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Tea needs a soundtrack: Volume 3

Put the kettle on!

Grab your teacup, turn up the volume and listen to these great songs.

This music compilation features some more great songs of 2009 including a modern retrospective by some artists we’ve listened to for years.

We kick it off with Yo La Tengo and Spoon. They are followed by M. Ward, Great Lake Swimmers and Pete Yorn (and actress Scarlett Johannson) with a set of modern Americana rock. Death Cab for Cutie leads off an alt set which includes trance-master Moby followed by the Fleet Foxes. The Monsters of Folk and Jason Isbell (formerly of the Drive-by Truckers) rock us out before we reach back a few years for a set of awesome indie tracks by The Republic Tigers, Bon Iver, and Arcade Fire.

This sets us up for our look back to some great artists of the last 20 years with some new songs released in 2009. Dolores O’riordan starts it out before Zee Avi covers one of Morrissey’s hits, which, of course sets us up for the Moz himself as he Throws his arms around Paris. Legacy band Echo and the Bunnymen also released a new album in 2009, and their style is as relevant as it was back in 1984. We finish up with a great song by Modest Mouse and British supertalent Bat for Lashes. Click through to start the music

Tea needs a soundtrack: Volume 2

Put the kettle on!

Grab your teacup, turn up the volume and listen to these great songs.

This music compilation features some of the best new music released in 2009. We kick it off with New Zealand’s comedy duo the Flight of the Conchords, stars of the hilarious hit television series of the same name. Rodrigo and Gabriela show off with a rocking Mexican guitar instrumental.

We have Irish/Czech duo The Swell Season with one of their hit singles from this year. Julian Casablancas starts a set of music with some 80’s inspired dance pop, followed by the newest single from super-band Depeche Mode, while Fiction Family is here channelling their inner Cure. Animal Collective plays some of their incredible experimental music followed by indie band Nickel Eye.

The Wicked Devil remix of Cage the Elephant’s hit Ain’t no rest for the wicked shows up. We also feature two of the best female artists of the year, sweet-voiced Lisa Hannigan and Grammy-nominated Neko Case. The Decemberists present a track from their rock opera The Hazards of Love and the Grammy-nominated Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs set us up for a polished finish by the highly-talented, high priest of all modern music, Matisyahu.

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The Kinks – Have a cuppa tea

The Kinks were a British rock band formed in 1964 in Muswell Hill, London. They formed part of the British music invasion of the United States. The two founders, brothers Ray and Dave Davies stayed with the band for its entire duration of 32 years. In 1990, the original 4 members of the band – the Davies brothers, Pete Quaife and Nick Avory, were inducted into the Rock and Roll and Hall of fame. This song, “Have a cuppa tea”, released in 1971 on The Kinks Muswell Hillbillies album proclaims about tea that, “It’s a cure for tonsilitis and for water on the knee.” and “Tea knows no segregation, no class nor pedigree; It knows no motivations, no sect or organisation.”

Tea needs a soundtrack: Volume 1

Put the kettle on!

Grab your teacup, turn up the volume and listen to these great songs.

For our first music compilation we are starting out a variety of music with Paul McCartney and Youth as The Fireman. Emilíana Torrini shows up from Iceland with her international hit Jungle Drum and Denmark sends The Raveonettes. We are also featuring great songs by Jem, The Kooks, LCD Soundsystem, Bell X1, Duke Spirit, and The Gaslight Anthem. Click through to listen!

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