Bowie here, there and everywhere

Saturday, 15 November, 2014 0 Comments

On Monday, David Bowie will offer the world an early Christmas present in the form of Nothing Has Changed, which covers his music from 1964 to 2014, with some previously unreleased material among the 59 tracks in the three-disc box set. To coincide with this cornucopia, Bowie has issued a très noir video of the first track, Sue, featuring the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Filmed in New York and London, the clip was directed by Tom Hingston. And for those who can’t get enough of the stardust, Hamish Hamilton has made a film about the closing night of the Bowie exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum last year. As we look back at what’s taking shape as Bowie’s legacy, let us not forget that he once said, “Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.”

Jessie Ware: Tough Love

Saturday, 25 October, 2014 0 Comments

At midnight on 13 October, Jessie Ware tweeted, “#ToughLove my second album can now be yours. Goodnight!” Following the release of her debut album, Devotion, in 2012, Ware was called “the missing link between Adele, SBTRKT and Sade.” Pitchfork says that her latest, “Tough Love” compares to “Prince at his minimalist ’80s best.” This is modern pop + R&B, and along with the Adele and Sade echoes there are hints of FKA twigs and La Roux in the mix.

Southern music

Saturday, 11 October, 2014 0 Comments

They’ve been described as too country for rock and too rock for country. Blackberry Smoke, from Atlanta, Georgia, blend folk, bluegrass and blues into what they call “southern music.” Their next album, Holding All the Roses, is due early 2015.

The Innerworld of Electric Youth

Saturday, 4 October, 2014 0 Comments

Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin are Electric Youth, a synth-pop duo from Toronto. On Tuesday, they released their debut album Innerworld and here’s the second track.

Elliot Goldenthal and the sound of LA

Saturday, 27 September, 2014 0 Comments

He won an Oscar in 2002 for Best Original Score for Frida, and on Wednesday he conducted the City of Prague Philharmonic in his Alien 3 Suite at the city’s Film Music Festival. For this clip, Gavin Heffernan used another soundtrack by Elliot Goldenthal. It’s from the 1995 thriller, Heat. Very LA.


Friday, 5 September, 2014 0 Comments

Rainy Day is now being powered by version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honour of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman. Blurb: “Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah — embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time. We’ve expanded the services supported by default, too — you can embed videos from playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED.”

Tom Rosenthal

Saturday, 23 August, 2014 0 Comments

“Everybody has a song in them,” says Tom Rosenthal. And he adds, “If you’ve ever made breakfast, you’ve created something. If you’ve ever told a lie, you’ve created something. If you’ve ever dreamt at night, you’ve created something. To be alive is to be creative.” Rosenthal is an original and a creative songwriter.

Daphne Guinness

Saturday, 16 August, 2014 0 Comments

Along with being an heir by direct descent of Arthur Guinness, the 18th-century Dublin creator of the dark beer that still bears his name, Daphne Guinness is an artist who has experimented with fashion, design and photography. Now, she’s turning her hand to music and her debut album is set to be released next month.

Malcolm Holcombe

Saturday, 9 August, 2014 0 Comments

Singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe is a wild natural in a world that adores the Photoshopped fraud. A native of North Carolina, he tells tales of small-town life battered by hard times. The lyrics are filtered through a sour-mash voice and the distillate is folk, blues and country in its content and colour.

Jenny Lewis: Just One of the Guys

Saturday, 2 August, 2014 0 Comments

“The voyager’s in every boy and girl / if you wanna get to heaven, get out of this world.” So sings Jenny Lewis in the title track of her first solo record in six years. The Voyager was produced by Ryan Adams and Mike Viola, with an assist from Beck. The result is, as one would expect, a pleasure. Here, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson step in as the backing band.

Acapella Ireland

Saturday, 12 July, 2014 0 Comments

Portland, Oregon songwriter Courtney Jones is the voice behind the layered acapella harmonies of “Weightless”, which is taken from her album Awake and Dreaming. The music matches the mood of this clip of Ireland as seen by Jonathan Haring.