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Laura Marling


Off the road for a month so back to posting music that is worthy, and what better way to begin than with the exquisite Laura Marling.

She has collaborated with the Mercury prize-winning producer Mike Lindsay and together they call themselves LUMP.

Curse of the Contemporary is their first offering.

Beck Song Reader

In 2012 Beck released Song Reader, an album of only sheet music with the hope that musicians would perform and record their own interpretations of his songs.

We now have a recording of these 20 songs from the likes of Tweedy, Norah Jones, Lord Huron, Jack White, Laura Marling, Jarvis Cocker, David Johansen, Eleanor Friedberger, Sparks, Jack Black, and Beck himself.

Listen here to Laura Marling singing “Sorry” followed by Jarvis Cocker’s contribution “Eyes That Say ‘I Love You’”.

Laura Marling “Sorry”

Jarvis Cocker “Eyes That Say ‘I Love You’”

Laura Marling

Laura Marling’s third album, A Creature I Don’t Know, has just been released.

Her two previous albums, Alas, I Cannot Swim and I Speak Because I Can, were both nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

And this exquisite singer/songwriter is only 21 years old.

Hear “Devil’s Spoke” from I Speak Because I Can from a previous podcast here.

“The Muse” is the first track on her new album.

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Noah & the Whale

Noah & the Whale are part of the indie folk scene out of London including notables Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling.

Laura Marling was actually an early member of the band before pursuing a solo career.

Last Night On Earth, the third album from Noah & the Whale, features

“L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” as the first single.

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“L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” by Noah & the Whale


The world of music is cyclical and goes into hiatus a few weeks before Christmas and into the new year. Slowly new music is released in January and gains momentum later in the winter flowing into the spring.

Bands that enthralled me last year included Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Avi Buffalo, Badly Drawn Boy, Beach House, Belle & Sebastian, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Delorean, The Drums, Dum Dum Girls, Eminem, Girl Talk, Glasser, Gorillaz, Janelle Monáe, Joanna Newsom, Karen Elson, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Matt & Kim, Mumford & Sons, The National, No Age, Perfume Genius, Phoenix, School of Seven Bells, She & Him, Shearwater, Sleigh Bells, Stars, Titus Andronicus and Warpaint.

And The xx continued to give me great pleasure.

Here you will hear the best new music as it becomes available.

Next week we will have an exclusive Cure video.

Happy New Year indeed.

The xx

The band The xx were just named the winners of the 2010 Mercury Prize awarded for the best album by a UK or Irish band. Established in 1992, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica took home the initial award. Other winners have included Suede, Portishead, Pulp, Badly Drawn Boy, PJ Harvey, Dizzee Rascal, Franz Ferdinand, Antony and the Johnsons, Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and Elbow. Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, Foals, Paul Weller, Dizzee Rascal, Corinne Bailey Rae and Wild Beasts were among this year’s nominees. The trio receives £20,000. “Crystalised” and “Islands” are two singles from The xx debut album xx, plus the song “Infinity” a personal fave.

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Oedipus Podcast #8: New Music for a Long Weekend

Laura Marling-“Devil’s Spoke”
Kate Nash-“Kiss That Grrl”
Janelle Monae-“Tightrope”
Cypress Hill (feauring Evidence and The Alchemist)-“Pass the Dutch”
In Tall Buildings-“The Way to a Monster’s Lair”
Matt Pond PA-“Starting”
Dum Dum Girls-“It Only Takes One Night”
Archie Bronson Outfit-“Magnetic Warrior”
Delorean-“Stay Close”
22-20’s-“Latest Heartbreak”
Janelle Monae (featuring Big Boi)-“Tightrope”

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