Need a good county/folk jam? Well the new Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy album is really somethin’ beautiful. His newest What the Brothers Sang is a perfect covers album. Both Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Dawn McCarthy cover 13 songs, most of which are Everly songs. I usually am not a fan of cover albums, but I think this was done very sophisticatedly, and they captured the Everly essence. This track is Poems, Prayers, and Promises, which was written by the brilliant John Denver, is a reminder of the way country used to be.
James Blake has been a huge artist in my life. He created a genre. By mixing his soulful voice and lyrics with synthy, electronic and repetitive beats, he created experience. It’s not overwhelming—most songs are mellow, or even ambient. I think his new album Overgrown will be as successful as his self-titled. He has a gift and people recognize that. Here is the song “Digital Lion” from his new album. Enjoy. :)
So I used to have this stigma against Chelsea Wolfe. I actually saw several photographs of her before I even heard her music. I though she looked like a “devil worshipper.” She terrified me!! Then I decided not to be a big ol’ bitch, and I listened to her most recent album Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs. I was blown away. She has the most elegant, beautiful voice. What I really enjoy about her, is that she took “singer-songwriter” to a whole new level. So please, give her a listen. :)
Chelsea Wolfe’s “Flatlands” on her album Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs
So y’all know the Take Away Show people? Well this is an AWESOME video of one of the most beautiful bands Esmerine. Wonderful orchestral “post-rock” I guess you could say. Please enjoy this piece of my heart.
This came from no where. I don’t know who this dude is, but I got this single and shit my pants. Sooooo much fun! It reminds me so much of Two Door Cinema Club’s new album Beacon. Oh man. Please dance to this jam and embrace his use of cuss words. Puhhhhlease!
Robert Delong’s “Global Concepts.” A single from his upcoming EP, Global Concepts.
Eeeeeeek! New Typhoon 7” and I could not be happier. Nothing gets me more excited than an unexpected surprise by one of my favorite bands. Who knew I’d get this little treat? Not I! Well, kiddies, Typhoon is touring as you read this, and you MUST see them if you are able. I saw them a several months ago, and it was brilliant. Do it. Laura Gibson is opening for them in Utah, so Utahns, expect a hell of a show!
“Common Sentiments” by the ever so talented Typhoon. Enjoy. :)
My favorite thing in the world—beauty. I try to find it in everything I do. This needed no trying. These people are incredible; the talent is unbelievable. Knowing that this band is from Provo and that I’ve had the opportunity to see them perform so many times is wonderful. Choosing a track was very difficult, and I hope you all enjoy this one. Please, share with your friends, if you do.
“Poltergeist” by Book on Tape Worm on their debut album All The World’s A Stage.
Yes, yes. I added yet another local artist to the equation. To be honest, I think Band of Annuals is better than most folk bands I’ve heard in a while. Jay Henderson’s voice is insanely amazing. The lyrics to this track hurt my heart a little bit. Be in a room alone when you listen to this song. It’s pretty powerful.
Band of Annuals’ “Soon” on their album Let Me Live.
I’m assuming, although I shouldn’t assume, that you’ve all heard The XX’s debut self-titled album. If so, you were impressed, because it’s that great. Well the time has finally come for a new album! And let me tell you, this album is so worth your time. It has a similar feel to it that the first had, but they mixed it up a bit. There’s some different instrumentation, as well as their combination of vocals. Do me a favor and listen to this gem. :)
The XX’s “Missing” on their album Coexist.
Listen listen listen. After you’ve listened, read:
This band is LOCAL. No lie. They’ve touched something deep down inside me, and it’s hard to believe that something so close can hit so hard. They will be playing at the Velour in Provo September 14, 2012. Yes, that’s tomorrow. If any of you are available, I recommend experiencing this. It’ll be my third time seeing them, and I’m more than thrilled. Go see some real beauty in your backyard.
The Moth & The Flame’s “The Hunt.”