Roundin’ Up The Strays: Oh Land, Said The Whale, The Temperance Movement, Caroline Smith

Normally this space would be filled with the next chapter of The Story, my ongoing history of rock and pop as told through its essential albums, but the last few weeks have thrown me out of whack. Which is totally wack. And, like Stella, I must get my groove back. But first, let’s round ’em up.

Oh Land - Wish BoneOh Land – Wishbone

After fracturing her spine — probably by doing moves like the one on her album cover — this former ballet dancer from Denmark shifted into music. Now she makes catchy electro-pop that sounds like Lorde if she had grown up on Gwen Stefani.

The Scandinavian dance world’s loss is everyone else’s gain.

bleedtestSaid The Whale – hawaiii

If Spoon and The Shins got together over summer vacation to make a New Wave power-pop album, you’d have hawaiii. I don’t know why they spelled it with 3 i’s….cheeky monkeys, i suppose.

Anyway, they’ve won awards. They’re from Canada. They made a parody video of “The Fox.” What more could you wish for?

Temperance Movement_coverThe Temperance Movement – The Temperance Movement

I haven’t read any reviews about these guys, but I’m guessing The Black Crowes get mentioned a lot. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Heaping helpings of The Faces and Humble Pie with a little Southern rock sauce.

This album is for those of us who lament that “they don’t make ’em like they used to.” Because sometimes, they do.

Caroline Smith - coverCaroline Smith – Half About Being a Woman

If Xtina or Robin Thicke ever run out of collaborators, they can get their grown up R&B right here. Not too flashy. Just smooth grooves from the heart.

Smith says this video is “in celebration of the perfect body and every shape it comes in.” In case you were wondering.

2 thoughts on “Roundin’ Up The Strays: Oh Land, Said The Whale, The Temperance Movement, Caroline Smith

  1. Yep – can definitely hear The Black Crowes in The Temperance Movement. Also, cool to see Said the Whale on your blog.
    Hope the coming weeks are less wacky.

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