Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Festive Treat # 1 Landslide

<a href="http://catherinead.bandcamp.com/track/landslide">Landslide by Catherine A.D.</a>

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As a little Christmas gift I've home-spun some songs that you can listen to and download. The first is my version of the ever-glorious Stevie Nicks' song Landslide. I was lucky enough to get to see Fleetwood Mac play this year and this was sooooo incredible live (I am literally obsessed with the whole Buckingham-Nicks saga).  My good friend Padraig Whelan lent his voice too, singing backup (which you'll be hearing a lot more of next year when his album will be released).

Hope you enjoy xox
Track Credits:
Catherine AD: Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Synths, Programming
Guest Vocals by Padraig Whelan - www.myspace.com/theholysamanas
Photo by Rick Morris Pushinsky - www.pushinsky.com

Monday, 21 December 2009

Tracks of the Year

You can listen to my playlist on Spotify here :
Polly Scattergood - Breathe In Breathe Out
Stripped to its bare bones, this is a gorgeously simple piano song with a stunningly stripped breaking vocal that sounds right at the edge of everything.

"lived such a little but loved such a lot"

 St Vincent - The Strangers
One of the albums of the year that had me simultaneously enraptured and jealous in equal parts. A huge talent. So much wit and wisdom in her lyrics.

"paint the blackhole blacker" 

Manic Street Preachers - Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
Hard to pick a favourite from this album which lyrically, for me,  has no equal this year. I got to talk to Nicky Wire about how much the lyric made me laugh too... Reminds me of the best bits of Larkin and it makes me sad that we won't get to hear any more new songs with lyrics by Richey James Edwards...

"situationist sisterhood of jackie and joan"

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Zero
Winner in the huge fucking anthemic chorus category. Saw them at Reading this year. Would probably turn for Karen O.

Fever Ray - When I Grow Up
Haunting and hugely inventive. Winner in the best lighting category. Her laser show is fantastic. I really can't recommend this whole album enough as it feels like cutting off an arm to isolate one track.

"I put my soul in what I do / Last night I drew a funny man with dark eyes and a hanging tongue / It goes way bad, I never liked a sad look /From someone who wants to be loved by you"

Black Hearted Love / A Women A Man Walked By - PJ Harvey and John Parish
Winner in the best use of a bouncy castle in a music video. Love this first track for the slo-mo PJ jumping Chapman Brothers' video alone. PJ & JP's first album is one of my favourite records EVER so have been playing this quite a lot and had to put the second track on too because you just won't hear anything like this anymore (outside of a Capt. Beefheart convention).

"I wanted to explore the damp alleyways of his soul"

Sit Down By The Fire - The Veils

Ok. Kinda cheating cos I sang on this one but they are just so hugely underrated and I'm so glad I got asked to do this otherwise I would never have discovered my new favourite band (MNFB). Beautifully dark stuff. Also check out 'Lavinia' and 'The Letter': Equal parts raving Tom Waits lunatic and fragile Buckleyesque beauty.

"It's hard to say but I think you'd better / Just say you don't love me you don't love me anymore"

Tara Busch - Pour the Bottle Pt. 1
An uncompromising independent talent, Tara came to my attention through her Bat For Lashes Remix and I've been listening to her so much ever since. She's so inventive with her soundscapes but this track showcases her more experimental side (oh and she did a brilliant job remixing me too here)

Wild Beasts -  Hooting & Howling
Just adore the vocal on this. Reminds me of the amazing Billy Mackenzie and I'm a sucker for a falsetto...

Paramore -
All I Wanted
A guilty pleasure that has turned into a full on obsession.

"I could follow you to the beginning   / just to relive the start"

Moon and Moon - Bat For Lashes

First heard this on The Culture Show a year or so ago. My favourite from the new album.

"I'd be boy and you'd be girl"

Tori Amos - Give / Flavor
Back to her sultry best, this first song is a metaphorical narrative about the vampiric nature of being a musician... or so I think I suggested when I was lucky enough to interview her earlier this year!
'Flavor' is just spectacular so I had to put that on as well.

Sufjan Stevens - Movement II Linear Tableau With Intersecting Surprise
I don't think Phillip Glass had an album out his year but this is almost as good.


These were my tracks of 2009... now tell me yours


Thursday, 17 December 2009

PEACE Amnesty Compilation

I'm really pleased to be involved with BuffetLibre's PEACE project.

Brought together by Barcelona DJs Buffetlibre and co-produced by Amnesty International, artists from over 50 countries are donating exclusive songs for a very special compilation. The resulting collection of songs will be digitally available worldwide on March 1st 2010, letting listeners pick their own price for the album, with a minimum donation of €2. All proceeds will go to Amnesty International's humanitarian aid projects in areas of conflict.

The PEACE lineup includes: Marc Almond, Mogwai, 4hero, Patrick Wolf, The Durutii Column, Micachu & The Shapes, A Certain Ratio, Catherine AD, Darren Hayman, Dubstar, Ed Harcourt, frYars, Frankmusik, GoldieLocks, The Boy Least Likely To, Micah P Hinson, Dan Deacon,Voxtrot, Marissa Nadler, Girls, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Antlers, Asobi Seksu, Spinto Band, Ra Ra Riot, Jeffrey Lewis, The Veils, The Vines, Fennesz, Amiina, múm  and many many more!

For the full line-up see: http://www.buffetlibredjs.net/peace.html

Once Upon A Lie

A sneak peak of one of the tracks from the recent studio sessions...

<a href="http://catherinead.bandcamp.com/track/once-upon-a-lie">Once Upon A Lie by Catherine A.D.</a>