Marbles – TRAAMS

Picked this one up from a Spotify playlist I’ve been following for a little while now. It’s curated by Spotify so I can confirm most songs are legit.

TRAAMS are sponsored and brought to you by Fat Cat Records, who also dish out tasty chicken dinners from PAWS and the likes. If you are into this current trend of paced guitar music then Fat Cat is a good shout to pick up some sweet new acts.

Over and out!

5 Songs Your Cat Listens To Whilst You’re Out

Ever wonder what your cat gets up to when you leave your house to go to work? Or go out to pick up some messages? Or how about when you go out for a “quiet drink” that turns into a two day bender? If you think your cat just lazes about and plays with the piece of string you’ve left him/her then you’re wrong. Your cat plugs in its Dre Beats and listens to its favourite tunes. Here’s the 5 songs your cat definitely listens to when you’re away.

1. Prince – I Would Die 4 U

Your cat digs the Purple One. He digs 80’s pop more than your gran likes making soup. Don’t let the song title fool you either, your cat wouldn’t die for you personally, Prince on the other hand…


2. U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

Bet you didn’t know that your cat’s a bit of a philanthropist like Bono. Your cat loves supporting charities, wearing stupid sunglasses and using an excessive amount of effect pedals. When your cat listens to this song, he’s thinking about one thing; where you’ve put the cat treats.


3. Tegan & Sara ft The Lonely Island – Everything is AWESOME!!!

Your cat’s life is pretty awesome and he’s got a song to compliment it. He gets to sleep when you’re working, he gets fed and you have to pick up his waste product. Your cat’s winning.


4. Michael Buble – I Got It Easy

Your cat loves a little bit of Buble and your cat’s got it easy. Very easy. He’ll run about for a solid 5 minutes and then take a little 3 hour rest because he’s tuckered himself out. It’s cool though because when he wakes up he’s getting fed.


5. Coldplay – Viva La Vida

You might not know this but your cat has plans to rule the world one day and this is his jam to get himself pumped up about it. He’s going to conquer mountains, eat cat food out of the queens crown, sit in on meetings with Barack Obama and probably stop the war that’s brewing in Russia. The only problem is is that you’ve locked him in.


(*Your cat might be female, if so change all the he’s and his’s to her and her’s*)

It’s hard to take finding out that your cat has a better music taste than you.

Think your cat listens to something different? Tell us!

Listen: Black Sabbath – God Is Dead

I will be honest with you I have never listened to Black Sabbath before now and as open as I am to listening and trying anything new once, the last thing I expected was to be now just into Black Sabbath. Who have been playing together a lot longer than I have been alive.

Is that not one of the charming characteristics of music? No matter how old you are or how old they are when it comes to music that whole age thing doesn’t really play a deciding factor.

Anyway, I got a first listen to this track a couple of weeks back although it was released on the 19th of April I was a little late on catching up. For a song that is almost 9 minutes long it sure doesn’t play like one. Usually with my short attention span I prefer 3-4 minutes for a song. However, ‘God Is Dead’ actually plays like 4 songs blended together like some fine aged whiskey. Even when it gets to the end you still want more. I’m sure from the decades the band have been together they have had time to perfect their dark craft.

The band has also released their new album ‘13‘, which hit all shops today. ‘13‘ saw original Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Toni Iommi and Geezer Butler reunite for the first time in three decades. For a taste of the album be sure to listen to ‘God Is Dead’ above and decide if it’s one for the wish list or immediate download.

5 Reasons Jack White is More Awesome Than You

1. Have you heard his latest album ‘Blunderbuss‘? Buy it and you will know why it’s reason number 1!


2. He isn’t just crazy talented, he is mindful of the world around him and charitable. He recently donated $142,000 (£92,798) to his hometown venue the Detroit Masonic Temple to allow them to pay off their back taxes and remain open. Due to this generosity it’s now being named after him. (Via NME)

3. He was The White Stripes.


4. He own’s the coolest music store in the world, Third Man Records. They even have a vinyl record recorder which is apparently the only one in the world.

5. Always ask for pictures of him. Don’t laugh and take them behind his back or this will be his response.


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Album Review: Jimmy Eat World – ‘Damage’

You may have heard of Jimmy Eat World. Jimmy Eat World formed in 1993 and came to prominence in 2001 with their album ‘Bleed American’, particularly the single ‘The Middle’, which I believe was bordering on massive. For the benefit of those who are sketchy on the details (oh ok, me), Jimmy Eat World consists of James Adkins (Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar), Tom Linton (Rhythm Guitar), Zach Lind (Drums) and Rick Burch (Bass).

Anyway, back to the subject at hand… Jimmy Eat World are set to release ‘Damage’ on 10th June of this year.

‘Damage’ is Jimmy’s eighth studio album. It consists of ten tracks and was recorded in the house of the album’s engineer/producer, Alain Johannes. ‘Damage’ will be available on cd, vinyl or to download. The lead single from ‘Damage’ was released in April and is called ‘I Will Steal You Back’. The video for this seems to be an on the road video, coupled with some live footage of the band. The song itself is quite reflective sounding, there’s certainly a more mature sound than I remember from ‘Bleed American’ (the song) and ‘The Middle’. This is something that Adkins had hinted at in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he suggested that as a 37 year old (he doesn’t look like a man three years shy of forty), he has a different perspective and that the world is a different place compared to when he was writing songs in the earlier years of the band. Adkins promised that Damage still had Jimmy Eat World’s energy. This is something I could probably echo having listened to ‘I Will Steal You Back’ as there’s certainly a tasty wee riff in there and it’s definitely a Jimmy Eat World song, which I’m sure will please their fans. If this is the lead single, it does bode well for the album.

jimmyeatworld2‘Damage’ kicks off with ‘Appreciation’. I really love the guitar parts at the start of this song it really gets you hooked. It’s really simple sounding, but effective. Again this song seems to echo quite a mature sound, it sounds like a breakup song… but without being sombre or morose. I think the chorus of ‘Appreciation’ is a lighters/mobile phones in the air affair… very lovely way to start an album. Having heard two songs (albeit in a strange order) I’m questioning myself for not listening to Jimmy Eat World a lot more previously. The titular song of the album ‘Damage’ is second on the album and despite not being of a slower tempo than ‘Appreciation’, it seems to have a more relaxed sound. There’s a chance that some of you will have already heard ‘Damage’, it was released on an E.P for World Record Store Day in April. ‘Damage’ manages to be relaxed sounding, but have a catchy chorus. ‘Lean’ is the third offering, for me it feels like it would fit perfectly on the soundtrack for Teachers. Teachers had one of the best soundtracks (if not the best soundtrack) of any TV programme of the noughties for me. This song has that vibe. I absolutely love the guitar solo in this song. Much the same is the first two tracks and the single, I am seriously questioning why I haven’t been listening more to Jimmy. Following ‘Lean’ is ‘Book Of Love’. This is not a cover of ABC’s 80s classic, much to my surprise, but that’s mainly because ABC’s song is called ‘Look Of Love’ (apparently). I don’t know if it’s the acoustic guitars or something else, but there’s a folksy feel to this song. It remains a pretty chilled vibe, it’s also very much less cheesy than ABC’s poorly named ‘Look Of Love’ (which I now love!). I say the song is chilled, but I also found the song quite serious… particularly as it neared its conclusion. The half way mark (fifth out of ten songs) is marked by ‘I Will Steal You Back’, which we’ve already talked about… well worth a listen.

‘Please Say No’ kicks off the second half of the album. This is a pretty slow affair, with the title forming the basis of the chorus (with some lovely ah’s thrown in). Again it’s pretty serious sounding, a further indication of the more mature sound that Adkins has hinted at. It may be that Jimmy Eat World’s sound has evolved to suit not only their own advancing years, but also their fan base getting older. I found this song pretty sad, it’s the first song on the album that’s lowered my mood a little… despite being of a similar disposition to the rest of the album (so far) and maybe I’m not a robot after all. ‘How’d You Have Me’ is a return to some lovely electric sounds. It’s probably the most up-tempo song on the album so far, it’s pretty punchy and that may well be the energy that Adkins hinted at. This might be the song that the casual listener/ignorant swine like myself might resonate with as of being of a Jimmy Eat World sound. It’s probably the closest on the album to the songs I know. ‘No, Never’ kicks off with some beats on the drum and is also pretty punchy, building to a cracking chorus. ‘No, Never’ had me bouncing my head and tapping my toes along.

The penultimate song on ‘Damage’ is ‘Byebyelove’. It seems to be a return to the slower songs, but this is no bad thing. ‘Byebyelove’ is a borderline power ballad, without the over the top frivolity that power ballads in the classic sense can offer. If someone’s not already christened songs as such, I’d quite like to state that ‘Byebyelove’ is the power ballad template for this decade. The album finishes up with You Were Good and it’s a fantastic way to finish this album. It meets the chilled vibe of the majority of the album, but with a cheeky bit of energy injected into the guitar part. Although this seems like a break-up song of sorts, it does not feel bitter or angry about it at all.

‘Damage’ certainly is a mature sounding album throughout. Generally there is a pretty relaxed vibe throughout the songs, with a couple of energetic bursts throughout. I enjoyed this album; however feel it lacked some more up-tempo songs. My highlights were ‘No, Never’ and ‘How’d You Have Me’… which were the more energetic and punchy efforts. I’d certainly recommend you give the album a listen from start to finish, I’m sure most Jimmy Eat World fans will love it. If anything I’ve now been prompted to go and have a proper listen to the band’s back catalogue. ‘Damage’, overall is a relaxed album with some bursts of energy left. It shows that despite being their eighth album, there is still life in Jimmy Eat World yet.

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Listen: MMX – Ritual

MMX-fishinasubIf you are a fan of White Lies crossed with a bit more computer input/output then you should definitely have a new obsession with MMX. A more tasteful art-filled approach than the White Lies, the deep rich bass with not as much pop structure is right on the money. ‘Ritual’, taken from their debut EP ‘Child’ landed in the top 50 iTunes Alternative chart. You can also see the band at this year’s Reading & Leeds festival alongside some June tour dates below.

MMX – UK Tour Dates June:

02 Liverpool, The Picket
03 Bristol, Louisiana
04 Manchester, Sound Control
05 Glasgow, King Tuts
07 Birmingham, Rainbow
08 Oxford, Jericho
09 Southampton, Joiners
10 London, Old Blue Last