If You Wanna (Demo) Check out the Vaccines’ demo track If You Wanna, a foot stompin’ feel good track. Not really too much information on the band in general, but it doesn’t take long to realize how much you are going to like this track. via (wawstsf)
Blackbird through the Dark Singer Songwriter Patrick Park has been writing songs since he was a kid in Colorado. His most recent album, Come What Will is a haunting melancholy folk album with some beautiful moments in writing & vocals. Park’s voice is a melancholy, Elliott Smith-like heartbreaking sound, steered in a more traditional folk style. His album, Come What Will, released back in April 2010 was produced by Dave Trumfio (Built to Spill, Wilco.) Untethered to a label at the time, Park expressed an interesting and creative method of recording songs immediately after writing them, keeping them fresh, even a…
Justin Townes Earle performs “Slippin’ and Slidin’” from his new album Harlem River Blues. Directed by Tim Sutton.
Fistful of Mercy Fistful of Mercy (Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison) will release their debut album As I Call You Down on October 5th on Harrison’s own Hot Records. The eponymous track, Fistful of Mercy, is a melancholy acoustic track sung with a deep emotionality, and complete with sweeping harmonies. Fistful of Mercy will offer their fans a free download of the self titled song, “Fistful of Mercy” from their website in exchange for an email sign up or tweet about the release of the album. See www.FistfulofMercy.com/download for details. The band will also be touring for this album, November 9 Seattle, WA Showbox November 11…
Jukebox the Ghost is a is a Washington, D.C.-born, Philadelphia-based three-piece The band consists of Ben Thornewill (vocals & piano), Tommy Siegel (vocals & guitar) and Jesse Kristin (drums) whom are purveyors of fine indie-rock / piano-pop. My first experience with their music came at the hands of a cover they did of Jenny Owen Youngs Last Person. From there, I was intrigued and bought their debut 2008 album, Let Live and Let Ghosts. The album was chock full of fun tracks, Hold it In being one that really jumped out at me. The lyrics were fun, and lighthearted; the music was catchy and poppy. It all seemed bubbly and fun, without going overboard.
Fast forward to this week, and Jukebox the Ghost’s sophomore album, Everything Under the Sun, was released. When I first listened to the album, I was skeptical because of how much I enjoyed Let Live and Let Ghosts. After a few listens (10) I can certainly say this album is full of goodness. Its high spirited, fun loving, and a whole bunch of other positive 2 word descriptors. If you’ve followed along, you’ve heard their first released track Empire, what I’d call one of the best pop songs out there right now, the vocals sparkle, the song is incredibly catchy, and I think it’d be hard to find a better pop song out there right now. The melancholy, Summer Sun is actually one of my favorite tracks on this album. It begins in a melancholy, near ballad-like mood; builds to near anthemic levels. Even with this epic sounding build, it still comes across sweet and shows a growth on a musical level; after extensive touring and 2 years between albums this band is showing they have what it takes to make intelligent, insightful, and catchy music.
Too Much Sufjan Stevens has been a busy bee lately, dropping an EP a few weeks ago, releasing another single from his forthcoming album the Age of Adz, and now yet another single from the previously mentioned album. Check out Too Much, and get ready for the much anticipated Sufjan Stevens’ album the Age of Adz which will be released October 12th.
Jose Gonzalez’ band Junip released a video for their track Always. The video celebrates one of the most ridiculous competitions out there. Check it out. Junip’s album Fields arrives September 14 on Mute.
The F**k You Remix This had to happen, it was completely inevitable that someone remixes, or samples from Cee – Lo Green’s F**k You. What’s fantastic, is it’s Chiddy Bang, it seems as though everything he does right now is awesome. Check out the remix, and get ready for his upcoming album.
Gotta Get A Record Out Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin released a cover of Green’s Gotta Get a Record Out, to coincide with their new tour (in Boston tonight!). The cover was done with opening act of their tour, Telekinesis. Check out the cover, check out my thoughts on SSLYBY’s newest album Let it Sway, and buy the album here.