US: Baptized in Dirty Water by Chris Thomas King
It’s a slow-burning blues scorcher from Chris Thomas King, whom you might have seen playing bluesman Tommy Johnson in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Louisiana native’s latest LP is an ode to his New Orleans hometown and to the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina. In our Discovery Download this week, “Baptized in Dirty Water,” King sings about the levee that broke and the dirty water that rushed in, forcing many to confront — or reevaluate — their faith.
US: Change Feat. Lupe Fiasco by Joy Denalane
You could be forgiven for assuming that German songbird Joy Denalane is from Detroit or Memphis. Her earthy yet ethereal, silky, strong voice is clearly inspired by the sweet soul singers of the past and present, from Patti Labelle to Mary J. Blige. Better yet, she’s more than a voice: this sister is politically aware and she’s got a message. Don’t believe us? Take a listen to our Single of the Week, “Change (Feat. Lupe Fiasco),” and be uplifted.
US: Covert by Shorts International
The world of espionage and counter-espionage is alive and well. Surprising and intelligent. A demonstration of short animations at their most excellent.
US: Million Dollar Listing
When it comes to the Million Dollar Listing, it’s all about the big houses, big personalities, and the even bigger deals — especially when it’s about homes in the high-priced, flashy fantasylands of Hollywood and Malibu. This series follows two top real estate agencies and their hungriest powerbrokers as they try to reel in the biggest bounty possible. You’ll ride shotgun in their expensive luxury cars as they chase down the hottest listings, match up buyers and sellers, and then get everyone to the negotiating table as fast as possible. But you won’t believe what these agents will do to seal the deal. Each episode will feature a listing in both Hollywood and Malibu as viewers are taken through the life of the sale, from open houses to final offers and all the deal-licious drama in-between.
US: Eureka Pilot
For years, the government has been relocating the world’s geniuses (and their families) to the picturesque Pacific Northwest town of Eureka, where daily life straddles the line between unprecedented innovation and total chaos. US Marshal Jack Carter finds this out firsthand when he wrecks his car and becomes stranded there. After the town’s eccentric inhabitants unleash a scientific creation still unknown to the outside world, Carter steps in to restore order and consequently is let in on one of our country’s best-kept secrets.
US: Inside Battlestar Galactica (Season 2)
The last remnants of humanity are on the run, fighting an enemy they created — and they can’t detect. Now, as it prepares for a new season, take a behind-the-scenes look at life on board the Battlestar Galactica. Watch exclusive interviews with the people at the heart of one of television’s most acclaimed shows, from executive producer Ron Moore to cast members Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer, and Katee Sackhoff. Get up to speed with the crew’s adventures so far in this free episode, and get a sneak peek at some of the upcoming action in the new season, premiering January 6, 2006.
Australia: The Only Way by Gotye
Gotye (pronounced “gore-ti-yeah”) is the musical project of independent Melbourne songwriter and producer Wally De Backer. Gotye is also a mysterious contradiction that can perhaps only be explained by the symbols = and ?. Recorded in share-house bedrooms around Melbourne between 2003 and 2005, “The Only Way” is the lead track from Gotye’s acclaimed album Like Drawing Blood. It’s the musical equivalent of a Bollywood dance routine set to contemporary R’n'B, played out in a dark room — and our Single of the Week.
Canada: Listen Isa by Tomi Swick
Tomi Swick is not one to keep things inside. Priding himself for his openness and honesty, Swick lays bare the realities of relationships on his debut album, Stalled Out in the Doorway. The Hamilton, Ontario, native cites Radiohead and Jeff Buckley as influences, but take one listen to our Single of the Week, “Listen Isa,” and you might add Coldplay to that list.
UK Fancy Robots by Justine Electra
A native of Melbourne, Justine Electra now lives in Berlin, where she is fast making a name for herself both as a prolific song-writer and DJ. “I make music that is accessible to every single person that I have ever met,” says Justine, whose new album Soft Rock exemplifies her musical philosphy. Her folk and electro-inflected style relies on instruments as varied and eclectic as the characters in her often blues-tinged songs. Don’t miss out on our Single of the Week: “Fancy Robot”.
France: Funky Fire by The Aggrolites
Habile mélange d’influences, le son des Aggrolites emprunte principalement au reggae jamaïcain des années 60, mais aussi à la soul et au funk américains. Originaires du sud de la Californie, les Aggrolites sont issus de la scène punk rock et ska. Leurs apparitions scéniques déclenchent l’hystérie à travers le monde, et concentrent en concert le meilleur de l’énergie reggae, ska, punk, soul et funk. A découvrir en single gratuit de la semaine sur iTunes.
Deutschland: Everybody’s Darling von Soffy-O
Deutschland: Remmidemmi (Yippie Yippie Yeah) von Deichkind