The band is called Alt-J and they live and record in Cambridge, UK. I'm feeling quite happy right now because they've just been added to this years End of the Road festival line up and I've just bought my tickets (4th time!). Other new festival additions include ALT-J, CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, GRAHAM COXON, GRAVENHURST, HORSE THIEF, HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF, KING CHARLES, PATRICK WATSON, SAVAGES, THE STEP KIDS, WOODS and ZACHARY CALE. Some names I recognise, some I'm going to need to familiarise myself with. Will definitely be aiming to see these guys.
(Footage is from the beautiful 1988 film "Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation.")
or there's this video version:
Album: An Awesome Wave
Album Release Date: May 28th 2012
So we're moving house and everything is a little chaotic. We're leaving London for the city of dreaming spires, Oxford. It's all change around here and I'm using the soothing ska- filled tones of Baba Brooks to help keep me sane as I pack yet another box. How did we get so many books? I have been selling some of our furniture via local forums and have met the strangest of people. It's been quite a time. I've also been stood up while selling a shelf for a fiver, this has to be up there as being one of the low points of the experience so far, that and the seemingly endless trail of potential home buyers treking to and fro through our living room. There are 2 here right now - it's OK, it's not my house, I don't have to do anything. Deep breaths, here's Baba.
P.S. Wanna buy a sofa?
Artist: Oswald 'Baba' Brooks Song: The Portrait of my Love Year: 1963
Confession time. I wasn't sold the first time I heard Caitlin Rose. I then saw her play live and still wasn't convinced, but now... at last, I finally get it! When did this happen I hear you ask? Somewhere in between peeling the carrots and pouring myself a glass of wine while listening to the repeat of her playing a session the BBC 6 Music Marc Riley show. Something clicked. Such a lovely voice on this session, and on this song in particular. It took me a while but I'm converted. Enjoy.
Artist: Caitlin Rose Song: For the Rabbits Album: Own Side Now Album Release Date: August 9th, 2010