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MUTEMATH – Fallin’ [Like A Version]

If you missed MUTEMATH on today’s “Like A Version” on Triple J, then you missed out on 4 minutes worth of pure, pure music. I know that sounds an obvious statement, but I well and truly mean it. It’s not often these days that you hear pure, unbridled music. And holy shit, I loved it.

This makes me feel alive.

Listen. Love. Support.

Listen: MUTEMATH – Fallin’ (Alicia Keys Cover, Live on Like A Version)

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Ball Park Music – Do You Realise [LIKE A VERSION]

Really enjoyed this morning’s “Like A Version” from Ball Park Music, covering “Do You Realise” by the Flaming Lips.

And no, the fact that I used to work with one of the band members’ mother plays no part in this post :)

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The Tallest Man on Earth – Little Brother [VIDEO]

I remember back in the days when I lived in South Africa, we struggled to get good international acts to come out and play intimate gigs. No longer, it seems, as I’ve just come across this stunning recording of The Tallest Man on Earth playing a live show in South Africa, in one of my favourite cities: Cape Town.

The tune in question, Little Brother, is simply beautiful. Dare I say, it’s the favourite thing I’ve heard from Kristian Mattsson yet. And considering I’ve been writing about the guy for about four years now, that’s saying something.

Just beautiful. I wish I’d been there to hear it.

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Matt Corby – Like a Version (Brother & Lonely Boy)

Ok, so this happened this morning. I’ve been trying all day to put something into words here, but try as I might I just can’t… I’m left speechless.

All I have to say is: Matt Corby won Triplej today.
Watch these. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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New The National – Rylan & I Need My Girl

This weekend The National debuted two songs on Canadian Public Radio and… sigh. They are predictably gorgeous.

After much teasing about their new album, this is our first look at what the boys have been working on while wrapping up their final High Violet shows. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

The first track, Rylan, is a classic-National tune, with those precision drums and understated piano chords leading. The other, “I Need My Girl” sounds a little less polished, but all the more intriguing for its surprising folk-guitar led melody.

Listen to both below, and the catch the videos of the performances that the mp3s are taken from below that. There’s also a bonus video of our buddy Justin Vernon joining the boys for “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks”.

Listen: The National – Rylan
Listen: The National – I Need My Girl

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New Mumford and Sons – Ghosts [STREAM]

Since pretty much the release of their debut album, we’ve all been waiting with bated breath for Mumford and Sons‘ sophomore release. The band has teased us by road-testing quite a few of the rumoured new tunes while on tour; most recently, we wrote about “Home” here.

They’ve now debuted possibly my favourite of the lot, live on Philadelphia’s Radio 104.5 on Saturday. Marcus calls it “Ghosts That We Knew,” while Ben calls it just “Ghosts.” Whatever the title, I can tell you that it’s simply beautiful. Listen below.

You can watch the full performance here.

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Ryan Adams talks about (and performs) “New York, New York”

So this is a few days late, but Ryan Adams recently appeared on WNYC to talk about (and perform an absolutely killer version of) his tune, “New York, New York”. As WNYC says:

In the wake of 9/11, certain music that was recorded well before the attacks suddenly took on new meaning. Alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams joins us to explain how “New York, New York,” his country-pop rave-up about heartbreak in the East Village, was transformed by tragedy and triumph. Plus: Adams performs a stunning arrangement of the song at our piano.

Listen to Ryan’s thoughts on how “New York, New York” was changed by the events of 9/11… and watch the song video – which was shot on location just 4 days before the towers fell – below that.

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New Mumford & Sons – Home

Sophomore album pressure? Looks like Mumford & Sons don’t know the meaning of the term. Despite having that ever-so-slightly weighty debut release hanging over their heads, the boys show no signs of feeling anxiety. First they brought us that beautiful cover of England, and now – thanks to KBCOwe can hear this live take of their new tune, “Home”, which has been getting some spins on their latest tour.

“Home” will more than likely appear on Mumford’s second LP, which is rumoured to be out by the end of the year.