Music Discovery: March 2013

DebE —  March 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

I have been a bit lax doing this, but I thought it was about time I talked music again. I’m still part of The Countdown online music voting group, even though I’m finding time to dedicate to listening to music tight! At home, we pretty much have the Michael Jackson “This Is It” DVD on high-rotate at the toddler’s demand request — granted, he is learning some pretty cool moves — and at work they don’t like it when I stick my headphones in… I can’t really focus on new music while writing… leaving very little time to put into it! But I try. But enough about me… Here’s a sample video compiled by one of my fellow Countdowners. If anything appeals, I encourage you to go find out more! I love that I get to hear new music from places our radio/music video stations simply don’t play.

The songs competing (and the countries they hail from – flags & 2-letter codes):

:Croatia: 2Cellos feat. Lang Lang – Clocks – HR
:France: 1995 – Réel – FR
:Ireland: Aimée – Crashing Down – IE
:Japan: AKB48 – So long! – JP
:Switzerland: Anna Känzig – Don’t Get Lost- CH
:Belgium: Axelle Red = Rouge ardent – BE
:Bulgaria: Babyface Clan – No Pressure – BG
:Netherlands: Caro Emerald, – Tangled Up – NL
:Colombia: Carlos Vives – Volví a nacer – CO
:Korea: Casker – Zanhokhan yeohaeng – KR
:Sweden: Darin – Playing with Fire – SE
:Romania: Deepcentral – O stea – RO
:Australia: Echo and the Empress – One More Tear – AU
:Bosnia: Edo Maajka – Facebook – BA
:Estonia: Elina Born – Enough – EE
:Azerbaijan: Ell & Nikki – Priceless – AZ
:Malaysia: Ella feat, Ajai – Permaisuri – MY
:Italy: Eros Ramazzotti – Un Angelo Disteso Al Sole – IT
:Germany: Faun – Wilde Rose – DE
:Paraguay: Favio Diaz – We Should Be – PY
:Ukraine: Four Phonica – Everything Will Be Destroyed – UA
:Brazil: Fresno – O resto É nada mais (O Sonho de um visconde) – BR
:Lebanon: Ghida B feat. Beirut Biloma – Fly – LB
:Portugal: Gobi Bear – 3 Feet – PT
:USA: Hayden Panettiere – Telescope  – US
:Mexico: Hello Seahorse!  – No es que no te quiera – MX
:Belarus: Katya Ocean – 7ae neba – BY
:New Zealand: Kora – Little Star – NZ
:Latvia: Linda Leen – Pink Glasses – LV
:Spain: Lori Meyers – Planilandia – ES
:Denmark: Love Shop – Skyggehjerte — DK
:Norway: Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love – NO
:Greece: Marina Satti – Mia fora – GR
:Turkey: Mekanik – Seçilmiş hiç – TR
:Austria: Naked Lunch – The Sun – AT
:Algeria: Nassim Djezma – Romeissa – DZ
:Poland: Neo Retros – The On The Fence Offence – PL
:Costa Rica: Parque en el Espacio – Letters – CR
:UK: Petula Clark – Cut Copy Me – UK
:Hungary: Radics Gigi – Daydream – HU
:Ecuador: Rafael Cedeño.-Dime dónde estás – EC
:Canada: Ravenscode – District of Broken Hope -CA
:Serbia: Repetitor – U pravom trenutku – RS
:China: Shang Wenjie – Wang fei – CN
:Iceland: Sin Fang – Look At The Light – IS
:Uruguay: Sol Bauzá & La Banda Oriental – La muy fiel – UY
:Slovenia: Sonic Avenue feat Binna – Feel  – SI
:Czech: Sothein – Sothein – CZ
:Cyprus: Stefanos Dimosthenous – Akoma edo – CY
:Finland: Stratovarius – Unbreakable – FI
:South Africa: The Plastics – Best Pretenders – ZA
:Indonesia: The Triangle – One Sided Affair – ID
:Russia: Xuman – Play – RU
:Israel: Yotam Ben Horin – Distant Lover – IL

I have to admit to not naturally being much of a fan of Kora, the band I selected to represent NZ this month. But I figured they were as popular as they are for a reason… We shall see how they go. Traditionally, NZ lands somewhere in the top 10-20 ranks.

After not a lot of listening so far, my top picks are:

Eros Ramazzotti – Un Angelo Disteso Al Sole – IT
Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love – NO and
Xuman – Play – RU

in no particular order…




Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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