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2012 So Far: Essential Reads

Whilst I obviously kind of enjoy listening to music, I also really enjoy reading about music. I studied my undergraduate degree with a strong focus on music journalism and music law, and I find a well-written analysis of the music industry just as fascinating as a finely crafted song. The music industry is a microcosm of the issues facing the world at large in the digital age, from the ‘ethics of free’, to the adaptability (or otherwise) of the law to suit digital media, to the cultures and forms of identity that have developed around bands, genres, and even websites. There have been some great articles written this year that touch on some of these topics, and here are some of my favourites.

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Tigertown ‘Lions And Witches’

Tigertown are a brand new discovery of mine, but I’m already really enjoying the Sydney six-piece band’s music, especially their latest single ‘Lions And Witches’, which is taken off their upcoming second EP. Their debut EP, released last year, was extremely well-received, and it seems that the band are onto a winning formula with their melodic, lush pop music. ‘Lions And Witches’ recently got the video clip treatment, and you can find that video below along with all the good stuff.

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Django Django ‘Default’

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you know that I sometimes get obsessed with songs for no particular reason, only to forget about them a couple of weeks later. I’m currently in the blissful first phase of this process with Django Django’s song ’Default’, taken from their 2012 self-titled album. I may be a bit behind the hype curve with this track, which has been floating around online for ages, but I don’t really care: it’s a fantastically fun track and if you haven’t heard it yet then you’re in for a treat.

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Jonathan Boulet ‘Trounce’

Jonathan Boulet has resurfaced following the release of his acclaimed self-titled debut record to announce his new album, the fantastically titled ‘We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart’, due out in June. We’ve already had one taste of it ages ago with ‘You’re A Animal’, and now there’s another track floating around the interwebs from the record in the form of ‘Trounce’. Have a listen below and then grab it for free in exchange for an email address via Modular People.

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Darren Korb ‘Mother, I’m Here’

I do like me the occasional video game, and one game I’ve been playing recently is a fairly well-known indie number called ‘Bastion’. Not only is the game absolutely stunning and completely beautiful, with art direction to rival the most expensive movies, but it also features one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard in a game.

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Mumford And Sons ‘The Enemy’

Here’s a new short but sweet song from Mumford And Sons, ‘The Enemy’, written for the movie adaption of ‘Wuthering Heights’. Apparently there are no plans to release the song properly, which is a bit of a pity because it’s rather awesome. At the moment you can only listen to it accompanied by a trailer for the film.

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