Monday, November 29, 2010


You can download the latest EP from Tristen for free. Of course, it is the usual trade - you get the music, they get your email address. But it's some good sounds:


Friday, November 26, 2010

High Violet (Expanded Edition)

One of my favorite CDs of 2010 has a new "expanded" edition, available today (Friday, November 26, aka "Black Frday" in the US) only at few select indie record stores. The National's High Violet has any number of great cuts. You've surely heard this one :

Bloodbuzz Ohio

And this one was on Vehement Flame podcast #6:


So if you're near where it is getting sold, go grab this one, with a new song and live cuts and report back!

High Violet (Expanded Edition) - Indie Retail

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kate Miller-Heidke

I promise that this Tim Minchin song, sung by Kate Miller-Heidke, will be the only Christmas song you'll hear on this blog, but hey, it's really good, I promise.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Wow, this is so cool! From the web site comes some really great electronica, all to a band who does its own animation. Yup, the characters in the video do the aimations based upon the music. I first heard this at the tail end of a Red Green Show - not sure why it was there, but I'm glad it was!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Anya Marina

Anya Marina, who did one of my favorite CDs of 2009, Slow And Steady Seduction: Phase II has just released a new EP called Spirit School. It features the song Satellite Heart, which was on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack. Here's a couple from SSS:2 that both me and my girls enjoyed:

Cowboy (my girls call this song Little Car)
All The Same to Me
Two Left Feet

And here's a video music box of some of her songs. Be sure to check out the wild video for Whatever You Like!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Another favorite from Ghostly Swim is the project called 10:32, which is the Australian musician Tim Koch. Here's what he says about the origins of the project name:
10:32 is the length of an albatross.
10:32 is a month and an age.
10:32 is soft skin on hollow hearts.
10:32 is quick feet on cool floors.
10:32 is seeing through your eyes.
10:32 is mornings into evenings.
10:32 is finishing before the end.
10:32 is ten thirty-two.
 Here's the cut from Ghostly Swim:

 Blue LIttle

And here's more sounds from Tim Koch:

   Latest tracks by tiimko

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Funnies

Here's a pretty funny song by Tim Hawkins, updating some rock classics so the lyrics match the age:

The Pierces

The Pierces are sisters Catherine and Allison who went to New York City from their home in Alabama, and gained a really interesting sound. You can get this song free from their home page:

To The Grave

They have a new EP out, coming Real Soon Now in the US. It's called Love You More and this is the title track:

and here's a cut from their previous release, Thirteen Tales Of Love And Revenge. Really love the sound of this one!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

More Computer Magic

I love the sounds that NY DJ / music maker Computer Magic (aka Danz) produces and she has a couple new songs:

The End Of Time
Everyone Feels That Way Sometimes

Sometimes (only sometimes!) I really wish I lived in New York City. She does some DJing, some shows as Computer Magic, etc. Would love to catch her live!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Lots of good sounds from the previously mentioned Ghostly Swim collection. Here's a new one - a "group" called Deastro, which is really mostly Randolph Chabot. Here's the song from the collection:

Light Powered

And here's a cut from their Moondagger album:


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How German is it

Listening to the really nice Per Capita sampler on Amazon and my favorite song (from several) had to be

How German is it - Giving Up The Ghost

So I jumped over to Napster and gave their first (and only) album a listen and they have some solid songs. Check out their first CD, The Seasonal

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nat Johnson and The Figureheads

After Monkey Swallows The Universe, lead singer Nat Johnson went on to form her own group, adding The Figureheads. While the group has changed, the songs are just as sweet. Here's Wasted, from Roman Radio:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Boy Least Likely To

The oddly named English duo, The Boy Least Likely To, does some really great pop.

The One That I Want
When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Boy Again

And here's one of my favorites:

Apple Wagon

Friday, November 12, 2010

Monkey Swallows The Universe

Listening to the Allo Darlin' Automix on Napster, A10.2 and I heard and enjoyed this song by a now defunct group from England called Monkey Swallows The Universe:

Ice Cream Man

We really liked it, so I found a few more free downloads from iLike:

Time Will Be Last

And here's another one :


Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Classic Australian New Wave rockers Models play a mean drum in this song No Shoulders No Head from their 1991 release The Pleasure Of Your Company:

HT to the wonderful music site, Webcuts

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ghostly Swim

Found a pretty nice free download - Ghostly Swim is music from the Adult Swim set of shows on Cartoon network. You can play it here, and it includes the wonderful Chains by School of Seven Bells, mentioned earlier here on Vehement Flame.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Pipettes

The Pipettes have a pretty interesting sound - bright and bouncy. It's evolved over the last few albums, in no small part due to a complete turnover in personnel, into the current "girl group meets disco pop" incarnation of their latest album, Earth vs. The Pipettes. But it's still pretty good stuff.

Here's a song from their debut:

Pull Shapes

And here's a couple from Earth:

Call Me

Stop The Music

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Lily Allen

Lily Allen's very measured response to anti-gay bigots. Oh, and it's not safe for work either :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Allo Darlin'

Some really nice twee pop from Allo Darlin', a London group fronted by Australian Elizabeth Morris. First heard this on the October 29 show of Melody du Jour, my favorite radio show on my favorite radio station, WZBC. Alexandra rocks!

The Polaroid Song


Thursday, November 4, 2010

School Of Seven Bells

Listening to the Alternative Underground "radio" station on Napster and I stumbled across the song Chain from School of Seven Bells and really enjoyed it. Playing more from their debut album, Alpinisms, and yup, some good stuff!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Blonde Redhead

One of my favorite CDs from a couple of years ago was Blonde Redhead's "23" (pronounced "two-three"). The variety of styles and sounds was simply amazing. Here's two of my favorite cuts:

The Dress

Their recent CD, Penny Sparkle, has generated a pretty good amount of controversy, with some really digging its laidback style and others whining incessantly about it not being what they want from Blonde Redhead. I like it myself.

Here Sometimes

Tuesday, November 2, 2010