give it a listen from start to finish a few times and I am sure you will agree with me.

Other good songs off the album include:

The Occasional Flicker

One of Those Things

Follow Up Post – Motel Raphael – Ghosts

I have been sent the online location to download Monday’s pick of the week for Motel Raphael’s song  – Ghosts.  Click on this link and then click on the download button just above the play button to get the song.  They are currently in a Radio competition that runs until January 12, 2012, so if you like the song help them out by going to http://radiostar.supernova.com/MotelRaphael and voting for them.

Motel Raphael – Ghosts

I have a real interesting song and story for this week’s pick.  My friend Ted (who gave us last week’s song) sent me an email last week introducing me to Motel Raphael from Montreal.  What makes this interesting is that Motel Raphael is a trio of females with one being Ted’s niece Maya Malkin and the daughter of Ted’s brother Tom.  She is the one on the right in the picture on their web site.  Ted and Tom are co-creators and partners with me in the “Game of Things”.  I was curious and leery at first when I saw the email as I only post songs that I like to marksmusicpicks.com.  After my first listen I thought WOW!  I was so excited about it that I bumped my previous pick. Motel Raphael’s sound is unique with solid songwriting and fantastic harmonies, I couldn’t help but to think that these young ladies will go far.  The trio just started writing songs together this fall and this is their first release.  The only thing I wish is that you could download it or buy it somewhere but I did not see this option.  I am sure they will figure this out and I will update you on a further post with this information.

The song of the week is Ghosts…Tweet and Facebook all your friends about this week’s post to help them get noticed and also tell your friends to join marksmusicpicks.com.

Enjoy!

 
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