Down On The Corner

I present to you Alabama Shakes.  You may not know much about this Athens, AL female lead rock and roll band right now - but I promise you will hear much more from them in 2012.  Taking CMJ by storm, signing with ATO, and selling out small club rooms all over the nation with just a 4 song EP released (full length LP out in the spring), Alabama Shakes are about to grab a lot more attention extremely fast.

Brittany Howard is the catalyst behind Alabama Shakes, drawing comparisons to Janis Joplin and Robert Plant by music industry folks galore.  Her sound is…well…you just have to hear it.  It will stun you.  It will make you cry.  It will have you jumping up and down - dancing like a maniac.  But after all, isn’t that what real, soulful music is supposed to do?  The rest of Howard’s band isn’t going anywhere though.  An incredibly talented cast of musicians that compliment what their leading lady does on the mic to the fullest.

The recent and ferociously rapid success of Alabama Shakes should be accompanied by the thought that they have all been playing music since their teens.  Recently quitting their day jobs to hit the road on their current tour, the success train is just leaving the station - and it looks like it’s going to be fun ride in 2012.

Alabama Shakes are currently on a U.S. tour, and hitting Europe in Feb. 2012. 

Washington D.C. friends - don’t miss the 9:30 Club show on 12/31 w/ Drive-By Truckers.  Best way to ring in the New Year.

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Alabama Shakes - Hold On

Alabama Shakes - You Ain’t Alone

GOTYE /// DOTC Today

Belgian born multi-instrumentalist Wouter De Backer released an album this year that is definitely in the running for best album of 2011.  You probably know Wouter better as Gotye (pronounced Gaultier “like Jean Paul Gaultier”, my girlfriend says), and his latest independent release Making Mirrors has taken the breath away from music fans all over the world.  A delightful cross between Peter Gabriel and Kenny Loggins, Gotye spans all genres with his latest EP.  The most popular and blogged about track to date, Somebody That I Used To Know, is quite possibly the best/saddest song of 2011, and features fiery and talented up and coming New Zealand artist - Kimbra.

Need a pick me up on a rough day?  Listen to I Feel Better or In Your Light, two tracks that are sure to lift your spirits.  State Of The Art, my favorite track on the album, lyrically explains the process of recording this particular song while musically venturing over to hints of reggae.  I’ve included this track in today’s post - complete with lyrics to read along to, while listening.  Brilliant.

Be sure to check out Gotye’s website for an interestingly intriguing take on a bio that begs you to read until completion - see the “about” section.  Also, do yourself a favor and go buy Making Mirrors, if you haven’t already. 

If you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, peep the making of Making Mirrors (after the jump).  If you weren’t already sold on this guy, you will be after watching his creative process in action.

Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

Gotye - State Of The Art

When the Cotillion arrived
We threw out the television
Model D 575
Has custom flute presets
And Harmony-Plus in addition

Now for an arm and a leg
We get three half-dozen beats to choose from
So now we can pretend
That there’s an orchestra in the loungeroom

I put the Genie Bass on
So my left hand can play the choir
With 16ft Diapason
And Lowrey’s patented Orchestral Symphonizer

Banjo’s great on repeat
The kids want to play but they’ll have to be patient
The wife can’t help tapping her feet
It’s a genuine home entertainment revelation

State, state, state, state of the art
(State of the art)
(Hold the phone, it’s so)
State, state, state, state of the art
(Listen to the difference!)
State, state, state, state of the art
(By use of a computer)
(Oh my God, it’s so)
State, state, state, state of the art

Now we don’t want to go out
When we could spend the night at home with the Cotillion
Invite the neighbours around
Start the bossanova beat and limbo from the living to the kitchen

Enjoy the state of the art
The Magic Swing Piano really is astounding
Now we can’t tell them apart
But these amazing simulations end up sounding even better than the real thing

State, state, state, state of the art
(State of the art)
(Hold the phone, it’s so)
State, state, state, state of the art
(Computer controlled tone colour)
State, state, state, state of the art
(The marriage of music to computers is quite natural)
(Oh my God, it’s so)
State, state, state, state of the art
(It is time to hear the results)

(Hold the phone, it’s so)
(Oh my God, it’s so)

Gotye - The Making of Making Mirrors