Some top music

Perhaps I’ve just not been paying attention to new music in recent times but it seems there’s been a sudden influx of fantastic albums lately. Starting with The Delays “You See Colours” a couple of months ago, which came out of nowhere for me as I’d never even heard of the band. Pure catchy electro pop with a dusting of guitars. Sweet. Very interesting, unusual sound/production.

Snow Patrol‘s fourth album “Eyes Open” hit bang on target, just as good as “Final Straw” if not an improvement. I wonder if Gary has had vocal coaching or maybe it’s just all that touring. In any case, his voice seems to have found new range and strength.

I only noticed The Feeling when I saw there album was number 2 in the charts so it’s fair to say I’ve probably missed everyone raving about them. Looking them up on Wikipedia I notice Chris Moyles has been championing them and since I now only get his podcast perhaps I’m actually missing out on some good music! Never-the-less, anyone who’s not heard “Twelve Stops And Home” go and get it now.

Gomez never dissapoint and it’s hard to believe that “How We Operate” is their sixth studio album. Seems like only a short while ago “Bring It On” was doing the rounds.

Keane have certainly worked on their sound for “Under the Iron Sea”. A lot more work has gone in to the production and it’s a great follow up album, even if the songs themselves perhaps aren’t quite as strong.

Finally, The Automatic – “Not Accepted Anywhere”. Worth checking out even though the backing singer doubling up the main vocal in a shouty stylee is a bit irritating for a whole album!

At some point I’ll do a post on some of my all time favourite albums but in the mean time, Mr Dashwood highly recommends Rage Against the Machine, Faith No More, Soulwax, Peeping Tom, Ben Folds and Antony and the Johnsons. That should keep your ears happy for now 🙂

RoundCube Webmail

Hayley asked me to install a web mail client on her domain a while back which might get past her work’s web filter (they don’t like you checking email at work). I came across RoundCube Webmail and got it installed in 5 minutes.

Haven’t had time to really put it through it’s paces but the interface uses AJAX to good effect, much like GMail, but less cluttered. It certainly beats NeoMail, Squirrel Mail and Horder which were the pre-installed options bundled with cPanel and I would highly recommend anyone interested try it out, despite only reaching a 0.1 beta release it seems to handle basic functions faultlessly.