What I’m Jamming To: June 18, 2011

5 Years Time” is perhaps Noah and the Whale‘s most notable and commercially successful single, reaching number 7 on the U.K. charts in 2008, supported by the album Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down. This five-piece outfit derived their name as a combination of the film “The Squid and the Whale” and it’s director. This video features a then 17-year old Laura Marling on backing female vocals, who has most recently recorded with Mumford and Sons and won Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.

If you liked this jam, you may like the following similar jams I’ve been jamming to:

Hockey – Song Away

The Guitar – They Might Be Giants

Coconut Records – Nighttiming


What I’m Jamming To: May 27, 2011

Saw these guys open up for the Strokes and Australian favorites You Am I with my brother Bill in Fall 2002 at the Electric Factory. They were by far the best, most cohesive group I had ever seen. I don’t often find it appropriate to use “face-melting” in any context, but their pace, enthusiasm, and music was, well, rather face-melting. Sadly, this video of “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” is one of the only pieces of media of theirs on the internet. The Realistics disbanded shortly after this video was filmed, presumably in late 2002 or early 2003. There is very little information on the group floating around on the web and their CD’s are almost as hard to track down. Thankfully, Bill bought their 7 track EP at the show. To the best of my knowledge, they have one other release, Real People Are Overrated, which features some killer tracks including “Monotony” and “Turn Around”.