Musings about music.

Friday, April 23, 2010

An Horse - Postcards

New video up from An Horse for their song Postcards.

I really like what they did here, I think it's inventive and I'm glad they did a video for a song that I like so much.

An Horse is currently on tour with Kaki King, if you get a chance go see them!

While you're at it Kaki just released her new LP Junior. I haven't gotten a chance to pick it up yet but I've never been let down by her and I'm hoping to get it soon.

Sarah Harmer - Oh Little Fire

After five years Sarah Harmer is releasing a new solo album. It's called Oh Little Fire, and is due to be released on June 22 via Zoë/Rounder.

You can hear the albums first single Captive on her official website. It's a little faster and more "rock" then I am used to from her but I'm really liking it so far and looking forward to hearing more.

Check out Sarah's Myspace here.

Andrew Bird - Meet Me Here At Dawn (cover)

Andrew Bird and Priscilla Ahn’s cover of Cass McCombsMeet Me Here at Dawn is really stunning. This video is part of The Voice Project, “a song-driven movement inspired by the women of Uganda who are using their voices and songs as vehicles for change in the war-ravaged region of Northern Uganda, Southern Sudan, and Eastern Congo.”

I've enjoyed all of the videos posted and it's worth checking all of them out here.

Andrew Bird » Cass McCombs from The Voice Project on Vimeo.

Slow Runner - Trying To Put Your Heart Back Together

I was initially interested in watching this video from Slow Runner because one of their band members is a member of the band Jump little Children whom I used to listen to a lot. I really like it and will probably seek out some more music from them. They seem like a pretty cool band, with a clever bio, and a nice relaxing sound.

Mates Of State - Crushes

Mates of State, one of my favorite husband/wife duos in the music scene, have announced that they will be releasing their album Crushes this summer. It is the first full length album both recorded and produced by the couple.

The LP consists of 10 tracks, all cover songs and I'm anxious to hear it. The track list is as follows:

1. Laura (Girls)
2. Son et Lumiere (The Mars Volta)
3. Sleep the Clock Around (Belle & Sebastian)
4. Technicolor Girls (Death Cab for Cutie)
5. Long Way Home (Tom Waits)
6. Love Letter (Nick Cave)
7. Second Hand News (Fleetwood Mac)
8. 17 Pink Sugar Elephants (Vashti Bunyan)
9. Roller Coaster Ride (Dear Nora)
10. True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston)

Get a free MP3 of the first single Laura on their official site. If you're not familiar with the pair, head over to their Myspace to listen to some older tracks.

Artist To Watch - Lonely Drifter Karen

Photo taken by Sandrine Derselle via LDK Myspace.

Lonely Drifter Karen is a trio of people with different musical backgrounds, from folk and rock to cabaret, experimental, classical, pop music and more. The band consists of Austrian singer Tanja Frinta, pianist and producer Marc Melià Sobrevias from Spain, and Italian Giorgio Fausto Menossi on drums and percussion. It originally started as a solo project for the vocalist and evolved into the current line-up.

Their album Fall Of Spring was just released via Crammed Discs and it's well worth a listen. You can get it on Amazon or iTunes. It can also be purchased via Crammed Discs.

Artist To Watch - Adrienne Pierce

Vancouver native Adrienne Pierce is releasing her third album this June and I am super excited for it's release. The first track made available is Monsters and I really like it.

I had never heard of Adrienne before, but Wears The Trousers did a write up about her upcoming LP Oh Deer and after doing some more research and listening to some tracks on her Myspace, I can't wait to hear the rest.

Also look at that cover, how could I possibly not love it?!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Artist To Watch - Claire Small

I'm really digging this artists. Claire Small is about to release her third album but I only heard about her a couple of weeks ago. She's like a twangier Ingrid Michaelson.

You can get a free download of her song How Do You Like Love on her official site. It is the title track of her newest album, set for release on May 18th from Freedom Records.

Also check out her Myspace for some previously released tracks.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Bird and the Bee - Interpreting the Masters Vol. 1

Can I just say... I LOVE THIS ALBUM!

I grew up listening to Hall & Oats and to hear them redone with the sort of indie pop melodies I have grown to love from The Bird & The Bee is really awesome.

They stuck to classic H & O without throwing in many tracks that were not big hits for the original artists. I am really growing to adore their covers. Their version of I'm Into Something Good from the Valentine's Day soundtrack has been really heavy in my rotation recently.

Even if you're not a fan of Hall & Oats this is worth checking out! You can get the CD on Amazon or download it from iTunes. The iTunes link is also featuring the originals presented in the same order as the B&B album.

I'm also pretty stoked that this says Volume 1, leading me to believe that they intend to produce more of these interpretation discs. I hope so, seriously loving this.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Artist To Watch - Alessi's Ark

Just discovered her, love love love this so far. She's been playing frequently with Laura Marling and that's a perfect fit as their music is really complimentary. In addition she's about the same age as Marling. The talent of these two girls who are 19 and 20 is still pretty astounding to me.

You can find several songs on her Myspace.

I'm particularly fond of her track Robot, which is still fairly new.

She recently moved away from Virgin, her major label record, to one of my favorite independent labels, Bella Union (Laura Veirs, Beach House, Fleet Foxes).

Her first EP with them was released at the beginning of April and you can purchase it on her official site.

Monday, April 12, 2010

March 2010

Sorry about the delay on this one... I had it finished last month but in my recent conversion from Windows Media Player to iTunes I managed to delete all of my playlists so March 2010 had to be started again from scratch.

In addition that transition to iTunes has been VERY time consuming for me because it has meant moving, cleaning, and organizing about 25,000 music files. I'm almost done with the move and I'm a lot happier using iTunes then I thought I would be (thank God for Tune-Up).

So, here's my March 2010 playlist, just click the album cover. I will be converting this and the previous 6 months of lists or so onto iTunes Imixes so that if you want to purchase the songs on iTunes it will be quick and easy :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Flamboyant Bella

I just read about this UK group last night but I can't stop listening to their song Abbi.

I'm posting a youtube link here so I can share it's awesomeness with you!

The singer's voice reminds me a lot of Kate Nash, probably one of the reasons I like it so much :)

The video cuts the last bit off but you can find the song on their Myspace as well.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ben Folds and Chat Roulette

So, lately Ben Folds has been using Chat Roulette during his shows.

If you aren't familiar with the site, basically you get on your webcam and it randomly connects you to someone else with a cam and you can "chat".

I've not personally used the site, but I hear it's mostly penises... However, as you can see here, when you log on with a massive crowd of fans and a piano, hilarity ensues.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Artist To Watch - Lost in the Trees

All Alone In an Empty House, due May 11 from Anti, is an expanded and remixed version of Picker and company's 2008 album, with two additional tracks. Noted indie producer Scott Solter (Spoon, St. Vincent) worked with Picker on the revamped and expanded (and, in parts, re-recorded) version of House, an album that received solid reviews but limited, small-label exposure.

Very mellow orchestral pop, I'm liking what I've heard a lot, definitely an album to look out for.

You can Pre-Order on Amazon.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hayley Hutchinson - Ghosts In The Trees

I initially checked out this album because I really liked the cover art, I'm really glad I did :)

Hayley Hutchinson is a British singer-songwriter, born in Northumbria in 1981. Much of her childhood was spent living on a croft in Scotland where she taught herself to sing by harmonizing to Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. As a teenager she moved to York where the likes of Neil Young, Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons inspired her to pick up a guitar and write her own songs.

Since then she's produced a steady amount of independently-released albums and toured extensively.

March 30's Ghosts In The Trees, her third LP has a little more pop influence and a little less blue-grassy feel but it comes together really nicely.

You can check out some tracks from it on her Myspace. The whole thing is only $6.99 on Amazon, and well worth it!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Alanis Morissette - I Remain

Alanis Morissette has recorded a song for the upcoming Prince Of Persia movie and it's currently streaming on Spinner.

I'm a pretty big fan of hers and I really like this song, I love the Arabian music.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Kaiser Cartel - Secret Transit

I don't have details yet other then it's coming out June 8th, it's called Secret Transit, and cover art has been posted.

I'm really excited for this, I LOVE their first LP March Forth.

While I'm at it, stop by Daytrotter and download their in studio album for free!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dum Dum Girls

Released on March 30, 2010 I will Be, the first album from California's Dum Dum Girls is full of catchy, upbeat tracks.

They are currently on tour and recently played NYC.

They've been generating a lot of buzz the last few weeks in the blog circuit and they are worth your time, fans of girlie rock music like Sleater-Kinney or Throwing Muses will particularly enjoy what they have to offer.

I will be is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Check out the track Jail La La below.

The Civil Wars - Poison & Wine

This duet is so beautiful. I think I watched this video like 20 times today. I don't think I can describe it better then a YouTube commenter already has...

wild7card7 Firstly I must say, beautiful.
My thoughts on this differ then the few I have read. I feel this song and video are speaking to the trials and tribulations, the struggles and strengths and the intensity of love. We don't chose who we love - that pull - that draw can be so strong - so overwhelming that you feel it's beyond your control. Love can be tough. It can make your heart ache and it can make your heart sing. This song to me is a representation of the painfully beautiful elements of love. 4 days ago
TheCivilWars (uploader) LOVE this response. Thank you! 3 days ago

Then I downloaded their EP on iTunes... All of the songs are really good and I highly recommend it.

Also they have a live album available for free download on their Myspace.