Band of Blogs: Grimes, Santigold, My Morning Jacket & Dirty Gold

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Dirty Gold

Some music blogs are touting this band’s song California Sunrise as a potential summer hit. It’s got percussion, hazy melodies and like all great summer anthems, it recalls taking in some beach sun and has a hint of flute in the background.
Listen at New Music Collaborative


Montreal’s Claire Boucher (pictured) solo musical project sees her combine cutesy cooing vocals with home-made synthesizer-led arrangements. Grimes plays Whelan’s, Dublin on May 15th.

My Morning Jacket

Long under-appreciated this side of the Atlantic, the Louiseville rock band’s epic new seven minute track Circuital (and album of the same name) suggests the band may make the required moves into public consciousness later this year.

Listen at Sloane Ranger

Santigold returns

It’s been three years since Ms. Santi White dropped her debut album. Finally, it appears she is gearing up for a solid return if Go, a bleepy, urgent pop song featuring vocals from Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and posted on Jay-Z’s site is anything to go by.

Listen at Life and Times

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That Can Be My Next Tweet & other sites of the week

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That Can Be My Next Tweet

Nonsensical but addictive fun in the form of mixed up tweets from your Twitter timeline.


Otomata is a cool generative musical sequencer aka a brilliant timewaster.

Creative Control

High quality curated video sites are all the rage at the moment. Creative Control offers original shows, music videos, shorts and more with an emphasis on soul, rap and R&B.

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FundIt – Ireland’s creativity crowdfunding project

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In corners of the internet, far away from funny cat videos and celebrity gossip, there is some real-world positivity happening. Despite what Youtube comments might have you believe, we, the people, are a benevolent bunch. Crowdfunding platforms including Pledgemusic, Kickstarter, Slice The Pie and Sellaband have proven that where there is the promise of great art there can be success. Now it’s Ireland’s turn thanks to

Fund It launched last month with an emphasis on facilitating projects from creators in fields like art, design, events fashion, film, music and performance. The crowdfunding concept allows an ordinary and interested citizen to make a financial contribution towards these projects. In return, the artist get to make their idea a reality. With arts funding suffering in the current economic climate, FundIt, (which ironically itself was part-funded by a technology grant from Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht) offers a way to bypass traditional financial models. (more…)

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