Thursday, March 31, 2011

You're so Cool - Brother in Law

I was fairly involved in this one. Not from a musical standpoint but management and recording. You're so Cool was the first band I worked with under Sunshine Music and they're one of my favorite Gainesville bands. This proves I'm a sucker for folk/acoustic music and you should be too.

Here's a video I shot with my buddy, Nick Roberts, for an old blog I had:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Balto - October's Road

HOLY SH*T! These guys are really good. If you're a fan of Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver, this will be a new favorite for you. But don't take my word for it, listen.

Creepers - Songs From the Green House

Creepers' drum rhythms seem to propel their songs forward in a punk rock meets indie rock kind of way. Their four song EP, Songs From the Green House, is a compelling listen all the way through. From what I've heard they're also great live (hint hint to you Florida friends who happen to be around on nights they play).

Evan P. Donohue - Late Autumn

I'm grateful that somebody still believes in rock & roll. Evan P. Donohue mixes Buddy Holly with more contemporary bands like the Strokes. You can pay what you want for the digital version of his cassette release Late Autmn EP.

You can also grab his album, Rhythm & Amplitude, from his Bandcamp. My favorite track right now is "Something Good."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Shimmies - Judas

 Here's some great indie rock with an atmospheric pop bent. I heard about The Shimmies from My Old Kentucky Blog. Think post-rock pop and you'll be headed in the right direction, I think.

Big K.R.I.T. - Return of 4 Eva

Krit just dropped a new mixtape. I posted the video for its single a few days ago. He's conscious and smooth; in my opinion, the most important things for becoming a seriously regarded artist. I'm halfway in to Return of 4 Eva and it's solid. Heard about it from The Needle Drop. Grab it for free from his website.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Lonesome Ghost - None of These Songs are About You or Anyone You Know

Do you like the idea of wistful sixties pop meets nineties indie guitar band? Me too. Dallas, Texas based band Lonesome Ghost is doing that. They released this EP with a gargantuan title back in February. Grab it for free from their bandcamp.

John Fahey

Candy Man

Poor Boys Long Way From Home

John Fahey is the father of style of music known as American Primitivism. His style is both complex and simple. That's what makes it so great.To learn more about him: Wikipedia

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Wilco! Jeff Tweedy Plays New Song

Caught it over at TwentyFourBit. Enjoy.

Stephen's Hero - Caroline Says

Seventeen, prolific and good are all words I would've liked to have in the same sentence about me when I was in high school. Cameron Howell who records as Stephen's Hero gets such a luxury. I posted about his self titled Stephen's Hero release in the inaugural post and now he's given me more to tell you about. This follows in the same suit of aggressive acoustic guitar pop as the first release but more polished. Plans for the studio in the summer for an album release have been mentioned. Something to look forward to indeed.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mac Miller - Best Day Ever

This has been out for a little bit. I was slow to listen to it. I'm a couple tracks in at the moment and enjoying it.
Grab it here:

Hip Hatchet - Small Demons

I read other blogs for this very reason. I just read about Hip Hatchet over at We Listen For You. His new demo "Small Demons" is fantastic. For fans of Bon Iver and Tallest Man on Earth for sure.

His first album Men Who Share My Name is for sale at his bandcamp for $2.

Big K.R.I.T. - Dreamin'

K.R.I.T. is one of my favorite rappers. Apparently his mixtape is dropping soon, the 28th. I caught this video for the single at The Needle Drop.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Crawfishes - The Manor


I really do miss Gainesville at times. Crawfishes are an act I like to listen when it gets to be a little too much. They're folky with what I might describe as a punky tinge (I don't know if that does it justice). A solid lo-fi release from Jade and Arend.

Oh, and they opened for Langhorne Slim at Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville last night.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The ACBs - Stona Rosa

I've been listening to these guys for a month or two. Solid release and it's another one of those pay what you wants (hint support it if you like it hint hint). With driving drum rhythms and great vocal melodies, it's the perfect pop for the approaching summer. Plus I'm pretty sure the album title is a nod towards the Pixies' Surfer Rosa if you needed more convincing. Enjoy!

Tonight at the End

The Cults, Asobi Seksu and Sun Airways are playing the End tonight in Nashville. Should be a good show. I don't think I'll be making it though.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Sparrows

A friend of mine recommended the Sparrows to me after catching them while visiting Bard College. This is some great folk/bluegrass music with some smooth vocals. Like everything else on here, they're worth your time so give it to them.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Good morning.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Balmorhea - Remembrance

The name is pronounced Bal-moor-ay. They're a minimalist instrumental band and they're great. The music is like a journey, listen and see where you end up.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


I just came across Netherfriends and their Alap ep. Each song is named after the day it was written.

Trippy videos after the break.

Oregon Bike Trails - Deep Sea Diver

Reminds me of the Beach Boys and Panda Bear. Some great late summer night on the porch kind of pop. You can grab a couple tracks from their Bandcamp.

SebastiAn - Embody

SebastiAn - Embody by edbangerrecords

Because one of my friends once said "There will never be a time when you wish you couldn't dance"

Friday, March 18, 2011

Birdie Hilltop

The Ready Dance from Birdie Hilltop on Vimeo.

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Rosalia from Birdie Hilltop on Vimeo.

New The Elected Track!

I like Rilo Kiley and I really like the Elected. The connection between the two being Blake Sennett, the wispy male vocalist you hear on some Rilo Kiley songs. The news is there's a new Elected track called "Baby Face." Stream it over at Spin.

Music That Caught My Attention 2010

This post is actually two notes I posted on Facebook a couple months ago. I thought it would be nice to collate them.

I'm not really one for lists and furthermore I don't know how I can compare one creative work to another. I'm also not that great with time, so choosing what albums came out this year is just not going to work for me. I do like music. I like music a lot in fact, so I thought I would share what has caught my attention this year as the new year approaches.

Gayngs - Relayted I'm a big fan of Justin Vernon. Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago is one of my favorite album of all time. This doesn't sound like Bon Iver, so don't approach it expecting it to. I find it refreshing.

S. Carey - All We Grow Bon Iver meets Sigur Ros. Not surprising considering Sean Carey is the drummer of Bon Iver.

Justin Townes Earle I discovered Justin Townes Earle this year. I've thoroughly enjoyed his entire catalog.

Toro Y Moi - Causers of This This was my first experience with the Chill Wave genre. The soundtrack to my summer. I still enjoy it and it still goes through heavy rotation.

Pokey Lafarge - Riverboat Soul Bluegrass. Yeah, I like that stuff.

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon 2: Legend of Mr. Rager Not as playful as his debut, but what i feel to be a great creative step. I do worry that he may destroy himself at some point. A dark album.

Andrew Bird I knew about him before this year. I just got addicted this year.

The Inaugural Post

I was stuck for how to start this, so I'll just give you some great bands you can download for free (or support!).