The soulful Chet Faker, known for his awesome cover of "No Diggity", has finally released a full length album. Titled Built On Glass, it is pretty much exactly as expected. In other words good stuff. Check out his first two singles here.
L.A. based rapper Rheteric Ramirez has a pretty mean flow about him. He got his name by making big splashes in the rap battle pool and continues to kick ass all over the place. Check out this live rendition of "Roskin Doblin".
The Cactus’ newest album Overstep came out on February 25th
on ATO Records.This is his fourth
solo studio album and clocks in at around 50 minutes. Mike Gordon “Cactus” is the bass player
for the band Phish and he likes to indulge in his own side projects. Mike is a funky yet weird cat and it shows on every one of his solo albums and tours. When he gets the chance to tour solo you should go check him out. Last month I had the chance to go see him perform the new ones live in Seattle. I enjoy his latest work and think you should give it a try!
When my loves 1,2,3 split up a while back, my poor lil' heart hurt for quite some time. There's nothing like watching a band that you love makes it's first few steps towards something big and then stumbling back into the dark. As music fans, we have all have had that band that you want to see make it (and to continue releasing new albums!). 1,2,3 is mine and they are back with their new album Big Weather out on May 27th via American Hermitage records. The band announced that they are going to offer a pay-what-you-can option for all digital copies, so there's no reason this album shouldn't be in your collection by the end of May!
If you had a chance to listen to their 2011 debut album New Heaven, then you will know that their singles are unpredictable, raw, and full of adventure. Please listen to this album at least once, for you will find yourself wanting to listen to it again and again. Personally, I find every song is different and defiant of traditional genres, and that is what I am looking forward to hearing on Big Weather.
It is very interesting to me that this album is inspired by a tornado that hit the lead singer and guitarist Nic Snyder's Aunt's house. 1,2,3 seems to have a passion for weather and climate changes, seasons, and the like. You hear it in their previous album in songs such as Heat Lightning. Here's to another wild ride with 1,2,3. Can't wait. Please listen to their first two new singles "Big Weather Pt. 1" and "Leave Me in the Sky With the Lawnchair" below and let us know what you think!
Man, this guy really needs to get an album together. His name is Shakey Graves, and he is due for big things. Here is his latest song plus another amazing rendition of "Roll the Bones". Is there anything he can't do?
The London based band, Fanfarlo, has come out with a new album titled Let's Go Extinct. This record was put out February 2014 and is their third full length studio release. They formed in 2006 and are an indie folk/rock band that has put out their best album yet. Some of the songs on the album almost sound a bit "Talking Headish" including Landlocked, which is here for your ears to do the deciding. Check out the new material and let me know your thoughts!
Benji is the newest album from Sun Kil
Moon.This 6th album
from the band was released in early February 2014.The band was formed in San Francisco in 2002 primarily for
guitarist Mark Kozelek to vent some creativity.Benji is an
interesting and sad record worth a listen. I heard the song Ben’s My Friend the other day and
immediately liked it, so tell me what you think.
Chill-out master Tycho dropped a new album today. If you have ever heard anything he has done in the past, Awake seems more up-beat, and exactly like what you would expect, all at the same time. Enjoy.
Cities Aviv has released a new album titled Come To Life. The Memphis rapper has taken a different approach in his new material than with his previous Ep's. Come To Life sounds like more of a dance party album than a rap album. Never being one to shy away from heavy sampling, Cities Aviv has taken his sound to a whole new level with this album, but that's not a bad thing. It's definitely worth a listen or two. Plus, you gotta rep the 901, dawg.
Wisconsin based indie band Phox has been making some interesting music lately. It kind of reminds me of The Head and The Heart crossed with The Alabama Shakes. Although there is no official word on when their first full length album comes out, it looks like they will be hopping on the summer festival train to get their music out there. Until then, check their single "Slow Motion" and a nice live take of "Evil".
Apparently Atmosphere released a single last year called "Bob Seger". How did we miss that? They also have a brand spankin' new album coming out in May! Here is the video of last years one-off single. I suggest giving it a watch and listen separately to get the full effect, because the video is pretty captivating.
I stumbled upon an interesting article yesterday and thought I would share it with the rest of you. So the short of it is that there is this company that goes by the name of The Echo Nest, a group that calls itself "the music intelligence company" for major music firms. They compiled data from Spotify which calculated the relative number of streams for a given artist for all 50 states. The results were visualized using a map of the United States. It's important to note that these aren't necessarily the most-listened to bands in each state, but rather the bands that have unusually hight support in each state. So for example, Vermonters skew more towards Phish more than other Americans do, and Texans are bigger George Strait fans than anyone else.
Hard Working Americans is a new band featuring Todd Snider (singer-songwriter), Neal Casal
(The Cardinals and Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Chad Staehly (Great American
Taxi), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), and Duane Trucks (COL. Bruce Hampton’s
School of Music). These musicians
have been around the block and have joined together to lay down some solid tunes. As you can imagine, it is some good old southern rock and great to have a few cold ones to. I was able to catch them at The Fillmore in San Francisco
and had myself a blast. HWA came out with a debut album and it is available for purchase. They have a few more shows left on the tour, so check
out this video of them on Conan and get out to see them!
The Shouting Matches are a side project by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. The band has enjoyed the success of their debut album Grownass Man, which has a very JJ Grey type bluesy feel to it. Today however, I will post a song from their recently re-released EP Mouthoil. In the true spirit of Valentines day "I Had a Real Good Lover" is some nice, depressingly beautiful, blues music. Be sure to check out Grownass Man as well.
Son Lux has a very unique, complex, and futuristic sound that's hard to pin down to one genre. Their first single from Lanterns is "Lost It To Trying", but be sure to check out the whole album over at Bandcamp for an interesting listen.
This post is a little different from our normal discussions of new, unusual, and awesome bands that you should check out. This is a really cool new podcast that I caught wind of. The name of it is "Song Exploder" and to put it simply it is
"A podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made."
The first episode that I listened, they spoke to the other member of Postal Service (Not Ben Gibbard) and broke down the song "The district sleeps alone tonight". This will particularly appeal to super fans, audiophiles, and those of you who are interested in music production. I recommend it!
Featuring Megafaun's Nick Sanborn and Mountain Man's Amelia Meath Sylvan Esso is an interesting collaboration of heavy electronic beats and Meath's signature vocals. To date they have only officially released 2 tracks, both of which are excellent listens. Enjoy.
Hailing from Birmingham, AL St. Paul and the Broken Bones are bad to the bone. This boy can sing, and it's impossible not to get swept up in how good he does it. Unfortunately all they have released is an EP to date, but keep an eye on this talented group. Big things are coming.
Thank You Scientist has a very unique yet strangely familiar sound. It's like every band I absolutely loved in 9th grade suddenly formed a supergroup. They effortlessly bounce around from tight ska horns to emo-punk choruses to hardcore-like breakdowns. With songs averaging well over five minutes each, you never know where Thank You Scientist is going to take you. Check out "Feed The Horses" from their newest album Maps Of Non-Existent Places below. Welcome to your new guilty pleasure.
Like Hip-hop? How about weed? Well my friend this album is for you! Amen For Weed/ Hi-Life is a FREE album over at Bandcamp is a collection of Copenhagen artists expressing their love of the sticky icky. Take a nice sample hit below. It's pretty dope! (Look I made a pun!)
The UK based indie singer Daughter has finally dropped her debut full length album. If there is one thing to be said about Daughter, it's that she has been consistently brilliant with her previous releases. Here's hoping that If You Leave is a continuation of that hot streak. I think it's a safe bet.
What better song for the official start of the summer than a song about the ice cream man? Hailing from Vancouver, Five Alarm Funk is a high energy ska/funk band whose sound is just plain fun. Here for your viewing pleasure is their newest track/video "We All Scream".