Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Here is another fine selection of tracks for you to devour, again all the tracks have their Album details as "Sonic Sandwiches" so you can just download them all and stick 'em on your ipod/mp3 player and listen to them when you want, this way you don't just hear them through your crappy laptop speakers.... let's get going;

This song is pretty special, I'm a big fan of acoustic singer/songwriters such as Elliott Smitt, Bon Iver, Bright eyes and the likes, and this guy can stand up against the best of 'em. While most of his stuff is is very simple with either a guitar or piano he also plays in a few other bands and projects such as Norfolk & Western and She & Him. He is only 22 years old as well.

While searching for new tunes, this guy's name just kept popping up and for good reason, he makes ridiculously lush Electronica (some would call it techno?), a lot of tracks get slapped together and rushed out but give this track a listen and you can tell that this guy spends a lot of time perfecting each little sound. A real builder.

Someone mentioned to me that a good few of the tracks I've been putting up here on the blog are "long" Well this groove bomb weights in at almost 12 minutes and I think it's all the better for it, it's a disgrace that radio/tv have forced song writers to try and keep it under 4 min.... it's a joke. Oh yeah, in case you didn't know Marvin Gaye is amazing.

Cramps - Human Fly
To balance things up, this song is barely over 2 minutes long, but it gets the job done in the time..... The Psychobilly rockers at their best, if you were going to have a Halloween party, these guys would be the band I would recommend!

I'm a big fan of punk, but it's one of those genres when you have to really search for the great bands, obviously Punk was originally a UK thing, but I think some of the best stuff came out of the states in the sort of "Post Punk" era of the mid-to-late 80's. I first heard this track about 12 years ago on a BMX video and it still rocks.

Beastie Boys are one of those bands that are pretty much allowed to do what ever they want musically and it's because they pull it off. They genre-jump more than any band that I know and they still managed to sound amazing. I'll never forget arriving at a gig of theirs years back and hearing them break into "Sure Shot" the entire place and myself went absolutely nuts! They have a new album coming out in September called "Hot Sauce Committee" Oh yeah.

I've seen LCD Soundsystem live a good few times and they always play into a song after "Yeah!" (which is a event in it's self) the first time I heard it I could not put my finger on what it was and kinda forgot about it, but then one day I was randomly flicking though my Ipod and there it was! I actually had it on my Ipod as "Carl Craig - Throw" but it was released under one of his aliases "Paperclip People". Such a great rolling bassline and people this bad boy is 15 minutes long. Get it into you Cynthia .

When I was a nipper I used to buy loads of music videos, just bands playing live for 1-2 hours and I could watch them for hours absorbing every little bit of it, and it was really the only way you could see what a band was like live apart from actually going to the gig. Now however by the time you get home from a gig some guy (probably me) has uploaded all the best bits to youtube.... which is great in one way, but did you see the Daft Punk coachella videos of them laying waste in their Pyramid before you went to see them? Imagine seeing that show with no idea what was gonna happen. Yeah. Talking heads made one in 1983 called "Stop Making Sense" and it puts every other concert video to shame, I wont bother trying to explain any of it, but it would be worth going out of your way to see it, even just for David Byrnes slick dancing.

A friend played this song for me at a party a few months back and it has been on constant rotation since, The opening cello piece caught my ears straight away and it is repeated though out the whole song on guitar, bass and cello again. Lou Reed has always been a bit of a unknown entity in my books, after the Velvet Underground he never really got it together enough to better their work but to me this track may just have gone and done that. Epic.

Here is another Techno track for you, while John Tejada's was a slow builder which doesn't really drop till around 3 minutes in, this track is an all out, end-of-night stormer which should really come with a health warning. Play loud. Play very loud.

As you may have guessed from previous updates, I love my Ragga & Dance Hall! This track was released in 1985 and was a missive hit in Jamaica and it's riddem has been sampled to death but I still think this is one of the best modern reggae tracks.

A bit of a one-hit-wonder but this track from Biz Markie is brilliant fun, he pours his heart out about getting burned by a girly he liked....... Can't see 50 Cent laying it all out like this.

Probably best known by most as covering "People are Strange" by The Doors on the Lost Boys oundtrack (or is that just me?) Echo & the Bunnymen only have a few real gems but in my opinion this is the best of them. You might recognise it from the film Donnie Darko.

One of my all time favorite bands in Broken Social Scene, they have such a unique and identifiable sound, their albums are works of aural art and live, they are one punch, knock-out good! If you were going to pick out one of their 19 members to be a fully fledged credible pop star, Leslie Feist is the one. Yummy.

A few people have been contacting me through blogger, if you want to email me directly it's sonicsandwiches@gmail.com - Keep the comments coming down below though!



Thursday, June 4, 2009


A few of you nice people, some I know, most I have never met before have emailed me to let me know what you think about the music I'm putting up here, keep the feedback coming, I probably wont listen to the negative bits but at least I know you care about the music!

Overall most people really liked the last playlist (Massive Sponge), so I'll start this update with another one. "$12 Off" is all numbered & named up properly and should have art work etc for ipod's and other mp3 players.

$12 Off - Sean Burke - Zshare.net - 198mb (It's worth it!)
(Follow the above link and wait for 30/40 seconds and download the file.

  • Elbow - Grounds For Divorce
  • Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes
  • Band of Horses - Our Swords
  • Modest Mouse - 3rd Planet
  • Trouble Andrew - Chase Money
  • M.I.A - Paper Planes
  • Aretha Franklin - Save me
  • Talking Heads - Girlfriend Is Better
  • Curtis Mayfield - Freddie's Dead
  • Foreigner - Juke Box Hero
  • craig mack - Flava In Ya Ear
  • Diplo - Dutty Six Pack
  • Nightmares on Wax - da Feelin
  • Santogold - Lights Out
  • Bloc Party - Mercury
  • Heatwave - Boogie Nights
  • Elbow - On A Day Like This
  • Fleet Foxes - Mykonos
  • M83 - you, appearing
  • Band Of Horses - The Funeral
(The rest of the links are all Right Click and Save As)

The very first song I put on the Blog was from a band called the "Archie Bronson Outfit" and loads of people have said they thought it was amazing, so for a little treat, here are two more songs from their 2006 Album "Derdang, Derdang"

They are currently in the studio and the new album should not be too far away and with Tim Goldsworthy (DFA) producing it, it should be nothing short of amazing. (No pressure!)

I love swearing as much as the next bloke, but I personally don't like the use of swear words in bands names, there are enough words in the the English language to avoid this and I also feel silly saying the bands name out loud if someone asks who they are..... although on the other hand, who knows maybe this is the tipping point of when certain swear words pass into everyday use (like damm). It's probably not though.

I played this next song on my Ipod on the bus coming home after work last October and it made me feel a little uncomfortable, It's 10 minutes long and is quite dark and menacing but I love it. It's certainly not to everyone's taste, but give it a chance and see what you think!

This is a hard sell. Lil Wayne is one of those rappers you see on Mtv and you just assume he's going to be like the rest of them, huge in the states, but only for an album or two and then wash out.... but his Album "Tha Carter III" is actually pretty decent, now i'm definitely more of a hip hop fan than a rap fan but I'll open my ear to anything decent. Here is one of the best tunes off that album and a remix by one of the Mad Decent crew, Toy Selectah. Straight outta Cricklewood!

I'm a fan of Benga, you guys liked the last tune, so here is one his first tracks from his 2006 Newstep album. It's very simple stuff, but it's has serious groove.....

I dig older music. Most of the time it's more soulful and a bit purer than most of the stuff that's around today, so here is 3 older classic tracks that I've been listening to loads recently;

That classic 5 note blues guitar riff at it's best!

Everyone knows this track, but most can't place where they have heard it, think racecars and Tom Cruise.... yeah.

This song reminds me of summer holidays from school as a kid and with the recent glorious sunshine we've been having here in Ireland, I thought it only right to get it out.....

Dancehall/Reggae/Ragga, I love 'em all and this track is one of my all time fav's. Real Ragga Reggae.

Kasabian are a tough group to describe, they have some amazing songs, but their albums never quite gel like you hope they would. This is their latest track which is also on that Sony TV advert with the spinny thing and the footballer.

Natasha Khan is pretty much a musical genius in my books, like a credible Lilly Allen who can actually sing as well as write, here is (after a bit of faffing from letterman) a great live clip of her singing that amazing song Daniel.

Check yourself before I nick your Nikes.......